Finding storage space for your garden tools and furniture

garden furniture covered in leavesHow many of us cut the lawn for the last time and wheel the mower into the shed or self storage unit without cleaning the blades or the excess grass?

How many of us have never once cleaned off the mess from our garden tools or furniture before housing them for winter?

And how many of us, simply leave our tools in the back-yard or in a damp shed where the elements can destroy them?

The answer to all three questions is the same. Most of us! Continue reading

Cheap storage is not always the answer

cheap storage prices signWhenever we buy or hire anything, cost is often one of the main considerations. If it’s too expensive, we will shop around. If it’s cheap, invariably, we will take the plunge.However, when it comes to picking yourself a self storage unit, of whatever size, cheap storage is not always the answer. Don’t be fooled by the basic price of your chosen unit. Check the small print and make sure the unit is right for you.Remember cheap storage can often lead to longer term issues in terms of accessibility, insurance or security. In addition, some ‘welcome offers’ may not be all they appear Continue reading

Preparing for self storage

self storage unitsIf you decide on self storage, to help with your de-cluttering or downsizing, make sure you choose the right unit. It’s the most important decision you will make. After all, whilst a small unit with too little space is pointless, a cavernous unit with too much space is equally, unnecessary.

Your self storage centre will help you make the right decision. They will also assist when it comes to preparing your goods for self storage.

As any experienced storage expert will tell you, there is little point in renting a self storage unit and storing your goods without rhyme or reason. Each item should be packed and prepared properly. It’s a simple, but very important, part of the process.

Have you thought how you would pack your summer clothes for autumn and winter storage? Have you wondered how to keep your antiques in good condition or how to preserve that leather Chesterfield whilst you move home? What about your surplus furniture or garden tools?

Although your unit is likely to be damp free, overlooking the advice given to you, will almost certainly lead to your goods becoming damaged, tarnished or even unfit for use or future sale. Continue reading

Moving house – size matters

2 houses one large one smallThe act of moving house is arguably one of the biggest moments in your life. Along with marriage and having children, it’s right up there in terms of its importance.Many of us will move to a bigger home. A new addition to the family, the need for extra space or just the desire to have a bigger place to enjoy.

However, many people reach a time in their life when they have to either reduce their living costs or start funding their retirement. A report in the Independent last year stated that 43% of people moving house and downsizing, do so for these reasons.

Whatever your reason, moving house, to a smaller property, is an option that will help you save money. Not only will it cut your everyday living costs but will free up some extra cash to put away for when you finally call it a working day.

3 Big savings when moving house and downsizing Continue reading

Creating extra storage space at home

shelf with saucepans hanging We have never got enough storage space at home, have we? Piles of books, kids toys hanging around, creating a health hazard and clothes cluttering every drawer, cupboard and wardrobe.

Without knowing, it can happen. But how can you deal with it? How can we create more storage space without building an extension, adding a third storey to the house or digging down to create a basement?

Easy. First of all, you should de-clutter at every available opportunity. Not every week or maybe not every month. However, if you aim to clean up, spring clean or de-clutter, once every three months, you will establish a routine that will help when it comes to finding extra storage space.

Remember also, that if you are downsizing to a smaller home, you might also need to create extra storage space for your belongings. Continue reading