Smart Storage is 15 years old in 2020!
To mark such a big anniversary, we’re taking a look at how renting a self-storage unit is a great solution for all of your storage needs no matter the month, season, life event or business milestone.
So, how can self-storage accompany you throughout the year and during important moments of your life?
Declutter Your Home
What better time to spruce up your property by cleaning any mess or clutter than during Spring? There are many documented and tangible benefits to having a decluttered home, from less stress to better creativity and improved sleep. As you declutter your home, you’ll probably find items you’ve forgotten about and things you no longer need, so take this moment to consider whether to keep them or donate it all.
But what if you don’t want to get rid of everything? With self-storage, you can store any belongings that are taking up space in your home but are not needed on a day to day basis. Keep those possessions that have sentimental value, or a later use – safe, secure and out of the way
Keeping a tidy home is always a plus, not only because you won’t have to worry about last-minute cleaning when guests come over but also because it has a real and positive impact on your mental health. However, no matter how tidy and clean you are, it’s easy to accumulate things and to forego in-depth cleaning when you lead a busy life.
So, spring clean your home to make sure your living space receives the breath of fresh air it needs – and to start a new year on the right foot!
Part of spring cleaning is decluttering your house or flat, but this is not the only thing you should do; a deep cleanse is also required. Once you clear up and organise an area of your home, you want to dust and scrub everything. Take the chance to clean any potential mould, manage that drawer that no one ever organises and clean spaces you tend to skip during weekly cleaning, such as the under-the-stairs area!
Take a Student Gap Year
When school ends and before the new Uni academic year starts, students might be planning a gap year. Self-storage can be really helpful during this period.
After all, having a dedicated space to store furniture or possessions you accumulated throughout the year means you can easily plan that perfect gap year without having to clutter your parents’ home with stuff they don’t want. At Smart Storage, you can easily store your belongings during a gap year, so don’t hesitate to talk to us and learn more about our storage units and our student offers.
Many students want to take some time off away from their studies, but this doesn’t have to happen before Uni. On the contrary, you can do it during your University years or even after you finish and before you start your professional career. Of course, there are many pros and cons to taking a gap year, so make sure this is something you really want to do.
A gap year isn’t the only reason why a student may need storage space. On the contrary, if you want to live the minimalist lifestyle and declutter your life, you can rent a self-storage unit to keep your treasured possessions safe during the longer summer holidays or just until you want to use them again. If you’re planning to sell some of your belongings, perhaps when you finish Uni, you can store everything in your storage unit until you complete any eBay sales.
Just for fun, you can take our quiz to find out how your student storage unit would look like based on your personality. You can also figure out whether you’re a messy or organised student with our handy infographic, “What Type of Student Are You?”
Enjoy the Outdoors
When the weather starts getting warmer and the rain clears up a little, camping is a great activity that will take you out of the house and lets you enjoy nature. In our ultimate outdoor guide to going camping, we’ve got some great tips to help you make the most of your summer, which includes a list of wonderful camping spots in the North West of England.
We offer a lot of options for anyone seeking summer storage solutions, so, with self-storage, you can put your winter gear into storage once the weather gets better and make space for all the camping items you need.
Summer is also a good time of the year to renovate your home. The weather is nicer, making it a great season for home improvements, be it for you to enjoy or to add value to your property before selling it (check out our tips to make your home picture perfect for sale). You can put your belongings into storage so that you have enough space for renovations while ensuring your furniture is safe from damage as well.
We offer many different-sized units for your domestic storage needs, so you can store anything you want, from bulky bed frames and dressers to musical instruments and domestic appliances.
Move To A New House
If you’re planning a move, have you considered doing it during Autumn? This way, you can enjoy your summer without stressing out about your move and often your home and garden are looking their best. An Autumn move means you also avoid the hectic Christmas period. If you’re in-between homes, where do you put all of your belongings? In self-storage, of course.
Your trusty companion to any move, self-storage is suitable for all kinds of house moves. Our storage calculator will give you a good idea of the size of unit you will need, so you know your possessions will always fit inside the unit you choose. For instance, if you’re moving out from a 2-bed flat or house, you may benefit from a 75sqft sized unit.
Get Ready for Winter
Preparing your home for the colder months of the year is crucial, so that you can be ready for everything winter throws at you, be it rain, wind or snow. For homes with limited space, removing summer items from your property and putting them into storage may be the best solution – you don’t want your patio furniture or grill to get damaged due to weather conditions, so make sure you put it all away for next summer.
Getting rid of your summer belongings will allow you to make space for winter stuff, which tends to be bulky. For this reason, you’ll want to have as much space as possible in your flat or house. Blankets, portable heaters, woolly coats and Wellingtons will be needed once the weather starts to turn, you don’t want to have to stuff them on top of your beach towels, inflatables or t-shirts.
Students tend to leave home at the end of Summer or start of Autumn, so you may be going through the well-known ‘empty nest syndrome’. Your children are out of the house and you’re left with empty rooms and too-many belongings that you’re not quite sure how to handle.
If your kids have flown the nest, take this opportunity to make some changes to your property. Once you put beds, furniture and toys into self-storage, you have plenty of space to create a home office, a workshop, an art studio, a library, a guest room or even a nursery for your grandkids.
Ged Rid of January Blues
In the UK, wintertime means short days and plenty of rain. This also means it’s easy to get swept up by the famous January blues. You’re wondering how the previous year went by so fast and probably thinking about goals you want to achieve in your life, but somehow haven’t yet reached.
This combination can easily make you feel a bit down, but there are several things you can do to get rid of those January blues. For example, take stock of everything in your home and consider whether it’s time to streamline your possessions, do that extension or move home
You could also plan a holiday, go outdoors (even if it’s chilly), exercise more and set realistic challenges you will enjoy reaching.
Organise Your Storage Unit
Whilst it makes sense to keep an organised storage unit right from the get-go – it doesn’t always happen. If your unit has got into a bit of a jumble winter is a fantastic season to sort it out, because it will set you up for success ahead of the New Year resolutions you will no doubt be thinking about.
Make the most of your storage unit by planning an organised layout that will let you know where everything is located. Label all of your boxes, keep your most-used items at the front for easy access, create ‘aisles’ so you don’t have to remove all your belongings to reach the boxes at the back and disassemble bulky pieces of furniture.
Your future self will thank you when it comes time to find that exercise bike, easel or dresser.
Self-Storage for All Occasions
Once the family starts to become bigger, you may want to organise your space to make sure you’re ready for all the baby bedlam that’s coming your way! Prepare your home for the new addition to the family by making room for a crib and changing table in your house, as well as making space for all the baby clothes, nappies and toys.
Self-storage will be your friend during this process, as it will allow you to keep your belongings instead of having to get rid of things you know you’ll need later – the spare bed, full-size wardrobe and chest of drawers. Buying in bulk is also more cost-effective, but you don’t want your home to double as a supermarket baby aisle – make full use of the nursery room you’ve created for your baby things, even if you have to put that dresser you love so much into storage.
You may also want to consider self-storage if you’re moving out; Smart Storage can help you during your separation by providing you with the perfect space to keep your possessions safe, from documents to knickknacks. You will also find it easier to downsize – it’s likely you won’t want to part with your belongings forever so, if you need to move into a smaller home, like a studio, you can leave your things in storage until you need them again.
Our space calculator will help you to figure out which size unit will be best for you. As an example, a 50sqft unit is perfect to store the contents of a furnished room so, if you have bulkier objects, you may want to consider this or a similar size – we’ve got lots of choice.
No matter the time of year – or whether you run a seasonal enterprise – your business can benefit from self-storage. We provide business storage at Smart Storage as well, and our amenities and facilities are suitable for a wide range of business owners, whether you’re a start-up business or a well-established organisation, as our units are affordable, secure and convenient.
We’ve written about businesses you can run out of a storage unit, such as an online shop, a charity, a photo studio and an independent publisher, which will give you an idea of what to expect when you choose us for your storage needs. In addition, our infographic “Different Uses of Self-Storage for Business”, shows you all the different applications for self-storage units.
From allowing you to store additional inventory to letting you meet important clients in style, our offices, drive up storage units and units are well-located. We have some great services too – including secure shredding, mailbox rental and we’ll accept deliveries on your behalf. Our business storage comes with no hidden fees, no business rates, no utility bills and no security fees.
We provide plenty of boxes and packaging for your storage needs at Smart Storage, so don’t worry about having to find these – we have it all covered!
What’s more, we’re serious about the environment and about implementing greener solutions at all of our stores, so we’re now stocking sustainable bubble wrap in our Box Shop and will phase in greener packaging for all of our stock this year. As soon as we run out of something, we’ll replace it with eco-friendly alternatives. Also, all of Smart Storage’s locations have LED lights and automatic on/off lighting. And, locations that are suitable have solar panels too.
From business storage or student storage to moving to a new house or transforming an area into a home gym or cinema room, self-storage can meet all your lifestyle needs. And, if you’re not sure which size unit you need, we have a useful self-storage size guide that will help you to figure out just how much space you need. Of course, if you need a bit more help, just give our friendly, expert team a call.
Whether you’re searching for self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Widnes, self-storage in Warrington or self-storage in Altrincham, we can help, so get in touch today.