Tag: Covid-19

  • How self storage can help you make more space during Covid-19

    How self storage can help you make more space during Covid-19

    While everyone was engrossed in their busy lives, the Covid-19 pandemic hit like lightning. Within days, and without time to prepare, people were re-organizing their lives, making important decisions quickly and adapting at a pace never seen before. The status quo is likely to remain even for the coming few months or years. Even otherwise, the pandemic has taught people many lessons that can serve as a reminder for insurance against future unexpected events. One of the first things that people would have noticed is that there is not enough space for so many people at home all the time. A big challenge for Indians is managing yourself in confined spaces. According to census data, 69 percent of India lives in one or two room homes. In contrast, just five percent of Indians have more than five rooms in their homes. Add to this the concept of living together, and you have many people cramped under one roof. For families living together, there are office-goers, children, non-working members, or elderly people. For those who have shifted to another town for work, it will mean a bunch of employees sharing a home or rooms. Each person also has a chunk of items in his possession that will take up space. How then will you be able to manage the Covid-19 challenges with such cluttered living? What used to be a home where people would return after toiling or studying outside has now been converted into mini-schools and mini-offices. Children getting ready in the morning for their online classes and later for online tuitions. Employees quickly downing their cup of tea or coffee just in time for their morning virtual meet-ups, followed by a grueling day at work in front of their laptops. Life has changed completely. As the responsibilities have piled up, space seems to have shrunk. Amidst all this hassle, how can you make one big change in your lifestyle that can solve a lot of problems? The answer lies in the concept of Self Storage. Now, more than ever, self storage will come to the rescue of many people. Though a fairly new concept in India, people in the west have been using self storage for a lot of their needs for years. A self storage is a warehouse facility provided by a reputed company where you can store items that you don’t generally use, but you still need it. These could be old files, things with a nostalgic touch, items that come in handy rarely, anything that’s taking up too much space, but you invested too much in it to throw it away, etc. As long as it is not a perishable item, self storage can make room in your home as well as your lives. Take your first step by decluttering your home. Over the years, a lot of items start accumulating in our physical space without us noticing it. The result? A cluttered space that also impacts the way we think and function. The ABCs of decluttering It’s important to get into the habit of decluttering. How many times have you cleared your table only to find it back as before within days? If you take a look, you will identify that there are certain things that keep returning to your table. The same is the case with your whole home. Let’s be honest – do you really use every single item or furniture? The answer is most likely a ‘no.’ With Covid-19 cases rising, homes need to work as multi-functional spaces with higher efficiency. Self storage can help you achieve this task with ease. Before Covid-19, a thought like this would occur only at an extreme end. But now, things are different. Lives have changed and priorities too. It is out of necessity that homes need more space. And unfortunately, the option to just add another room is not so easy. Instead, self storage is the answer you’re seeking. Let’s start with understanding how you can declutter. The first thing is to identify the needs of each family member (and any new ones if they are on the way!). This will help you figure out what each person needs on a daily basis. Next, make a list of all those items that have been stashed inside since the lockdown and are not likely to come out anytime soon. Add to this the items that have been taking up space inside cabinets or storage rooms. Image your home once you clear out all these things. How does it look? Does it look more open and free? Does it feel calmer? Do you have more space to move about? Have you been able to provide more space for the members or even create a new space altogether? This imagination will help you look forward to your new decluttered home. After you’ve identified these items, check for a self storage space that will meet your requirements. At Self Storage India, we have adopted standard SOPs and undertake frequent hygiene measures to safeguard your items from the virus. You can rest assured that you and your items are safe. We only request you to also follow the hygiene and social distancing requirements from your end. How can self storage benefit you? Once you pack off your items to a self storage unit, you will find there’s enough space to accommodate people. Maybe your storage room can be converted into an office cubicle? This way, your storage room remains away from the hustle and bustle of the home and gives you privacy. It also makes one feel like they are in the office. Most people working from home have been complaining about home activities interfering in their office hours. Children studying from home can also do so calmly. At school, their minds are geared to attend a lecture and be with friends. However, the pandemic has disconnected them from school life. It has now turned to individual classes. The experience can be quite boring. This can be improved. After you have decluttered and sent off items to Self Storage India, create a makeshift school corner for your kid. This corner can be decorated to make it more lively and cheerful. Keep school book and stationery at an arm’s length. Clear away […]

  • How Self Storage Can Come to the Rescue of Businesses during Covid-19

    How Self Storage Can Come to the Rescue of Businesses during Covid-19

    Get up in the morning, dress yourselves, take a transportation option, and hit the office till evening. Then come back home and relax. This is what most of us were used to until March 2020 when Covid-19 hit us like a meteor. But now, both personal and professional lives are taking place from the confines of people’s homes. As countries world over went into swift lockdown mode, businesses had to think quickly to ensure continuity. While the more technologically advanced companies could easily shift to the online working arena, others took time to understand the requirement and adapt. With companies discovering the benefits of employees working from home, the positive impact it has on office space rentals is likely to look good on the balance sheet. Erstwhile office requirements demanded that people regularly come to the office. But the new reality demands people to stay distant even in one room and stay as far as possible from each other. Rental cost is one of the biggest expenses for any business. Depending on the location, size of the office, and internal requirements, companies spend heavily on ensuring positive work environments. But the lockdown and subsequent restrictions on the number of employees have led many to quit coming to the office entirely. A case in point is Twitter’s new rule that employees can work from home forever, even after the Covid-19 pandemic ends. Most businesses held on to their office space in the last five months. But, as things continue to escalate and as employees accustom themselves to working from home, there is benefit in redesigning your office. Given that real estate cost is a burden when incoming revenue has shrunk, businesses can make use of Self Storage. Several smaller businesses, especially startups, not only had office seating space but also had added amenities such as a game room, cafeteria, relaxation rooms, gyms, dining areas, etc. Not only are these spaces non-functional now but are most likely to be redundant in the near future if the dynamics of work culture change. Additionally, many smaller businesses that have not been given permission to open up due to lack of the possibility of social distancing will also suffer in the meanwhile. This can include gyms, restaurants, etc. What then can businesses do so that they won’t feel the pinch? One way is to downsize the office space and instead invest in a self storage space. How can Self Storage help my office needs? Self storage warehouses have a range of rooms and lockers of different sizes that can cater to your various needs. Whether it is furniture, equipment, bikes, or even confidential documents, they can all be stored at convenient places with assured safety. Until businesses resume normal operations, businesses can save a lot of money by giving up their office lease and storing items at a self storage unit. McKinsey found that in the US, 62 percent of people worked from home during the Covid-19 crisis. The figure in India is likely to be similar. Businesses that are thinking of shifting entirely to the work from home model, like Twitter, can use self storage as a temporary base until they decide what to do with the items. Additionally, the cost of renting a self storage space is much lower than renting premises. Real estate developers are anyway expecting office space leasing to drop by 30 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic. The World Bank’s prediction of the worst ever recession to hit the globe after World War II should also concern companies in the way they spend limited money. Even if businesses have started to recall employees, government guidelines need them to be placed far away from each other. The more people in an enclosed space, and the more areas they touch, the higher the possibility of the virus spreading. Either companies can prevent it by staying at home or shift out some items from the office so that the spread of the virus is contained. All these situations make it more imperative that companies think of Self Storage as an alternative to office spaces. What types of items can be stored? While you ponder over how you can make use of a self storage unit, you may have doubts about its safety. Rest assured that Self Storage India provides top-notch services at its warehouses in Noida and Gurugram. Once you rent a space, the option to enter is only provided to one main person and a nominee. Guards are on patrol at all times during the day and have been instructed to follow proper hygiene measures. CCTVs installed at various locations provide 24X7 surveillance as well. Depending on how many items you have, you can choose from a range of rooms, starting from 48 square feet up to 290 square feet. The ceiling height is over 12 feet giving you enough space to stack your items high up and fit more items. Here is a blog on how you can stack things in a self storage space. Businesses are also likely to have several confidential documents kept inside office lockers. With offices staying locked, it also can compromise the safety of these documents when no one is there to check around the area. Instead, Self Storage India’s secure utility lockers are a convenient option for those looking at reducing office space or those wanting to ensure its safety. Long term measures for my office Employees are getting used to the idea of working from home and may even want to do so later in their lives. Most predictions are looking at a future where people will use both home and office for their work. The requirement that everyone comes to the office is likely to reduce. Businesses can look at self storage as a long-term solution as well, keeping in mind the lower costs attached to it. Shifting your office items to a self storage unit also reduces the need to sanitize your space frequently. On the other hand, the spaces you rent at Self Storage India are provided proper sanitization measures as per government guidelines. Once the situation improves and more people will be allowed to return to offices, businesses can even look at changing the work structure. Depending on this, decluttering the office space […]