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  • A First-Timer’s Guide to Renting a Self-Storage Unit in India 

    A First-Timer’s Guide to Renting a Self-Storage Unit in India 

    Are you relocating to another country but do not want to part with some of the furniture you already have? Do you have more ‘things’ than living space in your house and want to declutter? Are you re-doing your interiors and wish you could get your furniture out of the way for a brief period of time? These are two of the reasons why you absolutely need extra-storage space on demand. Self-Storage India is here to revolutionise the idea of storage by giving you your own private space to store whatever goods you want out of your house but not out of your life!  History of Self Storage  A self-storage facility is not a brand-new concept. It has been around for a while. There is historical evidence of China having public storage facilities. However, it was not until the 1960s that the modern model of self-storage spaces came into existence. The first major chain of self-storage spaces struck roots in Texas mainly because most homes there were built without basements, which were commonly used for storage. The idea of a well-maintained and secure storage facility on rent away from home proved a big hit amongst people in various walks of life, who for their own personal reasons needed ‘more space’. From a couple of boxes crammed with old books and vinyl records, to ancestral furniture and even home-gym equipment, people can store anything they want at their very own storage unit.   The concept of self-storage facilities as a business model found its way to several parts of the world. By 2014, according to a report from the FEDESSA, the Federation of European Self Storage Associations, there were 975 facilities in the United Kingdom, 430 in France, 264 in The Netherlands, 210 in Spain, 131 in Germany, and 112 in Sweden. (“Railroad Ave Self Storage: May 2022”) The report estimates 2,391 total facilities in Europe, which translated to about 75 million square feet of rentable storage space! (“Self-storage – Wikipedia”) At around the same time there were over 52,000 facilities in the US (236 million square feet), and 1,100 facilities in Australia (39 million square feet).   What is a self-storage unit?  A self-storage unit is a space that is rented out to individuals or businesses for the sole intent of storing goods in it. The term of the lease depends upon the organisation offering the service against the needs of the tenant. Using the space as a residence is strictly prohibited. The tenant is required to lock the unit and keep the key with himself. Some facilities offer boxes, locks, and packaging supplies for sale to assist tenants in packing and safekeeping of their goods. While the whole facility with its many storage units is under constant surveillance, employees do not have access to individual units. This means that they cannot casually enter a unit. In case the tenant fails to pay rent, the fate of the contents at his storage unit depends upon the condition agreed upon by the tenant and the self-storage facility in the rental agreement.   Why does someone need a self-storage unit?  1. High real estate prices  Real Estate prices in Indian metros like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, etc are extremely high. People end up buying/renting small apartments that fit their budget. Smaller living spaces call for extra storage requirements.  2. To declutter  Living in a constant state of clutter can take a toll on one’s mental health and bring down the quality of living. Renting out a storage unit helps stowaway furniture or artefacts that are infringing on one’s living space.  3. Change in Family status  In the event of a marriage, divorce or birth of a child, the size of the family unit changes, calling for physical changes at home. When the family expands, more space around the house is needed, which necessitates putting away household equipment in storage. These can be short-term or long-term requirements both of which can be resolved using self-storage units.   4. Travel and relocation  A storage unit comes in handy with individuals moving to another city/state/country and do not want to get rid of everything they own in a ‘moving-out sale’. At a nominal rent they can buy storage space customized to fit their goods. Likewise, those planning a long vacation can rent out a storage space to keep their items safe and it also gives them the option to rent out their house in their absence.   5. Home renovation  Given that self-storage units can be rented out for even short periods of time, those who are having their homes renovated can consider putting away valuable furniture and memorabilia in an independent storage unit. This ensures the safety of the stored goods and keeps them out of the way for the duration of the renovation.   6. Downsizing  When an office chooses to downsize it does not merely mean letting go of employees it also means moving to a smaller space at a lower commercial rent. Excess office goods can be stored away in a self-storage unit, which can be accessed at any given point of time.   7. Seasonal goods  Large and small enterprises dealing with seasonal goods, will benefit from self-storage units. Items that will not be required for months together can be put away in a safe space, only to be taken out when the time comes by again. This can be applicable for households too – winter wear, linen and related equipment can be stored away at a self-storage unit during the rest of the year and taken out only when the temperature drops.   8. Business storage  For small to medium sized organisations, self-storage units can serve as perfect ‘mini warehouses’ without costing as much. The storage unit can be rented for limited time periods. Also, the space allotted will be according to their requirement, as will be the rent.   Benefits of self-storage   Highly Secure Storage for your goods  Clean  Safe  Organised  Brightly Lit  24-hour access  24/7 video surveillance  Instant access with your verified ID  Connect with Speciality movers  […]

  • 6 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

    6 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

    Even though it seems like not much, clutter makes life more difficult. Clutter can waste time, which is not suitable for anyone. When this clutter exists in an oft-used place like a kitchen, it becomes even more difficult. However, it is possible to organise your kitchen without throwing everything out. Here are six unbreakable guidelines for organising your kitchen: 1. Keep it Basic Keeping things simple is the most crucial guideline for decluttering a kitchen. Avoid trying to carry out too many tasks at once if you want to keep your kitchen clean. Rather, pay attention to one thing at a time. Start by organising your refrigerator, for instance. The pantry and freezer should follow. Next, take on the cabinets. And lastly, clean the countertops. Go on to the later challenge once you have completed each section. This way, you will not end up overwhelmed by everything you have to do. You can use a vacuum cleaner or mop to get rid of any dust or dirt. Then, wipe down all surfaces using a damp cloth. Make sure that you also remove any food spills from the floor. 2. Do not Have Endless Spares Give unused stuff to a worthy cause. Another excellent method to declutter your kitchen is to donate unwanted stuff. Donating something enables someone else to receive help from it. Additionally, giving frees up kitchen space in your home.  Utilise what you currently have instead of buying extra disposable plates, glasses, and cups, which you must always have on hand. Go for reusable items. Avoid having too many spare plastic containers. Having fewer plates and cups means there will be less clutter on the kitchen surfaces and cabinets. 3. Be Practical with where you Place Things To begin with, consider not just where you store your often used kitchen items but also how you arrange the less often used ones. This includes large objects like pots and pans as well as infrequently used objects like baking dishes. Keep spices and condiments handy and close to the cooking area. Place the object somewhere low down if it is heavy; otherwise, it could topple over and injure you. Similarly, store rarely used items – such as special occasion cutlery or your handmade pasta maker – in a box with a clear label so you can easily retrieve them when needed. If you have a really cluttered kitchen, you might want to consider how much room each item occupies and whether it is actually needed. Avoid squandering priceless cabinet space. Furthermore, you do not want to spend hours searching through drawers for something when you need it on a regular basis. 4. Rotate your kitchen, seasonally A very effective decluttering approach is to rotate your entire kitchen seasonally.  Depending on what you use when you can store them in a closet or a storage area. Move them in and out as needed. Why not use the same reasoning you use for your kitchen when you have a summer and a winter closet? Here is how it works: Until the festival season, store your holiday decorations and other seasonal items in designated plastic bins in another storage area of your home. You will only use items like roasting pans, your slow cooker, bake wear, your Kaju barfi or ladoo-making gear, and festive dishes during the colder months. Clean out your summer cookware before bringing your fall and winter appliances back up to the kitchen (like your ice cream maker, beverage dispenser, summer tablecloths, and all your grilling gear). Concerned about where to store these things? The secret is to keep everything you need for the season artfully arranged in labelled bins in your self-storage unit. In this method, you can be on top of the clutter accumulating in your kitchen. 5. Clean off your Counters When you clean off your counters, you get rid of all the minor things that are no longer needed, such as expired receipts, takeaway menu flyers, or unopened mail. Most people have certain items on their kitchen counter that they do not use often but that they should still have around, just in case. So, what do you do with these things that just take up room and sit there? Hooks are excellent for organising such clutter and creating more space. They are offered in both wooden and plastic varieties and come in a variety of sizes and forms. They are simple to set up, and you can discover them in every hardware store. Use fridge or counter magnets to artfully put-up reminders. Keep baskets or beautiful trays to store unopened mail or receipts, for example. 6. Decorate simply Everyone in the house enjoys visiting the kitchen, which is one of those rooms with the most energy. However, a lot of individuals disregard how detrimental chaotic kitchens can be. Here are some fundamental suggestions to keep in mind if you want to decorate your kitchen: a. Keep it elegant Although you might feel that the kitchen needs a lot of colour and ornamentation, keeping things straightforward is quite acceptable. There are several ways to enhance the room’s visual appeal without making it appear congested. Avoid using a variety of finishes and materials throughout the area and instead use a few colours and textures, like real wood and stone. b. Avoid going too far Also, be careful not to overdo the decorations. Do not use them excessively, even though you will want to incorporate some features into the design. You will not feel overburdened when cooking or cleaning as a result. c. Be innovative A bar counter near the stovetop is something you might want to incorporate if you want to make cooking simpler. In addition to offering more storage, this aids in preventing spills from spreading widely. Installing a pull-out drawer under the sink for supplies like dish soap and hand sanitizer is another choice to keep these items out of sight. You will spend less time looking for things while cooking meals thanks to these simple adjustments. Being practical and […]

  • How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room

    How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room

    Decluttering your living space not only makes your home look tidy and welcoming, but also gives you mental peace. It is often said that the mess in your home reflects the tangles in your mind, but we believe the clutter at home can mess with your thoughts. It is important to treat your home with as much respect and consideration as a place of worship because it is the place that nurtures and comforts you. What is Clutter? Clutter does not mean that every inch of the flooring is covered in shoes, clothes, wet towels, and old newspapers. Clutter is when you have more things than you need. Clutter is having a shelf or a cupboard laden with items you have not touched in more than six months and will mostly remain untouched for another six months. Clutter is having storage cabinets filled to bursting point with articles that you believe you may need but will never use. Living amid all these things will only make your life harder. Five Reasons to Declutter Your Home: 1.     It Is Easier to Clean and Maintain a Decluttered Home. When your shelves are littered with trinkets and rooms lined with too much furniture and artefacts, dusting and cleaning becomes a tedious task. If you do not clean up regularly, layers of dusk will shroud everything. The best thing to do is keep what you need and put the rest in storage. 2.      It is easier to organise your things Once you declutter your home you will have fewer things to deal with. Assign a specific place for everything. Ensure you put things back in their right place to keep things neat and organised. Since all the unnecessary stuff has been sold and the less used items are in storage, you have fewer things to organise. Life is so much simpler one you declutter. 3.     It creates a more open and spacious ambience Instead of feeling choked by unnecessary objects lying around the house, once you declutter you will enjoy the empty spaces. The minimalist route is trending today. It gives the house a more classy, urban appearance. Once you declutter and choose minimalism, you will not waste money on buying items that you do not need. 4.     It gives you a chance to redecorate Just like you enjoy wearing different attire every day, decluttering will help give your home a distinctive look. You can put away some furniture and artefacts in a self-storage unit. You can take them back home whenever you want, and store away previously used pieces. This way you will be redesigning your living space without having to go through with a full-fledged renovation. 5.      It saves you from embarrassment and stress Most of the time you become aware of the clutter only when you are expecting guests over. It is too embarrassing to have unwanted things lying around and it is too stressful trying to cram everything overnight into the limited storage cabinets around the house. A study revealed that 42.5% of people are embarrassed by the clutter at home and 61.7% revealed that cluttering reduced their overall stress levels. Decluttering will save you from the embarrassment and relieve you from living in a messy home. How to Declutter your Home Decluttering your home might seem like a herculean task. However, once you get started you will realise that you are doing yourself a favour and you will find yourself purging your home with flair. For those of you who find it particularly difficult to get rid of things for sentimental reasons even if the item in question is worn out and useless, here are a few tips to help you get started. 5 Tips to Declutter your Home 1.      Set aside a small amount of time. Sometimes the idea of spending hours doing a chore can seem daunting or even plain boring. If the time factor is the problem, then start with as less as five minutes. Keep going only if you feel motivated too. Else stop after five minutes and resume later or even the next day. Start with objects of little value. If you are the sentimental type of person, you might find it difficult to get rid of many things around your house. You need to begin decluttering by picking out items that are inexpensive and have no sentimental value. Remember self-storage units are an option. You may not have use for certain articles but for personal reasons you may not want to get rid of them either. Lease a self-storage unit where you can store your possessions. Self-storage facilities offer security 24/7. Donate your items to those in need. Seeing someone less fortunate using your clothes or other articles is bound to make you feel good about yourself, while also reassuring you that you are doing the right thing. Take before and after pictures. After picking a spot to declutter, take a picture of it. Once you have decluttered the spot, take another picture. Seeing how much better the place looks after decluttering should inspire us to keep going. Whether you have done it before or are doing it for the first time, decluttering your home can be an overwhelming task. Decluttering is not throwing out random things. In fact, decluttering is about making space for what matters most. The best way to go about decluttering is through a structured and well-thought-out plan. 7 Step Home Decluttering Plan 1.      Identify clutter hotspots. Look around your house and find those spaces that are most cluttered. Tackle each of these spaces on separate days. Shelves, counter tops, tabletops, and other flat surfaces are the most common hot spots. Make lists. You need to create four lists. One for all the items that you need to keep at home, one for all those that can be put in storage, one for all the items that you can sell or donate and one for the items that need to go in the trash. These lists give you more […]

  • How to Design a Storage Room 

    How to Design a Storage Room 

    Are you at a loss on how to arrange your living space? Are you having trouble adding extra storage to your house? Are you looking for organisation suggestions for a storage space?   Well, no need to worry, we can provide you with professional guidance helping you design with the comfort of your home.   Whether you are dealing with a mess in an attic, cellar, or closet, we have got you covered. Keep on reading to find design and organisation tips that can help you clean up your storage space. These suggestions are made to help you simplify the least desirable spaces in your home. This article takes you through three large sections of the step-by-step process.  1. Aspects to Consider Before Designing  You can easily get ahead of yourself when planning and designing a storage room and overlook minute details. The next few sections will help you identifying the things you need to discuss with your family and/or contractor and think about, before starting the design process. Thoroughly review aspects like your storage needs and taking accurate measurements for cabinets, etc.   Determine Your Storage Needs  Consider what objects you will need to keep secure while constructing your storage area. For instance, you might want to store cleaning supplies in a lockable cabinet as opposed to keeping them out in the open. If you are going to keep chemicals, you might want to put them someplace out of the way where kids cannot get to.  Items to store on open shelves – extra bed or bath linens; ceramic or terracotta pots; books or board games. The goods that may be hung on wall hooks might range from important things like bicycles to tiny ones like jackets or hats. Craft supplies, knitting, sewing, or quilting supplies; tools; periodicals; shoes; gloves; stockings; and other little items can be placed in baskets or drawers.   Use pegboard hooks to organise your clothing, kitchenware, or other objects if you are seeking a cheap option. Hooks for pegboards are affordable and functional. They may be hung from anything, including beds, cupboards, and closets. Add shelves to your closet or garage if you want to store bigger goods like books or tools.  Take Good Measurements  Your living area will need to be thoroughly measured. Any architectural details like closets or under-stair storage should be noted. Measure all the household items you intend to keep. Make sure the existing appliances have enough space. Make sure you measure the size of the new home before moving in if you are moving out of an apartment.  2. Stages of Designing Your Ideal Storeroom  The answer questions like, how do I design a storage room? how can I make my storage look good? can be found in the following sections. Guiding you thorough the steps of design tips, making use of ideal materials for its best purpose etc.   Storeroom Design   Storage rooms are not merely places to put things. Storage spaces are essential for preventing clutter in your living area. Try to get rid of extraneous objects like books, clothing, and other things that could take up room if you live in a tiny flat. Even racks and shelves could be installed to hold all those items.  Look at what will match your space’s aesthetic when choosing the materials and finishes for your kitchen. You may also think about utilising organic materials like wood, stone, tile, and brick. These elements can contribute to creating a cosy and welcoming environment. Choose stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry for a more contemporary look.  Design Tips for Different Types of Storage Rooms  You should consider a few more suggestions to make your storage space more practical and helpful. To arrange your possessions, you could want to install shelves, racks, or even a place to keep tools and equipment. To keep your goods secure and comfortable, you may also think about including lighting or other facilities like heating or cooling systems.   There are several sizes and styles of storage containers. Some are constructed from materials like cardboard, glass, plastic, or wood. Others are constructed from stainless steel, aluminium, or steel. Additionally, there are several varieties of storage containers accessible. These consist of metal shelves, hardwood boxes, plastic bins, and wire baskets. You can put your culinary items inside of them, clothing, or even your books.   Customize or Combine  Freestanding furniture is typically less expensive than built-in furniture since there are not any materials or labour expenses involved in making a piece of furniture fit into a specific location. Any business that sells furniture, including big box stores, department stores, discount stores, and internet merchants, carries freestanding furniture. Freestanding furniture, however, could not be as well made as furniture that has been professionally placed because it does not need specific installation. Hence, it is best to maintain a balance of customised and modular furniture wherever possible.   Built-in Storage  Built-in storage options are fantastic since they are simple to install and demand little work. They might not suit your wants or style; therefore, they are not always useful. For instance, built-in cabinets and shelving might not be a possibility at all if you have young children. Additionally, you might not want to spend money on items that will be outmoded after you leave. Instead, think about employing modular furniture if you are searching for a solution that is both practical and fashionable. Modular furniture is made up of parts that you may change to meet your own requirements. The most often used designs are those for bookshelves, desks, tables, seats, and closets. When compared to other choices, modular furniture is frequently less priced, and you can easily take it with you if necessary.  Cabinetry and Shelving Options  The best storage space is provided by built-in cabinets and shelves but moving them around is limited. Although they take up a lot of floor area, freestanding units are useful if you need more space for big appliances or furnishings. Both built-ins and freestanding appliances have advantages and disadvantages, so it […]

  • Organise Your Closet in 4 Easy Steps 

    Organise Your Closet in 4 Easy Steps 

    Closets are often thought of as a place to store clothes, shoes, bags, and other items. However, there are distinct types of closets, including walk-ins, custom built, and even portable ones. Irrespective of how your closet is designed, it is imperative that it is well organised so that you can find what you are looking for, at the right time.  If you are one of those who spend hours in front of your closet looking for the right match to your clothes, then this guide is designed for you. A closet contains a diverse collection of items – from clothes to accessories like socks, belts, and bags.  The fundamental idea behind organising your closet well is to allow you to see what you have and what you need immediately. Follow this proven guide to organise everything you have in the closet in an easy-to-find way.  1. Declutter:  Start by removing everything and giving the cupboards a thorough cleaning. Now, remove what you do not want, will never use or do not remember buying. Donate to a charity or trash it depending on its condition. Ask the following questions about each piece before choosing to retain it:  Where did it come from?  Why was it bought?  Is it useful now?  How often will I use it?  2. Sort into piles:  Arrange the remaining objects into categories based on their size (small, medium or large), colour (white or black) or usage (kitchenware, toys, clothes). Choose the approach that best fits your personality. Apparel can be classified into distinct categories such as casual wear, formal wear, sportswear, etc. For example, organise all winter jackets in one section, then sort them by colour. An uncomplicated way to organise assorted items is to just group everything together based on size. Storing by categories will help you find what you want quickly and easily. If you don’t know where something is, it’s easy to lose track of it.  3. Hang anything delicate, fancy, or sturdy:  If you have a large number of items lying around, it may be worth hanging some of them like occasional use garments, stoles, etc., This will keep it from getting in the way but still allow it to be accessed easily. You might be able to save some space by doing it. Hang delicate clothing. You can use hooks or more complex hacks such as adding acrylic file folders to organize your handbag collection. There’s no shortage of ways to maximize your wardrobe space while minimizing the stress in your life!  Pro-tip: Use coordinating hangers which allow you to hang all your clothes together, so they don’t look like a mishmash.  4. Rearrange and reorganise:  There are many ways to organise your closet. You could put all your clothes in one drawer or keep them separate by type of clothing. If you have a lot of shoes, then you might need to store them in another place. Whatever you choose, when putting your sorted piles of clothes and accessories, these organising hacks could be a significant help:  To keep track of what is where is to use dividers to create zones. For example, for accessories, divide socks, ties, handkerchiefs, and belts so they are not mixed up together.  Stack thick items like denim and sweaters. This will keep your clothes from getting creased and wrinkled.  Purchase Closet Organizers based on your storage needs. Consisting of adjustable shelves, drawers, and/ or hanging rods, these can cover everything from clothes and accessories.  This sure-shot guide to organising your closet will ensure that you do not waste any more time looking for the right items.    

  • How to declutter your life with Self Storage

    How to declutter your life with Self Storage

    Many of us are a part of the ‘acquire more, more, more’ race. So much stuff selling in the market and so many of us getting lured in by their shine. The result? A cluttered home that doesn’t feel good. There’s no open space, the desk is never tidy, and memorabilia from years bygone are on the verge of spilling from over-stuffed drawers. If you are tired of your or someone else’s talent to acquire stuff and then give it away, then this post is for you. It’s time to adopt the Marie Kondo way and say hello to decluttering. 1. Discard regularly Multiple times throughout the year, sit down and go through your stuff to see what fits in with your lifestyle and what doesn’t. Discard ruthlessly. Items that you don’t want to part with for sentimental reasons but don’t use much either can go into a self-storage space. 2. Put stuff away If it is going to take less than 10 minutes, then clear away clutter. You might begin by hanging your coat on the hanger, taking out the trash, and sorting the scattered papers on your desk. The result? Mess kept to a minimum. 3. Live within your means An excellent (and oft-times difficult) pointer for those who splurge. You can decorate all that you want but only if you aren’t extending your budget. A super-practical way to not collect junk. 4. Keep a junk drawer Where all the little tidbits like scissors, pencils, tape, stapler etc. go. The drawer will act as a home for the little things which might come in handy every day. 5. Clear hotspots These are the areas where junk collects regularly. Why? Because it’s much easier to put the item here than on its proper place. Determine these in your own home and come up with a plan to clear these spots. Get a self-storage space if there are things you can’t quite decide where to keep. 6. Create other hotspots These will take care of your everyday essentials like wallet, your IDs, lip balm, and anything else that you necessarily carry whenever you step out of the house. 7. Decline free stuff A hard one we know. But, if you want a clean space, you’ll have to pass up on a few free goodies. And in the end, you’ll realize that they weren’t even necessary in the first place. The above habits and practices can’t be integrated overnight. Give it a month or so and begin with the one that is sure to reap you quick and clear results (be sure to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo while you are at it). Trust us; you’ll feel a whole lot lighter when you de-clutter your life and open your eyes to a clutter-free home every day.