As the leaves turn to brown and the frosty nights arrive, all the T-shirts and shorts and dresses you may have bought for the summer are now destined to spend the long winter taking up space in your wardrobes and chest of drawers.
An added problem is the bulkiness of winter clothing. All those thick jackets and boots always take up more space and the problem gets worse if you decide to shop for a new wardrobe of winter clothes to cheer yourself up in the long winter months.
So what’s the answer? Self-storage for summer clothes!
This is the ideal solution if you intend to keep hold of your clothes ready for next year without them getting buried under piles of winter clothes. Before placing your clothes in self storage it is important to know some of these preparation tips so that they remain in good condition.
Make sure you run clothes through a wash first and then when they are thoroughly dried, pack them away and seal tightly. If you have a lot of clothes, it is worth labelling your boxes so that you know what is packed and where.
It may be that come springtime, you may only need some items of clothing while the rest can remain in storage and so on. This will ensure that you will have plenty of space in your wardrobe all year round.
If you have just moved London, you may be trying to get your head around how to live in a small apartment. Depending on where you are living in London buying a small apartment may be your only affordable option, so what do you do with all belongings if you also want to keep your apartment free from clutter?
The answer in many cases is to opt for self-storage and we have some other tips too to help you make the most of your space.
One of the first things to do is to keep things organised. This is often easier said than done but being organised means finding a place for all those loose items and, just as importantly, putting them in places where they will be easy to find if you need them
Avoid hoarding. If you are unlikely to wear items of clothing or make use of something that is taking up space in your apartment then it may be wise to find another home for those items.
Make the most of storage. Buy furniture with added storage and if you work from home buy a desk that fits into the corner of the room to make the best use of the space.
London is well known for its antique shops and it’s easy to get carried away with buying them and then discovering that you can’t find any extra space to store them properly.
The problem is if you try and place them in a confined space, your antiques might get damaged and if they are worth something, you can end up not only losing a prized asset but your investment as well.
So to protect your antiques, why not consider self-storage instead? You can not only have peace of mind that they will be secured 24 hours a day but also in a place where they will be preserved in top condition until you need them.
Of course if you are planning to store items like furniture, you can save space by dismantling what you can. You should then store it off the floor so that there is adequate ventilation. If the furniture is made of wood then this is particularly important.
Wooden furniture should be polished and covered in fabric to p-reserve it in good condition and avoid things like mould getting in. If there is too much moisture where you intend to store it, opt for a storage unit that is climate controlled to avoid the wood getting warped.
Leather furniture should also be cleaned and thoroughly dried before being placed in storage and placed off the ground on a pallet if possible.
There are so many stories of famous business people starting working from their houses and before growing company into billion pound corporations. Many of them according to legend began working from their garages which would not have been possible if they were storing things like cars, boats and old furniture. So let’s look at some of those garage business and see what they turned into…
No list like this would be complete without Apple. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started building computers in their garage in the mid-1970s. They sold what they made to a local shop and the rest is history.
Google is another tech firm that started in a garage. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had just graduated from Stanford and were perfecting their new search engine in 1998. They even tried to sell their idea to another company called Excite who for some reason thought it wasn’t worth buying. A million dollars seemed like far too much to pay at the time.
Walt Disney started doing some drawings in his garage in the 1920s. It was only big enough for one car but he was soon to turn those drawings into one of the world’s biggest companies.