2021 was full of exciting new challenges and plenty of good stuff – it’s time to reflect!
We never take our company achievements for granted – that’s why it’s important to stop and look back on a year’s worth of hard work and new opportunities.
Our team have worked incredibly hard for another year running to make sure we’re delivering the best quality service for customers – whether we’re opening new facilities or rolling out a fresh service, they’re always on hand to give you the best experience possible!
And it’s thanks to them, and the work we put in last year, that we’ve achieved SO much in 2021! Here’s a little rundown…
We were awarded the prestigious trophy at the FEDESSA awards in Birmingham in autumn 2021, for our Llanishen facility. It was such a fantastic signifier of our team’s hard work getting the site launched and to the high standards our customers enjoy.
For many of our customers, we’re a local brand embedded in our hometown of Cardiff – but through our family network of businesses, we’ve got close ties with Tyneside. That’s why it made sense to make our next hub in North Shields, Tyneside!
Signed up 1,397 customers
Whether it was a unit (or multiple!), a caravan plot, vehicle storage, warehousing space – lots of you came to us for storage solutions in 2021! We were proud to welcome so many new customers to our 3 facilities.
Received 421 5-star reviews
One thing we can be assured of – our customers like to chat! We were thrilled to receive a whopping 421 reviews giving 5 stars for our staff and service ★★★★★
Along with The Maltings Document Storage Solutions, we donated £5,000 to a charity close to our hearts. We visited the Penarth hospice to officially donate the sum, which will go towards providing more incredible end-of-life care.
We’re always looking to improve our service, and that starts with a happy, healthy team. We provided dedicated training for our staff to recognise and understand a wide variety of mental health issues.
Achieved 5.0 rating on TrustPilot
We’re proud to have successfully unlocked a 5.0 rating! Again, it’s made possible by the work and dedication of our lovely team – and we’re pleased our customers are happy with their experience 😊
Introduced electric car charging points
As part of our ongoing commitment to more sustainable ways of working, and reducing our environmental impact, we introduced electric car charging points so e-car owners could rest assured they could visit with no issues.
Increased our storage capacity by 31,584 sq ft
We just needed a little more… space! We’re constantly growing and evolving our facilities to meet demand whilst retaining our high standards. Simply put, that equates to 658 of our smallest units, at 48 sq ft each!
Comments Off on blue self storage staff & customers help to donate 470kg of food to Cardiff charities at Christmas
This year, we decided to scrap Secret Santa and opt for something a bit more charitable and meaningful.
We asked our colleagues and customers to put their money towards helping other people by collecting food for local charities – and the response was staggering!
On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December, we were able to visit Cardiff Foodbankand Llanrumney Hall Community Trust respectively to donate boxes upon boxes of food, toiletries, cleaning products and other critical things so desperately needed by local families. The total weight donated was approx 470kg spread across boxes, crates and bags.
Our staff, customers, clients and friends spent weeks helping us to build our pile of donations – and we were finally able to drop them off last week. Together with our storage customers CMB Engineering, the company who took on the Llamrumney Hall project and restored the site to its former glory, we delivered the boxes to the impressive manor house.
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Sharon and the team carried the boxes in…
The CMB Engineering team helped cart in all the stuff!
The donated food and essentials will help to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East
L-R: Dean, Sharon, Steven, Bertie, Rhiannon
The blue self storage and CMB Engineering teams with the hard-working Pantry staff in the middle
Dean with Bertie and Steven Borley from CMB Engineering
The Llanrumney Hall pantry ‘is a community facility that aims to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East and provide affordable and accessible food and household essentials to the local community’.
“Due to Covid, we’re seeing a lot more people stuck in food poverty traps but the work that people like Marcus Rashford have done has really helped to raise awareness of the issue,” said Dean Daly, Operations Manager of blue self storage. “We have a huge and incredibly generous customer base, and with everyone giving a little, we’ve been able to give a lot.”
Steven Borley, CMB Engineering
“It’s fantastic to have companies like blue self storage pitch in and help as well. It’s a great charity that really does a lot for the people of east Cardiff,” Bertie added.
On the Llanrumney Hall Community Trust itself, Steven Borley said: “This is a family project for us as we grew up locally and employ a lot of people from around here. Before we took it on, it was ripe for being burned down and destroyed; now we’ve invested approximately 2 million pounds into the projects with the help of the council, the lottery and other funders. We’ve turned it back into a country house full of myth and mystery, as it should be.”
We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards our festive food collection; the donations were gratefully received by both Cardiff Foodbank and Llanrumney Hall Community Trust pantry.
Hopefully this small act of kindness will go a long way towards helping those less fortunate this Christmas.
Special thanks to the following for their generous donations – together we made it happen!
Maltings Document Storage Solutions
Amitech IT Ltd
A-Team Security – UK
Complete Office Moves
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.
It’s that time of year again! Bells are ringing, children are singing, and boxes are starting to take over your student bedroom… yikes! 🎅
As we know, Father Christmas twinkles kindly upon those of us who tidy and sort away our clutter, keeping boxes and bags to a minimum over the festive period. It helps keep corridors clear for his crucial visit on Christmas Eve!
So, Santa’s asked us to ‘do a collab’ (whatever that means) and release this blog on his behalf, full of ho-ho-helpful ideas for short-term storage in Cardiff this Christmas, so all the lovely students can stay on his ‘nice list’…
#1 – Use breezybox for cheap, short-term student storage from just £5.95
For some of us, our parents would struggle to come get us and our stuff – perhaps the car’s too small or cluttered already… and then it’s about finding a place to put it all!
But you can’t avoid the fact that whether it’s musical instruments and electric amps, or photography equipment and power tools – whatever unusual societies you’ve joined this year, you’ll have high value stuff that burglars want to get their hands on.
So it has to be safe and secure somewhere! Even if you do manage to lug it all down the M4, you definitely won’t want to clutter up your childhood room for weeks on end – so keeping it safe in storage is the way to go.
And by using breezybox, the only thing YOU have to do is pack the boxes! Leaving more free time for festive nights out and panic buying presents on the 22nd December 🎁
Book breezybox – easy student storage in time for Christmas
We’re collecting boxes up ’til Christmas Eve morning!
Comments Off on 3 winners for our birthday competition – *REVEALED*!
We’re thrilled to finally announce the 3 winners of our big birthday competition!
The entries to our competition closed on Thursday 29th July, midday and the winners have now been picked and are in the process of being contacted to claim their prizes.
We had a whopping 235 entries! So we’d like to thank all our lovely customers for entering and getting involved.
There’s no hat big enough to pick out 235 pieces of paper, so an outside helper (who isn’t a blue self storage team member) used a random generator to sift through the data and select our 3 lucky winners.
They are as follows…
1st PRIZE – OWEN ROBINSON
Congratulations to Owen, winner of our £100 meal for 2 at a restaurant of your choice!
2nd PRIZE – ROY DAVIES
Congratulations to Roy, winner of 1 month FREE storage at any of our 3 locations!
3rd PRIZE – GILLIAN EDWARDS
Congratulations to Gillian, winner of a £50 retail gift card you can spend at a variety of local businesses in either Cardiff or Tyneside!
But we couldn’t stop there…
So many of you entered, we wanted to share more prizes! So we’ve picked 10 random runners up who’ll each receive a blue self storage branded mug and car air freshener!
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered! To all the winners, we’ll contact you in due course to arrange prize handover.
If you didn’t win this time, thanks for trying! Please keep an eye out for future competitions in our newsletters.
Comments Off on Decluttering: How to help your loved one ‘let go’ of treasured items
If you’re downsizing, decluttering, redecorating or just ready to embrace minimalism, you’ll be unearthing items and ‘stuff’ that just has to go.
And while you, dear reader, might be able to shrug it off and donate your things, you may well have a partner or family member filled with horror at the idea of decluttering and ‘losing’ a little part of them.
So use this guide – written with plenty of personal experience, we have to admit – to help you help your loved one ‘let go’ of treasured items, sensitively.
Aaahhh – zen-like tranquillity awaits!
#1 – Help them construct a ‘decluttering management plan’
Someone with lots and lots of old, unused items can often feel overwhelmed when they think about how to get rid of things, or where to put them.
This might lead to panic or fear, which only encourages them to ‘hold on’ even tighter to their treasured things.
So, be kind, be gentle, and don’t lose your patience. Regardless of why your loved one feels compelled to hold on to things, you’ll need to summon all your compassion and consider them as someone who really needs your help in this moment.
A management plan or strategy could start with listing categories – i.e. clothes, books, electronics – and discussing where these things could live permanently.
Avoid being too quick to consign items to certain areas – your loved one might need a little time to adjust to the thought of putting items in storage or giving them away.
Yikes – recognise this sort of clutter?
#2 – Tackle one thing at a time & make it a project
Those of us who like to hoard items will usually have a broad range of ‘stuff’, from different eras, previous owners, and of varying sentimental values.
Notice which items your partner is more neutral about – perhaps an old shoe collection or unused vinyl? – and suggest that you only focus on this collection for the time-being.
Your loved one can get used to the idea of losing items, and that it isn’t the end of the world, with a smaller, more insignificant pile.
Don’t overwhelm them. Focus on one project at a time, and celebrate the success once it’s done.
Calm, peaceful – an oasis of serenity
#3 – Everything in its place & a place for everything
This old proverb is absolutely crucial when organising or decluttering! Having cluttered, closed boxes of lovely things in the hallway or scattered around the house means that no one gets to enjoy them.
Particularly if you’re downsizing, finding a place for everything (and keeping it there) is essential. This could mean some clever new storage within the house if your loved one isn’t ready to let everything go.
Use Pinterest (why not start with our boards? 😏) to get inspiration on how to store stuff at home neatly & cleverly.
“When I said ‘let go of what you love’, I didn’t mean me…”
#4 – Choose the ‘must keeps’ VS everything else
Ultimately, the reason your loved one is still holding on to items is because everything feels like a ‘must keep’. Items might have deep sentimental value, or be a family heirloom. Alternatively, your loved one might have convinced themselves they’ll ‘use it one day’, or ‘do something with it’.
You can tackle this by avoiding the ‘b’ word (bin it!) and put items into categories of ‘keep at home’ or ‘put in storage’. Then every items is still kept, but in a more manageable place.
After 6-12 months, point out how you’ve not needed or used the items you put away, and suggest that it’s time to donate them.
Your good deed for the month!
#5 – Find a charity for donations & avoid online selling
If your partner or family member has lots of things like books, clothes or other not-so-sentimental items, encourage them to find a charity they’d genuinely love to help. Realistically, we can’t put everything into storage, and as Frank Sinatra once sang, ‘Something’s gotta give’!
Find a charity that would appreciate your things, or plan a yard sale and donate the takings to a charity instead.
Our current nominated charity, Cerebral Palsy Cymru, do incredible work with children dealing with cerebral palsy.
And while they can’t accept donations for their shops right now, they’re asking for people to save up their donations for when they can accept them.
Don’t be tempted to try online selling, especially for items under £20-50 – visiting the Post Office to send an item you’ve sold for £3 isn’t worth your time!
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#6 – Don’t be afraid of storage when decluttering
You might think, “We’ve only moved it somewhere else!” – but for your loved one, it’s a step forward in removing the stuff from their immediate vicinity, and getting used to the idea of separation without the scary ‘forever’ part.
Having that physical barrier offers some safe adjustment if they’re particularly attached to the items.
Wrap & protect the more delicate items before putting them into storage. This could help the act of storing feel less ‘harsh’ or finite.
Lockdown makes it difficult to buy packaging materials but you can buy them directly from us, and get them delivered!*
We’re currently open 24/7 to service critical & essential workers only who need our facility, but hope to be back open for all customers soon.
While the compulsion to keep, store & cherish our treasured items is perfectly common, for the rest of us, carefully teetering over piles of boxes and unused gadgets to get to the kitchen is no way to live.
Perhaps your partner has stacks of family heirlooms they can’t get rid of, or maybe your sister has an art collection that’s taking over the house – either way, you can help them to conquer the clutter.
The key thing to remember is to be gentle and don’t judge. Your loved one needs you – time to get decluttering!
While this guide is not necessarily for people with ‘hoarding disorder’, it’s important to note that hoarding disorder is a serious condition that may require therapy or further help from a GP.
If you’re worried that someone you love might be a hoarder, visit nhs.uk/hoarding-disorder for information & how to seek help.
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— *Packaging materials delivered to your home: T+Cs apply
Delivering packaging materials to customers is something we are currently trialling as a limited time offer. Available upon rental of a storage unit (or for customers with existing storage units).
Available for customers within the Cardiff area only. Available on the assumption we have adequate staffing available – in the unlikely circumstance of staff illness or shortage, we may postpone your delivery but will inform you as soon as possible.