The kids are back in school, the summer hols are fast becoming a memory and now it’s time to get reorganised and back into the work school routine. One thing you might not have thought about at the start of this new terms is the extra storage space you may need!
If your children are still at primary school you may not have much to worry about other than finding storage for their artwork and toys. Secondary school is another problem altogether as kids graduate from pens pencils and notepads to laptops, sports equipment, stuff they need for school trips and so on.
Then there are the countless folders full of work which if you don’t have space for a filing cabinet can add up to a lot of extra space being taken up in the home.
If this is you, then you will no doubt be craving some advice on how to deal with it all.
The first place to start is to get your teenagers to organise their things. This as most parents know is not a particularly easy task at the best of times but it is worth a try.
Secondly you will need to set up dedicated storage space that is easily accessible. Often work will need to be stored away until it is needed for revision and exams.
If you find you are struggling to free up enough space, then why not consider self-storage for items that are taking up space? Anything you don’t need can be stored away to help keep the house tidy and reduce stress levels for everyone.
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September is a popular month for house moves as people race to avoid having to move all their belongings before the bad weather sets in. Thankfully we seem to be in the midst of an Indian summer at the moment but there is one problem you might have encountered which is common among many people who are moving into a rental property – what to do with white goods!
Fridge freezers, washing machines and so on otherwise known as white goods are essentials in any home. The problem arises when it’s time to move house and the property you are moving into has its own integrated appliances.
Washing machines and fridge freezers aren’t the easiest things to try and find space for and it unlikely your new landlord will appreciate you storing them in your new home in the first place.
So what are your options?
If you are planning to move into your rental within the next few weeks it is worth assessing how much your appliances are worth. Are they worth keeping? Sometimes it’s just easier to sell them on ebay or Gumtree rather than have to think about where to store them.
If they are in good working order, however, you do have the option of putting them in self-storage along with other items you may not have space for.
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Why would you want to use self-storage for your items? There is a good chance that there will come a point in your life when self-storage is the only option to store items. Here are some of the most common reasons.
You run out of space at home
As we go through life it’s inevitable we start to collect all kinds of things and the longer you live in a space, the more it will be filled up with those things. It’s common to simply outgrow a house to the point where clutter makes life unbearable. Self-storage can be a solution to your problems by giving you the extra space to sort everything out and get rid of things you no longer use.
Working or moving abroad
In the increasingly mobile society we live in, it’s often the case that opportunities to work in different locations present themselves and sometimes these might be abroad. This can be both exciting and daunting time when it comes to moving furniture and so on. Of course there are plenty of removal specialists who can help with this but you can reduce costs by putting items you don’t need into storage until you need them.
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Some people are relieved to see their children grow into adults and leave others feel the effects of empty nest syndrome. Self-storage can help either way by providing you with an alternative space to store their stuff for a time when they might need it again or simply a way to hang on to those memories while you redecorate.
The concept of downsizing isn’t new, older people have being doing it for years when they reach a stage where they are unable to manage a large property. Increasingly it isn’t just old people who downsize with younger people also downsizing to reduce work, bills and free up cash.
In a housing market where demand is high, it is easier to sell a large property these days and this makes downsizing a compelling alternative for people who live in houses with high running costs, and too much space to heat and maintain.
While there are plenty of advantages to downsizing there are also some drawbacks. The first is getting used to living in a smaller property. This isn’t easy when you have grown used to having lots of space.
Naturally you will also have less room to store all the items you have accumulated over the years. Many of these items can be valuable so it isn’t always possible to simply give them away or sell them for a knockdown price on eBay or Gumtree.
So the best solution is to store those items you value but don’t need often in secure self-storage. Long term storage can be surprisingly affordable and it means you won’t have to part company with things you might need later on.
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As we approach the end of summer it is likely that you will be spending less and less time in the garden. It won’t be long until summer turns to autumn and all that garden furniture, tools, paddling pools, barbecues and other summer items will need to be put away to keep them in good condition for next year.
The problem this time of year is finding space for all these items. Often sheds will be full to bursting already so there will be a bit of head scratching to be done finding the extra room. Many people opt for plastic covers to keep items like barbecues dry, but these often end up damaged and leaks will end up causing rust.
Garden furniture is also particularly prone to wear and tear if it is left out all year round. You will soon fine that plastic and cloth fade and lose their colour in the sun after only a year outside. Wood meanwhile will suffer from our damp climate.
Try cramming tables, chairs and barbecues in a standard-sized shed and it will become painfully obvious that you will need to buy some form of storage unit (if you have the space). The problem is, our gardens will be less appealing when they are full of various types of storage.
So what’s the solution?
Why not pop along to your local self-storage facility and remove the hassle altogether. We can offer storage for several months until the better weather returns.
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