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  1. 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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  2. Introducing our brand new storage collection service, breezybox

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    Introducing our brand new service, breezybox – our refreshingly easy service offering ‘by the box’ storage collection in Cardiff 📦

    Say hello to our easy, breezy, hassle-free ‘storage by the box’ collection service – it’s self storage without leaving the house. You pack it up, we pack it in!

    breezybox - affordable storage collection in Cardiff

    How breezybox by blue self storage works

    Using breezybox is easy peasy. Simply let us know how many boxes you’d like to store and the length of storage time you need. We’ll deliver boxes and packing material like tape and bubble wrap straight to your door.

    Take your time to pack up your stuff. You don’t need to fill up your car or hire a van to drive your possessions to our warehouse. Instead, you can pack your boxes from the comfort of home.

    When you book the service, you’ll also select the date for us to collect your packed boxes. We’ll pop back to pick up your treasured items and deliver them straight to our facility for storage.

    Book breezybox from £5.95 per month

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    Who breezybox is for

    breezybox is currently available to everyone living in the Cardiff area. This super useful service is suitable for everyone from students to seniors and everyone in between.

    You’ll love breezybox if you…

    Have a busy schedule
    If you’re always rushed off your feet, you might not have a spare minute to visit one of our storage facilities. With breezybox, we bring the storage to you. You can fill up your boxes when you have a chance, without the need to spend time dropping off your items.

    Don’t have a vehicle
    Our customers often need to store several items, which can make it tricky to get to one of our storage facilities without a car. Instead of lugging your items around on public transport (or hoping a taxi driver will take pity on you and your ten boxes), our drivers will transport your storage items for you.

    Need to move in a hurry
    If you’re moving out and don’t have time to sort through your stuff, breezybox is a quick solution. Simply estimate the number of things you need to store, and we’ll be there in a jiffy with your boxes so that you can move out and come back to your items when you have more time to sort through them.

    5 reasons why you need breezybox →

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    What to expect from breezybox

    Using breezybox is easy breezy & simple! Here’s what to expect…

    Speedy service
    We’ll drop off your boxes soon after you request them. When you’re ready for your items to be collected, we’ll be back to pick them up.

    Hassle-free
    No need to attend a storage facility and no need to deliver your items yourself. Simply fill out our form and select the number of storage boxes you need. We’ll take care of the rest.

    Friendly drivers
    You’ll experience the same friendly service that you would at a blue self storage facility. Our drivers are accommodating and happy to help 😁

    What you can store with breezybox

    You can store most items that fit into a standard or large-sized storage box. We can also collect some larger items like surfboards, suitcases and musical instruments – just message us and we’ll work it out with you.

    As you’d expect, you can’t store flammable liquids, food and drink, chemicals, weapons or pets. Yes, these are all things that people have tried to store with us in the past! For a full list of what can’t be stored, just head here.

    Customer reviews

    As it’s something of a pilot scheme, we’re very pleased to have started signing up some lovely customers already! Here’s what one of them had to say…

    “blue self storage provided excellent service! They were quick and efficient in dealing with my queries. All the staff-the manager, admin and the driver were friendly, no long call wait-times and communication was also good over telephone and email. Paperwork was dealt with swiftly and the collection arrangement went smoothly. I am honoured to be the first student to use their student-friendly scheme ‘breezybox’. I highly recommend their services to university students all across Cardiff! I look forward to using other blue self storage services soon and wish them the best of success!”

    Ruth, Cardiff medical student ★★★★★

    Want to try breezybox from blue self storage?

    Learn more about our storage collection in Cardiff and fill out the form to arrange a breezybox collection & delivery.

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    Our new breezybox service currently offers storage collection in Cardiff – we hope to expand to other locations soon!

  3. Enter our big birthday competition and win 3 amazing prizes!

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    We’re celebrating our 2nd birthday this July and we want you to celebrate with us!

    It’s officially 2 years since we changed from Cardiff Self Storage & emerged into a beautiful blue butterfly that is blue self storage – they grow up so fast, don’t they? 😢

    So, to celebrate our anniversary birthday, we’re running a fantastic competition for customers, to thank you for all your loyal support so far!

    Over to our Storage Coordinator Rhi who’ll tell you everything you need to know…

    In a nutshell, we’re inviting all our Cardiff & Tyneside customers to enter our competition!

    Simply submit your details below and you’ll be entered into our massive prize draw. You could win…

    First prize

    A £100 meal for 2 at a restaurant of your choice in your locality. Yum!

     

    Second prize

    1 month’s free storage at any of our storage sites for existing customers. The prize will be credited to your account – so that’s one less bill to pay for a whole month!

     

    Third prize

    A £50 gift card via Cardiff Gift Card [for Cardiff customers] or the Tyne Collective [for Newcastle customers] that you can spend with a variety of local businesses.

     

    Enter our prize draw

     

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    T&Cs

    Meal for two – Please tell us your restaurant of choice and we will put £100 ‘behind the bar’ in your name to spend on food and drinks. Prize must be used within the next 3 months following the competition closing date.

    £50 gift card – In the case of a Cardiff/South Wales winner, we will purchase a £50 gift card from Cardiff Gift Card in your name and send it to you securely. In the case of a Tyneside/Newcastle winner, we will ask for your preferred choice of businesses available through tynecollective.co.uk and purchase a £50 gift card in your name for that business and send it to you securely.

    1 month free storage – Please note this does not include contents insurance which will need to be purchased separately.

    Who can enter – This competition is open to existing customers only and we will be checking entrants’ details against our customer database.

    Closing date – The competition closes at 12pm midday on Thursday 29th July.

  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.

    Donate to Cardiff Foodbank


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  5. Meet Ann, Bernie and Jeanette in their first exclusive team interview…

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    We recently added 3 new firecrackers to our team – it’s time to formally introduce Ann, Jeanette and Bernie!

    Bernie and Jeanette join our team of Storage Coordinators, while Ann joins our Accounts department.

    So our customers can get to know them a little better, we asked all three to ‘lift the lid’ on life at blue self storage… Take it away, ladies!

    Hi, guys! What does your 9-to-5 day typically include?

    Ann: My job is all about keeping financial records & accounts update to date, credit control, taking queries and payments from customers, paying suppliers promptly… my day is pretty varied for an ‘accounts’ role, which I love.

    Ann

    Jeanette: My day is varied – it ranges from assisting the team and dealing with customers enquiries (we have a wide variety of customers across several sites), completing site inspections to ensure our high standards are maintained, dealing with a wide range of tasks.

    No day is the same for me!

    Bernie: I’m lucky as I get to spend my day engaging with customers, taking calls, signing up customers and doing general admin – it’s a lot of chatting with lovely people!

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    The entrance to our Llanishen storage facility

    Why is it important to you, to work for a company like blue self storage?

    Ann: I love that it’s a small friendly team, but also I love the brand and the big plans they have … The company is ambitious and growing rapidly; this is really reassuring with all the uncertainty going on.

    Jeanette

    Jeanette: That was important to me too, as the company having big plans is definitely reassuring! Also it’s a great place to work, I’m fortunate to work with a great bunch of people and I love meeting customers, they’re always so nice!

    Bernie: For me, the warm welcome from the team (and excellent caravan storage) cemented that this was the place for me. Not only are customers very important to blue self storage, their staff are too.

    What do you enjoy most about your job?

    Ann: Going home! 😊  Just kidding – I enjoy working with great supportive people, everyone gets on, we have a giggle and banter!

    Bernie

    Bernie: The team is great, but also meeting and talking to customers – it’s why I love customer service, chatting to people, meeting new personalities …

    Jeanette: Diversity of my role keeps things interesting, and I love being with the team.

    We have a lot of fun doing what we do!

    Inside the blue self storage office, Wentloog

    How is the team and company culture at blue self storage?

    Ann: The culture is relaxed and supportive, and we have great leadership who understand people.

    Bernie: Yep, the culture and the team are just AMAZING!

    Jeanette: Agreed … It’s a fun place to work, everyone is really supportive, the culture here is fun, friendly but very professional. The team’s full of different personalities which shouldn’t work, but it somehow does!

    Who put our Accounts team in storage?!

    Any fun facts you’ve learned about the team so far?

    Jeanette: We have ‘Food Friday’ where every week we indulge in the best food East Cardiff has to offer. It’s quite an adventure through cuisines.

    Bernie: I’ll let you in on a secret… Rhi can’t sing (even though she thinks she can)! And all the team have different qualities and a little bit of craziness thrown in for good measure.

    Ann: I couldn’t possibly divulge things like that for fear of retribution (lol). I’m saying nothing!

    “Oh lord, she’s at it again…”

    What hobbies or passions have kept you busy during lockdown?

    Ann: I did lots of cross stitch and baking – some with more success than others …

    Jeanette: Family and gardening kept me busy; my garden has never looked so nice!

    Bernie: I’ve treasured the time I’ve been able to spend with my grandson.

    What storage ‘tip’ would you give to a customer?

    Ann: Hmmmm… Pay your invoice on time! What else could I say?

    Jeanette: Choose storage that gives you peace of mind. Prior to working at blue self storage, I used the caravan storage and it’s so nice knowing my caravan is safe and secure.

    Bernie: Yep, I second that. When you choose blue self storage, you will always have piece of mind on our site.

    Our caravan storage

    If you were stuck on a desert island, what’s the one item of furniture you absolutely couldn’t live without?

    Ann: Does a coffee maker count as furniture???

    Jeanette: My bed! I do love sleeping.

    Bernie: I think I’ll go for a dining table and chairs to sit around. Family meals are key!

    Add a coffee maker and a bed and you’d have the ladies’ perfect ‘desert island’!

    And finally, once it’s safe to travel again, what’s the first holiday you’ll book?

    Ann: I’m not fussy, so anywhere … but preferably somewhere warm.

    J: Benidorm! Love the entertainment and guaranteed hot weather.

    Bernie: It’s got to be my favourite place, Tenby. We go back often and have made lots of family memories over the years.

    Benidorm vs Tenby – happily, we’d visit both!

    Thanks to Ann, Jeanette and Bernie for the interview – all three have been an instant hit in the office and we can’t wait to keep growing & starting new commercial ventures with our amazing team 🙌

    Meet the full team


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