Storage solutions once the kids have flown the nest

The kids are all grown up and they’ve finally decided that they want to move out of the family home to start a life all of their own. With all the emotional upheaval, this can be a tough time for parents, especially for those who are used to seeing and being with their children every day.

 

But once the move has taken place, and most of their possessions are in their new house, you’re often left with a bit of a mess and a lot of clutter still in their old room.

 

Ill-fitting clothes they don’t want, furniture that looks worse for wear and old school books that haven’t been used for years. There can be a lot to sort through once the kids have moved out, but where do you start?

 

According to a survey carried out by Lloyds TSB, three out of four parents are left to look after their children’s possession’s after they leave home, but is it easier to leave the clutter in their room in case they return? Should you put everything in the bin and turn the room into the dream dining room you’ve always wanted? Or maybe you want to put your child’s possessions into self storage instead?

 

Do you want to make the most of this new extra space you’ve acquired in the house? Let’s look at some storage options available to you.

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Leave their room how they left it

 

Save for the essentials like removing any mouldy food or dirty plates, why not leave the room as they left it? What if they want to come home after a month because they couldn’t fend for themselves? It’s entirely up to you when you want to change the house for your own benefit. And they might need somewhere to stay at short notice. They certainly can’t stay in that new home gym you wanted to install.

 

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Give away all clutter to charity

 

There are lots of incredibly worthwhile organisations that would appreciate some of the items young adults leave behind when they leave home. A lot of these could make a huge difference to the people that these charities support. And with parents chucking out an average of £285 worth of stuff when their children fly the nest, you’ll be doing your bit for charities to help people less fortunate.

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Put their clutter into self storage

If you don’t want to put things in the bin or give away your child’s possessions to charity, there is another way; self storage. Putting items into self storage means you can reclaim the space in your home quickly and easily, without the worry of putting things in the bin that your child will want later, or having to make any rash decisions.

 

39% of young adults that move out of the family expect their possessions to be untouched, and certainly not recycled or given away to charity. Self storage is a solution to this issue, as you may even choose to store your child’s possessions at a self storage location close to their new home.

 

If you want to reclaim that spare room in your home but don’t have the space to store your child’s items, Safestore could help. Safestore offers self storage at a price that makes sense. Committed to bringing you a range of different options to suit every storage need, Safestore offers individual, clean, dry and secure storage that will keep your belongings safe from damage and theft all year round.

Beautiful houses made from shipping containers

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The long overdue bedroom overhaul: Creating a luxurious retreat

 

 

With the majority of us having a busy lifestyle, it is ever more important to be able to come home and relax, and your bedroom is the place where that is the most significant. It is the place when you retire from active life and indulge in your own thoughts, and set yourself up for the day ahead. Therefore creating a bedroom that can be your sanctuary is a must for any busy critter.

 

To allow yourself to run the day, and not let the day run you, it is vital to buy a mattress that will give you the comfort and luxury your mind and body deserves. With sleep allowing your body to rejuvenate and your mind to process the thoughts of the day, it is the one thing you can do to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow you to be healthy and happy.

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Another key component to creating a bedroom retreat is choosing the right colour to decorate your room. I personally find that neutral tones are a great basis for creating a relaxing space. By using calm warm tones, you have the flexibility to pull out integral colours to develop the overall look and feel of your room. These colours can be in artwork or bedcovers as these will create a personalised style to your special space.

 

Mood lighting also helps me to relax at home after a long day. Scented candles really help with unwinding after a busy day of hustling. Therefore, purchasing a lamp with subtle lighting and burning a fragrant candle whilst you soothe your weary body, really helps you to breathe and soften your hard exterior. Plus, having too bright a light in the evening stops your body from realising that it is time to sleep. A good book paired with these lighting tips can be a great way to chill out.

 

Soft furnishings are also a nice addition to any room, although I’m a huge fan of the industrial and minimalist look, I think it only truly works when you have some homely textured furnishings to allow you to snuggle up in your pjs, and prepare for tomorrow. Crocheted pillow cases or throws add colour and also warmth to any bedroom, plus a nice heart warming rug placed where your tiny cold toes would normally hit the floor is a great addition to allow you to get out of bed on those frosty mornings come winter.

 

One thing I couldn’t be without is a good doona and bed furnishings. A winter and summer doona are necessities which I would not (and could not) be without. Therefore, during your bedroom overhaul these are crucial buys, especially if your eye is on some beautifully crafted egyptian sheets and bedding sets. In my eyes, there is nothing better than changing your bedding and knowing when you do finally hit the hay, you’ll be immersed in the fresh crisp bedding. As an added extra, spraying lavender on your pillowcases before you go to sleep is a great way to relax you. Studies have shown it can help with insomnia and stress, plus it is a damn good smell to fall asleep to.

 

With these key tips on your bedroom makeover, hopefully it will be a fun and smooth process to create a bedroom sanctuary that you rightly deserve. By taking the time to design your bedroom properly, it will make a massive difference in your life, as this retreat is where you wake up every morning, and will allow you to rise with a positive outlook on the day ahead. Everyone needs a slice of comfort in their lives.

Vertical garden ideas to accentuate the beauty of your home

Vertical gardens are the latest trend that can turn an area or wall into beautiful artwork. Applying some innovative vertical gardens can give you a green and healthy environment in and around your home or office. Check out some creative vertical gardens ideas to decorate your space. Continue reading Vertical garden ideas to accentuate the beauty of your home

Xbox console concepts for gamers who love it for the style

When it comes to gaming, Xbox becomes essential for geeks who appreciate gaming consoles for their functionality, appearance and comfort of use. This is the reason designers have been focusing more on making Xbox consoles more user-friendly. Here we have listed some of the most amazing Xbox designs that are unique and innovative in style as well as functionality. Continue reading Xbox console concepts for gamers who love it for the style

Concepts that make your workstation a portable system

You can carry your laptop to any place within your office, but what about moving your entire workstation to another place, in and out of your workplace. This is actually possible with the kind of portable workstations being developed by various designers worldwide. In fact, there are several such concepts that might soon see the light of the day. Continue reading Concepts that make your workstation a portable system

Design Projects That a Are Easier to Do Before You Move

 

When you’re working around someone else’s design aesthetic, it can be difficult to imagine making your own mark on a home. It’s equally difficult to redesign a home when you’ve already moved all of your own belongings into spaces that are essentially work sites. From basics like painting to totally renovating a kitchen, most design projects are easier to do before you move in.

Here’s a look at some of the design projects that are easier, quicker and cheaper to complete before moving.

Removing Wallpaper, Repairing Walls and Painting

Painting is simple and cost effective, but when the rooms are full of furniture it slows things down and adds labor to the project. You’ll spend a fair amount of time moving everything far enough away from the walls to use rollers. Removing wallpaper and repairing the plaster or drywall also requires a clear working space. Fixing the walls before the move in will save you time and guarantee that nothing gets damaged during the process.

Flooring

No matter what type of flooring you are putting down or refinishing, nothing can be in the room while the work is being done. If you take on a flooring project after moving in everything will have to be moved right back out.

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Bathroom Renovations

If you only have one bathroom in your home, or you plan to renovate all the bathrooms, you’ll quickly realize this project is best handled when you aren’t living there yet. You can always eat out or buy ready-made meals if your kitchen is under construction, but there’s no way to get around showering and using the restroom. The water may also have to be turned off, which will make things that much more inconvenient.

Ceiling Fixes

Unattractive popcorn ceilings are high on the renovation list for most homeowners. Ceiling fixes create huge messes that get all over everything. Unless you plan on keeping everything covered and moving it out of the way, it’s best to complete this project before moving in.

Electrical Projects

Lighting is one design element that can completely change the mood and look of a room. Many electrical projects require turning off the power for safety, which means the entire home could be affected. It’s also much easier for electricians to work in a vacant space if they are rewiring, cutting into drywall, or replacing fixtures.

There are two things that can help you get your redesign projects done in the middle of a move. First, create a master plan that prioritizes your projects within your timeline. If you are purchasing a home, typically the first mortgage payment won’t have to be made until the month after you are handed the keys. This gives you about four weeks to make improvements without having to pay for two homes at once.

The second sanity-saver is enlisting the help of a professional mover. Hiring a moving company always makes a move easier. If you are considering several redesign projects, they can also be a huge stress reliever. The movers can handle the logistics so that you can focus on getting everything ready before the move-in date. Another great benefit when you hire a moving company is that the movers can help you get your furniture in the perfect position even if it takes a few tries. If time becomes a factor, these companies can also provide storage solutions for your belongings while you finish up your design projects.