Moving is pretty much the most stressful thing you have to do as an adult. Ok, getting married, applying for jobs and giving birth are pretty stressful too, but moving is definitely up in the top five (I should know - I've gone through all of these in the last few years!).
There you are, trying to move all your worldly possessions from place A to place B while needing to deal with everything else as normal. Your job still needs doing, your kids still need to be cared for and your plants watered / dog walked / and so on. In our case, we also had our new house to be renovated!
It is quite unbelievable how much things a fully furnished two-bedroom house holds. We also had a loft full of stuff. Ahead of time we were really stressed as there was just so much to pack, and so little time with everything else going on. We were due to move out of our house on completion date which brought additional stress on how to accomplish a full house move and a clean up in just half a day.
Self storage was an immense help with our move. To release some of the pressure on the big day we started packing some key items a few days ahead. However, once you start clearing out the cupboards and drawers you soon realise that you are running out of space in your own home. We popped the packed bags and boxes down at a self storage facility, which instantly freed up some space in our house to enable more packing to be completed.
Self storage facilities aren't as expensive and as far away as you might imagine. They tend to be located in convenient places within easy reach of cars. For example, in London and Thames Valley there are more than 20 facilities for Shurgard, the self storage expert in the capital. It is so easy to find a nearest one just by inputting your postcode.
And during that very expensive house moving business every penny you can save is a penny more to redecorate. For first time users there are lots of great self storage offers, like Shurgard's £1 storage for one month, amongst other promotions and discounts on their site.
As we had to move out of our home while our new home was still being renovated, we really needed a safe place to store our vast belonging while waiting for the house to be ready to move in to. We aren't 100% sure when the house will be ready, so needed flexibility too. And that was exactly what self storage provided us during our move - safe, reliable and flexible place to leave our stuff.
We are now using a storage facility of about 125 square meters, which houses all our furnishing and other random junk. You can get pretty much all sizes - for example Shurgard offers storage rooms from 10 to 240 square meters for as little or as long you need them. I am sort of tempted to just remove the most important things and take them to the house, and move the smaller bits into a smaller storage room and just sort them out there over a few nights...
Have you or do you think would ever use self storage?
*Thanks Shurgard, the self storage expert for sponsoring this post