Kitchen Storage Solutions

xmas serving dishesChristmas is just around the corner and family and friends will be arriving at your door for festive parties and meals. It’s about this time you have to start rummaging through cupboards and drawers to dig out the roasting tins, serving dishes and bowls that are only used occasionally. There may even be things that you only use at this time of year. Now, where did you put them when you tidied everything away last year? Maybe they’re on top of that cupboard?

It’s about now you’re probably thinking, I must have a clean out and re-organise my kitchen storage after Christmas so I don’t have this problem next time. But how? You’re not extending the kitchen and you’ve no more space for extra cupboards?

So, when things calm down after Christmas and you’ve got time to think about your kitchen storage issues, here are some handy tips that will help.

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Self storage units – make the right choice

self storage units with car outsideSelf storage units are a godsend when you finally run out of storage space at home.

It makes sense. Not only have you found a suitable place to keep and look after your belongings, in the short, medium or long term, but suddenly you have created more space in the house.

However, if you are considering self storage units there are a number of things to think about. Not only do you need to be sure about what you can and can’t store, there are other questions you need to ask yourself before you sign on the dotted line.

Here are 10 questions you should ask to help you make the right decision when it comes to renting self storage units.

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Storage solutions at Christmas time

family with christmas presentsChristmas time, mistletoe and wine and nowhere to hide away the presents ahead of the big day. Basically you need storage solutions.

It’s an issue that many families have in the build up to Christmas. We all like to buy early and make sure that nothing is left to chance or more importantly, that our chosen gifts are not out of stock.

However, if you are purchasing sizeable presents like furniture, bikes, beds, stacking  systems with speakers or the like, have you thought where you might store them?

Have you any storage solutions?

Some folk have a spare room with a key. Ideal. However, many haven’t.

Some will use a friends’ house, but even then, it’s a big favour to ask, especially if your friends have a similar problem. Continue reading

Common mistakes when using self storage units

boxes on a pallet for storageIf you want to do something well, do it properly. The same applies when you come to choosing and stacking your self storage units.

Deciding to use one of your local self storage units is the easy bit. You fancy a spot of de-cluttering and you make a call. Your local self storage centre has a unit to suit your needs and the process is underway.

However, have you ever thought how to de-clutter, how to sift through your belongings and how to plan what goes where when you finally pick up the key to your unit?

How would you pack a tea set, the spare Chesterfield, a table and chairs and or your garden furniture which is causing one or two lack of space problems in the garage?

Like anything, there is a right and a wrong way. If you take the easy option and literally stuff your goods into the unit, you will pay the price at a later date.

Do things properly and you will not only maintain the value of your goods, but your life will become a whole lot easier. Continue reading

The essential moving house checklist

moving house checklistMoving house can be the most stressful time of your life.

Estate agents, solicitors, searches, deposits and removal companies are all words that we dread when it comes to moving house.

The process can be never ending and by the time you pick up the keys, your head is befuddled.

So, remember, before the final push, make a final check-list of those useful items that you could need on the big day.

Here are 10 useful items that will make moving house more enjoyable

1. By the time you’ve arrived at your new home, you are sure to be tired and hungry. Make sure you have plenty of milk, tea, coffee and small snacks to keep you going whilst you unload and sort out what goes where. Continue reading