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Give Those New Year Resolutions a Boost with Self-Storage

It’s fair to say that many of us set goals for ourselves each new year. For the most part, it’s also fair to assume that many of us fall short in realizing these goals. What’s unfortunate about this phenomenon is that, more and more, people are becoming cynical about establishing resolutions. It’s too bad since failing at something doesn’t preclude you from succeeding in the future. Accomplishing your goal may take several attempts. What’s more, each time you fail to rise to the occasion, you learn something about how you failed. Thus, making it more advantageous to succeed in following efforts.

Whatever your resolution(s) may be, it’s important to set yourself up for success. For each goal, there may be several preparatory steps that will better equip you in executing on your efforts. One of these preparatory steps is ensuring you are providing yourself with a healthy environment to nurture your resolutions within. Drawing on a self-storage unit will support your ability to sustain an organized and structured environment to accommodate the meaningful application of your efforts and the realization of your resolutions.

Provided below are some of the ways a self-storage unit can help you see your resolutions through.

Free Yourself of the Holiday Clutter

The first thing on your list should be wiping the slate clean at home. Remove the holiday clutter that is taking up space in your living room and mind. Festive decorations are great and can bring happiness. However, the longer they linger after the holiday season, the more they weigh on you and stand as a constant reminder that merry times have passed you by for another year. Avail yourself of the clutter so you can move forward into the new year instead of clinging to what has already gone by. Carefully box up your heirloom ornaments and disassemble the tree so they can be securely stowed in your self-storage unit until next holiday season. With your home back to normal, you’ll have room to breathe and will be able to hone your focus in on those things you intend to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

Reduce Your Anxiety

There’s nothing more calming than having things in order. A cluttered home has the potential to cause a cluttered mind. And, it goes without saying that you’ll be put at a disadvantage (when striving for improvement) if your thoughts are tied up in the disorganization of your living spaces. The more control you exercise over your life, the more at peace you’ll feel. When someone allows too many aspects of their life to fall into disarray, the lack of control or direction can cause severe compounded anxiety. Then, instead of focusing on accomplishing your resolutions, you’ll need to figure out how to deal with the toll being taken on your mental health. Fortunately, there’s no need to let clutter build-up and negatively impact your mental well-being. Keeping things tidy at home and organizing any excess or seasonally unnecessary items in your self-storage unit will allow you to interpret your living spaces the way you should – a comfortable place that allows you to rest and rejuvenate when recovering from striving after your resolutions.

Empower Your Health

Stacked up and unused clutter can eventually gather dust. This particulate can get kicked up and negatively impact the air quality in your home. Flared up allergies or dust-related respiratory illnesses are not going to put you in a position to successfully accomplish your desired outcomes. Whatever your resolution is, you need to empower your health. Staying at the top of your game will give you the best chance at realizing your goals. By moving your excess clutter into a self-storage unit, you’ll eliminate the potential for compromised air quality and will prevent yourself from becoming unnecessarily ill.

Respect Your Time

When you’ve got a bunch of clutter stacked here and there throughout your home, it can be very easy to misplace items you need to use every day – such as car keys, cell phones and other small items that can become obscured. We’ve all annoyingly misplaced out keys within our home before. You know they aren’t completely lost but for whatever reason, you can’t track them down. What’s more, this always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time – when you are trying to get out the door and are in a rush. Trying to find items that should be readily available is a frustrating waste of time and is totally unnecessary. Save yourself from hiding items on yourself by ridding your house of unused clutter that only serves to conceal the things you use on a day-to-day basis. Placing unused items in a self-storage space will keep your home clutter-free and allow you to find what you are looking for much easier.

Improve Recuperation

When striving to accomplish a new year’s resolution, getting a good night’s sleep allows you to recover from your day’s efforts and get right back at it the next morning. However, many find it a struggle to fall asleep since they have so much on their mind. A great start to calming your mind, so you may achieve better sleep, is to eliminate any unnecessary concerns. One of these unnecessary concerns may be the state of your home. If you’ve let your living spaces become cluttered, disorganized or in disarray, this is just another thing that will nag at you when trying to let go of the day’s stresses. The less you can have on your mind when you place your head to the pillow, the better chance you will have of getting the restful and recovering sleep you need to replenish your determination and drive to attack your efforts throughout the week. Draw on your self-storage unit and unclutter your home to prevent from having a cluttered mind when the lights go out.

Stimulate Productivity

Accomplishing new year’s resolutions typically involves inflicting some unsatisfying activity upon yourself to improve over time. The old adage, “no pain, no gain” definitely applies at this time of year for many of us. However, to create a sustainable change in your behaviour for the better, you need to become obsessed with productivity. Not just with your resolutions, but also with the activities you find appealing. When your home is disorganized and messy, it wears on you. This causes your will to devote time to advancing your resolutions or conducting activities you enjoy to dwindle extensively. When making a change in your life, you need every advantage in stimulating the get-up-and-go necessary to do the work. Store any unused items, overflow or clutter within your self-storage unit so you can be comfortable at home and have a one-track focus on accomplishing your goals.

Realize Your Fitness Goals

Manipulating your day’s schedule to accommodate a new fitness routine can be one of the frustrations you run into when establishing a new year’s resolution involving the improvement of your health. The best approach for ensuring continued dedication to the new fitness plan is to remove as many barriers getting in the way of your exercise as you can (both figuratively and literally). You may decide that something as fickle as having to get in your car and drive to a gym will be enough to discourage your initiative – and, that’s alright. Knowing that about yourself is half the battle. So, you may decide that your exercise regiment (to be successful and sustainable) must occur at home. Fortunately, with all of the resources and equipment available now, that’s very easy to accomplish. All you’ll need is a dedicated exercise room or space. However, it’s important that you don’t workout in between or amongst packing boxes or stacked clutter – for two reasons. One, because it’s not safe. And, two, because if you don’t take pride in your exercise area, you won’t take pride in your exercise. Designate your area and move any excess clutter into your self-storage unit, so you may use the space to benefit your efforts in the greatest way possible.

Explore a New Hobby

Too often, we go through life not exploring things that interest us. If your new year’s resolution is to take up a hobby you’ve been dreaming of for the last few years, a self-storage unit is a great help in supporting that new pastime. Whether it’s a hobby that requires you to make room in your house or one that requires space to store associated equipment from time to time, a self-storage space is the optimal support system for accommodating your amusement.

Get Out There and Spend Less Time Idle

Many people’s new year resolutions revolve around travelling more and staying at home less. If you plan to be footloose in the coming year (as much as possible), you don’t want to be worrying about the security of your most prized possessions while exploring new places. By placing those things you plan to leave behind in a self-storage unit, you can truly enjoy your travels. And, since self-storage units are so simple to access, as soon as you return from seeing the world, you can repatriate your stored items back in your home (until the next trip, that is).

New year’s resolutions usually involve big life changes. Big life changes tend to require some purging, moving and shifting around of your things to accommodate your efforts in achieving your resolution. By drawing on a self-storage unit, you are taking one of the necessary steps in ensuring you are setup for success. There’s no need to fight with clutter and disorganization when attempting to improve yourself or try something new – so don’t.

Burlington Storage Barn is conveniently located, easy to access and will support your efforts in making your new year’s resolutions a reality. Please contact one of our representatives now so we can help you get the storage space that will accommodate your needs.

From the Burlington Storage Barn team, we would like to extend a happy and healthy new year.

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Give Those New Year Resolutions a Boost with Self-Storage

It’s fair to say that many of us set goals for ourselves each new year. For the most part, it’s also fair to assume that many of us fall short in realizing these goals. What’s unfortunate about this phenomenon is that, more and more, people are becoming cynical about establishing resolutions. It’s too bad since failing at something doesn’t preclude you from succeeding in the future. Accomplishing your goal may take several attempts. What’s more, each time you fail to rise to the occasion, you learn something about how you failed. Thus, making it more advantageous to succeed in following efforts.

Whatever your resolution(s) may be, it’s important to set yourself up for success. For each goal, there may be several preparatory steps that will better equip you in executing on your efforts. One of these preparatory steps is ensuring you are providing yourself with a healthy environment to nurture your resolutions within. Drawing on a self-storage unit will support your ability to sustain an organized and structured environment to accommodate the meaningful application of your efforts and the realization of your resolutions.

Provided below are some of the ways a self-storage unit can help you see your resolutions through.

Free Yourself of the Holiday Clutter

The first thing on your list should be wiping the slate clean at home. Remove the holiday clutter that is taking up space in your living room and mind. Festive decorations are great and can bring happiness. However, the longer they linger after the holiday season, the more they weigh on you and stand as a constant reminder that merry times have passed you by for another year. Avail yourself of the clutter so you can move forward into the new year instead of clinging to what has already gone by. Carefully box up your heirloom ornaments and disassemble the tree so they can be securely stowed in your self-storage unit until next holiday season. With your home back to normal, you’ll have room to breathe and will be able to hone your focus in on those things you intend to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

Reduce Your Anxiety

There’s nothing more calming than having things in order. A cluttered home has the potential to cause a cluttered mind. And, it goes without saying that you’ll be put at a disadvantage (when striving for improvement) if your thoughts are tied up in the disorganization of your living spaces. The more control you exercise over your life, the more at peace you’ll feel. When someone allows too many aspects of their life to fall into disarray, the lack of control or direction can cause severe compounded anxiety. Then, instead of focusing on accomplishing your resolutions, you’ll need to figure out how to deal with the toll being taken on your mental health. Fortunately, there’s no need to let clutter build-up and negatively impact your mental well-being. Keeping things tidy at home and organizing any excess or seasonally unnecessary items in your self-storage unit will allow you to interpret your living spaces the way you should – a comfortable place that allows you to rest and rejuvenate when recovering from striving after your resolutions.

Empower Your Health

Stacked up and unused clutter can eventually gather dust. This particulate can get kicked up and negatively impact the air quality in your home. Flared up allergies or dust-related respiratory illnesses are not going to put you in a position to successfully accomplish your desired outcomes. Whatever your resolution is, you need to empower your health. Staying at the top of your game will give you the best chance at realizing your goals. By moving your excess clutter into a self-storage unit, you’ll eliminate the potential for compromised air quality and will prevent yourself from becoming unnecessarily ill.

Respect Your Time

When you’ve got a bunch of clutter stacked here and there throughout your home, it can be very easy to misplace items you need to use every day – such as car keys, cell phones and other small items that can become obscured. We’ve all annoyingly misplaced out keys within our home before. You know they aren’t completely lost but for whatever reason, you can’t track them down. What’s more, this always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time – when you are trying to get out the door and are in a rush. Trying to find items that should be readily available is a frustrating waste of time and is totally unnecessary. Save yourself from hiding items on yourself by ridding your house of unused clutter that only serves to conceal the things you use on a day-to-day basis. Placing unused items in a self-storage space will keep your home clutter-free and allow you to find what you are looking for much easier.

Improve Recuperation

When striving to accomplish a new year’s resolution, getting a good night’s sleep allows you to recover from your day’s efforts and get right back at it the next morning. However, many find it a struggle to fall asleep since they have so much on their mind. A great start to calming your mind, so you may achieve better sleep, is to eliminate any unnecessary concerns. One of these unnecessary concerns may be the state of your home. If you’ve let your living spaces become cluttered, disorganized or in disarray, this is just another thing that will nag at you when trying to let go of the day’s stresses. The less you can have on your mind when you place your head to the pillow, the better chance you will have of getting the restful and recovering sleep you need to replenish your determination and drive to attack your efforts throughout the week. Draw on your self-storage unit and unclutter your home to prevent from having a cluttered mind when the lights go out.

Stimulate Productivity

Accomplishing new year’s resolutions typically involves inflicting some unsatisfying activity upon yourself to improve over time. The old adage, “no pain, no gain” definitely applies at this time of year for many of us. However, to create a sustainable change in your behaviour for the better, you need to become obsessed with productivity. Not just with your resolutions, but also with the activities you find appealing. When your home is disorganized and messy, it wears on you. This causes your will to devote time to advancing your resolutions or conducting activities you enjoy to dwindle extensively. When making a change in your life, you need every advantage in stimulating the get-up-and-go necessary to do the work. Store any unused items, overflow or clutter within your self-storage unit so you can be comfortable at home and have a one-track focus on accomplishing your goals.

Realize Your Fitness Goals

Manipulating your day’s schedule to accommodate a new fitness routine can be one of the frustrations you run into when establishing a new year’s resolution involving the improvement of your health. The best approach for ensuring continued dedication to the new fitness plan is to remove as many barriers getting in the way of your exercise as you can (both figuratively and literally). You may decide that something as fickle as having to get in your car and drive to a gym will be enough to discourage your initiative – and, that’s alright. Knowing that about yourself is half the battle. So, you may decide that your exercise regiment (to be successful and sustainable) must occur at home. Fortunately, with all of the resources and equipment available now, that’s very easy to accomplish. All you’ll need is a dedicated exercise room or space. However, it’s important that you don’t workout in between or amongst packing boxes or stacked clutter – for two reasons. One, because it’s not safe. And, two, because if you don’t take pride in your exercise area, you won’t take pride in your exercise. Designate your area and move any excess clutter into your self-storage unit, so you may use the space to benefit your efforts in the greatest way possible.

Explore a New Hobby

Too often, we go through life not exploring things that interest us. If your new year’s resolution is to take up a hobby you’ve been dreaming of for the last few years, a self-storage unit is a great help in supporting that new pastime. Whether it’s a hobby that requires you to make room in your house or one that requires space to store associated equipment from time to time, a self-storage space is the optimal support system for accommodating your amusement.

Get Out There and Spend Less Time Idle

Many people’s new year resolutions revolve around travelling more and staying at home less. If you plan to be footloose in the coming year (as much as possible), you don’t want to be worrying about the security of your most prized possessions while exploring new places. By placing those things you plan to leave behind in a self-storage unit, you can truly enjoy your travels. And, since self-storage units are so simple to access, as soon as you return from seeing the world, you can repatriate your stored items back in your home (until the next trip, that is).

New year’s resolutions usually involve big life changes. Big life changes tend to require some purging, moving and shifting around of your things to accommodate your efforts in achieving your resolution. By drawing on a self-storage unit, you are taking one of the necessary steps in ensuring you are setup for success. There’s no need to fight with clutter and disorganization when attempting to improve yourself or try something new – so don’t.

Burlington Storage Barn is conveniently located, easy to access and will support your efforts in making your new year’s resolutions a reality. Please contact one of our representatives now so we can help you get the storage space that will accommodate your needs.

From the Burlington Storage Barn team, we would like to extend a happy and healthy new year.

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Deck Your Halls with the Support of Self-Storage

How has the year already gone by? Yes, it’s the holiday season again. Some see it as “the most wonderful time of the year”, others – not so much. However, whatever camp you fall into, the reality is that it’s a hectic time and you’re going to need all the help you can get.

Soon (if not already), you’ll be pulling out boxes stuffed with decorations to trim up the tree, welcoming extended family into your home, setting the dining room table with the fine china, wrapping and hiding presents, as well as all the other checklist items you have to take care of through the holidays. With so many moving parts, things can easily get overwhelming and cluttered. It’s for this reason you should draw on a self-storage unit to free up your space for the festive season.

Here are a few of the ways making use of a self-storage unit will allow you to relax and enjoy the holidays.

Accommodating Family Visitors

That spare room you’ve been using as a makeshift storage space – that’s the one Uncle Bernard and Aunt Harriet are going to be using during their visit. And, the way you have things stacked up, there’s no way anyone is going to be able to stay in there comfortably. Don’t play the “how many of these boxes can I shove into closets” game. Before the in-laws arrive, transfer your boxes into your self-storage unit so your relatives don’t have to trek through a maze of storage bins just to go to sleep at night. Showcase all of the spaces in your home by making them accessible and open (and clutter-free).

Organizing Your Decorations

Every so often, you may want to change things up in the decorating department. Maybe you’ve decided to go with coloured string lights instead of plain white this year. Your old set still works great, but there’s nowhere for them to go. Whenever there are decorations that you’ve decided not to use, don’t let them take up precious space in your closets, attic, garage or shed. Place them in your self-storage unit so they are out of your way. You want to “deck your halls with boughs of holly”, not fill your closets with stacks of boxes. Winter is the time of year when we make use of our closet spaces the most – with all the parkas, toques and boots coming back into circulation. The last thing you want when your guests are attempting to hang their coats is for them to have to contend with a storage box avalanche. Eliminate the potential for an ornament landslide by exploiting your storage space’s capacity.

Snooping Prevention

We all have at least one in our family. That sneaky, stealthy type that just doesn’t have the patience to wait for the presents to be placed under the tree to find out what they’ve received. They are known as the snooper. When you put thought and effort into securing the perfect gift for a loved one, the last thing you want is for them to spoil your surprise by uncovering your ill-conceived hiding spot. Even if you fancy yourself somewhat of a present concealment specialist, some snoopers will stop at nothing (searching high and low) to locate your gift treasure trove. Make it so, no matter how hard they search, it will be impossible for them to foil your surprise. Store your gifts in your self-storage space so there’s literally nothing to find in your home. Once you have your holiday stash tucked away in your storage unit, you can sit back and relax by the fire as the snoopers take on the fool’s errand of searching for gifts where there are none to be found. Only with a self-storage unit can you make your home truly snoop-proof.

Decluttering Your Home

With a tree going up, stockings being hung, garland being strung, and various trinkets and decorations being scattered about – there’s going to be less real estate in your living spaces. During the holidays, you don’t want to feel cramped or uncomfortable in your own home. And, if you happen to be hosting get-togethers or providing room and board to relatives – that just adds to the closing in of your spaces. Fortunately, there’s something you can do to open your spaces back up, while accommodating the festive additions. By subtracting an armchair here, an accent table there, a decorative vase here, and an ottoman there – all of a sudden, your space is comfortable and welcoming again. Strategically removing furniture from your cozy spaces and placing them in your self-storage unit will allow you to truly showcase your home in all its festively decorated glory. You don’t need to feel crammed in or barricaded by your furniture. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season in comfort by using your self-storage space to its fullest potential.

Storing Your Party Inventory

Quite a few people host holiday parties each year – sometimes two. Family, friends and neighbours look forward to that party all year long. It’s part of their tradition. However, all they need to do is bring some finger-food. You’re the host, so the rest falls in your lap. Depending on how large the party is, you’re going to need to add those extra leaves to the dinner table and ensure there’s enough seating for everyone to claim their place. These party additions have a tendency to take up quite a bit of space when not being used for their intended purpose. That being the case, don’t allow them to clutter up your home any longer than needed. Once you’ve hosted a successful party, rotate these pieces of furniture back into your self-storage unit. If you plan to have another get-together, rotate them back into circulation accordingly. When you have a self-storage space at your disposal, transitioning your home from status quo to holiday party mode and back again is as simple as can be.

Your holidays should be as enjoyable as they can be. Ridding yourself of unnecessary clutter plays a large part in making sure that is the case. As the song goes, “there’s no place like home for the holidays”. By drawing on your self-storage unit, your home can truly be a wonderful place to behold through the festive season.

If you’d like to secure a self-storage unit that will help you in making your holiday celebrations run smoothly, contact Burlington Storage Barn and we will ensure you get a space that is perfectly matched to your storage needs.

From all of us at Burlington Storage Barn, we wish you and yours a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

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Here’s Why Fall is the Best Time to Rent a Self-Storage Unit

The temperature is dropping, the sun is sticking around less and less, and the leaves are trying to hang on for dear life. There’s no doubt about it – it’s Fall. That means cozy nights by the fire, warm beverages, cross-country skiing and the holidays are all just around the corner. However, before you can enjoy any of the trappings the colder months of the year have to offer, you need to get yourself Winter-ready.

You might think, “why would I winterize in Fall?”. Well, in many ways, getting ready for the snowy season now is a great move – especially if you plan to rent a self-storage unit to free up space around your home.

Here are a few of the reasons why Fall is one of the best times of the year to move your things into a storage facility.

Lower Volume of People Moving

When it comes to moving things from one place to the next, the Fall and Winter months are not the typical time to do that. Students moved into their dorms in August and September and most people who are moving into a new home don’t choose to do so in the colder seasons. Since there are far fewer people having to store this or that, self- storage facilities are far less hectic. This means there will be a larger variety of unit sizes available to you for rent. So, no matter how much Summer furniture and equipment you have to store, you should have no trouble finding a self-storage unit to accommodate your needs.

Holiday Takeover

In a couple of blinks, the holiday season will be in full swing. With your halls decked in garland and a trimmed tree dominating your living area, you’ll have less space to work with than you’re accustomed to. Before your ornaments go up, de-clutter your home by moving furniture into a self-storage space. The last thing you want in a living room is to feel cramped for space or stuffed in. You want to feel comfortable while enjoying the festive season with family and friends. Envision and reorganize your rooms to accommodate for the decorative additions and safely store the rest in your easy access storage unit. The holidays can be hectic – adjust your home before you are too busy.

Dry Storage is Good Storage

As we all know, once snow starts falling, things get wet. Moisture is nobody’s friend in a storage unit. You want to make sure, whatever you store in your self-storage unit, it’s clean and completely dry. Moisture can cause irreparable damage to your equipment by rusting or breaking down surfaces, or by freezing – resulting in cracks, breaches or tears. Why put up with having to wipe down all of your things prior to storage when you don’t have to? Move your Summer equipment and furniture into your storage unit before the first snowflake makes its appearance. Also, you may want to consider a climate- controlled space when renting. Being able to control the temperature of your storage unit is a great way to prevent moisture accumulation or freezing of moving parts.

Avoid the Chill

It’s getting a little cool out there now, but it’s not yet the frigid, teeth-chattering temperatures of the Winter months. There’s no need to subject yourself to the sub-zero freeze over. If you move your Summer things into a self-storage unit now, you can enjoy the process in comfortable, temperate conditions instead of frost-bitten, blustery white- outs.

Enjoy Your Space

If you’re in the practice of rotating your Summer and Winter gear in and out of storage when the conditions call for it, you’ll never be able to reclaim as much of your space at home and in your garage or shed as you can right now. Your Summer equipment and furniture is no longer needed and the weather doesn’t call for your Winter gear just yet. That means, both your Summer and Winter equipment can be stowed away in your self- storage unit, and your home can be free and clear of both. Having your seasonal equipment cleared out of your spaces can allow you to efficiently reassess and rearrange (if needed) your at-home inventory.

Make sure when you are moving your seasonal equipment into your storage unit that you arrange it in such a way that the coming season’s gear is easiest to access. If you maintain good organization throughout the use of your self-storage space, it should always be relatively simple to shift your equipment around so it can be easily rotated in and out.

Special Pricing

The colder months are usually the less busy season for self-storage facilities. Since this is the case, they tend to offer discounted pricing to incentivize rental of their units. As this article suggests, there are already so many great reasons to draw on a self-storage space in the Fall – might as well capitalize on a deal as well.

Safety

The more you can stay off the roads in Winter, the safer you will be. Moving your Summer gear into your storage unit before the roads freeze and the snow piles up will mean less time you have to be out driving on slippery, icy roads. Plan ahead and save yourself from treacherous driving by moving your things into a self-storage unit now.

Having your choice of storage unit, de-cluttering your home for the holidays, preventing equipment damage, avoiding the cold weather, reorganizing your home inventory, capitalizing on potential savings and ensuring your safety are all fantastic reasons why you should seriously consider moving your things into a self-storage unit now instead of later. What’s more, you get to enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours before the leaves have all fallen.

Contact Burlington Storage Barn today to secure your self-storage space. We are the most convenient, easy-to-access self-storage facility near you.

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Things You Should Never Keep in a Self-Storage Unit

Storage units allow us to de-clutter our home and free up space. There’s a never-ending list of things we can store in our unit. However, there are a few select things you will want to keep out of your self-storage unit. This list identifies a few of those prohibited items.

People

A self-storage unit is not a living space or dwelling. It is not acceptable to live in or knowingly allow someone to occupy your storage space. Setting up a permanent residence in your unit is illegal and unsafe (for many reasons).

Animals (Living or Deceased)

For obvious reasons, living animals or pets should not be kept in a self-storage unit. Their well-being would be in serious jeopardy if left in a sealed unit. Deceased animals should not be stored in your unit either, as they can produce strong smells and attract rodents and other pests.

Strong Scents

It goes without saying that perishable food will produce scents – so that’s certainly a no-no. However, there are other items that can attract pests because of their scent. Some of these odour-emitting items that should be kept out of your storage unit include:

  • Scented candles
  • Vegetation or plants
  • Soil
  • Plastic bags
  • Corkboards
  • Bird seed

Hazardous Materials

Many hazardous materials require specific climate conditions to remain safe and secure. Your self-storage unit’s temperature is not strictly controlled and can therefore cause stored hazardous materials to leak, resulting in environmental impact or creating concentrated fumes that could become hazardous to your health when the unit is reopened. Refrain from storing the following items in your unit:

  • Paint or paint thinner
  • Bleach
  • Pesticides
  • Cleaning solvents

Fireworks and Standing Fuel

You should not store combustible or flammable materials within your self-storage space. Doing so could cause fire or even explosion. Fireworks are a good example of combustibles you should not place inside your unit. Also worth mentioning – when you are storing fuel-driven machinery (e.g., lawnmowers or skidoos), ensure their tanks are completely emptied prior to storage.

Unregistered Vehicles

It is illegal to store unregistered or uninsured vehicles within your storage space. If you plan to place a vehicle in your unit, you must be able to provide proof of valid and active insurance and registration.

Firearms and Ammunition

There are specific requirements prescribed for the safe and lawful storage of firearms and keeping them in a self-storage unit does not comply with those regulations. As an extension of those requirements, ammunition is not allowed to be stored in your unit either. Heat buildup within your storage unit could cause ammunition to fire, causing damage or potentially injuring nearby staff or patrons. It’s best practice not to store weaponry of any kind within your unit.

As a general rule, it never hurts to ask. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to the representatives of your self-storage unit facility. They have the knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your unit and keep everyone safe while you do it.

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Free Yourself of Cold-Weather Equipment with Self-Storage

Believe it or not, summer is on its way to Burlington. Each day, it’s getting warmer and brighter. That means the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of patio parties and enjoying the sunshine and longer days as much as you possibly can.

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Safety Tips for Moving Your Stuff into Storage

Give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve already made a proactive decision in protecting your safety by deciding to store your things in a self-storage unit. Having unnecessary clutter stored at your home can create several hazards that have the potential to threaten your well-being.

However, now that you’ve made the choice to free up space, you’ll need to plan out how you intend to move your things to the self-storage unit, so you can protect yourself and others throughout the moving process. Here are a few tips for planning a safe and successful storage experience.

Choose a Self-Storage Provider Near You

Do a search to identify a conveniently located storage facility. Search “self-storage near me” and you will be provided with a map showing the various options and locations. If you are a resident of Burlington, the Burlington Storage Barn is centrally located. The more you can cut down on travel time between your home and your choice of self-storage facility, the better off you’ll be.

Ask for Help

You should never plan to do manual lifting alone. Moving your things into a self-storage unit will most likely require that you do some lifting, pushing and pulling. Ask for help from friends or family members, to lighten your load. By working as part of a team, the exertion is equally spread over a group of people and should be manageable. What’s more, should someone sustain an injury, there will be others there to help immediately. Besides these advantages, having people help will make the moving process more enjoyable and the time will go by quicker.

Make a Plan

Prior to starting the packing and moving, sit down with everyone who will be involved and discuss amongst yourselves what you all believe to be the best approach. Talk about what potential hazards could be involved during the move and what can be done to protect someone from being impacted by them. Make sure everyone feels empowered to speak up if they see something out of place or something that concerns them.

Don’t Over-Pack

When filling up your packing boxes, don’t place so many items in a box that the walls of the box begin to bend or bulge. First off, doing this will impact the integrity of the box causing it to either fail during the move or collapse when it’s placed in the self-storage unit – spilling your things all over. Secondly, over-packing your boxes or storage bins may make them unnecessarily heavy. Separate your things evenly across your storage boxes and bins so the loads aren’t too heavy for those lifting them.

Remove Batteries

Leaving batteries in electrical devices can cause corrosion, damaging your property or worse – igniting a fire and engulfing the self-storage facility or injuring people. Make sure all devices are checked for batteries. If you find some, take them out of the item and place them in a zip-bag to save them for future use.

Separately Pack Fragile Items

Any of your things that can be easily cracked, crushed, shattered or broken should be separated into their own storage boxes and should be well wrapped / padded in bubble-wrap and / or soft items like blankets or small pillows. Pack carefully to avoid damaging fragile items and clearly mark the box “FRAGILE”. Ensure these boxes / bins are strategically placed within your self-storage unit so the “FRAGILE” labelling is apparent and visible.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Prior to lifting any load, make sure you plan out your path of travel. When lifting and moving packing bins, always bend your knees and lift with your legs. Do not use your back as a lever. Also, do not twist or wrench your back when carrying the load. By staying mindful of these techniques, you will be able to avoid back and shoulder injuries.

Eliminate Tripping Hazards

When de-cluttering, there is the potential to encounter tripping or snagging hazards. Where needed, do a bit of tidying up before moving items. Make sure routes are clear and remove any items that are jutting out and could cause someone to take a fall. Slips, trips and falls are one of the major causal factors resulting in injury – so pay due attention to this one.

Limit Distances When Carrying a Load

When deciding what self-storage facility you’d like to store your things in, confirm that the provider has drive-up access to your allotted unit. Being able to position your vehicle in close proximity to your unit will allow you to limit the amount of lifting and moving you will need to do.

Take Frequent Breaks

Lifting and moving can be strenuous work. Make sure you and your helpers take breaks from lifting. During your break, take a load off by having a seat and also take the time to do a little light stretching to keep your legs, back and shoulders limber.

Pack Heavy Items Lower

When placing storage boxes / bins into your vehicle or moving truck, make sure to place heavier items down low. Packing heavy boxes up high can cause toppling and back injuries. Lighter items should be packed last.

Strategically Place Your Storage Boxes for Transport

As you place your storage boxes into your vehicle, make sure the items are placed in such a way so as to not obstruct your view while driving. Statistically, the transport portion of your move will be the most hazardous, so make sure you can see the road from all vantage points. Also, make sure you disperse your boxes so the load is balanced and secure. This will prevent the load from shifting while in transit.

Follow the above suggestions and stay aware throughout the moving process and transitioning your things from your home to your self-storage unit should go off without a hitch.

Safe moving into your self-storage unit!

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