Seller’s Remorse

Kids, grandma is moving in. It will be so great to have her living here.
Jill speaking to husband – John: What are we going to do with all of mom’s belongings? It won’t fit in the house and she has so much.
John speaking to Mother-in-law – Ethel: Why don’t we have a garage sale before you move. Jill and I can help, and of course Read More

When Our RV Clients Hit The Road

This is my first summer with Lacombe storage.  Our storage lot has about 116 spots for the RV’S to park.
The weather hasn’t been the greatest but we all need a holiday.
I have to admit the first time I saw an RV go out I wondered where it was going.

I would sit at my desk and day dream about what adventure it was taking this family on. Were they going someplace that had water?  Read More

Storage Size Guide

Self-Storage was developed to help people and businesses who are going through a transition. Whether you are moving, downsizing or expanding here is how to pick the right size storage space.

5×10 Unit (50 sq. ft.)

For Residential Use: This size is ideal for storing the contents of a dorm room or bachelor apartment, including a number of boxes, small mattress set, chairs and a bookshelf. This size is also great for storing seasonal sporting equipment, bicycles or even a motorcycle. For Businesses and Community Organizations: this is a good size for storing things you don’t need on a regular basis like older files, spare office furniture or seasonal items. A storage space this size can hold about 80 file boxes and still give you a little room to maneuver.  Read More

Should I Store My Stuff or My Car in the Garage?

Well the answer to that depends on your needs and what you consider a priority. Here in North America we have grown accustomed to storing various items in the garage instead of using it for its intended purpose. With the cost of maintaining a vehicle rising more and more every year you may want to reconsider your priorities for storage! Read More

8 Tips on Storing Your Car For The Winter

Summer is nearing an end and it’s time to look for storage options for your “baby”. Storing your car is a smart decision but if you do not have room in the garage where is it going to go? There are two solutions to this, move the items from the garage to storage or bring your car to storage in one trip! Here are a few things to consider when storing your vehicle. Read More

Self-Storage and Downsizing Solutions for Recent Retirees

If you’re planning to join the ranks of the 5 million Canadian retirees, congratulations! After working for decades, you’ve finally earned the leisure and relaxation time you deserve. Before throwing caution to the wind and spending the rest of your years boating, fishing, and golfing, you probably have a few chores to complete. Downsizing your home is something on many retirement to-do lists. Decluttering or downsizing makes a home easier to clean and maintain. Downsizing can also make it easier to manage living on a fixed income. It can also be necessary as it gets tougher and tougher to traverse your home’s staircase. Read More

Halloween Box Costumes

We’re a storage company that sells moving boxes and likes to have fun. Did you know there are tons of great Halloween costumes that can be made with a cardboard box? If our fun costume ideas inspire you to make a box costume, come see us and we’ll give you a free box (must be in stock). Read More

Strangest Things Found in Self-Storage Units

Not often do self-storage units become abandoned, but sooner or later it does happen. Once things get to that point, it is up to the management to remove or sell off what has been left in the units. I have often wondered myself what are in some of these places so I will pass on these strange and weird discoveries. Read More

Organizing Your Self Storage Unit

The trailer is packed and you’ve signed your lease for your new storage unit. Now comes the fun part; Unloading. How do you pack your unit so you are able to find everything when the need arises? Here are 5 tips for organizing your storage unit to make this chore stress free come moving day.

  1. Labels. Always label your boxes – if you’re putting a variety of items in them try to add a description. This will help you organize your unit into sections. Use a brightly colored label & stack your boxes or totes with the label facing the front, so that you will be able to find things quickly in your unit.
  2. Regularly Used Items in Front. Pack the items that you will be using most towards the front of your unit. This will prevent you from having to move any extras away so you can reach them when the time comes. This includes items like seasonal wear, sports equipment, Christmas décor etc.
  3. Leave an aisle. One of the most common mistakes when storing is not leaving any room to get to the items in the back of your unit. The last thing you want to do is come to grab a box and have to move all your items out to get to it. Leave an aisle down the middle of the unit so that you’re able to reach most, if not all boxes and items.
  4. Take Pictures. When all of your items are loaded into your storage unit, take a few pictures so that you know what is in the unit and where to find it. This will save you time when you get to your unit and is especially important if you are storing long term.
  5. Draw a Map. Even if you’ve taken pictures it’s good to draw a map of where your belongings are, especially the important items that you do not use often. This will make your visit shorter if you know where these are packed away. This may include family photo albums, jewelry, tax files etc.

Using these 5 tips will not only save you time when you visit your storage unit but it will also reduce the mess you would have to make when searching through boxes to find a specific item. Have you stored before? Let us know your organizing tips in the comments below!

— Kayla Akerstrom