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Self-Storage in a Time of Crisis

We’re all currently living through unprecedented times. The Coronavirus Pandemic has certainly changed how we navigate through our daily lives. However, even though this situation can be quite unnerving and overwhelming, we aren’t completely in the dark. We know there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and those who represent the most vulnerable in our society. The most effective method for preventing contraction of the virus is to practice a high standard of personal hygiene and adhering to self-isolation, quarantining and physical distancing procedures.

Since we are being strongly encouraged to stay at home and minimize unnecessary social interactions, our living spaces have suddenly become all the more important and present in our day to day lives. It can become somewhat mentally straining to shelter-in-place. However, there are things each of us can do to optimize our spaces so they are conducive to a healthy existence (physically, mentally and emotionally).

Below, we have provided several ways that you can draw on a self-storage unit to help you make your living spaces exactly what you need them to be to support your isolation efforts over the next weeks or months.

Working Remotely

One of the ways many of our lives have changed for the foreseeable future is that we are being asked to work from home. In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, remote working has been implemented in many organizations across the country and world. Some people may be familiar and comfortable with working at home in a productive manner. However, for many, this is new territory. There will, of course, be more distractions at home than in your office. But there are many things you can do to set yourself up for success and to continue contributing in a meaningful way to your organization. One of the main things you should do when attempting to work from home is to establish a room or area that will be your designated workspace. Accomplishing this may require the removal of certain pieces of furniture, so you can create an uncluttered space where you can truly focus on the work at-hand. Temporarily shifting a room around is no trouble when you have a self-storage unit available to you. Simply offload those items you don’t need at the moment into your storage space, and voila – you’ve got your own home office.

Spring Cleaning Progress

This isolation period has left most of us with a lot of extra time on our hands – making it the perfect opportunity to do that spring cleaning you’ve been meaning to get around to. Whether it’s a cluttered garage or shed, or just seasonal decorations or furniture that needs to be stored, make use of your self-storage unit. One of the worst subconscious and psychological impacts you can inflict upon yourself is to allow your living spaces to be encumbered with disarray. The more open and free-flowing we can make our spaces, the better we will feel. Anything you can do to make yourself more comfortable during this time, do it.

At-Home Gym

With the gyms now shutdown, it can become a bit of a downer when it comes to your exercise routine. However, you can’t let this roadblock stop you on your path to self-improvement and living a healthy lifestyle. One of the worst things you can do is allow yourself to become sedentary. You need to keep up your regimen and keep moving during this quarantine. Sticking to your healthy routine will empower a positive mindset. So, how do you stay active when restricted to your home? For those with a proper home gym, it’s pretty simple. However, I think it’s safe to say many of us do not have that. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do with just a cleared space, your body, a mat and some household items. There are a million video tutorials online that can give you pointers on how to do cardio and weight training, all in the comfort of your own home – with little to no proper equipment. The other part of the equation is just designating an area for yourself. Just like your workspace, you need to carve out an area that is earmarked for exercise. Designating a workout zone will give you a greater chance of staying committed to your adapted exercise regimen. Move whatever pieces of furniture that are in the way into your storage unit, so you can free up space to move around in a safe manner. What’s more, maybe you have a few neglected dumbbells or tension cords laying around in your storage unit. Now would be a great time to pull those out and make use of them.

Stocking Up

There’s no need to panic-buy. However, just like with every potential emergency scenario, it is prudent (and recommended) to have a certain amount of surplus provisions should specific scenarios unfold. Stocking up can put a serious strain on your pantry and storage cupboards. To avoid overflow and frankly, to keep from feeling like a doomsday prepper, avail yourself of your sealed first aid kits and unopened non-perishable items by storing them safely and securely in your self-storage unit. The name of the game for the foreseeable future is to minimize the amount of time we spend around others. The less we can be in a crowd, the better. So, the fewer trips we make to the grocery store, the better chance we will have of preventing infection. Having that surplus to draw on, in a location that does not require you to interact with others is a huge advantage.

Leaving the Dormitory

Many post-secondary students who live in dorms on their campus have been asked to return to their family home, if possible. Many students will already have a self-storage unit at their disposal and should draw on it further, prior to leaving their dormitory. Any valuables that you don’t want to leave unprotected in your dorm room, but you also don’t want to take them home, you should place them in your self-storage unit. There, they will be safe and will be easy to access once you eventually return to school. You’re most likely trying to figure out how best to stay on top of your studies while your education is on hold – the last thing you want to be worrying about is the well-being of your things. With self-storage, that’s one worry you can take off your list.

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These are uncertain times, but we will get through by being responsible and respecting the guidelines established by public and health officials. Lean on your self-storage unit to help you make your isolation time as comfortable as it can be.

Burlington Storage Barn is happy to work with you through this challenging time. Please contact us to discuss how we can support your storage efforts through this pandemic. Above all, we wish you all to remain safe and healthy.

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A Successful St. Patrick’s Day with Self-Storage

There’s a bit of a lull after the holidays. Once new year celebrations fade into the distance, it’s back to the monotony of dark and dreary winter. However, once March comes around, there’s hope on the horizon. Days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly beginning to turn in the right direction, and people are starting to come out from hibernation.

What’s more, the first official opportunity marked on the calendar to get together with friends and family is practically here – St. Patrick’s Day. What might be the perfect kick-off to the year’s festive times, St. Paddy’s Day strikes a great balance between fun and informality – allowing you to enjoy time spent with loved ones without all the expected decorum of the larger holidays.

If you plan to host a St. Patrick’s Day themed party at your home, there are a few things you’ll want to do to ensure the festivities go off without a hitch. You certainly don’t want to bank on the luck of the Irish when it comes to pulling off a memorable occasion for everyone involved.

Outlined below are some of the actions you may want to consider taking when getting yourself (and your home) ready for your St. Paddy’s Day bash – as well as the advantages you will gain when drawing on a self-storage facility during the process.

Storing Valuables & Making Space

Once the invitations have been sent and the RSVPs have been submitted, you’ll have a good idea for the size of the crowd you’ll need to accommodate for. You’ll begin imagining the events of the night and attempt to envision what space will be needed where. St. Patrick’s Day parties usually consist of eating, drinking, dancing and playing party games. This combination of activities calls for a very specific setup. You need to have areas where you can station the food and drink, but also have space for the more animated and lively goings-on. Accomplishing the setup that will allow for this unique mishmash of activities will require some rearranging and maybe removal of furniture. The large dining room table and sprawling chaise just don’t serve any utility for the type of party you’re looking to throw and it’s not like they can be tucked out of the way elsewhere. It just makes more sense to avail yourself of any furniture that will only get in the way of a good time. Store larger pieces of furniture in your self-storage unit to open up your space, so your guests can move around more freely. Other items you may want to consider placing in your storage space are your valuables and breakables. Whether it’s an expensive vase, ornamental bowl, or decorative family heirloom – it’s a great idea to prevent a costly or tragic loss of your more fragile items by simply removing them from your home entirely and placing them in the safety and security of your self-storage unit. Whatever items you think you need to store to make your party the success you want it to be, your storage facility can certainly accommodate.

Preventing & Preparing

As with every holiday, there’s never a shortage of food and drink during St. Patrick’s Day. With your fridge and pantry already stocked to the hilt, it can be difficult to figure out where to store your party provisions, ahead of the event. What’s more, your commitment to your healthy new year’s resolution can be easily threatened by idle snacks waiting to be consumed before the day of your party. You plan to partake in some treats during the festivities, but you don’t want to double-up by eating them before and during. A great way to solve your dwindling shelf-space and prevent yourself from indulging more than you’d like to is to temporarily store any non-perishable, sealed snacks and beverages in your self-storage unit. You can place your party provisions in an easy to access place in your unit, so you can gather it all up the day before the get-together. If you opted for a climate-controlled unit, your storage space will be perfect for storing sealed beverages. An added advantage of this approach is that you can avoid the large grocery store crowds that will almost certainly amass right before St. Patrick’s Day – at the last minute.

Decorating

Much like any other celebration, St. Patrick’s Day usually calls for some festive décor. Cardboard leprechaun hats, shamrock sunglasses, green and white streamers, and honeycomb pots of gold are just a few of the St. Paddy’s Day decorations you may have in your inventory. With the use of a self-storage unit, you can neatly tuck away all of your holiday decorations, and even separate out the different sets for each holiday so they are easy to access when the time comes for their use. The last thing you want is for your festive decorations to clutter up your limited home storage spaces or closets. You want to be able to enjoy your decorations during the time when they are needed, and then be able to quickly and easily stow them away until another year goes by. Your self-storage space is ideal for accommodating this need. With the ability to access your decorations quickly, your home will be festive and fun for your guests. And, once the party is over, placing those decorations back in storage is as simple as can be.

Spring Shift

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly the end of winter and the beginning of spring. A couple of days after the dust settles on your party, you will be able to officially bid farewell to winter and breathe a sigh of relief. Congratulations, you’ve survived another cold, dark and harsh season. Now, there’s so much to look forward to. You can really start thinking about shifting your winter gear into storage and your warmer weather gear out. This is the single greatest thing about having a self-storage unit – the ability to customize your at-home inventory based on the season. Once winter is over, you don’t want to be made to look at your snow-blower over and over again when you enter your garage or shed. Our climate forces you to be well-acquainted with your winter equipment more than enough – no need to spend more time with it than absolutely necessary. With the snow slowly melting away and the temperatures on the rise, you can start thinking about spending more time outside with your warm weather gear. With drive-up access to your storage unit, rotating equipment in and out is a breeze.

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect way to welcome spring with friends and family. Don’t waste any time stressing about how you’re going to prepare your home for the festivities. Draw on your self-storage unit, so your space can be open and accommodating to guests. Then, rotate your winter equipment into your storage unit and your warm weather gear out, and enjoy a clutter-free home as the temperatures continue to rise over the next few months.

Burlington Storage Barn is prepared to provide you with a self-storage unit that will match your needs, whatever they may be. Whether you’re storing holiday decorations, valuables, furniture or seasonal equipment, we have a unit that will accommodate. If you’d like to learn more about how we’re the perfect storage facility for you, please click here.

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How Self-Storage Can Support Your Valentine’s Day Plans

Sure, Valentine’s Day is overly commercialized – but, you only live once so why not show the ones you love the affection they deserve. You might ask, how will making use of a self-storage unit help me in achieving my desired Valentine’s Day? Certainly a great question and although it may not seem apparent from the outset, having a storage space to draw on can really empower your efforts in showing the one you love how much you appreciate them.

So, how does it do this? How does having a self-storage unit at your disposal make things easier on Valentine’s Day? Well, depending on what your plans are for your significant other, a storage space can help in a variety of ways. Below, we have provided just a handful of ideas where self-storage can support a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day.

Taking the Next Step

Some couples decide that Valentine’s Day is as good a time as any to take their relationship to the next level – moving in together. Taking that leap can cause some stress on a growing relationship. However, it doesn’t have to. If you take the proper approach, deciding to cohabitate can be the best decision you ever made and can be a jumping off point for becoming more committed to each other. Should the move-in go well, every Valentine’s Day following that one will be all the more special, as it will be additionally marked as the day your relationship took on new meaning. So, how does self-storage help out when you decide to merge your home-life with someone else? Well, much like a relationship, an effective approach for living with a significant other is all about identifying a healthy balance between give and take. While you may have much common ground with your partner, no two people are the same. Each of you will have different tastes, here and there, and they will reflect in your preferences for décor. When merging two living arrangements into one, you’ll need to work together to decide what pieces should stay, and which ones should go. Whether you’re moving into an apartment or a house, you want the way it is decorated to be an equal representation of both your tastes. However, just because you’re both going to need to compromise on certain prized possessions, doesn’t mean they all need to end up in the garbage. This is where the storage unit comes in. Sure, discard the things you’re fine parting with – but don’t toss things that are important to you just because they don’t mesh with the new cohabitation situation. Maybe, down the road, the two of you mutually decide to try a new look. Some of those items that are near and dear to you personally may work within the new motif. Or, maybe, after a couple of years of bliss together, you decide to scale up into a larger living arrangement. With more space now available to you, there may be an opportunity to make use of those special things you’ve stored. Whatever the case may be, a self-storage unit accommodates overflow, which you’ll definitely have when opting to share your living situation with your partner. A storage space alleviates any potential stress that could be caused by having to part with something you may not want to, and allows each person in the relationship to show they intend to respect the other by ensuring the new place is a shared space that represents both parties equally.

Hide Away

Just like for Christmas and birthdays, it is customary to buy your significant other a gift on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes, you just nail it with a gift. You know, without a shadow of a doubt that your partner is going to love whatever it is that you got them. The most anti-climatic scenario in this situation is for the intended to “happen upon it” in your ill-conceived hiding place at home, spoiling your opportunity to spring it on them with great pomp and circumstance. It takes the wind right out of your sails and despite the fact that they still might love the present, its significance could be lost. After all, presentation is everything. You want to give them the present on the day you planned, in the way you intended – it matters. So, to avoid this unfortunate scenario, just don’t bring the present home. As soon as you buy it (or make it), wrap it and place it in your storage space. This way, snoopers can snoop until they don’t have any snooping left in them, and they’ll come up empty-handed because there will be nothing to find. A bonus by-product of this is if your significant other is a habitual snooper and they pride themselves on typically finding what it is they’re looking for, they’ll grow frustrated and may even start to believe that you forgot to get them something to mark the occasion. This built-up frustration will be hilarious to watch and will make the reveal all the more satisfying. Prevent the premature discovery of gifts by stowing them away in your self-storage unit, until the time is right to surprise your Valentine.

Uncovered Treasure

This is a fun one. To create a special surprise, you can do a short-term rental of a self-storage space and stage it with boxes filled only with packing materials, except for one strategically placed container that has in it a special gift for your loved one. Then, a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day, you can start mentioning an article you read about storage space bidding, and how someone recently purchased a lot for $800 and the contents were worth much, much more. Hint about how you might go bid on a sealed storage space to see if you get find the same fortune. With any luck, your significant other will shoot the idea down and try to convince you that it’s not a good idea. Then, let it go. As Valentine’s Day approaches, book a reservation at your significant other’s favourite restaurant. Whatever time you book the dinner for, tell your loved one that it’s an hour earlier than it actually is. On the way to dinner, tell your Valentine that you need to stop somewhere before you both carry on to the restaurant. Pull into the storage facility and drive up to your unit. They may recall the mention you made a couple of weeks earlier about how you were thinking of bidding on an abandoned unit. If not, remind them and say you went through with it. They will most likely get a little angry at this point, since you went ahead and did something without coming to a decision together. That’s fine – it will just make the reveal better. Apologize and say you know you should have consulted them before pulling the trigger but it was just too exciting of a concept to pass up. Promise that if nothing good comes out of this storage space, you’ll never do it again. Hopefully, by then, they will have calmed down enough to start exploring the unit. Start rifling through the boxes and ask your partner to help. Feign frustration when all you’re finding from one box to the next is packing material. Go deeper into the pile – almost out of sight, obscured by the boxes. Then, go quiet for a moment, then say, “I think I’ve found something!”. In a perfect world, your significant other will say something like, “what is it?”, or “really, what did you find?”. From behind the boxes, say, “I’m not sure, come and see”. As they come around to meet you, you can be standing there with a wrapped gift in your hand, presenting it to them. Maybe its that watch they’ve been eyeing, or that necklace they said they liked but couldn’t afford. Maybe it’s tickets and accommodations for that Paris trip they’ve dreamt of going on. Maybe it’s something even more significant, like an engagement ring. Whatever it is, it will always be remembered as special, because the way you revealed it made it significant. Sometimes, the way you give a gift and the thought you put into making it special is more meaningful than the gift itself.

Oversized Storage

Sometimes, it’s fun to buy your Valentine a gag-gift. One of the more typical joke gifts you can give is the gigantic stuffed teddy bear. It’s funny and will get a laugh, but then it becomes more of a nuisance since there’s really nowhere to put something so large and tacky (unless you live in a palace). Once the hilarity has worn off, move the monstrous stuffed animal into your self-storage unit until the opportunity arises where you can re-gift it.

Restage Your Home

Many couples like to do it up big for Valentine’s Day. That means chocolates, flowers, jewellery and other expensive gifts, and a pricey dinner at a ritzy restaurant. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, and some years you may opt for those things. However, other years, you may want to do something a little different, a little less costly, and a lot more mellow. Here’s an idea – why not plan a dinner date at home? It doesn’t sound very romantic on the face of it, but hear me out. What if you staged part of your house like a restaurant for the night? By storing some of your larger pieces of furniture in your storage unit and moving a smaller, more intimate table near a window – your living space will start to look more like a trattoria than an old familiar room. Adding a simple table cloth and strategically repositioning some of your existing flowers and decorative pieces will add to the restaurant vibe. Once you and your Valentine cook your favourite meal together, you can put some soft music on, dim the lights, light some candles, pour some wine, and sit down at your very own ristorante, in the comfort of your own home. Only a self-storage unit gives you the ability to transform your home in this way.

Plan a Get Away

If you plan to give your Valentine the gift of travel, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the security of your most prized possessions, left at your home as you explore a new and exciting destination. After you reveal the trip itinerary to your loved one on Valentine’s Day, move any items that are near and dear to you into your self-storage unit, so you can be completely at ease while you’re abroad.

Whether it’s a complex surprise or plans to take your relationship to new heights, your self-storage unit can support your efforts and make everything much more enjoyable. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be fun, so cut out the hassles and focus on the most important thing – the time you spend with your loved one.

Burlington Storage Barn would like to extend to you a happy Valentine’s Day. We hope the day finds you in the company of someone you love. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help the people of Burlington and surrounding areas lighten their load this Valentine’s Day, please click here.

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