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  1. 3 winners for our birthday competition – *REVEALED*!

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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!

    RUNNERS UP

    1. Oliver Wakeling
    2. Jody Shepperd
    3. Derek Lawrence
    4. Colin Pretlove
    5. Siobhan Jones
    6. Annabel Cooper
    7. Christopher Dance
    8. Steve Walsh-Jones
    9. Nicholas Woodberry
    10. Greg Starr

    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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  2. Decluttering: How to help your loved one ‘let go’ of treasured items

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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.

    A tidy and clutter-free kitchen [Decluttering: How to help your loved one 'let go' of items - blog]

    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.

    Top tip

    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.

     

    Clutter and mess in someone's garage

    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.

    Top tip

    Don’t overwhelm them. Focus on one project at a time, and celebrate the success once it’s done.

     

    Calm and pretty bedroom in neutral shades - decluttering blog

    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.

    Top tip

    Use Pinterest (why not start with our boards? 😏) to get inspiration on how to store stuff at home neatly & cleverly.

    Hidden storage hacks Storage furniture

     

    Couple having fun in packing boxes [Decluttering: How to help your loved one 'let go' of items - blog]

    “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.

    Top tip

    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.

     

    Woman putting bags of donations in car boot [Decluttering: How to help your loved one 'let go' of items - blog]

    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.

    Top tip

    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!

     

    Entrance to blue self storage Llanishen facility

    Welcome to blue self storage!

    #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.

    Top tip

    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.

    Check our Covid-19 page for regular updates →

     

    Clean and tidy living room in flat - decluttering blog

    No mess allowed, this is your Zen Zone…

    #7 – Keep one room in your home as tidy as possible

    Now, this feels a big ask, especially if you’re in the process of moving home or downsizing – and it’s going to feel like whack-a-mole when you tidy a room and another goes to pot.

    But even if you can keep one room a no-clutter-allowed zone, you’ll keep your sanity in check. Make firm rules for what can’t enter the room; no stuff for storage, no boxes, no bags.

    Top tip

    Starting with clutter already in there? Use our ‘clearing out your house in lockdown’ guide for extra helpful decluttering tips ↓

    Our practical guide to clearing out your house during lockdown

    decluttering - a tidy terraced house living room

    No clutter, just a stylish interior

    Wrapping it up

    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.

    To purchase materials, choose what you’d like to buy from our packaging page and get in touch at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk or 029 20 361 361 where payment can be taken over the phone.

    We’ll aim to deliver your materials within the next few business days after purchase, but deliveries may be subject to local COVID restrictions.

  3. Wales ‘firebreak’ lockdown ends: blue self storage facility update [Monday 9th Nov]

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    *Monday 9th November update*

    As Wales’ national firebreak lockdown ends today, we’d like to assure our customers that both our Cardiff storage sites – in Wentloog and Llanishen – are back open as normal, to all our customers.

    All of our regular security measures remain in place, and our remote sign-up system is still in effect.

    We’re fully committed to the health and safety of our customers and staff, and will continue operating both our Wentloog and Llanishen storage sites in accordance with the official guidance.

    Dean Daly gives a tour of blue self storage Llanishen storage facility

    Visiting your storage unit

    All customers can now visit their storage units like normal.

    Llanishen self storage in Cardiff

    New storage bookings

    For brand new storage customers, we’re currently operating a remote sign-up service:

    1. Get in touch via our social media, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form.
    2. We’ll take you through our booking process & take card payments over the phone
    3. You can provide any of your ID documentation by scanning & sending via email, to info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
    4. We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates

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    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.

    We’re monitoring and adhering to the advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In March 2020, we implemented stringent measures in our storage facilities to minimise risk and keep our customers safe.

    We’re offering new customers a remote sign-up service, all done from the comfort of their sofa! This eliminates the need for face-to-face contact, so you can book your storage unit safely.

    To book remotely, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form.

    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!

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    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

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    Roz, accounts team, blue self storage cardiffWe’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.

    Call: 02920 361 361
    Email: info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
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    Thanks for reading and please stay safe,

    The blue self storage team

  4. Watch a mini preview of our Llanishen storage facility, now open! [video]

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    Pack it up, pack it in – our Llanishen storage facility is now open!

    Step inside our site with Dean (Operations Manager) for a sneak preview of how it looks in our brand new video ↓

     

     

    We’ll be releasing a full video tour of our Llanishen storage facility soon, so keep an eye out… 🔎

    Sign up at Llanishen, contact-free

    For brand new storage customers, we’re currently operating a remote sign-up service.

    1. Get in touch via our social media, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form to book your unit
    2. We’ll take you through our booking process & take card payments over the phone
    3. You can provide any of your ID documentation by scanning & sending via email, to info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
    4. We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates

    Book your spot at our Llanishen storage facility

    Choose from 4 unit sizes (48 / 64 / 80 / 160 Sqft) starting from just £17.30* per week! *includes VAT.

    Our Llanishen site has 24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance and automated security barriers using fob entry/exit, so your belongings are safe and secure.

    Find out more / book now

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  5. 5 reasons to join our new ‘Caravan & Motorhome Club’ on Facebook

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    Own a caravan or motorhome and want to find recommendations, share photos and sell your stuff?

    Join our new Caravan and Motorhome Club on Facebook!

    In February 2020 we set up our new Facebook group, the blue self storage Caravan and Motorhome Club, for customers who use us for caravan, camper van & motorhome storage in Cardiff and we’re happy to say it’s been a huge success!

    With over 200 members already, and plenty of new posts every week, it’s exactly what we wanted the group to be – inclusive, interesting, and an interactive platform for caravan & motorhome owners to learn from each other, share top tips, ‘must see’ places to visit or avoid, and sell your vehicles or accessories.

    Take a look at the group

    Still need convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should join our new blue self storage Caravan and Motorhome Club…

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #1 – Get regular updates on your caravan or motorhome storage

    We carry out daily inspections at our blue self storage facility in Wentloog, and we share any news with the group – if any covers have come loose, or if any action needs to be taken due to the weather, we’ll keep you updated*.

    We’ll also share important industry news – like the fantastic U-turn in motorhome tax, announced in this year’s financial budget – to keep you informed of what you need to know.

    *Don’t worry – all customers are told about potential issues personally, via phone. Our Facebook updates are simply to keep you up-to-date with the site, should any new developments happen!

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #2 – Ask for recommendations from other caravan & motorhome owners

    Who better to ask than other owners and experts? If you need valet cleaning, MOT & servicing, or you’re looking for new travel ideas, or places to visit, or things to try, this is the place to ask!

    You can ask for tips & knowledge that matter to you, from people like you.

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #3 – Buy & sell your vehicles or related accessories

    You could spend hours on eBay or Gumtree, trying to sell your beloved vehicle – or you could pop a photo with some details in our new group, and sell it locally!

    Chances are, our members will know someone looking for a new caravan or motorhome; they may even be in the market themselves…


    Get involved – join the Facebook group!


    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #4 – Share your ideas & feedback for blue self storage

    We’re always keen to hear from our caravan & motorhome storage customers, and we want to make our site the best it can possibly be. For that, we need your feedback.

    The Caravan & Motorhome Club is somewhere you can leave feedback and recommendations for storage. You can also ask questions and our expert team will be on hand to answer.

    #5 – Chat with other local people about the shared things you love

    In this digital era, making new online connections is important. One of our hopes for this group is that it’ll encourage more chatting and friendly discussions between owners.

    Whether it’s about travel and campsites to visit (or avoid!), or helpful advice, this is a place for you to chat with other people who love the same stuff you do!

    Don’t wait any longer – come join us over on Facebook…

     
    Join our Caravan and Motorhome Club


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