Moose Jaw Self Storage Units Aren’t Just for Stashing Junk

At SaskWatch Storage in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, we would like to take this opportunity to Thank our many loyal customers at our mini storage facility. In fact, since opening our doors in 2011 we continue have many of our original customers.

ToolStorageA key to this is that many people who use our self storage units aren’t just stashing junk. In fact, renting a unit from us is a very cost effective business strategy for many business owners and entrepreneurs.

We continue to host tradespeople like drywall, electrical and plumbing folks that use their units to warehouse supplies. It’s convenient and affordable. Others have stored their clothing lines and other physical products they sell from home.  We have even had larger businesses that store financial records, especially the ones that CRA is asking you to keep for 7 years.

Self storage in Moose Jaw from our perspective is as much about convenient domestic use as it is about savvy business owners taking advantage of an opportunity right within their own community. If your a small business owner in Moose Jaw and want to know more about how we can serve you, feel free to contact our manager Kathy directly at 1(306) 630-2526.

Thank you everyone in Moose Jaw and we hope you have a wonderful July 1st celebration in Crescent Park!

Moose Jaw Fireworks, photo courtesy of Discover Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Fireworks, photo courtesy of Discover Moose Jaw

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Into Moose Jaw Self Storage

At SaskWatch Storage we love hearing from you. Recently we were asked about the best ways to store kitchen items. Here’s a couple of things to consider packing up and storing your kitchen:

  1. Storage_advice_imageRemember we are not climate controlled. This means that when it get’s cold (as it sometimes does here in prairie’s) water is going to freeze.Make sure that everything is DRY before you store it. Moisture also has a tendency to create bad odours too – yuk!
  2. When packing really fragile items such as cups, glassware, etc, place them in separate boxes than heavier items such as your pots and pans or bowling ball collection.
  3. Be sure to protect your fragile items by filling in the gaps with crumpled up editions of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and put them in strong boxes.
  4. Always drain your dish washer and the magic black hoses that make them work.

We hope these tips help you and wish you all the best in your self storage experience. Still need a few ideas on how to get ready for loading up your storage unit? Give our manager Kathy a call at 1-306-630-2526.

You Don’t Have To Get Bent Out Of Shape To Fit Into Mini Storage in Moose Jaw

At SaskWatch Storage we get that it can be tricky for folks to figure out what can fit into their storage unit. Well, there’s no reason to get bent out of shape like these two contortionists Pixie Le Knot (right) and Oohla Lowri did when they squeezed themselves into a square locker at Access Self Storage in London England.

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As a general rule of thumb, here’s a quick guide to what your needs could be:

5 x 10 = contents of 1 bedroom

10 x 10 = contents of 2 bedrooms

10 x 15 = contents of 3 bedrooms

Still got questions?  Feel free to contact our Manager Kathy directly by phone at 1-306-630-2526 and she will be happy to help you out 🙂

Whacky Discoveries in Mini Storage

You think your great Aunt Betsy’s belly-lint collection is weird? Well clearly people put all kinds of things in mini storage and at SaskWatch Storage we’ve seen a few whacky things in our day too. Sometimes it’s good to know that you are not alone, so we thought we’d share a story of another storage owner’s discovery.

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Take for instance the folks in Florida that decided to put Grandma in theirs…Ouch! We get that there are more important things in life than high-priced funerals but that is possibly taking it a bit too far 🙂 So what happened? Apparently the family fell behind on payments. When the manager of storage facility contacted the owners of the unit to let them know that they were going to auction the contents, the granddaughter revealed the contents to avoid the auction. No foul play is suspected.
Have a great April everyone and take advantage of our Spring Sale if you are looking for self storage in Moose Jaw!

Welcome to Your Home and Good Luck Mandy Eirich!

SaskWatch Storage is proud to be an ongoing supporter of the Moose Jaw Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and we are very excited for Moose Jaw’s latest recipient family – the Eirich’s! We believe in community and we wish Mandy and her entire family all the best as they build themselves a place to call home!

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Here’s the original article from the Moose Jaw Times Herald:

It’s a dream come true for Mandy Eirich. Eirich, her 14-year-old son Keagan, and her 12-year-old nephew Kaleb will be the sixth family to move into a Habitat for Humanity home in the Friendly City.

“I was born and raised here in Moose Jaw,” said Eirich at the ground-breaking ceremony held Friday morning. “I’m proud to have grown up here and I’m proud to be raising my kids here.”

As a single mother, Eirich hasn’t always had things easy. Her nephew has lived with her full-time for the past three years and on and off before then while the boy’s mother, Eirich’s older sister, dealt with debilitating mental health issues.

“All we ever wanted for Kaleb was stability and a home that he could call his own,” she said. Kaleb’s mother passed away in October. Eirich said it was an extremely painful time for her family, but thanks to the support of her mother and roller-derby teammates, she was able to make it through.

Now she said things are starting to look up. “It was a hard application. I put my entire life into it. It took me about a month of truly believing in myself,” Eirich said.
Habitat for Humanity does not give homes away for free. Successful applicants are required to take part in the construction process for a specified number of hours. Friends and family are also required to help. Eirich will also be responsible for paying the mortgage but at no interest as well as regular property taxes.

Eirich said she’s excited to take part in the task ahead of her. “It’s the most exciting thing in my entire life. I’m learning how to build on my own.”

Habitat-for-Humanity-Logo-Moose-Jaw-StorageAccording to Bill Harris, chair of Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw, there are more than one million children in Canada who don’t have a safe, affordable, decent home in which to live.
“If there’s a million in Canada who don’t have a decent home,” said Harris, “then we must have our share of them in Moose Jaw.”

Harris also said that Habitat has received lots of help from the community in previous building projects, but they are always looking for more. You don’t need any construction experience to be able to take part. “The key thing now is that we need volunteers. It’s a case of involving the community. If you don’t know anything about building a house, this is a good place to learn. Anyone who feels they can roll up their sleeves, that’s what we’re looking for.”

Eirich said she feels as if the struggles she’s faced throughout the years are finally paying off in the form of her very own home. She said having a hand in building a home for herself and her two sons is empowering.

Her message to other single mothers: “Never give up. Right now I’m struggling so much, but just know that there’s people out there to help you in your community, and to never be afraid to ask for help.”

To volunteer or more information on the application process, please visit Habitat Moose Jaw.

Make Your Storage Unit Your New Years Resolution

Welcome to 2016!!! We’ve seen many people coming and going to their self-storage units at SaskWatch Storage in Moose Jaw. One thing that crossed our minds is “how efficient do folks make their units?”  Your self-storage units don’t have to be a space you visit once

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or twice a year to dig something out of a stack of boxes. They can be highly organized, easily accessible spaces that free up necessary space in your home or office.  Here’s a few hints on how to get the most out of your storage space:

Unpack and Arrange Items Efficiently
Before you load up the truck to take your packed items to your self-storage unit, check with our manager to make sure there is adequate space for the truck to maneuver to your unit.

As you arrive at the facility and begin to unload, arranging your furniture, equipment, boxes, and other odds-and-ends efficiently in your storage unit will make a big difference in maximizing its convenience.

Here are a few tried-and-true suggestions for putting items into your unit:
Plan ahead
•    While your storage unit should already be clean and swept out, consider putting down protective canvas sheeting, cardboard or wooden boards on the floor for cleanliness.
•    Keep a fold-up step stool in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
•    Frequently-used items should be placed near the entrance for easy access. This holds true for file boxes and other business items, too. Continue reading

3 Simple Steps to Make Your Packing Up Simpler

At SaskWatch Storage we want you to get the most out of your self storage experience in Moose Jaw.  To get the most out of them, it is best to plan ahead before you start loading up the truck. Here are 3 simple steps to help you plan ahead:

CavemanFridgeStep 1: Plan What You Will Store
1.    Start by identifying items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.
2.    Prioritize boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit).
3.    Group by fragility or weight – heavier, sturdier items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items, fragile items on top.
4.    Consider awkwardly-sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are.

Step 2: Choose the Right Size Unit
Nobody wants to pay for storage they don’t need. But a little extra space makes moving around within the unit much easier. It also gives you room to add those unplanned items that always seem to pop up. Feel free to give our Manager a call and/ or meet on-site to see what size unit is going to best fit your needs. Continue reading

2015 Rocker in the Locker Winner Declared!

By all accounts it was another grand event at SaskWatch Storage and our strategic alliance with CHAB Radio…Kudos to the Moose Jaw business community for all their generous donations for 2015 Rocker in the Locker event!

Now let’s get down to business…and the winner is…drum roll…

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Congratulations Sandy Worth… Our 2015 Rocker in the Locker Winner!

Moose Jaw’s very own baker…Sandy Worth! Congratulations Sandy we at SaskWatch Storage truly wish you all the best!

Here’s a few more shot’s from our very own Cindy Locker who was at the event.

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Cindy Locker Confirmed for 2015 Rocker in the Locker Event!

I know everyone is probably losing sleep over the upcoming election…OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration BUT the really big news is that SaskWatch Storage has been able to lock down Moose Jaw’s One and Only “Cindy Locker” for the 2015 CHAB Rocker in the Locker Live Event on Saturday, October 31.

2015-10-16_1105Look for Cindy during the event!

We’re pretty sure that if you sweet talk Ms. Locker, that that guitar of hers will get smokin’ and she’ll even sing a couple of old fan favorites by request like:

  • Girl’s Just Wanna Have Lockers (1983),
  • Mini Changes Everything (1983),
  • Term After Term (1983),
  • I Packed All Night (1989), or
  • All Through the Storage Unit (1983).

Don’t forget to ask Cindy Locker to Dance too… 🙂

Good luck everyone and thank you to all the Moose Jaw Business Community and Sponsors for this FUN Event!!