Christmas will soon be upon us and if you’re one of the many people who leave shopping to the last minute, trying to find the space to store all your presents can be just as stressful as trying to buy everyone the perfect gift.
If you find yourself in this permission don’t worry, we have put together some ideas to help you.
Well we would suggest this wouldn’t we. But self-storage can provide an ideal home for all the presents you need to store away before Christmas. Not only will a storage unit put them all out of sight, it will also make it less likely the kids will discover what you bought them and shatter their illusions of Father Christmas and all that.
In the Garage or Shed
If you don’t have room in the house, then storing away presents in the shed or the garage could be an option – if you live in a 100% crime free area. Unfortunately nobody can guarantee that your belongings are safe in the shed not only because a shed is far less secure than a house, but if the shed has a window it would be an open invitation to thieves.
At The Office
Assuming you have already thought about the old favourites such as the cupboard or the attic, the office might just provide a temporary solution. A temporary solution if you’re the boss that is. Bringing a load of presents into work may not be a good idea if you’re a member of staff as your stuff may end up taking up space and colleagues might be disappointed that none of the presents are for them.
With Christmas just days away, most of us can look forward to a bit of well-earned rest, feasting, merriment and if you have kids, lots of new toys!
Just when you thought that you had packed all those summer toys away neatly, whatever free space you had in the garage is suddenly filled with the latest bikes, scooters, remote controlled cars and so on… then you’re back to square one.
But don’t despair you can sit back and relax this year with the following toy storage tips:
The key to good storage is organisation. If there is any unused space you’re not filling, now is the time to empty everything out and maximise it. Garage hooks and extra shelving can help a lot if you don’t have these already.
Invest in some heavy duty storage containers
Cardboard boxes are a cheap way to store things short term but they are vulnerable to damp conditions. They will also wear out quickly when under heavy use so to save all those toys spilling out of toy boxes invest in some plastic storage containers.
Label your containers
It’s easy to lose things in storage so it will save a lot of trouble further down the line if boxes are labelled clearly. Having boxes for say computer games or jigsaw puzzles will save you having to get everything out again to find what you are looking for.
If you still find that you are pushed for space why not give us a call and we’ll give you some affordable self-storage options.
As we’re building up to Christmas, what we’ll be doing after the Turkey has been eaten and the drinks cupboard has been emptied will probably be the last thing on our minds. With the festivities however, comes a pile of gifts that wanted or not, will start taking up space in your house soon enough. So with this and other storage needs to consider, here are some tips to help you plan ahead.
Out with the old, in with the new
If you receive lots of gifts, at least some of them are likely to be replacing items you may already have stored away. To use space more efficiently, it is worth getting rid of older items or perhaps even selling them to make room.
Have your children grown out of their old toys?
Christmas usually brings an avalanche of new toys that you will need to find a home for, yet there will already be plenty of old toys taking up space. If you find yourself overwhelmed then it might be time to sort through older toys that are rarely played with or toys your children have grown out of. This needn’t mean throwing them out, however, as some could be sold on or donated to charity.
It’s a sad day (or a relief) when the decorations are coming down for another year but remember, you will still need them next year so make sure you store them away in containers out of areas where traffic is high in your home. If you find yourself stuck for space you could always use our self- storage facility to pack away your decorations and other items you don’t use very often.
If you happen to have pulled out your Christmas decorations this year only to find that they’re either broken or they don’t look quite as good as they did last year, then now is the ideal time to think about how you will store away this year’s decorations.
Get rid of broken decorations
With all the parties happening over the Christmas period, decorations can easily get damaged. Fairy lights that are left gathering dust for 12 months might also be broken so it is worth checking them over to make sure you’re not simply storing broken items for next year.
Organise your Christmas decoration storage
Christmas decorations can often be fragile, particularly those items made of glass so it is worth packing them away separately into boxes with extra padding so they don’t get broken. If you are packing away fairly lights, make sure they are untangled first. Also if you have a lot of items stored away, it will be easier to label your boxes so that you can find them in 12 months. A lot can happen in a year and things can soon get lost in the clutter.
Store Decorations Out of the Way
Store you items in an out of the way place such as an attic or storage cupboard. This will help prevent damage but make sure that the storage space isn’t cold or damp as this may damage certain materials over time.
Whether you’ve been given a case as a special gift, a bottle to mark a milestone or you’re preparing for a special event (Christmas and New Year!) – make sure you’re wine is looked after at home.
Keep it cool!
Wine doesn’t like heat and temperatures higher than 21° C will age it more quickly than necessary. If it gets much hotter your wine might begin to ‘cook’ resulting in flat aromas and flavours. The ideal temperature range to store wine is between 7° C to 18° C.
Turn all the lights off
As well as heat, light – especially sunlight – can pose a threat to the long-term storage of wine. The sun’s UV rays can degrade and prematurely age wine which is why it comes in coloured glass bottles to protect the liquid from sunlight.
Keep the temperature the same at all times
Sudden changes of temperature are permanently damaging. On top of cooked flavours, the expansion and contraction of the liquid inside the bottle might push the cork out or cause seepage. So where possible, make sure you’re storing wine in a place that has a constant temperature.
Thats just a few tips for you to start off your Christmas with a pop!
Getting organised is something that is often left until January when it’s time for new year’s resolutions. However it can be far more satisfying to get the organising done earlier rather than put it off until a later date.
Getting more organised and reducing clutter in our lives is something we can all benefit from – not least the psychological relief it provides. It is a well-known fact of life that clutter can end up costing money, time and even out emotional wellbeing.
At Fortbox we believe our self-storage doesn’t just provide a place to store your stuff, it also provides something beyond that. It gives our customers the chance to de-clutter their lives. It gives them space to breathe.
Have you ever noticed how simply decluttering your wardrobe can give you an enormous sense of satisfaction? Life is so much better when you are able to find things to wear rather than be confronted with a pile of disorganised clothes.
Often you can end up shopping for more clothes and spending money you don’t need to spend just because you can’t find a pair of jeans or that favourite jumper you bought last year.
Self-storage is something everyone with a cluttered home should try.
London may be seen as a city for young people, but recent surveys have discovered that it is actually older retired people who find the city just as appealing. This means Fortbox self-storage comes in particularly hand for those who need to downsize.
The stereotypical view of pensioners is that they want to retire away to live in a bungalow close to the sea or in some quiet countryside setting. This may have been the case for past generations, but cities like London are increasingly becoming a magnet for wealthier pensioners who actually thrive on the hustle and bustle of city life.
Transport connections are far better than you will find in a small town or village and there is so much more entertainment on offer. Many pensioners like the idea of becoming anonymous in a big city as well as the mental stimulation, fast moving city life provides.
Living in London, however, could never be described as cheap. Pensioners will need a generous pension to afford the higher cost of living but the upside is pensioners will often only need a small apartment to live in. This can save money and if storing away a lifetime’s worth of memories is a problem, the London is where self-storage can be a cost effective option.
If you want to get the full benefit of our storage facilities then planning in advance how that storage will be used is always a good idea. When it comes to storage some people think that simply tossing everything into the unit is a good idea.
There are two problems with the toss it into the unit approach however. Firstly, it will be harder to find particular items if they have no particular home in the storage unit. Some items might get mixed up with parts stored in different locations. This often results in emptying out the whole unit just to find one or two small items.
Secondly, simply tossing items into the self-storage unit will not make the best use of the space provided. It’s surprising how much can be packed in to a storage unit if the full vertical space is utilised correctly.
While cardboard boxes are a popular choice for self-storage items, they can also be flimsy. Storing heavy items in cardboard boxes will almost inevitably cause them to split open over time. This results in more work re-packing items. Clear plastic containers can be a much more robust alternative and you will actually be able to see what is inside.
At Fortbox, we like to give you a helping hand through big occasions and offer you tips to make those days a LOT easier!
Having people to stay this christmas?
There is no need to get ‘hung’ up on limited wardrobe space with this simple trick! Use a tag from your empty can to join two hangers together, doubling the amount of clothes space in your wardrobe… literally!
If you have lots of children running around this christmas door stoppers can be made at home from spare cardboard, and are a quick solution to stop fingers getting trapped in doors. You could even get the kids involved to paint them in whatever way they like!
To do lists
In ever house it is vital to have a to do list, why no use the remains of your parchment paper this christmas and use a loop of string with as many coloured pens as you would like!
Whether it’s in the living room, bedroom or office, there is bound to be a range of wires leading to who knows-where or children wondering hands! Labelling each one with what it’s connected to will save you time and frustration when you need to move those wires around and out of reach!
October feels like summer has gone, and it’s time to prepare yourself for the long winter ahead. Summer lovers may feel slightly dismayed, however there’s nothing better than a spruce up of your home to get you feeling energised.
Blankets, winter duvets, fluffy cushions and heavy curtains will all contribute to making the season more comfortable. You can use Fortbox to switch up your home; store away your lighter, brighter summer interiors and replace them with cosy ones. With small to large storage spaces for great prices and great deals there’s no reason to be cold this winter!
A great way to save your wardrobe from becoming like Narnia is using storage for your summer and winter clothing. Your warm jackets can come out now, making room in your storage space for the summer clothes you’re not going to need.
Garden furniture and children’s play equipment, such as climbing frames, trampolines and swings, can all become damaged during the winter due to lack of use and bad weather. Extend their life expectancy by storing them away for the harsher seasons; we have a big selection of rooms available to fit items of all shapes and sizes.