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  1. blue self storage donates £5,000 to Marie Curie along with partner companies

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    We’re thrilled to share the news that Marie Curie, a charity close to our hearts, has accepted our joint £5,000 donation.

    Marie Curie is a UK-wide charity that provides care and support for those living with terminal illnesses, and their families. They have 10 hospices in the UK; Penarth is the location for their Cardiff and the Vale hospice, but their work in Wales also extends to the 150 Marie Curie nurses working across the country to care for over 2,400 people terminally ill people each year,

    As part of the Resource group of partner companies, we joined with The Maltings Document Storage Solutions to submit the donation.

    To officially donate the sum, Dean Daly, Operations Manager, and Chris James, Commercial Manager at The Maltings Document Storage Solutions recently visited the Penarth hospice and spoke with Marie Curie nurses Charli, Beth and Rhea.

    Speaking on why we chose Marie Curie, Dean said: “It’s a charity close to quite a few of us at work; I think everyone can relate to someone with cancer, as it’s such a non discriminatory disease. Everyone I know has lost at least someone to this cruel disease.

    blue self storage donation to Marie Curie

    “The stats nowadays are quite frightening, and it’s something that affects us all.

    “We take our corporate responsibility very seriously,” Dean added. “A lot of charities have been hit hard by Covid-19 with disruptions to their income sources, so if we can help a charity out, of course we’re going to do that.”

    blue self storage donates £5000 to Marie Curie

    Asked what Marie Curie plans to spend the donation on, Charli explained: “The money will go towards the running costs of our Cardiff and the Vale hospice, providing care and support to patients who come in for therapies or those who stay in the hospice and receive 24 hour care from our wonderful nurses.

    “We’re incredibly grateful for the donation and it will be put to great use.”

    Bernie on a journey to Cardiff Foodbank

    Why we’re focused on charity & community

    Our commitment to helping local charities is led by the people in our team. All of us will and have been affected by various issues at times, and all of us know what it’s like to see friends, family and loved ones struggle with different matters.

    Whether it’s losing a friend to cancer, watching a parent struggle with an illness, or feeling inspired by a friend battling a mental health issue, the endless reasons to support hard-working charities are all around us.

    This is how we’ve helped local causes over the past year…


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    A version of this article was first published on resource.org.uk

  2. blue self storage wins European Container Storage Facility of the Year 2021!

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    We’re very excited to share the news that blue self storage Llanishen is officially the European Container Storage Facility of the Year 2021!

    Llanishen, our second storage site in Cardiff, is the winning facility and was announced 2 nights ago (21/09/21) at the Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA) Awards, held in Birmingham.

    We’re incredibly proud of the award – especially after our Llanishen site has only been open for just over a year. That’s an incredible achievement and we’d like to congratulate and thank all our hard working staff for their efforts in successfully launching and running the site since June 2020.

    Three of our team were there to collect the award and celebrate in style – they snapped some photos (see below) and travelled back to Cardiff as champions!

    We’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who made this possible. Our team has worked tirelessly hard since the site has opened in June 2020 and fully deserve all the recognition and this fantastic award. Thank you, all!

    Dean, Chris and Jamie collecting the award!

    blue self storage wins European Storage Container Facility of the Year 2021 at the FEDESSA Awards

    Just before they made the winner announcement… Any second now…

    blue self storage wins European Storage Container Facility of the Year 2021

    We won! Here’s our beautiful trophy in all its glory.

    blue self storage wins European Storage Container Facility of the Year 2021

    And another photo! Isn’t it b-e-a-uuutiful?

    Say hello to blue self storage, European Container Storage Facility of the Year 2021 – it’s got quite a ring to it!

     

    More info about the awards

    Held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 21st September 2021, the awards culminated the 2 day FEDESSA Conference & Trade Show 2021.

    It was a packed programme full of interesting talks and speakers; in fact, our own Managing Director Chris Bryan hosted the first ever Container Breakout sessions at a FEDESSA conference. The topic was Setting up and expanding your container store, a concept we’ve been very busy with over the last 2 years!

    It was fantastic to be involved with the event and we’re already getting excited about attending next year’s show – watch this space!


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  3. The Unstoreables: 7 creative summer garden storage ideas

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    At blue self storage, we’re all about helping you store your treasured possessions at a great price. But what about the stuff that you can’t or just don’t want to put in storage?

    With most of us destined to stay at home this summer, it’s more important than ever to make our homes and outdoor spaces a comfortable space to relax – that means getting creative with your garden storage.

    An old washing machine… That dusty old cupboard… Don’t just take them to the dump or let them clutter up your home. Instead: up-cycle!

    So, ready to make the most of your makeshift holiday home? Here are 7 creative ways to repurpose or cleverly hide your ‘unstoreables’ over the summer months…

     

    1. Furniture planter

    Got some old furniture you’re not quite ready to let go of? Pop old cupboards or drawers in the garden and fill them with flowers to brighten up the space. You can even use the extra space to store pots and other gardening bits and bobs! Handy.

     

    2. Multi-use mini sheds

    Not just for fire pit logs – although they’re great for that too – a modular shed or container helps tidy away visual clutter like bins, tools, BBQs, hoses and all the other things you don’t want to see when you’re sipping margaritas.

     

    3. Washing machine fire pit

    Broken washing machine? Take out the stainless-steel drum to create a nifty fire pit! Perfect for summer campfires with friends and family, especially on chilly evenings. Dust off the guitar and bust out your best amateur guitar skills! Did someone say Wonderwall?

    Bonus tip: Use old bricks as a border for a rustic look!

     

    4. Easy storage bench

    One simple purchase can make a helluva difference – one storage box like the above can double as a seat (don’t forget the cushions…) and as a garden storage container.

    Even if you’re renovating or redecorating, you could fit your tools, bricks, paint tins and bits ‘n’ bobs inside, with no one any the wiser.

     

    5. Log displays

    Have some old logs left over from winter? Don’t leave them lying around. Storing them in an old box can make a stylish display to go with your summer garden’s aesthetic. Oh, and you’ll need the kindling for your washing machine drum fire pit!

     

    6. Wooden pallet DIY seating

    Got an old wooden pallet going spare? Toolbox at the ready! You’d be amazed what you can make with them. Turn pallets into coffee tables, benches, or even an outdoor sofa for an ultra-relaxed space.

    Bonus tip: Incorporate piano hinges within the seats and your seating swiftly becomes storage for everything else!

     

    7. Old tyre creations

    No one likes getting a burst tyre, but when they look this good, it’s not such a bother. Turn old tyres into quirky tables and chairs! Or, if the pallet tables and chairs are more your thing, plant flowers in the tyres to add some colour to casa del you.

     

    We hope some of these garden storage ideas inspire you to use your unstoreables to transform your space into an exotic paradise – if you do, share a pic with us on Instagram or Facebook, we’d love to see it!

    Got some stuff that is fit for storage? Check out our full range of storage solutions.

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  4. Watch our 200+ Easter eggs travel on ‘An Eggcellent Adventure’ to Cardiff Foodbank… [video]

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    When our customers helped us to collect over 200 eggs for Cardiff Foodbank, the only task that remained … was getting them there safely!

    Our fabulous new storage coordinator Bernie took on the challenge. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, was to transport the eggs to their final destination at Cardiff Foodbank. And with a sat nav to guide her, could anything go wrong?

    Well, err … watch for yourself! #BernieOnAJourney ↓

    Thank you!

    Cardiff Foodbank logoWe’d like to thank all our wonderful customers who helped donate so many special Easter gifts to the local people using Cardiff Foodbank’s critical services.

    Especially during a time when Covid-19 has brought hardship to many and money is tight – your phenomenal, generous efforts will help Cardiff families and children in crisis to celebrate an Easter tradition without worrying about expenses.

    To help Cardiff Foodbank continue their eggcellent work, you can donate via LocalGiving – just hit the button below.

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  5. How to choose the right size storage unit when you’re moving house

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    Moving house and wondering what size storage unit you need?

    At blue self storage we offer 4 different sizes of self storage units. You can pick from…

    • 48 sq ft – ideal for a garden shed
    • 64 sq ft – ideal for a 1 – 2 bedroom house or flat
    • 80 sq ft – ideal for a 2 – 3 bedroom house
    • 160 sq ft – ideal for a 3 – 4 bedroom house

    But there’s no need to stress if you book a self storage unit for a house move and it turns out too big or too small – if you want to downsize to a smaller unit or upgrade to a bigger one, it’s no problem at all.

    And our minimum length contract for a self storage unit is only one month, giving you ultra flexibility and ease.

    Self storage units at blue self storage - Cardiff and Tyneside

    How do I figure out what size storage unit I need?

    A quick rule of thumb is to think of a one-bedroom house as needing around 50 sq ft storage.

    Next, add between 30 and 50 sq ft for every extra bedroom.

    So for a 2 bed home, look at 80 sq ft. For a 3 bed house, around 130 sq ft.

    How do you store furniture in a storage unit?

    It’s super simple and we can help answer questions you might have. But here are a few pro tips on storing items:

    • Clean everything thoroughly
    • Dismantle furniture and large items if possible
    • Use draws and wardrobes to the max
    • Clean and wrap furniture for long-term storage
    • Box and label everything properly – don’t worry if you forget, we sell packaging on site!
    • You might want to raise furniture off the floor
    • Store TVs etc. in their original packaging if you still have it and fill gaps with bubble wrap or foam packing
    • Don’t cram stuff in

    What size storage unit do I need? Helpful guide from blue self storage

    What size storage unit do I need for a 1 bedroom apartment?

    Anything in the region of 50 to 65 sq ft is the ideal self storage unit for a 1 bedroom apartment.

    What size storage do I need for a 3 bedroom house?

    A self storage unit somewhere between 120 and 150 sq ft should hold the contents of a 3 bedroom house.

    How can blue self storage help you?

    Drop us a message on social media or over the phone if you’ve any questions around self storage and house moving. We’re a friendly bunch 😁

    029 20 361 361 (Cardiff)

    0191 258 0286 (Tyneside)

    Get in touch


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