Moving House

Get Practical When You Get Decorating

Don’t you just love decorating? Or maybe you don’t – maybe you’re one of those people who realise it’s a necessary evil. You enjoy the completed look but you hate every moment of actually going through the decorating process.

It’s not made any easier by the fact you have furniture and other assorted detritus sitting in the way either. Some people opt to get some huge dust sheets to throw over all the furniture while they move it into the centre of the room. This does work but it also means you’re constantly trying to manoeuvre your way around it all. The next option is to take everything out into another room. That’s all well and good but you still have to negotiate your way around it all there too – possibly while carrying paintbrushes and cans around.

Either way you’re in constant danger of ruining your furniture, not to mention getting frustrated at the trouble you’re having moving from one room to another. Wouldn’t it just be a lot easier if you could get rid of all your furniture and possessions in that room for a few days or a week or two, while you get the decorating done more easily?

Of course it would – and this is where self-storage comes in rather handy. You can rent a space for all your furniture for however long you need it for. This frees up the space so you can do your decorating with ease. You’ll probably find the whole task becomes a lot quicker and easier when you opt for this solution. You don’t have to panic because that paint dripped near your sofa. You don’t have to worry about trying to move everything so you can get your stepladder where it needs to be.

In short, it’s a great solution.

The Many Emotional Stages of Moving House

Whether you’re moving house for the first time or the hundredth time the emotional rollercoaster we all go through is always the same. Regardless of how prepared and organized you think you are, the world is seemingly out to get us all, just when we least expect it.

We’ve all been there so let’s revel in the mutual highs and lows we go through together. Here are the many, many emotional stages of moving house…

So, the time has come and you’re moving house

You’re super excited

All the paperwork’s sorted, move in date is set!

Time to sort through your belongings

Oh what’s that? You don’t have time between work, eating and sleeping?

Too bad, get boxing!

You realise you have way too much stuff

And not enough space…

But you eventually discover packing can be fun

Because self storage is a thing!

Out of side out of mind!

BUBBLEWRAP IS AWESOME

All of a sudden, it’s moving day…

This is the last time you’ll drive away from your home

You start having doubts

And moving furniture can NEVER go smoothly

But once your stuff’s out of boxes

You’re suddenly overwhelmed with fuzzy, lovely feels

Ah, home sweet home!



Remember, Lok ‘nStore have bubblewrap and cardboard boxes in abundance, plus shedloads of space for all that stuff you don’t have time to sort through when you’re moving house! So next time you’re moving, be it down the road or overseas, manages your move-in-day stress with self storage from Lok ‘nStore.

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Why Self-Storage Is Ideal For Gap Year Students

Why Self-Storage Is A Great Idea For Gap Year Students

These days taking a gap year when you’re a student is pretty common. Many students decide to take a gap year at some time during their studies, all with different aims and wishes. Some take the time out to spend a year abroad in the hope of learning more about themselves, while others volunteer because they want to learn more about the world and broaden their horizons. Some just want to party! Either way, with the end of term approaching pretty quickly, all the stuff you have accumulated over the last few years needs to be considered.

Students are always eager to take on new challenges, but due to the current economic climate it is more important than ever to make sure students make a productive use of their time out. Often students are still very much reliant on their parents whilst they are studying and it isn’t until they are on the verge of joining the working world that they will really be able to provide for themselves. However, a large number of these students are feeling trapped and are eager to gain some independence.

Student Self Storage

Living independently is of course a good start. Although many students are living on loans or the Bank of Mum and Dad, a lot of them are learning how to do things for themselves. They are learning about how to save and budget money, how to cook and how to overcome challenges on their own.

Opting for self storage as a gap year student means that you no longer have to clutter your parents’ house and you won’t have to keep paying rent for a flat or room you are not even using. Self storage enables students to move around independently without feeling like they are burdening any family members in the process and most importantly, without them having to spend a huge amount of money to store their belongings in a safe environment.

Opting for self storage as a gap year student

Self storage is an ideal answer for many students planning a gap year, as it is flexible and affordable. You don’t have to plan in advance when you are coming home, you can simply rock up whenever you like and pick up your stuff from your very own unit. The great thing about self storage is that you never feel tied down. If you no longer want to keep your self storage unit for whatever reason there will be no strains or stresses, as you are never asked to enter into any long-term contracts.

The units can even be shared with your housemates if you are looking to cut costs down even more. If you and a friend are travelling together it might be a good idea to share one unit to store your belongings. You’re sure to have ample room and the price you end up paying will be minimal, which is of course something all students love to hear!

You can store pretty much whatever you like with us, from clothes to kitchen appliances and everything else in between. This also saves your parents from having a snoop through your belongings too, which is obviously always a desired option to have.

Where to put your stuff from your student house

It is also important to consider that many parents tend to downsize when you first leave home, so it is likely they will be more willing to help you out with storage fees compared to paying the rent for a room you are no longer using.


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De-Clutter Your Room For A Good Nights Sleep

Are you suffering from insomnia?

Are you suffering from insomnia?

If a good night’s sleep is something that eludes you, then you may not need to look any further than your bedroom for the solution. A cluttered bedroom can lead to a cluttered mind, and this could be exactly what is giving you nightmares without you even knowing it. If you’re reading this then you are probably suffering from a restless night’s sleep, so it’s worth a try, right?

A cluttered room results in a cluttered mind…

A cluttered room results in a cluttered mind…

Mess is something all of us make from time to time (or from day to day), but it’s when we leave it for too long that it becomes a problem. Clutter is the type of mess that you just don’t know where to start with. Do you start by cleaning out under the bed, or do you tackle the wardrobe first? Clearing out and de-cluttering can be a tiresome process if you don’t plan ahead and organise properly. Failing to do so can leave you with an even bigger mess than you started with.

Get motivated!

Get motivated!

Nevertheless, getting rid of things you don’t need and gaining some more floor space can give you an incredible buzz and can even inspire people to lead a cleaner, fresher and more organised life. The sense of achievement you feel when you have successfully de-cluttered your bedroom will make you want to get to work on the rest of the house, and if it doesn’t then at least it will help you towards getting a better nights sleep.

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom

How to clean out your closet according to the professionals

The best professional organisers will prompt you to start off by cleaning out the cupboards. The cupboards are probably one of the worst places in the home when it comes to clutter. The reason for this being that we know no guests will be so rude as to open up our wardrobe doors and peek inside. Before you start, strip your bed so that you can use it as a dumping ground for all of the things you no longer need.

Where should you start?

Where should you start?

It can be difficult to know where to start with a wardrobe full up of clothes, books, shoes and handbags so begin by pulling out everything you haven’t worn in the last year. Many people cling onto clothes that they don’t need for a number of different reasons but try to be as selective as possible. If there is simply no way all of your clothes are fitting into that wardrobe in an orderly fashion then you may want to think about opting for self storage solutions so that you can store seasonal items in a separate place. But remember, clothes tend not to improve with age.

Next you should decide what items you want at your fingertips and which items can be hidden away in containers or draws under the bed, on top of the wardrobe or in the loft. Once you have successfully chosen the items that will be staying at arms reach then you can start arranging them. Try to hang similar items together. For example group shirts together, pants together and dresses together. This organisational technique will help with housekeeping later on.

Sometimes messy wardrobes are due to a lack of light. If you’re struggling to see inside your wardrobe then you should consider installing a good lighting system. If you don’t fancy spending lots cash then you can opt for a hanging battery cupboard light or a LED strip lights.

Turning a floor-drobe into a wardrobe again

Once your closet is back to good order you can begin on the rest of the bedroom. The first hotspot to tackle is the floor. Pick everything up and put it back where it should be, whether that means in the bin, the washing machine or in the cupboard.

Improve the function of your bedroom

You can improve the function of your room by removing furniture and reading materials. For example, although arm chairs may give your bedroom a cozy comfortable look, if a week’s worth of clothes end up simply sitting on the chair then it’s time to get shot of it. If stacks of books and magazines contribute to this bedroom clutter find a new home for them and try to limit yourself to one piece of reading material on your bedside table.

Could technology be the culprit?

Experts also believe that removing computers, televisions and other electronics can help you to get a much more peaceful and restful sleep. These devices are considered to be distractions and can make falling and staying asleep tricky.

The Kids Bedroom

The Kids Bedroom

Often children’s rooms are less cluttered than the master bedroom simply because adults put their children first. Most children aren’t too bothered about mess, which is why it never enters their mind to put things away or have a little tidy up. The majority of the mess will be down to toys scattered across the bedroom floor, which is the sort of mess that can easily be organised.

The importance of a tidy room

Just because your children don’t necessarily care about their room being untidy doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care. It is a known fact that children learn more from what they see than from what they hear. So, if your room is full up with clutter, don’t be too surprised if your children’s rooms are messy too. You should make a habit of modeling the behavior you want from your children, that way you will eliminate any of your own bad habits and at the same time encourage your children to pick up some good habits!

How to tackle the issue

The best way to tackle a bedroom littered with toys is to purchase colourful plastic bins for storing loose items that otherwise would just be lying on the floor. These boxes are great because they fit on shelves, under beds and in closets and it will even add a splash of bright colour to room, ideal for a child’s bedroom.

The Teenagers Bedroom

The Teenagers Bedroom

Attempting to get our teenagers to clean their own room is a common battle in the average family household. Parents feel like they have to impose some order and teens want their room to be private, therefore the struggle escalates. Occasionally your teen will comply a little, but sometimes parents will simply give up in exhaustion.

Act as a partner rather than an armchair supervisor

Act as a partner rather than an armchair supervisor

Why do we still bother? After all, it causes a hell of a lot of arguments. Teaching our kids how to keep their stuff in order is our job, whether they have a whole room to themselves or just a corner of their own. It is important to teach young adults how to be grownup and responsible as they need to be ready for the real world. Knowing how to make and keep good order will stand them in good stead during adult life challenges, which is why it is important that you do not do all of the hard work for them.

How to improve the situation

  • Set a good example by having a positive attitude towards daily housekeeping chores.
  • Give your teen a pride of place. Give them control over where things are kept, let them rearrange the furniture or repaint the shelf.
  • Define clearly what it means to have a clean room. Make a checklist for them to refer to. Include realistic things such as making the bed, putting the laundry in a hamper and vacuuming the floor.
  • Provide boxes and bins and label them to ensure everything has a place. This helps teens to get organized with minimum effort.
  • Start off by doing chores together. Armchair supervision won’t help the process along so try to act as a partner rather than a director.



 
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Turn Your Spare Space In To The Ultimate Man Cave

Have you got a spare room or basement?

How many of you have a spare room or basement that is just filling up with junk after being neglected and unused for years? We think it’s safe to say that a few of us have an attic, a room, loft, garage or basement that is simply gathering dust, but we also think it is safe to suggest that you should do something fantastic with this space.

How can you make good use of this space?

There are tons of different things you can do with a bit of vacant space, but isn’t it about time you did something just for you? Creating a man cave or playroom can be a rewarding process and is of course well worth every penny you spend getting it sorted.

In recent years space has become more precious than ever and more men are demanding a private sanctuary that they can call their own.

Having a space to call your own can boost your relationship

So ladies, if you can’t stand being forced to watch the football, rugby and F1 any longer, then we can help you transform that dusty spare room of yours into a man cave your husband will love. Not only will you have that dreaded clear out you’ve been meaning to have for about two years, but you will also have some football-free space for you to watch Loose Women or Made In Chelsea, or whatever it is you girls watch.

Here’s how…

Having a space of your own is the ultimate gift for partners as it can strengthen a relationship and provide a special place to unwind. This type of freedom and space is the key to a healthy and balanced relationship. For men, a man cave is a place that they can take off their stiff suit, drop it on the floor without it becoming a problem, kick up their heels and relax with an ice cold beverage before having to return to the real world. It is a place for total and utter relaxation… that is until the game starts anyway, but you get the idea.

To help you get started we’ve put together a little project guideline for you to consider. These simple steps will help you to create the perfect man cave for your home.

Step 1. The Clear Out

Before you do anything you need to clear out the rubbish you’ve got hiding away in there. Throw as much away as possible, but if you’ve simply got too much stuff and no where else to store it you might like to consider self storage options. Once you’ve done this you can start by hoovering away those cobwebs and scrubbing the skirting boards.

Step 2. Put A Lock On The Door

Before you go about making this space your own, or your husbands, then be sure to put a lock on the door. Every man cave needs a lock on the door. After all, you don’t want your kids getting hold of the remote control or treading on that dart you failed to get in the board!

Step 3. A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Because of the fact that this is a man cave, it needs to be a reasonably dark room. A new lick of paint will do the room wonders and will transform it into something completely different. Try to stick with dark blues, greys, reds and browns.

Step 4. Pimp It Out

There are several items you need to pimp out your man cave. You need a flat screen TV (essential) to watch the games on, you need a comfy sofa, a pool table, some bean bags and any other boys toys you can think of. Try to keep wooden flooring if possible or put down laminate to stop spillages becoming an issue. However, be sure to add a rug, maybe sheepskin, to keep you snug in the winter.

Step 5. Set The Mood

If your man cave is situated in the basement or loft then it’s likely the lighting is harsh. Lighting is an important element when it comes to setting the mood so try to install a dimmer switch on your lights, this would be ideal for a man cave, but a retro alternative would be large lava lamps.

Step 6. Stock It Up!

Invest in a mini fridge to store beers and pork pies, or whatever it is that tickles your fancy. This way you don’t have to have an argument or repeated rock, paper, scissors every time anyone wants a beer!

Step 7. Break It In

It’s time for you to show off your new creation to all your friends. Hold a cave warming party if you have too, but be prepared for a tiny bit of jealousy amongst the lads.

We can’t wait to see how many people have been inspired by this post. If you’re one of them share your story with us today using the comments section below or via our social media networks. If you want to send us a picture of your man cave make sure you include #lokmancave.


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3 Steps to a Clean and Organised Bathroom

Clean and organise your bathroom

If you are looking to sell your home then you will probably be aware of how much hard work it can be. There’s a long list of things to think of and not a lot of money to do it with. However, not every stage in the process needs to have a hefty price tag on it, which is why we recommend this 1…2…3 approach to de-cluttering your bathroom.

Why de-clutter your bathroom?

No matter how good you think your bathroom looks on a day-to-day basis, when you are selling up the bathroom must be absolutely spotless. A bathroom that presents itself as clean and uncluttered is extremely appealing to buyers and as you will surely find out, staging a home for sale is more than simply arranging some furniture and wiping down surfaces.

Bathrooms are awfully expensive to redo and buyers know this all too well. The more work that you can do on your bathroom to make it look presentable the better. You want to make your bathroom look as if it is ready for people to move in immediately, and the better you can do this, the better impression you will make on potential buyers.

Step 1: Get rid of the bathroom mess!

Bathroom mess

In order to get your bathroom ready and in tip-top shape it is best to start with removing everything from the room. Put all products/items in a bin bag or basket and get it out of the way so that the room is completely empty. Now that the room is de-cluttered the cleaning process will be much easier.

Step 2: Give the room a deep clean

bathroom deep clean

Now that the bathroom is empty besides the attached fixtures you can begin the cleaning process. Below you will find simple steps to a squeaky clean bathroom.

  • The bathtub and shower are the focus points of the room so start here and then work your way around. Spray the entire area down using a cleaner of your choice. Use an old cloth or sponge to scrub the grout until it looks as good as new. Rub down the faucet, the shower head, the tub spout and the drain until they sparkle in the light. If you have a shower curtain it’s best to remove it and purchase a brand new one. This type of thing makes the world of difference.
  • Now move onto the toilet. The toilet is a great giveaway for buyers, and if it looks filthy there’s a high chance that they will be turned off. The toilet gives buyers an indication of how clean the rest of the room is, so this step must not be skipped. Each and every visible surface of the toilet should shine and you should make sure you dust those hard to reach areas too as an extra precaution.  If you happen to have a decorative toilet seat then we strongly recommend that you take it with you and replace it with one that matches. Likewise, if you’ve got a toilet seat that is cracked or has missing parts, scrap it immediately and substitute it for a new one.

clean taps

  • Next tackle the vanity cabinet and sink. Whether you have a pedestal sink or a cabinet with a counter top and sink, the end result should be exactly the same – gleaming clean. Clean inside the cabinet, outside the cabinet, on top of the cabinet and on the bottom of the cabinet. Clean until your heart is content, and then do the same with the sink. Use an old toothbrush to access areas that are hard to reach by hand. Even clean out the inside of draws to get shot of any blemishes or marks.
  • If the walls are tiled then give them a good old scrub up too. If they are wallpapered you will have to remove the wallpaper. It’s a tedious chore and probably not a job you expected to do, but it is a vital part of the process. Look at it this way – there are tons of different wallpaper patterns in the world, what are the chances that your buyer will like your wallpaper enough to keep it?
  • When we said the bathroom needs to be cleaned from head-to-toe, we really did mean it. Clean up the mirror, the light fixtures, the windows and the towel bars. If there are any signs of rust try to replace them with new ones.

Step 3. Get organised!

Get organised

Of course, whilst you are still at home the bathroom needs to be functional for you to use. We suggest that you organise your personal items to ensure that they are accessible yet hidden from the view of visitors. Prospective buyers will not want to see your toothbrush nor your dental floss, it can make a huge difference!

  • First of all you need to gather your bits and bobs and organise them in a way that suits you. We recommend that you get one cardboard box for each person in the house. In this box place your everyday products, such as your toothbrush, hairbrush, razor, toothpaste and medicine. Store this box under the sink so it is accessible yet hidden away.
  • For personal items that you usually store in the bathroom but are not used everyday, put them into a box and store them somewhere where they cannot be seen. If you haven’t got anywhere for them to go it might be worth putting them and some other household objects into self storage for the time being. Buyers don’t like a cluttered home, so it really is worth considering.
  • Whilst you are still living there put all of your shampoo bottles, soap bars, shower caps and any other products that usually live on the bathroom side into a plastic bucket. Simply pull the bucket out when you need to use the shower and then place it under the sink or in a closet until you need to use it again.

So there you have it, a complete guide on how to clean and organise your bathroom. If you’ve got any of your own tips to share with us then please let us know using the comments section below and make sure to follow us on the social networks:

 


 

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Signs of an improving market in Milton Keynes

According to the property search website; Zoopla, the housing market may finally be improving for some homeowners in the UK.

In an article published in The Independent newspaper (20/02/13), Zoopla, claimed that more house-sellers are sticking to their asking price, with less than a third prepared to knock money off the price of the property. Of particular interest to Lok’nStore, is the mention in the article that the property market in Milton Keynes appears to be holding up extremely well; with house owners not budging on their asking prices.  With its close transport links to London, it seems that Milton Keynes is looking very strong in the UKs deflated property market.

Full article.

Property rental and the storage issue

Most of us, at some stage in our lives, will have to rent a property to live in.

Whether short or long term; house or flat, most of us have had to rent a property at one time or another.  For the next few years we may even see more and more people renting as the deflated housing market, and lack of credit prevents most of us from doing what we all ultimately want to do – buy or own, our own house or flat.  But until we can buy, many of us will; for the moment, have to keep renting.

Small houses and self storage

Self storage can help if you live in a small property.

One of the many issues with renting a property can be the period between rentals.  What do I mean?  Well say you are moving out of a flat you are renting during the first week of the month, but you can’t get into the lovely new house you are renting until the end of the month – what do you do?

Where are you going to put all your furniture and belongings over the three weeks when you temporarily have no home?

Self storage at Lok’nStore is the solution to your problem.  Rent one of our storage units for the few weeks you have no home.  You can put all your furniture, personal belongings, and goods into one of our low cost storage units until needed.  Remember: at Lok’nStore you only pay for the storage space that you use – and you can rent storage from as little as one week!  Unfortunately you’ll still have to go and stay with your Uncle Jeff’s until you can get the keys for your new house, but as least you will know that your furniture is safe.

One of the other reasons you may need storage space at Lok’nStore is because the flat or house you are renting might be the tiniest property in the world!  The property I’m living in at the moment has no built in storage space at all:  not a single cupboard under the stairs; loft, garden shed or broom cupboard.  This is a very common problem when renting, and one that can easily be solved by using the services of Lok’nStore.  A small storage unit at one of our centres would give you more space in your home, at a fraction of the cost of renting a bigger home.

Don’t forget – renting space at Lok’nStore, is cheaper than renting more space with a landlord!

Have you also noticed how rental properties never, ever seem to have enough storage space?  I recently looked at a property to rent where the landlord had filled the attic with his furniture and goods – leaving a padlock on the hatch so nobody else could use it.  This meant the property (I didn’t rent it for obvious reasons) had absolutely no storage space of its own.  Another case I know of featured a friend of mine who rented a property where the landlord had left sealed boxes containing his own personal belongings on the tops of the wardrobes!  Both of these situations could have been resolved by the landlord using a Lok’nStore self storage facility to store away their goods and personal belongings.  This would also make the property look larger and more airy when looking for new tenants, but it would also guarantee that the landlord’s goods would be safely locked away from prying eyes.

So you see there are many ways that storage when renting can benefit both the tenant and the landlord.  If you are a landlord or a tenant and you think that Lok’nStore can help you to create more space, give your local facility a call today for a chat, or visit our website at www.loknstore.co.uk for more details and information on our services.