Declutter your home with Self-Storage

When you look around your home, do you think you have a clutter problem? Maybe you find it hard to throw items away that hold fond memories. As the saying goes, ‘you can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk’. Try telling that to your child who can’t bear the thought of saying goodbye to their favourite teddy! Fortunately, they don’t have to if you consider hiring a self-storage unit. 

Clutter will not only affect the appearance of your home, but it can also have an impact on your mental wellbeing. Too much clutter and disorganisation can leave you feeling overwhelmed and sometimes even a little suffocated.  

If you find that you are having to constantly move items around, you struggle to find room for new ‘things’, or you have an overwhelming feeling of stress, it is probably time to have a clear out. 

When the time comes to declutter, you can put pretty much anything into a safe and secure self-storage unit. Here are just a few suggestions:

Overflowing wardrobes  

We are all guilty of holding on to that top that no longer fits! Hoping one day, we might squeeze back into it. Or maybe you have a wardrobe for every season. Pack it up and move it out! You can still keep hold of your collection of ‘old faithful’s’, but until you need them again, they will be safe, clean and dry in a self-storage facility. 

Christmas Decorations 

Guilty! Christmas has been and gone, and three months later they are either packed away in an overloaded loft collecting dust or worse still they are sitting in the hallway. Add them to your list of items that can be stored away and only bring out when needed.

Camping and Sports Equipment 

When Winter arrives, chances are you won’t be bringing out the camping gear. Maybe hold on to the fishing rods, but the sleeping bags can be stored away until the sun is shining once more. 

Music / Book Collection 

If you are a bookworm or enjoy listening to music, chances are you have built up a collection over the years. Whilst books and CD’s are great to keep, especially if they are classics, they can take up so much space. Book pages are more likely to discolour whilst sitting on a shelf collecting dust than they will be safely boxed up, in a secure self-storage unit. 

Spare Room

Do you have a spare room? More commonly known as ‘the junk room’! Maybe you have been meaning to clear it out and create an office space, or perhaps a toy room for your children. Either way, if there are items you want to keep but don’t need regularly, they can be stored away until such time you do.

Sheds or Garages

When you run out of room in the house, it tends to start overflowing to sheds and garages. You soon realise it’s a problem when the car no longer has a place ‘to live’! Pack it, store it and move the car back in.

Antiques and old Furniture

We all like to hold on to family heirlooms, not just for financial value, but because they may create fond memories. However, it doesn’t mean to say it matches the décor! You might not be a fan of the ‘antique look’ but can’t bear to part with it. That is where self-storage comes in handy. You can rest assured that your furniture will be kept safe and won’t discolour from sitting in the spare room facing the sun all day.

Finally, here are some tips to remember when questioning if you need to declutter:

  • If you haven’t needed it for some time, how can it be useful?
  • You will no longer put off inviting people over because you are embarrassed? Or worse still, more concerned with where they can sit!
  • Remember, space doesn’t have to be filled.
  • Declutter your home, declutter the mind.
  • It will be one less thing to clean.

For more information about our self-storage units, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

The Need For Archive Storage When Working From Home

With the pandemic still clutching the world, many businesses have been forced to ask their employees to work from home. By working from home, many business owners and employees alike may have this false understanding that GDPR rules don’t apply to them any more. The truth is, you couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, this is where business’s, small or large, should be extremely cautious on how they handle information, especially documents containing personal details.

With employees quickly adapting to their new-found working environment, it’s easy to get lazy or complacent with how you handle any form of work related document. In the comfort of your own home, it’s not uncommon for people to put documents in a compromising location. We’re all guilty of leaving documents on the side where an unsuspecting loved-one may consider it rubbish and accidentally throw it away. For obvious reasons, this is a big problem.

Any organisation with a strong management team will have their own adequate approach to handling data for the best possible protection. However, if no clear rules have laid out then its absolutely imperative for employees to take it upon themselves to do the right thing. After all, if the worst were to happen, it would leave you at risk of losing your job or receiving necessary punishment.

With this is mind, we think it’s important that every business consider the option of collecting employees work related documents for archived storage. It goes without saying that archive storage has a multitude of benefits. So how will this benefit businesses working from home?

Why is it important for businesses to consider doing this?
For us, that’s an obvious answer. With every one of your employees working from home, it’s almost impossible to see the extent of personal documentation printed. For all you know, some of your employees may have taken older documentation home with them before the lockdown ensued. Depending on your line of work, it may be incredibly important to retain this information for future reference. The only way to protect your
customers and yourselves is to ask all employees to gather and store any work related documentation for the anticipated return to office.

You can’t leave anything to chance!
Every company out there wants to be seen as employee and customer friendly. The best way to achieve this is by being completely open, honest & transparent. It’s simply not good enough to trust every individual to be handling critical information correctly in their place of comfort. You should never leave anything to chance, especially when its actually for the broader benefit of everyone involved. Given how many months have passed, archive storage is undoubtedly the smartest choice to make.

What’s the best plan of action?
As lockdown measures slowly lift across the country, your companies handling of GDPR should have been outlined months ago. If you’re still uncertain on the best way to tackle what could be a mammoth task for you, we can only suggest the following,

  1. Ask all employees to gather any and all written or printed work related documentation
  2. Have a dedicated individual to collect these documents from all employees
  3. Store these documents in individually named & dated binders, folders or wallets
  4. Request a quote or call us for an understanding on costs and time frames

    If there’s any uncertainty regarding the need for this documentation in the future, we would still recommend Archived storage as the choice to make. For more information on archiving documents and the full list of benefits, please visit (here) linked