A mother, father and child pack belongings into cardboard boxes ready for self-storage

A couple and their child pack self storage boxes

Do you often find yourself wishing you had more space at home? Or perhaps you’d like to have fewer things in your home? Or maybe you’re planning to renovate or move home and you’re already stressing about the amount of stuff you have?

Two women pack belongings into cardboard boxes ready for self-storage

Self-storage is a great way to help you streamline your life and give you more usable space in your home. Particularly with companies like easyStorage helping to make the process as stress-free as possible. Unlike traditional self storage, easyStorage brings easyPods to your door, loads items there and then and takes them off to an easyStorage secure storage facility.

This means you don’t need to hire your own van, do any of the heavy lifting or drive your own belongings to the storage facility. And nothing will get lost in transit. Prices are also very competitive when compared to traditional storage units.

When you need your belongings back, easyStorage will simply bring them straight to your door and unload them for you. What could be simpler? So let’s take a look at some of the ways that self storage could help to streamline your life.

A father surrounded by cardboard boxes with two young children sat in one of the biggest boxes

1. Declutter Your Home

So this is probably the first thing that springs to mind when you think of reasons to invest in self storage. Having somewhere you can store all the belongings that clutter up your home is a great reason to consider self storage. We’re all guilty of having too much stuff and I suppose it’s a symptom of our consumerist culture. But living in a cluttered home is very detrimental to our mental health and well-being.

Our homes are meant to be our sanctuaries where we can unwind and relax. In fact, the benefits of decluttering include reduced stress and anxiety, improved productivity and creativity, better sleep and increased cleanliness as a home with fewer things in it is much easier to clean.

Self storage makes the process of decluttering so much easier. You can simply gather together all the belongings that you don’t need to keep to hand all the time and ship them off to be safely stored in a secure unit.

Obviously, we don’t recommend paying to store belongings that you no longer need or want, so we advise that you have a good clearout before deciding what you want to send to your self storage unit.

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2. Store Seasonal Items

Seasonal items are the perfect things to remove from your home in a bid to declutter. Think of how much space those Christmas decorations take up for 11 months of the year. That valuable space could be used for something else.

Garden furniture and accessories is another example of seasonal items that could be put into self storage. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a garage or large garden shed where you can store your garden items through the winter months, putting them into storage could be a great way to protect them from the elements they would be exposed to if left outside all winter. Things like hammocks, hanging chairs, sofa sets, outdoor rugs, cushions, festoon lights, BBQs, paddling pools etc should all be stored away in the winter months or risk getting ruined.

It may be that you have seasonal hobbies. Perhaps you are a fair-weather golfer or in summer you enjoy surfing or winter skiing. All these things can be collected from you by easyStorage at the end of the season and safely stored away until the weather improves and you can indulge in your seasonal hobbies again.

A young couple sat on the floor surrounded by cardboard boxes that are packed up with their belongings

3. Store Belongings When Children Move Out

When children leave home, either to move into their own place or to go to university, they don’t normally want to take all their belongings with them. Moving into diminutive student halls of residence, shared housing or a small apartment means a need to streamline belongings when moving out. But what happens to the stuff they leave behind? Things they may not want to take, but also may not be ready to get rid of?

Of course, you may allow them to leave it in their old bedroom, but this then becomes a waste of valuable real estate. Whilst the children no longer live at home this bedroom could be put to new uses. It could become a much-needed guest room, a crafting or art room, a music room, a gym or anything else the parents may wish to make it into.

During the pandemic, multiple lockdowns and work from home orders, guest bedrooms or unused rooms such as dining rooms could easily have been transformed into home offices by putting all the furniture into storage to make way for office furniture.

By putting any unused and unneeded belongings into storage, this frees up space that can be used much more productively.

A young couple laugh while packing belongings into cardboard boxes

4. Stage Your Home for Sale

Self storage can also be a sensible option when trying to sell your home. When buyers come to look around their potential new home, you want to give them the best first impression possible. You need to sell a lifestyle and convince them that by buying your home, they will be able to live out all their hopes and dreams.

A home that is full to the rafters with someone else’s belongings really won’t create the impression that you are looking for. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine how they would live in a property and how it would feel as their home. So you don’t want too many personal belongings cluttering up the space and detracting from the benefits that your home would offer them.

You can prepare your home for sale and give it the best possible chance of selling quickly and for a decent price if you stage it appropriately. You can do this by getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter, extra furniture that takes up space, personal photographs etc. By putting all this stuff in storage it will also make it much easier to keep your home clean and tidy whilst viewings are taking place.

Once your home has sold and you have moved into your new property, easyStorage will deliver your excess belongings right to your door.

A big orange easyStorage van is parked outside a self-storage facility

5. Transition Between Homes

Putting all your personal effects into storage to stage your home for sale also makes the process of transitioning between homes much simpler. This can be done well in advance of moving day so when the time comes to hire a removal company to take your remaining belongings from one home to another, there will be a lot less to move. You should only have the essentials that need packing up and moving on moving day. This could also save you money.

It will also allow you to start life in your new home with the bare minimum that you need. It gives you time to settle in and get yourself sorted. Once you have lived in your new home for a while and have planned the space, EasyStorage can deliver your remaining belongings to your new home.

This definitely takes the stress out of moving day and allows you to split the moving process into three smaller processes, rather than having to deal with it all on one day.

A wooden crate is being unloaded from an big orange easyStorage van ready for self-storage

6. Facilitate Home Renovations

Self storage can also come in useful when you are planning home renovations. Whether you have just moved into your new home or you are upgrading a property that you have lived in for some time, it is always easier to renovate without having to work around your belongings.

From smaller projects like fitting new flooring, wallpapering and painting to larger projects that involve ripping down walls and ceilings or extending the footprint of your home, all of these things are that much easier if you don’t have to worry about protecting or moving your belongings. easyStorage can come to you, pack up your belongings, take them away and deliver them back to you once your project is complete.

An easyStorage employee loads carboard boxes into the back of an easyStorage van ready to be taken away for self-storage

7. Downsize for Retirement

It may be that as you approach retirement you start to think about downsizing your home and moving into a property that is more manageable. This will inevitably require you to sort through your belongings and work out what you can take with you and what you might need to say goodbye to.

This process can be quite an emotional one and there may be things that you don’t necessarily need to take with you or use often, but you are not quite ready to let go of them. In this case, self storage can be a great option. It will allow you to declutter and streamline far quicker which could be very important depending on the speed of your house sale and purchase.

If necessary, you can always go through the excess belongings you’ve put into storage at your leisure at a later date. This definitely takes the pressure off when downsizing.

A young couple sit on a sofa with a laptop surrounded by cardboard boxes

Whatever aspect of your life or home needs streamlining, self storage offers so many opportunities to deal with your belongings in a strategic and planned manner that will allow you to take the stress out of the many life transitions that you and your family may be going through.

The beauty of easyStorage is that it isn’t a typical removals company, but they do take all the stress and hassle out of storage. They will come to your home, pack and load your belongings and take them all off to be securely stored until you need them delivered back again.

easyStorage is also much cheaper than you’d think. The company is part of the ‘easy’ family, i.e. easyjet, easygym etc. and have a similar model so you pay a very affordable storage fee, and anything else you want to add is on top. There are no hidden fees or unnecessary costs.

A young couple lay on the floor with cardboard boxes that are ready to go into storage

Have you used self storage to streamline your life in any way? Do any of my suggested uses appeal to you? If so, easyStorage is kindly offering readers of The Design Sheppard a £20 discount that can be redeemed online on the checkout page of the website. Simply enter the code 20SAVE.

T&Cs: Minimum of one (1) month storage. This offer does not apply to existing customers. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.

Don’t forget to pin this post for later so you don’t forget. The discount code has no expiry so keep it to hand for when you need self storage in the future.