What do people use self-storage for?  

  • Moving – your home or your business location – gives you time to decide what will go where, or to decide what you are going to get rid of if you are moving to a smaller place.
  • Selling your house – scaling down your décor and clutter to avoid turning potential buyers away.
  • Renovating or re-decorating your business or home – your stuff is in the way or might get paint on it.
  • Garage/basement – you would like to use your garage for the car or your basement for a rec room.
  • Spare room – it has turned into a storage room for out-of-season clothing and Christmas supplies, instead of a useable room.
  • Summer break – you are home from the dorm for summer and you need to put your stuff somewhere for next year.
  • Military service – you are going overseas and not keeping your apartment while you’re gone.
  • Inheritance – things that were left to you in a will and you don’t know what to do with them yet, or items that are in probate.
  • Furniture – an antique armoire or comfy sofa that you don’t have a place for right now, but you can’t let it go.
  • Appliances – something you have replaced but would prefer to find a new home for rather than letting the garbage truck eat it.
  • Other seasonal items – motorcycle, patio furniture, equipment for camping, skiing, mountain climbing, living with snow, boating, gardening, car maintenance supplies (non-flammable).
  • Sports equipment – for your recreational hockey team or your kids’ next game season.
  • Electronics – stereo or video equipment that you might need again someday.
  • Books, vinyl records, audio cassettes – the ones you can’t throw away, especially your mixed tapes (records and cassettes are making a comeback).
  • VHS and camcorder tapes – you might have time to digitize them someday.
  • Emotional items – letters and postcards, diaries, photo albums, a lava lamp, 8mm family movies and the player to watch them on, a collection of Red Rose Tea bunnies, tour t-shirts and posters.
  • Personal files – tax documents, the manuscript you plan to finish someday, leases, deeds, insurance documents.
  • Business storage – client files, archival records, seasonal inventory, samples, promo materials
  • Brewing equipment – when you’re not using it (but you should be using it).
  • Things you are selling online – a beautiful rug, a painting, a stack of barn-wood planks, kids’ toys (keeps it out of your way and you won’t have strangers coming to your house to buy it).
  • Contractor equipment – air compressor for your nail gun, table saw, thickness planer.
  • Renovation materials – flooring, a claw foot bathtub, outdoor decking that you got on sale or from a friend, painting equipment.
  • Musical instruments – guitars, drums, keyboards, kazoos, accordions, amps, pedals.

What should not go into storage? 

  • Illegal firearms and ammunition.
  • Legally owned firearms that are loaded and unlocked.
  • Explosives.
  • Anything stolen or smuggled.
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Hazardous or toxic chemicals.
  • Flammable substances (kerosene, gasoline, aerosol cans, some paints).
  • Anything that will attract pests (such as food).
  • Animals alive or dead (puppy mill, taxidermy).
  • Humans alive or dead.
  • Cash or anything else worth a lot of money.
  • Anything that will fall apart or rot.

What items need a climate controlled storage unit?

Anything that can be damaged by excessive heat, cold, damp, mold, or mildew:

  • Pictures, documents, books.
  • Electronics.
  • Antiques.
  • Leather or fabric items.
  • Things made of wood.
  • Musical instruments.
  • Art.
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5 out of 5 stars

Darrell Rodgers
Darrell Rodgers

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Always helpful staff, 24 hour access and lots of options for storage spaces.

David Kovacs
David Kovacs

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Twenty four hour access, decent rates, and close to the city

Shane Mularchuk
Shane Mularchuk

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

We moved back to Winnipeg from overseas and looked into a number of storage facilities and chose Total Storage, which resulted in a very satisfied decision without any regrets on any level. Our phone calls, as well as emails, were always answered promptly and efficiently. The owner and office staffs' assistance was very helpful, professional and appreciated throughout our experience from moving back to Winnipeg.
Not only will we utilise the Total Storage facility again and again as required, we continue to recommend their operation to others who have also been entirely satisfied with Total Storage facilities and staff.
Thanks again,
Shane