How to use storage for a less cluttered Christmas

There’s no getting around it – Christmas equals clutter. And while it’s gratifying to treat your family during the festive season, decoration overkill coupled with a fresh haul from Santa’s sleigh could leave your house swamped with too many unnecessary bits and pieces from both the coming Yuletide, and ones that have gone by.

A simple answer is to clear away the old to make way for the new. This can be done in a few easy steps, so read on to see how you can beat the clutter and become storage smart.


Have a thorough clear-out. Now is prime time to wade through your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards or toy baskets to identify anything your family no longer use. It’s important to have a realistic attitude during this task. Anything you or your child hasn’t worn or used for over a year isn’t likely to ever be picked up again. And if you have to blow the dust off, then this is a sure sign it’s lost its entertainment value.

  • Store away bulky furniture. To create space for your tree and guests, using self storage can be a godsend. Self-storage facilities offer a host of benefits, including round-the-clock surveillance, 24/7 access to goods, and a wide range of available storage room sizes. Putting aside bulky items or furniture for the holiday period can give your home the space it desperately needs for entertaining.
  • Rein in the Christmas decorations. We all know at least one person who buys up the decoration aisle each year in a bid to beat the neighbours – perhaps you’re guilty of this? But the truth is that once the merrymaking is over, light-up Snowmen and full-size reindeer will only burden your home with excess clutter. Either take the minimalist route by opting for simpler decorations, or stow away these ornaments in handy self-storage facilities to relieve your home of items that only have seasonal value.


Part with unused gifts. Do you have a cupboard full of unwanted Christmas gifts? If your relatives’ questionable taste has left you accumulating a host of neglected items then it’s probably time to part ways. Before launching into this year’s Noel, why not spread some festive cheer by bagging up your old gifts and sending them onto worthy causes?

  • Store away your wintry objects for next year. Now flexible, affordable storage that relieves the stress from your home, self-storage is becoming an increasingly popular answer for homeowners across the world. When it’s time to dispel the decorations from your home, or if you need to tuck away seasonal sporting equipment for next winter, self storage is a safe, convenient option for households struggling for space.


We wish you happy holidays, and hope that these tips will help your home breathe easier once more.


Three Storage Secrets to Transform Your DIY

There’s nothing more frustrating than when tools go missing in between jobs. Sometimes they get borrowed without permission, but often it’s down to careless storage and not having dedicated storage places. DIY jobs go much more smoothly when what you need is right at your fingertips.


Keep Tools in Tip Top Condition

Anyone with a keen interest in DIY soon amasses an impressive collection of tools. Not just screwdrivers and hammers, but drills, routers, jigsaws and sanders, paint sprayers and air compressors or nail guns.

They all take up space, and if not stored correctly when not in use can quickly fall into disrepair and fail next time you try and use them. Damp conditions are a particular enemy.

Consider how often you need specific tools, and you’ll probably find you don’t need everything at home all the time. When you’ve invested considerable sums in good power tools, self storage is a viable option in between projects. They’re in convenient locations so it’s easy to fetch the tools you need for particular jobs, and return them (appropriately cleaned and prepared) to storage when the job’s done.

Security is a definite advantage. Garage and shed thefts are increasing in cities everywhere, and self storage provides all the lock-up security you’ll need to protect your investment.


Create a Bespoke Tool Storage Area

Storage areas inside the home are numerous, but we often don’t use them as efficiently as we could. Finding hidden areas of the home can unlock space for numerous DIY tools, but keep them out of sight at the same time.

Under the stairs is a prime storage area in many homes, and makes a convenient repository for larger tools you don’t want to risk to the shed. A few shelves and hanging hooks transforms a dumping ground into organised tool storage.

Another location is the space beneath kitchen cabinets. Many hand tools are long and flat, making them ideal candidates for this often overlooked home storage area. Take off the existing boards that block the area and put either sliding or hinged doors in their place, and you have long storage areas where a multitude of tools would fit.

Organise the Small Things

Keep tabs on fixings and other easily losable bits and bobs with these ingenious ideas:

  • Screw the lids of jars underneath shelves. In the jars, keep small fixings then, when you need them, simply unscrew the jar from where it hangs in plain sight under the shelf.
  • Cut a hole in the side of a plastic water bottle, and fit a hook or eyelet to the lid. Drop nuts, bolts or screws inside the bottle, and hang it on a hook fitted in a pegboard.
  • Fashion a drill block by drilling holes into a length of wood. Use it to hold drill bits of various sizes, keeping them handy and easily recognisable.
  • Customise narrow shelves in the workshop to hold screwdrivers, wrenches or other hand tools by simply drilling holes of appropriate sizes to drop them in when not in use.
  • Fix wooden pallets to the garage or shed wall to create somewhere to stand up tall garden tools like brushes or spades.
  • Use magnetic knife strips to hold smaller metal hand tools, saw blades or knives.
  • Fit bulldog clips to the wall for quickly hanging up gardening gloves or gauntlets.
  • Keep power cables tidy by looping them over lengths of plastic waste pipe fitted high up and perpendicular to the wall, or hang hooks you can use for the same purpose.

Organising storage for DIY tools can be both creative and satisfying, not to mention time saving when future projects go smoothly



De-clutter, De-stress!

RemovalAnxiety, feeling out of control, and being overwhelmed are often indications of a cluttered lifestyle. Shambolic homes crammed with broken appliances, old furniture and piles of promotional post, or an unsystematic working environment can create unnecessary chaos and disorientation and leaves one feeling lethargic, obscure and unenthusiastic about everything.

Clutter affects more than someone’s outlook on life, it has a big impact on career progression, personal relationships and physical health; it may also influence opinions of colleagues, friends and family.

Mental and Emotional Health

It is also seen as a physical manifestation of one’s mental health. People who are hoarders have similar characteristics; they are often late to work, seem distant, forgetful and stressed.

Clutter affects the mental and emotional capabilities; it can limit motivation, performance and even social interaction. It fuels stress levels which has implications of its own; suppressed immune response, heart disease, insomnia and depression. Excessive clutter can also expose us to bacteria, mould, and pests.

Working Environment

When one is not organised in their personal life, it usually spills into their professional life and stunts their career progression. This disorderly way of living means deadlines can be missed, you end up working longer hours, and important stuff is lost.

Managers lose trust in unreliable employees and the chance of catching that big break will never come. Clutter equals stress.

Physical Health

Peter Walsh, author of “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” believes there is an association between the amount of clutter people have and their excess weight; a life of consumption he calls it. His theory may not be accurate but there is sense behind his way of thinking.

A life where time is constantly spent on looking for house keys, clothing items or work documents is not one that leaves room for a healthy diet or time to exercise. On-the-go croissants, cheesy-panini’s and microwave dinners do not provide the nutritional value one needs to be proactive, to feel good and to keep off the extra weight. Take a step back and plan your week’s diet; wake up 15 minutes earlier and eat breakfast or plan healthy meals for 3 evenings and stick to it. Working towards a healthy lifestyle, is the right step forwards in achieving a controlled living environment.

Our Top 5 Tips to help make your life a little more organised:

a) Start a healthier diet. When you are feeling better within your physical health, you will subconsciously want to improve on other areas of your life.

b) Take small steps and make a plan to put an hour aside every week, fortnight or month. During this time focus on one area and begin clearing. This is a great opportunity to give to

charity and those in need. Be strict on yourself, ask yourself “how will this item benefit my day-to-day life?” if it doesn’t then chuck it, file it or recycle it.

c) Any large items such as sports equipment, holiday gear or Christmas decorations can all go into a self-storage unit close to home. Do not let these once off occasions clutter your life!

d) Once you feel better at home, rearrange your working environment. Either implement a filing system or delete accumulated junk mail and bring home any item hoarding under your desk.

e) This is my favourite and I do this every 3 months; Rearrange your bedroom. Divide your shelves and hanging space into separate compartments for trousers, jumpers, t-shirts, skirts, pyjamas and dresses, separate your socks from your knickers and even label the shelves to ensure the order is kept. Take out empty product bottles or cloth tags and ensure everything has a place to go. Go the extra mile and put fresh linen on the bed, there will be an instant gratification to this task.

Author Bio

Robin Greenwood on behalf of Storage King; who offer self-storage solutions in nationwide locations for everyone. Whether it’s personal, student or business, short or long term, Storage King has you covered.


Adding More Cupboard and Storage Space to New Homes [Guest Post]

One of the many things that only become apparent once you have moved into your new home and started unpacking is a lack of cupboards and other storage space. You may have made a mental note to look into adding some shelving there or some hooks here, but somewhere during the exciting and daunting moving process, that thought got cast to the back of your mind. Part of the fun of buying a house is of course the chance to revamp and redecorate however, which means that you can create more space in your home to keep things organised.

Before you get started, take a walk around your home and determine your current storage options as well as the overall space that you have to work with. If you have sufficient space, you could have built-in cupboards fitted or even invest in a free-standing cupboard or two. If you have a smaller space however, even a few extra shelves can make the world of difference.

Space Saving Solutions for Your New Home

Now that you have some idea of what storage options you wish to implement, you will need to get all the supplies you need together. Pre-made shelving and cupboards can be simpler to install, while those who relish the thought of a good DIY project can source wood to make unique items instead. Other things you will need include wood glue, hammer, nails, screwdriver, drill and brackets. Some space saving ideas that you could consider include the following:

  • Wall mounted shelves – these are ideal for smaller homes, and are great for living rooms, studies, children’s rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even dining rooms. You can also add shelves at varying levels for visual impact, to store just about anything from books to glassware and everything in between. Brackets are essential, while durable, thick-cut wood is also vital to keep the shelf sturdy.
  • Wall cabinets – these can be purchased pre-made or even made especially for you according to your wall measurements. Many wall cabinets have space for televisions and sound systems, while others can function as mini-bars or display cases. Always make sure that you do careful measurements of the wall area before ordering any units – the last thing you want is a cabinet that is too big for the room.
  • Dual use storage – either look out for specially created items that offer storage and functionality, such as storage ottomans, coffee tables with hidden drawers or even drawers that can be fitted under beds, or make your own. Dining tables can be updated with discreet shelves or even wine racks, hooks can be added to kitchen cabinets for cups and pots, wooden sliding drawers can be kept under beds and unwanted bookshelves can be reborn as display cases.

The best part about moving into a brand new home is the possibilities that lie in wait. Creating the exact space you want may not happen overnight, but with enough creativity, vision and of course, good old fashioned elbow grease, you will be able to tailor your new home to your needs perfectly.


Author Bio

John Richson researches and writes about a variety of home and office repairs that can be done with the help of Silver Saints handyman services. When all else fails, let the premier handymen in London assist.