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Top tips for saving energy at home

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Saving energy at home is a great way to minimise the carbon footprint of your household, and cut the cost of your utility bills at the same time. With the cost of living on the rise in 2022, more and more UK residents are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption, keep heat in, and find affordable, sustainable alternatives. Join us as we share our best tips for how to save energy at home in more detail below. 1. Turn things off This may sound like fairly obvious advice, but it’s a valid way to lower your electric bill. As well as switching lights off in rooms you’re not using, the Energy Saving Trust states that you could save up to £55 a year by turning your various household appliances off standby mode. That means flicking off the mains for your TV, microwave and even cooker could make all […]

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Expert tips for clearing out sentimental clutter

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In the process of moving homes, living with new people and the general chaos of life, we often lose track of belongings and become swamped in clutter. Seventy per cent of Brits have admitted to keeping hold of belongings they no longer need. Some of the top items Brits hold onto include family photos, books and clothes. Explaining why we keep items, resilience coach and author, Natalie Reed, comments: “The attachment can be as a result of habit- doing what you’ve always done and not questioning whether or not this serves you financially, emotionally or energetically. “You may even be unaware that you are doing it in the same way that you become used to a dog smell around the house or become familiar with your untidiness.” However, the clear-out is usually more challenging than anticipated, especially when those belongings have sentimental values behind them. To help organise your clutter, […]

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How to Preserve Furniture in Storage

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Whether you’re downsizing, moving abroad for a while or you’ve inherited some furniture you don’t currently have room for, keeping your belongings in a household storage unit is an easy solution. But before you move everything in, there are few things to consider when it comes to preparing your furniture for storage. All our units are humidity-controlled, so you don’t need to worry about dampness, but there’s plenty you can do to ensure your furniture stays in its best condition while you store it. Keep reading for our top tips on how to store furniture. Dissemble whatever you can Taking your furniture apart will not only make it easier to clean, but it’ll also speed up the whole transportation process, as each individual part will be easier to lift. You can go further than simply removing the drawers from dressers too; we recommend physically dissembling any furniture you can. By […]

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How to organise your storage space to ensure cohabiting harmony?

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One of the main bones of contention after moving in with your partner is often storage space and who gets to use what. Whether it is decided on an even share of the wardrobes or who needs more room in the bathroom cabinet, the dispute over space can lead to arguments and frustration. In fact, our recent study shows more than one in five (22%) couples living under the same roof have arguments over space at least a couple of times a week. With this in mind, we’ve teamed up with Marie Kondo home organisation expert, Sue Spencer, to reveal some simple tips for organising some of those key storage areas and avoiding these common disputes. Wardrobes You simply never seem to have enough wardrobe space and deciding who needs more room between you and your partner can be a difficult process. For that reason, Sue recommends a full audit […]

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Ten ways to increase the value of your property

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The valuation of a property is a key moment for people putting their house on the market, so it’s only natural for owners to explore different ways of increasing the asking price when putting their home up for sale. Below, we’ve listed ten things a homeowner can do on a variety of budgets to increase the value of their property and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. 1. Create an open plan living area An open plan living area can create a lot more space and light in a property than enclosed rooms and it is also much more practical for day to day living. Remember to ensure that you make a thorough assessment before knocking anything down to ensure that you are not removing a supporting wall. Knocking down a supporting wall can be disastrous for the house and could result in thousands of pounds worth of damage. […]

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Storage tips for keeping your nursery items in prime condition

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Welcoming a baby into the world is a huge change for any family and quickly changes the dynamic of your everyday life as well as the layout of your home. Babies grow quickly out of clothes, become too big for toys, prams and cots, which means you’re regularly buying new items to fit, amassing a growing collection of unused items which take up valuable space at home. In fact, UK parents’ desire for more space is widespread, with our recent study revealing that 74% admit they feel they need more space after having children1. British parents also feel like they have completely outgrown their home by the time their child turns five, on average, whilst 31% feel the same by the time their child turns just two years old. In order to help parents keep their nurseries or baby rooms from becoming cluttered, we’ve put together some tips on how […]

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