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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 off 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 best to store your baby’s belongings at home, which will in turn keep them in good condition should you ever look to sell them or pass them on. Baby clothes As a parent to a new baby, it can be hard to know whether you’re coming or going sometimes, with constant nappy changing and night feeds making any form of routine difficult. However, an easy solution for keeping your tiny tot’s outfits under control is to organise them by size. This can be done either in a wardrobe or in drawers to ensure the clothes you no longer need can be kept in good condition. Keeping your most-used everyday items by the side of the changing table will make sure you have everything you always need close by, whilst ensuring the space is tidy as well. Consider getting a basket to keep everything in, meaning they’ll be in one place and within easy reach. Drawer dividers are another great way to maximise storage space and will enable you to store all your baby clothes by size, keeping them neatly folded and ready to either use or sell when the time is right. Cots Cots are often quite bulky and difficult to manoeuvre in your nursery, but there are things you can do to make the best use of the space depending on what kind of cot you have.  If you have a fixed cot, consider using storage containers for other items, such as toys and shoes, and keep them in the space underneath the cot. This will minimise any clutter on the nursery floor and make it feel more spacious. Alternatively, you could go for a collapsible cot, one that can be simply folded down and kept to one side whilst not in use, leaving you more space in any room you use. Importantly, if you’re looking to put your cot into long term storage for future use, it is important to take the time to properly disassemble it, before covering the components in a dust sheet or blanket to avoid it getting dirty or exposed to moisture. Prams Prams come in many shapes and sizes but undoubtedly take up space in the home. However, virtually all prams can be folded down and stored and there are number of different solutions to maximise your living space. If you keep your pram in your nursery with everything else, consider fitting a sturdy hook on the back of the door and hanging it there, this will keep it out of the way. Alternatively, you can store it under your bed, in a space under the stairs or, if space is really tight, in the boot of your car, which would also remove the hassle of loading up the car for any trips out. Utilising out of the way spaces around the home will not only save space, but keep the pram from getting damaged and will therefore make it easier to sell or recycle in the future. Toys The age-old battle of storing toys is one that will always be fought by parents. As a really young baby, they won’t need much in the way of toys, but as soon as they start to crawl, walk and explore, the collection of toys will grow alarmingly.   To help avoid toys being scattered around every room in the house, introducing some colourful baskets or plastic boxes for your baby’s toys will make them easy to tidy up and keep them in one place. Then, as your child gets older, you can work with them to help them learn to put the toys away to keep floorspace free (which will also minimise risks of trips and falls). Keeping some spare, airtight containers in the loft or garage will come in handy when it comes to storing outdated toys without risk of damage or deterioration, which will be particularly useful if you look to sell them or give them to charity further down the line. If you find yourself struggling for space at home, we have a range of home storage options available. Sources 1 Study of 1,000 parents carried out by TLF Research on behalf of Space Station in June 2021

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Pets at home – Showcase your quirky pet spaces for the chance to win a fantastic prize

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We’re calling on all pet owners to showcase their creative flair and share some photos of how they have converted their unused space at home into a quirky living area for their pet. Be that a comfy sleeping area for your dog under the stairs or an entire spare bedroom decked out for your cats, we’re interested to see the best ways pet owners have adapted even the smallest spaces at home specifically for the use of their furry friends. By entering our competition, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a £100 Love2Shop voucher, which will be perfect for spoiling you and your pets. To enter the competition, please submit your best photo by using the link below, good luck!

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How the cost of upsizing varies across the UK

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All of us spent more time than ever in our homes during the various lockdowns, which has made many people realise they’ve outgrown their space and it’s time to start looking into upgrading to a larger property. With home working set to become a main stay for many even post-pandemic, additional bedrooms that can be used as home offices are in demand. Of course, investing to gain an extra bedroom varies in price depending on where in the UK you live, and our recent study revealed that the most expensive place to do this was Poole, with an eye-watering average cost of £517,818. By contrast, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire is the cheapest place to scale up, costing just £37,768, which is nearly 14 times cheaper than Poole. The ten most expensive places to upscale across the UK are: The ten cheapest places to upscale across the UK are: Unsurprisingly, London is the region that boasts some of the highest costs when it comes to upsizing, with the hefty £450,834 price tag of adding a bedroom on average, more than double that of the South West, which is the second most expensive, costing £202,496. The most expensive regions in the UK to upsize are: Outside of London, we have also looked at the most and least expensive places to upsize your property across all the regions of the UK. Have a look to see how much it would cost you. South West The South West is the most expensive place to upsize your home outside of the capital, and across that region you’ll pay the most to add a bedroom in Poole, averaging out at over half a million (£517,818) to do so. Amazingly, for the price of just one bedroom, you could buy two brand new Ferraris. This hefty price is nearly eight times more expensive that upsizing in Plymouth, where it’ll only cost you £65,678 to go up by one bedroom in house size, except if you’re looking to step up from a one- to a two-bed house, where Swindon (£43,793) ranks as the cheapest place in the South West. East In the East of England, it costs an average £158,696 to buy a property with one additional bedroom. However, residents of Watford live in the most expensive part of the region, paying way above the regional average at just under £300,000 (£294,439), a cost which could allow you to fully renovate your garden nearly 30 times. This is a stark contrast to those living in Peterborough, who would have to pay just £86,600. South East The price of upsizing your home in the South East is £140,806 on average, while Woking is the most expensive town in the area, costing residents £245,918 to add a bedroom. When it comes to upgrading from a three to a four-bed house though, Oxford is the priciest (£252,540). At the other end of the scale, the cheapest place in the South East to upsize is Gillingham, with an average price of just £81,692 to go up by one bedroom in house size. Wales In a region where it costs £102,635 to scale up your living space on average, Cardiff is unsurprisingly the most expensive location to do this, costing £112,830 for a standard household. Interestingly, although Swansea is generally the cheapest place to upsize in Wales (£90,117), it is actually the most expensive place to upgrade from a three- to four-bed house (£183,427). East Midlands Getting a house with an extra bedroom will cost you less than £100,000 on average in the East Midlands (£94,715) and this gets cheaper still for residents of Chesterfield, who can expect to pay just £82,122. The most expensive East Midlands location is the city of Nottingham, with an average cost of upsizing of £110,328 could get you ten luxury watches for the same price. West Midlands Moving west, it is marginally cheaper still to buy a bigger home, costing £91,221 on average, and the most expensive town across the region is Solihull, where it’d cost a house buyer more than double the regional average (£216,974) to buy a house with an extra bedroom. At the other end of the scale is Stoke-on-Trent, costing less than a quarter of Solihull prices at just £37,768, making it the cheapest place in the UK to upsize. North West Buying a bigger house with an additional bedroom in the North West would set you back an average of £89,087 but this again is dependent on where you live. Stockport is the most expensive place in the region to upsize, costing £126,517 on average which almost doubles to £241,141 when looking to jump from a four to a five-bed house. By contrast, Salford is the cheapest, almost a third of Stockport’s average at £52,796 and it’s actually cheaper to buy a five-bed house over a four-bed house there. Yorkshire and The Humber If you’re looking to take the next step on the property ladder to a home with more space, you would expect to pay an average of £75,585 in Yorkshire and Humberside. Upsizing in the historic walled city of York is notably more (£128,251) whilst picking out a bigger home in Doncaster is considerably cheaper at just £38,224, the second cheapest location in the UK and that price difference would actually cover the average cost of an extension on that size of property. North East Living in the North East will allow you to upsize your home for the lowest average price in the UK, costing just £73,968 across all house sizes. Darlington is the priciest location in the region, costing Brits £80,819 to buy a house with an extra bedroom whilst Middlesbrough is the cheapest, setting residents back £69,478. If you’re looking to upsize or downsize your home, making that transition can often be time consuming and sometimes stressful. To ease this process, we have a removal system available across the UK. For more information, visit https://www.space-station.co.uk/removals

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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. If in doubt, turn to an expert to complete the job. 2. Convert your loft Coverting your loft into useable space is a great way of maximising the value of a house. One of the main perks of a loft conversion is that it carries the same benefits of a full extension, but at a lower cost, and in many cases, it does not require planning permission. Converting your loft will allow you to increase the number of bedrooms or add an office or games room without removing any, which can significantly impact the value of a house. 3. Convert your basement Converting a basement can also add significant value onto a property without having to increase the building’s footprint. In some cases, a basement will not be suitable for a bedroom, but converting it will still allow you to increase liveable space or storage in the home, making the property more desirable and adding value. When converting a loft or basement, some people may find that they temporarily lose storage space. Whilst you’re working on the conversion you can easily rent storage, whilst in the long term you can look to include cupboards units or hidden spaces so you’re not losing useful storage space. 4. Add a bathroom Like bedrooms, the number of bathrooms in a property can also impact a property’s value. En-suite bathrooms are incredibly desirable, especially for a master bedroom. Many older houses do not contain an en-suite, and they may also be without a downstairs toilet. You can look to add an en-suite by slightly reducing the size of a bedroom and installing a small bathroom. This should only be done if the bedroom is fairly large, as making the master bedroom too small will have a negative impact on a property’s valuation. For a downstairs loo, you can make the most of under-stairs cupboards which would otherwise be wasted space. 5. Bring the house up to date Owning an older home is not without its charms, but in many cases, people desire modern amenities to ensure that the house requires less maintenance and uses less energy. Consider installing modern, double glazed windows and insulating the walls to create a more energy efficient property. You could also look to install modern electrical wiring and plumbing so that they require less maintenance. 6. Update key rooms Kitchens and bathrooms are vitally important to the desirability of a property, and if they look dated, they can make the home less appealing for prospective buyers. Consider adding a lick of paint to freshen up the room and bring it up to date. You could also replace components, such as toilet seats or kitchen unit cupboards, if your budget does not extend to a full remodel. This will allow you to freshen up these key rooms and make the entire home more attractive. 7. Refresh the flooring It’s worth looking at your flooring and replacing any that looks damaged or dated. Carpets especially can age badly and should be replaced if they are showing signs of wear and tear or discolouring. Updating the flooring to create a new and modern look can give a room a new style, as well as being more appealing to prospective buyers. 8. Consider an extension If you have a larger budget and are looking to increase the size of a property, an extension could be a good option. A conservatory or orangery is a good option if you’re looking to increase the amount of available living space, which could in turn allow you to convert other existing rooms into additional bedrooms. Remember that you will likely need to apply for planning permission for any extension. It’s also a good idea to ask an estate agent for an estimate of how much value an extension would add to your property, which will help you gauge whether the project is worth the investment. 9. Fix any issues A simple, but important, point is to ensure that any outstanding issues in the home are fixed before the property is put on the market. Problems like damp, mould or peeling paintwork will all detract from the overall value of the property and will also put off buyers who are not willing to undertake the required maintenance work. 10. Increase storage You can get creative to increase the amount of storage in your home, even if you don’t have a suitable room to convert. Look for areas of the house which are currently wasted space. These nooks and alcoves can be fitted with shelving or storage units to add character to your home, as well as making it more practical by increasing usable space. For more information on how you can create storage solutions for your home, visit here.

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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 of your wardrobes before re-organising them to get the most out of the space. Sue’s tips for a successful wardrobe audit: 1. Before starting, think about how you’d like your wardrobe and bedroom to look. Browsing through magazines and Pinterest can inspire you and keep you motivated. 2. Put all your clothes in one place – I like to put everything on the bed. Separate the different types of garments (jumpers, dresses, suits etc) into piles. This is often when people are shocked to see how many similar items they own and find clothes they’ve forgotten they had. 3. If you’ve got lots of clothes it may be easier to manage one subcategory of clothes at a time (e.g. do tops first, then jeans, then suits. 4. Choose a pile to sort through – t-shirts or jumpers are an easy place to start. Look at the pile and select your favourite three tops that you really love wearing – think about why you like them, do they make you feel good, is it the colour you like or something else? 5. Once you’ve done this, set aside these items in your “keep” pile and work through the rest of the tops one at a time, holding each item in your hands to decide whether it’s something that you love. If it’s not obvious, compare it against your three top items to help you make the decision. If you don’t wear the item or it’s something you’ve kept hold of for quite a while to fit in to, now’s the time to let it go – put it in your discard pile (ready for the charity shop or eBay). 6. Continue with each category until you’ve made a decision about everything (including your socks!) Sue’s tips on keeping your wardrobe organised: 1. Don’t keep things ‘just in case’ as the chances are if you haven’t worn it for years, you’re unlikely to again. 2. Don’t keep things ‘for best’ – if you love it then put it in your wardrobe and start wearing it, you’ll feel great every time you put it on! 3. When you’ve sorted all the clothes, look at your storage space and decide how you want to organise the items you love – not everything needs to be hung. 4. Jumpers, t-shirts and jeans can all be folded and put in chests of drawers or baskets on shelves to maximise storage. 5. Consider storing seasonal items under the bed so they don’t take up shared space. Bathrooms Bathrooms are often limited on space to store toiletries and towels, making it important to have it well organised to allow you and your partner to share the space harmoniously. As such, Sue has shared advice on conducting an audit of your bathroom storage and how to keep it in tip top shape. Sue’s tips for a successful bathroom audit: 1. Gather all your toiletries, skincare, make up, even bathroom cleaners together and sort them into different categories (hair products, shower gel/soaps, moisturisers/face creams, perfumes/aftershaves, deodorants, make up, lipsticks, mascaras, nail varnish, etc). You can do this by person if it makes sense or merge the groups if you share products like shampoo. The tighter the category the better you’ll be able to see exactly what you have in the way of duplicate items. 2. Look at one category at a time and check that the items open are still in date – check the symbol on the container for shelf life and throw away any that are expired. Also check to see which products you actually use – there may be some that you bought and tried, but you didn’t like the fragrance, or you had a bad reaction to them – now is the time to move these on! 3. IMPORTANT! If it’s a joint item then you both have a say on whether to keep it or not – if one of you wants to keep it then it should stay (even if the other person isn’t keen!) The first rule of decluttering is that you don’t declutter someone else’s stuff. 4. As you work through each category, pull out the items that you definitely love using (Marie Kondo would say the things that ‘spark joy’) and use these as a benchmark to check whether you need to keep the other items. Be honest with yourself about whether you need or will use any similar items – do you really need five aftershaves if you only wear one? Similarly, with makeup, do you use five red lipsticks, nine different mascaras? Throw away any that you’re not going to use. 5. It may also help to consider whether things are for everyday use or special occasions – taking make up as an example – double check your special occasion make up fits with your current lifestyle. 6. If there are items that you find difficult to discard, get them out and start using them now – you will feel fantastic using that luxury perfume/aftershave/body lotion that you were keeping for a special occasion. 7. If one of you […]

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Creating ample storage space in a small apartment

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Living in an apartment or studio flat has its pros and cons, often providing the ideal location for a busy lifestyle working in the city, but sometimes leaving you bursting out of wardrobes and drawers fighting for space. It is very easy to feel cramped in a one bed apartment packed with your belongings, especially if you’re building up furniture ready for to buy your first home, and so it is important to be clever and organised when trying to free up space with limited storage. There are many easy and cost-effective solutions you can put in place within your flat to really make the most of the space you have available. So, whether it’s freeing up space to make your living areas more comfortable, or finding a way to store furniture your building up ready for your first home, our experts have shared their top tips below: 1.Install coat hooks These affordable and easy to install items instantly create places to store your belongings. Putting up a few hooks in your hallway will allow you to hang bulky winter coats, as well as hats and scarves, which will save you a lot of wardrobe space. 2.Use storage containers A lot of studio flats have very limited built in storage, meaning space is at a premium. One easy way to ensure you make the most of the space you have is by organising your belongings and condensing them down. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using storage containers, which you can stack on top of each other to allow you to fit more into the space that you do have. 3.Turn your décor into storage Having a stylish and homely apartment is often a high priority, with many choosing to hang art and photos on the walls. However, one way you may be able to maintain a strong look whilst also storing belongings is to go one step further and hang items such as jewellery or even hats on your walls whilst you aren’t using them, to merge storage and style together perfectly. 4.Invest in foldable furniture A go to storage solution for those living in small apartments is to use furniture you can easily fold up and put away. Items such as fold out chairs and desks are affordable, easy to use and can be set up anywhere that is convenient in your home, before being condensed down to a smaller size making them easier to store and freeing up floor space in the process. 5.Organise and store upwards If you organise your belongings well, this will allow you to make the most of the space you have available to you, especially if you store things upwards, rather than outwards. Having a cupboard where containers are stacked on top of one another will help you be more efficient with your space, whilst installing high rise shelving would have the same benefits. Take a look at our blog for more storage tips and tricks, or if you’re in need of some self-storage space, check out our calculator to work out how much you might need.

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Room for improvement: How much space and storage is on offer in homes across the country?

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When it comes to our homes, having the right amount of space allows us to create comfortable and practical living areas, but not all homes are made equal. It may be no secret that Londoners, for example, have been priced out of buying larger homes, but how do UK homes shape up across other regions? We wanted to find out just that. We’ve analysed almost 4,000 data points from 650 live property ads across the country, in order to share exactly what you can expect to buy in each UK region based on the UK’s average house price. We’ve also taken a look at Britain’s five largest housebuilders to get data on new builds, so we can also uncover trends in this market and get a view of what future homes may look like. Our findings reveal some interesting trends, so whether you’re on the hunt for more built-in storage, or you’re craving a home with a garage, read on to find out more about our research. Size matters Within the average UK house price bracket (£210k – £250k), floorspace averages out at 81.6 square metres, but Greater London, South East, Wales, the South West and Scotland all fall below this benchmark. Unsurprisingly Londoners can expect the smallest living spaces, at a tiny 45.74 square metres on average, with some of the properties measuring as low as just 21 square metres. Outside of the capital, it’s South East residents who don’t measure up, coming in at 62.91 square metres, followed by Scotland at 72.31 square metres. Those in the West Midlands are likely to afford the most spacious homes, with more than double the average floor space compared to Londoners at 104.92 square metres. The UK regions with the most living space: It’s also West Midlands residents who can expect the highest number of bedrooms for their money in England, averaging 3.02 against a UK average of 2.64. Northern Ireland takes the top spot though, offering an average of 3.26. Storage is everything When looking for a new home, one of the things buyers often look for is the amount of storage on offer – it’s also a big selling point from an estate agent point of view. It’s with good reason too, as storage space provides you with the room to stash away anything you want to keep out of sight, letting you maximise the floor space you have available in your living areas. And it’s not just about cupboards under the stairs or pantries in the kitchen. Utility rooms and garages can have massive appeal for buyers and offer up huge storage potential – in fact, having a garage can add up to 5% on top of the value of your home. So, where are you most likely to find these added extras? New builds on the block When it comes to new builds, the average asking price is higher at £302,749, but for that price, you can expect just short of 12% more living space at an average of 91.19 square metres. There’s clearly a trend emerging among new builds for utility space too: 46% of the new builds analysed included a utility room, which is more than six times the national average. Utility space is clearly in high demand, as it’s an attractive feature for prospective buyers, so perhaps something to consider for those looking to get their house on the market this year. Born in the 80s While the new builds we’ve analysed do offer more space and storage, many still prefer pre-owned homes or older properties with a bit of character, but how have trends in size and storage developed over the years? Well, while the 80s were all about big hair and big personalities, it appears the same can be said for homes built during this decade, which average out at 84.48 square metres. The noughties aren’t too far behind at 81.98 square metres, followed by the 2010s at 78.47 square metres. Homes built in the 90s were found to have the least amount of floor space, coming in at just 74.05 square metres. When it comes to built-in storage space in pre-owned homes, however, properties built in the 2010s come out on top, while also having the highest chance of offering a garage; 54% of the homes analysed in this decade had garage space.  When deciding on a new home, space is up there with one of the most important deciding factors for buyers, so it’s important to know how your property, or the property you’re planning on buying, measures up. If you are short on space, however, there are plenty of things you can do to really maximise the storage space you do have available. Take a look at our blog for all of our tips and tricks, or if you’re in need of some self-storage space, check out our calculator to work out how much you might need.

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The packing advice you need to know before your next house move

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With the average UK household owning £35,000* of contents within their home, it’s no wonder why moving house is one of life’s most stressful events** As the housing market picks back up, with thousands looking to take advantage of Stamp Duty relief, we have a few tips for safe and efficient packing before a big move, to save time, money and stress. 1.  Use what you have to keep costs down and save on space To keep packing material costs to a minimum, use items you already have to pack your contents securely and safely. Wrapping glassware and china in large towels and securing with tape or string can ensure these items are transported safely, while also reducing the total number of boxes you have to move, which should bring removal costs down. 2. Triple check removal boxes are secure before moving Don’t risk your carefully packed contents getting broken or damaged because they fall through the bottom of a box during the move. It’s always worth reinforcing the bottom of any heavily packed boxes with a strong adhesive tape, to ensure that items won’t fall through. 3. Avoid using bin liners and plastic bags We have all heard a horror story when it comes to moving house, one of the most frequent is somebody mistaking a bin liner packed with precious clothes for rubbish and throwing it out. Not only is using cardboard or reusable plastic boxes better for the environment, it also reduces the likelihood of mistakes being made during the move and will better protect your belongings, as plastic bags can be easily snagged and damaged. 4. Bring in the experts As tempting as it is to recruit a couple of friends and family members to help you move house, hiring a removal service is a good investment. They are experts in this industry and can make the move as efficient as possible. Removal experts will also have the correct equipment to move your house contents in a safe and secure way, which will likely reduce any associated stress on moving day. What’s more, most will offer some sort of cover or insurance for extra piece of mind. 5. Use vacuum storage bags Investing in vacuum storage bags ahead of your move will be something you’ll never regret. They are perfect for transporting bulky material goods such as sofa cushions, duvets and bedding, as they reduce them to less than half the size. These bags are also waterproof, will prevent dust building up on your contents, and will prevent any snagging during the move. Using these products will ensure removal boxes can be saved for heavier goods, saving a massive amount of space in the removal van. What’s more, once the big move is complete, these bags can then continue to be used for storage in your new home. 6. Pack precious goods in a wheeled suitcase When it comes to precious jewellery, photos, books and other items such as family heirlooms – wrap them carefully in bubble wrap or towels and secure with a strong adhesive tape. It’s a great idea to pack such items in suitcases as opposed to boxes – this will ensure you can identify them easily during the move and if your suitcase has wheels, it will remove the need for lifting up and down, reducing the risks of a drop or fall. 7. Protect corners The largest items in our home are usually the trickiest to move safely. It’s important to protect the corners of any large items of furniture being moved, as these are the most likely parts of to get scratched or cause damage to another piece of furniture or your home during the move, no matter how careful you are. Cardboard corner protectors are often cheap to buy, or as an alternative, use strong adhesive tape and bubble wrap. Preparation and planning are the most important things movers can do when packing up their belongings into storage ready for a move. If this isn’t handled well, you’re at risk of added lots of unnecessary stress during something that should be exciting – not to mention the huge financial implications if your contents are damaged or destroyed during a move. These simple tips can help to ensure you don’t damage or lose any precious or pricey goods. Damaging them could leave you with a hefty bill in repairs or even replacing them completely. Ensuring you make time for the little things can vastly reduce the likelihood of damaging goods during the move. Consider removing light bulbs from standing lights and bedside lamps to protect the bulbs, and ensure lids are secure on cleaning products that you have likely had out whilst cleaning your previous home. Also, pack a box of essentials that you can open straight away in your new home making sure the kettle, tea bags, a few cups and pint of milk is in included – everyone will thank you for this. For more tips and tricks when it comes to self-storage and moving house, including How to Preserve Furniture in Storage, 7 Ways to Make a Small Home Feel Bigger and Top 10 Tips on How to Add Value to Your Home, visit our blog. * https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/blog/how-much-is-the-average-cost-of-home-and-contents-insurance **https://www.benenden.co.uk/be-healthy/lifestyle/mental-health-moving-house-7-ways-to-reduce-the-stress-of-moving-home/

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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 reducing flatpack pieces back to their original state, unscrewing sofa legs and removing slats from beds or chairs, you are making it easier to transport and store these items. Organisation is key during this process – be sure to keep all parts together in Ziploc bags or boxes, and clearly label the smaller fixings like screws and nails according to which piece of furniture they came from. Make sure it’s as clean as possible Cleaning your furniture before you put it into storage is a crucial step, as it can prevent mildew from accumulating. This process is bound to look slightly different according to what kind of furniture you’re storing, but the first step should always be dusting or hoovering or each item. After that, the products you need will vary slightly. While fabric pieces like sofas or armchairs can be treated with upholstery cleaner, you might use a gentle soap on wooden furniture – choosing a mild product will preserve the existing varnish on these items. Metal or glass furniture can be cleaned with polish and a soft cloth, but if you want to take extra precautions against tarnishing, you might also consider targeting rust spots on metal furniture with a metal primer. Wrap your furniture However long you intend to store your furniture for, it’s important to wrap it up safely; this will protect it from damage which could occur in transit, as well as exposure to everyday elements. Bubble wrap is ideal for cushioning metal and glass furniture, but it’s worth avoiding any form of plastic wrapping on fabric furniture, as this won’t allow the material to breathe, and can breed condensation or mould. Instead, encase your cloth furniture in dust sheets or special furniture covers – this is the safest option for wrapping wood furniture too. Running low on packing supplies? Your local Space Station branch is kitted out with an on-site shop that stocks all the essentials, including boxes, dust covers, tape and more. Efficiently pack your furniture Wherever you’re planning to store your furniture, arranging it efficiently can save space and money. Organise your furniture with ease of access in mind, so there’s a clear path to the larger pieces, and leave some space between items to make room for airflow. Try not to tightly cram bits of furniture in together, as this is can cause damage when you’re unpacking it later down the line. If you can’t get out to a storage base, Space Station offers a free removals service, where our expertly trained staff will come and collect your belongings, and pack your storage unit for you. Double check everything This is as much for peace of mind as it is for the welfare of your furniture! Do an inventory of your furniture to make sure everything is present and accounted for, and ensure that every piece is carefully wrapped, with no surfaces left exposed to the air. If you’ve stacked some items vertically to save space, double check that these pieces are in a stable pile, and won’t be easily toppled. Finally, it’s also worth scanning the area for anything perishable, as leaving food or food waste near your furniture while it’s stored can encourage mould and even mice. Don’t have enough storage for furniture? Space Station offers affordable household storage units to hire on both short and long term contracts. Check out our self storage calculator and find out exactly what kind of unit you need, then get a free quote today. 

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Gym, office, classroom? Five steps for a flexible living and working space

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Around 18.5 million people in the UK are currently working from home and with schools, colleges and universities up and down the country closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, British homes are now housing nurseries, classrooms, home offices and gyms. Spare bedrooms and dining tables have been transformed into makeshift offices and classrooms, and living rooms are quickly becoming the go-to space for a workout. As a result, homes are becoming cluttered and untidy. Research has found that clutter has a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing, with 54% of Brits admitting that clutter impacts their stress levels. We have looked into how to keep our homes as functional as possible whilst adapting to living in lockdown and minimising the clutter. Here are our top tips for creating a flexi-home during lockdown: 1. Identify your boundaries You will want to create a separate space for both working, teaching and exercising in your home, so no one is disturbed throughout the day. If you have a spare bedroom, use this room for work and teaching. Or, if you’re looking to work out at home, keep any exercise equipment neatly stored, so at the end of a workday or workout, you’re able to close the door and relax. If you don’t have a dedicated room to use, perhaps ask your family or housemates if they can avoid using the area around your workspace. This will help you concentrate throughout the day and reduce distractions. 2. Decide what’s to stay and go It’s easy to have everything you think you need for working from home or homeschooling spread out on your desks or dining tables, but try to keep things you don’t need tucked away in cupboards or storage boxes. Things such as unused or full notebooks, textbooks or stationery that you find yourself not using or needing can be stored away, so they’re not cluttering up your living space when the day is done. 3. Use wall space To save desk space, use any wall space you have in your home office, spare bedroom or living room to attach any useful work documents, school learning materials or even to display your children’s lockdown artwork! Utilising unused space around the room not only helps your immediate workspace from becoming cluttered, but it is also a great way to encourage visual learning. You could also create a temporary wipe board wall for you or your children by placing a sheet of plain A4 paper inside a punched pocket and attaching to your wall using wall-friendly adhesive tape or tack. 4. Tidy away at the end of the day One of the most important steps to making sure your home still feels like a home and not a classroom, gym or office, is to clear away your things at the end of the working day. If you’re using a dining table or coffee table, clear away everything into storage boxes so you still have the usual, homely space to eat with your family and relax on an evening. If you have a dedicated space to use such as an office or spare room, tidy away any stationery, notebooks or used mugs and plates that have accumulated throughout the day. This will help you feel productive and ready for the day when you next come to use your working space. 5. Store everything correctly Keeping a home calm and relaxing in lockdown is important, but taking care of your possessions as you store them away is equally so. For stationery, especially pens or felt tips, always ensure the lids are replaced at the end of your working day and are stored away from sunlight, especially if your desk is near a window. You can store them away in a pen pot or drawer and this will stop them from drying out. Chalkboards are also great for creating a space to write notes or reminders on, so if you have one that you’ve used for meal plans, it could come in handy for your office. If your home also doubles up as a home gym, keep equipment stored away from high traffic areas, so they don’t become a trip hazard. Equipment, such as resistance bands and yoga mats, can detoritiate or dry out over time, especially if left in direct sunlight. To help keep your fitness gear in good condition, clean it regularly with a natural cleaning product that doesn’t contact harsh chemicals and store away under a bed, desk or in a cupboard away from sunlight.  

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Declutter your wardrobe in 5 simple steps

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Struggling to squeeze new items into your wardrobe? It sounds like you need to declutter. Say goodbye to that holey t-shirt you’ve been clinging onto for years, whittle down your huge collection of jeans and start organising your items to make outfit planning easier than ever before. Discover how to declutter your wardrobe like a pro in just five easy steps today with Space Station. 1. Donate, sell or recycle unwanted items The aim of decluttering is to ensure every item in your wardrobe has a purpose. So, before you make a start on organising your clothing, your first step should be focused around identifying unwanted items that are currently taking up precious retail space in your wardrobe. Depending on just how much you own – and when you last had a clear out – this step might take a while (but it’s worth it, trust us). Leave the items you want to keep in your wardrobe, and create two other piles: one for items you definitely don’t want, and another for items you’re undecided on. When it comes to clothing you don’t want to keep, you have a few options. If the items are in good condition, you could try to sell them on sites such as eBay or Depop, or even pass them on to friends and family. Alternatively, you could donate to a good cause, and drop off your clothing at a clothing bank or charity such as Oxfam. A number of retailers, like & Other Stories, H&M and M&S, also offer recycling schemes. You’ll even receive a discount or voucher to spend in store as a thank you for doing your bit for the environment and recycling with them. As for your uncertain pile, put it to one side for now – we’ll come back to it in a minute.  2. Locate your basics Basics, such as plain white t-shirts and jeans, are essential no matter what the season is. But you only need so many. It can be easy to hoard items like this, so grab those year-round staples and start narrowing down your selection. Owning 10 black vests, for example, really isn’t necessary, so pick out your favourites and remove any items that are showing signs of discolouration or serious wear and tear. Think about how often you reach for certain basics too – if you never wear a particular item because of an unflattering fit, add it to your donation pile! 3. Sort by season and occasion It’s time to start creating some serious space in your wardrobe! One super easy way to do this is organising by season: think about the current climate, and remove anything you definitely won’t be able to wear for a few months. For example, if it’s currently summer, you certainly won’t be needing your puffer coats, scarves and turtleneck jumpers. Pack your winter clothes away, either in boxes or any spare suitcases, and find somewhere in your home to store them. The same goes for occasion wear – evening dresses and suits for weddings can take up a lot of room, but will only be needed once or twice a year. Consider buying a few high-quality garment bags for protection before moving your occasion wear into storage. Struggling to find space? If your loft is full, or you’re living in an apartment that’s short on storage, then consider renting out a small storage unit. Here at Space Station, we offer humidity-controlled storage units in a range of sizes for a low, monthly cost. We’ll even pick up your items for free, thanks to our handy removal service! 4. Get organised After all that decluttering, you should now be left with a wardrobe tailored to your current style. The next step is to make sure everything in your wardrobe is accessible, and organised in a way that makes putting items together as easy as possible. Here are a few wardrobe-organisation tips you might want to consider:  Fold bulkier items that don’t crease easily, such as jeans and jumpers, and place them into drawers or built-in shelves inside your wardrobe. Hang clothing by colour, type or hang up ready-made outfits. Think about how you approach your wardrobe every morning, and organise in a way that works for you. Invest in space-saving solutions: consider an over-the-door organiser for accessories and shoes, or pick up a specialised tie-hanger that can double up as a savvy belt holder too! Make the most of the space available at the bottom of your wardrobe. Buy baskets/clear boxes, and place bags and shoes, or even gym wear here. Revisit your ‘maybe’ pile By now, you should have one seriously streamlined, organised wardrobe. But you have one task left – to go through your ‘maybe’ pile created in the first step. We’ve left this until last, because by now you’ll have a much clearer understanding of what your wardrobe is lacking. Go through each item, and ask yourself the following questions: Does it fit? Do you feel good when you wear it? Have you worn it in the last year? Is there a place for it in your current wardrobe? If you answer ‘No’ to any of these questions, make sure you add it to the other pile and give it a second lease of life by selling or donating it instead. Want to continue decluttering your home, but worried about running out of storage space? Don’t forget, you can safely store clothing, furniture and so much more in our specialised storage units – click here to get a quote with Space Station today.   

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7 Ways to Make A Small Home Feel Bigger

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Whether you live in a cosy studio flat by yourself, or a modest two bedroom apartment with a friend, it’s easy to feel a little claustrophobic when you start to run out of storage space. From de-cluttering your living room to decorating more strategically, there are plenty of ways to make a small home feel more spacious – keep reading for some of our top tips below. 1. White walls for an airy feel If you don’t mind picking up a paintbrush, this is a quick and affordable fix. Bold walls can look super stylish in a big room, but dark colours generally absorb light, making the space feel smaller. Stick to light and airy hues like white, magnolia or duck egg blue, and you’ll find that your space feels more expansive straight away. Still keen to incorporate a darker colour? Choose a specific alcove in your home to paint a bolder shade – this will add a sense of depth. 2. Make the most of light with mirrors Mirrors are a foolproof way to make a small space feel more generous – but there are some tactical things you can do with them to really make a difference. Place the largest mirrors you have opposite a source of natural light – so the view out of your window is reflected on the other side of the room. If natural light is in short supply, you can also place mirrors adjacent to lamps in your home, to open up dark corners. 3. Clever curtains to elongate space As well as making a room look wider, there are also several things you can do to make it appear taller. Swapping out shorter curtains for full length drapes is a great way to do this – the ceiling in your room will look higher, and the window itself will also appear larger. If you’re especially short on space, you might also consider investing in slat or rolling blinds, as these take up less space altogether, whilst still letting in maximum light. 4. Minimise your clutter This may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how much clutter you can accumulate in the course of a year or two, especially if you’ve been living in the same place for a long time. To free up some extra storage, plan a regular clear-out of your clothes, books and other bric-à-brac. You could easily donate anything you haven’t used in a while to local charity shops or Freecycle; you might even make some extra spending money by selling it on an online marketplace like eBay. 5. Choose big paintings or prints A gallery wall is always tempting, but opting to hang lots of small or medium sized pictures can cause a small space to feel cramped and chaotic. Instead, invest in a couple of largescale paintings or prints with subtle frames – this should keep your walls looking stylish and minimal, especially if the tones in your pictures coordinate with the other colours in your home. 6. Find savvy storage solutions While de-cluttering is a great first step to take, implementing smart storage solutions for small bedrooms is a brilliant way to save space. Slotting shelves into alcoves, or adding them above head height will easily make room for all your books, while in the kitchen you could install sliding corner cupboards to utilise every available square inch. If you’ve got furniture you simply don’t have room for, but want to hold onto until you upsize, why not consider hiring a storage unit? At Space Station, our temperature-controlled household storage units come in huge range of sizes, and are available on both long and short term contracts. 7. Lamps, not overhead lights Overhead lamps are the most straightforward way to light your home, but they can also make a room feel boxy, shooting light up into the corners and highlighting the small parameters of a space. Alternatively, opting for lamps with warm bulbs will provide softer lighting in your home; try placing a standing or table lamp in each corner of your living room to cast a glow around the room – you’ll never switch the main light on again! These household hacks for making a home feel more spacious are sure to help – but if you simply need access to more space, check out our Self Storage Calculator to see what kind of unit could work for you.

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Top tips to finally get your garden shed organised over the Bank Holiday weekend

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With Brits having more time on their hands than usual due to the UK-wide lockdown, gardens up and down the country are reaping the benefits of their green-fingered owners. A third of Brits (32%) admit that they enjoy gardening as a hobby, but while gardens are looking the part, what about our shed spaces? We’ve put our heads together (virtually, of course!) and came up with a few tips to help get your shed in tip-top shape. 1. Have a clear out Sheds are usually prone to becoming cluttered with gardening equipment, paints, tools and household items that you can’t quite fit in the home. To help turn your shed into an organised haven, firstly have a clear out. Pull everything you have in our shed out (you can also clean any machinery and tools as well) and sort through what you do and don’t need. Check if machinery and tools are working correctly, and if you have any old or empty paint cans, dispose of those correctly. If you have any paint remnants, remember to dispose of them in the right way as leftover paint can be hazardous to people and the environment. Try donating any spare paint to a friend or specialised paint recycling company. 2. Check your paint brushes When having a clear-out, make sure you check the condition of any paint brushes that you have. After use, paintbrushes should be thoroughly cleaned with a solvent such as white spirit before they are allowed to dry, so they don’t harden. If, however, your brushes have hardened due to paint, there are ways to dissolve this. For brushes hardened with water-based paint such as acrylic, use a mixture of fabric softener and water to help dissolve the paint. For brushes that have dried with oil-based paint on, you’ll need to swirl your brushes in a solvent or paint thinner until completely dissolved. Rinse any remaining fabric softener or paint thinner off your brushes, and allow to dry horizontally. 3. On-the-wall storage You might be lucky to have the outdoor space for a large shed, but for those whose shed is on the smaller side, you may want to invest in wall storage hooks and shelves. Hooks in particular offer a great space-saving way of organising power cables, paintbrushes and gardening tools, without taking up any floor space. If you’re looking to hang any heavy equipment, make sure the hooks are sturdy. Galvanised hooks are perfect for heavy equipment such as drills and spades. Fixing hooks high up ensures little ones can’t get their hands on any sharp or dangerous objects. 4. Get recycling-savvy Once you have decided what’s to keep and what’s not, you might need storage solutions to help store nails and small tools. Old takeaway tubs (either plastic or aluminum) work great as storage containers for bits and bobs, such as nails or small tools, like screwdrivers. They are also stackable if they come with a lid and can easily be labelled with a permanent marker pen for easy identification. 5. Utilise all available space As well as utilising the wall space, make sure you make use of other areas of your shed. The back of the door is the ideal space for hanging small tools or wires. Try adding some hooks into the back of the door for a space-saving storage solution. You can also make use of the ceiling space too. If your shed ceiling is triangular, secure a wooden beam across and attach hooks. This is a great solution for wires and low-hanging tools. 6. Give your shed a little TLC The May Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to give your shed a little TLC. With an extra day off and warm weather expected, it’s a great time to treat your shed to a little extra care. Firstly, use the new, organised space in your shed to brush away cobwebs, debris and dried leaves. If your shed has windows, give them a good clean to let in natural light and crack open the window to ensure lots of air can circulate in your shed. Finally, use a quality shed wood treatment on the outside of your shed. This lick of paint will ensure your shed looks brand new once again and will protect it from wear and tear, and weather damage going forward.

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What to do with your old furniture

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Whether you’re moving house, redesigning your home’s interior or just having a big clear out, it can be tricky to know what to do with old or unused furniture. There are plenty of ways to dispose of your furniture entirely, but there are also lots of things you can do to give it a new lease of life, like upcycling and donating. Explore our top tips below for more inspiration on what to do with your old furniture. 1. Sell it This could be as simple as driving your furniture round to your local second-hand furniture shop and asking them for a quote, but if your furniture is from a prestigious designer or era, you might also look into selling it to an antique store, or at auction. There’s also a multitude of ways you could sell your furniture online, using marketplaces like eBay and Facebook. If your furniture is in especially good condition or could be considered “vintage”, then you may get a better deal by using a site like Etsy, Shopify or Vinterior, which tend to be full of collectors. 2. Donate it If you’re keen to get rid of some furniture and you’re not fussed about selling, you could take it to a local charity shop. Lots of national charities have specialist furniture branches, including Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder – some will actually offer to collect your items directly. You could check for local charities in your area too; homeless shelters and foundations for vulnerable people are often looking for furniture. 3. Store it Storage for furniture is the ideal solution if you’re temporarily downsizing, you’ve inherited some furniture you don’t want to sell yet, or you simply want to put some pieces you’ve collected away for safe keeping. Our furniture storage units are humidity controlled, so your furniture won’t suffer from damp or damage as it might in a garage, and they’re available in a wide variety of sizes, so no matter what you need to store, there’s a unit to match. Check out our self storage calculator to see what size of storage unit would work for you. 4. Upcycle it Got a piece of furniture you love the design of, but hate the colour? Give it a makeover or transform its use completely by upcycling it. For a simple aesthetic upgrade, you could sand down an old chest of drawers, paint it in a new shade you love and replace the knobs for that finishing touch. There are even ways to transform the functionality of your furniture entirely. With a few tweaks and a new coat of paint, you could turn a rickety stepladder into a display unit for your plants, or convert an old crate into a bedside table. 5. Recycle it Another great environmentally-friendly option is recycling your old furniture, if it’s past the point of salvaging or reuse. Finding your nearest household waste recycling centre is easy, just head over to the website for your local council and all the tips in your district will be listed. You can also use a site like Freecycle to recycle your old furniture. Freecycle allows you to list your items for free, so someone looking for a similar piece of furniture can come and collect it. It’s quick and convenient, plus you may even find a few things you like on there yourself! Got furniture you need to put in storage? Find your local Space Station branch and get a quote for furniture storage near you today.

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How to Feng Shui your home to bring about peace during lockdown

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As homes take on the role of school and office and with more than one in four now working from home (26%) a quarter of Brits (24%) have admitted their relationships are becoming more strained as a result of the lockdown. However, with the search term ‘how to Feng Shui home’ seeing an 80% increase between February and March 2020, it seems people are looking for ways to restore the peace and calm into their homes. With this in mind, here are some tips on how to easily feng shui your home on a budget. 1. Start with the hallway The practice of Feng Shui originates from Ancient China and uses energy to harmonize individuals with their surroundings. Feng Shui experts suggest starting with your hallway, as this symbolises the entrance to your sanctuary. Create a calm atmosphere by keeping your entrance free from clutter and any extra coats, scarves for bags that can be put into storage. Organise and clear away letters or parcels – the more organised and calm the area is, the more calm and peaceful the energy will be. 2. Create a clear home office boundary You may be fortunate enough to have a home office, but if you’re not, it can be difficult to create a calm and productive environment to work from home in. If you have to use your dining or kitchen table, or your desk in your bedroom to work from, try to clear away any notebooks, pens or loose papers at the end of every workday. This may seem like a repetitive task, however, your bedroom in particular symbolises you and affects you the most according to the practice of Feng Shui. Clutter in your home creates a low and stagnant energy that drains energy from you, and can have a negative impact on the flow of energy to other areas in your life and home. 3. Clean your windows and re-hang photographs Dirty windows and crooked photographs are two big factors that can have a negative impact on the Feng Shui of your home. Windows represent the eyes to the world in Feng Shui, so dirty windows can block your vision to the outside world, especially since our current outdoor movement is significantly reduced. Take the time to clean your windows both inside and out, with care taken when reaching those top floor windows. Framed photographs and art prints that are hung too low or are crooked can also impact your mood, as the low energy affects your chi, which is the energy current that runs through our bodies. Re-hang any low photographs or mirrors around your home, particularly in your bedroom. You could also use a spirit level or tape measure to make sure your frames are level. 4. Consider colour Colour represents the five natural elements of metal, earth, wood, water and fire in Feng Shui, so colour in your home should reflect one or more of those elements to create a sense of calmness and balance. Metal colours (white, grey, metallics) can provide clarity, fire tones (red, burnt orange, dark wood tones) can create energy, and water colours (blue tones, grey, off-whites) can create a sense of calm. The lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to dig out the paint and re-decorate any rooms in your home that don’t create positive energy.

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Space Station – How to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

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In the last few months of pregnancy, the urge to nest is stronger than ever, and with your due date coming up, it’s important that you feel like your home is ready for a newborn. First on the list is the nursery, but once this is finished you can start to make the rest of your home baby-friendly. From stocking up on the basics to scheduling family visits, there are plenty of ways you can make life as easy as possible for yourself in those first few weeks of chaos. Do a deep clean You probably won’t have the energy to do much when you first bring your baby home, so it’s worth giving the whole house a proper clean while you can. Pay extra attention to any parts of the house where there’s the potential for harmful bacteria to grow, like the kitchen and bathroom. Risk-assess your home While there’s usually no need for stairgates or drawer latches until your little one can crawl, there are still heaps of hazards to be wary of. Carry out a basic risk-assessment on each room in your house, and make a note of any baby-dangers. This usually means smoothing out sharp-edged furniture with rubber corner covers, tucking dangling wires and cables out of reach, putting anti-slip mats under rugs and making sure that tiny, swallowable objects are securely stored. Keep the essentials to hand To save you an endless number of trips up and down the stairs when you’re already feeling tired, keep a stash of the essentials in different rooms all over the house. Having nappies, wipes, dummies and a clean babygro to hand can make a real difference. Cook and freeze Feeding the baby will be the priority at the beginning, but you need to eat too! If you have time in the lead up to your little one’s arrival, it’s a good idea to do some batch cooking. Why not choose three or four of your favourite dishes which freeze well, and make several portions of each? That way when you’re too exhausted to cook, there’ll always be something tasty to heat up without a fuss. De-clutter your space From the pram and the Moses basket to highchairs, muslins and monitors, babies need a lot of stuff, so make space for it! A new baby is a great excuse for a clear out, but if you’ve got furniture you need to move to make space for a cot, why not consider hiring a storage unit? This is also a great place to keep anything your baby gets too big for, which you might want to use again as your family grows. Baby entertainment A 2017 study by NTNU confirmed that babies exposed to stimulation ‘get a brain boost’ – and there are lots of different forms this can take. While baby gyms provide a great source of entertainment for little ones, they can also be stimulated by sensory toys with different textures and noises, or even something as simple as a storybook. Getting your home ready for a new arrival is super exciting, but if finding space for everything is proving tricky, get a quote for an affordable, humidity controlled storage unit from Space Station today.

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Space Station – 10 Top Tips to add value to your home

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Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, or you just want to make the most of it, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your property, however big or small. Below, we’ll take you through our top ten tips for adding value to your home – some of these ideas might involve significant renovations, but others could easily be done on a small budget, so there’s something for everyone. 1. Refresh the exterior Upping the kerb appeal of your property can do a great deal to add value. By taking small measures like repainting your front door, repairing broken fencing, fixing any glaring problems with the roof and adding a house number, you’ll ensure your home makes a good first impression. 2. Upgrade your windows Investing in double glazing for your property will not only make your home more thermally efficient, but also modernise the exterior. If you live in a period property or a listed building, adding internal secondary glazing is a great way to increase heat retention without replacing the original windows. 3. Spruce up the garden A garden is an asset to any property, but it should do your house justice. From planting a few colourful flowers to mowing the lawn or adding new patio furniture, showing your outdoor space a bit of TLC can make it a real selling point for your home. 4.Adding an extra bedroom. Opting for a light and airy loft extension or spacious cellar conversion can hugely increase the value of your property; you’re likely to see a significant return on investment, and enjoy the extra space yourself while you’re a resident. Putting things in storage during the build is easy too – Space Station can offer household storage on both short and long term contracts. 5. Restore original features If you live in a period property, putting those charming traditional features front and centre can work wonders. That might mean getting your fireplace operational again, repainting ceiling cornices or cleaning up any original tilework in your property. 6. Bathroom updates Bathrooms can be a real focus for potential buyers, but updating them doesn’t need to include a complete overhaul. While replacing dated or damaged units is ideal, a lot can be achieved by repainting, buying new taps and re-grouting loose tiles. 7. Parking potential A place to park the car is a coveted addition to any property, and it’s guaranteed to add value – especially if it’s off the road. If you can add parking to your home without sacrificing too much of your outdoor space, it’s well worth considering. 8. New storage solutions Especially important if your home is on the small side, finding crafty solutions to maximise on space is a quick win for increasing property value. You might even consider putting some of your bulkier possessions into storage while you have viewings, so buyers can see more of the house itself. 9. Modernise your kitchen Just like bathrooms, kitchens usually represent a big tick box for any buyer interested in your home. Upgrading your cabinets and white goods is one way to give your kitchen a makeover – but it’s worth paying attention to the lighting too. If you’re on a budget, adding a few plants and a bright appliance can bring a welcome splash of colour. 10. Carpets and flooring You’d be amazed at the effect flooring can have on the value of your property. Replacing your carpets altogether might prove too costly or disruptive, but getting them professionally cleaned can make a huge difference, as can treating damaged areas of hardwood floors, or adding rugs. Selling your home and need to keep some belongings in storage while you get settled? Space Station offers affordable, convenient and secure household storage with free removals directly into your new storage unit.

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Revealed: Storage hacks you NEED to know in 2020

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We have been searching high and low and exploring the internet to find storage hacks and short term storage ideas that everyone needs to know about. From viral news articles, to Facebook posts, to Pinterest boards, we have revealed the viral tips that Brits simply can’t get enough of. Some have even been described as “life-changing” and “genius” and these hacks are likely to excite organisation fanatics across the UK and may even convert the messiest and most cluttered Brits to self-confessed storage lovers. Plastic Bags One mum revealed her genius hack for storing her endless supply of plastic bags neatly by impressively folding them into a triangle and putting them into a basket, which takes up a lot less space in the house. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mrs D’s Cleaning Reviews (@mrs.ds.cleaning.reviews) Bras To keep the ‘cup’ shape of a bra and ensure it lasts as long as possible, put a pair of socks or knickers inside the cups. HuffPost says you shouldn’t twist the cups under each other because this can damage them and only bras that are non-padded should be folded in half. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-to-store-bras-correctly_uk_5e16fc06c5b6b32c72bd9c8c Bags of snacks The internet went into meltdown this month when self-confessed organisation fanatic, Stacey Solomon, shared her genius tactic for storing and display bags of sweets and crisps. To ensure she can see every bag of treats at glance, Stacey has used a curtain pole with rings and pegs to hang the bags of snacks. She told her 2.7m Instagram fans “Cracking up at myself for how happy this made me, why do I love it so much?” Stacey has taken the snack line one step further and has organised the snacks by colour. Electronic wires We all know how frustrating endless tangles of wires are – especially when these wires are hidden behind a desk or bedside table. One genius hack for keeping wires organised and in place that won’t cost you a penny is to use bull dog clips along the edge of your desk, then feed the wires through the handles of the bull dog clips. This will ensure they remain in place and reduce the likelihood of getting your wires crossed. Bed Sheets A Twitter user shared her clever hack for storing fitted bed sheets, although many questioned how sanitary the advice was. She suggests that two or three sheets can be put on a bed at one time and then, rather than changing them, just take the top one off. Genius, or disgusting? https://www.today.com/home/fitted-sheet-storage-hack-either-brilliant-or-disgusting-t170000 Toothbrushes According to SELF, the most sanitary way to store a toothbrush is away from the toilet and, if possible, inside a cabinet rather than out in the open in your bathroom. This also helps prevent them from drying out, especially if you store them upright. And make sure that when you flush, the lid is kept down, just to be on the safe side. https://www.self.com/story/sanitary-toothbrush-storage Fridge Having a shelf with tiers in the fridge is great for sauces, according to the Daily Mail, as it will help you keep track of the ones that have already been opened and helps to make sure there is less waste. Having clear tubs with labels in the fridge is also a great hack to keep bacteria at bay, while adding dates so you know what to eat first ensures nothing is left rotting in the back of the fridge. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5344737/The-simple-storage-hacks-transform-fridge.html Clothes For many Brits, the change of season means a change of wardrobe, which means storing woolly jumpers and bikinis is a bi-annual chore. Fashion bible, Vogue,tells us to make sure any item of clothing going into storage is washed or dry-cleaned first and that your storage space is moth-proofed with a spray that isn’t full of harsh chemicals. The spray should be directed at the storage space and not directly on to your garments. Finally, clothes should be packed up in categories, which will make it easy when you need to unpack them, and most items should be stored flat – and never use wire hangers! https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/how-to-store-clothes Winter Blankets Blankets in the bedroom and lounge are amazing for snuggling up in the winter to watch a movie, but they can become untidy and annoying when they are left on the sofa. Hiding them in storage baskets, displaying them in a log carrier, hanging them on a coat rack or storing in an ottoman are all trendy and stylish ways to store throws and blankets. https://stylecaster.com/winter-blanket-storage-ideas/#slide-13

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How to ensure your picture-perfect memories last a lifetime

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Parents love to keep special keepsakes from their children’s early years. But how can you ensure that the memories you capture are available for you to enjoy for years to come? Here are our top tips for protecting your collection of photographs, whether physical or digital. Photographs Though the world has largely ‘gone digital’ since the turn of the century, many parents still like to take snaps using Polaroid cameras – or hire a professional photographer to capture a special occasion. To stop your most cherished photographs from fading, invest in a high-quality album that protects the pictures from dust and direct sunlight. It’s best to use albums that contain acid-free archival paper and ensure that your collection is stored at room temperature, so not in a loft or garage. Digital Photographs Digital photography allows you to store images without taking up physical space, but it’s still possible to lose photos if you don’t properly back them up and your device goes missing. That’s why it’s crucial to have a cloud solution in place. Platforms like Facebook allow you to upload snaps, but the quality is often compressed, and security may be an issue Apps like Lifecake are tailor-made for families wishing to preserve pictures of children, while most modern Android and iPhone devices offer the facility to automatically back up your images ‘on the cloud’, so you can retrieve them even if you lose your phone or tablet. Baby teeth The most important thing to know when it comes to storing your baby’s first teeth is that preservation and preparation are key. Before storing your baby’s teeth in a safe place, such as a silk jewellery bag or plastic baggie, it’s important to clean the teeth with soap and water first and then with an alcohol-based cleaning product. After cleaning, it’s very important to thoroughly dry the tooth, otherwise bacteria and mould can grow. Cleaning and drying the tooth will preserve it and help keep it shiny for years to come. Baby hair Your baby’s first haircut is often an emotional event and many teary parents like to keep a lock of hair as a keepsake. Before storing your baby’s first curl, it’s important to remember to take a suitable storage container to the hairdressers to keep it safe in transport. Hair can get caught on the sticky part of an envelope, so we wouldn’t recommend this; instead, use an old-fashioned camera roll holder, if you can find one. A second, more sentimental option, is popping the hair into a small plastic baggie and sealing it inside the back of the photo frame holding your baby’s first photograph. First shoes Like your baby’s first haircut, growing out of their first pair of shoes is another emotional milestone for many parents. To preserve your baby’s first footwear, thoroughly clean with a suitable cleaning product, before putting them in a dust bag and then the shoe box they came in. This will ensure they don’t get squashed by other nearby items, while the dust bag will help keep the shoes pristine. School books Your child’s first school books are something many enjoy reading over together in years to come, so it’s highly important to keep these safe. We recommend storing them in a sealable plastic sandwich bag and away from direct sunlight, as this can fade the pages. Keep the books away from direct heat too, and store upright or flat to protect the pages. Paintings and drawings Even a scribble on a page can be a special memento for parents if their child drew it. Drawing and painting are much-enjoyed hobbies for young children and they often love gifting their parents with their masterpieces. To safely store your child’s paintings, it’s best to follow the example set by artists and professionals. Lay your child’s art on a flat surface of acid-free board or paper and cover with a clean, dry cloth. To avoid creases, it’s a good idea to keep all the art together, sandwiched with protective paper. Once pressed between acid-free paper and cloth, pop it in a large plastic sealable bag, and, for large pieces, use a professional painting carrier, which are available from arts and craft stores.

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Storage options when moving abroad

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Making the leap and moving abroad can be such an exciting time – but often, many migrators can get a little stressed when it comes to thinking about the logistics of the move. If you’re wondering what to do with your current possessions when you move overseas, don’t worry. We’ve put together this short guide to help point you in the right direction when it comes to storage options for moving abroad. Deciding what to bring along – and what to leave behind When moving abroad, usually less is more. It’s often cost effective to get rid of, or store, non-essential or cheaper items and avoid the expense and effort of taking it overseas with you. It’s best to start by thinking about your new home, plan out where your furniture will be, and consider functionality. Think about whether or not you will have the same rooms, garden and storage space as before, and what you genuinely need and would be of value to take with you rather than replace, store or discard. However, that’s not to say you shouldn’t bring anything along from your old abode – make sure to keep enough homely trinkets that really do make a house a home and have the sentimental value to help you feel settled. Storage options If you’re looking for storage options while moving abroad, there are many on the market. Firstly, you might consider whether or not friends and family have space to keep hold of some things for you – but if you have a lot to store, you should realistically consider a more long-term storage solution. Storage units can be very affordable, and make sure your possessions are kept safe and in good condition for when you need them again. For example, Space Station offer bespoke quotes depending on how many items you’re storing and use PIN access and CCTV to make sure your storage is kept safe and secure. This kind of storage can provide great peace of mind, especially when you’re living far away from your items. Space Station also sell packing items at stores on-site, such as boxes, bubble wrap and tape, which make moving your items into storage easier, as well as packing up items you’re taking with you. Choosing a removal company To move your possessions from your home into storage, the quickest and easiest way to find a suitable removal company is to check out services available near you online – typically, the closer you are to a removal company and the shorter the trip is, the less expensive the removal will be. For example, Space Station offer free removals within a 10-mile radius of their stores. Some removal companies charge by the hour, so it’s best to have all your possessions and furniture packed up and ready to go into storage for when they arrive. But if you do need help with this step, a lot of companies offer those kind of services – make sure to make a good estimation of how much work there will be to do, and ring round a range of companies to compare their prices. Shipping items abroad Once you’ve decided what you’ll be storing, what you’ll be giving up, and how you’ll move it all from your current home: it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll bring the items you’re keeping to your new home abroad. What can you take in carry on luggage? What’s permitted in carry on luggage varies from airline to airline, so it’s important to take a look at their terms and conditions when booking the flight, and then again when you pack. Generally, most airlines allow liquids in clear bottles up to 100ml in quantity, don’t allow any sharp objects, but do allow clothing and material furnishings, ornaments and electronics – but don’t forget, you have to ensure your hand luggage adheres to dimensions and weight outlined by the airline you’re using. This is usually 10kg and around 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.   How do you ship bigger items? For most bigger household items, they will be shipped by either air or sea. Most shipping companies have calculators to provide quotes based on the items you’re shipping and the distance they will be travelling. Prices can vary depending on how much you’re shipping – for example, it can sometimes be more cost effective to fill a whole shipping container – but in general, sea shipping is less expensive than air. However, sea shipping can take much longer – sometimes weeks longer than by plane. How to pack items for travel? When moving your items abroad, it’s important to pack efficiently to make the most of the allotted space you have on your delivery or in your luggage, as well as protecting them from damage. For example, make sure you cover furniture with wrapping before moving it to avoid scrapes, marks or stains, wrap cords around electrical appliances and bring smaller ones along with you in your luggage, and ensure toiletries are wrapped to avoid any spills spoiling other items packed alongside them. When you’re all packed up and ready to go, get in touch with a member of our team to see if you can benefit from our storage solutions and packing supplies – we’re always happy to help! 

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