Do you find yourself fighting to get down your hallway with all those coats, bags, and clutter taking up valuable space? Have you found yourself avoiding the dreaded spare room because the overflowing wardrobes and piles of things on the bed are too much to tackle? We hear you!

Finding space for everything can be tricky, especially for growing families. With other responsibilities, the time for reorganisation and decluttering can pass you by, but the team at Kangaroo is here to help.

So, this is our guide to maximising space in your home! We’re sharing our best tips, tricks, and storage solutions to get the most out of the room available, whether you live in a one-bedroom flat or a six-bedroom house.

Starting with a Declutter

Whether you’re starting with the dining room, the bathroom, or the hallway, the first thing you need to think about when trying to maximise your space is decluttering. Unfortunately, this is where you need to be a little bit ruthless! We recommend having three bags or boxes to collect your ‘keep’, ‘store’, and ‘get rid’ items. Go around the room separating your things into these sections, and you’ll be surprised by the amount you want to get rid of! Don’t forget, this doesn’t mean throwing them away. You can go back into your ‘get rid’ box when you’re finished and divide it into ‘donate’ (either to friends or family or a charity shop) and ‘bin’ for those broken or unusable bits and pieces.

before and after decluttering

After your initial declutter, we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the results! This is often the hardest bit, and parting with your belongings can be challenging, but don’t forget household storage is an option. For the items you just don’t have space for but aren’t ready to part with, our storage units are perfect because they keep the things out of your home but in a clean, secure place ready for you whenever you want them.

Opting for Modular Furniture

Once you’ve been to the charity shop, emptied the bins, and taken things to your storage unit, you’ll be left with the items that you actually want and need in your home. From here, you can begin planning how best to utilise the space you’re left with. If, during your clearout, you moved some things into furniture storage or decided to finally take that old sofa to the tip, it may be time to consider new furniture.

This is a great opportunity to purchase some modular items. Modular furniture pieces, such as sofas, shelving units, and dining tables, come in various separate pieces that can be removed or rearranged depending on the space available and intended use. For example, if you have a modular couch, you could leave it in one piece for family film nights, but when a spare bed is needed, you can rearrange the seats to transform it into a comfortable sleeping arrangement! Similarly, a modular dining table may mean it’s extendable, so you can seat more friends and family when it’s time to host, but day-to-day, you can remove the centre or the end of the table to fit more comfortably in your dining room.

expandable table

Clever Storage Solutions

Whether you’re tight for space or not, clever storage solutions are always a good idea! Here are a few of our favourite tips and tricks:

These are just some of the ways you can adopt clever storage solutions. If you’re handy with the tools, you could always DIY some shelving or racks – it’s completely up to you and what you need.

Using Mirrors, Lighting, and Décor to Expand Your Space

Did you know that maximising space goes beyond under-the-bed storage and decluttering? It actually has to do with the way you choose to decorate, too.

For example, positioning mirrors on empty walls and opposite or next to windows (as pictured below) is a great way to help reflect light, let it bounce around the room, and make the space feel light and airy. This simple trick doesn’t physically expand your space, but it creates the illusion of a larger room, which is ideal when you want to expand the space that is available in your home.

living room with grey couch and large freestanding mirror

There are also some décor dos and don’ts to consider when making a room seem bigger than it is; let’s take a look:

Choosing Household Self-Storage to Maximise Space

When it comes to making the most of the available space in your home, there is no better solution than self-storage. Coming in a range of unit sizes, our storage spaces are the perfect place to keep unwanted furniture, your out-of-season clothing, toys that have been outgrown, and almost any other household items.

At Kangaroo, we understand your needs and go above and beyond to make sure they’re listened to and have a domestic storage unit that works for you. With straightforward contracts, the option to upscale or downsize should you need to, and easily accessible locations across Scotland and North West England, there’s no better choice than Kangaroo. Find your nearest household storage site below and get in touch with our team to find out how we can help you get the most out of the space in your home:

According to the 2024 Self Storage Industry Report, 73% of self-storage customers in the UK are residential; however, only 43% of people surveyed claimed to know what self-storage actually was. At Kangaroo, we think that the knowledge gap is because there are so many questions surrounding self-storage, particularly for domestic customers. So, we thought we would help increase that 43% with a household self-storage Q&A!

We are using our self-storage experience to help answer all your burning questions and provide you with the information and confidence you need to store your household belongings with us.

What Is Domestic Self-Storage?

The first question people need answering before they can confidently use our services is ‘What is self-storage?’. In a nutshell, the self-storage industry rents out storage space, whether it’s storage units, pallet space, warehouses, or mailboxes, to individuals and businesses.

Household storage, specifically, is catered to domestic customers who may need some extra space in their home, they’re moving house and need somewhere temporary to store belongings, or they’re renovating and need to protect their items.

What Can I Store in My Unit?

If we were to list everything you can store in a unit, we would be here all day, so it’d be easier for us to list the things you can’t store! At Kangaroo, we have certain prohibited items:

Why Would I Need Domestic Self-Storage?

There are many reasons that people choose domestic storage, and a lot of the time, people come to us during stressful life events and in times of crises. In these instances, we’re the breath of fresh air you need and provide the extra space and protection of your belongings so you can focus on other aspects of your life. Here are some of the most common reasons people use household self-storage:

However, this is not an exhaustive list – whatever the reason for needing the extra space, we can accommodate you.

How Long Can I Rent a Storage Unit?

The beauty of self-storage for household use is that it’s completely flexible. At Kangaroo, we have a minimum chargeable storage period, which is 14 days, but you can take out your items whenever you need them again – even if it’s the next day! If you’re looking for a solution a little more long-term, that’s okay, too. You can keep your items in your unit for as long as you need; weeks, months, years, it’s completely up to you. All you need to do is give us 14 days’ notice of your intention to leave.

What Happens If I Need More or Less Space?

Again, flexibility is one of the main reasons people choose self-storage, and upgrading and downsizing your unit size fits into this as well. If you need more space, just let us know, and if we have the space available, we’ll be more than happy to allow you to move in. Similarly, if you don’t think you’re using your unit to its full potential, that’s fine! Talk to the team, and we will move you into a smaller space so you can get the most out of your money.

Is Self-Storage Secure?

In short, yes! Self-storage is a safer and more secure alternative to keeping your belongings at home, in a garage, or in an empty building. At Kangaroo, we have 24/7 CCTV, smoke and burglar alarms, and individual padlocks on each unit, so you can rest assured that only you (or those you give keys to) have access to your unit.

How Much Is Domestic Self-Storage?

This is a trickier question to answer as there are a few factors that go into the price of your storage unit. It largely depends on the size you choose – of course, smaller units will be cheaper, and larger spaces will cost more. The best thing to do is check out our unit sizes on our website or request a quote online to get an accurate estimate of how much it will cost. Please note, though, we offer a fantastic range of deals and offers depending on your location, so speak to our team to find out which incentives you can benefit from!

When Can I Access My Storage Unit?

Here comes the flexibility benefit again! In theory, you can access your storage unit whenever you need to. Whether it’s three in the morning or lunchtime, we can accommodate access – just let us know if you need extended hours or 24/7 access, and this can be made available. This is perfect for our domestic customers who may work nights or are catching a flight in the early hours of the morning and need quick access to their unit.

Does My Home Insurance Cover My Storage Unit?

No, most home insurance policies don’t automatically insure your items when they’re in storage. Because of this, you must make sure you arrange for cover before you start storing with us, and our staff will ask you to confirm this when you sign your agreement.

Are Household Storage Units Accessible?

At most of our locations, you’ll encounter stairs and long corridors, but we also have lifts available to make getting your items to and from your unit easier. However, if you require a little more accessibility, we recommend taking advantage of our drive-up storage units. You can, quite literally, drive to the door of your unit, load and unload, and drive away again – it’s simple!

Can My Family and Friends Share My Storage Unit?

As mentioned, each storage unit has an individual padlock, which you must bring yourself. If you don’t have a padlock, you can purchase one at our Box Shop either online or at any of our storage sites. By keeping your unit secure this way, only people with the key can access your belongings. So, if you’d like a friend or family member to be able to access your unit, that’s entirely up to you.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know Before Using Domestic Self-Storage?

While we’ve covered most of the common questions about household storage, we understand you may still want some more information before you decide if it’s the right choice for you. If so, you can head over to our FAQ page, where we’ve provided the answers to many more general self-storage questions. Or, if you have something more specific to ask, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to help.

However, if you have all the information and are ready to start storing, hop on over to your nearest Kangaroo today:

The summer holidays are fast approaching, so what better time to get your school organised and ready for the next academic year? Six weeks is a long time, and many headteachers, maintenance staff, and school caretakers take this opportunity to clean, redecorate, and get prepared while there aren’t any children or teachers in the building.

But what do you do with the classroom furniture when you’re deep cleaning? And what happens to all the confidential documents when there’s no staff around to keep them safe? You’ve guessed it – self-storage is the answer!

Here, we’re exploring how Kangaroo Self Storage helps schools during the summer holidays by acting as the extra space they need to store both bulky items to make room for cleaning and redecorating and confidential items while there’s nobody there to protect them.

Summer Break and the Storage Challenges for Schools

Schools need to remain organised, clean, and an appropriate setting for children to learn and spend this crucial time in their lives. If a school is in disarray, with overflowing stationary drawers, messy stock cupboards, and cluttered classrooms, it becomes impossible for teaching staff to get the right supplies when they need them. This not only leads to chaotic lessons and children not getting the most out of their education, but it can also be a health hazard. With mess comes tripping risks, uncleanliness, and hidden dangers such as rotting, mould, or out-of-date materials that could become toxic, such as art supplies.

There’s not always time to stay on top of cleaning and organising during term time. Whilst cleaning staff will hoover and wipe down surfaces at the end of the day, it would be impossible for them or the teaching staff to keep every inch of the classroom tidy and organised while the children are present. The summer holidays present the perfect time for staff to gut their classrooms, throw away unwanted items, arrange the things they wish to keep, and clean or redecorate ready to start fresh in September.

Classroom Makeovers: Furniture Storage for Renovations

During the summer, children are off having fun and spending a well-deserved break away from school, which gives staff the ideal opportunity to refresh their classrooms. Many teachers and caretakers take this chance to give the space a fresh lick of paint, create new display boards, or switch out the make-believe area for something new. While this is a great idea, classrooms typically aren’t very spacious, and it can be quite challenging trying to re-paint while the chairs and tables are in the way.

Thankfully, our furniture storage is the ideal solution! These self-storage units are clean, spacious, and available to rent for a minimum of just two weeks, meaning you can keep all your classroom tables, chairs, teachers’ desks, and other furniture to make space while you redecorate ready for your new students.

Keeping Confidential Documents Safe with Self-Storage

In term time, someone always has their eyes on the filing cabinets filled with confidential data about the children. Whether it’s home addresses, family issues, or behavioural details, this information must be kept safe as it could be incredibly dangerous if in the wrong hands. While some caretakers and other staff will pop in and out of the school during summer, there will also be long periods of time when the building remains empty. Because of this, it’s much safer for schools to keep these files in suitable archive storage.

There are many benefits of archive storage for educational institutions; for example, even during term time, it helps maximise space in offices where storage space may be limited. Of course, as mentioned, it’s a much more secure alternative to keeping things in an empty school, especially here at Kangaroo, where we have 24/7 CCTV and individual padlocks for each unit.

Managing Supplies and Inventory Control

Another of the main reasons that school staff take advantage of our self-storage units is that it gives them the extra breathing space they need to stay in control of their supplies. It can be difficult to stay on top of inventory, especially because, quite often, teachers tend to order more supplies at the start of each academic year. During the year, things get broken and lost, but there are often still many supplies that remain usable. Because of this, staying organised is essential; otherwise, supplies get forgotten about, and drawers and cupboards end up overflowing with clutter.

Self-storage gives teaching staff some extra space to keep their classroom items sorted and under control. With our wide range of unit sizes, teachers can choose the right fit for their needs, whether they’re storing one classroom’s worth of items or an entire school’s worth of supplies. And, here at Kangaroo, we can even add storage racks to your unit, meaning when you store your items, they remain organised so you can easily find what you need and take them back to the classroom when you need them.

Enabling Thorough Cleaning Operations

Finally, school caretakers and cleaners consider the summer holidays to be the perfect chance to deep clean. As mentioned, there’s usually time for a quick hoover at the end of the school day, but carpet cleaning, scrubbing floors, and wiping down every nook and cranny takes time, which is why it’s always easier to do when the children are away.

Here, self-storage is the best way to keep classroom furniture, computer equipment, and sports apparatus safe and out of the way while this deep clean takes place. These secure, clean, and spacious units are the best places to house school items to give you the space you need to get into every corner and make the school sparkle, ready for September.

Trust Kangaroo for Self-Storage for Schools

Now is the perfect time to start getting ready for the summer holidays, so why wait any longer? Trust Kangaroo for your self-storage and benefit from a cleaner, reorganised, and fresh classroom ready for the new academic year.

We have storage sites across Scotland and North West England with easy access, drive-up units available, and a wide range of sizes to suit all schools. Find your nearest Kangaroo here:

Are you a professional gardener who turned a simple hobby into a thriving gardening and landscaping business? Are you seeking efficient storage solutions for your equipment and tools? We know how important it is to store your precious tools safely and easily; this is why, today, we’re here to spotlight drive-up units as a practical, spacious, and incredibly convenient way to protect your tools. 

Here, we’re providing valuable and helpful insights on how our drive-up units here at Kangaroo can be real game changers, revolutionising the way you organise and look after your gardening machinery, whether hedge trimmers, hand trowels, weeding forks, or lawnmowers! From easy access to improving security and efficiency, we’ll explore the main benefits of these units to take your landscaping activity to the next level! 

What Are the Benefits of Spacious Drive-Up Units for the Gardening Industry?  

At Kangaroo, we’re proud to assist companies with our business storage from a wide range of industries, including gardening and landscaping. While any of our storage unit sizes could come in handy for this sector, our spacious drive-up units are specifically designed with this sector in mind. Here are some of the key benefits of choosing this type of storage unit as a gardener or landscaper.

Drive-Up Units to Keep Your Gardening Tools and Machinery Safe 

We pride ourselves on our security, so you can rest assured that whatever you’re storing, we will keep it safe and secure. Gardening machinery can be pretty expensive, and despite being built for the great outdoors, it usually can’t sit around in the elements for long periods of time without getting damaged. Our drive-up storage units provide the 24/7 security and shielding from the weather that they need.

Also, because you can (quite literally) drive up to your storage unit, there’s less need for manual handling. This means that tools and machinery are less likely to be dropped or damaged when navigating corridors and stairs. All you need to do is get them from your vehicle parked outside and into your unit – it’s simple!

Easy Access for Gardeners 

One of the best things about driving straight up to your storage unit is how easy the access is, which is why many gardeners and landscapers choose this type of storage solution. Business owners can easily load up their units or take out their items with ease. Whether you’re storing lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, bags of compost, or other tools and supplies, this easy access saves you time and effort, streamlining your operations.

Also, as you can see pictured above, our drive-up container storage units have wide driveways, meaning you can bring your tractor, truck, van, or car to your storage unit, and it won’t be an issue. Just hold off driving your combine harvester – that one might cause some problems!

Making Gardening Activities Simple and Efficient 

As mentioned, these units are the best choice for those looking for easy accessibility to their storage needs. Alongside this, they help make your job as a gardening or landscaping business owner simple and efficient. Rather than being forced to carry equipment to and from a worksite in a work van, you can just keep everything stored in your unit and take out what you need each day. This way, you won’t ever need to fight for your tools in the chaos of the back of your van; you can just take what you need and leave behind the things you don’t have a use for on that job. Easy, time-saving, and much more efficient!

Hop on Over Kangaroo for Drive-up Storage Units

Are you ready to simplify your operations and find a new way to store your wheelbarrows, gravel, and expensive lawnmowers? We’re all ears! All our spacious drive-up containers are 160 sq ft, meaning you have plenty of room to store your business items. And you can rest assured that our 24/7 CCTV and individual padlock for each unit is the peace of mind you need to leave your gardening equipment for as long as you need to.

Alongside all the benefits above, we make sure our drive-up storage solutions are as cost-effective as possible and never include long-term storage leases or complicated contracts to sign. As part of this, you can expect low rental prices, a range of discounts and offers depending on your location, and no further charges, which means:

Whether you choose Dundee, Widnes, or Wirral, you’ll be pleased to know that our friendly staff are onsite during business hours to answer any questions and welcome you in with a smile. So, what are you waiting for? Find your nearest Kangaroo drive-up storage location below, or get in touch to find out what we can do for you:

There are many reasons why people are currently choosing to downsize, ranging from financial struggles during the cost-of-living crisis to enjoying a simpler life during retirement. But what do you do with all the cherished belongings that don’t fit into your new space? This is where self-storage swoops in, providing a breath of fresh air during a potentially very stressful time. With flexible solutions, you can safely store your items for a few weeks, months, or even longer while you get comfortable in your new home.

So here, we’re providing you with expert advice from our storage specialists to help you downsize and use our household storage solutions the right way.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Downsize?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the upkeep of your current home? Or maybe the mortgage payments and property taxes have become a bit too much to handle? It might be time to consider downsizing. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that relocating to a smaller home is the best idea for your household:

old couple moving into new home

Sorting and Decluttering Strategies

If any of the above situations sound all too familiar, fret not. While downsizing is a significant life event that’s disruptive and usually stressful for those involved, we’re here to help. Here are some clever strategies that’ll help you get ready for a more compact and cosy living experience.

1.      Categorise Your Items

Start by sorting your belongings into categories like “can’t live without”, “replaceable”, and “don’t need”. This way, you can identify what’s essential, what’s not, and what you can easily replace.

2.      The One-Year Rule

If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s probably time to let it go. This rule helps you get rid of things that are just collecting dust and taking up space.

3.      Digitise Your Life

Scan your documents, photos, and media into digital formats. Not only will this save you space, but it’ll also help you keep your memories and important documents safe and easily accessible.

4.      Gift or Donate

Items that you no longer need can find a new home with someone else. Consider gifting them to family or friends or donating them to charity shops.

woman sorting through old items to donate, keep, and discard

5.      Make Some Money

Sell your unwanted items online, go to a car boot sale, or join local selling groups on social media. This is a great way to make some extra cash and offset the costs of moving and storage!

6.      Visualise Your Space

Keep a floor plan of your new space handy to help you decide what furniture will fit and how to best utilise the area.

7.      Consider Self-Storage

For items that you’re not ready to part with but won’t fit in your new place, consider household storage. At Kangaroo Self Storage, we offer a variety of unit sizes to keep your possessions safe and secure.

8.      Take Your Time

Don’t rush the process; tackle one area of your home at a time and be systematic. You don’t want to make hasty decisions that you might regret later.

9.      Keep It Up

Once you’ve moved, make decluttering a habit. Your new, smaller home will fill up faster, so make sure to regularly assess your belongings to prevent new clutter from accumulating.

man packing storage unit with boxes

How Does Self-Storage Simplify Downsizing?

As we mentioned, you might not be ready to part with some of your items just yet, but they may not be things you need to keep in your new home. For example, you might have Christmas decorations you’ve accumulated over the years or your children’s old school projects that don’t fit your décor theme but you could never let go of! Or perhaps you’ve got gardening equipment you won’t need during winter, but your new home doesn’t have the space to store it?

In all of these examples, self-storage is the best solution, and here at Kangaroo, we make storing hassle-free, safe, affordable, and flexible, which is just what you need during a home move. Our storage units come in various sizes, starting from 16 sq ft, and can be rented for as little as a week or as long as a lifetime! This means you can store all your beloved items that don’t fit into your new, smaller home without worrying about the rental period.

Our team are truly incredible (just read our Feefo reviews if you don’t believe us), and they understand the anxiety of downsizing. Their hands-on, caring approach and customer-oriented services ensure that your journey is smooth and stress-free. So, why stress about downsizing when you can rely on us?

the team at kangaroo

Cost-Effective Downsizing with Kangaroo

Aside from retirement, the most common reason for downsizing is finances. Whether the cost-of-living crisis has meant you simply can’t afford your current mortgage and need to re-evaluate your situation, or you’re in the middle of jobs while you relocate to a new area, money is important. At Kangaroo, we understand this, which is why we offer the lowest prices in the area, and we even guarantee it with our price match policy as well as provide a range of offers and promotions depending on your location. Our team know every penny counts when you’re transitioning to a more economical lifestyle; that’s why we’re dedicated to providing an affordable and hassle-free storage solution.

We’re proud to offer moving house storage across Scotland and North West England, so find your nearest Kangaroo today to start your journey to a simplified downsizing journey:

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:

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