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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
Having the flexibility to work from home, even a few days a week comes with a host of benefits, and obviously with not-so-recent events people have been needing to work from home a lot more often.
However, there’s one major drawback to working from home, and that’s finding the space to do so.
When you bought your house you may not have planned on having a space dedicated to a home office – you may have tried working from the kitchen table, or from your bed, but most people find that having a dedicated work space makes it much easier to get into a productive mindset.
With that in mind here’s how you can clear out some space in your home for a dedicated home office.
If your under stairs cupboard is big enough this can be the perfect place to put a home office; even better if your under stairs space is open to a living room, as this is often wasted space that could be used much more efficiently.
If you can’t find space to move all the stuff you’ve stored in the under stairs cupboard that’s where Space Self Storage can help!
If you have a bit of spare money and space in your garden you can install a ‘shoffice’. These aren’t like your typical garden sheds, they’re insulated for the winter, have electricity and internet, and let in more light. They’re more like a garden building than a shed.
A shoffice can be an attractive selling point of your home when it comes time to move, as these days people often look for space to work from home when they’re choosing a new property.
Space Self Storage is the perfect place to store all those garden tools you only use once a year or less if there isn’t space in your shoffice.
Depending on your living room setup you might have a ‘messy corner’ somewhere where you’ve stored all your old magazines, board games, and other items that you couldn’t think of a better place for.
Now is the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone. You can finally clean up the messy part of your living room and at the same time give yourself some space for a home office.
If you’re put off by the thought of having a desk out in view every time you have guests over this might be the perfect solution for you.
First you need to clear all your items out of a cupboard that’s big enough to accommodate your monitor(s) and desktop or laptop.
Then you’ll need to remove the shelves that are in the wrong place, and install a sliding drawer for you to place your keyboard and mouse on.
If DIY isn’t your forte there are plenty of options to buy your own hideaway computer cupboard if you can afford it.
You can make space for a home office in even the smallest of houses. In your clear out, if there’s anything you can’t find room for at home you can always store it at Space Self Storage.