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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.
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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.
We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates
Health & safety measures at our sites
The health and safety of our customers is absolutely paramount to us – as is protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. It’s up to all of us to keep other safe and protected in potentially dangerous situations.
Other health & safety measures at our facilities include:
We have instructed our cleaners to increase their disinfectant routines
Hand sanitisers have been placed around the site along with extra signage
Staff regularly wipe door handles, push plates, card terminals, telephones and all contactable areas
We have placed disposable gloves on our caravan/motorhome wash facilities
We have placed a drop-off box for vacating customers returning locks and ID cards
We are encouraging customers to ring through any queries rather than visit the office
We’ll be updating our customers via our social media channels to keep you informed
We operate a closed door policy – we manage customers remotely or from our temporary holding office
All our staff have their temperature recorded daily before starting work on a thermal image camera
Our facilities are registered NHS track & trace businesses
Protection screens have been put in place to protect customers and staff
Extra signage around site to help customers maintain social distancing
We provide face masks for anyone who has forgotten them!
Security at our sites
Rest assured, our security remains at FULL capacity. Our security teams are working hard 24/7, as usual, to keep your units & vehicles safe. We also have a reserve of security personnel on standby, should we need them.
Please be assured that providing high-level security is our utmost priority, as always.
Despite current restrictions imposed across the UK, our customers should be in no doubt that our security carries on at full capacity, including:
24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance
Security team on-site – 24/7, 365 days a year
Regular security patrols with dogs
Manned entry-point with ID required
Alarmed perimeter fencing
We’re here to answer your questions
If you have any questions at all regarding how we’re dealing with Covid-19, or anything else storage-related, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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