Ideas for Mother’s Day

mothers day child and crayonsMother’s Day is just around the corner on 26th March so it’s time to get together with the kids and plan those treats. You’ll see lots of adverts online, on television and in print with numerous ideas of where to take your Mum or what to buy; restaurants, flowers, chocolates all top the list. But those adverts are all being shown with one thing in mind – to get you to spend your money.

Yes, it’s nice to be taken out and spoilt on occasion but finances don’t always allow that, especially at times of the year when prices are generally inflated specifically because of the occasion. There are lots of things you can do that don’t cost huge amounts of money but will leave your Mum with that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that she’s loved and appreciated. Breakfast in bed with some flowers picked from the garden always goes down well. If Mum is going to be on the sidelines cheering you on in some sports activity, then making things easy by being prepared, packing your kit bags and making her a flask of hot tea or coffee to take will bring a smile to her face. Continue reading

What to do with unwanted Christmas Gifts

unwanted christmas gift socksOne of the most regular questions we get asked when people use us for household storage is what can they do with the things they no longer want or need. The obvious answer is to donate it to charity, providing of course, that’s in a good enough condition to be passed on. Often that’s the route they take, but it all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into getting rid of things.

You can always sell things on yourself, but you have to be prepared to take the time to advertise your goods and depending on where and how you sell them there will be a cost; it may be time or money, but there will be a cost. If you have a friend or relative that could benefit think about passing things on there. Then there’s the charity option. Charities rely on donations to run, whether it’s a financial donation or goods that can be sold in their shops. And don’t forget those places that may not be charities but could benefit. Local playgroups and community groups that may not be registered charities can often benefit from donations. Continue reading

Repairing Scratches on Wooden Furniture

wooden furnitureIf you have wooden furniture of any sort, you’ll know that there are the normal day to day concerns over scratches or damage. Has that hot cup got a coaster underneath it? Mop that sticky spillage up quickly and make sure whatever cleaning cloth or fluid you use doesn’t damage the wood! Don’t drag that dish across the table, pick it up. All phrases we’re probably familiar with.

However, because we’re so diligent about the day to day, that’s not normally when the accidents happen. Often it’s when things are being moved around. Packing up a removal van, putting things in or getting things out of storage or moving them around while you decorate or renovate; these are all times when damage can easily happen. Of course, packing things up and protecting them effectively reduces the chance of scratches and damage to wooden furniture. But sometimes, no matter how careful we are the worst happens. A blanket slips off, bubble wrap get snagged and tears or there just isn’t enough room to manoeuvre things around and they get knocked resulting in small marks or dents.
If the damage is severe, then you’ll probably have to get a specialist in to repair your item of furniture. You’ll need to weigh up the cost of the repair against the value of the furniture (and don’t forget to factor in the sentimental cost – sometimes it’s not just about the money). Continue reading

Top Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Furniture

unwanted furnitureThere are many reasons people have items of furniture they’re looking to rehome. You could be moving house, getting things out of long term storage, downsizing or simply having a good old clear out. Whatever the reason, the chances are you’ll have some unwanted furniture and need to find a way to dispose of it. How you dispose of it will depend on the state of repair it’s in.

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Storage Tips for your Child’s Room

school stuff needing storage tipsWe’re into the second week of September and the kids have been back in school a little over a week. If you’ve got younger children, the new uniform, if they wear one, was bought and a little bit of space found in the wardrobe to house it. That’s all there was to it!

Having said that, you’ve probably still got all their summer clothes and toys to rehome. Chances are they seem to have more things now than they did at the start of summer – it doesn’t all fit back into where it came from! You need to give the storage some serious thought.

If you’ve got older children who are heading off to senior school, the challenges of storage space are a little harder. It’s not just uniform to find a space for in the wardrobe. There’s sports kit (and that includes boots, shin pads and more), text books, files and folders. Maybe even new additions of the musical variety. Suddenly, your child’s room seems way too small! Continue reading