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Why Getting Prepared to Store Things Properly is a Good Move

So you’ve arranged your self-storage space and now you’re getting all the stuff ready to move into it. That’s the most important part done, right?

Actually no – the important part is just beginning. What you decide to do now will determine how easy it is to get the job done. First of all you’ll need boxes, unless you’re fortunate enough to have everything boxed up already. Now you could frequent your local supermarkets to get hold of some but this takes time and you never know what state the boxes will be in. Asking friends and family to save you any boxes they get might be another idea, but again you could end up with a wait on your hands. Suppose you need your boxes now?

Lok nStore makes life easy in this respect because we’ve got a whole range of brand new strong boxes you can buy at low prices. All you have to do is consider the sizes you want, whether or not you need specialist boxes such as archive storage boxes and wardrobe storage boxes, and order what you need.

If you have valuables and breakables, bubble wrap is a great idea. Don’t skimp on it either – a couple of layers of those tiny bubbles is better than one, especially if you’re like us and you love popping those bubbles! You might also opt for corrugated card to pack stuff with, depending on what items you have and which method will prove best.

Of course if you’re bringing larger items to your storage space, such as a mattress or even a three-piece suite, you’re not going to need bubble wrap or boxes. However you’ll still want to protect what you have. Dust covers are a good idea in this case since they are waterproof and dustproof (of course) so they’ll protect your items for the duration of the time they’re in your storage space.

As you can see it makes perfect sense to plan to protect what you have to store. Simply shoving it all into boxes without any rhyme or reason isn’t going to make for a pleasant experience when you go back in there to retrieve anything. Instead you should take the time to invest in proper storage items so you can ensure everything is properly taken care of. Now doesn’t that sound like a smart idea?

 

Is Bigger Better?

One of the first things you’ll consider when you want to rent a self-storage unit is size. How much room do you need to store what you have?

That’s a reasonable question, but here’s a better one. How much room will work best? Should you rent the minimum amount of space you need or splurge a little and go for a bit more?

A lot depends on how often you’re going to use your storage space. If all you want to do is use it to store stuff you’re not going to want to see again in months, then by all means get the smallest space you can. However if you’re going to need to access your belongings fairly regularly it makes sense to go large.

When you think about it this does make sense. Let’s say you are using your storage unit to keep paperwork and you know you’ll need to visit periodically to access files or store new ones. The last thing you’ll want to do is spend an hour or two squeezed in among shelving trying to read paperwork. With a slightly bigger storage unit you can add a chair and maybe even enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit while you work. You don’t automatically have to view your space as somewhere you want to spend the minimum amount of time.

Of course it’s important to balance your needs. You don’t want to rent more space than you have to if you’re not going to use it. For example, if you know how much space you will need you can rent just that and nothing more. It’s easy enough to upgrade whenever you need to and it’s a great way to save some money as well. So if you’re thinking of renting some storage space, put some thought into how big you’ll go to begin with.

 

Running a Business from a Spare Room – It’s So Yesterday!

Remember when we first started hearing about people running businesses from kitchen tables and spare rooms? It still goes on, but there comes a time when the spare bedroom or boxroom (so-called because of its tiny size) just isn’t big enough anymore.

This used to be a real issue. It meant scouring the neighbourhood for a small office space or lock-up you could use instead. Hardly the most appealing of solutions – and quite often it would mean investing a lot more cash in the new space, all of which would eat into your profits.

So don’t be too surprised if on the way to your self-storage space you wander past some other spaces that are used for small businesses. At this time of the year you’ll probably end up walking past people packing up Santa hats, toys and who knows what else, before sending out dozens if not hundreds of parcels every day to customers around the country (and indeed the world).

Welcome to the world of the 21st century flexible business – run from a self-storage space that can increase or decrease in size as and when required. Who knew there could be such an easy solution as this? While no one knows quite how many of these businesses are around, we do know there are more storage spaces rented out to small businesses than ever before. Will this trend continue? Maybe – and while rents in the high street and other similar places remain so high, it makes sense to rent out spaces like this instead.

We’re proud of the flexibility we can offer our customers, regardless of whether you’re storing old musty books or new items to be sent out to customers. Whatever the case may be, it’s quite a flexible solution, wouldn’t you say?

Are You Redecorating? Where Does Everything Go?

If you’ve ever redecorated even the most basic room you’ll know how challenging it can be to find space for everything. You have to clear out the room you’re decorating in otherwise you run the risk of getting paint, dust and dirt all over your possessions. It’s fine to move things into other rooms but then you’ve got more than just a single room out of commission during the process. You could have as many as three or four rooms out of use, depending on how much stuff you have to move. Suddenly your simple redecoration project turns into something of a nightmare.

In this situation it can be so much easier to get stuff out of the house for a while so you can redecorate more easily. You may not want to move everything but it would certainly be better to have a lot more room to work in when you’re decorating. You’ve probably been in a situation before where you end up shuffling things around time and time again as you move around the room. How many times have you ended up touching wet paint when you did so? How many times did you almost damage a piece of furniture or curse at the fact you had so little room to move in?

Just imagine how much easier it would be to clear out the room to be decorated completely before you start. You’d have the whole room to manage paint pots, ladders, dust sheets – in fact you may not need the dust sheets at all, not if you’re doing the floor as well. Wouldn’t that make life so much easier? You can get on with decorating and still have all the other rooms to use as well, without tripping over paint pots every five minutes. Ah, sounds like bliss.