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Tips for winter self storage

With the arrival of bitter winds and plummeting temperatures, many of your possessions will soon become redundant, with many hibernating in your garage until winter is over. Self storage companies can keep your summer items in secure and dry conditions, ensuring that they are immediately ready to use at the first hint of summer.

Having seasonal items taking up room in your house can also leave you and your living space a little cramped, particularly during the winter months when most of your living is done inside. Customers who use seasonal self-storage free up valuable space for those winter essentials when the garden shed, attic or garage is already full.

Creating space in your home by using a secure self storage facility can be a stress saver throughout the winter months but, before you do, why not follow these simple steps.

Don’t allow your items to linger in your garage or shed over winter. This can potentially lead to damage from the cold climate, not to mention the arrival of dirt and insects.

How to determine what summer items to store.

Before you can begin, you must first determine what stays and what goes into seasonal storage. Ask yourself questions, such as

  • Will I use this item in Autumn or Winter?
  • Have I actually used this item this summer or is it time to sell? After all, why pay to store something you never use (unless it’s a heirloom or something a family member will need in the near future).
  • For an item you may need when the weather begins to get better, but don’t have room for at home, set it at the front of your storage unit for easy access.

Some summer items to consider putting into seasonal storage, include:
• Barbeques and outdoor furniture
• Summer sports equipment
• Christmas decorations (leave near the front ready for December)
• Summer clothing and suitcases (if no more holidays are planned)
• Gardening equipment
• Toys, bikes and outdoor play equipment

Benefits of a seasonal storage swap

If you store in a self storage facility, you can swap your seasonal items in and out with ease. Other benefits to seasonal storage include:
Extra room – No one likes clutter in their home – especially when it extends to the spare room, garages and outdoor areas. Having family stay over the holiday periods (yes, Christmas!) means space at home is of a premium. Why struggle to accommodate when a quick and easy declutter can take away some of the stress.
Clean, dry Storage – Storing items in garden sheds, garages or under tarpaulin during the winter months can affect the condition of your belongings over time. With no warm sunshine to help dry them out, water, mould and mildew can wreak havoc on your belongings during the rainy season.

Secure – Storing your belongings in the garden shed, garage or under cover may give you the space you need inside your home but are they secure? A professional self storage company will have numerous security measures in place such as on-site security, CCTV, fire and intruder alarm systems with 24/7 monitoring to provide the best protection and peace of mind you and your belongings deserve.

If you need any help or advice with your self storage requirements then please don’t hesitate to contact us 7 days a week to suit your needs.

Are you moving, renovating or running out of space at home? Here is some advice on how to declutter and how Self Store & More can help you.

Preparing your home for sale or moving into a new house is the perfect excuse to purge excess items you no longer need. However, if you already live in a great location but the house is just too small or overrun with toys, tools, boxes or broken bits then extending or simply having a declutter and rearrangement of space could be the answer you are looking for.

Whatever the reason, it can sometimes be tricky to determine what to keep and what to throw away. Storing is, of course, another option, especially for those items you don’t use often enough but don’t want to dispose of for sentimental or value reasons.

Here is some advice to help you evaluate if you should pack, throw or store your belongings.

How to Categorise Your Items.

When sorting through your belongings, ask yourself a series of questions to help categorise items:

·        How often do I use it?

·        How emotionally attached am I to it?

·        Is this ready for an upgrade?

·        Could someone else get more use out of it?

·        Does it still function correctly?

·        Will this fit the décor of my new home or extension?

·        Is there room for this in my new house if I move?

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Pack up or keep all the items that pass these questions. The rest will fall into one of the categories in the following sections.

What to Throw Away (and Other Options)

Remember to be honest with yourself when sorting through items. This will help eliminate unnecessary clutter taking up valuable space in the future. Besides broken items, some items to consider kicking to the curb are:

·        Items with missing parts.

·        Old greeting cards, letters, magazines.

·        Rusty equipment, such as gardening tools, rakes or hoses.

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Although getting rid of excess items can be a relief, sometimes it may be difficult to just throw your items away. If so, why not consider other options that can give your useful belongings a second life, such as donating, selling or giving them away.

Some items that may fall into these categories include:

·  Apparel that is no longer worn.

·  Extra or unused kitchenware (plates, glasses, mugs, silverware).

·  Lightly worn furniture.

·  Lightly worn rugs.

·  Décor that is no longer used, such as lamps, paintings or sculptures.

So How Can Self Store & More Help?

Some of the items you want to keep may not be of use to you anymore but have sentimental memories or be future hand-me-downs for when the children go to university or move into their first house.

Self-storage is a perfect solution as you’ll have access to them anytime without taking up space in your home. At Self Store & More, we offer a wide range of cost effective options so, whether it’s one box or a whole house, we will listen to, and discuss with you the best solutions to suit your needs. For example, even if you only have a small amount of family keepsakes that you want to keep safe, we have secure racking space available from only £1 per week.

Some items to consider storing, include:

·        Unused musical instruments.

·        Holiday decorations.

·        Family photographs or keepsakes.

·        Patio Furniture.

·        Kitchen appliances.

·        Seasonal apparel (e.g. coats, hats, sweaters).

·        Outdoor tools (e.g. lawn mower, rakes, shovels, DIY tools).

If you wish to discuss your storage requirements, or simply need some free advice then please call us on 01981 541180 seven days a week or email via our contact us page. 

How does self storage work?

Anyone can use self storage – business owners (from large corporations to start-ups), families, students and house movers, to name but a few, and most people end up needing self-storage at least once in their lifetime. That means a lot of first-time customers who may not be sure about how self storage works. If you’re looking at renting storage space for the first time or just aren’t sure what self-storage is then don’t worry as the below will help get you started.

What is self storage?

Self storage is a service that enables people, whether it’s individuals or businesses, to rent storage space remotely. This is usually because they don’t have enough space on their own premises or because what they want to store doesn’t need to be kept on premises and is therefore potentially wasting the space it is using.

Self storage facilities are all different and may specialise in particular areas or industries or offer different amenities and additional services, but all storage facilities should offer some basic necessities.

Security – CCTV and alarm security systems should all be in place to ensure your goods always stay safe and secure.

Clean and dry space – storage units should always be clean and dry to protect your goods against damp and other damage.

Accessible – whether there are clearly outlined working hours with a member of staff available or secure pin-code access for 24/7 access, you should know when you can get to your goods and should always have access during these times.

Why do people need self storage?

Self storage is born out of the necessity for more space, but there are many reasons why people may need more space in their life. For individuals looking at personal storage one of the most popular reasons is moving house where it is often necessary to store some or all furniture and personal items between properties.

Personal storage is also great for keeping your items safe and making space for renovation at home, decluttering and claiming back previously unused space in the home or simply because your property is too small for some of your more sentimental but rarely used belongings. Students especially may require storage for keeping their personal effects during the summer between student housing or while they travel.

For businesses, storage space can be used as additional stock space and mini-warehousing, a central hub for storing stock and running an online business, archiving old documents that are still needed for legal reasons, storing bulky exhibition equipment that is only needed once or twice a year and even as affordable office space to run the businesses itself.

How can you rent self storage?

Renting your own storage space is relatively straightforward but it can be hard to know where to start or be confused by some of the processes if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a step by step guide on how self storage works and what to do.

Choose your location and narrow down your search

Deciding your location will have a huge influence on which facility you eventually end up with but it doesn’t have to be the sole determining factor. Different areas in the UK will cost differently, for example self storage in London costs significantly more than elsewhere. While you may need to be near your belongings and this may restrict you, if you can look elsewhere and can travel a bit further than you may benefit by getting more affordable space.

Decide on your type of storage

The type of storage solution you need will also help determine which storage facility you choose as not all of them will offer what you need. If you’re moving to a new house or just need storage for yourself or your family then you’ll just need personal storage, but if you’re a business then you’ll want a facility that can better meet your needs. Some may specialise more in archiving or bespoke offices, or you may want a storage company that can do it all. All of this may determine whether you need single box storage, standard storage space, container storage or even bespoke office space.

Choose your unit size

You’ll then need to decide on the size of unit to suit your needs, which is the main factor for determining how much your storage solution will cost. At Self Store & More we are always happy to discuss your needs in detail and use our years of experience to guide you to the right unit size before any decision is made. There a few things to be aware of when choosing the size, such as whether you need to access any of the things you are storing. If you do, then you may want a larger space to create walkways and room to get around your unit.

Reserve your unit

Once you’ve confirmed which storage facility you’re using and have decided on the unit you want to secure you can either reserve your unit or move your belongings in straight away.

Move in

You can move in at a time that suits you depending on the hours of the facility you choose. Your storage company may even be able to help you to organise any removals. At Self Store & More we also offer a cost effective collection service using our portable warehouse units (visit our Mobile Self Storage page for more details on how this service can save you time, money and effort). Always ask for advice on the best way to pack your belongings and organise your storage unit to suit your needs and to make the most of the space you have. From there you can access your unit anytime you want according to your facility times, which is 24/7 for the majority of our storage solutions.

Move out – No Notice Period Required

If you want to move out at any point, you don’t even need to give us any notice as we like to offer the best flexibility to suit your needs. Simply let us know when you are moving out and a member of staff will be on site to receive the key to our padlock (provided free of charge) and thank you for your valued custom.

Ready to reserve your own storage space today? Give us a call, fill in our easy quote request form or come in and see us.

How can self storage help your business?

Business Storage – The Right Decision?

Office space, warehouse space, floor space at your showroom – space comes at a premium for many businesses. Especially now as rents and business rates across the country are becoming more and more expensive, forcing businesses to stop and think about how to make the most out of what they have.

But what about all the space you need for storage? The space which is taken up by documents, unused stock or rarely-used equipment? You need to keep these things secure, but if you keep them on-site you might be using valuable space that could be used for more profitable activities. 

That’s where a professional self-storage facility can save you money, time and effort.

Free Up Valuable Space

It can sometimes be difficult to concentrate at work if there are obstacles cluttering up your office space. It can therefore be really refreshing to have a clear out and store goods that you don’t use every day in a secure storage unit.

Self-storage providers can offer you a range of options and sizes to suit your business needs. Whether you are looking to store seasonal or slow-moving stock, unused displays or equipment or simply need to keep past accounts or paperwork safe until they are no longer required, there is always a solution on hand. You can then put the space you’ve freed up to a more productive use and hopefully become more efficient and profitable.

Safe, Secure and Hassle-Free

The first question you may ask is “how will my items be stored?”

It’s a good question and one worth asking. After all, if you’re trusting a storage provider with years of accounting and invoice documents, or next season’s product range, you need to know that you’re putting your items in safe hands.

Whenever you are considering a self-storage company, always telephone or visit to ask about security, access, prices (obviously!) and availability. Make sure they take security seriously. Ask about who has access to your unit in an emergency, what CCTV, Insurance, Fire and Intruder alarm provision they have. A steel storage unit in a yard may be cheap but it’s no good if anyone can drive in, have a look around and then break-in without any staff, CCTV or alarms to contend with. Never compromise your business stock and livelihood (or heirlooms) for the sake of a few ££’s saving per month.

Access 7 days a week is always a benefit so make sure you ask. It could be very frustrating if you can’t get those all-important belongings, displays or files on the weekend or after your working day, especially if you need them to prepare for tomorrow’s presentation or meeting.

Convenience

Your goods may currently be in disarray, making it difficult to find the things you need when you need them. If you invest in business self-storage you will be able to place your items in racks that are easy to access and can be labelled accordingly. That way, whenever you need to find a specific box or item you can do so without wasting time and effort looking through the disorganised pile of boxes piled in the corner of your office or workshop or deep in a cupboard under the stairs.

If you’re a tradesperson and normally have to store tools in the home, garage or shed overnight, self-storage could be a much more convenient and secure option. Or if you are having a complete refurbishment, self-storage will ensure that your work equipment is safely out the way from potential damage or dust.

If you need any further advice about how we can help you with your storage needs, then please get in contact with us at Self Store & More.

We also rent office and workshop space on flexible, cost effective agreements so why not consider having your storage and office in the same location for ease of use. Your monthly rent covers business rates, heat, light & power, 24-hour access, car parking, CCTV and alarm systems, use of communal areas, on-site management, building insurance and the option to use our high speed fibre broadband.

Home Staging: Can it Help You Sell Your Home?

When you move house, using self storage can be advantageous, not just for securely storing your belongings during or after the move, but also in the months leading up to your sale if you opt for home staging.

Home staging may be a term you’re unfamiliar with, but if you’ve been brought up on a diet of interior design shows, you will understand the concept.

Or perhaps you are aware of it, but can’t see the point of styling your home for sale?

So why bother?

If presentation is how we judge candidates at interviews, book covers in shops and food in a restaurant, why do we mistakenly believe that people are not swayed by a stylish living room?

Home stagers enable you to display your home in a way that makes it more attractive to viewers, enticing them to make an offer. It’s not simply a case of cleanliness and good taste luring people in.

Home staging, also referred to as property styling involves using props and furniture items to create this illusion.

What is home staging?

After the initial preparations of cleaning your house, decluttering and fixing instances of wear and tear, a staging expert will help you organise your home furnishings to make the property appear more spacious and attractive. The idea is to remove personal effects and establish a canvas.

Advantages of using a pro:

Home staging is not cheap, so it’s hard for sellers to justify spending money sprucing the place up for someone else to reap the benefit.

However, Right Move conducted a survey that revealed you can increase your selling price by 8% if you style your home ahead of putting it on the market.

Pricing models can be an agreed amount depending on the number of rooms that need dressing. Other experts may ask for a percentage of your sale.

If you choose to pay for a pro, you can expect the following:

  • Interior design expertise that you might not possess yourself;
  • Someone who knows the latest trends, and yet can create a display that has universal appeal;
  • The ability to rent props and furniture instead of purchasing them yourself;
  • More time to concentrate on other aspects of your imminent sale rather than decorating;
  • A neutral pair of eyes can help you depersonalise your home in a way that may be difficult for you to see.

Can you do it yourself?

Yes you can, and people are opting to do this.

If you choose to go over your walls in Magnolia before a house move, then you have already experienced home staging at a simpler level.

If you are considering the DIY route, here are some tips to take on board:

  • Remove personal effects from the space so it looks more like a show home – Use a local self storage unit to keep everything out the way while you prepare your house for viewings;
  • Tidy up the insides of your cupboards in case people want to see inside;
  • Each room should have one primary use i.e. bedroom, dining room;
  • Add some tasteful props, but don’t go over board;
  • Remove any faded window nets or blinds, or anything that is perceived to be worn or outdated;
  • Fix any snags;
  • Clean your carpets to freshen the place up and remove unsightly coffee stains;
  • Paint your walls with a light colour – Light colours make a space more airy;
  • Style your home for the person you want to sell to, not yourself.

Props you can use:

  • A few select jars of cream and toiletries in the bathroom;
  • Rolled up towels in one or two colours (hide the day-to-day football themed bath towels);
  • Throws and cushions to add colour and cosiness;
  • Attractive hardback books strategically placed on your coffee table or sideboard;
  • Baskets and ottomans;
  • Candles;
  • Extra lamps to create pools of light in different parts of the room;
  • Plants and flowers.

Last thoughts:

  • Think of all the senses – Coffee smells and fresh bread are appetising and homely. Try not to burn your toast on the morning of the viewing, however.
  • Think outside the house – Don’t forget to clean the outside of your house, refreshing the paint and weeding the driveway.
  • Think Storage –  A storage unit from Self Store & more will keep your belongings safe and secure until you move into your new home. With locations covering Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Lydney and the surrounding areas, we have a range of storage sizes to suit your needs.
  • To save you time, money and effort, we can even collect direct from your door using our Mobile Self Storage Service (www.selfstoreandmore.co.uk/mobile-self-storage).

What is Mobile Self Storage and how can it save you time, money & effort?

You may be aware of standard Self Storage and may have used it before. Self Storage involves you usually hiring and fuelling a van to transport your items to a storage space where they are kept until you want to access or collect them. We also offer this service for those that have their own transport and that works well for a lot of our customers.

But what if you don’t want to hire a van or wish to make numerous trips back and forth using your own vehicle? This is where our Mobile Self Storage collection service helps save you time, money and effort as we will deliver one or more of our standard size warehouse storage units direct to your door aswell as provide FREE assistance to help load your belongings into the unit. This also allows to make sure your belongings are secure ready for transportation.

Our Mobile Self Storage service offers the same benefits as Self Storage – free access to your items as many times as you like and flexible storage terms but with the added bonus of transport. Not only does this mean there’s no need to hire and fuel a van but your items are not double handled as, once they are loaded into the storage unit, they stay there until you visit our secure warehouse facility to collect or we return the unit back to your property. This also means that you only pay for the storage space you use. Instead of hiring a storage unit that you may only partially use, we can book you as many units as you need until the move is complete. If you’re not sure how many units are required we will be happy to discuss your needs prior to booking or you can simply decide on the day and we will invoice you for the correct number of units once you’ve finished.

10 Benefits of Mobile Self Storage
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1. Storage unit delivered direct to your door.
2. Available 7 days a week.
3. No need to hire a van.
4. No need for a removal company.
5. No need to make numerous trips in your own car.
6. FREE assistance to help load your belongings.
7. Reduce the risk of damage – only load once.
8. FREE access to your unit whilst in storage.
9. All units remain securely stored inside our warehouse facility.
10. Located adjacent to the A40 – within easy driving distance of Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and the Forest of Dean.

For further information and a video of how this service works, please visit www.selfstoreandmore.co.uk/mobile-self-storagehttp://www.selfstoreandmore.co.uk/mobile-self-storage.

A General Packing Guide for Self-Storage

Self-storage doesn’t have to be a space you visit a couple of times a year to dig something out of a stack of boxes. It can be a highly organised, easily accessible facility that frees up necessary space in your home or office. To get the most out of your unit, it’s best to plan in advance of the day you need self-storage.

This step-by-step plan should help you along the way:

WHAT WILL YOU STORE?

1. Depending on what you plan to store, you may want to think about making an inventory.

2.  Start by identifying items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.

3. Prioritise boxed items you will want to access most (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit).

4. Group by fragility and/or weight – heavier, substantial items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items, delicate items on top.

5. Consider awkward-sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are.  Group these items in a similar way you did the boxes.

WHAT SIZE UNIT?

Nobody wants to pay for space they don’t need. But a little extra space makes moving around within the unit much easier and gives you room to add unplanned items.

Only you know how much stuff you have to store, but we are always happy to help if you are unsure. Visiting Self Store & more prior to booking a unit is always advisable as we have a range of different sized units for you to choose from. We are also happy to visit your premises to provide a free, no obligation assessment on the correct type and size storage unit you will require.

BE ORGANISED – PLAN YOUR PACKING

Organising and efficiently packing your items will take time and concentration. However, the up-front effort will be well worth it when you’re able to easily unload and organise your items at the storage unit (or at your premises if you use our Mobile Self-Storage collection service www.selfstoreandmore.co.uk/mobile-self-storage). Here are some tips for packing:

Invest in Supplies

 •Use boxes rather than plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack well, taking up less space. Many removals companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Also, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity which can cause damaging mildew.

•Invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get boxes for free from supermarkets and liquor stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize most effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes and pictures. If you’re storing long-term, you may want to invest in plastic stacking boxes.

•For wrapping breakables, paper will do, but bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner, and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.

Packing boxes, bubble wrap and tape are available for purchase at Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye Self Storage. Please call to discuss your requirements.

Packing Boxes

 •Box up everything that you can. Anything unboxed has an increased risk of being damaged when you access you unit.

•Fill boxes to capacity. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts or paper is useful for filling in the gaps in boxes.

•Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy to be lifted. It’s better to have lots of small light boxes, rather than a few large heavy boxes if possible.

•Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.

•Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.

•Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.

Packing Other Items

 •If you plan to store clothes, it’s worth investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod.

Large appliances must be prepared correctly for storage:

  • Defrost fridges and freezers thoroughly.  This avoids water damage and mildew growth. Tie down the appliance doors during transport, but leave them slightly ajar once in storage.
  • Drain washing machines, and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.
  • Wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.

•Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.

•If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and consider taping them together to avoid curling.

•Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.

•If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection.

•Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.

•Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible, and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player and turntable.

•Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly, and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. (Use tape that is safe for use on furniture, or tape the bag to an inconspicuous place on the piece.) Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.

•Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some added protection.

•Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.

•Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.

•When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria and mould can accumulate otherwise.

•Consider having awkward or heavy pieces such as exercise equipment packed professionally.

As you go, keep an inventory of every item you’ve packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store so that you have some idea of what to insure the stored goods for.

 PACKING YOUR STORAGE UNIT

• At Self Store & more, your unit will already be clean and swept out but you can put down protective canvas sheeting, cardboard or wooden boards on the floor if you prefer.

•Keep a fold-up step stool in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.

•Frequently-used items should be placed near the entrance for easy access. This holds true for file boxes and other business items, too.

•Unload the largest items and place them against the far wall, as well as along the sides of the unit. A member of staff will be available to assist free of charge if needed.

•For archived business documents that you won’t need to access frequently, place them against the far wall of the unit.

•When arranging items, you can always leave an aisle space for easy access to your items.

Planning, preparing and setting up your self-storage unit may seem like a big chore. However, you will certainly find the time and effort are worth it, when you know that your belongings are properly protected protected, conveniently accessible and well-preserved.

If you need any further advice or wish to discuss how Self Store & more can help with your storage or packaging needs then please call us on 01981 541180 or send us a message via our contact page by clicking here.

How can self storage help you this Christmas

It’s coming to that time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas with so much to organise; booking your food shop, baking, planning travel, de-cluttering house for friends and family, decorating the tree, writing Christmas cards and buying/ordering all of the presents are just some of the things we try to achieve before the 25 December. Although it can bring great joy, it can also place a huge strain on your time and energy so here’s how Self Store & More can help.

No Room at The Inn?

With friends and family visiting, it can be quite a challenge to find the space needed to host them for the day or few days if they are staying over for the festive period. However long they stay there are normally a host of bags and belongings that come with them. Whether it’s finding somewhere for them to sit or getting their things put away, your rooms become overcrowded. That problem could be solved if you declutter a week before Christmas and use a self-storage unit to create space in the short term.

You might also have a spare room in the house where you normally store your extra Christmas goods until they are required on the day. However, this same space may be used all year round to store things that you’ve ‘tidied up’ or bought but only use from time to time. It would be wise to de-clutter in the build up to Christmas and use a small self storage unit to help create some much needed space. Once the festive season is over, we can either bring your things back to the house or keep them in the unit as part of your overall New Year clean out.

Damage Limitation

When the 12 days of Christmas is up, how many of us strip the tree, unclip the lights from the front of the house and store them in the nearest cupboard, wardrobe garage or shed? How many people ruin their Christmas decorations because they don’t have a suitable storage solution? If you have a lot of decorations, a sizeable tree and other seasonal goods that aren’t going to be used, why not use a self-storage unit to keep them safe and damp free until next year? We can even collect them direct from your door using our Mobile Self Storage service so you don’t even have to spend the time, money or effort doing so yourself. To see how this great service works, please visit www.selfstoreandmore.co.uk/mobile-self-storage

Hide and Seek

It’s quite a challenge hiding Christmas presents from your loved ones, especially over excited little ones who simply cannot wait to see what they are getting. The most popular choices of hiding places; on top of the wardrobe, under the bed or in the boot of the car really aren’t that hard to find! Where does one hide a trampoline? How do you wrap a bicycle so it’s not obvious? If you have large or numerous items with no ideal space to store them then why not rent a storage unit for a week or two so the surprise stays just that. You can even arrange to build and wrap the items in our clean, dry warehouse unit ready for the big day if needed.

 

 

Whether it’s short term Christmas related storage or long term domestic or business storage, we at Self Store & More are here to listen, advise and help you find the right storage unit for the right price for as long as you need it so please do not hesitate to contact us on 01981 541180 for latest prices and availability.

Autumn is here so now is the time to start thinking about protecting your summer belongings from the winter weather.

Having seasonal items taking up room in your house can leave you and your living space a little cramped, particularly during the winter months when most of your living is done inside. Customers who use seasonal self-storage free up valuable space for those winter essentials when the garden shed, attic or garage is already full.

Creating space in your home by using a secure self storage facility can be a stress saver throughout the winter months but, before you do, why not follow these simple steps.

How to determine what summer items to store.

Before you can begin, you must first determine what stays and what goes into seasonal storage. Ask yourself questions, such as

  • Will I use this item in Autumn or Winter?
  • Have I actually used this item this summer or is it time to sell? After all, why pay to store something you never use (unless it’s a heirloom or something a family member will need in the near future).
  • For an item you may need when the weather begins to get better, but don’t have room for at home, set it at the front of your storage unit for easy access.

Some summer items to consider putting into seasonal storage, include:
• Barbeques and outdoor furniture
• Summer sports equipment
• Christmas decorations (leave near the front ready for December)
• Summer clothing and suitcases (if no more holidays are planned)
• Gardening equipment
• Toys, bikes and outdoor play equipment

Benefits of a seasonal storage swap

If you store in a self storage facility, you can swap your seasonal items in and out with ease. Other benefits to seasonal storage include:
Extra room – No one likes clutter in their home – especially when it extends to the spare room, garages and outdoor areas. Having family stay over the holiday periods (yes, Christmas!) means space at home is of a premium. Why struggle to accommodate when a quick and easy declutter can take away some of the stress.
Clean, dry Storage – Storing items in garden sheds, garages or under tarpaulin during the winter months can affect the condition of your belongings over time. With no warm sunshine to help dry them out, water, mould and mildew can wreak havoc on your belongings during the rainy season.

Secure – Storing your belongings in the garden shed, garage or under cover may give you the space you need inside your home but are they secure? A professional self storage company will have numerous security measures in place such as on-site security, CCTV, fire and intruder alarm systems with 24/7 monitoring to provide the best protection and peace of mind you and your belongings deserve.

If you need any help or advice with your self storage requirements then please don’t hesitate to contact us 7 days a week to suit your needs.

Three D’s of self storage…

There are many reasons why you might need to use a self storage unit. Perhaps you’re moving house and need to store your soft furnishings until your new home is decorated and ready to move into properly; maybe you’re super-organised and want to put away your summer clothes now that the Autumn weather is on its way, to make room for your winter wardrobe; maybe your children are starting university and you need somewhere to keep their stuff during the holiday periods;

There are three reasons however which are particularly common: “the three D’s”…

Downsizing

Moving from a larger home into a smaller one naturally means that you’ll have less space for all the belongings you’ve amassed over the years. Many of our customers are people who have retired and moved into smaller, more manageable homes, and others are parents of grown-up children who no longer need as many bedrooms. They’re looking for somewhere to store those belongings that no longer fit into their home but that they don’t want to sell or give away yet.

Items of furniture that don’t fit the space available can be hard to part with, particularly if they have sentimental or significant monetary value. Furniture that you don’t have room for anymore can also still have huge potential practical value for your loved ones: if your children or grandchildren are not yet settled in their own homes, it’s possible that they may need to use your spare beds or wardrobes when they get their own places. Keeping that furniture safe and dry in the meantime could really help out, financially, at a time when your children or grandchildren have had to pay legal and moving fees as well as a hefty deposit on a new home.

Divorce

Alas, divorce is a common event for many people and necessarily involves a move for one or both spouses. Even the swiftest divorce proceedings take 3 – 6 months with a fair wind, and until they are concluded it can be difficult to finalise financial arrangements and agree who will live where. Many separating couples move into temporary, rented accommodation pending a resolution of their financial affairs.

If you have to move into a smaller property or into furnished, rented accommodation, you will probably have possessions that you don’t have room for in your new place. Like the ownership of the matrimonial home itself, you and your ex may not agree on who will get what furniture in the early days, but you shouldn’t forget that you will ultimately need to furnish your own home in the long term. Even if you don’t have room for them now, you should still try to keep what you’ll eventually need after the dust has settled. A bed, wardrobe, chairs, as well as personal items such as clothing can all be safely stored in one of our self storage units until you have space for them again.

Death

Death is never easy to accept, and as well as coping with the emotional aspects of losing a loved one you may have to deal with practical issues too. Sorting through the home of a deceased relative is not something any of us would choose to do, but it will be necessary in order to wind up their estate. It can take time, and it can also be very difficult, in the midst of grief, to know exactly what to sell and what to keep. There may be items of furniture that you can’t use right now, but will probably need in the future – selling them now will mean that replacements will have to be purchased at a later date.

If you’ve lost someone close to you, there may also be items of sentimental value that you want to keep to remember them by: their favourite chair; a picture that always hung in their living room; blankets or items of clothing that still hold their scent. Giving those things away or selling them might be unbearable. Storing them somewhere dry and clean will give you time to decide whether or not to keep your loved one’s belongings in the long run

For more information about any of our self storage services, please have a look through our website or contact us by email [email protected], telephone 01981 541180 or via our website quote request form.

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