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As fellow Edmontonians, we know that December can be challenging. The temperature can plummet to ungodly temperatures in the span of an afternoon, the sun sets long before happy hour begins, and the crush of holiday party obligations can overwhelm even the most social of butterflies. But never fear! Here at Storage King Holiday Headquarters, we’ve cumulatively survived hundreds of Decembers. Just follow these three steps, and you’re sure to emerge into January safe, sound and ready for whatever the New Year may bring!

Step #1: Dress in layers. If you grew up in this country, you already know that predictions about the impending winter weather are untrustworthy. Professional and amateur meteorologists alike; anyone with a Farmers’ Almanac or a smartphone thinks they know how to predict the weather. But when it comes to weather, the only prediction you can count on is that there will, in fact, be weather; and lots of it. If you’ve left the house in a light jacket, the snow-pocalypse will arrive. If you’re wearing a parka because it’s frigid in the morning, it’ll be a balmy 15 degrees when you hit the afternoon. The solution is to be prepared with multiple garments that you can add or subtract in a flash. These should include fabric that’s water-resistant – because snow in December is just as likely to turn to rain or hail. Remember to toss a scarf and a pair of gloves in a backpack and you’re ready for…

Step #2: Have a plan. December is one of the busiest times of the year in Edmonton. In addition to the weather (see above) the one thing you can count on is that there will always be more people than you expect at the malls, restaurants and on the streets. So pad your daily routine with a few extra minutes to accommodate travel delays. Have an alternate plan in the off-chance that a show is sold out or a restaurant is booked. And, most importantly, plan for the very real possibility that you will have to interact with others – lots of others – who may not be in as much of a hurry as you…

Step #3: The last ingredient for surviving December in Edmonton is patience. You’re the native in this jungle, so don’t let a little unplanned weather – or a lot of extra people – make you lose your cool. At Storage King, we find that patience, plus a change of perspective, always helps. For example, if it’s sleeting and your brand-new purse is getting ruined because a fanny pack-wearing-family of five is discussing what store to shop in next, take a deep breath and then remember that this is Christmas after all and they are shopping for their loved ones…Maybe seeing through their eyes will help you to remember how lucky you are to call Edmonton your home. And if that doesn’t work, hail a cab and head to Candy Cane Lane to take in the ten block stretch of Christmas lights and decorations…From Humbug to Ho Ho Ho, trust us. If you follow these three steps – wear layers, make a plan and practice patience – you’ll survive the holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Storage Nightmares to Avoid

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When using self-storage, there are plenty of possible pitfalls — and these disasters will likely mess things up for you in a hurry. Luckily, we have some tips for how to prevent common self-storage mistakes.

Here is our list of top scary storage nightmares, along with simple ways to avoid them.

  1. Choosing the wrong sized unit.

Uh oh, too much stuff, not enough space. We’ve seen it time and time again. Often, people underestimate just how much space their belongings will take up and choose a storage unit that ends up being too small to fit it all. Luckily, we have a handy guide and of course trained professionals to help you choose the right size unit.

  1. Not choosing climate controlled storage.

Rookie mistake! There are quite a few items that require extra care. You don’t want your valuable record collection to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West…and you’d be heartbroken if your great-grandmother’s antiques were damaged from extreme temperatures. Not sure if you need a climate controlled storage unit? Speak with one of our storage managers.

  1. Disorganization and poor planning.

Nothing ruins a good storage unit like not thinking ahead properly. No one wants a crowded space where you can’t ever find what you’re looking for and you’re always tripping over your furniture. Stay organized from the very beginning. Go into it with a sketch of your storage unit. This will also help ensure that you don’t pack the unit haphazardly, with heavy boxes on top of fragile ones. Also, remember to label your boxes. Tip: Label each one with a number as well as the general contents. Keep a list to refer back to.

  1. Choosing a storage facility with poor security.

You’re trusting your most prized possessions to be stored safely for a significant amount of time. Don’t skimp on the security! When possible, choose a facility that’s fenced in. Ask the storage manager what kind of safety the facilities offers its customers.

  1. Overlooking the small details.

You’ve checked all the boxes, got all your bases covered…or so you think. For example: Did you definitely clean out your toaster oven? (You don’t want to attract any little pests to your storage unit!) Did you make sure to wash your clothes and blankets? How about draining gasoline from your lawn mower? Do one last walk-through before calling it a day to make sure that nothing goes over-looked.

Its not an easy task to remember everything and avoid every single possible pitfall, but hopefully this small list will help.

Until next time 🙂

 

Happy Canada Day!

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We know that Canada Day is Tuesday, but the weekend is here and let’s be honest. You are not going to work on Monday.

So enjoy your extra long weekend and from all of us here at Storage King, Happy Canada Day Edmonton!

See you soon 🙂

 

Properly Store a Rug

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For some people, switching rugs in a living room or recreation area is as common as switching shoes to match the season. Rugs can tie a room together and complement various features of a space. However, there’s no need to keep extra rugs in your home, simply put them in storage instead. Here are a few self-storage tips to help you keep your rugs in good condition while not in use:

Properly Rolling A Rug

Some people make the mistake of folding a rug because they believe that creases won’t be permanent. Instead of testing that theory, consider simply rolling your rug. As a rule of thumb, the pile (the surface with the design) should be facing inward. You will also need to identify the direction of the pile. To do this, run your hand back and forth over the rug. One direction will give resistance while the other will lay smooth. To properly roll the rug, first lay the piece face up. You can use a rod to help you keep it straight. Place the pole at the end of the rug where the pile is pointing toward you. Roll the rug up as tightly as you can smoothing out any wrinkles as you go.

Avoid Humidity

If you live in an area that experiences a lot of humidity, consider leasing a climate-controlled storage unit. If moisture accumulates on the fibers of the rug, you risk mold and mildew building up.

Avoid Sunlight

Depending on the age of the rug and the type of material used to make it, you will want to limit prolonged exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can prematurely degrade sensitive fabric and permanently damage your rug.

Proper Storage

Before you place your rug in storage, bring it in for a deep, thorough cleaning. Although storage units are generally free from pests that would cause any damage, your rug may have microscopic pests lingering in between its fibers. After the rug is cleaned, allow it to air dry completely.

See you soon :

 

 

How To Organize Your Move In Six Steps

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving near or far—staying organized during your move is always a challenge. The key is to create a plan that will keep your move organized from start to finish. Here are six steps to help you with that.

1. Divide and Conquer.
Unless you’ve recently done a little spring-cleaning, you won’t want to move everything you own to your new home. Moving offers a great opportunity to purge your closets, drawers, attics, garages and basements of stuff you no longer want or need. If you take time upfront to decide what you want to keep, what you want to sell, what you want to put in long-term storage and what you want to toss, it will help avoid clutter at your new abode.

2. Hold a Moving Sale.
If you’ve got the time before moving, get everything organized for a moving sale. Advertise online or in your local newspaper, and put up signs in the neighborhood. Not only will a moving sale help you get rid of belongings you no longer need, but you can make a little cash to help with moving expenses.

3. Purchase a Moving Kit.
Many moving companies sell pre-assembled moving kits, which come with sturdy boxes in a few sizes, packing tape, foam and packing paper—everything you need for a successful packing experience.

4. Schedule a Packing Party.
Packing alone can be a drag and can take forever. Hold a drop-in packing party and invite friends and family—they can trickle in and out as their schedules allow—and you can provide food and drinks in exchange for help filling your boxes.

5. Label Boxes Thoroughly.
Label all your boxes—this will keep everyone on track and allow for a smooth moving day. Tell those that are helping you pack, to label boxes with exactly what’s inside, as well as the room at the new home where the box should be placed. This will help movers know exactly what to do with each box as they unload, and help you know what’s most important to unpack first in each room.

6. Scope Out Storage.
If you’re downsizing, moving before your new home will be ready or simply in need of extra space, you’ll want to investigate options for storing your belongings before you arrive. If you have delicate items like a piano or furniture that won’t hold up well in heat, consider a climate-controlled unit. Avoid putting anything in storage that you’ll need immediately. In addition, consider whether you’ll need the storage unit for a short or long period of time. That will help you narrow your choices.

See you soon 🙂

 

Happy Victoria Day!

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Even though, technically, it is still Spring, many of us mark the May long weekend as the unofficial beginning of Summer.

Almost time to start basking in the long summer days of sunshine, shorts and flip flops.

This Victoria Day, please enjoy yourselves safely. And let’s ring in the Summer with a bang!

From all of us at Storage King – Happy Victoria Day!

Enjoy the long weekend 🙂