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Storage ideas for small spaces

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When you’re a bit squeezed for space in your Shoreditch apartment, clever storage solutions can help you make the most of the smaller corners available. Luckily there are some clever, simple and altogether ingenious ideas that can maximise the area you have available. All you need to do is decide where you need more storage.  In the kitchen If there is one place that we fill with clutter, it’s the kitchen. Drawers full of gadgets we don’t use, a collection…

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How to set up your home office

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Over the last few months, many of us have had a taste of working from home, and it seems a large portion of us would like to carry on. Researchers say that the majority of us want to continue working from home more often than we were before lockdown, with the option of combining a part week in the office. The current crisis has meant many of us creating temporary home working spaces. However, if you were planning on making…

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Coronavirus Update

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At Urban Locker Self Storage, the health and well-being of our customers and colleagues is our number one priority. To support our customers and colleagues through this difficult time, we will be operating during the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5pmSunday: Closed Our storage facility is not a high traffic premises but nevertheless we have made adjustments to staffing levels and service offerings to minimise person-to-person contact. In addition, our colleagues have intensified the daily cleaning levels of…

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Top tips for moving day

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Moving house is one of the most stressful events in your life, or so we are told. So, how can you make moving day just a little easier? With a little bit of pre-planning, we’ll help you take the pain out of packing and help your first day in your new home happen without a hitch. Label your boxes It sounds obvious, but labelling the outside of your box with basic information makes moving a little bit simpler. Write down…

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What to keep when you leave home

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  You’re moving out of your parent’s house and into your first home of your own. You’ve ordered your sofa, found a bed and even remembered the saucepans. But what are you going to do with the rest of your things? You might be thinking about all the new things you can get for your home, but you’ll soon find your parents on the doorstep with a car full of your childhood toys and teenage clutter. You might not see…

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How self storage can help your business grow

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  You’ve taken the plunge, you’ve left the rat race and set up your own business. Now, how can you make it grow? You’ve got the laptop lifestyle, setting your own hours and working from any location that suits you. It sounds ideal – but you’ll soon find that running a business from your home has some drawbacks. If you need a bit of space to expand, self storage might just be the answer you need. Secure space and room…

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Five great places for coffee in Shoreditch

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Shoreditch is a fabulous mix of small businesses, entrepreneurs and large companies, all mixing together in an exciting blend of creativity. All that inspiration needs fuel, so we’ve put together some of our favourite places to visit nearby for a coffee catch up or a lovely lunch. Paper and Cup, Calvert Street Looking for inspiration? Then where else to meet than in this quirky café surrounded by literary works. The Paper and Cup is a not-for-profit social enterprise that offers…

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Tips to beat the January blues

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The festive season is ending – a whole new year beckons. But the first few weeks are always a bit of a drag. Not only are you back at work, but it’s winter, the days are damp and the evenings are dark. So, what can you do to beat the January blues? Set some goals  They might be personal ones or business ones – but having goals gives you something to work towards, and some motivation. Create a series of…

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Survive the festive season with self-storage

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  We all love a family Christmas, and plenty of homes will fill up this year with grandparents and guests joining us for the day. But with so many people squeezed into one space for a day or two, we can start to feel a little stifled. Make things easier this year, and avoid the traditional family row over the sprouts, by giving everyone a little extra room. Make way for the tree What is Christmas without a tree? Sparkly…

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Keep your valuables – and your secrets – safe with us.

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We all have a secret or two that we would prefer that no one found out about it. Mine, I’m not ashamed to say, is books. Stacks and stacks of books of all ages, many genres, and of varying value – but to me they are all priceless. I’ve had this bookworm ‘habit’ since I was at school. I do own a Kindle, but there is still nothing more enjoyable than sinking onto the sofa or lying in on a…

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Top five collectables – collecting, and keeping, treasures of the future

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  Collecting, for some, might be just a fad that goes away as you grow out of your childhood. Remember the buzz you felt getting those football stickers, POGS, trolls, beanie bears or Top Trump cards from the 80s and early 90s. Each time we’d beg our parents or stumble through household chores for some extra pocket money to buy more – and then trade them with friends or keep them as something to treasure. Until the next collectable fad…

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Make the most of the summer holidays in London

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We are already part way through the summer holidays and by now I’m sure the children are getting as edgy as the adults. With the hot weather looking like it’s here to stay, now’s the time to make the most of a staycation in London Experience a city farm There are plenty of city farms for the whole family to enjoy – and they don’t need to cost the earth. Children and parents can enjoy seeing a touch of the…

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Considering moving to Shoreditch? We’re not sure you should.

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We all know what an amazing city London is to live in – you have the world at your fingertips, creativity in your lap, and diversity on your plate. But why would anyone want to relocate to an area with a reputation such as Shoreditch?  If you are considering moving to the east end of London keep on reading. It’s all about location in Shoreditch The Shoreditch Triangle includes the High Street, Old Street and Great Eastern Street, stretching towards…

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Help reduce food waste with The Felix Project

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Have you ever thought about volunteering? If you have spare time, or want to meet new people, it’s a great way of getting involved in your local community. In fact, these are just 2 reasons why people volunteer. 49% of people say they volunteer in order to help people, while other reasons include learning new skills or because the cause was important personally. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right job. How about getting out and about on…

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Finding hidden gems in charity shops

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If you are a natural bargain hunter, enjoy having a rummage to find a worthy treasure, or love the chase, a charity shop can be a goldmine of fun and winning finds. Labels, designed clothing and as-good-as-new gifts – once you start looking, you might just get addicted. If there is one thing London has plenty of, it’s charity shops – and plenty of people who have finished their spring clean, donating clothes that are as good as new. Remember, charity shops…

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Top ways to enjoy the summer in London on a budget

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The sun has been shining, we’ve had a glimpse of the summer ahead and we want to make the most of it. What better way than to visit our beautiful capital city and explore. If you are visiting London this summer, the last thing you want to do is spend your time underground, travelling the tube to your destinations. Luckily, you don’t have to. Sometimes the best way to find places you didn’t know existed is to put down maps and sat…

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Simple and natural cleaning tips for your home

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It’s that time of the year to start spring cleaning, and it’s a task many of us dread. There are plenty of great ways to reduce the effort though, so we thought we’d save you some time and scour the internet for the best in cleaning tips using some natural home ingredients. Sparkling windows  You can buy all sorts of cleaners that work specifically on the glass in your house. Or you can save some pennies, and use a simple…

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How to prepare your home for Airbnb guests

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We assume by now that most people have heard of Airbnb. It’s a simple room letting website that is growing in popularity very quickly. In fact, there are 640,000 hosts on the website, offering short or long term rentals. Over 25,000 of these are in London, so if you are considering offering a room or your flat out, you’ll need prepare your home in advance to get great reviews and stand out. Plenty of Airbnb hosts live in their home,…

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Four businesses that can be run from self storage units

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Have you every considered setting up your own business, but been stumped at one of the first hurdles – affordable premises? Whether you need a whole workroom, space for piling stock and boxes, or just a safe, secure locker for items that can’t be left in the house, self storage is the answer. Low cost, flexible contracts and secure access – everything you need to get your new business up and running. Not sure what you could do with the…

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How to avoid decluttering regrets in 2018.

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As we head into 2018 and clear away all those decorations, it’s the traditional time to start thinking about decluttering. New year, fresh starts, clean outlooks – it all speaks to our need for space. How often, though, do you start January with great intentions just to find all that enthusiasm has disappeared by February? Join the gym for a year, only to find that by March you no longer go? You don’t want to get rid of your shoe…

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Christmas Opening Hours 2017

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The Urban Locker Self Storage opening hours over the Christmas period are as follows: 23rd December: 10am t0 2pm (24hr access stops at 2pm) 24th December: CLOSED (no access for 24hr customers) 25th December: CLOSED (no access for 24hr customers) 26th December: CLOSED (no access for 24hr customers) 27th December: 10am to 4pm 28th December: Normal Operating Hours 29th December: Normal Operating Hours 30th December: 9am to 5pm 31st December: CLOSED (24hr access available until 4pm) 1st January: CLOSED (no access for 24hr customers) 2nd January:…

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Top reasons for using coworking spaces in Old Street, Shoreditch

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Coworking spaces are increasingly popular across London– with over 150 venues now available in the capital, occupied by a growing population of mobile workers. It’s not just freelancers that enjoy the benefits – start-ups with small numbers of employees benefit from the lower costs and established companies appreciate the chance to share ideas. A number of popular coworking spaces have grown in the Old Street and Shoreditch areas, unsurprisingly due to the growth of technology companies around Silicone Roundabout. Here…

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Need more space? Get out and about in Shoreditch this Autumn

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The weather is turning colder, the nights are darker – it’s the time of year we start to think about getting home quicker and huddling together in front of the cosy fire. Of course, spending more time in the house does mean you’re all on top of each other. If you like a little bit more space, we’ve looked for some great ways to get out and about in the Shoreditch area this autumn, and remember if you do need…

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Top events this Autumn in London

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It’s Autumn, and you might think that the change in season signals the end of festivals for the year. However, we know that London always has something on offer, so we’ve picked out our top choices of festivals and events happening this October. BFI London Film Festival The British Film Industry London Film Festival takes place between 4th and 15th October, with events taking place across London. The 61st festival celebrates the newest and best films from over 50 countries. The…

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Top tips for storing your wine

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  Whether you prefer a crisp dry white or a fruity red, we all enjoy a glass of wine now and then. But, if you want to take your wines a little more seriously, save a good bottle for a special occasion or even start a collection, then the first thing to consider is the best ways to store your bottles. We’ve all seen wine cellars on TV, with row after row of bottles, all carefully laid on their sides,…

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Summer Storage for Students

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Summer Storage for Students If you are a student looking at the approaching summer with glee, you’ll know there are just a couple more pesky details to take care of before you can relax. Sorting out somewhere to live next year is one of them – and it can be a bit of a headache, not least because of all the belongings you’ve collected this last year. Whether you’re moving into a shared house, lucky enough to stay in halls…

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Is working from home affecting your health?

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The home business lifestyle sounds wonderful to so many of us. Flexibility to take a day off whenever we want, working from coffee shops or sitting in the glorious British sunshine and meeting with clients - it all sounds so perfect. The reality is often quite different. Many small business owners find themselves working far longer hours, with the divide between work and home life blurred. You may have chosen to be your own boss for the flexibility, but it’s...
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Top tips for preparing your clothes for storage

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Top tips for preparing your clothes for storage Whether it’s storing seasonal clothes, saving baby outfits for future siblings or just keeping the ‘one day it’ll fit’ wardrobe, your clothing will last longer if you prepare it for storage carefully. Clean and tidy It’s always a good idea to launder your clothes before you store them. Over time dirt and stains will dry and mark clothing, making it harder to remove them later, and food markings may still smell tasty…

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Top five tips to a successful spring clean

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Top five tips to a successful spring clean The sun is shining, the days are getting lighter and the daffodils are out in force. Spring is finally here and that means one thing – it’s time for the annual spring clean. Throw the windows open, turn up your favourite music and get the gloves on – it’s time to start scrubbing. The entire family can get involved as you face down the winter clutter. But don’t just rush in –…

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Easter 2017 Opening Hours

Easter Opening Hours 2017

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Here are the opening hours for Easter weekend 2017: Thursday 13th April: Normal Opening Hour Friday 14th April: 10am to 2pm Saturday 15th April: 10am to 2pm Sunday 16th April: Closed Monday 17th April: 10am to 2pm Tuesday 18th April: Normal Opening Hours We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. If you have any questions please call us on 020 3637 0850 or email oldstreet@urbanlocker.co.uk.

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Helping small businesses grow with secure self-storage

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Helping small businesses grow with secure self-storage Small business owners account for over 99% of all businesses in the UK. It’s clear that the competition to boost your profits is going to be fierce – and that you need an edge to keep you ahead of the pack. Of course, that means keeping in touch with trends and having a turnover of stock that attracts new customers to your door and keeps your regulars interested with fresh new products and…

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What is self storage?

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If you’ve never used self storage before you might be wondering how it all works? Fortunately, it is pretty simple. A self storage facility contains a number of rooms in which you can store your personal or business belongings. Think of it as a hotel for your stuff! A typical self storage facility will offer a range of different sized rooms. These rooms can be as small as 10ft2 and as big as 500ft2. This means that you only pay…

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9 Realistic New Year’s Resolution Ideas

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9 Realistic New Year’s Resolution Ideas Here we are, half way through January, and by now many of us will have already given up on our New Year Resolutions. Often that’s because, in the excitement of a new year and feeling replete from a month of festivities, drinking and eating, we set ourselves targets that are unrealistic or overly ambitious. As the month winds on and enthusiasm wanes, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and quietly give up. That’s why we…

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Christmas Opening Hours 2016/17

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The Urban Locker Self Storage opening hours during the Christmas and New Year break are as follows: 23rd December – 9.00am to 5.00pm 24th December – 9.00am to 2.00pm (No customer access after 2.00pm) 25th to 26th December – CLOSED (No access for existing customers) 27th December – CLOSED (Existing customer access only) 28th December to 30th December – 9.00am to 5.00pm 31st December – 9.00am to 2.00pm (No customer access after 2.00pm) 1st January – CLOSED (No access for existing customers)…

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Easter 2016 Opening Hours

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Here are the opening hours for Easter weekend 2016: Thursday 24th March: Normal Opening Hours Friday 25th March: Closed Saturday 26th March: Closed Sunday 27th March: Closed Monday 28th March: 10.00 to 14.00 Tuesday 29th March: Normal Opening Hours We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. If you have any questions please call us on 020 3637 0850 or email oldstreet@urbanlocker.co.uk.

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Looking to move house? How self storage can help you grab a bargain.

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Looking to move house? How self storage can help you grab a bargain. There’s no doubt about it, moving home really is the most stressful occasion in anyone’s life. From advertising your property, getting viewers and trying to find you next property to the nightmare of ‘the chain’ and all of the hiccups and occurrences that can happen before completion, it’s a real headache. However, it doesn’t have to be this way and if you’re prepared to put up with…

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Christmas Opening Hours 2015

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We will be operating restricted opening hours over the Christmas period. Please take note of the following: 24th December : 08.30 to 14.00 25-27th December – Closed 28th December – 10.00 to 14.00 29-30th December : Normal Hours (0830 – 1800) 30th December : 08.30 – 18.00 31st December – 08.30 to 14.00 1st December – Closed 2nd December – Normal Hours If you have any questions please call us on 020 3637 0850 or email OldStreet@urbanlocker.co.uk.

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Is cloud storage right for you?

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One of the marvels of the internet communication network is its ability to literally store data in the atmosphere otherwise known as cloud storage. It is totally functional, scalable, remotely controlled and therefore cheap. Against these pluses are also arrayed several drawbacks such as latency problems and data transfer to third parties. But is it beneficial? From what experts have to say about it, it appears so but even then, there are also drawbacks. The benefits Scalability is king with…

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Beginners guide to self storage

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As populations increase, the availability of space is constantly put under pressure on land, the oceans and even the skies above let alone available space in homes. The phenomenon has reached such proportions that self storage companies are popping up everywhere to confront the challenge of the need to store extra belongings somewhere else safe. The procedure has become such a normal part of life it is expedient for you and other potential user of self storage to have access…

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How to store wine correctly

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Wine, especially expensive wine shouldn’t just sit in a cupboard until it is ready to drink. Some wine benefits from long-term aging whilst others should be drunk within a few years of being bottled. If you are looking to wine storage in the long-term then there are some things to remember when laying it down. Keeping the temperature right If you keep wine that you are maturing above 21 degrees Celsius then it will age much more quickly than you would…

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10 reasons why everybody needs a storage unit

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Storage units are really useful spaces, though they haven’t always had the best reputation. The TV show, Storage Hunters, has shown people some of the terrible things that people hide in their storage spaces in the United States and with its popularity growing in Britain, there has been a Storage Hunters UK series commissioned. However though the series is entertaining it doesn’t exactly make the idea of having a storage unit seem appealing. But there are many great reasons that…

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How to make your next home renovation a huge success.

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Most of us associate home renovation and redecoration with lots of stress, money and wasted time. However, if organized properly your next renovation project could turn into a huge success. Plan Everything Ahead The success of every home renovation or redecoration project lies in proper planning and supplying all materials needed on time to avoid delays. Furthermore, failing to select the right products on time could cause serious increase in the expenses for the entire project. Consider Maintenance and Other…

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3 Simple Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Moving Home

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Research has actually gone to prove that moving home is one of the most stress inducing events in our lives, yet sometimes it’s just one of those things that has to be done. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, moving just down the road or further afield, there is no denying that the process of moving house can be a tedious one. To make life at least a little easier for you, we have come up with three simple solutions to help…

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7 Rules for Students Moving into Halls

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Starting your first year of University is an exciting, and nerve-racking, time for all students. For most, it is the first time that you will live away from your parents and get some of that independence you’ve been craving. Don’t get too excited just yet though, there are a few things you should know before fleeing the nest. Here are our 7 vital rules for moving into student accommodation. 1. Investigate First If you have no idea what student halls…

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Affordable van hire in London with Zipvan

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At Urban Locker Self Storage we are constantly on the look out for great deals that we can pass on to our customers. Some of these deals have nothing to do with self storage but others are designed to make moving into an Urban Locker Self Storage unit as simple as possible. One of the vital steps of self storage is transporting goods into your storage unit. In London this is not always straight forward because many people don’t have…

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How to Save Space at Home

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We don’t all have a lot of spare space in our homes that we can use to store all of the personal items and furniture we collect over the years. Even those with a spare bedroom, or a couple of extra reception rooms, may find that there just isn’t enough space for all the things that we want to keep hold of. If you’re having problems storing everything in your home then this guide should help you overcome those challenges….

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5 Top Tips for Redecorating Your Home

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There is something quite enjoyable about giving the home a revamp, whether it’s because you’ve moved into a new place or just fancy updating what you have. However, some things can be time consuming and make redecorating feel far more like a chore than something to enjoy. We’ve put together 5 of the best tips we could find, to help make sprucing up your home fun and fast. 1. Small changes You don’t necessarily have to repaint the walls, buy…

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10 De-Cluttering Solutions for your home

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Even the most organised of households will need to de-clutter once in a while, whether it be once a year or every couple of months. Everybody builds up a collection of things that they don’t need; from clothes that don’t fit any more to unopened birthday presents. If you want to de-clutter your home then here are our top 10 solutions to make it easier, quicker and less of a chore. 1. Do I really need it? This is a…

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