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Toronto Moving Tips You Can’t Live Without

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You have probably heard or read hundreds of moving tips, besides choosing a reputable Toronto moving company throughout your years but chances are good you remember very few of them. At least if you are anything like me. That’s why we decided to share this fantastic article with you. It has 17 of the best moving hacks that you can use to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

Of course, we feel the need to throw in a bonus tip, which is to choose our moving company for your relocation. No matter how close or how far you are moving, Valet Storage can help and we don’t just move you either, we offer convenient and affordable storage as well.

Read on to learn some of the best moving hacks and be sure to take notes, you are going to want to remember all of these tips. Also, don’t forget to give Valet Storage a call to find out just what our Toronto moving company can do for you.


Life has a funny way of surprising you. Justin and I had just decided to stay in Texas for another 5 years. We love our friends there and the house was just getting to be the best it could be! But then we were offered an opportunity that would bring us closer to family. So, we worked our little fannies off to get the house complete. It’s just a house right? But I am telling you, it was sad to pack up the house when it has never looked that good the whole time we lived there.

But family is very important to us and we felt that it was time to be closer to them, while our children are young. We loved living away from family without kids… but life and priorities change when you have kids, can I get an AMEN…READ MORE HERE…

To get in touch with us to learn more about our Toronto moving company services or our storage units, give us a call at 1-888-670-6794.

Moving Tips: Don’t Pack Junk!

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Planning a move? One of the best moving tips you are going to come across is to not pack a bunch of junk to take with you to your new home. Think about it, this is important for a couple of different reasons.

I like to think of moving as the ultimate opportunity to declutter. You have to go through everything anyway, so why not weed out the junk? Plus, why would you want to go through all the trouble of packing up things you don’t need? It’s a lot of wasted effort, and then you have to pay the Toronto movers to come in and load it all up and then unload it at your new home? No thank you!

The following article has several fantastic moving tips that will save you plenty of your own time and money and make things easier for your Toronto movers.

7 Tips for a Smooth Move

Have you moved recently? Are you planning a move? If you have put your home on the market or are thinking about moving to a new home, be forewarned. There are some stressful days and busy hours coming your way. Moving to a new home is considered by some to be one of the hardest things you will do. It takes planning, time and lots of work. There are definitely some things you can do to make the move a little easier. Here are 7 Tips for a Smooth Move. I don’t claim that these tips will take out all the work, but it will help your transition go smoother…READ MORE HERE…

If you are still hunting for the perfect Toronto movers after figuring out the best moving tips, look no further than Valet Storage. We offer highly competitive rates and we come with a storage unit which can really help you if you are going to be between homes for a while.

To learn more about our moving services, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794.

Home Organization: Lies You Tell Yourself

home organizationEver wonder why you are always looking at a cluttered home and how you can declutter better? There are some lies that most of us tell ourselves that are doing us a disservice.

It’s important when you are trying to change anything in your life that you closely examine your thoughts and feelings, you might not realize it but this is especially true when it comes to home organization.

Common lies that do us harm in terms of home storage:

LIE 1: If I pare down my wardrobe I will have nothing interesting to wear.

TRUTH: By having fewer clothes you can afford to buy better items that you can use to coordinate more exciting outfits.


LIE 2: If I put off my home organization and decluttering I will be more motivated to get it all done at once.

TRUTH: If you leave things to the last minute when guests are coming or you just procrastinate in general you are more likely to feel overwhelmed and never get what you want accomplished.


LIE 3: If I throw that item out or give it away I will be sorry I did down the road.

TRUTH: The majority of the items you keep around for a rainy day are the ones you don’t really need at all. On top of that fact, if you keep everything, when you need one specific thing chances are good you won’t be able to find it.


LIE 4: If I throw those papers out I will lose something important.

TRUTH: These days, with the internet and many records being kept online, bank records for example, most of the papers you have laying around aren’t necessary to keep. The one exception is if you own a business. If that’s the case, talk to your accountant and/or lawyer to find out what you need and what you don’t. It’s almost certain that at least 80 percent of what you have been keeping is unnecessary.


LIE 5: I can’t work on home organization until I get special shelves and organization tools and I can’t afford them right now.

TRUTH: You don’t need anything like that to stay organized. Are they nice to have? Sure, but they are far from necessary. You can browse around our blog and find hundreds, no, thousands, of home organization tips you can use to keep your home decluttered and very few of them need anything special.


If you are looking for some off-premises Toronto self-storage, look no further than Valet Storage. We will come to your home, pick up what you want taken away and drive it all to our indoor temperature controlled facility. Nothing is more convenient and our rates are highly competitive.

To learn more about our special Toronto self-storage services, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and can book you over the phone in just a couple of minutes.


Stuck In A Decluttering Rut?

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Are you stuck in a decluttering rut? Never fear or get discouraged, this happens to all of us from time to time, even those of us with a wealth of organizing tips at our disposal. The great news is there is a great way to get yourself out of it and it’s far easier and less stressful than you might think.

The following article will teach you how to deal with the problem so you can get back to following organizing tips and getting your home into tip-top shape.

The Best Way to Get out of a Decluttering Rut

If you’re stuck in a decluttering rut, it can sometimes feel like the easiest option is to just do nothing. Live with your clutter. Shuffle it into a semblance of organization and call it a day. Which is fine if that gives you peace.

But what do you do if your clutter is making you miserable? How do you take action when it all seems too hard…READ MORE HERE…

Need more comprehensive organizing tips? Give Valet Storage a call. We offer, you guessed it, valet service which means we come to you and pick up whatever you want to put into Toronto storage. It’s a great way to clear the clutter when you aren’t yet sure what you want to keep or throw away.

Our rates are competitive and there is no other Toronto storage company as convenient as Valet Storage. To learn more about our unique services or to book an appointment, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794.

Smart Organizing Ideas For Kid’s Stuff

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Have kids and need some clever organizing ideas for their stuff? Children are great but man if they aren’t good at making any room look cluttered and disorganized. Some smart decluttering tips can make all the difference, all you need to do is get your kids to use them!

The following article is less of an article and more of a picture list. It’s perfect for moms who are in a hurry and want something quick to read that will give them all the organizing ideas they need for their kid’s bedrooms and play areas.

49 Clever Storage Solutions For Living With Kids

Spoiler alter: Kids have a lot of stuff…READ MORE HERE…

If you have some items your kids have grown out of but that you want to hold onto for the next one, Valet Storage can help you with some organizing ideas. What we do is come to your home and pick up the items you want to put into Toronto storage. It’s pretty much the most convenient decluttering tip you will hear today.

To learn more about our unique services or to book an appointment, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794.

Essential Small Pantry Organizing Tips

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Some would argue that having a small pantry is worse than having no pantry at all in part because trying to get everything to fit is a frustration all unto itself. What do you prioritize as being worthy of taking up the few tiny shelves you have, for example? Or do you only put your canned goods in it? Your dried ones? Having a good grasp on some of the best organizing tips can really help you out and these same tips are great for if you do happen to have no pantry.

Small pantry organizing: Where to start

A good idea is to start by taking stock of the number of shelves and cupboards that you can utilize as little mini pantries. Set one for your baking supplies, ones for your canned goods and another for things vegetables and the like. If you have spices you should seriously consider getting a spice rack as they pretty much organize themselves when you use one.

Next, you need to think about how to organize the baking and dried goods section. This is important because much of these items come in great big bags and you won’t be able to fit them all in the cupboard nor will you want to be pulling out a giant, heavy bag of sugar or flour from somewhere every time you want to use a cup of it.

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The ideal containers

Look into getting some easy to stack or line up containers that you can put smaller, more manageable amounts into. Think of Rubbermaid type containers. They are usually square or rectangle which means they line up nice or stack up brilliantly without leaving any wasted space. These are heaven sent when it comes to small pantry organizing.

These usually come with great lids that snap on or clip on tight so you never have to worry about the damp getting in or worse, bugs. Ew bugs. They are even great for holding your cereal.

What you don’t want to get is those pretty jars that you see in so many fancy kitchens. They look great, don’t get me wrong, but what most people don’t think about until they go to use them is that they are awkward and not functional at all.

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First of all, they are often round which means you are left with all kinds of wasted space in your small pantry. Second, the mouths of the jars are almost always too narrow to fit in a measuring cup which means you pretty much have to make a mess when trying to fill one with, say, flour.  It’s far better to choose something rectangle, this eliminates all of those sorts of problems leaving you with a neat and orderly pantry and no mess when you are baking.

Keep these simple small pantry organizing tips in mind when you are determining how to set up your kitchen and even if you have no pantry at all, you will be ahead of the game.

When it comes time to declutter the rest of your home and you have some items you want to store off-site, give Valet Storage a call.

We will come to your home and pick up anything you want put into Toronto storage and take it away to our indoor, temperature controlled facility. Our services are affordable and convenient, just what you need when trying to get your home organized.

To learn more about our unique services, give our Toronto storage company a call at 1-888-670-6794.

Unpacking After Moving In JUST 2 DAYS

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Now that you’ve moved you have a big pile of furniture and boxes and it’s time to go through them all. Yikes. Unpacking after moving might be the worst, most overwhelming part of the whole Toronto moving adventure but the good news is, we have you covered.

The following article is going to teach you everything you need to know about unpacking after moving in the most efficient and fastest way without breaking anything or having anything get lost in the shuffle.


In the 14 years my ex-husband was home, we moved over 30 times. You most likely don’t know anyone else that can pack a Uhaul as good as me (if it didn’t fit, I didn’t get to keep it!) nor do you know someone who can put up a home as quick (because I’ve literally done it SO many times!)

Moving is hard. It’s a lot of work, you get tired, it’s physically and emotionally draining. Then you get to the new house, look around at all your stuff and have NO IDEA where to put it all. If you are planning your next move, these tips will drastically help you know exactly how to unpack a house in two days…READ MORE HERE…

If you haven’t moved yet, and you are just planning for when you do, give Valet Storage a call. We can take care of the Toronto moving part for you and even put all the boxes and furniture in the rooms you need them in. We take the stress out of the moving process and even provide much needed storage.

To learn more about our unique services or to book an appointment in the Greater Toronto area, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794.

Home Staging Ideas: Sell Your Home Fast

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There is nothing worse than listing your home for sale only to see it languish on the market for months with no movement. You can keep this from happening with some killer home staging ideas. These tips will allow people to imagine themselves living in the home with their families and also make it easier for you to get top dollar for the home when it does sell. Good staging could even lead to a bidding war which can drive the final price up even higher.

The following 10 home staging ideas are especially good for when you are going to be having open houses, they will get people talking and give your listing the buzz it needs to get some real traction in the market. Take notes or print the article out as you will want to refer back to it in order to make sure you didn’t forget anything.

10 Tips To Prepare Your Home For An Open House

Holding an open house is a great way to get many potential buyers through the door. There are many useful tips you will need to incorporate in the open house. First of all, buyers need to envision how they will use the space, so staging the home is the first priority among others.

You’ll need to stage your home to make the home inviting. I have enlisted 10 tips to prepare your home for an open house. This post is intended to help both the seller and real estate agents in producing a successful open house…READ MORE HERE…

Now that you know some fantastic home staging ideas, you can start thinking about what to do with the items you are taking out of the house. If you need someplace to put some of the clutter, like knick-knacks or furniture while you stage, give us a call. Valet Storage can come right to your door and pick up whatever you are looking to put into Toronto self-storage.

Toronto self-storage doesn’t get more convenient that our service and we make sure our rates are competitive and affordable as well. If you would like to know more about our special services or you are ready to book an appointment, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794.

Finding Rustic Farmhouse Storage Solutions

rustic farmhouse storage solutionsRustic farmhouse storage solutions are becoming more and more popular all the time. They look fantastic and cozy and can solve all kinds of storage problems you have been having around the house. You can use them in the kitchen, bathroom, shed and even the front hall. The sky is literally the limit with this style of home decor.

Nothing makes a home feel more comfortable and cozy as farmhouse home decor. The colors are generally warm, there is often a lot of wood involved and best of all? These items are cheap to make yourself and just as cheap to find when shopping for them. The question is, where do you start looking for them?

Two super simple ways to track down rustic farmhouse storage solutions to use in your home:

The internet

What can’t you find on the internet right? Check out online sites like craigslist to get all kinds of materials cheap, sometimes even free, that you can use to make your own farmhouse decor and storage options. A lot of this stuff, like wooden crates or glass jars, for example, can be found online with people literally giving them away.

You can then use them as is or use them as pieces to build other things. You can even use old wooden skids as planters outside in the yard for a homey landscaping option. Some simple stain or a coat of paint can be added to bring some color into the equation as well.

The internet will not only provide you with the place to pick up the items you need to build things but also the instructions on how to build them. A quick search of Pinterest, for example, will allow you to track down just about any idea you are thinking of DIY constructing.

Track down farmhouse storage solutions American Picker style

You know that show American Pickers? If not, look it up, you will learn a lot. But, I digress, you can take a look around your home and you might be surprised at what you already have to work with. If you can’t find what you need there, start asking neighbors what they have around that they might want to get rid of and start hitting up yard sales and garage sales. There is a wealth of things out there just waiting for you to find them and they are usually incredibly cheap or again, even free.

If you find yourself in need of a different kind of storage, the kind where you have items taken out of your home to be stored in an indoor temperature controlled facility in Toronto, give Valet Storage a call. We will come to your door and pick up whatever you want taken away, whether it’s one simple thing or 100, we can help.

To learn more about our one-of-a-kind services and to find out about our competitive rates, give us a call at 1-888-670-6794, we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Storage Solutions: How Much Stuff Is Too Much

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If you are anything like most people you might sometimes feel you have too much stuff and other times feel like you just don’t have all the things you truly need. It’s a conundrum that keeps so many people endlessly confused. It’s especially frustrating when you are trying to find good decluttering ideas and storage solutions for the items you already have.

We found a great article that will help you determine how much stuff is really too much stuff. You can then apply some top-notch decluttering ideas and find the best storage solutions for your home.

How Much Is Too Much? (my 2-part formula)

No, I most likely won’t have the perfect or right or best answer for how many pairs of shoes you should own, how many toys you should allow your children, or how many cookbooks to keep on your shelf.

HOWEVER, I do have a very simple 2-part “formula” of sorts that might just help you think through your stuff a bit more… and determine (for yourself) exactly “how much is too much”…READ MORE HERE…

If you have determined that you really do have too much stuff for simple decluttering then we have the perfect storage solutions for you at Valet Storage. We will come to your home and pick up whatever you want to put into storage and we will keep it in our indoor, temperature controlled facility for as long as you need us too, even if it’s just a week.

To learn more about our special services and our competitive rates, give us a call at 1-888-670-6794 today!

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