Helping Out Our Youth

Our new manager, Dave, in Drayton Valley is getting out into the community and making a difference. Read his story below!


Hi everyone!

I recently became the manager of Drayton Valley Storage.  It’s a change in career and I believe that I can make a difference to Drayton Valley Storage and the community of Drayton Valley. 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

Stashing Your Summer Gear

Summer, it’s gone with the blink of an eye. It’s time again to stash your summer gear. Here are a few helpful tips and articles to ensure that your equipment is good as new when you take it out of storage next spring. Read More

Tips for Moving With Cats or Dogs

Our furry friends mean a lot to us. As a dog and cat owner I know that moving can be an overwhelming change for pets. Here are a few tips to move your pets without causing additional stress for them. 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

Relocating – How to Make the Move Better!

Source: TJC Properties
Source: TJC Properties

The time has come and you have decided to move for your job, your family, or maybe both. Whether you are moving across the province or the country, relocating is a big commitment, and a big job! Here are a 10 tips from an expert to help make the move better:

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