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Whether you’re moving to a smaller place or someone is moving into yours, downsizing can feel like a monumental task. Perhaps you just want to downsize the number of things in your home—whatever the reason, getting rid of personal possessions can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Getting organized, collaborating with others, and seeking the help of professionals will streamline any downsizing process.

Unless you’re on your own, it’s important to have multiple discussions with your loved ones, friends, or roommates. Get organized by making lists together. What do you need to keep? What would you like to keep? And what needs to go? Making decisions for others can lead to conflict down-the-line, so be prepared to negotiate and be reasonable. Start by getting rid of items you agree can be recycled or thrown away. To help decide what can be sold or donated, think about how often you actually use them. If it’s been a couple years, it’s unlikely you’ll need them again. Imagine you lost everything: what do you need to replace ASAP? Those items are your essentials. If you’re moving in with someone, think about which belongings are better quality, work with your new space, match the rest of the décor, etc. Be flexible.

When it’s time to start moving things around, the self storage units in your area will be a huge help. Items that you want to donate or sell can be kept safe and clean in a variety of unit sizes while you look for places to donate or for buyers. Abacus Self Storage serves the Greater Toronto Area and has bright, clean, secure storage units with award-winning customer service. We offer short- and long-term storage options for residential and commercial needs. Your unit will have a personal security code for safe access, and our facility is climate-controlled, so any temperature sensitive items will be protected. If you need supplies, we have boxes, locks, tape, and other handy items whenever you need them. Some of our units come in extra small sizes, in case you only need a bit of help. If you’re downsizing your business, we can also help with commercial storage units in North York and the surrounding areas.

In your new, smaller abode, take inspiration from the tiny home trend and use creative storage ideas. Install floor-to-ceiling shelves and buy furniture that has drawers and hollow storage bodies as part of their structure. Some storage won’t be as easily accessible due to stacking, so put lesser used items in harder to reach places—this might mean keeping some things in the ‘wrong room’ to maximize efficiency. People often forget about the space under things, and you can protect items sitting on the floor with clothes bags, unused luggage, and slim containers.  

Abacus Self Storage offers discounts for rental pre-payment, so be sure to plan ahead. For self storage options in Thornhill or anywhere in the GTA, contact us for a tour of the facility and learn how we can help you downsize!

Short-term storage is an excellent option for any items in-flux. If you need help figuring out the best way to sell some of your things, this Lifehacker guide is a good resource.

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  • November 21, 2011. Nice clean premises. Staff have been very helpful!

    Bruce
  • August 23, 2012. I have been a client of Abacus for over two years, and can recommend their services. Jane and her team are always pleasant and helpful, and the premises are clean and secure. In short, an enjoyable experience!

    Barry
  • August 25, 2012. I was amazed at how organized everything was at Abacus, and Jane`s service was exceptional!! Our locker was totally in order and well lit. the gates and doors work....everything went without a hitch! What a joy to work with a company that really knows their business, and cares...

    Glen
  • 04-17-2014-My girlfriend and I are moving into a new place together and we had to find a secure, affordalble and  convenient storage facility to store our belongings, while we are transitioning to a new apartment. Jane made us feel extremely confident that we were choosing the right place. She helped...

    Scott and Ola, Scottola
  • I found this storage facility to be immaculate. The staff is very professional and friendly. Jane, who is the manager her pleasant personality made the stressful event seem effortless. The owner takes very good care of the facility, the storage units are extremely clean and spacious, there prices...

  • I,ve been with you for a decade now and am glad to say how pleased I am with the high calibre of your personnel. Specifically, Jane`s ever friendly, courteous, helpful nature make my visits a joy. She takes genuine interest in us and I send my appreciation. Also, David goes out of his way to assist...

  • August 31, 2012. As a customer of many years, I commend Abacus for clean, well-lit and maintained, secure premises with huge carts now for ease of moving items. Customer Service, under Jane`s managment, is efficient and friendly. In fact. I consider the team as friends.

    Carol
  • I have used Abacus twice in the last 5 years. Terrific service, good rates, exceptionally clean. If I need to use a self storage facility again in the future these are the people I would go to.

    Louise K
  • September 1, 2012. From my first call and enquiry, it has always been a pleasure dealing with the staff at Abacus Self Storage, where they provide outstanding customer service.

    Cathy
  • Cleanest seft storage I`ve seen I have used self-storage places 3 times in Canada and I was very impressed on how clean is this place. Other pros: Good location (convinient for me :), very friendly staff, and good price. I do recommend this place. 2011-08-03

  • Hi guys, I just recently rented a 10x10 storage unit from you guys and decided to write a review. When I first walked into the office, I was impressed how organized it looked, it was not like the other storage companies I previously visited. It was cleaned, smelled nice and most importantly I was greeted...

    Behzad
  • Hi there, this messge is for Jane, I just wanted to leave a thank you. Holly was just wonderful, she is professional and she is helpful and it was really kind of her to help me sign in yesterday. I just wanted to let Jane know that Holly is a wonderful resource person and I`ll see you guys later. Bye...

  • Thank you so much for excellent services. I like the way how the renting storage is organized. It is easy and fast. The customer service is so good!!! People at the front desk are very friendly and helpful at all given time. Thanks again. Galyna

    Galyna
  • Dear owner, Your site manager Jane is great! Jim C.

  • Great customer service at the Richmond Hill location! We`ve had a storage locker here for just over a year, and the facility is always clean and well-lit. Extremely well-maintained and the staff are super-friendly! :) They even went so far as to help us find an alternate supplier of packing peanuts when...

    Pete
  • September 12, 2012. I have never seen a storage facility so clean. The unit is dust free. I can`t believe how clean the property is. Please tell the owner how impressed I am .

    Danny
  • August 27, 2012. The Team at Abacus is professional, very helpful and courteous-always giving a little bit extra and doing a little bit more that what is asked. The facilities are well-run, clean and secure. I highly recommend them.

    Susan
  • We have been with Abacus for a few years and we have never had a problem. The place is always clean, tidy and well kept, they are very nice to deal with and have great customer service. They look out for the customer and we like that. We highly recommend Abacus to anyone looking for storage, and...

  • August 26, 2012. Friendly and helpful staff. clean and professional facility! A truly great place to store things! Highly recommended!

    Elmira and Brian
  • August 24, 2012. Very happy with service.

    Marlene
  • 04-30-2013-just rented a storage locker from Abacus Self Storage. They are well organized , courteous, well organized and efficient. The locker is spotlessly clean and I am very pleased with the experience. They provide a lock and also had a special on the space rental on the second floor where I paid...

    Elyse Pomeranz
  • I just wanted to drop a quick not to say how much of a pleasant experience it was to reserve our unit and how easy it is to use. At a very stressfull time ( with moving) it`s great to have something go so smoothly.

    Jeff Dunning
  • April 2013-Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. One stop shop to buy all packing and moving supplies. Very clean, bright and secure storage facility, that can be easily accessed. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a storage facility!

    Jodi M
  • We are very happy with storage location, facility is alway`s clean and accessible. Anna S

    Anna S
  • November 14, 2011. We have been entirely pleased with Abacus` service and pleasant and professional policies.  They are very quick to respond to inquires and do their best so that our experience utilizing their storge facility is pain and stress free. Thank you.

    Adriana
  • thank you for all your help, you are great great to do bussiness with you thank you

    Maria Paheco
  • August 30, 2012. Very clean unit. Great security system. Wonderful organization.

    Faranita
  • Satisfied on cleanleness, location, efficient management and reasonable priced.

    Raymond Tam
  • September 1, 2012. Abacus Self Storage was recommended to me from clients I had sold a home to several years ago. I have found Jane and all the staff to be unbelievably kind to me as well as patient and understanding. I will always recommend this storage facility to anyone I know. I thank everyone there...

    Morrissa
  • September 10, 2012. Abacus Self Storage staff have been very helpful, friendly and accessibe. The facility is clean, bright and ideal. I definitely recommend it.

    Janine
  • September 13, 2012. Walking into the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to store our belongings. Jane was so helpful and accommodating. The place was very clean and well laid out for moving and manouevering your way around. I know I found the place when I walked into Abacus.

    Tita
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