Student Storage Ideas: Making the Most of Your Space at University

There’s a lot to think about when you’re about to start university. Your new home, your new social life, your new found independence and, most importantly, your degree. In all this excitement, it’s easy to forget about the practicalities of student life, especially when it comes to your living space.

Most students (unless you’re very lucky) will move into a house or flat where space is going to be pretty limited. Typically, you’ll go from living at home where your belongings can be stored and scattered around the house, to a single room where you’ll not only keep the majority of your stuff but you’ll also sleep, study, hang out with friends and, most likely, eat too.

To avoid falling into the messy student stereotype, you’re going to have to be smart about the way you organise your limited space. Nowhere is this more achievable than with storage.

To make your student life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best student storage ideas that you can use to ensure you get off to the best possible start at uni.

Vertical space

Let’s kick off with an area of the room that is often neglected when it comes to storage – your wall space. The chances are you’ll have more wall than floor space, so why not make the most of it?

While you may think that shelves and hooks are not an option because most universities and landlords prohibit drilling into walls, there are alternatives. Removable shelves and hooks are great because they don’t cause any structural damage as they simply stick to the wall. If you no longer need them or it’s time to move out, just pop them off and the wall will be as good as new.

Other vertical storage ideas include over-the-door hooks, wall pockets and wall racks. These are all great, inexpensive features that will keep your room tidy, your belongings organised and your landlords happy. Just don’t over do it, as too much stuff stored on your walls can make your room look just as messy as if it was all on the floor.       

Desk space

One of the most important pieces of furniture in any respectable student’s room, your desk is at risk of being buried under mountains of paperwork and textbooks if you’re not careful. As well as utilising the desk’s inbuilt drawers, you’ll need to ensure your desktop space is kept organised and clutter-free.

Stationery holders are ideal for keeping your academic tools in order. With dedicated spaces for pens, pencils, rubbers, notepads and other paraphernalia, they are purpose built to store stationery and will sit neatly on your desk. A great, cost-effective alternative is a cutlery tray, which will fit perfectly into one of your desk drawers.

Another great desktop tip is using binder clips to keep your cables tidy. Simply clip them to your desk and use their metallic loops as holders for your phone and laptop chargers.

Wardrobe space

While some students will find they have plenty of clothes storage space in their new accommodation, many others will be struggling to stuff even half of their clothes into their new wardrobe.

If you’re one of those people, don’t despair, there are ways you can maximise your wardrobe space. Firstly, start with your hangers. Get rid of the old chunky ones that take up a lot of space and replace them with thinner, velvet alternatives. You’ll be able to fit more into your wardrobe and they’ll be gentler on your clothes.

Investing in a hanging wardrobe organiser is another great student storage idea. They hang from the wardrobe door or rail and provide extra space to store smaller clothing items such as shoes, t-shirts and accessories.

Bed storage

As one of the largest items in your room, it makes sense to use your bed for storage. Of course, this will depend on the type of bed you have in your student room but, if it has the capacity, your bed is a great place to store unneeded, bulky or seasonal belongings. Fill this space with storage boxes or even stash suitcases full of nonessential items. This will prevent your stuff from getting dusty but also keeps it easily accessible.

Even if your new room has no under-bed storage, you can still make the most of it with a bed pocket organiser. Held in place by the weight of your mattress, these pockets that hang from your bed are great for storing everyday items such as books, shoes, electronics and other smaller belongings.   

How can self storage help students?

Sometimes, even if you have taken advantage of all of the great student storage ideas above, there just isn’t enough space for all your stuff. In these situations, you can find a practical and cost-effective solution in a self storage unit.

These units are ideal for storing larger items, seasonal clothes and any other excess items that will only be cluttering up your room or sat in your communal kitchen annoying your housemates.

You can store your stuff for as long as you need and retrieve them whenever you want (our storage facility has 24/7 access). You can even club together with your housemates to share the space and cost of the storage unit.

To find out more about your student self storage options, get in touch with the Flexible Storage team today.

Office Storage Ideas: How To Optimise Office Space

As we’re all more than aware, office space isn’t cheap, especially if you live in London or any other major city in the UK. That’s why it’s crucial that you are using your working space in the most efficient way possible.

Optimising your office’s storage space is more than just making it look tidy (although that is definitely a big benefit too). Efficient storage management will ensure that your business can function effectively, while also reducing your running costs, minimise your environmental impact and improve your overall working conditions.

And we’re not talking huge architectural changes here either. We’re going to explore the simple, practical office storage ideas that you can incorporate into your office, which won’t break the bank but will streamline your business.   

De-clutter

First and foremost, get rid of anything that you no longer need. This may sound obvious but people are often surprised at how much rubbish can quickly build up in office cabinets, drawers and desks.

A cluttered office is not only unsightly; it makes it harder for staff to find items they actually need. This wastes valuable time, slows productivity and generally puts staff in a bad mood as soon as they enter their office. None of this is conducive to a business that wants to operate at its full potential.

Encourage staff to be strict when it comes to keeping items in the office – only keep what is necessary and used on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you have to turn your office into a minimalist cell, just that you should think practically about your available office space and avoid unnecessary clutter. This applies to office furniture just as much as it applies to office files. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.

Wall Storage                     

Also known as ‘vertical expansion’, looking towards your walls for office storage solutions is an increasingly popular strategy. While you may not be able to add any more floor space to your office, there are other ways to optimise available office space.

From traditional shelving to more contemporary wall pockets and hooks, taking advantage of vertical space will help free up floor and desk space and avoid the need for cumbersome filing cabinets and awkward coat stands. Adjustable shelves allows your storage space to expand or contract depending on your current storage needs. Other space saving, wall-mounted options include wall file organisers, pegboards and even glass boards or writable walls to replace bulky flip charts.

Walls are often neglected when it comes to office storage opportunities. To make the most of your available space, think outside of the box (well, at least consider its walls).

Adaptable Desks

When most people think of offices, they think of traditional furniture. Desks, chairs, cabinets – the usual office suspects. For the most part, these items are heavy, clunky and very hard to move.

However, offices are changing. Bulky office furniture is being replaced by lighter, cheaper and more adaptable items. The dwindling reliance on paper documents means that the days of heavy chairs and big desks stuffed with paperwork are coming to an end.

Small, streamlined desks are the future, providing you with enough space to work while also being able to store necessary files without swamping all available office space.

Putting your office monitors on adjustable arms is another great way to free up space in your office. This will allow employees to easily move their monitors out of their way when more desktop space is needed. More workspace on desks means less space needed for storage. It’s practical and it looks cool too.

Reduce Paper Waste Storage

One of the biggest space consumers in any office is, undoubtedly, paperwork. From bills to business records to general office files, all of these documents can build up in offices of any size or sector.

Despite the gradual migration of many businesses to a digitally focused, ‘paperless’ office, the day-to-day reality is that most businesses in the UK still have to process and store a great deal of their documentation. Instead of letting it build up over time in a desk drawer or storage cupboard, there are much more efficient and responsible options out there.

Without doubt, the best way to prevent your office from drowning in paperwork is to take advantage of a confidential waste collection service. Professional waste collection companies can collect all of your paperwork at regular intervals or on an ad-hoc basis, preventing any substantial build up in your office. There’s no need to dedicate an entire cabinet or cupboard to confidential waste if it can be secured in a confidential waste disposal console, which will be collected by a qualified confidential waste handler (such as Flexible Storage), securely shredded and recycled.

This service is not only convenient and space saving, but it will ensure that your business is fully compliant GDPR regulations concerning confidential waste.  Confidential waste collection benefits your employees, your business and your customers – it’s win-win-win situation!

Off-site Storage

Perhaps the best storage idea to optimise your office space is to not store your paperwork at all – let Flexible Storage store it for you!

As a professional storage facility, we can store all of your confidential documents in our secure archiving centre. Our online file management service will allow you to easily store and retrieve your indexed files from the comfort of your own office. No need for bulky storage cabinets, cluttered workspaces or bigger, costly offices, we can store your documents (and any other office furniture or self storage items) so you don’t have to.

Get in touch with our team today to discuss your storage options and ensure you’re making the most of your available office space.

How Self Storage Units Can Be Your Clothing Storage Solution

Clothes are just one of the many types of belongings that we safely store at Flexible Storage Solutions. From seasonal attire to baby clothes to business stock, our customers store their clothes in our self storage units for a variety of reasons.

But not everyone is aware of the advantages of using a storage facility to store their clothing. Instead, many people stuff their excess clothing into their attics, garages or already bulging wardrobes, which, as well as being prone to mould and insect damage, can take up a great deal of space that could be put to better use.

In this post, we’ll explore the various ways you could benefit from storing your clothing in a storage facility, as well as provide you with some expert tips on the best ways to store your clothing in a storage unit.

So, why might you need to store clothes?

  •      Space saving – let’s face it; the majority of us have more clothes than we need or will probably ever wear. In fact, a recent study claims that the average person only wears about 50% of their wardrobe. When you think about how precious our domestic space is nowadays – especially if you live in London and the South East – it seems criminal to waste it on clothes we’re never going to wear anyway. This doesn’t mean that you should throw everything out, just that you should consider storing it somewhere where it will be safe and accessible. A self storage unit can provide that security and help keep your home clutter free.
  •      Preservation – our clothes can be some of our most treasured and costly belongings. From haute couture to vintage items to sentimental garments, many clothes need to be looked after properly to prevent damage and decay. This is especially the case for seasonal clothing, when items need to be stored for months on end. Many of us have had the experience of eagerly digging out their favourite winter jumper, only to find it riddled with moth holes or covered in mould. A storage unit provides you with the space and resources to ensure your favourite items are as safely stored as can be.
  •      Business – it’s not just personal storage customers who can benefit from clothing storage units, many small clothes businesses are waking up to the benefits too. With rental costs significantly lower than traditional office rates and the relative ease of expanding operations with demand and the seasons, storage units are perfect for growing clothing businesses. Similarly, many theatre productions and costume companies take advantage of the flexibility offered by storage facilities, helping to keep costs down and their operation adaptable.    

How to preserve clothes in storage

  •      Have a clear out – use this opportunity to go through all of your clothes to see what items you actually wear and what items are just collecting dust. Try to be as strict as you can. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn a piece in the past year, you probably won’t wear it again. Donate as much as you can to friends, family and charities. De-clutter your home and do a good deed – it’s a win-win for everyone!
  •      Wash and fully dry your clothes – before you start packing up your clothes, make sure they are clean and FULLY dry. Any moisture will quickly develop a damp smell and attract mould once your clothes are stored. Ironing is normally unnecessary but having items dry-cleaned is recommended as they are guaranteed to be clean, dry and protected with plastic coverings that are great for storage.  
  •      Pack properly – when packing clothing into storage boxes, remember to put heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Rolling clothes can often optimise space but don’t over pack boxes as your clothes may lose their shape and severely crease. While some have recommended vacuum sealing clothes in the past, the industry consensus today is that the lack of air inside the vacuum bag can damage clothing fibres as well as trap in moisture.
  •      Keep an inventory – whatever clothing you decide to put into storage, make sure you keep an inventory of what you have actually packed. This should include labelling the contents of each box, as well as a written list itemising everything that you’ve packed. This will make things a great deal easier when you want to retrieve a particular item of clothing in the future.

How can Flexible Storage help?

When storing your clothes or clothing stock for the long term, you’ll want to ensure that they are preserved in the best possible storage space. As well as being secure and accessible, you’ll want a clothes storage unit that is cost-effective too.

That’s where we can help! At Flexible Storage, we have a variety of clothing storage solutions to choose from. From specialist storage materials such as reinforced storage boxes and packing tape, to water and fireproof storage units, we can help home and business customers of every size, all at a competitive price.

Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your clothing storage options today.