Self-storage

Your Own Private Library

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to rent a storage space, as we’ve found out before. Storing old books you don’t want to part with is a big reason for some people; we bet you can find books in a large percentages of storage lockers and spaces if you had a look.

But how about actually creating a private library to enjoy? Have you ever thought about that before?

It isn’t actually that hard to do. You’ll need some shelving of course if you’re going to do it properly. You might also want to spend some time cataloguing or arranging your books (if you have plenty of them) into different areas and subjects. Do you have a couple of favourite authors you love to read? Put all their books together so they’re easier to access. Keep the top shelves for books you don’t read as much and all the most popular ones at eye level.

Now it sounds more like a library, but you can create your own little reading nook as well. Grab a nice armchair – maybe second-hand, or maybe one you’ve seen in a store – and position it in a nice cosy spot. Now you need a rug too – how about one of those multi-coloured ones you often see in posh stately homes? Anything you like will do, especially since it will jazz up the floor a bit. Add a reading light or two and you’ll have somewhere quiet and relaxing to escape to when you are in need of some ‘me time’.

You may never have thought of using a storage space like this. But as you might imagine, it doesn’t take too much time or space to get things looking good. And as a personal space for relaxation you really can’t beat it.

 

Going Up or Down?

It sounds like something the guy in the lift in Are You Being Served would say, in the sitcom that was a big hit years ago. Now I’m showing my age. Hey ho.

Anyway, there are other reasons why you might be asked this question. If you currently have some storage space you’ll know one of the perks is the size of the space in question. You can start small and scale up, or start with a huge one and then de-clutter to reduce the size of the space you have to work with. In short there are countless different ways you can use a space, and plenty of options on the size of the space too.

So what kind of space should you rent? Well it all depends on what you intend to do with it. If you only have a few odds and ends to store in there you can rent the smallest space you can find. And if you discover plenty more stuff that could really do with being stored? All you have to do is scale up and rent a larger one instead. Move everything out of the small space, add the new stuff and hey presto – everything is sorted.

Maybe the best thing to know is that even if you get the wrong space to start with, it’s pretty easy to go up or down in size without having to wait ages to get the ideal space. Providing the ideal space for you is free you can be moved in there as soon as you like.

So there you have it – you can go up or down to any extent within the options your friendly self-storage facility has available. And since there are lots of options, your stuff will always have somewhere to be.

 

The Glory of a Tape Gun

Yes we’re aware that’s rather a dramatic title for an essentially very undramatic item. Although, we reckon if you have ever used a tape gun you’ll know why we chose that title – and you probably agree with it too.

You see here’s the thing. When you move into a self-storage unit you’re likely going to have boxes – lots of boxes – to move. If you want to store things properly you’re going to need to get some decent boxes rather than re-using old and battered ones. That means making the boxes up, and once you’ve done one or two of them with a large roll of tape and nothing but your hands to complete the job, you’re going to wish there was an easier way to do things.

Fortunately there is, and that’s where the tape gun comes in. Seriously, once you have loaded a roll of packing tape into the gun and had a couple of goes with it, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. You can have a whole collection of boxes made up and ready to pack in a fraction of the time it takes you to do one or two by hand. Now what could be easier than that?

Actually one thing could be easier – and that’s sealing the boxes up again if you’re not planning on opening them for a while. Grab your trusty tape gun, fold the flaps of the box inwards, whack the gun over the top of them and you’ll have them taped up in a jiffy. And thanks to the serrated edge it automatically cuts the tape off in just the right place too.

Now we’re guessing you probably want one of these guns and the tape to go with it. Not a problem – you’ll find them to buy on our website with our discounted click and collect price. That way, when you arrive at your local Lok nStore facility next time you have some boxes to store, you’ll be ready to get the entire job done more easily than ever.

And since you’ll probably want to get your storage solutions sorted out as quickly and easily as possible, you may well wonder why you never thought to get a tape gun sooner. Still, at least once you have one, getting those boxes organised will be a simple matter of forming, taping and closing. Job done.

 

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?

 

Why Do Temporary Self-Storage Lockers Become Permanent?

Plenty of people rent self-storage spaces temporarily. It might be during a house move to keep the costs of moving down and to make sure the new property doesn’t become overwhelmed with possessions. If you’ve ever moved into a new home you’ll know how it feels to have countless boxes stacked around for days afterwards while you try to find the kettle and the biscuits.

But it seems like more and more people are renting for the long-term. One figure put the average rental period at around five years. Clearly that’s a lot longer than the average person needs to move home and settle in. It also points to a trend towards more people having long-term storage space – space they can use for all kinds of things. It seems to be that once you have a space like this, you find fresh reasons to carry on using it.

 

Maybe the minimalist look that has been the new ‘in-thing’ has led to this situation occurring. After all, most of us have too much in the way of possessions to be able to do anything minimalist at home. Even with good storage options we can’t seem to fit it all into the confines of our homes. So if we want to achieve that minimalist look something has to give. That something usually results in finding storage outside the family home, so you can still own all the things you want to without struggling to fit them in.

So it’s worth being aware that even when you rent a storage space temporarily, there is a good chance that rental could become a more permanent fixture in your life. This could just turn out to be a good thing to have too, as you’ll find more and more reasons to use it.

 

Be a Minimalist by Using Self Storage

Don’t you love walking into homes where it feels like the owners don’t actually have any possessions to speak of at all? They’re spacious, tidy and clean and filled with smooth surfaces not cluttered up with anything. I mean, literally nothing at all.

It makes you wonder where they store all their stuff doesn’t it?

Minimalism has a lot going for it, that’s for sure. However it’s also quite challenging to live your life like that when you think of all the things you do need to get by from day to day. For example we all have paperwork we have to deal with. Even if you have a good filing system you’ll still need somewhere to store it. Then there are clothes, books and other possessions to think about. In fact the more you do think about it, the less space you seem to have.

We think these minimalists might just be hiding a secret. We reckon some of them (maybe the vast majority) have a storage unit tucked away somewhere nearby, within a short drive. That’s where they keep all the things they need to have without wanting them cluttering up their home. It’s the perfect way to get the minimalist look without giving up anything, isn’t it.

The good news is this could work for you too. Of course it’s worthwhile to have some great storage solutions at home too. You won’t be able to keep everything in your storage space because some of it will be needed more often. However once you’ve got organised you can store everything else in your local storage facility. It’s the best way to get the best of all worlds so you’re able to show off your minimalist look whenever you have friends round for dinner.

 

Are Properties Getting Smaller?

Recently there was an item on a well-known news website that highlighted a property being sold in London. That in itself might not sound unusual, but when you realise the house was a mere seven feet wide you’ll see why it made headlines.

It was originally built on what used to be a driveway, and while it is small it was still set to go up for auction this October. Almost unbelievably the starting price was just shy of a quarter of a million pounds!

This is by no means that unusual either. There are plenty of properties all over the country that have been built to be tiny for one reason or another. Normally they’re slotted in between other houses and have been built there in the hope of making some money off the land. The property mentioned here was originally built by an entrepreneur. He must have made a fortune on it by selling it to the man who subsequently did it up to put it up for auction last month.

Clearly these are rather unusual properties when compared to many others across the UK. But even so, some houses do seem to be smaller than they used to be. You never seem to get big rooms with high ceilings anymore for example.

In any event plenty of people eventually find they have too many possessions to fit into their small homes. And that’s when they turn to companies like ours, to branch out into a bit more space without having to move. It makes good sense when you think about it doesn’t it?

There is a lot to be said for de-cluttering of course but you can only go so far with that. After that’s done the next best thing if you want to keep your possessions is to opt for some handy self-storage with us.

 

What’s a Pop Up Entrepreneur?

Isn’t that a fabulous expression? All kinds of images come to mind. Maybe a life-size cardboard cut-out of someone in a business suit for example. Or how about a young, eager to please entrepreneur who wants to surprise you with the latest news about his or her business?

In reality it’s neither of those things. The term refers to those entrepreneurs who pop up with new businesses of various shapes and sizes. Today it can also mean someone who starts up a business quickly and easily by using a self-storage facility rather than using a traditional shop.

As it turns out self-storage facilities are becoming rather popular as an alternative to a traditional shop front. This is particularly the case with those businesses that don’t really need to interact directly with the public as a normal high street shop would do. It seems there is no end of pop-up entrepreneurs who are coming up with great business ideas they can test out from the confines of a storage unit.

So could we see a change in the way businesses are run? Certainly the hefty overheads mean there are many negatives associated with trying to find a good outlet to run a business from. Even if you don’t need to be on the high street you could still find it difficult to manage your business from a smaller shop elsewhere. That’s always assuming you could find one of course.

Pop-up entrepreneurs know this. This is why they are flocking to self-storage units all over the country to make the most of the freedom they offer. If you’re considering starting a business, could this be the ideal solution for you as well? If you haven’t considered being a pop-up kind of person yourself, maybe now is the time to do so.