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How to store red wine

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Red wine is produced, consumed and enjoyed across the world, and is loved for its ability to be drank alongside a meal, or simply by itself. Red wine is known for its ability to age well. However, it’s a common misconception that all wines improve from aging, or that an old wine indicates a good wine, as this is not always true. The aging process changes wine, and not all wines benefit from these changes. Generally, cheaper wines do not benefit from aging, and taste better when they’re consumed at the time of purchasing. The following is a rough guide for aging some of the most popular types of wine, but the vintage, region and winemaking style can all affect the aging process. Bordeaux (8-25 years) Cabernet Sauvignon (4-20 years) Merlot: (2-10 years) Pinot Noir (2-8 years) Zinfandel (2-6 years) So once you’ve selected your favourite wine, how can you […]

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How to build the ultimate cardboard fort

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Here at Space Station, we understand that school holidays can be an expensive time. With parents spending an average of £300* per school holiday on taking their children out for activities such as the cinema, bowling or play centres, the costs can really add up. So, to make it a little easier on the purse strings for parents this summer, we have created a guide on how to build the ULTIMATE cardboard fort! Not only is it a low-cost activity, but it also helps you bond further with your children, as well as develop their team-building skills and imagination. All you will need to create your ultimate cardboard castle is a few household supplies, and lots of creativity! To watch us create our cardboard fort, please view the video below: Download a printable version of our instructions: How to build the Ultimate Cardboard Fort pdf (1553 KB) Instructions What you’ll […]

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REVEALED: The household items that are FOUR TIMES DIRTIER than your TOILET

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Here at Space Station, we know the importance of a clean, tidy living space – but just how sanitary are our homes? We conducted a study that revealed the cleaning habits (or lack thereof) of UK students. The study involved swabbing an all-male and all-female student accommodation to find the areas in the home with the most bacteria, fungi and yeast lurking. The swabs were compared against each other for their levels of infection, comparing bacteria, fungi and yeast in the test items. You may not want to read this while eating your lunch – as we found that a chopping board and fridge were a staggering four times dirtier than a toilet! Results The male toilet was found to be the most riddled with bacteria, with an infection level of 250 – which is the highest level of infection the swabbing kit was able to indicate. The female toilet, […]

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Do we own the UK’s oldest piece of office equipment?

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Our office shredder was around long before anyone had heard of Google, Facebook or Twitter – in fact, it was even around before the Internet itself. But it’s still alive and kicking in our office – we use it every day without fail – and we have done since 1990. Nowadays most documents are stored electronically or in ‘the cloud’ but have we become too reliant on technology to delete our old information and private documents? Are we the minority when it comes to using old fashioned, slightly dog-eared office equipment? Or do other workplaces look past modern features and fast processes too? When you shred a physical document there’s no need to worry about data breaches like there is when deleting digital files but have you ever shredded a document by mistake?! Plus we’ve all come in to contact with a temperamental shredder – they can jam, they can […]

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Future storage: Britain’s time capsule

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In the UK we like to keep hold of things. Many of our possessions have strong sentimental value, many of us keep collectables, and we all keep things that we might not need (or have room for) now, which is when you start to think about long term storage that may come in handy. But have you ever gone through your stored items and been overwhelmed by nostalgia of items you’d previously forgotten about? Perhaps you’ve found some old video tapes, cassettes or records and remembered how important they were at the time – but how obsolete they are now. We definitely have – andit made us wonder, what would people be nostalgic – or maybe not even have a clue about – 100 years from now? We asked the people of Britain what they’d put in a time capsule to be opened in a century, and here’s the top […]

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Insurance

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In the wake of a devastating fire that occurred at a self-storage facility in Croydon on New Year’s Eve 2018, we would like to reassure our customers of the security measures we have in place to help prevent such disasters. Security is paramount at all of our stores; our facilities have electronic entry gates and the majority of our units are individually alarmed, activated by a unique code. We have 24-hour CCTV at all of our sites and all stores are fully compliant with national building and fire regulations. A contract is in place with an out-of-hours support company who is able to respond immediately to any emergencies which may happen outside of our operating hours. When customers put their belongings into our storage facility, insurance cover is required. We offer a bespoke insurance policy with cover at a cost of £1.38 per week per £1000 of goods stored. We […]

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Spring cleaning tips from the “Queen of Clean”

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New research finds Brits spend 14 hours a week cleaning but could save hundreds of hours AND make money through just one annual ‘Spring Clean’ New research has revealed that over half (51%) of Brits NEVER ‘spring clean’ their homes More than a third of Brits opt for frequent, ad-hoc cleaning instead , spending an average of 14 hours each week on this Cleaning expert Lynsey “Queen of Clean” Crombie believes a yearly spring clean improves organisation and productivity, saving time in the long run With spring just around the corner, you may think Brits are readying their rubber gloves or short term storage plans and disinfectant spray and jay cloths for the annual ‘big spring clean’ but new research suggests that an annual spring clean is a thing of the past for most people. Brits are instead favouring smaller scale, frequent cleaning. However, this is perhaps not an efficient […]

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How to Store Champagne

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Champagne is undoubtedly one of the most popular drinks in the world, with people toasting a glass of celebratory bubbles at weddings, parties, birthdays and special events. The UK is the largest export market for Champagne – we drink about 38 million bottles each year! A history of champagne Champagne hails from north eastern France, in the Champagne region, and was first made by the famous Dom Perignon in 1693. Perignon worked in the Abbey of Hautvillers in Champagne, and was responsible for the production, aging and storage of the Abbey’s wines. He was tasked with ridding the Abbey’s wines of bubbles but was unable to do so. It wasn’t until trying this sparkling wine that he realised how good it tasted – and thus champagne was born! Nowadays, there are many different types of champagne the most popular are: Blanc de Blancs – a white champagne made from Chardonnay […]

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Five easy tips to tidy your room effectively

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It’s the thing we once dreaded as children, but now we’re adults it’s not any easier! Cleaning your room can often be a laborious task, and finding the time, and energy, to do so can often seem impossible. But, if your bedroom has held on for too long and is desperate for a deep clean, there’s no need to panic. We’ve put together an easy five-step plan to help you tidy your room quickly and effectively. Read this, and your bedroom will be spick and span in no time at all! 1. Prioritise and get in the right mindset The first thing you need to do before you begin tidying your room is to prioritise the task at hand and make sure you’re in the right mindset. If you’re feeling tired then you won’t feel like spending any time cleaning your room, so try putting some upbeat music on to […]

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Ten out of date items you may have lurking in your home!


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When it comes to storing items properly in our homes, many of us have had very little education on the matter apart from the essentials, and we’re even more clueless when it comes to items with specific use by dates. Vlatka Lake, Marketing Manager at self-storage provider, Space Station, has shared the ten everyday items that may be out of date and lurking in your home. Makeup Having a large makeup collection with a lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara to suit any occasion is an ever-growing obsession for many. However, all these products come with use by dates and it can become quite a costly affair purchasing makeup that you will never fully use. Mascara should be ideally replaced every 3 months, eyeshadow after a year and lipstick after two years. Coffee If you have a penchant for expensive coffee that you only save for special occasions, you may well be […]

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Losing these household documents could cost you up to £800!

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We are all guilty of leaving paperwork around our homes and not remembering where we put it, and despite us living in a digital age, paperwork is still very important. From car insurance contracts to birth certificates, misplacing these documents could cost owners up to £800 to replace them. Self Storage provider, Space Station, has put together a guide on the important household documents that you should keep, and how much it costs to replace them. Birth Certificate – £9.95 Birth certificates are important documents that show proof of age and there are many circumstances where you may be asked to present the document, whether it’s registering for schools during childhood or applying for a driving license. It costs £9.95 to replace a birth certificate in the UK and whilst this isn’t a hefty figure, it could add up if you need to replace it multiple times. Passport – £75.50 […]

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Almost two thirds of parents admit to spying on their children

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Snooping parents reveal how they keep tabs on their children Over a third of parents admit they continue to spy on their children after they become an adult Weirdest things found by invasive parents revealed Nearly two thirds of parents (61%) have admitted to spying on their children, according to new research. The survey of 1,000 British parents*, carried out by self-storage experts, Space Station, found that more than a third (38%) don’t trust their children and therefore go to great lengths to ensure they know as much as possible about what they get up to. Viewing photos on a child’s phone (29%) was the most common way for parents to regularly invade their youngster’s personal space, closely followed by reading a child’s texts (28%). A surprising 27% of parents admitted to viewing their offspring’s internet history, while just under a quarter (22%) claimed to have logged into their children’s social media […]

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First time buyers staying put for longer, new research shows

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First time buyers staying put for longer, new research shows Today’s first-time buyers are 1.5 times more likely than their parents were to stay in their first home more than 10 years 1 in 3 house buyers struggle to save a deposit today – compared to only one in 20 who bought their home 20-30 years ago – which could make them reluctant to move on quickly ‘Second steppers’ also struggle to buy their second home without support from parents, forcing people to stay put for longer 43% are now considering spending money on improving their homes rather than moving Millennials are 1.5 times more likely to make their first home their forever home, compared to their parents’ generation, new research has revealed. The 2,000-person survey, which was carried out by self-storage company, Space Station, asked 1,000 Brits who are currently preparing to buy a house and 1,000 Brits who […]

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Five ways to create an inspiring home office

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According to research, it is estimated that there are 4.2 million home-based workers in the UK. This is nearly a quarter of a million more than the previous 10 years and works out at around one in seven of the people currently in work.   Experts agree that when it comes to working from home, personalising your home office – with anything from inventive storage creations to feature walls – can help to unleash creativity and boost morale upon even the most gruelling days ‘at work’. So, to help aid UK home workers creativity, self-storage company, Space Station, has teamed up with a series of leading interior experts to offer advice on how to achieve the ultimate inspiring office space and they are running a competition to find the UK’s best home office, too. Here are their top tips. 1. Choose a colour that represents your personality People often underestimate […]

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Six steps on how to rid your home of clutter

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Many of us accumulate items over the years that we no longer need, but when does our hoarding become too much and what can we do to stop it? To help, self-storage company Space Station, has put together a six step plan to help you get a grip on your hoarding habit and declutter your home. 1. Recognise that you need a declutter The first step to solving a problem, is recognising there is one! Not many of us love tidying, so it’s very easy to keep putting it off, but clutter can build up quickly if we don’t keep an eye on things. As soon as you notice your living space getting cluttered, it’s best to tackle it straight away before it gets out of control. 2. Ask yourself if you need all your items Do you have numerous pieces of clothing in your wardrobe that you never wear […]

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Loot in the loft – The Items in your house that could be worth a small fortune

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With the end of winter in sight, many Brits will be turning their attention to a spring clean of their home. Decluttering unwanted items is a great place to start, but could you be throwing away a small fortune? From old books to stuffed toys and board games to ancient tech, old clutter can be a potential gold mine that could earn you thousands of pounds, if you know what to look out for. To help you make money from your old unused clutter, storage expert, Vlatka Lake from Space Station, has revealed the old items you should look out for in your loft as they regularly sell for three, four, five and even six figure sums! What to look out for Beanie Babies – up to £350,000 They were all the rage back in the nineties, but if you still have a few hanging around in your loft, don’t […]

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Five sustainable living tips for beginners

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Last year, the world was made aware of the impact that plastics are having on our environment by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 documentary. As a result, we were inspired to try to live sustainably to save our planet, but what exactly is sustainable living and how can we incorporate this into our daily lives? Sustainable living is all about sourcing our food, water and shelter in environmentally friendly ways, so that we do not compromise the earth’s natural resources for future generations. To lead a completely sustainable life, we need to cut down on pollution, use less natural resources and replenish what we use. To help the nation become more eco-friendly, self storage provider, Space Station, who set themselves their own personal target of halving their carbon footprint within three years , has put together their top tips on sustainable living for beginners. Turn off devices Whilst it can […]

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The benefits of Rola Trac

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As a storage space provider, Space Station always try to create the best possible storage conditions for customers. One of the biggest conditions to bear in mind is humidity and temperature, which, if not managed correctly, can have a very negative effect on items being stored. If you’re storing art, fabrics, papers, electronics, metals, wine, wooden furniture or any other item that doesn’t respond well to moisture or differences in heat, it’s important you store them in a facility that has a controlled climate, and at Space Station, we do this with the help of Rola Trac flooring. What is Rola Trac? Rola Trac is a type of temporary flooring that has been designed to be robust, easy-to-place and non-slip. Used for a massive range of purposes, from outdoor events surfacing to creating pedestrian walkways, all the way to providing temporary helipads for the military, Rola Trac is also useful […]

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How to store classic cars

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There’s a reason why plenty of motorists love classic cars. Older motors, with their elegant lines, pared-down interiors and thrumming engines are a world apart from even the slickest of today’s autos, but given their age, they need to be treated with care and respect. Storing classic cars is a common thing to do if the vehicle isn’t going to be driven for a while or needs to be protected from bad wintry weather, but there’s more to it than covering it with a tarp. By taking the right steps you can ensure your classic is in tip-top condition when you want to take it for a spin. Before you store There are a few steps you should take care of before you store away your classic car to help ensure no problems manifest themselves while it’s sat in storage. Do a deep clean Always thoroughly clean a classic car […]

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The ultimate guide to moving house

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Whether you’re moving to your dream home, getting your foot on the first rung of the property ladder or doing a little downsizing, chances are you’re probably not looking forward to the logistical side of moving house. Thankfully, with enough preparation and planning, moving house doesn’t have to be an organisationalnightmare, especially when paired with self-storage units that can take the strain out of moving day. Useful resources If you’re planning a house move, there are loads of resources you can use to get on track: Right Move Removals – Arguably the UK’s most well-known property site, Right Move has removal company and man with van listings for the whole of the UK. Moveme.com – With listings for practically every profession you might want a quote from during your move, and the ability to compare deals on entertainment and utilities, Moveme.com has it all. UKCrimeStats.com – If you’re contemplating a […]

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