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

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, overrun with toys, tools, boxes or broken bits, or you simply need to create more space during this current lockdown, then 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?

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, old bikes or toys that are no longer played with.

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:

·  Clothes that are 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.

At Self Store & More, we offer a wide range of cost effective solutions to suit your needs so, whether it’s one box or a whole house, we will listen, discuss and advise what’s best for you.

 

Some items to consider storing, include:

·        Unused musical instruments.

·        Holiday decorations.

·        Family photographs or keepsakes.

·        Patio Furniture.

·        Kitchen appliances.

·        Seasonal clothing.

·        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 01600 735001 seven days a week or email via our contact us page

Why Use Self Storage?

As space is becoming a problem for many households and businesses, self storage has become the first choice for many. At some point, many of us will need a self storage unit whether it’s for home or business. The fact that it’s safe, convenient, reliable and affordable makes it even more attractive.

While there are several reasons why people use self storage, the most common include moving home or office, renovating, storing collectables, archiving and stock storage. It is even used by students and those who travel extensively as a safe haven for their belongings.

Most Common Reasons People Use Self Storage?

Not everyone has the luxury of having enough space at home to keep all of our belongings safe. This is particularly the case if it involves larger items that fill up open space very quickly. From small to medium businesses, households, students and travellers, here are some of the most common reasons why people use self storage and why you should consider it too.

Home Clear Out

We are connected to our stuff whether we like to admit it or not. People, in general, are reluctant to get rid of things even if they no longer use it and that’s where a home clear out is so important. Along with self storage, you can even keep things “just in case” like furniture or toys to help the kids when they eventually enter the expensive housing market.

Moving House

People often have to find a temporary residence when moving to a new house which means space could be an issue. If there’s nowhere to safely store your furniture, clothes, sporting equipment and garden tools while waiting for the new property to become available, self storage is the answer. It can help keep you organised by storing things temporarily and simply collecting it when everything is ready. It certainly beats the alternative of selling old stuff and buying everything new.

Home Renovations

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With the rise in housing costs, many people are renovating instead of moving as it is more affordable. While it may be cheaper, renovations and extensions can be time-consuming but you can always rely on self storage to keep things safe while builders are in-and-out. It’s the ideal solution to store your valuables, keep the house clear of clutter and worker safety.

Downsizing Home Or Moving To A Smaller Office

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Self storage is also widely used when moving into a smaller home or office space. If there are things you cannot take with to the new premises, keep them in self storage until a later date. You never know what will happen as you may want to relocate where the extra furniture or equipment could come in handy.

Baby On The Way

A baby can change all the dynamics of your current living situation as it often requires completely clearing out a room or making the home safer. This means packing away all the old stuff to make space for the cot and other baby essentials. If you have a spare bed that is ‘baby-ready’, simply put in storage along with the desk, chest of drawers and cabinets. When the little one turns 3 or so, you can collect and refurbish the room accordingly.

Students Going Home For The Holidays

Students will inevitably collect excess items when they are at university. Things like television, computer, sofa and bed to mention a few. If it’s not their final year and summer holidays are around the corner, they will not bring everything home just to take it all back the next term. If that is the case, consider renting a storage unit close to your university accommodation. It is a very small price to pay for absolute convenience and peace of mind over the summer holidays.

Taking A Gap Year

Today, many students take a gap year and travel before they enter the world of adulthood and work. Self storage is perfect for this as there may not be enough room at mum and dad’s place for all the extra stuff. This means they have nowhere to store their belongings from the time they leave university until they get back and move into their own place.

Working Abroad

For those who have been offered the opportunity to work abroad on an extended contract, look no further than a self storage unit. If you have a property, you will likely rent it out for additional passive income until you return and would prefer to keep your valuables safe.

Empty Nesters

There comes a time when all the kids have left, either for university or moving into their own place. Things change after every move as the eldest who leaves at 18 didn’t take his bed and desk which the youngest of 12 could use one day. To save space until then, or if you want to turn the newly emptied room into a study or crafts room, put everything in storage. Long-term storage contracts are typically cheaper than short-term agreements so you’ll save even more.

Garden Furniture, Tools & Equipment

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Seasons dictate the type of garden furniture, equipment and tools we use and knowing what to do with everything will help. Summer furniture, toys and tools can go into the shed or garage but space could be limited thanks to the new table or lounger you bought. Considering that you are not going to use any of these items for a few months, why not put it all into self storage?

A Change In Relationship Status

A breakup or divorce is never a nice experience especially when partners were living together. One, or both, has to move out which means making arrangements to store their belongings until life gets back to normal.

Family Bereavement

Nobody likes talking about it but the sad fact is that many people will inherit a home with all its contents following a family bereavement. While some may be lucky enough to hold onto everything, others need to distribute the inheritance or pay the associated costs which means the house must be sold. Secure storage may not be a top priority at this point but it can really help when dealing with the aftermath of losing a relative or partner.

What About Business Storage?

We’ve already mentioned that businesses use self storage when they downsize but what are the other reasons? Safe and accessible business storage is essential and we are not talking about keeping files in lofts or garages either. Documents, stock, equipment and even vehicles need a safe place without taking up all the room at the office.

Fact is, a business storage unit can benefit all types of companies as it helps to minimise overheads. After all, a self storage unit with all the necessary room is much more affordable than renting additional warehouse space.

How Do Companies Use Business Storage?

Storage units can help ease some of the stresses that accompany a growing business. Truth is, retail business owners, artisans, e-commerce brands and other entrepreneurs can greatly benefit. Here’s a quick look at the types of businesses that use self storage.

  • Publishers and Book Dealers
  • Construction, Landscaping, Roofing and Painting Companies
  • Electricians and Plumbers
  • Retail and E-commerce Businesses
  • Restaurants and Catering Companies
  • Sales and Servicing Businesses

If you need any advice on how self storage can help you at home or work then please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email, website enquiry form or Facebook Messenger.

We’re available 7 days a week.

Self Store & More – 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. Make an inventory so you know exactly what it in the unit, especially if it is going to be a while before you visit again.

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.

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.

Here are some tips for packing:

•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 other local 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 good quality 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. Placing dustsheets, blankets or sheets over larger items whilst in storage will also protect them from gathering dust.

•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, bubble wrap 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.

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

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

•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 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.

•Where possible, 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.

•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.

We hope this has been helpful but if you need any further advice, or wish to discuss how Self Store & More can help with your upcoming storage needs, then please call us on 01600 735001 / 01594 840860 or send us a message via our contact page by clicking here.

Happy Packing 🙂

Tips to planning a home renovation or extension.

If you love the location and feel of your home, but need more space to grow as a family, then adding an extension or renovating internal rooms may be the most attractive solution compared to moving.  Extension or renovation work can be an exciting project that will breathe new life into your home and give you that much needed extra space to live and grow. It does however come with several logistical challenges as the work starts, and perhaps continues for a few months, until the work is completed. As with all projects, the key is in the planning.

Here are a few tips on how to effectively plan your home renovation to make it as stress-free as possible.

  • Section the project

To begin with, start small and divide the project up into parts so that it does not become one daunting project. Start with one area at a time, prioritising those that are most in use. That way, you can tick those off the list first so that you could start to use them as quickly as possible if you chose to remain in your home during the renovation. This way you can also close off the renovation work in the evening or weekends and relax in comfort rather than live in a building site for weeks or months, which can soon become stressful.

  • Work inside out

If you are hiring professionals to do structural or more technical changes, you’ll note that they usually start to work from the inside out. If you are doing a lot of it yourself, start inside the walls with plumbing and electrical and then move outward until you get to the more cosmetic changes, like paint and wallpaper.

  • Leave it to the professionals when needed

If the changes you are planning to make are more technical or advanced, just remember you may have to live in this space until it is completed. If you are choosing to stay at home while renovating, this means that you will need to live in a space of disruption. Hiring a professional team could mean that the renovation is done quicker, and you can get your home back to normal.

  • Make space for the renovation

During a renovation there is a lot of dust and materials that end up lying around as the project goes through the various phases. To avoid damage to your household items, why not consider storing them with a local self-storage company while the work is completed. Not only will it keep those items protected, but it will also allow for a faster project as the contractors will have an empty space to work with.

If you are renovating, extending or simply decorating your home, and need a secure space to store your household (or business) items, then please don’t hesitate to contact Self Store & More on 01600  735001 or 01594 840860.

We can even collect direct from your door using our Mobile Self Storage service.

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.

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.

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