01 Apr Did you know self storage is better for the environment?
Self-storage that helps homeowners and the environment
You wouldn’t necessarily associate self-storage with the environment, but as many homeowners are finding, it can be the green option that we need. So, why are increasing numbers of homeowners turning to personal self-storage?
According to a report by The North London Waste Authority, 22 million pieces of furniture are thrown away every year in the UK. At least 50% of that is re-useable or repairable. It’s an incredible figure, especially when there is a national focus on plastics, reducing landfill and recycling.
There are plenty of reasons why good, useable items might be thrown out, and often one of those is simply that the owner doesn’t have the space for it.
Self-storage gives you space to keep your treasured possessions safe
Of course, we’re not just talking about furniture. Clothing, toys, equipment, machines, the amount of stuff we accumulate seems to grow continuously. Where does it all come from?
Throughout our lives we may move for a number of reasons – from our parent’s home to a student house, our first home and then to a shared home. Each time we acquire new furniture as we head out alone or need to reduce the amount we have as we combine households.
Over time our household needs change as well. As any parent knows, you need more space for all the toys that younger children need, and as your child gets bigger, their toys generally get smaller. Teenagers needs desks for homework, while often beds change as they grow from cots to storage beds to adult sized singles.
Rooms in the house evolve as well – the dining room becomes a home office, or a playroom becomes another bedroom. Each time some furniture can be redeployed while others is not required. The problem then becomes what to do with it all while it’s out of use.
Storing your possessions until they’re needed again
There are various scenarios as to why homeowners choose to store their possessions. Some are short term – couples moving home or renovating that temporarily store bulky items to keep them safe.
But many of us store items because we know we will need them again in the future. There’s nothing more frustrating that needing that desk for your new home office that you threw away a few years ago and having to buy another one. Except, perhaps, having a perfectly good antique wardrobe that is out of fashion for now and won’t suit the teenager’s room, but is totally unsellable. This leaves you with the option to destroy it, add it to landfill, or store it until your child leaves home and antique oak is back in fashion.
And as mother’s know, when you saved to buy the best toys, cots, highchairs and expensive prams for your own child, the thought of passing it on to your grandchildren is a lovely one. Having long term self-storage gives you the space to keep it until then.
Self-storage gives you time to decide what to keep
Another reason for holding on to our stuff is that is holds precious memories for us. Our memorabilia from our own school years, or photographs and pictures from trips abroad – especially if you have boxes of prints from the time before everything was digital.
We also can expect to inherit items, or even an entire second house of possessions, from our own parents. And, in what is a very emotional time, we’re not in the best place to decide what we should keep and what we should sell or bin.
A self-storage unit gives homeowners all the time you need to sort through everything, and to decide how best to use it. It gives you the space you need to decide what can be repaired, and what is irreplaceable.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
So, as many self-storage users are finding, your unit can help you to reduce the amount you send to landfill. Store items that you might be able reuse, or keep them until you can sell, upcycle or recycle by giving to charity. We’re proud to know that with every unit we rent out, we’re doing a little bit more to help the environment.
If you’d like to know more about renting a self-storage unit on a short or long term basis, please get in touch for a quote on 01527 67921.