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Top Tips for Personal Self Storage

The New Year is one of the greatest times for a new beginning. 2017 could be the year you are ready to overhaul your home and store everything away in their correct places. Many people soon realise they have many more possessions then they originally thought they had, and thus begin to struggle to find the right places for them.
Whatever reason you have for deciding to free up some personal, home space, we can help you on your journey with these top tips.

Clean Items

Before any items are stored away, it’s vital to ensure they have been cleaned and thoroughly dried. This means that when the time comes to use your item again, it will need a mere wipe and will be ready for instant use.

Utilise Space

If you live in a house, it’s likely you have space in the loft- and a lot of it! Make sure you use your loft as storage space to avoid clogging up your home. If you have a basement, use that too! However, if you live in a flat, using the space under beds, at the bottom of wardrobes and in utility rooms are great alternatives.

Storage Containers

Plastic storage boxes of multiple sizes are a great way of ensuring you keep things together and tucked neatly away. Not only are they cheap, easy to store and tidy, but they also look great under beds or in the corner of rooms!

Keep Things Tidy

Even after you’ve organised everything and found the correct storage compartments, it’s vital you take the time to keep things tidy, especially if they are still in regular use. As things become unruly and messy, you may find it’s more difficult to find what it is you need!

Search the Internet

If you’re in need of some creative, fun and easy tips for storing everyday household items, searching online can be a great help. Many people take to the internet to share tips and tricks they have come across- for example we loved reading these 20 DIY home organisation hacks!


If you have taken up all the storage space available in your home and still have more bits and bobs to pack away, why not look into a self-storage unit? These are a clean and safe way to store your belongings for a great price. If you have possessions you don’t have the room for but simply can’t get rid of- this could be the perfect solution for you.

Here at Beehive Self Storage, we have twenty different sized storage units, all of which are high quality, indoors and waterproof, ensuring you can have peace of mind whilst storing with us. We also offer free and unlimited access within our opening hours, as well as flexible storage times.

Whatever it is you need storage for, we’ve got the space for you. If you’d like to find out more information on our storage units and what works for you, get in touch with a friendly member of the Beehive team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 08456 436 100.

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Top Tips for Organizing Your Storage Space

It’s an inevitability, that the day will come when the item you need the most is in a box, beneath a box, in a wardrobe…at the back of your storage unit. Organizing your belongings within your storage unit is an important step to help you locate items within your unit but also ensure you are using your storage space efficiently, therefore, potentially saving you money. 

Take a look at these 5 simple steps to ensure your storage unit is organised for the weeks, months and years you may be storing your belongings.

Step 1: It’s all about size.
Assemble a list of the items that you need to store, have you anything particularly large or of an awkward size? Do all of your items need to be stored together? It may be beneficial to have two smaller units, one for furniture and one for boxes and items you may access regularly. Speak to the team at your storage facility, they are experienced and well trained and know what sizes and what options suit your specific requirements. 

Step 2: Perfect Planning.
Consider what items you will need to access frequently, every so often or you will not need during your stay and pack them respectively. It may be worth investigating what racking options your storage facility can offer you, should you require shelving for boxes etc. 

Store larger and bulky items at the back of the unit and dismantle any flat-pack furniture you may have. To maximize space, you can store sofas on their side. To protect sofas and mattresses from dust and any damage whilst in transit, cover with plastic furniture sheets. 

Step 3: And Perfect Packing.
If you require packing boxes, use double walled boxes that are strong and sturdy, they can also be reused. Pack books and heavy items in small boxes to ensure you can lift them when required. Medium boxes suit everyday household items and utilise large boxes for curtains, duvets and clothing. 

Stick to your plan and pack items in boxes related to how often you will need to access them. For those are meticulous, you can create a box inventory with details of what each box contains. You can colour code, number code or simply write on each box it’s contents. Wrap valuable and fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper to keep them safe whilst moving. 

Pack your moving van in the opposite way to your storage unit, you then can pack your storage unit from the van rather than unloading everything out of the van at the facility to then pack into your unit. 

Step 4: Moving In.
Once again, stick to your plan and arrange the items as you have decided. As items are being moved in, double check the labels and/or inventory to your plan.

Large, bulky items should be arranged at the back and sides. Place heavier boxes on the floor and you can then easily stack lighter items and boxes on top. 

You can create an aisle in your unit if you have available space which can help access all areas of the unit. 

Step 5: Maximise and Maintain
Make the most of void space inside wardrobes, draws and even your fridge. Once again, label the doors to itemize what is inside. 

Maintain the organisation of your unit by keeping your inventory within the unit. Alternatively, draw a diagram to easily find your way around your unit. 

We hope these steps help you towards organising your unit!