Whatever you collect – records, figurines, comic books, trading, vintage toys or anything in between, your collection is probably your pride a joy. Memorabilia collections are the culmination of years of searching, haggling and patience and most people want to keep their collectables in mint condition whenever possible. Today we’re going to explore how to store some of the most popular collectable items out there to ensure they stay pristine, whether that’s at home or in a self-storage unit.

 

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Storing Vinyl Records

Vinyl records have seen a significant resurgence in recent years, and with many artists only pressing limited runs of their music on vinyl, records have become increasingly sought after. There will also be many people who have a vast collection of older records that they want to preserve for years to come. The way vinyl records are stored can greatly impact their longevity as vinyl is a delicate material easily damaged by temperature and humidity.

Vinyl records should be stored in a dry environment that is neither extremely cold nor very hot. It may be tempting to keep them in your loft or attic space; however, the attic can often reach high temperatures as the heat from your house rises. Continuos storage in a hot environment can cause the vinyl to warp. If you have a cellar, this can be a good choice for vinyl storage, as long as you are monitoring moisture levels in the air. If you don’t have a suitable room or cellar in your house, consider moving your vinyl collection to a self-storage unit like our household storage in Dundee.

Keep your vinyl out of direct sunlight and away from ultraviolet light as these can both damage your records slowly over time. If your records are housed in paper sleeves or cardboard covers, it’s sensible to invest in plastic outer sleeves to keep dust out and provide maximum protection. When considering long-term vinyl storage, try not to stack too many on top of one another as the pressure can warp the disks. Stand your records upright in whatever storage you’re stacking them in, and use dividers to keep them upright.

 

vinyl record collection

 

Comic Books

There’s a golden rule to abide by when storing comic book collections, and that’s ‘bagged and boarded.’ Several types of bags are designed explicitly for preserving comic books, ranging from polyethene, polypropylene, and mylar. Bag size varies depending on how old the comic you want to bag is, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter which material you choose; so long as your comics are bagged, they won’t be at risk of fading.

The comic book storage board is used to keep the comic crease-free and is inserted into the bag along with the comic. You should look for boards made of acid-free materials. Many people opt for a hard case for really special comic books – these are more expensive, but they do guarantee to stop any creasing or damage to the comic.

Much like vinyl records, when being stored in boxes or containers, comic books should be stood upright rather than stacked on top of one another. If you’ve bagged and boarded them, you will find they stand upright nicely and without flopping. Wherever you store your comic book collection, be it in your home or at a self-storage uni like Kangaroo’s household storage in Glasgow, ensure to elevate your boxes off the ground using things like milk crates or wooden pallets.

 

stack of comic books

 

Antiques and Vintage Toys

Whether you’re a full-blown antique collector or you just have some precious family heirlooms you want to keep safe, keeping your vintage toys, games, and other antique collectables is essential, both for sentimental reasons and if you hope to one day sell them.

The first thing you should do is to ensure your antique and vintages pieces are clean. This may require some research to ensure you have the correct cleaning product – you may need wood polish or wax if you’re dealing with old wooden toys or specialist oil for metals. Always wear gloves when handling old, valuable items.

When it comes to storage, avoid stacking antiques and vintage items on top of one another. If you have an extensive collection, shelving that allows the things to be upright without touching anything else is ideal. If you need to pack your antiques into boxes, wrap carefully to protect them from harm – but be wary of using bubble wrap if they are going to be stored for long periods. Plastic wrapping can restrict airflow and encourage mould growth. Cloth and sheets are much more preferable when considering long term storage for antiques.

Antiques and vintage items are often valuable, so storing them at a self-storage unit like our household storage in Edinburgh is a wise idea, as they will be housed inside a secure, locked storage unit with 24 CCTV.

 

vintage object collection

 

Storing Small Collectables – Trading Cards and Coins

Small collectables like trading cards, coins and stamps are often kept in binders, books, or in individual casings specifically designed to house that particular item. For example, individual trading cards that are particularly rare may first be sleeved in a thin plastic cover with the open end towards the bottom of the card, then inserted into a rigid plastic sleeve called a Toploader. The primary sleeve and the Toploader combination ensure that absolutely no dust can get in and the card cannot become damaged.

Coins also have their own custom-made casings, called coin capsules. These can be used to encase particularly rare or unique coins that you don’t want to keep inside a regular binder. If you want to keep your collection of trading cards or coins somewhere safe and secure but feel it would be a little excessive to fork out for a large storage unit, why not consider a storage locker?

 

 

We hope you enjoyed this brief look at how to correctly and safely store many of the most popular collectables. If you’re thinking about putting your memorabilia in a storage unit, contact us today and see how we can help.

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As Coronavirus guidelines ease, the following measures remain in place across our stores as we continue to safeguard the health and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers.

Kangaroo Self Storage encourages you to get in touch with your store team directly if you have any questions. They can be reached on T: 0800 012 1528. Contact us.

Store Access and Opening Hours:

Your storage centre is open 7 days a week for all customers. These are the opening times:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 – 6pm
  • Saturday: 9 – 5pm
  • Sunday: 10 – 2pm

Reception is open and our staff will be wearing face masks. We ask that you follow social distancing measures in store and in reception.

There is a sanitisation station in the loading bay and you are kindly asked to make use of it.  There is also hand sanitiser in receptions.  Whilst in store we ask you to wear a face covering.

There are posters in our stores reminding you to observe social distancing guidelines and we have floor distancing stickers in place.

Customers are asked to limit numbers in the lifts as it is hard to social distance here!

We have an online check-in service – so you can enquire, reserve and book online.  Our stores (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee)  are automated, so should restrictions tighten at any time, we are able to provide access even without having a member of staff on site.  Security measures are in place and all stores are monitored off site.

Store Services:

All store services are available including our shredding service and free collection service, with usual T&Cs. Our box shop is open too – and you don’t need to store to buy.

Store Cleaning Routines:

Our staff continue to maintain intensive daily cleaning routines in all stores, especially in the most commonly touched areas i.e. communal door handles, PIN pads, lift buttons, toilet flushes, card readers, reception desks, chair handles etc.  Hand sanitisers are available.

 

If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms, we ask you to please stay at home.  For more information go to nhs.uk/coronavirus.

 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you in Kangaroo self storage.

 

Cardboard boxes are an essential part of any house move – it’s hard to do it without them! Once the move is over though, you’ll likely be left with mountains of empty boxes that are taking up a lot of space and getting in the way in your new home. If you’ve rented out self storage in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Dundee with Kangaroo, you might be in a similar situation. You may even start to feel a little guilty at the sight of so much cardboard – but don’t worry. There are so many things you can do with cardboard boxes once your finished with them – they don’t have to go to waste. Today we’re going to look at all the different ways you can use and recycle cardboard boxes.

 

women holding mug in her hand with boxes around her

 

Use Cardboard in Your Garden

There are multiple ways you can use old cardboard boxes in your garden. Torn up pieces of cardboard can be added to a compost heap as the ‘browns’ part of your 50/50 split of brown and green matter.

Sheets of cardboard laid over soil as a mulch will help protect the ground underneath from harsh winter rains. If you’ve leafmould going spare, spread this under the cardboard too – worms and other soil-life will enjoy processing both the leaves and the cardboard, and come spring, you’ll have great crumbly soil ready for planting.

If you’ve got time and a bit of patience, cardboard can be used to supress weed growth. Lap overlapping sheets over your weed-infested soil and weigh down with a generous layer of compost and manure. After 6-12 months the weeds will have died off, making them easy to pull out, and you’ll be left with rich growing soil.

With all the above ideas it is important that you use uncoated cardboard and not boxes that have been coated with a plastic laminate – your garden won’t appreciate plastic.

 

Protect Your Surfaces When You’re DIYing

If you’ve just moved house, then the chances are you’ve got some DIY planned soon. Whether you’re giving your walls a lick of paint, or you’ve taken on a full-blown renovation project – cardboard is your friend! Break down your cardboard boxes, cutting them along the folded seam to make them as big as possible and lay them on the floor to protect your floors from all the messy jobs like sanding, stripping, and painting. Use masking tape to keep the edges of the cardboard stuck to the ground so you don’t accidentally trip over them or knock them out of place.

Thick cardboard is also great for when you’re moving bulky items into your home, both on the floors and attached to corners or walls with painter’s tape. A layer of cardboard between your walls and the heavy appliance you’re trying to move through a small space will help prevent damage to your plaster and paintwork.

 

women painting a white wall with blue paint

 

Cardboard Arts & Crafts

If you’ve got young children (or maybe you’re just a big kid yourself, we’re not judging) you can use old cardboard boxes in a range of arts and crafts projects. Large sheets of flattened cardboard are perfect for a messy afternoon creating a poster-paint masterpiece, and with enough imagination, you can turn a cardboard box into just about anything – a rocket, a car, a playhouse. If you’ve really

got a lot of boxes, you could even make a cardboard maze. Don’t worry if you’ve not got much artistic vision – sites like Pinterest are full of ideas.

 

child playing with a cardboard with his dad

 

Recycle, Keep or Pass Them On

If you’re not interested or have no use for turning your cardboard boxes into something else, the simplest thing to do is keep hold of them, recycle or pass them on.

If your used cardboard boxes are still in good condition once you’ve finished with them, consider passing them on to someone else who could make sure of them for any of the reasons we’ve mentioned today or for their own house move. Even if you don’t know anyone personally, just popping them outside your front door with a note explaining that they are free to a good home could see them picked up and taken away before you know it – just make sure to put them out on a dry day and not when it’s raining.

You can also flatten them and keep hold of them for yourself – you never know when you’re going to need a cardboard box and once flattened, they become much easier to store. If you own a business and have inventory that needs storing, cardboard boxes make it easy to move things around and will protect your items whilst in transit – of course you already know this if you’ve got lots of cardboard you’ve just used for a house move!

If you’ve made your mind up and you just want your cardboard boxes out of your house for good – make sure to recycle them properly rather than just putting them in with your normal refuse. Recycling cardboard is easy, turning old cardboard into new cardboard uses 75% less energy than creating new cardboard from raw materials and significantly reduces the amount of sulphur dioxide released into the atmosphere.

 

orange cardboard signs

 

We hope this article gave you some ideas of how to use your cardboard boxes and peace of mind that any boxes you do buy don’t have to end up in the bin. Whatever kind of cardboard box you need, here at Kangaroo Self Storage we have a huge range available in our box shop. If you’ve got boxes full of things and need somewhere to store them, speak to us today about self storage in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee.

 

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we believe in offering our customers the best possible service. Whether you’re looking for domestic storage, student storage or business storage, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. So, we will always endeavour to meet and surpass your expectations.

Take a look at how essential customer service is for us and what our valued customers have to say about Kangaroo Self Storage.

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Our Staff are Friendly

The Kangaroo Self Storage staff are always on hand to help. We strongly believe in ensuring that we are there to answer our customers’ needs, such as any help with our services or dealing with issues before they arise (or as soon as possible), whether that’s over the phone, email, or in person.

At Kangaroo, we want to make your life easier. We know how busy you are and that you have a lot on your mind, so we offer a smooth self-storage process to take some of the pressure off. You can trust us to help you with anything we can, from advising you on the right kind of unit for your needs to offering you competitive prices.

We’re happy we’ve been able to help so many customers, whether it’s with their business or personal storage needs. Our staff will go above and beyond to ensure you receive the very best service possible.

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We Offer a Range of Services

Part of providing a great customer experience is to ensure that our customers have a range of services to choose from and all the information they need to make the right choice.

Kangaroo Self Storage provides secure, clean business, student, and domestic storage units so you can keep your belongings safe. We also have drive-up units and secure document shredding.

Our drive-up units are great for anyone short on time or who wants the ease of access they provide. Just drive up to our facility, add or remove your possessions and drive away. You won’t even need to speak to a member of staff.

It’s also easy to get a quote from Kangaroo, and we offer flexible storage agreements from as low as just seven days.

Aside from just storing belongings, you can also use your unit as an office space, perfect for those working from home or those needing dedicated space for their new business. With our units, you will have secure access seven days a week, a free goods service and mailbox service. We can also provide secure document shredding.

We’re a One-Stop-Shop for Your Storage Needs

Our Box Shop can supply you with storage boxes and other packing accessories. Whether you need sturdy boxes or bubble wrap, we make it easy to get hold of everything you need for storage without having to shop around for materials. So if you run out of boxes or tape, we have everything you need on-site to carry on.

Our durable storage boxes are available in different sizes and can cater to specific items, like our specialised boxes, making it easy and safe to store items like TVs and mirrors.

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Kangaroo Self Storage is Reliable and Secure

We pride ourselves on our superb service that our customers can trust. When you choose Kangaroo, you can be confident your belongings are safe in our secure units. We provide:

  • 24-hour CCTV monitoring system
  • Access door entry controls
  • Intruder alarm systems
  • Personal padlocks that only you have access to

Our Units are Affordable

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we ensure you are not paying for space you don’t need. It’s easy to upsize or move to a smaller unit depending on your need, and we do not charge for swapping units. Just speak to a member of staff at any time. Our customers can get an amazing six weeks of free storage when they book for 12 weeks, so you’ll be saving money when you store with us.

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Additionally, if you’re a business you’ll be pleased to know that there are:

  • No maintenance costs
  • No utility bills
  • No business rates
  • No security fees

Our Stores Are COVID-Secure

Keeping our stores COVID secure is vital to your safety and the safety of our team. Our staff wear face coverings while working, and we have installed sanitation stations in our loading bays.

We deep clean our stores to ensure commonly touched spots are regularly cleaned, such as door handles, PIN pads, lift buttons, card readers and chair arms.

We have wanted to support our customers that provide essential services, so throughout the last year we have been implementing all COVID guidelines to ensure these customers can keep operating.

Customer service is just as crucial to us as our storage units’ quality, so we have worked hard to ensure all customers have received the best possible experience. Please call reception if you have any questions or leave us a review on Google My Business. Visit our Feefo page to see what other customers have to say.

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If you’re looking for self storage in EdinburghDundee or Glasgow, contact us today to learn more about our outstanding services and what we can do for you.

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The team here at Kangaroo Storage would like to wish all of our valued customers a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

It means the world to us that you choose to use our services, and we have been working tirelessly to ensure your storage solutions haven’t been interrupted despite the challenging year we have all had. Thank you to everyone for continuing to use Kangaroo Storage, we have some exciting plans for 2021, so watch this space!

Opening Times

 

Monday 21st December 8am – 6pm

Tuesday 22nd December 8am – 6pm

Wednesday 23rd December 8am – 6pm

Thursday 24th December 9am – 2pm

Friday 25th December – Closed & No Access To Customers

Saturday 26th December – Closed & No Access To Customers

Sunday 27th December – Closed & No Access To Customers

Monday 28th December – Closed & No Access To Customers

Tuesday 29th December 9am – 4pm

Wednesday 30th December 9am – 4pm

Thursday 31st December 9am – 2pm

Friday 1st January – Closed & No Access To Customers

Saturday 2nd January – Closed & No Access To Customers

Sunday 3rd January 10am – 2pm

Monday 4th January 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 5th January – 8am – 6pm

 

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we have a wide range of storage options available for those who need business storage, domestic storage and student storage. So, you can be assured that you will always be able to find what you need with Kangaroo. However, as we have so many different kinds of storage option, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your needs.

Read on to find out more about the different storage options we have here at Kangaroo so you can make that all-important decision.

Unit Sizes

Deciding which sized unit will suit your requirements is very important, as it will help you to save money. If you rent a unit that is bigger than what you need, you will be wasting money on something you are not using efficiently. Similarly, renting a unit that is too small won’t be any good, so it’s crucial to strike the right balance.

Also, if you’re looking for business storage, you will need to think about how you’re going to grow your business, which can affect the size of unit you rent.

When you view our unit sizes on Kangaroo, you will see our helpful guide to all the different sizes and what they can typically hold. For example, our smallest 16sqft locker is perfect for small businesses to store backup discs or a small amount of archive material, and is similar in size to what you might fit in the boot of a small car. Alternatively, our biggest 500sqft unit is the size of five garages and can store around 1,000 archive boxes or the contents of a large, six-bedroom house.

Our team here at Kangaroo would be more than happy to help make recommendations on the most appropriately sized unit for you.

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Short or Long-Term Storage

Something else to keep in mind is how long you will need the unit. If you are moving home, you likely will only need short-term storage of just a few weeks. But if you run a business and need somewhere to store inventory, you probably need long-term storage of months or even years.

So, decide how long you would like to store your belongings before making a decision. Storing with Kangaroo Self Storage means you get flexible contracts that won’t lock you in. We want to make storing your things as easy as possible, which is why you can also upgrade or downsize to different sized units completely free of charge as your circumstances change.

Standard Units Vs Drive-Up Units

At Kangaroo, we have different kinds of units, including standard units and drive-up units. It provides a convenient way for you to drive up to your unit, add or remove belongings and then drive away. There’s no need to speak to anyone or interact with staff, perfect for these post-coronavirus times when minimal contact with others is essential.

Our opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm (9am to 5pm in our Edinburgh store)
  • Saturday – 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday 10am to 2pm

We will also accept deliveries on your behalf, so there’s no need to be waiting on-site to receive your goods. Our team will sign for any packages and then contact you to let you know they have arrived. We keep them in a secure holding area until you are ready to collect and move them into your storage unit.

We also have a forklift on-site to help you transport heavy and bulky items into your units, perfect for storing vehicles, machinery and much more.

Our indoor units can be rented from as little as two weeks, and for as long as you require. There’s no reservation fee, and all of our units are covered by alarms and 24/7 CCTV cameras for security and peace of mind.

If you need tape and boxes to package up your belongings, you can get them from Kangaroo in our Box Shop.

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Competitively-Priced Storage

Cheap storage sounds like a good idea in theory, but it may not always be the right decision if you’re looking for excellent service with top-notch security for your belongings. At Kangaroo, we offer competitive prices in all of our stores. Everything is included in the price we quote you; there are no unexpected extras or changes to your contract. Our stores are clean, dry and very secure, making them both perfect for storing your things at a price that can’t be beaten.

In fact, we even offer a lowest price guarantee. If you find a cheaper unit somewhere else, bring us the quote and we’ll happily beat it by 10%!

You can also benefit from amazing offers, including up to six weeks of free storage when you book a storage unit for at least twelve weeks. It’s crucial you book with a storage facility you can trust, and at Kangaroo, what you see is what you get.

Open for Access

We are still open for access despite the current circumstances. One staff member mans our receptions, and they are supported by staff working remotely that you can reach by telephone or email. Our stores have had posters put up that will help direct you to the right places and provide you with the information you need to help you safely navigate the store.

To help minimise contact, customers must enter using the loading bay and not the reception area, and we have provided a sanitation station there for you to make use of. We have also upped our cleaning routines, especially in commonly touched areas like door handles, PIN pads, lift buttons, card readers etc. Your unit is secured with your own lock, so no one else other than you has access to it.

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So if you’re looking for self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee or self storage in Glasgow, Kangaroo Self Storage has everything you could possibly need for safe, secure storage. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions; we’re always happy to help.

 

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2020: Goal, Plan, Action
 

As we steam ahead into 2020, you might still be thinking about how you can tackle the year and achieve your goals.

For some people, setting goals for the new year means losing weight, reading more or giving up smoking. But goals don’t have to be about stopping or starting habits, particularly as most of these well-meaning ideas are abandoned by February. Trying to make 2020 the best year it can be is about more than small self-improvements, it can be about finally making steps to get to where you want to be in life.

Whether you’ve always wanted to own a business, take the plunge into a brand-new career sector or get that promotion, make 2020 the year you stop hoping and start doing. Looking at your professional life, here’s how you can do just that:

Think About Where You Want to Be

The first step to making 2020 your year is to establish where you are now, and where you want to be. How do you want your year to look? Are you hoping to work less, go back to work, or  work for yourself?  Whatever you want your future to look like, deciding what it is the first step to making it happen.

If you’re uncertain or don’t have a concrete idea of where you want to be, consider answers to carefully chosen questions; for example:

  • Are you happy in your current role?
  • What change would make your role more enjoyable?
  • What is preventing you from getting started?
  • What aspects of your current role make you happy?
  • How can you do more of what makes you happy?

Jot a few answers down so you can get a look at a clear picture of your goal. It could be that you wish you had more flexibility in your current role, or a higher income, or less working hours. Once you’ve pinpointed where you can get the most happiness from your career, you can start to take steps in the right direction.

Take SMART Steps

You may have heard of the SMART technique before. If not, it’s an acronym that sets out a way to create, well, smart goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-based

By using the SMART method, goals become more manageable and easier to set out. As you follow each letter of SMART, you are forced to think carefully about the goal, and it allows you to make sure that goal is realistic and attainable.

Specific – The goal needs to be clear and precise. What is it you want to accomplish? Why do you want to achieve it? What or who is involved, and what resources do you need? Set out your goal as clearly and with as much detail as possible.

Measurable – How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? Track your progress to help you stay motivated and meet your deadlines. Set your own benchmarks to accomplish as you go along, as well as the overall completed goal at the end.

Achievable – Goals need to be attainable, so you need to be honest about what is realistically possible, especially within the timeframe you’ve set yourself. Think about how you will achieve your goal, and whether it’s realistic based on constraints, such as financial factors.

Relevant – Is your goal relevant to you? Does it seem worthwhile and match your other needs? This step ensures your goal matters to you and fits into your broader wants and needs.

Time-bound – Every goal should have a target date, a deadline to focus on to help you move forward. When do you want to complete your goal? What can you do in the next six months to work towards this? What can you do right now? Remembering this step helps to prevent every-day, mundane tasks get in the way of your long-term goals.

Write down your goal and apply the SMART method so you can start to see your action plan come to life. Pin it to your fridge or your desktop so you can always see it and be aware of the next step.

SMART Goals

Take Initiative

Take the initiative with your goals. If you want to progress in your current role, book some time with your manager or supervisor and speak to them about taking on more responsibility, or ask about potential training development you want to undertake. Show that you’re keen to learn and advance.

If you want a new role, brush off that dusty CV and get to work. Look for networking opportunities and start that job hunt. Don’t head straight for the sofa to binge Netflix the second you come home from work, take the initiative and plough ahead with that crucial first step.

If you want to start your own business, start your research. There is so much information available online, so even if you have no clue how to set up a business, set aside time to find out. Message small business owners through sites like LinkedIn and see if any would be willing to have a chat with you about the process.

If your business is going to be home-based, don’t forget to think about storage space for your business assets. At Kangaroo, we offer self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee or self storage in Glasgow at fantastic rates in a huge range of unit sizes.

Business Deal

Maintain a Positive Outlook

Setbacks and failures happen to everyone; what sets apart the people who succeed and those who don’t is how they handle that failure. Don’t let a bad day or a bad week sour your motivation. Take some time to shake it off, return to your SMART goal and pick up where you left off.

And don’t forget to share your goal with your friends and family, celebrate your wins with them, no matter how small. Their support will help you keep that positive energy focused on your goals.

Evaluate and Re-adjust

A year is a long time to plan for, and it will go by in a flash. If you find yourself struggling, or you think your wants may have changed, there’s no shame in adjusting your goal accordingly. After six months or so, evaluate your progress so far.

Take a look at where you started 2020 and what you’ve managed to achieve so far. Maybe you’ll have already completed your goal, or perhaps you didn’t manage to get started. Either way, take some time to reflect on your progress and re-adjust if necessary.

We hope you feel inspired to make the change you’re looking for in 2020. From everyone at Kangaroo Self Storage, we hope this year brings you what you’re looking for.

 

Putting up the Christmas decorations is an exciting time. For many of us, it signals the true start to Christmas, and gets us ready and in the festive mood for the holidays. However, come January when it’s time to take it all down, all that festive joy, time and patience is well and truly gone. We can remove the need for the awkward heavy box shuffle from living room back up to the attic or the cellar with our storage options. We have household storage facilities in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Alternatively, you can follow our guide below to make the Christmas take down as easy as possible.

You know you should make sure you put the decorations away properly and in an organised manner so that it’s easy to put them up next year, but it can feel like far too much effort now that the holidays are over and life returns to normal.

But by following some simple tricks and tips, putting away those Christmas decorations is easier than ever, and you’ll be super prepared for next year.

Tackle that Tree

If you’ve got an artificial tree, it will need to be stored properly so that it lasts for many years without needing to be replaced. The original box or bag is the ideal way to store these, but if you no longer have it, or it’s seen better days, dismantle the tree into the sections and wrap each one in an old bed sheet and tie them closed.

Put each piece in a large, sturdy box (don’t forget to label it!) and tuck it away for next year.

Repurpose Household Items

When storing ornaments and various miscellaneous Christmas trinkets, you don’t need to spend money on specific storage containers. You can repurpose items from around the home for storing baubles that you probably have lying around right now.

Egg cartons, sandwich bags, vegetable punnets and gift bags are all perfect for storing Christmas decorations. Keep the same kinds of baubles together in the same cartons and stack them in their own labelled box so you know where to find them next year. They will be kept safe and sound, and you’ll be repurposing things that would otherwise be thrown away.

 

Hang that Wreath

Christmas wreaths are delicate, and they need to be stored in a way that won’t damage their shape so they can be used year after year. One of the best ways to do this is to keep them hung up so they don’t end up being crushed under something in the back of a cupboard. Use a coat hanger and a plastic covering (like a bin bag) and keep the wreath hung up in a wardrobe in the bag to prevent it from getting flattened and bent out of shape.

Keep Those Lights Knot-Free

Christmas lights are one of the trickiest decorations to cope with. There just doesn’t seem to be any way of keeping them organised in a way that doesn’t result in them taking hours to untangle come next year.

Well, a handy tip is to wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard – you’re likely to have loads lying around after Christmas – to keep them from getting tangled up. Cut a slot on both sides of the cardboard, one for the plug and one for the end of the lights, and wrap the lights around the middle.

Garment Bag for Paper

How often do you have leftover Christmas wrapping paper, yet when it comes to the next year the rolls often end up getting crushed or lost altogether? A good tip is to keep them side by side inside a zip-up garment bag and hanging them up in a wardrobe (along with that wreath!). The paper will stay perfect and pristine for next year, so you won’t even need to go and buy any more.

 


Self-Storage

If your Christmas decorations are still taking up too much space – even after you’ve neatly organised them and put them away, it could be time to consider self-storage. Self-storage units are a great way to store bulky items that you need and want to keep but that you don’t really have space for.

At Kangaroo Self Storage, our storage units are flexible and affordable. There are no complicated, long-term contracts, you can store with us for as long as you like, and we only need one weeks’ notice when you wish to vacate. And, just to make it easier, we offer a free collection service. You don’t even have to take your items down to our storage facility yourself, it’s just that easy.

At Kangaroo, we offer self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee and self storage in Glasgow. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of our friendly team.  We are here to help.