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Using Self Storage To Help You Prep For Winter

Friday, November 11th, 2022

The leaves are falling from the trees, the weather is getting colder and the first Christmas decorations in the shops are going up. This can only mean one thing, it’s time to get ready for the winter.

Prepping for winter often means putting away all the things you’re not going to touch again until the weather starts getting warmer next year.

Self storage is a fantastic help when it comes to packing away your summer gear. In this guide on how to get prepped for winter we’ll walk you through what to store and how to store it.

 

What Should You Store?

One of the most obvious things to store is your summer wardrobe. Self Storage is a fantastic help when it comes to clothing, as you can pack away all your big coats and scarves when the winter ends, and then when summer is over you can quickly collect all your winter essentials and in their place pack away the summer clothes you aren’t going to wear until next year.

This way you get to have a seasonal wardrobe without having your cupboards taking up all the space in your house.

Another thing to store over winter is any sports equipment that won’t be relevant over the winter time. If you participate in any summer sports like surfing, or cricket you can pack this away.

Similarly, you might not see yourself cycling at all over the winter period, so you could pack your bike away, rather than have it clutter up your house.

Self storage is particularly useful for packing away garden equipment that you won’t be using over the winter time. Once you’ve finished off the last bits of gardening for the year your plants are likely going to be dormant over the winter, and so it is unlikely you will be needing all your garden tools like a lawn mower, strimmer, shears, chainsaws and anything else you might have stored in your shed for those ‘just in case’ tasks.

You should check with your storage unit whether you can store any petrol or diesel powered items, and if you are storing these, make sure you have emptied out the tank first.

Similarly you might want to pack away your garden furniture. You likely won’t be using your furniture during the winter time where it’s dark before you arrive home from work and too cold to enjoy sitting out on the patio.

During this time your furniture might be exposed to the elements and get damaged by the frost and moisture. You can prevent some of this damage by packing away your furniture into a temperature controlled storage unit.

 

storing summer clothes

 

How Should You Store Your Items?

The first, and most important thing is to make sure that your items are clean. If your items aren’t clean then you’re asking for mould or corrosion or, depending on the item, pests.

If you’re putting your bike away for the winter, it’s important that you’ve cleaned off all the mud and grime, and performed vital bike maintenance, otherwise you could come back to your bike next year only to find parts corroded or seized.

Once you’ve cleaned all your items the next most important thing is to make sure they are dry. Mould can spread extremely quickly and can affect and ruin almost anything you want to store.

If you’re storing electronics you should either look for a climate controlled storage unit, or make sure that you’re not storing these electronics on the floor, as the cold can negatively affect certain electronics, and especially batteries.

Again, depending on the unit you’re storing your items in, and whether you’re storing at home, you may want to consider covering up your items to prevent them from getting dusty. This might be by putting them in boxes, or by covering them with a linen sheet.

If there is a chance of moisture being in your items you don’t want to cover these with plastic covers, as these can trap and condense moisture.

Now you’re all set for the winter you can relax under a warm, cosy blanket with a hot cup of tea, knowing that all your items are decluttered and safely packed away.

Storage Tips for When You Have Too Many Clothes

Friday, October 21st, 2022

We’ve all been there – you go to pack away your latest clothing purchases only to realise they won’t fit in the draw you’re trying to stuff them in. Not only that, but there’s no room in your wardrobe either. Unless your new jeans are going to spend their life on the floor, something is going to have to be done.

Obviously your first choice should be to clear out some of your current clothes. Especially if you have lots of clothes that you no longer wear, or that no longer fit you. These should go to charity, or if they’re in poor condition, should be thrown out or recycled.

However, if you’re still left with too many clothes. Here are our best tips for how to deal with storing them all.

 

Find New Storage Places

You might have already filled up the obvious places like your closets, and drawers, but you likely have plenty more spaces that you can store items. Try under your bed, or in your loft. If this is going to be a long term storage solution you’ll need to think about packing these clothes up so they don’t get damaged over time.

 

Use Awkward Spaces

The backs of your doors are perfect places to store some more clothes. What most people do is put hooks on doors to hang clothes from. However, something that’s becoming more common these days is over door storage racks.

These are perfect for storing all your shoes, but also for placing boxes of accessories, scarves, or anything else that might be taking up space in your wardrobe or chest of drawers, freeing up vital space for your new clothes.

Most houses have awkward nooks and crannies that won’t fit any wardrobes or chests. This doesn’t mean these have to be wasted space though. Often you can fit attractive storage boxes or chests in these spaces.

You can also put closet rods or rails in these spaces without trying to fit a whole closet. This way you can still hang your clothes up.

 

Use Self Storage

If you can’t find any more space to fit your clothes, and you can’t get rid of them, you can always use self storage.

At Space Self Storage we offer secure, clean, dry and temperature controlled storage, perfect for storing items of clothing.

It’s easy to access your storage unit, making self storage a great solution for packing away your seasonal items and collecting them when you need them.

 

How to Store Clothes Properly

Ensure Clothing is Clean and Dry

Perfume and deodorant can damage your clothes if left on over time, so it’s important to wash these off. But even more important is to make sure your clothes are fully dried before packing them away. You don’t want to come back to find a mountain of mould all over your clothes.

 

Use Vacuum Sealed Bags When Appropriate

Vacuum sealed bags are a great way to cut down on the amount of space that clothes take up, if you have a lot of clothes this can become a real space saver.

However, there are certain fabrics that don’t do well in vacuum sealed bags, which brings us on to the next point.

 

Use Storage Boxes

There are many items of clothing that don’t do well in vacuum bags, such as wool, fur, leather, and down. These items will lose their shape if stored in a vacuum bag too long.

Any items that have inserts to keep rigid shapes will also door poorly in vacuum bags, This includes hats, suits, and shoes.

As long as you have the space, you can’t go very wrong with a storage box, whereas you can damage your clothes if you use a vacuum bag when it’s not appropriate.

 

Label All Your Boxes

Labelling your boxes takes so little time but can save you so much frustration rummaging through all your boxes just to find the one thing you need.

 

Ensure You’re Not Packing Moths Away

This probably isn’t something you need to worry about unless you’ve had issues with moths in your current wardrobes. The last thing you want is to transport your moths to your storage unit and come back to find holes in all your clothes.

So those are our storage tips for when you have too many clothes, let us know if you have any other ideas, and if you need extra storage space, don’t hesitate to get a free quote from Space Self Storage today.

How Self Storage Can Help With Your Wedding

Monday, September 5th, 2022

 

Wedding planning is one of the most stressful things you’ll have to do in your life, along with moving house.

However, there are some ways you can make things easier on yourself. One of the best things you can do might surprise you – hire out a storage unit!

If you’re wondering how hiring a storage unit will help with your wedding then read on.

 

Store Your Wedding Dress

Depending on where you find your perfect dress you may have to pick it up immediately. You obviously don’t want to store this at home where your partner might be able to see it. A storage unit makes the perfect place to store your dress as it is climate controlled, secure, and most importantly – not in your house.

Make sure you get advice on how best to store your particular dress, it might need protection if it’s folded in case any parts of it snag.

 

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Storing Alcohol

One of the best ways you can save money on a wedding is to purchase alcohol in bulk, so you’re only paying for corkage rather than paying the venue’s rates for alcohol.

The major downside of this is that you’re going to end up with a brewery’s worth of booze cluttering up your whole house. Or, you could stick it in your storage unit, to keep it out of the way. In a climate controlled environment your wine will store perfectly, and you don’t have to think about it until the big day arrives.

 

Store Your Wedding Decorations

Wedding decorations are such a personal thing and the perfect way to show off who you are as a couple. You might have many ideas, or pinterest boards of the type of decorations you want in your wedding. But what happens when you spot those decorations coming up on eBay, Gumtree, or on special offer in the shops many months before the wedding?

You don’t want to let the opportunity slip by. This is why storage units can be so handy, you don’t have to worry about missing out on getting the perfect decorations for your wedding, you can pick them up and drop them off in your unit.

 

wedding table

 

Store Your Furniture

Depending on the venue you’ve chosen you might need to provide your own furniture. Often, if this is the case you can hire tables and chairs just for the day. However, if you have spotted the perfect wooden furniture to go with your barn wedding, or the best benches that will go amazingly with your festival theme then you might not be able to hire them in for the day.

In this case you can store your furniture in your unit, and you can also keep it there until the time comes where you want to sell it on.

 

After the Wedding

Once all the wedding is over you’ve likely been left with gifts from all your friends and family, and not necessarily the space to keep them. Or maybe you need a bit of time to sort out your place before you can fit them all in. Again, this is the perfect time for your storage unit to help relieve you of stress.

What are your thoughts, have you used a storage unit to help with your wedding planning, or do you have a wedding coming up, and have the perfect use for a storage unit?

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Garden Space

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

No matter how big or small your garden is, there are ways to make the most of it. By using creative planting and landscaping techniques, you can turn even the tiniest yard into a beautiful and productive space. In this article, we will discuss some of the best methods to do so.

 

Maximise growing space – use vertical gardening

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximise the amount of growing space in your garden. You can use trellises, arbors, and other structures to create vertical gardens that are perfect for growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Vertical gardens can be used to grow herbs, such as basil, or other vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.

 

Gardening on a porch or balcony

Balcony gardening

If you’re lucky enough to have a porch or balcony, you can use that extra space to grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables. You can either use pots and planters or plant directly into the ground (if your porch or balcony is large enough).

One of the benefits of gardening on a porch or balcony is that you can control the environment – you can make it as sunny or shady as you want, and you can keep out pests and animals.

 

Choose the right plants for your garden

When planning your garden, it is important to choose plants that will thrive in the conditions of your space and in the season of year during which you are planting. Some plants fare better in direct sunlight while others prefer shaded areas. Some plants need a lot of water while others can survive with little irrigation.

Consider the size of your garden when selecting plants. Some plants grow tall and need a lot of space, while others are smaller and can be planted in clusters or rows. If you have a limited amount of space, consider choosing plants that have a compact growth habit.

Think about the time of year when you want to enjoy your garden. Certain flowers bloom only during certain seasons, so it is important to select plants that will bloom at the right time. There are also trees and shrubs that provide beautiful foliage colour during different seasons.

 

Maintenance – keep your garden looking great whatever the size

Gardening in a small space

No matter what time of year it is, garden maintenance is important. In the spring, you should clean up any debris from the winter, plant new flowers and plants, and water your garden regularly. During the summer, make sure to continue watering your plants and to remove any dead leaves or branches. In the fall, you should rake up any leaves that have fallen, add some compost to your garden, and water everything well. And in the winter, you should make sure that your garden is covered with a layer of mulch to protect it from the cold weather.

 

Storing garden furniture and gardening equipment

Gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also be a lot of work. Between the planting, weeding, and watering, there’s a lot to keep track of. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have enough space to store all your gardening equipment and furniture.

If you don’t have much space in your garden or garage, consider investing in some storage sheds or containers. This will allow you to keep all your equipment in one place and free up some space in your home.

Another option is to use self storage to store your gardening equipment and furniture seasonally. For example, you can put your tools away during the winter and bring them back out when the weather starts to warm up.

In conclusion, there are many ways to make the most out of your garden space. By using creativity and some simple tips, you can have a thriving garden that you can be proud of. Whether you have a small patio or a large yard, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy gardening. So get outside and start planting!

What Can You Store in a Storage Unit?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

When it comes to storing items in a self storage unit, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you should always check with your storage facility to see what items they do and do not allow. This is because different facilities have different policies when it comes to what can and cannot be stored on their property. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about storing any particular item at our facility.

That being said there are a few items that are a perfect use case for storing in a self storage unit.

 

 

Furniture during a move

There are many reasons why you might want to store furniture during a house move. Maybe you don’t have enough space in your new home for all of your furniture, or maybe you need to wait until your new home is ready before you can move in. Whatever the reason, storing your furniture can be a great way to make the moving process a little bit easier.

When packed correctly, you will be surprised at just how much you can get into a unit. For example, the contents of a 2 bedroom flat can often fit into a 100 sq ft unit!

 

business files

Business documents

Are you downsizing your office and don’t have room to keep all of your files? Maybe you’re starting a new business and need to keep some records off-site until you get your own office. Or maybe you just need to free up some space in your home or office for other purposes.

Whatever the reason, self storage is a great option for storing business documents. It’s affordable, convenient, and secure, and it gives you the flexibility to access your documents whenever you need them. Plus, if you choose a climate-controlled unit, you can rest assured that your documents will be safe and protected from the elements.

 

Art

Maybe you’re a collector and have accumulated items over the years, or maybe you’ve just been holding on to artwork for sentimental reasons. Whatever the case may be, a self-storage unit can be a safe place to ensure the items are protected from accidental damage and kept in good condition.

While you could use your garage or loft, those spaces aren’t always the ideal environment for artwork, this is where a storage unit can help.

 

Heirlooms

If you’ve recently had a death in the family you might have inherited some items that you don’t have space for yet. This could be something you think would be perfect for your next house, or for your children when they get a place for themselves.

It could also be that the family have inherited a lot of items that need to be stored before they are handed out to their respective new owners. It’s always stressful dealing with a death in the family, and anything that can reduce this stress can be a blessing.

 

wreathSeasonal Items

There are many things you’ll own that will only be used at one time of year and then be hidden away for the rest of it, such as christmas or halloween decorations, gardening equipment a BBQ etc.

Or maybe you just like to switch your wardrobe up and want to put your winter clothes away until next year.

No matter the reason, self storage is a great option for storing seasonal items. You can choose a unit that’s the right size for your needs, and you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and secure. Plus, if you ever need to access your items during the off-season, you can always do so with ease.

 

 

Wine

Perhaps you have a large wine collection and don’t have enough space in your home to store it all. Maybe you’re going on vacation and don’t want your wine collection to be vulnerable to theft or damage. Or maybe you’re starting a wine business and need a place to store your inventory. Whatever the reason, self storage is a great option for storing wine. It’s safe, secure, and affordable, and it gives you the peace of mind knowing that your wine is in good hands.

wine

With all that being said, there are some general things that you should keep in mind when storing items in a self storage unit. For example, you should never store anything flammable or combustible in your unit, as this could pose a safety hazard. Additionally, you should avoid storing any hazardous materials in your unit, as these could also be dangerous.

Some other things that you should avoid storing in your self storage unit include food items (which can attract pests), live animals, plants, and any item that is perishable.

Ultimately, it is important to check with your storage facility to see what their policies are when it comes to what can and cannot be stored on their property. This will help ensure that you are storing your items in a safe and secure manner.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and the daffodils are out. The longer, warmer afternoons also mean that your social calendar is going to start filling up again and guests will be coming round to your place.

That can only mean one thing – it’s spring cleaning time!

 

How to start your spring clean

It can often be daunting to start a spring clean, as the task can often be so big it seems overwhelming. The simple solution is to break it down into smaller tasks. Make a list of all the things that need to be done and you can tick these off one by one giving you a sense of accomplishment with each tick. 

You can also start small, with things you don’t mind as much – just to get you going. Starting can often be the hardest part, and once you’re in the middle it doesn’t seem so bad.

Go Room By Room

This fills two functions: first it’s more efficient, rather than flitting from one end of the house to the other, you stay in one place and so don’t move around as much. Second, it gives you little boosts of accomplishment after each room. You can use this as an opportunity to have a break with a cup of tea, and congratulate yourself on what you’ve done so far. 

Do it on a Weekend

This is going to be a big job, it will be possible to do it in the evenings after work, but you might find it easier to get it all done in one big day of deep cleaning. 

Dust First

When you dust, no matter how good your duster is, you will be throwing more dust around the room. There’s nothing worse than doing the vacuuming only to find that you have to do it all over again an hour later once you’ve thrown dust on the floor.

The dusting is also a great time to do any re-organising you need to do. If your shelves are looking a bit untidy, or your countertops or furniture is looking cluttered then now is the perfect time to tidy these up. 

When dusting make sure you dust all the things you might not do in your normal cleaning, this is a deep clean after all. 

Make sure you wipe down doors, electrical sockets, light switches, lamp shades, windows, skirting boards, and all the little nooks and crannies you don’t normally get to. 

Air vents are a prime candidate for being missed in a normal clean, and over time these can get seriously clogged, so don’t miss these.

When you’re moving your furniture to get a better clean behind them you might need to consider putting something under the feet of your sofa or coffee table so you don’t scratch the floor, if you have a hard floor. 

 

Tidy Shelves

Tidy & Rearrange as well

This isn’t only the perfect time for cleaning, but is great for doing a bit of a tidy up. 

Over time your wardrobes, drawers and cupboards will get messy, with things not being put back in the order they should be, or not as neatly as they should be.

Taking some time to empty your drawers and put everything away in its place will make a big difference to how you feel, as well as making it easier to find what you need next time you open the drawer. 

Tidying will also allow you to do a clear out. If you haven’t used or worn something since the last time you spring cleaned a year ago then it’s a sign you either need to send that thing to a charity shop, or if it’s something you only use infrequently you might need to put it in storage to prevent your house from getting cluttered. 

If you decide you need storage we have different sized storage units at Space Self Storage, so we can help no matter how much space you need.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve done the dusting and polishing, and vacuumed behind the furniture it’s time to do the last mop and vacuum before putting it all back together. Then you can finish off with a nice room scent to complete the spring feeling. 

You can now sit back and relax knowing your house is ready for a summer of hosting and parties. 

Tips For Living In A Smaller House

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Across the world, many people are opting to downsize their houses and choose something far more manageable. Living in a smaller space can be an excellent opportunity to re-evaluate your possessions and streamline your lifestyle, and in this post we’ll share with you some handy tips to help make the most out of whatever size house you’re living in.

 

Plants & Boxes

 

Remove The Unnecessary Clutter

The first place to start is by deciding which of your possessions you actually need, and which of those you are holding on to unnecessarily. 

Whether it’s old clothes that you no longer wear, or kitchen gadgets that you never use, a large percentage of your stuff is likely rarely used. 

The more things you can remove from your life at this point the less you’ll have to deal with when it comes to storing and organising it all. 

This can also be a great time to separate out all of the things which you need to keep, but rarely use – things like camping equipment, skiing equipment or festive decorations – stuff that may be better off being stored in a storage unit.  

 

Go Digital

We’re living in a digital world, and chances are that a lot of things you own could be put into a digital format – whether it’s old photo albums, receipts and documents, or just your vast collection of books. 

When going through your possessions, be mindful of anything you could move onto a digital format as this could help free up a lot of potential spare room. 

 

Pick Your Furniture Wisely

Bedroom Furniture

 

When living in a smaller space, the furniture you choose will have a massive impact on your available space. 

Using furniture that doubles up or has additional storage can be extremely helpful. Some great examples of this might be a coffee table that has internal storage space, or a bed that has storage underneath – even a loft bed if you’re looking to really max out space. If you’re struggling for ideas, a trip to IKEA (or just browsing the website) can be great for inspiration.

If you’re really tight for space you can take this even further and get furniture that’s designed to be multi purpose. Things such as a pull out sofa bed, or fold out desks and kitchen tables. 

As well as the bigger pieces of furniture, there’s also smaller items that can free up essential space around the house. Using over the door shoe racks or hooks on the inside of the doors can help you fill space that would otherwise be left empty. 

 

Kitchen Storage 

Kitchen Storage

 

One of the biggest areas where you can free up more space is in the kitchen. So many kitchens are filled with unused appliances and multiple different sizes of the same utensils. 

Figuring out what you actually use on a regular basis can help you clear up a lot of space in your kitchen. You may think you need all of the different gadgets to help you get by, but in reality there are going to be a few key items you use to cook the majority of your meals. 

You can also get creative and use some of the empty wall space for hanging pots and pans, utensils and even consider a wall mounted knife rack. 

 

Organise

Once you have removed all the things you don’t need and have invested in some storage friendly furniture, the next step is to get everything organised. 

Ensuring there is a place for everything will help you to keep on top of things and stop you from getting overwhelmed. There’s so many options out there to help you with organising whatever room it is, whether it’s filing boxes for the office, storage boxes for the kids rooms, or food storage for the kitchen, all of these tools can help keep you organised. 

 

Keep Tidy

This is especially important when you’re living in a smaller space. Keeping clutter to a minimum and tidying up as you go will help to make everything seem as spacious as possible. 

 

Consider Self Storage

Even if you’ve followed all the areas we’ve covered in this post, there’s still likely to be items you’ll want to keep but don’t have the room for. Whether it’s treasured heirlooms, that box of camping equipment you use once a year, or that piece of furniture you can’t bear to part with but simply have no space for at the moment. 

That’s where self storage can help. A little bit of extra space can help you look after these possessions, without them encroaching on your everyday life. Not only will they be securely stored, but you’ll be able to access them conveniently whenever you need them. 

Here at Space Self Storage we have a wide selection of different sized rooms available to rent for as long as you need them. If you’re looking to free up some space then why not get in touch and find out how we can help you.

How to Store Your Business Files Safely

Monday, December 6th, 2021

One of the most important legal obligations a company has is to keep records of their business activities.

The exact amount of time you’re required to keep documents for depends on the country you’re in, and the type of document e.g. accounting documents or due diligence documents.

It’s recommended that you check your local laws on how long you’ll need to store your documents for, but it can often be up to 10 years depending on the nature of the records.

As it’s a legal requirement to keep these documents you’ll want to make sure they’re kept securely stored so they aren’t lost, stolen or damaged in all the years you need to store them.

The exact methods of storing documents will depend on the type of document you need to store, we’ll break it down into digital and paper document storage.

 

Tips for Securely Storing Digital Files

Use Cloud Storage

Storing important documents on your own computer(s) is fraught with danger. There could be any number of ways those documents get lost.

You could have a coworker accidentally delete the files, or a computer crash, or the hard drive could suffer physical damage from a flood or a fire.

This isn’t easily solved by having backups either. Firstly you have to remember to back up the files, which might go well for the first few months, but over time will likely start to be left later and later.

Then if anything does go wrong with your original files you might lose months worth of important documents if you haven’t backed them up regularly.

You’ll also need to keep your backups in a safe and separate location. There’s no point in having a physical backup that gets destroyed in the same flood the original files are damaged in.

Cloud storage solves these issues by having your files either existing wholly on the cloud or being regularly backed up to the cloud giving you peace of mind.

 

Secure Your Important Files

Secure file storage isn’t just about protecting the files from damage or loss. You also need to protect the data from being stolen in a data breach.

This is now a legal obligation with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which requires you to protect personal data you’ve collected.

It’s important to have some sort of encryption on files that are confidential that way even if you do have a data breach the thief won’t be able to read the information they stole.

 

Use a Password Manager

Once you’ve encrypted your data you’ll need to remember the passwords to unencrypt it. This is much better done with a password manager. Not only will this allow you to use different passwords for different storage locations, but you can control who has access to different documents by granting them access to the passwords through the password manager.

An important part of document security is only allowing people to access the files they need to access and only granting access to your most sensitive files to trusted individuals.

 

Tips for Securely Storing Physical Files

No matter how much a business tries to move digital there’s still cases where important documents exist in physical form, and while they have different requirements it’s just as important to keep these files secure.

 

Move older files off-site

While documents are more recent you might need them close to hand, as it’s much more likely that someone will query an invoice sent two months ago than it is that they’ll query an invoice sent five years ago.

For this reason you’ll probably want to keep recent files somewhere close to hand for easy retrieval and inspection.

However, keeping older files close to hand comes with the huge downside that they will all quickly build up taking up vital space.

Much better would be to move these files off site, as the cost per square foot of renting a storage space will be cheaper than the cost per square foot of your office space.

Not only is this cheaper per square foot, but you get the added benefit of a more secure location where fewer people have access to your sensitive files.

 

Organise Your Files

It’s no good having all your files securely stored if you don’t know how to find them when you need them.

The exact method of organisation will depend on what sort of information you want to organise, it might make sense to organise the files alphabetically, by client, by date, or some other way. The important thing is just to have them organised so you can quickly retrieve them.

 

Make Copies

In the same way you need to have backups of your digital files it’s important to scan in your paper files and have a copy of your physical files in case anything happens to them.

Dispose of Old Documents

Once the documents are old enough that you don’t have to legally keep them / have no more use of them you should securely destroy them, this usually means taking them to a location that does confidential document shredding.

 

Don’t wait to get organised

Securing your documents isn’t something to put off until it’s too late. If you need help with storing your documents safely then why not get in touch with us here at Space Storage, our professional and flexible business storage solutions will be just what you are looking for.

How to Store Garden Furniture for the Winter

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

There’s nothing worse than finally being able to get outside and enjoy your garden after a long winter only to see you can’t sit on your wooden patio set because it’s covered in lichen and fungus, or your iron furniture because it’s covered in rust.

The good news is that it’s not difficult to prevent this from happening, all you need is a bit of forethought and planning before the bad winter weather comes in.

In this post we’ll look at what you can do to help you keep your garden furniture looking nice no matter what it’s made of, and give you some helpful tips on storing different types of garden furniture.

 

Clean your furniture before storing

If you don’t clean your furniture before putting it away then you’ll come back to it later only to find it’s covered in mould or fungus.

The way to clean your furniture will pretty much always be using soapy water and a sponge. Don’t use a pressure washer on your furniture unless it’s plastic.

 

Dry your garden furniture properly

Once you’ve washed your furniture you can’t immediately put it away for storage, you have to leave it out to dry completely, so it’s best to wait for a sunny day before washing anything.

white garden table and chairs
 

Cover your furniture well

If you have to leave your furniture out in the garden then you’ll need to get a cover. The important things to look for when covering your furniture are:

  1. A waterproof cover – Water is going to be the main enemy for your furniture over winter, so the more you can keep away the better.
  2. A tight fitting cover – This will prevent your cover from letting wind underneath and being swept away, it will also mean that weather is less likely to make it underneath the cover.

Much better than using a cover would be to bring your furniture into a storage unit. This will not only prevent rain and wind from messing with your garden set, but it will also prevent frost and temperature changes from having as much of an effect on your set.

One more benefit of storing your garden furniture in a self storage facility is that you can store any fabric parts of your furniture in storage as well. You can’t leave your cushions outside in winter, even covered. Which means you’ll have to bring them inside, taking up storage space in your house that you might want for something else. This isn’t an issue with self storage – you can store your cushions in a facility along with the furniture it belongs with.

That’s the general advice that applies to all garden furniture. Now we’ll go through some of the more specific advice.
 

Wood

Use a soft brush and soapy water, if this doesn’t clean the wood properly you might need to make a homemade cleaner appropriate for your wood. Or, if you don’t want to use a homemade cleaner you can purchase one from pretty much any outdoor / diy store. Once you’ve scrubbed it clean and allowed it to dry then apply some oil, find an oil that’s appropriate for the wood your furniture is made of.

Applying oil to your wooden furniture is an important part of protecting it over the winter months.
 

Iron

Rust is your main issue when it comes to iron furniture. Wash your furniture clean so you can get a good look at where there might be any bits of rust starting to appear. A little bit of rust can compromise the paint or coating around it, meaning that part is then exposed to air and water, in this way rust can spread from a small spot into a big issue, so it’s best to deal with it soon.

Scrape off the rust using sandpaper or, if it’s particularly bad, a dedicated rust removal product. Then once you’ve cleaned and dried it you can repaint over it to protect the iron from air and moisture again.

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Rattan

Natural rattan will need to be stored inside during the winter months. Space self storage would be a perfect solution for this.

Synthetic rattan will likely be fine if you leave it outside uncovered, but to properly prolong the life of your furniture you would want to get a decent cover that will protect it while you’re not using it. Of course any cushions need to be stored inside away from the bad weather.
 

Plastic

Plastic makes for great long lasting outdoor furniture. It does get dirty and discoloured though, but as long as you keep on top of cleaning it this shouldn’t lead to long lasting staining. Hot soapy water is all that’s needed for cleaning. You don’t want to use any scratchy abrasive sponges while cleaning it, as a lot of plastic does scratch easily.

Now you’re fully prepared for keeping your furniture looking its best during the upcoming winter months. Don’t forget that one of the easiest ways to keep your furniture at its best is to store it in one of our secure self storage units.

How Self Storage Can Help With Your Garden Renovation

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

 

It’s summer now, and for a lot of us that means spending more time outside, especially if you have a garden. However, if you’re anything like me then spending time in your garden means thinking about all the parts of it you want to change – it’s garden renovation time!

You might not know it, or not have thought about it, but self storage and garden renovations go hand in hand. Don’t believe me? Well maybe by the end of this post you’ll be convinced.

 

More space for the renovation

One of the main ways storage can help make the renovation process easier is by freeing up space in your garden to move about freely. 

You’re not going to need everything all the time. Different tools and materials will be needed at different stages of the renovation process. 

Until you need something, self storage can help you keep it out of your way, this will not only help with your organisation but also will help with safety. You won’t be tripping up on things that don’t need to be there, or having to work around piles of material you don’t need until later. 

Of course storage can’t help with organic waste or plants, so you’ll have to find another way of dealing with these, but for everything else it can be a great way of creating more space to get to work.

 

garden tools

 

Tool storage

Completing a garden renovation will most likely require some bigger tools that you aren’t going to use often. 

Storing these in your shed (assuming you have the room) takes up useful shed space for a tool you might not need again for a long time. Why make it difficult to get into or around your shed when you can keep these tools in a secure, easy access unit and out of your way for most of the time. 

This will extend the life of your tools as they won’t be subject to the temperature and humidity changes that you’d experience in a shed, or even worse, left out in the garden.

 

Storage for those great finds

Garden renovation is not a quick job, it usually takes a decent amount of planning and time to get everything you want. You might see that perfect water feature, or the ideal slabs on offer and want to get them before they’re taken by anyone else.

Self storage is perfect for keeping hold of these out of the way until they’re needed in the garden renovation process.

  

landscaping

 

Protect your equipment and materials

Storing your items out of the way won’t only help with giving you space, but will help protect your equipment as well. 

If you’ve got a porous slab that you’re planning to use for your patio you don’t want grease, bird droppings, mould or anything else like that staining your slabs before you’ve had a chance to seal them. 

Whether you’re hiring tools or not you don’t want them to get damaged or rusted, as this will be costly either way, so it’s best to leave these in a secure storage unit while you’re not using them. This way you don’t have to constantly think about covering and protecting your equipment either from the weather or mishaps in the renovation process. 

 

Choosing the right storage at Space Self Storage

Each renovation process is different and so your needs will change depending on what exactly it is you’re planning to do. If you were sceptical before about how self storage can assist in your garden renovation, I hope we’ve changed your mind. 

Whatever the size of your garden, here at Space Self Storage we’ll help you find the right size units for your requirements. Why not get a quote, or give us a call today to see how we can help with your self storage needs.


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