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Unleash Your Inner Gamer At Abacus


When Canadians run out of space, they’re turning to storage facilities like Abacus to house their belongings. Unfortunately, many of them don’t use their unit to its full potential, leading to a waste of effort, time, and money.

We have a simple solution to this problem. Compared to the latest RPGs and survival horror FPS like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Resident Evil: Biohazard, our preferences are what you would call old school. We here at Abacus suggest you channel your inner arcade player as you let Tetris inspire you to use every last possible square inch available.

Our Mini Self Storage Walkthrough

When you’re stumped playing Skyrim or The Last Guardian, you don’t hesitate to pull up game walkthroughs. (It’s okay, you’re secret is safe with us). So why wouldn’t you do the same with your storage unit? Luckily, we’ve amassed a few tips right here so you don’t have to go looking in the dark corners of the web for storage cheats.

Take advantage of any hollow objects: Vases, cupboards, and drawers aren’t just things to be stored, they’re storage spaces in and of themselves. Make sure you use all of the space they provide by filling these objects up.

Store items according to weight: Make sure the largest, heaviest items stay low to the ground in your unit. They provide a great foundation for other objects, so you can pile items safely on top of them.

Use shelves & other boards: If you’ve ever stacked enough cardboard boxes you’ll notice the bottom ones tend to collapse under their combined weight. Place a shelf or other sturdy board across the tops of these boxes to boost their structural integrity.

Invest in vacuum-sealing bags: These plastic bags were designed so soft items like clothing and blankets can save space. You can suck all of the unnecessary air out of these bags with just a vacuum or tire pump.

Stack when possible: A lot of furniture can rest against each other in ways to maximize space in your unit. If you have multiple tables, flip one upside and place on top of the surface of another. If you have multiples of the same chair, stack them.

Accessorize your unit: If you’re still having trouble finding space for all of your stuff, consider shelves and hooks to take advantage of the space near your ceiling.

Our Most Popular Units’ Specs

Of course, sometimes, the only way to solve your storage issues is by going up to the next size. Here we’ve created a inventory rundown of our most popular units.

4 x 5: As our smallest option, this space is roughly the same size as the average closet. It’s best used to store things like books, small electronics, and a few boxes. For this reason, it’s popular amongst students who leave the GTA during their summer holidays.

5 x 10: This next size isn’t the only option after our smallest unit, but it gives our customers a better understanding of what you can do with the space. Those extra feet bump up this unit to the same size as a walk-in closet, which means you can store a few pieces of furniture like small couches, tables, and a mattress here.

10 x 10: This is the standard size of storage units across the country and can be compared to a typical bedroom. If you’re particularly good at packing and utilizing all of the space available, you could fit the contents of a 1–2 bedroom apartment here. This unit is perfect for those in between leases when they’re moving from one condo downtown to a less expensive option in the GTA.

10 x 30: As our largest option, this unit is reserved for those who need a lot of space. It’s roughly the same size as an extended garage and can house the contents of a 4 bedroom house. This extremely large space is popular for those moving house.

It may not have a rating at MetaCritic, but we’re willing to bet our version of Tetris has the best graphics you’ll ever experience. Nothing beats real life! Take advantage of our cheat sheet and see if you can find a little more space in your mini storage unit.

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Client Testimonials

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Anna S
  • August 24, 2012. Very happy with service.

  • 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
  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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 .

  • 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.

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

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

    Elmira and Brian
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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...

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

    Raymond Tam
  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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

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