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

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

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!

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to De-clutter with Moose Jaw Mini Storage

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The Christmas and New Year’s Holiday season is another wrap and now you could be looking at a garage like this…Holy Crap!  Why not make your New Year’s resolution this year to de-clutter and claim back your garage!

Bring your seasonal items over to SaskWatch Storage in Moose Jaw. Our mini storage is conveniently located off of Highway #1 and we have a range of unit sizes to best meet your needs.

Now that you have your space back at home, it sure will be nice to park your vehicle in the garage again and not have to scrape windows…now that’s peace of mind!

Here’s a couple of handy tips to consider when packing up your stuff:
1. Put in Shelves to take advantage of the vertical space in your unit
2. Label all of your boxes clearly and face the label outward so that they can be read easily
3. Leave a PATH to the back of your unit. This allows you to come by at any time and retrieve or leave items in your unit.

Once again, Happy New Year and all the best to you and your loved ones in 2015!

Self Storage Solutions for the College Student

September has come around and it looks like it’s back to school for the kids. In some cases this could be post-secondary college or university, perhaps even our very own local Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).  What a great

School books with apple on deskopportunity to do a little “house keeping” too. What to send along and what to keep? Life in the dorm’s on campus or in apartments can be tight and storage space is almost always a challenge.  If your leaving Moose Jaw, we wish you all the best and perhaps a SaskWatch Storage storage unit would be ideal for you to keep your stuff before your parents set it out on the curb while you are in class 🙂
If you are new to Moose Jaw, we’d like to welcome you and wish you all the best in your studies and time spent here in our amazing city. Renting one of our self storage units is Continue reading

Run Your Small Business or Home-Based Business from Self Storage Unit

Are you a small business owner or home-based business operating in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan? Are you looking for new ways to make your business successful?

We are aware of several local Moose Jaw business’s that are clients at SaskWatch Storage and it got us to wondering…who else is thinking this way? Well it didn’t take long to run across this article by Katie Prescott, Business Reporter for the BBC.

If you are a business owner and looking a new perspective on how to lower your overhead and meet seasonal or temporary demands, keep reading!

Here is Katie’s report:

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The corrugated iron corridors of the Access self-storage centre in West Norwood, south London are marked by the anonymous outlines of padlocked doors.

Behind many are the belongings that people just can’t bring themselves to throw away – often the residue of life-changing moments like death or divorce.

Yet in among the stacks of furniture and knick-knacks, a growing number of the metal containers play host to a wide range of small businesses.

They’re attracted by the flexibility, the short-notice periods and low overheads that characterise the rough and ready space offered by the self-storage industry.

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How To Pack a Self Storage Unit

Many of our customers at Saskwatch Storage are first time users of Self Storage in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. We’d like to share a simple video for some basic tips on how to pack your self storage unit. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Plan your move in ahead of time.
  2. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, lighter items in larger boxes.
  3. In your storage unit, place your heavier boxes on the bottom, then the lighter ones on top.
  4. Consider using plastic or metal shelving to stack your boxes and better organize your space.
  5. Remember to LABEL each of your boxes so you know how to find your things.
  6. As you are loading your moving truck, first put all of your lighter items in at the front of the truck, followed by the heavier, bulky items such as couches. This way, when you arrive at your unit, the big and heavy stuff will go in first and you can pack around them.
  7. Leaving an aisle or walkway is often overlooked and is very convenient for returning to your stuff to get out what you need.

How to Declutter Your Garage

SaskWatch-Storage-Moose-Jaw-mini-storageTime for another self storage tip. It may not feel like it outside with wind chill warnings from Environment Canada putting us below minus 40, but spring is right around the corner….really! And nothing like a good ol “spring cleaning” Continue reading

Moose Jaw Mini Storage Helps You Keep Your New Year Resolution

New_Year_Resolution_Moose_Jaw_Self_StorageIt’s that time of year again to set your New Year’s Resolutions and we at SaskWatch Storage, Moose Jaw’s most conveniently located self storage facility, want to know what is your New Year’s Resolution?

Keeping your New Year Resolutions is now easy. To help keep you on track, SaskWatch Storage believes we have got the right recipe and here’s how:

Spend Quality Time with Family
family_time_Moose_Jaw_mini_storageGot too much clutter at home? Embarrassed to invite friends or spend time with your family at home? It is time now to clear the clutter, arrange the furniture to suit the perfect dinner or a home movie with your friends/family. SaskWatch Storage helps you get your peace back. Continue reading