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.

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!!

Self Storage in Moose Jaw Gives A Hoot

Canada DayIt’s Canada Day in Moose Jaw shortly and at SaskWatch Storage we’d like to do a shout out to our neighbours and hopefully you’ll be able to stop in and see them too.

The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC) was created to help promote the conservation of the endangered Burrowing Owl and their prairie habitat through education, stewardship and eco-tourism. The Centre opened its gates to the public for the first time in the spring of 1997.

SBOIC_Moose_Jaw_self_storageOur facility, along with much of Moose Jaw, is built on “owl habitat” and this is why we’d like you to help support their cause this Canada Day. Take a few minutes and stop in to say hi and learn more about these owls and how you may be able to help them out.

Speaking of habitat, if you are finding your own habitat to be getting a wee bit cluttered, give our manager a call and come check out our units for rent. We’d love to earn your business because we give a hoot 🙂

Spring Melt Down SALE for Self Storage In Moose Jaw

Spring SaleWell after that Saskatchewan winter for the record books, we’re ready for a Spring Melt Down Sale!!!

Sign up for a 6 month lease and we’ll pay your last months rent! That’s right, you get your storage unit for FREE on the last month.

But heck, if you want to stay longer…no problem. We’ll even give you a discounted rate. Talk to our manager and they’ll be happy to set you up in our Customer Loyalty Program with preferred rates.

Act NOW and get a FREE storage unit while they are still available! Limited number of storage units available so Contact Us today at 1 (306) 630-2526 to secure yours.

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There’s No Place Like Home…Spring Clearing Tips

Moose Jaw Mini StorageAt SaskWatch Storage we really love how Dorothy and Toto have taken to self storage in Moose Jaw 🙂

Now that warmer spring weather is just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to share a few more Storage Tips as you do a little Spring Cleaning around the house and make the most out of your mini storage unit.

Boxes:
Free stuff is always great! There’s no better place to get your boxes than to ask around the local business community. Often you can get sturdy boxes for free from places such as the liquor store, simply by asking.

Remember, pick out uniform-sized boxes to help with the stacking and keep things stable…especially if you do not have any shelves to put things onto.

Do your best to maximize the capacity of each box. Do not overfill or under fill them, as this will affect your stability and stacking process.

Plastic Bins:
This is a trend that we have certainly seen with our customers. More and more people are using plastic bins that are pre-formed for stacking.

Clear ones offer a convenient look inside at the contents. If you are using regular plastic bins, be sure to clearly label the ends (both of them) so that it is easy to re-locate your stuff.

organized-storage-roomLastly, be careful not to overpack them with heavy items like books as this is difficult to more around. If you have the time, make a list of key items in each box and label it. Keep this list at home and printed out. It’s really handy if you ever have to send someone else in to pick something up for you.

These are great for storage units without climate control as they help prevent moisture and dust from getting into your stuff.

When packing fragile items into your boxes or bins, don’t be afraid to grad some dish towels or clothing to wrap them up. This will help protect things from getting damaged or broken during the move in/ out phase.

Finally, as this is a “Spring Clean Up” blog post, don’t be afraid to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore. Donate to local charity, family or friends, hold a garage sale, or simply chuck it. Give yourself a break and stop packing around the things that you don’t need anymore 🙂

All the best and have a wonderful March!

Santa’s Self Storage in Moose Jaw

Santa has been spotted in Moose Jaw and it looks like he’s taking a few precision flying tips from our troops out at 15 Wing with the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (check out the video).

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From all of us at SaskWatch Storage (Santa’s self storage in Moose Jaw), we would like to wish you and your loved ones a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a joyous holiday season!

Rocker In The Locker Grand Prize

SaskWatch Storage Manager Kathy Crozier opens up the winning envelop for the 800 CHAB Rocker in the Locker contest, and the winner is….ROD STEWART, aka Liam Baillie!!

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Rod Stewart…er’ Liam Baillie Grand Prize Winner!

What a wonderful show of support from the Moose Jaw Business Community! Inside the locker was close to five-thousand dollars in prizes, including:
– A brand new, Ashley rocker recliner from Ashdown’s
– A pair of tickets to John Fogerty at Mosaic Place
– Queen size bed from Cross Canada Sleep Centre
– Installed command start from Murray GM
– $50 Gift card from Chiller’s Brew Pub
– Oil change and 79-point winter inspection from Andy’s Transmission and Automotive Repair
– Rolling Stones framed signature plaques and mounted CD from Charity Solutions
– One (1) night in the “Elton John Executive Suite” at the Grant Hall (with furnishings Elton requested when he played his concert in Regina in 2011)
– A Mova Globe from Simcoe Draperies

Twenty “Rocker In the Locker” Finalists turned out on a gorgeous day to see who would win the collection of prizes on our SaskWatch Storage locker in Moose Jaw.  Three names were selected and those finalists were given the name of a famous “rocker” – Carmen Bochek had Paul McCartney, Lonnie Gieni had Bruce Springsteen and Liam Baillie had Rod Stewart.  We did the draw with Rob Carnie on the radio, with Kathy Crozier of SaskWatch Storage opening the winning envelope with the matching “rocker”.

Thank you everyone for coming out to the event and another shout out to the entire TEAM at 800 CHAB Radio…The Greatest Hits of All Time!