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6 Tips For a Successful Move

6 Tips For a Successful Move

There are a lot of things to consider and prepare for when it comes to moving homes. You need to find a new home, sell or rent out your current one, potentially find new employment and new schools for your kids—you may even have to buy a new wardrobe if you’re leaving somewhere warm like Victoria, British Columbia for somewhere as cold as Yellowknife (home to Canada’s coldest winters of -28.9 Celsius)! With all these things to consider, it’s easy to overlook one very important part: The move itself! Moving homes doesn’t have to be stressful and time-consuming. Follow these six tips to turn your moving day into a success:

  1. Stock Up First
    The key to any successful move is using the proper materials. Start with boxes and tape: Go through each room in your home and estimate how many boxes you’ll need to properly pack your items, if you’ll require any uniquely shaped boxes, and approximate how much tape you’ll use. Then you’ll need cushioning to ensure nothing breaks, as well as labels and markers to make sure each box ends up in the right place. You can buy all this—and more—at your local Secure Self Storage.
  2. Pick the Right Day
    Skip the high moving truck or professional movers’ fees charged for the first or last of the month and weekends. Instead, schedule your move for the middle of the week, in the middle of the month. The extra money you save will be well worth it.
  3. Don’t Move What You Don’t Want
    There’s no sense in packing, moving, then unpacking things you no longer have use for. For sentimental items, you may want to consider investing in a self-storage facility, but everything else should be donated (make sure to hold on to the receipts for tax purposes) or turned into pocket money from a garage or yard sale. Don’t want to move your whole pantry? Contact local food shelters instead of throwing all the food away.
  4. Take Time to Count
    The last thing you want to discover after you move into your new home is that you’re missing some of your belongings. Whether they were left behind at your old home or overlooked in the moving truck, it can be a hassle to track them down. That’s why you should count and number all your boxes so you can inventory them as you take them off the truck.
  5. Hire a Babysitter–or Pet Sitter
    Moving can be confusing, stressful, and exhausting—all of which can be made worse if you’re also worried about your kids or your pets. Young children and animals should be left with a sitter away from the home so you can concentrate on the task at hand.
  6. Pack an Essentials Bag
    After a long day of moving, you’re going to want to shower, put on clean clothes, and go to sleep. But you’ve packed away your towels and shampoo, all your clothes are mixed together, and you can’t find your sheets! Make things easier on yourself (and your whole family) by packing your day-one must-haves in one convenient place.

Now that you know how to make sure your moving day is a success, it’s time to find a safe, reliable place for the things you weren’t able to take with you, but don’t want to say goodbye to. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage for an affordable, secure, climate-controlled solution to your storage needs.

How to Reuse Cardboard Moving Boxes

It’s no secret that cardboard moving boxes are both biodegradable and recyclable. But did you know they are versatile too? Strong and sturdy, your garden variety corrugated fiberboard box may be great for shipping and storage, but it’s also useful around the house, back yard, or wherever you find yourself. Here are some ways to get the most out of boxes you already have lying around the house—all year long.

  1. Winter
    For hours of sleigh-riding fun on a brisk winter day, you can save money and get creative by turning a flattened cardboard box (held together with some tape) into your own sleigh. Faster than you know it, you’ll be gliding down those snowy hilltops! If you’d rather stay inside and get crafty instead, use cardboard to create seasonal placemats by cutting it into desired shapes and sizes, covering with wrapping paper or cloth and securing with tape. These DIY placemats are also perfect for wedding or baby showers, birthday parties or just to brighten up the inside when it’s dark and cold outside.

  2. Spring
    Get a head start on weed control for your flowerbeds and vegetable garden: Ditch the newspaper or garden weed control burlap and use cut-up cardboard as your weed barrier. Not only will this stop those unsightly weeds from overgrowing and choking your precious plants, it will save you hours of backbreaking labor pulling weeds. Another plus—the cardboard will eventually deteriorate right into the garden soil.
  3. Summer
    When the temperature rises, you know it’s time to get those air conditioners out of storage and into the windows. But what happens if you find your unit’s insulating side panels are broken or have holes? You don’t have to revert to expensive foam insulators or buy a whole new unit. You can stuff pieces of cut up cardboard into the frame to block out the hot air and stay cool all summer long.
  4. Fall
    What’s on your mind at the first sign of brilliant colored leaves falling from trees and a slight chill in the air? No, not pumpkin spice lattes, it’s Halloween, of course!  And this year, why not use one of those empty boxes from your last online purchase to fashion your own show-stopping Halloween costume? With a little imagination, you can turn plain cardboard into a robot, cereal box or even SpongeBob SquarePants! Chances are your original design will not only outshine the overpriced store-bought ones, you may just win first prize!

Creative uses aside, the best way to use cardboard is for storage. Whether you need to pack away boxes of holiday lights or Halloween decorations, or gardening tools and air conditioners, look to Secure Self Storage for the right solution at the right price for all your storage needs.

The 10 Packing Supplies You Shouldn’t Move Homes Without

Moving homes can be a very exciting time–but it can also be a chaotic time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when packing, especially if you’re a first-time mover. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have these 10-must-have packing and moving supplies before the big day comes to help make the transition to your next adventure as easy as possible.  

  1. Boxes and Totes
    Depending on what’s going inside, you may need a cardboard box or a plastic tote. Cardboard boxes are more uniform in size and can cost the savvy mover nothing when they approach local businesses on their delivery days. Totes, on the other hand, are a sturdier choice and have greater storage reusability (but they can be pricey).
  2. Packing Tape
    Folding the flaps of cardboard boxes into one another may be a quick fix for a single box, but when you’re loading boxes in and out of trucks and cars where they may be jostled or take a tumble, you’ll want the security of a well-taped box or a reinforced tote.
  3. Bubble Wrap and Newspaper
    Keep your belongings in the shape they left your old home in by using proper cushioning. While using your own clothes and linens is the most environmental- (and cost-) friendly option, recyclable newspaper and bubble wrap will suffice if you run out.
  4. Color-Coded Markers and Labels
    A smart mover labels and writes the room where each box should go, like “kitchen,” “bathroom,” or “storage.” A brilliant mover uses color-coded labels and matching markers for even faster and more accurate unloading and unpacking.
  5. Blankets
    Let your blankets pull double duty by also serving as protection for easily scratched pieces of furniture and electronics, like your antique coffee table or 4K TV. Not only will your belongings be well-protected, but you won’t have to worry about packing the blankets, too–just make sure to wash them before you make the bed!
  6. Furniture Pads
    Keep your old and new floors scuff-free while moving. A simple set of furniture pads on the legs of your belongings will ensure you don’t lose a deposit or ruin your hardwood floors before you’ve even unpacked.
  7. Dolly or Hand Truck
    The last thing you need when you’re moving into a new home is to hurt yourself. That box of books may seem like a quick grab, but it’s a lot heavier than it looks. Rent or invest in a dolly to save you—and your back—unnecessary strain.
  8. Gloves
    Get a better grip on things and prevent painful blisters with an inexpensive pair of moving gloves. When you’re carrying a dresser up a flight of stairs, you’ll be glad you took the time to wear them.
  9. Cleaning Supplies
    No matter how clean of a home you kept, chances are there will be dust and cobwebs on some of your hard-to-reach belongings. You may be tempted to wait to clean them, but that will just track unnecessary dirt into your new clean home.
  10. Tools
    A basic tool set is a must when moving. Maybe you can’t fit the fridge through the door without taking off the handles or you want to remove your table’s legs to save space; chances are you’ll need quick access to tools.

Not sure where to get all the moving supplies on your list or ready to find a home for the boxes marked “storage?” Contact the professionals at Secure Self Storage for a one-stop shop for all your packing musts and an affordable, secure, climate-controlled solution to your new home storage needs.

6 Rules for Pest-Free Storage

Picture this: You’ve gone to find your great grandparents’ wedding album and your great grandmother’s wedding dress that you’ve had carefully stored for years and instead you find pictures with chew marks on them and a train full of holes. A not-so-friendly guest has gotten to your most important possessions and there’s nothing you can do about it! Now picture this: You’ve followed these six rules for pest-free storage and the album and dress are as intact and beautiful as the day you got them.

  1. Just say “no” to food
    Storing your belongings with food is basically an invitation for vermin and bugs. Even if you’re storing nonperishables and have never seen a pest in the area before, you’re setting yourself up for an infestation. Don’t store food with any of your belongings and vacuum the area often to keep it free from wandering crumbs.
  2. And say “yes” to plastic containers
    Airtight lids and plastic containers are your belongings’ first defense against unwanted guests. If you do need to turn to cardboard boxes, purchase new ones instead or reusing some you already have at home. They are stronger, typically have smaller gaps, and won’t have risky residue already built up inside.
  3. Raise it up
    Invest in some shelving or ask your local store if you can take the used (food-free) pallets they discard after receiving new shipments. Raising your belongings off the ground will not only make it more difficult for pests to find their way into your boxes, it will also protect them from damp floors and water damage.
  4. Wrap furniture
    Mattresses and upholstered furniture should be properly wrapped in plastic or cloth to prevent vermin and insects from burrowing into the fabric and destroying it. It is important to remember that these items should be thoroughly wrapped to keep things out, but also able to breathe to avoid moisture build-up.
  5. Use deterrents
    When all else fails, bug and vermin deterrents can work wonders. Bug sprays and strategically placed mousetraps are good ways to protect the area. If your belongings are stored in a place where a family pet may wander, make sure to use all-natural solutions like mothballs and cedar blocks.
  6. Turn to the professionals
    While home storage in your attic, basement, or garage is convenient, it’s not always ideal. The best way to ensure your important belongings are safe from pests (and to free up more space at home) is to store them at a self storage facility. These facilities are experts when it comes to keeping belongings in and pests out.

Now that you understand the best steps for pest-free storage and why a self storage facility may be the right choice for you, it’s time to find one that’s affordable, convenient, and even climate controlled. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage today and keep your belongings safe tomorrow–and every day after that.

5 Rooms Where Pegboards Peg Your Home Storage Needs

From elevated bed frames and hanging pan racks to bike lofts and ceiling shelves, there are an abundance of storage solutions for the ambitious homeowner. But if you’re looking for the simplest and most versatile option, pegboards can solve all your storage needs. An oldie but a goodie, pegboards have a long-standing reputation for easy tool storage in garages and sheds. If that’s the only place you’re utilizing them, however, then you’re missing out. Here are five other rooms where pegboards shine:

  1. Mudroom
    Whether it’s through the front or back door, your mudroom can set the tone for the rest of your house. When you have kids, pets, or just a lot of stuff, mudrooms can get easily overwhelmed and disorganized. Installing a simple pegboard ensures there’s a place for everything and everything in its place, from your kid’s backpack and your four-legged friend’s leash to your umbrellas, keys, and mail.
  2. Kitchen
    No matter how big your kitchen is, it just never seems to be quite big enough. If you’re tired of toppling Tupperware every time you open that cabinet by the stove and never being able to find the pizza cutter before the pie goes cold, pegboards in your kitchen are a recipe for success. Never rummage through a drawer again when you have your cutting boards, measuring cups, pots, pans, utensils, and rolling pins all in plain sight. Concerned your kitchen may feel cluttered? Install pegboards in your pantry instead for a storage solution that’s your secret.
  3. Closet
    “Out of sight, out of mind” is not the storage philosophy you want to live by, even when it comes to your closets. When you run out of hanger and floor space, what else are you supposed to do? Install a pegboard to conveniently—and beautifully—store and showcase your coats, hats, jewelry, pocketbooks, scarves, and more.
  4. Craft Room
    If you’re crafty enough to dedicate an entire room to it, your crafting tools and accessories deserve better treatment than being shoved into drawers. Keep your crafting supplies within reach and in top condition with a pegboard. It will accommodate naturally hanging items, like scissors, rolls of ribbon, and glue guns, and makes it easy to add shelves for things like paint and yarn and hanging baskets for brushes and knitting needles.
  5. Home Gym
    You want to break a sweat working out, not trying to organize your equipment and accessories. A pegboard makes hitting your home gym easier than ever before. While you do need to follow weight restriction guidelines when it comes to heavy equipment, pegboards are ideal for storing your jump rope, resistance bands, yoga mat, headphones, water bottle, and workout towel.

Installed pegboards throughout your house but still need more storage for things you don’t need regular access to? Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage for an affordable, secure, climate-controlled solution to your storage needs.