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11
October
2013

Self-storage industry in the UK

Infographic: THE UK SELF STORAGE INDUSTRY

Self-storage is big news in the UK, with every person using 0.5sqft of self-storage with the London figure at 1.02sqft. It took the UK by storm in 2000’s, originally starting out in the US in the 1960s. Britain now has an estimated 830 self-store units, this acquaints to the same amount as Europe all together.  It is estimated total turnover for the UK self-storage industry in 2012 was £380m from roughly 400 different companies!

Categories: Self Storage, General

06
September
2013

The 3 Musketeers of Self Storage: Packaging, Transport & Insurance

When it comes to transport with self storage some people use their own means of getting to and from the self storage facility. However, this can mean lots of car journeys to-and-fro the unit which can be quite time consuming and a lot of hard work. So there is the option of hiring a vehicle for the day; it is easy to think 2-3 hours will be enough to load and unload, but give yourself the day so that you are not rushing and stress levels are kept to a minimum. You can also hire a Man/Woman in Van service to help you load and unload and take your belongings for you...

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

18
August
2013

How To Use Your Self Storage Unit

How should we use a self storage facility?  It seems like a simple question with a simple answer, however you would be surprised at how many people can get this wrong.

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

07
August
2013

Do I Really Need Self Storage and How Much Do I Need?

What questions do we ask when it comes to storage?  The main one should be, do I actually need storage?  Using storage space costs money, the more storage you need the more damage done to your debit card.

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

26
July
2013

Packaging Tips: Box by Box

We know that packing is a bit of a chore and something we could all do without, however when it comes to Self storage, technique to packaging up your goods is crucial to ensure you make the most of the space you are paying for, it is also essential to make sure your items are unharmed during the journey to your self storage facility. So here are some useful tips we’ve picked up a long the way ourselves..

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

21
July
2013

SmS Helpful Guidance to Self Storage

It is becoming common knowledge that we Brits, like our friends across the pond, are a nation of hoarders. Now we completely understand that when an item has sentimental value or tangible commercial value there is a need to hold on to such things, however holding on to broken irons and worn out sofas covered in cobwebs, there is no justification for.  Read on for tips on how to reduce the cost of storage...

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

08
July
2013

Britain: A nation of hoarders, why can’t we just let go?

Did you know each of us hoard about 28 items each on average including items like broken vacuum cleaners, old phones and handbags with broken straps.  An incredible 3million of us just refuse to let go.

Categories: Tips, Self Storage, General

24
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 6: Impact on Politics

As has been previously alluded to the New Sharing Economy – and by association SmS - will have a greater impact on peoples lives than the industrial revolution; this will clearly lead to new challenges and opportunities for local and central government. There will be some winners and some losers; society overall will become more self reliant and 'connected' leading to an increase in economic productivity, social productivity and micro-entrepreneurship, whilst champions of 'top down' or 'big' government will struggle to find relevance in the face of citizens who are less reliant on their social welfare services.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

12
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 5: Impact on ecology

SmS encourages the use of existing secure and dry space closer to where its needed. This concept has to a number of benefits from an ecological perspective.

You only need to take a cursory look at the blighted urban landscape in the Uk to witness how self regulating industries such as self-storage can drastically effect ecology. Over the last 10 years the number of purpose built facilities has risen by over 1000% to 1200 at the last count. Whilst this has had an impact on the environment in general - in terms of construction - the lasting legacy of these bland warehouses is to visually dominate busy the road side; works of art they are not. 

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

03
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 4: Impact on the culture?

The New Sharing Economy has the potential to have a greater impact than the Industrial Revolution. SmS is at the heart of this disruptive movement.

In the first instance it is the 'selfish motive' of earning or saving money that seems to attract our members but what quickly transpires is the social benefit arising out of regular interaction with people who they have built a trusted relationship with.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

15
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 3: Impact on the economy?

SmS encourages 'micro-entrepreneurship' by empowering individuals to make available and manages unused space they have access to in return for rental income. It's a powerful proposition that enables householders to take control of their finances whilst providing a meaningful social service to people in their communities. This also provides local government with an opportunity to harness micro-taxation on a large scale that delivers new, stable and predictable revenue streams.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

08
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 2: So What's The Solution?

By working together and approaching the problem from a social perspective individuals and communities can provide a cheaper, friendlier, more convenient and in many cases better value alternative to some of the leading self-storage businesses.

Sharemystorage.com enables people all over the UK and abroad to offer their unused attics, garages, basements and spare rooms to others for the purposes of storage. We believe that communities and individuals providers will treat you as they would wish to be treated and offer storage that...

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

01
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 1: So What's The Problem?

Back in July 2010 a neighbour asked us if she could use our garage to store her children's bikes whilst their house was being renovated. She explained that she'd had real problems trying to locate a self-storage space nearby that didn't cost the earth.

After a quick browse online we were shocked at the high prices, poor locations and befuddling small print that seemed to be part and parcel of using one of the major self-storage providers. The cost of using what is ultimately secure empty space with a big-brand self-storage company differs depending on where you want it. Just as with the property rental market; where demand is high, space is expensive.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

23
January
2013

Self Storage With Minimal Fuss?

Finding self-storage in North, East, West, South London or anywhere else in the UK has never been easy.  But you would have thought the the transparent nature of the internet would have enabled potential storage users to find suitable storage units with minimal fuss; unfortunately we have some way to go before that happens!
So why is it so difficult? 

Categories: Self Storage, General

27
November
2012

UK Floods Cause Devastation

Homes, shops, towns and cities devastated, people displaced, where will there put their stuff?  ShareMyStorage.com has decided to waive all fees for anyone who is helping people store in the flood hit areas.  

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, Self Storage, General

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