Heading off to university is one of the most exciting adventures you'll take on in life. It's a time of transition from teenage years to adulthood, and the possibilities are endless. You get to explore a new city, meet new people, and experience newfound freedom. But, with all this excitement comes the challenge of packing up your life and moving it to a new place. Whether you're moving into student accommodation on campus or a compact apartment in the city, space can be tight, but here at Kangaroo, we're here to help.

Our self-storage for students is the perfect way to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your university experience. Let's explore the top five reasons why you'll need self-storage space while at university so you don't have to stress about packing up your things and instead focus on the adventure that awaits you!

1.      You've Run Out of Space

We all know that student accommodation isn't exactly the most spacious, especially when you're sharing it with others. Before you know it, your room can start to look like a cluttered mess, with your textbooks, clothes, and personal keepsakes taking up all the space. But fear not! Student storage is a simple solution that helps you keep your items safe and secure while freeing up some much-needed space. You can store any items you don't need every day, like your winter clothes during summer or any empty luggage you used to help you move in, which would otherwise take up a lot of room in your small space!

2.      You Don't Want to Keep Moving Your Belongings Around

If you're heading back to uni or college for the next academic year and don't want to bring all your belongings home during the summer holidays, self-storage is the answer yet again. Our units allow you to keep all your items in one safe and secure place, away from your parents' watchful eyes. No more converting the spare room or garage into your personal storage unit because your mum's turned your bedroom into a home gym; let Kangaroo handle it all. Our hassle-free storage options mean you can store your stuff over the holidays and retrieve them when you're ready to start again in the new term.

3.      You Need Space For Your Hobby

Have you ever been so excited to get into a new hobby, only to realise it comes with a tonne of equipment? Maybe you live in Liverpool, and you've finally got that wakeboard. You've wanted to take up lessons on the docks, but you realise that it takes up half of your student accommodation. Pursuing your passions is a big part of university life, but finding space to store all of your gear can be a real challenge. Luckily, with our secure facilities and convenient access, you can finally have a more organised life where you can pursue your hobbies.

4.      You're Afraid of 'Sticky Fingers'

Living in student accommodation comes with its challenges, especially when sharing spaces with different personalities. While you might find yourself with great roommates, there's always a risk of encountering someone a bit too comfortable borrowing your belongings without permission. But fret not, Kangaroo Self-Storage has got your back. With our term-time storage solutions, you can store all your important and valuable items safely and securely. Our storage units are clean, safe, and monitored 24/7, so you can focus on your studies without worrying about sticky fingers!

5.      You're Running a Side Hustle

Student life is tough on your bank account. From funding nights out to trains home to budgeting for your weekly food shop, there's a lot to consider, and sometimes the student loan just doesn't quite cover it. You may want to think about getting a job in a local bar, café, or retail store, but if you're a savvy entrepreneur, you might run a side hustle! While this is an exciting thing to take on, let's be real, storing your products in your student halls doesn't sound like the best idea. Of course, you guessed it, self-storage is the saviour once more. Our units keep your inventory in perfect condition and, as mentioned, keep your living space clutter-free so you can separate your studies from your side business. Plus, with our dedicated Royal Mail Collection Service and delivery acceptance, you won't have to worry about missing a parcel again.

Along with all the benefits listed above, students will also be pleased to know that our storage facilities are conveniently located in close proximity to universities and colleges, meaning you won't have to carry your things far! Find your nearest Kangaroo below and enquire today to start your storage journey:

How much useless junk do you have stuffed away in your attic? Do you really need it all? Attics are such an underutilised space that have so much potential. Imagine having a whole room that gets used for nothing more than letting boxes of Christmas decorations and old photo albums get dusty. That wasted space could be used for so much more: a much-needed quiet workspace, a playroom for the kids, a hobby room or an extra bedroom for guests! These are just some of the potential rooms you could have at the top of your house following a clear-out, some easy DIY, and a bit of creativity.

So, as experts on all things extra space, here’s a how-to from Kangaroo on how you can give that old attic a new lease of life!

Figure Out Costs

First things first, you need to make sure you’ve budgeted for the change of use or conversion. If your attic needs a complete conversion, like reinforcement of the floor, skylights, insulation, a staircase, lighting and heating and electrics, then you’re looking at costs in the £15,000 to £20,000 range. For a complete change of the roofing structure for your conversion, you’re looking at a much more costly investment of upwards of £40,000.

However, if your attic is already a room with heat and light, provides safe access, and all it needs is a makeover, you could achieve that new room right now and benefit from the extra space. It’s the perfect time to give it a thorough clean, lick of paint and some new furniture. So, whatever your requirements, consider the costs carefully and create an appropriate budget for furniture and fixtures, with an extra 10% of the expenses set aside for those pesky, additional, unexpected costs!

Two people on a laptop surrounded by decor planning things to plan their attic conversion

Time to Design

Once you’ve sorted the costs, you can get to work on the design and layout of your brand-new space. Sit down and take a look online to get some inspiration. Pinterest is great for this! If you’re creating a hobby room or a place for the children to play or even setting up a classroom environment to help your kids while they’re out of school, you should take a look at example rooms online to get inspired. This is the time when you get to really let your creativity shine; think of your attic as a blank canvas and let your imagination take over. Just don’t forget, in amongst the fun of décor, you’ve got to think about the boring bits, such as storage solutions, too, so you don’t end up with a cluttered space again.

The Dreaded Clear-Out

Once you’ve done your research and all the admin, if you’ve decided to do a full conversion, it’s time to start actually putting those plans into practice. Put aside a day (or a couple of days, depending on the amount of stuff you have) to get everything down from the attic and sort out a new home for it all so you can see all that glorious space. This will involve going through it all and deciding what you might want to get rid of, what you want to donate to a charity shop and what you need to keep hold of. Sort through your items and box and label everything while you’re decluttering to save you another task of sorting through your things again. This is a big task, and you’ll probably uncover all sorts of things you’d forgotten about, from old school work to that DVD collection you’ve been clinging to. But don’t worry. If you can’t part with all of your old things but still want extra space in your attic, we can help!

Kangaroo boxes inside a kangaroo storage unit

How Kangaroo’s Household Storage Can Help You Transform Your Attic

Whether you want to turn your attic into a cosy home office, an inviting guest bedroom, or a dedicated playroom for your kids, Kangaroo’s household storage helps you do just that! Our storage solutions offer complete flexibility for your convenience, making it an exciting opportunity to enhance your living space in a way that suits your changing home.

We’ll keep your belongings safe and secure until you need them again. With our 24/7 CCTV, burglar and fire alarms, and individual padlocks for each unit, you can rest assured that your things are safe under our roof. And, if you find that you need to up or downsize your storage unit, you can! We make storage simple so you can focus on other things, like what paint colour you’ll use in your attic space.

Put Together That New Room

Now, with the space tidied up, you can concentrate on cleaning and redecorating. Give the room a good scrub from top to bottom, making sure every nook and cranny is clean. What’s the point in renovating or having a clear-out just to put things back in a dirty room?

Once this is complete, it’s finally time to create the room you really need. You could reutilise furniture from other rooms to save yourself even more space all over the house, or maybe you have some things in your garage that you can finally bring out and put to good use. Again, we recommend you consult your online inspiration board for ideas. If the room is for your children, why not get their input? Let them help you with the layout and design, or perhaps enlist their services and get them to create a piece of artwork for the wall. Whatever you choose to do, just have fun with it.

Attic room that has been converted into a children's play room

Once the room is complete, take a step back (or a step down the ladder) and admire your new space! You won’t believe the transformation you’ve worked so hard to achieve. So, what are you waiting for? Make this dream a reality, and if you’ve got an attic going to waste, make it your mission to get it converted into a beautiful new space for you and your family.

Don’t forget we can help you here at Kangaroo, so find your nearest domestic storage facilities below and get in touch to start your journey to a brand-new attic space:

As a fashion or photography business owner, you must face quite a few challenges, including a constant effort to balance improving operational efficiency and cutting down costs. On top of that, you need a space to work that you can design on your own terms, host clients, and get creative. If that sounds like something you've been thinking about, there’s a solution that might not come as obvious at first – self-storage!

So here, we'll explore how our self-storage units have become an unexpected asset for fashion or photography business owners. Let’s explore how you can start benefitting from creating a studio or workspace in the blank canvas of our self-storage units!

Photo Studio on a Budget? Self-Storage Is the Answer!

Are you a small business owner just starting to enter the world of fashion or photography and asking a question: Can I run a photo studio from self-storage spaces? Yes, you KAN! In fact, it's a great opportunity for anyone right at the beginning of the journey, and here's why:

setting up a camera in a photography studio

Setting Up Your Self-Storage Photo Studio

So, once you’ve decided on your unit, it’s time to get creative in building your studio. Of course, first, you need your photography equipment, including cameras, lenses, and lights, and don't forget your backdrops and stands. You might also want some props or furniture, depending on what you're shooting. Whatever you choose to make your creative vision come to life, make sure you have the right storage boxes or shelves to keep things tidy and organised when you're not using them. Remember, the main idea is to make this space yours and make it a comfortable place where you can create great photos or fashion projects. The good thing is, with a self-storage unit, you can leave everything set up, ready to go the next time you have a job!

What Is a Safe Way to Store Fashion Collections?

For anyone working in the fashion industry, storing seasonal clothes safely is a challenge, but there's a simple solution — the same as in the case of photo studios. Self-storage gives you a private space that only you can access, where you can store all the art pieces without worrying about anyone else having access to them.

At Kangaroo Self-Storage, we provide units that are secure, clean and dry, with a constant temperature throughout the year. That means maintaining the quality of your delicate fabrics and protecting them from extreme temperatures, humidity, and mould. As mentioned, they’re also equipped with strong security measures, including cameras, alarm systems, and secure access points so you can be sure your collections are well-protected against theft.

wheeling boxes into a self storage unit

Using Self-Storage as a Workshop Space

Both fashion business owners and photographers face many challenges in their industries. Usually, having a tight budget is one of the most limiting aspects, but that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big! If you're considering having your own workshop but want to save up some money, using self-storage is an excellent option.

As well as being the perfect place to host fashion shoots, storage units are also the ideal wide and open space to give you everything you need for a workshop. One corner could hold all your sewing tools and fabrics. Another corner has a neatly organised space for your admin tasks, such as a small desk and a computer. You could even hang some of your favourite designs on the wall for inspiration. Also, you may want to set up some comfy seating for when you need to take a break or chat with your team. You’re the one who controls the layout, and you can mix and match to create a space that works just right for you. Many people are turning self-storage units into office spaces, so think of a self-storage space as a blank canvas where you can create your perfect workshop without spending much. It's your business dream come true!

workshop set-up for a fashion business

Self-storage units, like at Kangaroo, are a great help for those in the fashion and photography industries. We offer cost-effective solutions for a range of your needs. From secure, climate-controlled storage for delicate items to flexible spaces for photo studios, the benefits are clear. Ready to simplify your business and save? Contact us today!

Are you excited about the big change coming into your life with a baby on the way? Of course, alongside the excitement comes stress about making sure everything is perfect, including the safety and comfort of your child. To make this happen, you’ll need to designate a special place in your home for your baby, whether that be a nursery or an area of your bedroom. Don't worry; if you're wondering where you will fit all the baby essentials, there's a clever solution!

Kangaroo Self Storage offers a variety of unit sizes to declutter and safely store your items, creating that extra space in your home. Keep on reading to discover how to transform the cluttered space in your home into a nursery.

Three Steps to Transition Your Cluttered Room into a Nursery

If you're in need of additional household storage space, you might not even realise that you already have space; it’s just hidden with clutter! We all have that spare bedroom or cluttered corner of the room where we keep seasonal things or just items we rarely use. This is your sign to go through these cluttered spaces and rethink which items you really need to keep. This way, you’ll get that extra space you need for a nursery. Let's go through three simple steps to do just that.

keep, donate, and discard piles of clothes

Step 1. Sorting and Decluttering the Room

The very first step you need to do is declutter your room. Try to get at least one free afternoon to face this challenge so that you can calmly think about the things you will no longer need. Consider donating your items to local charity shops or selling some of them on online platforms such as eBay, Gumtree, or Vinted; this way, you can put the extra cash toward new items for your baby.

Step 2. Utilising Storage Solutions

For the things you can’t let go of, you’ll need a secure and trustworthy place to store them. That’s where we can help! Using a storage unit means your things are safe with 24-hour CCTV, alarms, and smoke detectors. All you need to do is decide on the right storage unit size – whether you’re storing a spare room’s worth of items or just a cupboard-full, we have a unit for you. And, if you have any questions, our experienced team will be happy to help you. It's an affordable way to keep your items until you need them again. We all need extra storage space from time to time!

Step 3. Designing and Organising the Nursery

Once your room is free from clutter, thanks to your hard work and self-storage solution, it's time to turn it into the perfect nursery! Just think about this exciting process of getting ready for your baby to come. First, choose where the cot should go — place it away from windows and cold drafts and in a place you can get to easily. Then, consider picking some gentle colours that will give you a feeling of calmness and a cosy atmosphere. Finally, try to keep the balance between making it look nice and cosy and being practical. This way, your baby's room will be a place where both of you love spending time.

couple picking out colours for a nursery

Holding on to Outgrown Baby Clothes and Accessories

Babies grow up fast, and in the blink of an eye, they will outgrow their clothes and all the accessories you bought right at the start. Again, this is why keeping your space clear is so important! Here, self-storage can be your best friend as you can keep baby clothes, toys, and other things neatly packed away until you need them again. It's perfect for when you're saving things for a younger sibling.

Storing outgrown baby items has its emotional perks, too. Your baby’s first time rolling over, sitting up, or taking their first steps - think about all these emotional moments! Each piece holds a story you might want to share with your children as they age.

man putting things in storage

How Does Storage Help When Your Family Grows?

As the years roll by, your family changes and grows. As your little ones grow into big kids, your home needs to grow with them, too. So, with this in mind, consider self-storage to help with these family-life changes.

Picture this: it's been a few years, and now your kids are in school. You've got science projects, sports kits, and all sorts of new treasures to keep. Suddenly, those baby clothes and cots are swapped for football boots and school papers. Or maybe your family starts going camping? Where would you store your gear? With our Kangaroo Self Storage, changing your storage plan is easy. You can upsize or downsize your unit without a fuss. It's like your storage can grow just like your family does. Even if you find yourself moving house, we have the storage for you.

For more on how we can help you depending on your location, find your nearest Kangaroo below:

Why Trust Kangaroo Self Storage for Your Growing Family Needs?

Whenever you need that extra space, we're ready to help at Kangaroo Self Storage. We make it possible by providing a secure, flexible space to store your belongings.

So, choose Kangaroo Self Storage and benefit from solutions designed to make your home a perfect space for every stage of your family’s journey. Contact us today.

Whether you need to store your palletised products for months or just a few weeks, Kangaroo Self Storage can support your logistics operations. We have storage centres with high bay warehousing in several key locations in the North of England and across Scotland.

Our warehouses can accommodate standard pallet (1m x 1.2m) deliveries numbering just a few individual pallets to up to a single shipment of more than 1500 pallets in some of our warehouses. We understand that businesses require extra warehouse space for all kinds of reasons, and that needs can change – so flexibility is key, and this makes pallet storage a cost-effective choice.

The Benefits of Pallet Storage

Flexibility is a key benefit of pallet storage – enabling businesses to respond efficiently to fluctuations in demand and ensure the ability to meet seasonal peaks for stock requirements. Particularly, where the requirement for additional space is only likely to be temporary then pallet storage is a very cost-efficient solution. Further benefits include:

Factors Affecting Pallet Warehousing Costs

Warehousing costs are influenced by a range of factors including the level of warehousing services provided – as well as the duration of storage. Other factors include:

Longer-term storage is often cheaper and will deliver keener pricing options.

Pallet Storage with Kangaroo Self Storage

A leading self-storage company, Kangaroo has been providing pallet storage for over 15 years at sites in Scotland and the North West of England. In Carlisle, our warehouse is particularly well-suited for pallet storage, with a capacity of 24,500 sq ft.

Here, we have two large loading bays with a vehicle access height of 6.1m. We have a minimum eaves height of over 10m, and the warehouse is fully racked – to eight levels. On site, we offer a counterbalance forklift as well as a reach forklift. Whilst our opening hours are 9-5pm Monday to Friday – we offer extended hours access, enabling customers to access 24/7 by arrangement, supporting a flexible operations schedule.

All our sites are located at key arterial junctions, offering easy transport access. And, Carlisle is no exception – within the Kingstown Industrial Estate, Kangaroo Self Storage Carlisle can be found just off the M6 at Junction 44, where the A69 meets the motorway. 

We can store a wide variety of general cargo; however, we don’t hold specialist licences, which precludes the storage of hazardous goods and foodstuff / perishable items and goods requiring temperature-controlled storage.

We offer long and short-term storage agreements that ensure you always remain in control. Whether you’d prefer to sign up for a matter of weeks or enter into a longer service agreement, there’s no restriction – with long-term offers and short-term deals subject to warehouse availability.

Our warehouses are covered by state-of-the-art security systems, including alarms and CCTV monitoring. So, you can be assured that your cargo and deliveries are secure, and our team is onsite 6 or 7 days a week.

Find out More

To find out more about our services, site locations and our prices, or to get a quote, contact Mike Brown at [email protected]. Storage prices are per pallet and special rates are available for longer-term contracts and larger requirements. 

Many small businesses start in the home, at the kitchen table, or in the spare bedroom where there’s no rent to pay and fewer costs than leasing a commercial space. Setting up and running a small business from home has given so many people the kickstart they need to build a successful career and turn their passions into an income. But what happens when your business outgrows the kitchen table, and you run out of places to store stock, organise your inventory and keep track of paperwork?

If your small business has outgrown your home or current space, it’s time to start thinking about giving yourself room to grow. But, finding a suitable space can be tough. Rent on commercial spaces is often out of the question for small businesses, and there are also additional overheads to consider, like utilities and insurance. Luckily, self-storage has the answer, with affordable spaces to help businesses expand – let’s hop into the benefits of Kangaroo’s self-storage for small businesses!

Flexible Approach to Renting Space  

If you have a small online retail business, make products to sell that require materials, or run any company that requires you to hold stock, you need space to hold that stock. Our surplus stock storage units are perfect for that. They offer a clean, secure room to keep and organise your inventory, and unlike a traditional commercial space, there are no business rates, service charges or utility charges. It’s a win-win for your stock and your bank account!

Whatever industry you’re in, we’re sure you’ll agree that the best thing about self-storage for small businesses is the flexibility. At Kangaroo, we understand that your business is constantly growing and changing, so if you choose a unit and find it’s not quite big enough, there’s no need to worry. We won’t make you sign a long-term lease, and you can choose to scale your unit size up or down at any time. We’re here to make your life as a small business owner easier, which includes supporting you in your growth.

storage unit with a desk, boxes, drawers, and a calendar in it

Purpose-Built Office Spaces

So what do you do if you need business storage but also need office space? Somewhere you can officially register as your business address, have your employees work from, and invite clients or customers to visit? Well, some of our facilities have purpose-built office units for rent! Much like traditional office spaces, these units have all the essentials you need to run your business, including:

They can be legally registered as your business address, but best of all, they’re on the same site as your self-storage unit. This means you can organise all your stock in a storage unit on the same site as your office space, which is another great reason to consider relocating your business to self-storage. Find your nearest Kangaroo office space below:

Kangaroo self storage office space

Archiving Services

If your small business creates a lot of paperwork, you probably know how much space this takes up and how time-consuming keeping track of documents is. Believe it or not, self-storage helps with this, too! Our Carlisle, Dundee, Glasgow, and Liverpool locations offer archive storage and services at varying levels tailored to suit your archiving requirements. Whether you have a few boxes of paperwork that need safe storage on a secure site or hundreds of files that require active management, there’s a solution for you. Let’s explore your options:

Each Kangaroo Self Storage store also has a Box Shop that stocks a wide range of boxes that you can use for your paperwork or other business items. Whether you’re a property manager and need to store furniture for staging houses, or your small business is in the art industry and you need plenty of bubble wrap to protect your sculptures, we have the ideal boxes and other packing materials for your use.

Kangaroo's box shop

Help with Your Deliveries

Renting a commercial space in a busy city or town is expensive for small businesses and often presents issues when getting stock delivered. If your office or home is on a busy road or not easily accessible to a delivery van or lorry, you may begin to find that as your business grows, getting larger quantities of stock delivered becomes a logistical nightmare.

When you choose Kangaroo for your business storage, our staff will happily accept deliveries on your behalf – they’ll even call you to let you know the goods have arrived! We have pallet storage for bulky items and high-volume goods, forklift trucks for moving stock around our warehouse storage, and wide loading bays for those big deliveries. Whatever it is you need to make delivery collection simple, we’ll go above and beyond to help.

When you choose business storage in Scotland and the North West, you’re not only getting an affordable, flexible space for your business but a service, too. With staff on site and ready to help during opening hours and 24-7 CCTV, you can run your business safely and securely, with fewer financial risks than committing to a lease on traditional office space. If you’re ready to grow your small business, get a quote from Kangaroo Self Storage or hop over to your nearest business storage location today:

Using self-storage can make a lot of things easier. It can take that pressure off move-in day during the house-moving process, it can be the place to store items when expanding your office, or it can just provide you with somewhere to put things that you haven’t decided what to do with yet!

Of course, here at Kangaroo, we know the ins and outs of self-storage and are well-equipped with the knowledge that our storage units have plenty of benefits, but we also know that not everyone is aware of the advantages that it can bring into your life. In fact, according to the 2023 Self Storage Association Report, less than 50% of the public has a good understanding of self-storage.

So, without further ado, let’s hop straight into the top seven benefits of using our storage units and help you learn more about our fascinating industry!

1.      Declutter Your Home

It’s easy for a home to become overrun with belongings, especially after a significant life event like a long-distance house move or family bereavement. We live busy lives anyway, so finding time to give everything a “place” can be difficult at the best of times. Too often, we add to already full cupboards, rest things in the spare room, or fill up the garage with things ready to be put away later.

Well, in this scenario, household self-storage makes some breathing space and keeps your home clean and tidy, too. You can move as many of the things that you don’t think you need right now into a self-storage unit, store it there as long as you want, and when you finally have the time to sort through it and decide what to do, it’s safe and secure, waiting for you.

Don’t make a rash decision and throw away something you might regret later. Put it into self-storage so you have the time to clear your home and your mind and tackle it with a fresh perspective.

labelled boxes ready for house move

2.      Security from Theft

If you’re concerned about certain belongings being stolen, whether from your home, business premises, or student accommodation, you should store them safely away in a storage unit to put those worries to bed.

Kangaroo Self Storage has extensive security features designed to keep your belongings safe while they are stored with us, including 24-hour CCTV located inside and outside the building, an alarm system and coded electronic gates. Additionally, your storage unit is secured with your own padlock, so only you have access to the unit and your belongings. You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe with us.

3.      A Base for Your Business

Self-storage units aren’t just for personal belongings; you can also use them to get your business off the ground. Whether it’s to store your stock and merchandise, raw materials, or even to operate the business from within, a self-storage unit is the ideal solution for all your business needs.

You can rent a unit with just enough space to hold all your business assets – or you might want to create a workstation in the unit, too.  The benefits of this in comparison to renting or buying brick-and-mortar are endless. For example, we don’t charge business rates or service and utility charges, and we take deliveries, too, so you don’t have to be onsite waiting for your important packages. Basically, our business storage makes your life easier so you can focus on other areas of running your company – what more could you ask for?

4.      Transition Between Homes

When you move to a new house, the most significant stress can be getting all your belongings from one property into another. There’s a lot to think about, such as uninstalling the big appliances, getting enough hands to help move all the bulky items and making sure that nothing goes missing or breaks during transit.

A self-storage unit can be the ideal middleman between moving into your new home. You can store your belongings in a unit gradually over time before the big moving day, making the whole process much easier and less stressful than trying to move everything in one go. It allows you more time to properly pack and label everything to move it into the unit before you’re ready to move it into your new home.

And, of course, if the moving chain doesn’t quite link up and you need to go into rented accommodation for a while, then moving house storage provides a simple solution for all your belongings and helps you manage the process.

boxes and things inside storage unit

5.      Store Belongings as a Student

Storage units aren’t just for families or business owners; students can also rent a storage unit to help make their accommodation transitions much smoother! Whether you’re jetting off on a gap year, volunteering abroad in the summer, or don’t have your accommodation available to you over the holidays, a self-storage unit can help you keep your belongings safe and secure.

It also means you don’t have to move everything to your parents’ house only to move it back to your accommodation, making it an especially great choice for international students who will be returning to the UK after the holidays. At Kangaroo, we offer fantastic student storage facilities in close proximity to many universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Liverpool, and UCLan. In fact, our self-storage in Preston is actually just an 8-minute walk from UCLan, making moving your belongings a breeze!

6.      Store Seasonal Items

Not everything is needed all year round; those skis and snow boots certainly aren’t much help in summer, and those deck chairs aren’t going to get used during winter. Rather than cram these seasonal items outdoors or into various spots in your house that could be put to better use, consider putting them in a self-storage unit when you don’t need them.

This way, you keep your home clean and tidy and protect these (often bulky) items from the elements. Your garden equipment and outdoor furniture are at particular risk from the harsh winter conditions, so it makes sense to store these carefully instead of stacking them in the garage or against a wall.

7.      Help Downsize for Retirement

If you’re heading into your retirement years, you may be thinking of downsizing your home as you start to think about your health and the practicalities of where you’re currently living, or maybe you want to be close to your family and friends. Whatever the reason, with a self-storage unit, you can store your belongings during the move or keep some belongings that you may no longer have space for in a smaller home but that you don’t know what to do with just yet.

You could keep some furniture in a unit that you may want to give to your children one day, or store some precious sentimental items so they remain safe and secure. Self-storage can help take the stress out of downsizing your home and provide you with the peace of mind you need during your retirement.

old couple surrounded by boxes having a cup of tea

At Kangaroo Self Storage, our self-storage is incredibly flexible. You can store with us for as long as you like, and there’s no charge for switching to a smaller or bigger unit, should you need to. Find your nearest Kangaroo, or contact us today, and a member of our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions.

When you’re hitting the pause button on your everyday life to travel or take a gap year, you’ve got enough to think about without worrying about the belongings you’re leaving behind. That’s where we step in. No fluff, no fuss, just a straightforward way to keep your belongings safe with Kangaroo Self Storage.

So, before you jet off on your adventures, we thought we’d explain how our storage units are the perfect spaces for storing your items while you’re away. Read on to discover how our safe, secure, and spacious facilities keep your belongings safe until you land back in the UK.

Do I Need to Use Self-Storage While Travelling?

Heading off on an extended holiday or braving a gap year? You may be mulling over what to do with your stuff while you’re out soaking up new experiences. Let’s walk through why self-storage is a no-brainer for travellers like you.

Clearing Your Home to Rent While You’re Away?

If you’re planning on travelling for an extended period, you may want to cash in on your empty home and rent it out while you’re gone. If you’re renting to a friend or family member, you’ll most likely want to clear some of your furniture out so they can move their own belongings in – but where do your things go? Well, whether it’s the sofa from your living room, your kitchen appliances, or your collection of winter woollies from your wardrobe, self-storage locks down a secure spot for all your possessions so your tenants have plenty of room for their belongings.

Handing Over Your Keys?

Shifting to a ‘no fixed abode’ status for a bit? If you’re moving abroad and dropping your lease or handing over the keys to someone else, self-storage is your wallet-friendly best friend. Instead of coughing up rent for space you’re not even using, stash your items with us and use that cash for your travels instead; it’s simple!

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Want to Keep Valuables Safe?

As well as any bulky items you might want to store while you’re gone, we can also keep your valuable and personal items safe. We understand you may not want to take precious jewellery, all your important documents, or other personal items on your travels, but leaving them behind may be risky, especially if you live in a shared house or you’re renting your space. So, you guessed it, self-storage is the answer to this, too! Our storage units come in a range of sizes, starting at 16 Ft2 (1.5 m2), so you can keep smaller items safe until you return.

Student Storage for Gap Year Adventures

As a student, taking a gap year should be about freedom and experiences, not fretting over your belongings. So, at Kangaroo Self-Storage, we’ve got your back with straightforward, secure, and affordable student holiday storage solutions that are:

How Can Self-Storage Help Me When I Return Home?

While you may not want to be thinking about this before you go, it’s a good idea to plan how you can continue using your storage unit when you land back home. Well, with our affordable and flexible storage options, you can take your time resettling without the clutter.

Not sure where to stash that bulky snowboard or camping gear? Brought back a whole new wardrobe? Our units are perfect for keeping your seasonal travel items (from heavy coats and boots to wetsuits and swim gear) tucked away until your next adventure. It’s easy storage at a price that won’t derail your post-holiday budget. Unpack at your own pace, with us keeping your belongings safe and sound.

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Why Choose Kangaroo for Your Self-Storage Needs?

In a nutshell, self-storage is the savvy move for long-term travellers. It’s the smart way to protect your belongings, cut costs, and keep things simple. Ready for a hassle-free way to store your belongings while you chase new horizons? Let’s explore why you should choose Kangaroo in a little more detail:

So, whether your ticket is booked or you’re in the early planning stages of your travels, we’d love to hear from you if you think we could be that peace of mind you need before jetting off. Find your nearest Kangaroo below and contact us to start your self-storage journey:

If you’re like most vehicle owners, you want to keep your vehicle safe and secure, but finding the right storage solution can be a headache. Luckily for you, Kangaroo has the solution! Our facilities provide a versatile solution for vehicle storage, catering to a range of vehicles and offering peace of mind through secure, accessible, and well-maintained storage options. Whether you’re looking to store for the winter or until your next car show, we’ve got you covered!

In this blog, we’re looking into how we keep your car, motorcycle, or caravan secure so you don’t have to stress about rust, theft, or other risks that could damage your vehicle.

Car Storage

We know that your car is more than just a way to get from point A to point B. It might be a classic car that you’ve been working on for years or just a trusty ride that gets you through your daily commute. Either way, you want to make sure that it’s safe and secure when you’re not using it. That’s why we offer car storage solutions equipped with state-of-the-art security features, including 24-hour CCTV, burglar alarms, and smoke detectors. We’ve got a range of size options available, from compact cars to luxury sedans, and our flexible contracts mean you are able to store your car for as long or as little as you need. Plus, with our drive-up access, you can easily drop off or pick up your car whenever it’s convenient for you.

Motorcycle Storage

As a motorcycle owner, you’ll know they tend to require specialised care, especially when stored for an extended period of time. So, one of the benefits of using our motorcycle storage is that you can access it whenever you need to! This is especially useful if you have a vintage or rare motorcycle that you don’t want to keep outside where it could be exposed to the elements. Storing it in a storage unit protects it from weather damage and other environmental factors that could potentially harm the bike and means you can check on it and keep it maintained whenever you like. Yes, whenever you like! Our vehicle storage units are accessible 24/7, 365, meaning whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you have access to your motorcycle when you need it.

Caravan Storage

You know what’s better than a good old road trip in your caravan? Nothing! But let’s face it, finding a safe place to store it when not in use can be quite a challenge. That’s where Kangaroo Self Storage comes in to save the day! Our spacious and secure vehicle storage solutions work just as well for caravan storage. The large units protect your caravan from harsh weather conditions, while our fantastic security system guards against theft and damage. So, free up your driveway and store your caravan with us, whether it’s the off-season or between adventures.

Agricultural Machinery Storage

Did you know that we offer more than just storage for personal vehicles? Yep, we also provide storage solutions for agricultural machinery! We understand that businesses and farms need secure and spacious storage options for their equipment, and that’s where we help. Our facilities are designed to keep your valuable machinery in optimal condition so you can be sure it’ll be ready to go when you need it. If you plan on storing agricultural machinery, we advise that you speak to our team beforehand so we can make sure your unit is the right size and your vehicle gets the best storage solution possible.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Storage

When storing your vehicle, whether it’s a cherished classic car, your weekend motorcycle, a convenient family caravan, or even agricultural machinery, the right preparation can make all the difference in maintaining its condition.

General Preparation for All Vehicles

Tips for Specific Vehicles

Following these preparatory steps guarantees your vehicle remains in top condition while it’s stored at Kangaroo Self Storage, giving you one less thing to worry about until you’re ready to use it again!

So, if you’re ready to start storing your vehicle, we want to hear from you! Our vehicle storage is available at several locations across Scotland and North West England, so find your nearest facilities below:

Alternatively, you can get in touch to learn more about what we offer, including our drive-up container storage units and other fantastic options for vehicle owners!

It’s no secret that self-storage is a game-changer for businesses, and here at Kangaroo, we’re proud to help countless companies get organised with the help of our storage units. However, it’s not just as straightforward as renting a storage unit and all your organisational issues floating away; it takes a bit of planning and prep to get to that point.

While you might be stressed about where to start and what you need to do to get your business items safe and securely organised in your unit, we’re here to help! Today, we’re providing you with the ultimate to-do list to get you and your belongings ready for storage. From finding the perfect size unit to packing tips to make your life easier, we’re covering everything.

So, grab a paper and pen and take notes as we explore everything you need to know to get organised when storing business items!

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Research the Ideal Storage Facility

Before choosing a storage facility, you must do your research. Take into account its location, as the closer it is to your place of business, the more time and money you will save! At Kangaroo, we have business storage units across Scotland and North West England, each conveniently placed close to motorways and city centres, so you have quick and easy access between your unit and your business location.

As well as the location, you must also research how secure your items will be in their unit. We take this seriously, employing the best security and technology for the safety of your items while you store them with us. We have CCTV cameras in operation 24/7 in each of our stores, as well as an access keypad to enter the facility. You will also have your own padlock to your storage, so only you have access to it – your peace of mind is our priority.

Of course, you should also spend a bit of time researching the price of storing, but with Kangaroo, we make this simple. Our extremely competitive rates for self-storage, as well as a number of special offers and deals, guarantee you get the best possible price for your self-storage needs! Just check with the staff at your chosen location to discover what you can save.

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Which Unit Size is Best for My Business?

Another important consideration when preparing to store business items is the unit size. Too small, and there won’t be enough space for all your belongings, too big, and you’ll be wasting money. We have plenty of sizes to choose from, from lockers to 500ft sq units, and our experienced team will advise you on the right size to choose. And, if you find that you need to up- or down-size while storing, you can! Changing unit sizes is simple and something we encourage with our storers so you get the best out of your time with us.

It’s important to note that we also offer a free pick-up service that you can take advantage of, as well as forklifts, easily accessible car parks, and staff who are always happy to help, making moving your belongings from unit to unit even more hassle-free!

Get Organised in Time

As a business owner, it’s essential to be very organised, which includes how you prepare to move your items into storage. So, we recommend starting with sorting out your furniture and equipment and deciding what to keep in the office and on site and what you’ll need to clear out. As well as this being a great chance to get rid of any items you no longer need, it’ll also help you determine how much bubble wrap and boxes you’re likely to need to protect your items during transit.

Doing this in a timely manner means minimal disruptions to your company, which, of course, is a win-win for yourself as the business owner, your staff, and your customers or clients!

Pack Everything Correctly

When packing everything up for storage, make sure you label every box so everything is easy to locate. Stumbling through boxes and unpacking everything just to find one thing isn’t ideal, and, as a business owner, you’re unlikely to have that kind of time to spare.

Our Box Shop has everything you need to move your items into storage, such as boxes of varying sizes, bubble wrap, tape, padlocks and more. Taking advantage of this means only one thing: your items are secure and ready for storage! Whether you’re moving televisions and computer monitors and need specialised boxes or glassware that needs wrapping tightly in a blanket of bubble wrap, we have what you need to get your business belongings from A to B.

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Streamline Access to the Unit

Another thing to add to your to-list is to plan the layout of your unit. You’ll need to find and access your belongings quickly, so arranging an excellent layout for your unit is essential. We’ve found that creating aisles in the unit is the best way to go about it, as you won’t have to remove boxes to find what you’re looking for. Also, shelves will help keep smaller items within easy reach and free up floor space, so don’t be afraid to ask if we can add these to your unit – whatever we can do to make your time with us easier, we will!

The Kangaroo Self Storage team is available to answer any of your questions over the phone, so give us a call at 0800 012 1528 to find out more about how you can benefit from our business storage today.

Find your nearest Kangaroo below:

Getting ready to sell your home? Great! It’s time to prepare your property for the market, and Kangaroo Self Storage is here to help simplify the process. Here, we’re offering practical, tried-and-tested advice tailored for the everyday homeowner starting their selling journey. We’ve included everything, from making your home picture-perfect for viewers to early decluttering with the help of our straightforward, affordable self-storage.

Let’s make the process stress-free together with clear, straightforward tips and cost-effective storage options to support you!

1.      Early Decluttering: Starting the Process Well in Advance

Before you put your house on the market, it’s a great idea to declutter everything first to make your life easier and streamline the selling process. Start by going through each room and identifying items that you can get rid of or donate. Focus on the high-traffic areas first, such as your hallway, kitchen, and living area, and make them look super inviting to potential buyers.

Remember, you want to make sure you’re showing off the actual size of the property, so don’t let excess stuff make it look smaller than it is. Decluttering early on in your selling journey also gives you a bit of space to take a breath, get organised, and not become overwhelmed by your surroundings. It’s a win-win!

Young brunette woman packing donation, concept of charity.

2.      The Art of Home Staging

As all good estate agents and property managers will know, home staging is an art that combines design and marketing to make your place look irresistible to potential buyers. It’s a process where you carefully arrange furniture and decor to make your home appear welcoming to buyers. And let us be the ones to tell you it really works! When your home’s staged just right, it helps buyers envision themselves living there and can even drive up engagement. Plus, staged homes tend to sell faster and for higher prices.

3.      Utilising Our Self-Storage Units

This isn’t the time for us to be modest; our self-storage units for moving house are lifesavers! We offer secure and affordable storage, so you can store all your extra stuff for as long as you need to. From just a few items to entire rooms of furniture, we’ve got various-sized units to choose from, so you have an easily accessible central hub during the selling and moving process.

As well as our clean and secure units, we have an extensive range of other benefits and a long list of reasons our customers choose us. For example, if you need packing materials, we’ve got you covered with our Box Shop, supplying you with boxes, tape, and much more to get your items from your home to your storage unit in one piece. Oh, and don’t worry about your mail getting lost in the shuffle; Kangaroo offers mailbox rental, too! So, not only will you make your home look its best for potential buyers, but you can keep your belongings safe and accessible at the same time.

Kangaroo self storage unit with boxes inside

4.      Strategic Packing: Making Moving Out Efficient and Stress-Free

Packing can be a real pain, but if you do it right, it can save you a lot of stress down the line. Whether packing for self-storage or to move straight into your new home, we always recommend doing it room by room as this makes unpacking on the other end way easier.

Make sure to keep a list of everything you’ve packed as you’re going. This helps you keep track of everything and make sure nothing gets lost. Plus, when it’s time to unpack, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

And here’s a pro tip: start packing early! Trust us, waiting until the last minute will just make things way more stressful. If you give yourself plenty of time, you can pack a little bit at a time and avoid that last-minute rush.

5.      Leaving Room for Imagination: The Benefit of a Neutral Canvas

To really speed up the selling process and get the best value for your home, it’s important to leave room for imagination. While you may personally prefer a bold and exciting colour pallet, crazy patterns and vibrant hues can be offputting for potential buyers. Instead, there are many benefits of toning it down and going for a neutral canvas; let’s take a look:

Overall, presenting a neutral canvas in your home gives potential buyers a blank slate. This encourages mental ownership and propels them to take actual ownership!

When it comes to preparing to sell your home, there’s a lot to consider, but Kangaroo is here to help. We provide household storage across Scotland and North West England in convenient, easy-to-access locations; find your nearest Kangaroo here:

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