How to fit everything in your self storage unit

self storage packing boxesIf you’ve read any of our posts, you’ll know that one of the pieces of advice we frequently give is ‘don’t pay for space you don’t need’. When deciding on the size of your self storage unit it doesn’t have to be the same size as the place your belongings came from (unless of course it’s come from another well packed self storage unit!). It can be hard to envisage just how much space you need and that’s why we compare the unit sizes to different removal van sizes; we find it helps people. However, it can still be difficult when making that final decision about a unit size, so when doing that you need to consider how you will pack your unit. If you pack your unit well, you may be able to get everything in to that smaller space.

Here are our top tips when packing your self storage unit

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Secure self storage can help with your downsizing plans

houses - secure self storage postTraditionally, downsizing was something that only got considered when retirement was on the horizon. With the children gone and older age creeping up, thoughts would turn to a smaller house and garden that wouldn’t take quite so much work. But that’s no longer the case. There are increasing numbers of reasons why people are thinking about downsizing and in some severe circumstance, have no choice.

Why are people downsizing?

  • Financial uncertainty. In the uncertain times of potential interest rate fluctuations people are reviewing their needs to see if they can cut their mortgage payments, or even remove them altogether
  • Too much space. The kids have grown up and you’re just rattling around in a big old house.
  • Running costs. A smaller property will cost less to heat, light and insure.
  • Maintenance and cleaning. A smaller place will take less work, time and money to take care of.
  • More free time. Logic says that if you’re spending less time maintaining and cleaning a house and garden, you’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and may even have more money to do them.

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Using self storage for business

self storage for business unitsThere are increasing numbers of stories about using self storage for business; how it can save you money or how entrepreneurs are operating from self storage units. But beware, there’s a clear distinction to be made between operating or running your business from a self storage unit and using self storage to help run your business.

One is perfectly alright and the other can get you into deep water and could even result in legal action if the facility is not set up for it.

So what is the difference?

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Cycling for the British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation cyclists

Image courtesy of the British Heart Foundation

Back in December we let you all know that Space Centre’s Lucinda Dangerfield is cycling from London to Paris in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

We last updated you on her training progress in March when Lucinda had just started cycling using clip in shoes and with just a few weeks to go, we thought we’d give you another update.

Firstly, the fantastic news that Lucinda and her brother Piers Marks who is cycling with her, have hit their fundraising target! A great achievement and so the pressure in respect of that goal is eased a little. But the huge task of the ride still lies ahead of them. Continue reading

Solving the storage problems for boaters

boat storage problemsIt’s just a few weeks until the Bristol Harbour Festival gets underway. A great weekend of fun is coming up for everyone with entertainment, family fun, live music and some great on and off water displays. There will also be an array of different boats to see coming in and out of the harbour; some owned and lived in, others hired and brought to Bristol to join in the fun.

More information about the Bristol Harbour Festival here.

It’s at events like these that people watch the boats coming and going and start thinking about the idyllic summer lifestyle of cruising along the rivers and canals or even getting out across the open sea. It may even encourage some to take their first taste of life on the water and consider booking a boating holiday. Continue reading