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.


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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.

pantry organization

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.

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!

Storage Solutions: A Decluttered Bathroom 101

decluttered bathroomPart of having a decluttered bathroom is keeping it clean and organized. In fact, that might be the number one thing to put on your to-do list. This is important when it comes to your day-to-day living as well as if you are selling your home.

Think about it, if you are selling, staging your home doesn’t stop with the regular living areas like the family room and the kitchen, it needs to extend to all areas of the home and people tend to pay a lot of attention to bathrooms. That means having a decluttered bathroom is essential.

The following article will help you keep your bathroom clean and looking decluttered, which, in turn, will keep you from dreading having to spend time in it. That’s definitely a good thing since if there is one room in the home you can’t really avoid, it’s the bathroom.

Quick Tips for Organizing Bathrooms

Use these seven tips for bathroom organization to make the most of your bathroom, regardless of its size…READ MORE HERE…

When decluttering your home, whether you are trying to get it home staged to sell or you just want more space, give Valet Storage a call. We will come to your door and pick up anything you would like to have stored outside the home. This can help you far beyond a decluttered bathroom and can make all the difference in your quality of life in the home.

To learn more about our special, competitively priced services or to book an appointment today call us at 1-888-670-6794.

Build A DIY Kids 4-in-1 Activity Table

build diy kids activity table

Moving into a new home is even more stressful for your kids than it is for you. That might be hard to believe but it’s true, which is why it’s important that you do all that you can to make your new place really feel like a home for your children. One of the best ways to do this is with some cool DIY projects.

One of our personal favourites is a 4-in-1 kids activity table. This can be used in a multitude of different ways and kids love to have something that is all their own. You can build these quickly and easily and they can be placed in the children’s bedroom or playroom or anywhere else for that matter.

The following article will teach you the tips and tricks you need to know in order to build a DIY kids activity table that the whole family can be proud of.


Hey there, everyone! School is out for summer in our house and I know it won’t be long before all of us would give our right arm for great ideas to keep the kiddos busy and not at each other’s throats during the long, hot months of summer. My boys barely wait to get in the car on the last day of school before I have to pull on my striped jersey and play referee. The struggle is real, people.

If you’re one of those parents looking for a way to keep the kiddos occupied for hours, I’ve got just the project! The best part is that it is actually a super fast project that you can have done in a weekend! Last November, I shared the plans for this 4-in-1 activity table over on RYOBI Nation, and today I’m sharing it here on my blog! I built this for my three nephews as a late birthday/early Christmas present. It was a huge hit and my brother said it keeps them busy for hours. To get the materials and cut list, make sure you download the free printable building plans for this fun project…READ MORE HERE…

If you are still in the planning stages of moving house, give Valet Storage a call. We can help you come moving day and even store some of your items if you need us to. We offer indoor, temperature controlled Toronto storage units at competitive prices.

To learn more about our Toronto storage and moving services, give us a call today at 1-888-670-6794, we would be happy to answer any and all of your questions or set up a booking time for you.

Unique Toronto Storage Spaces, Affordable Rates

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Now that the holidays have passed you are probably looking around at all the decorations and wondering what you will do with them all. Then there is the fact that with all your new swag, some of your old stuff will have to go in order to make room for the new. Well, Valet Storage can help with that. We offer the most convenient Toronto storage spaces and services.

Most affordable Toronto storage unit

How can a Toronto storage unit be convenient you ask? Simple, instead of you having to go to the unit after loading up a rented truck, we bring it to you and take care of all the heavy lifting for you. Think of us like movers, but for storage. In fact, we offer moving services as well, so if you are ever planning on moving house, we can help with that too!

Convenient packing services

If you are too busy to spend all the time needed packing your items to be put into storage, just let us know because we can take care of that for you as well. Our packing services are affordable and ultra convenient. See? There’s that word again! But it’s true. We offer a full range of services to take all the work out of getting Toronto storage spaces for you.

Valet Storage will even shrink wrap and blanket your furniture and breakables in order to keep them all 100 percent safe while they hang out in your new Toronto storage space. We do it all at no additional cost too while our competitors charge as much as $5 per blanket per month.

Our rates are guaranteed to never go up

Most importantly while those storage companies will up your monthly rates by as much as 15 percent in just the first six months, we will never raise your rates, even if you store your items for 10 years. This adds up to an enormous amount of savings on your part.

If you are looking for the most affordable and convenient Toronto storage spaces, Valet Storage is the way to go. If you would like to hear more about our unique storage and moving services or you are ready to book an appointment, give us a call at 1-888-670-6794. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Desperately Needed Kitchen Organizing Tips

I titled this article Desperately Needed Kitchen Organizing Tips because, let’s face it, we all desperately need more of these types of tips. No matter how large a kitchen is, there is always some more ways to make it less cluttered and more efficient.

These kitchen organizing tips are simple, straightforward and will make a massive change to your kitchen and all without spending a ton of money on fancy organizers and shelving units. Those can cost a fortune and most of us simply don’t have that kind of money to burn.

Here are some cheap and easy kitchen storage ideas:

cheap kitchen storage ideas

Little things like these plastic organizers are a great way to create more kitchen storage on cupboard and pantry doors. Store small things like spices, packets of gravy or juice where they are easy to see and grab when you need to.

kitchen cereal storage tips

Containers like these are perfect for keeping your cereal fresh while minimizing the storage space they take up in the kitchen. You can find them super cheap at the dollar store.

stackable kitchen storage containers

Consider keeping things like pasta, rice and flour in stackable containers as it will maximize your storage space available in cupboards and pantries. You can even find labels that you can stick right onto them at the dollar store while you are shopping for them.

DIY pull out drawers

For just a few dollars you can create your own DIY pull out drawers for under the sink. These are perfect for storing just about anything but especially your sponges, cleaning detergents and extra kitchen towels.

wire baskets for veggies

It doesn’t get much cheaper than these types of wire baskets. They are perfect for storing your vegetables out of the way and best of all it gets them out of the plastic bags they come in. That’s important because the plastic can make them turn bad faster. Being exposed to open air will keep them fresher longer saving you money in the end.

These five tips are a great start in terms of kitchen organization tips. These storage ideas are affordable and easy, making them just right for just about any budget.

If you would like to have some other types of items put into storage outside your home, give Valet Storage a call. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area we can help and we offer valet service. To learn more or to book an appointment give us a call at 1-888-670-6794. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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