London – Finally Going Green?

London is a town that has broken many records and most of these records are positive: it is a leading tourist attraction, has a high standard of living and offers many jobs. However, there is also a dark side of the coin, because London happens to be one of the most populated towns in the world. The European Union raised the alarm in 2012, when studies showed that London has the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide. The most polluted area, Grosvenor Place has a concentration of 152 micrograms and the least polluted one, “only” 100, but that is still twice as much as the EU limit of 50 micrograms per cubic metre. London residents and even tourists complain that the London air can be unbreathable. But air is not the only problem. Clinical waste management sites such as the ones on Yabsley Street and Old Brompton Road are making the problem worse and risk polluting waters too.

Without a doubt, measures had to be taken. Normally, the changes start at a domestic level and develop gradually, but since the situation was already worrying, authorities started to make drastic changes. For example, London’s iconic black cabs are about to go green and by 2018 all of them should be replaced with eco-friendly vehicles that have zero emissions. Until then, efforts are being made to reduce industrial waste as well. For example, industrial cleaning in London is a sector that is undergoing a lot of changes. Companies are strongly encouraged to switch to green cleaning products and avoid environment contamination as much as possible. In addition, home residents and companies alike are no longer advised to buy their cleaning products without prior knowledge and, instead, they are encouraged to contact professional, certified companies. Even though air pollution is the main concern, water pollution should not be neglected, because in time it can reach alarming levels again. Before the 1960s, water pollution was as bad as air pollution, but several factories were closed down and more regulations were applied.

Carpet steam cleaning in London is emerging as an excellent solution against water pollution, because it does not involve the use of toxic chemical materials. Of course, turning areas such as Oxford Street and Park Lane into islands of ecological heaven is not a process that can end in a month or two. Perhaps it will take decades until pollution levels drop – that is, if they ever drop at all. The encouraging news is that residents are no longer willing to make compromises and that they demand immediate action from authorities. If a few years ago asking various service providers about the eco-friendliness of their activity was almost unheard of, nowadays people are really starting to place this aspect above others. Cleaning is a service sector that suffered a lot of changes, at least in terms of the techniques employed. Companies throughout London are re-thinking their strategies and take pride in their newly formed green products.

The 5 Best Bonsai Tree Types for Beginners

Choose a fast-growing tree that has a simple shape so you won’t have a difficult time maintaining it. Once you have successfully grown your first tree, you can move on to more complicated bonsai tree types. Let this bonsai tree guide for beginners help you in choosing the right bonsai for you.

Here are the 5 best bonsai tree types for beginners:


This bonsai variety is said to be the easiest to care for among all tree types. The Cotoneaster is a miniature hardy plant which has appealing flowers and leaves. Aside from its beauty, this tree can tolerate many conditions. The most ideal variety of this species for beginners is Cooperi (C. Microphyllus), a low growing tree that naturally arches. It is perfect for first-timers because it forms into a beautiful bonsai even when left alone.

Japanese Red Maple

The Japanese red maple is a beautiful, formal-looking tree. Its leaves turn red-orange during spring, dark red during summer and a mix of gold and red during fall season. It has a delicate but very compact foliage which makes it a perfect choice for bonsai beginners. There are many types of Japanese red maple to choose from, but all of them are beginners-friendly.

Chinese Elm

The Chinese Elm or Ulmus Parvifolia is one of the most common beginner bonsai tree types. It is an ideal tree for first timers to care for because it grows beautifully either indoors or outdoors, its growth pattern is very predictable and it has a high tolerance for pruning. Its most distinctive feature is the color of its bark, which remains evergreen in color especially when kept indoors.

Brazilian Rain Tree

Best known for its beautiful compound foliage and delicate branches, the Brazilian Rain Tree is another bonsai type that is perfect for beginners. When in the dark, or when the tree feels overheated or stressed, its leaves fold which makes it easy for a beginner to determine what the tree needs. When the Brazilian Rain Tree matures, pieces of its bark peel off, resulting to a beautiful light and dark color contrast of its trunk.

Indoor Palm Tree

Aside from its ability to provide any area or room a tropical feel, the Indoor Palm Tree is considered to be one the best bonsai tree types for beginners. Although it grows well with attention, it is easy to care for and maintain, plus it can tolerate neglect.

Green Cleaning OR Just Green Paint?

For my business I travel a lot, and just the other day I was in Portland, OR and was following a carpet cleaning truck, which of course got my interest. On the back window, included with a list of services they provide, were the statements “Green house cleaning” and “Green carpet cleaning”. Now, being the smart aleck that I am, I wondered if they clean for people without a green house or a green carpet! (What about little green men from Mars??) Another time, in another large city, I saw a bright green PT Cruiser go racing by with the signage on the side stating “Green Taxi Service”. The truth is, EVERYONE has jumped onto the “green” bandwagon, but I think with different motivations. Some have a deep concern about the planet and the environment, and some perhaps are just slapping on the label to try and increase sales, with probably most others in between those two extremes. Here is my take and business stance on this and how we do it in my cleaning company – and why.

First, a little history. Long before being “green” was cool and while a student at Ferris High School in Spokane in the early 70’s I was in the ecology club. Now, I can’t remember what exactly what the motivation was – but I’ve always been grieved by foolish littering, etc. In the ecology club we spent a lot of time going around and just picking up trash, as this was before Washington state started having roadside cleanup along all the highways. However, I also remember not much later when going to college in Moses Lake and afterwards helping a friend change his oil in his car and he would just go dump the used oil out in a field somewhere. What’s odd is that even though nobody would dream of doing that now, it just wasn’t a big deal back then.

Before I go any further I need to clarify something. My observation has been that when any issue or dialogue becomes political, it almost always completely loses any connection with reality or scientific basis. Unfortunately, that is clearly the case with much of the “green” movement as it has become very politicized. As this article has nothing to do with the political view of “this or that” please don’t try and read it that way. For this carpet cleaner, the following is what I feel is wise and ethical for everyone involved.

Some more history. The carpet cleaning industry over the years has had some major changes, and some things haven’t changed so much. For instance, back even before I started cleaning (way back in the last century!) portable machines that ran on electricity were used by do-it-yourselfers AND professionals alike. They used cleaner with sodium phosphates and optical brighteners. They used harsh solvents (hydrocarbons) for spotting grease spots, and they dumped the dirty water either in the toilet or maybe outside. Then with the advent of the truck-mount machine, they quit using electricity except for the vacuuming and used gas to run their truck/machine. And most everything else stayed the same except now they almost always dumped the waste water with the harsh cleaning agent and solvents outside – in the yard, down the street into the storm drains, or maybe into a field. Then, some things really started improving. The optical brighteners (which only made the wet, clean carpet look brighter than it really was until the carpet dried and the cleaning crew was gone) were taken out of at least the professional products, as were the phosphates not long after. Besides, they found out that with the higher pressures involved with a truck-mount they didn’t need the harsh cleaners that had been previously used. And I think one of the biggest advances were the “citrus” chemicals (d-limonene) that largely replaced the harsh solvents. That was great not just for the environment and the homeowner, but the cleaner as well. Working with the harsh chemicals over the years could take a toll on the professional cleaners. Fortunately, it hasn’t affected me. And fortunately, it hasn’t affected me. (Did I already say that?) Even the basic cleaning chemical itself was dropped down from 8 or 10 and higher (alkaline) to just above 7 (neutral) in the professional products, although I think many of the rental machine cleaning products are still fairly high.

So, here is what it looks like at least when our guys clean carpet. We use a truck-mount machine with a neutral pH cleaner. We use triple filtering on the waste water so that when we drain it all of the hair/yarn fibers etc are caught in the filters, and we only drain the filtered water onto a lawn or at a local car wash so that it will not get into the storm drain system. We use citrus (made from the peel of citrus fruits) for any spotting. The machine we use is very fuel efficient and is not run by the van engine but rather a small engine which uses about half as much gas as the van-run cleaning machines. And after all of that, and what is important, your carpet will be clean, and it doesn’t even have to be a green carpet!

Soundproofing Public and Private Spaces

There are various reasons that you might find yourself considering soundproofing, ether for your home or place of work. Commercial spaces and environments used by the general public often experience sound issues that, if not deal with, can be detrimental in ways you might not expect. By the same token, if you are experiencing noise problems at home as well then this can affect you in other ways, specifically leading to increased feelings of stress and tiredness.

For example, an education environment like a school or college will benefit immeasurably if the environment in question is properly soundproofed. If the classrooms are filled with the sounds going on the corridors and other parts of the school, then concentration and overall engagement can be negatively affected.

By contrast, even spaces designed for entertainment can benefit from improved room acoustics. A cinema, for example, should provide an excellent auditory experience where you can only hear the movie playing in your theatre; if you can hear the screen next door then how can you be truly immersed? If you go to a restaurant but can’t hear each other over the sound of the other diners, how can you have an intimate conversation over your meal?

At home, things are slightly different. While it can be annoying to deal with noise in public spaces, it’s even more frustrating when you have to deal with it at home, which should be your sanctuary. Looking into how to soundproof a home could provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. A more peaceful home environment can lead to better sleep patterns, less stress and increased feelings of emotional wellness. When you think about it, it’s incredibly just how easily excess noise can affect our lives without us even realising it, to the point that it affects our well-being.

Dealing with noise is much easier these days thanks to advancements in soundproofing technology.

Because sound is a form of energy, its effects can be reduced, thereby creating a quieter environment. There’s a good analogy for how this works: if someone flicks a pea at you, you’ll feel the impact of its force when it hits you. If someone flicks a pea at you whilst you’re wearing protective layers, you’ll still feel the pea hit you but at a less powerful rate. Soundproofing effectively softens the impact of sound as it enters the building. If you’re sensitive to sound or would just like some peace and quiet, it’s definitely worth getting your home soundproofed in some capacity. Whether you’re looking at soundproofing walls or soundproofing ceilings, there are plenty of options available. Lignotrend absorption panels, for instance, are very good at absorbing and reducing reverberations in a room and have excellent applications for commercial buildings as well. Made from natural materials, they also have the benefit of being environmentally friendly, sustainable and free of any toxic materials. Products like this are leading the way forward in soundproofing technology and solutions and will continue to be successful as the trend grows.

10 Things People Appreciate Most About Log Home Living

There is no reason to wait until retirement to dwell in your dream house. Start looking into this alternative style of accommodation right now; and find your idyllic refuge.

10 Things people appreciate most about log home living

1. A log home is a retreat

A favourable escape from the accelerated urban sprawl is the rustic idyll of a log home. Indeed, most of them are located away from crowded urban areas and offer a peaceful retreat from the buzzy cities with their questionable air quality that city-dwellers have grown accustomed to. To make the most of a long summer evening or, for that matter any day with beautiful weather, they are often equipped with porches. This outside area of the house is ideal for relaxing or having drinks with friends while engaging in long scintillating conversations.

2. Wooden houses are eco-friendly

The environmental benefits of log home lodging are numerous. In fact, they are often praised as energy-efficient alternatives to traditional stucco-and-cement houses. The thick wood provides substantial insulation to keep residents toasty during the winter and comfortably cool during the summer. In a time when many people are looking to lower their energy bill, living in a log home can prove to be very economical. Furthermore, these houses are made with the most sustainable building material known to man, wood. From the forest to your house, the logs that are used do not have as much of a negative impact on the environment as other common building materials such as bricks, mortar or steel.

3. Stay close to nature while at home

For the hippie inside each one of us, a log home provides a oneness with nature incomparable to the alienating modernity of the city. Surrounded by lush forests, mountains, and other elements of nature, one gains an appreciation for wholesome natural beauty. The interior of a log home is deeply inspired by its natural surroundings. With stone fixtures such as fireplaces – commonplace in cabins – and intricately carved wooden railings and banisters, homeowners commune with the wondrous splendour of nature. These homes have personalized and unique interiors to surprise visitors. Whether you prefer a vaulted ceiling or a wraparound second story platform, you have a plethora of options to choose from.

4. Feel invited

A log home is notorious for its inviting warmth. Lavish creature comforts abound in cabins; lay down a bearskin rug and it will be a perfect complement to a ruddy oak floor. Curl up by the fireplace on a plush sofa or armchair and enjoy a classic novel; you will not be interrupted by street noise or pesky neighbours, since your house is innately and pleasantly soundproofed. Richly embroidered tapestries and classical baroque furniture are not oddities in a log home. For the less theatrical homeowner, modern stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are also suitable for these types of residence.

5. Enjoy the outdoors while you stay in

For the social type, a wooden house is the perfect location for a community barbecue or gathering of friends. A typical log home is wrapped by a vast and ornate porch elevated off the ground. It is the perfect spot for an outdoor kitchen or in-ground hot tub. You can relax on a comfortable porch swing while watching the sunset from your outdoor paradise. A log home is like a perpetual vacation. Bask in the natural light from the high windows of your living room or sunbathe on the balcony outside your bedroom.

6. A house that is nicely decorated

Log homes are renowned for their beautiful construction. Architecture of these houses is rich with delicately carved banisters and hanging wooden supports that give your home a comfortable, cosy feeling. Appreciate the wall hangings and luxurious art adorning your log home. The rustic charm can be augmented by gorgeous additions that emphasize the earthy nature of the lodge; recommended additions are tapestries in rich red velvet and pristinely oiled rugs.

7. A wooden house smells fantastic

The wood in a log home is durable and permanently imbued with rich earthy vibes. The scent of a log home is permanent. The appealing fragrance of fresh wood endows the cabin with a natural comfort befitting a vacation home. No car air freshener or scented candle can compare to the alluring aroma of natural wood. Pleasant scents are proven to be calming, if the reality of living the dream in a beautiful natural landscape is not enough to soothe you.

8. Excellent safety

These houses are not a fire hazard though that might seem counter-intuitive. The girth and durability of the logs resist fire in a very reliable way. An ordinary house is far more prone to collapsing due to a fire than a log home, making the latter a resilient lodging option. Should you be enclosed within a log home during a fire, it would not be difficult to escape. The numerous windows typically built into a cabin offer alternative escape routes to ensure your safety.

9. Maintenance is fairly easy

A properly constructed log home requires little upkeep. Aside from treatments to prevent mould and rot, a stain may be applied to the exterior of the cabin periodically, in mild spot treatments, to maintain the colour of the wood. And that is all you need to keep your house in top shape for many years if not generations.

10. You will impress your friends

There is nothing like a backyard barbecue to bring families and friends together. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than lazily sprawling on the front porch of your luxurious log home? Friends will be envious of your laid-back lifestyle and soon find themselves yearning for the simple life. You will have everything: the tranquillity of wide-open space and the comfort of a modern respite away from the hectic clamour of the city. The flats your loved ones reside in cannot compare.

Benefits of Green Walls

Green Walls

Also known as a bio wall, wall garden, or vertical garden, a green wall is a self-sufficient garden, which grows vertically and can exist both on the exterior or interior of a building. They usually consist of a growing medium that is encased by a strong membrane, which holds the plants in while allowing for plant growth and irrigation.

In addition to the break-taking scenery, wall gardens have many outdoor and indoor benefits that make them an obvious choice.

Outdoor Benefits of Green Walls:

Applications vary in size basically depending on the desired effect, microclimate, budget and available space. Some of the outdoor benefits of green walls include, but not limited to:

1. Aesthetic appeal; can turn a dull and dreary house into an alluring and inviting home, and have an instant “wow” effect.

2. Increased biodiversity in cities; help mitigate the loss of biodiversity because of the negative effects of urbanization.

3. Reduced noise pollution; they do not only make buildings/homes more aesthetically appealing, but they also help in absorbing sounds. The structure of green walls helps reduce the high frequency noise by absorbing and reflecting any noise that comes its’ way.

4. Building structure protection; they offer buildings protection by helping control the climate. The planting prevents dramatic temperature fluctuations, which in turn prevents the building(s) from corrosion, which results from contracting and expanding that occurs during the more extreme temperatures.

5. Reduced building maintenance; they protect the exterior finishes, and the masonry from rain and ultra violet radiation. They also increase the air tightness and seal of the windows, cladding and doors by decreasing the effects of wind pressure.

Indoor Benefits of Green Walls:

Indoor green walls applications are commonly used in retail, residential, and office buildings all around the world. The size of installation varies from small to large, basically depending on the available interior space, budget and desired effect. Some of the indoor benefits of green walls include, but not limited to:

1. Stress reduction and mental health benefits; they offer instant stress relief and a calming effect by softening the surrounding environment. As a matter of fact, their presence in office buildings can lead to increased employee productivity, and overall better health since cleaner and fresher air leads to enhanced concentration, healthier employees/staff, and fewer sick days.

2. Temperature regulation; they act as natural air conditioners and help in balancing the humidity levels inside the building. They help reduce the overall amount of heat that enters buildings. This means that green walls can help save on cooling costs such air conditioning. They can also help in reducing the effects of urban heat islands, by absorbing heat.

3. Improved air quality; they acts as a natural air filter and purifies the polluted air, whilst releasing a larger amount of clean oxygen.

Other Benefits of Green Walls:

1. A big brand statement for organizations, adds luxury to leisure venues, and attracts customers to your business.

2. Reduction of storm/rain water runoff.

Options for Fire Protection Services

Fire is a very scary threat we must all consider, whether we’re talking about homes or commercial properties. Both host a number of electronic devices, the wires that go with them and other items that could easily start a fire. While it’s important to remember that such an incident is extremely rare, that’s no reason not to be prepared. Today there are more fire protection services than ever before. The following are examples that deserve your consideration.

Fire Extinguishers

This is an obvious one that most people are familiar with. If a fire breaks out, fire extinguishers are a great way to respond. They’re especially good for small ones that can be easily contained, but would otherwise turn into a much greater problem. Someone with an extinguisher can eliminate the threat in seconds.

Though they’re fairly user friendly, many people don’t know how they work. All you have to do is remember the acronym, P.A.S.S. It stands for:

• Pull the pin out. Once the pin is removed, you want to hold the nozzle away from you before releasing the locking mechanism.
• Aim the nozzle low. You always want to aim the extinguisher at the lowest point of the fire.
• Slowly squeeze the lever. Provide even pressure so as not to slip or jerk the extinguisher around.
• Sweep your nozzle back and forth to make sure the fire is completely covered.

For best results, make sure your fire extinguisher is always easy to find. At home, your whole family should be reminded where it is. In a commercial building, it should be mounted on a wall with a sign that indicates its location. In both situations, you need to train people in how to use it.

Every six years, your extinguisher needs to be inspected, especially the gauge as pressure may have dropped if the container was compromised.

Smoke Detectors

Obviously, another hallmark of fire protection services is a smoke detector. These are especially good for the home when people may not be in the room when a fire is starting. Nonetheless, this important component of your fire protection services can help alert you to its presence. Just be sure you test your unit once a month to ensure it’s still working properly.

Sprinkler Systems

Even if you have a fire extinguisher handy, nothing compares to a sprinkler system. Each head is only activated if the temperature around it gets to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit. At that point, a glass valve breaks and allows water to pour forward.

The great thing about this system is that it doesn’t need a human to activate or use it. No one even needs to be present for a sprinkler system to save the day. Even if people are around, they can find safety while the system does its job.

Furthermore, because these sprinklers act independently of one another, property damage is greatly limited. For this reason, insurance companies may give you better premiums because they know that, in case of a fire, your building is better protected and your property is less likely to get damaged.

As with all fire protection services, a sprinkler system needs regular maintenance. Mainly, you should check the valve once a week just to be sure it’s still locked in the open position. You also want to keep an eye on individual sprinkler heads. They should never be obscured, painted over or damaged.

Every few months, have a professional check in on your system to ensure it’s still in working order. Your local municipality and/or insurance company may have something to say about how often you need it looked at too.

Response Plan

No discussion on fire protection services would be complete without talking about a response plan. Whether it’s your family or your staff, you need everyone to know where the exits are around them. Obviously, at home, parents will be in charge of getting everyone out. However, at work, you’ll need to appoint people for the job.

In both scenarios, your fire protection services need to involve practicing the routine so you’re ready to go if you ever actually need it.

Proper fire protection services don’t need to take a lot of work or even be expensive. However, you do need to be familiar with them and test them regularly to ensure they’ll work when it counts.

Tips To Maintain Curtains

Interior designing is one of the major concerns of homeowners since everyone wants to have a comfortable and relaxing home. That is why more and more homeowners purchase items to cater to their needs, from couches, tables, closets, drawers and lighting fixtures. These items can help make houses become more functional and more appealing. Aside from these items, curtains are also essential for your homes.

Curtains can improve the looks of your house since they come in different colours, patterns and designs. Apart from improving house aesthetics, curtains also provide protection for your house. This is possible since they can prevent the rain, snow and dirt from entering your house. With these amazing features, homeowners can easily improve their houses and make it more appealing. However, it is also essential to maintain these curtains. To help you properly maintain curtains, listed below are some tips.

Weekly cleaning

Dirt particularly builds up in curtains since curtains prevent them from entering your house. Therefore, it is essential that you clean your curtains weekly. For light curtains, you can simply shake it to get rid of dust and dirt. As for heavy curtains, making use of vacuum cleaners is best. You can simply make use of the brush attachment of your vacuum.

Wash curtains

Getting rid of dust can help reduce dirt. However, if you wish to fully eliminate dust, you need to wash the curtains. Before washing curtains, remove hard items that are attached to the curtains. You also need to make use of mild detergent since some detergents can ruin the curtain’s colours and fibre.

Dry curtains

After washing curtains, it is essential that you dry them. But, keep in mind that you must not over dry them since it can result in wrinkles. Thus, dry curtains slightly then iron them to dry the curtains properly.

Hire cleaners

In case that you have huge and heavy curtains, the most ideal option is to hire cleaners. These cleaners can easily get rid of dirt and stains on your curtains. Experts can also make sure that your curtains are properly dried to avoid nasty wrinkles that can affect their look because they have vast experience.

With these tips, homeowners can be sure that they can maintain their curtains properly and efficiently. These tips can also help them reduce costs due to wrong maintenance or perhaps negligence. Hence, they can make their houses better and more appealing.

Advantages of Hiring Tree Services

Trees are very essential for the survival of mankind and they are really beautiful to look at as well. But, there are some trees that tend to grow bigger and bigger. There are also trees that are prone to infection or diseases. In such cases, removal of trees becomes mandatory. There are many professional tree removal companies that specialize in offering removal services at very affordable price.

There may be some trees in your property which you want to remove and these removal companies have the expertise and specialty to take care of these trees.
Removal of trees is not easy and simple. It is always advisable to hire the services of an experienced plant removal company to accomplish the job successfully. These professional companies have rich experience in handling the process of removing the trees and also have the expertise in taking care of your yard. Removing, clipping and trimming of trees are the specialties of these companies.

Time Savior
The process of removing trees is quite time consuming, especially when it comes to remove mid or large sized trees. Heavy duty equipments are required to remove them successfully. If proper tools and equipments are not available then the process of removing becomes not only difficult, but time consuming also. So, it is always advisable to hire the services of experienced professionals.

The professional tree removing companies will offer services that are true value for your money. The removal company has specialization in removing tree and they offer removal services at very affordable rates. Removal service does not imply that the professionals will simply deracinate the leaves and trees. The services include uprooting the trees and cleaning the surroundings which will be handled by professional gardeners.

Avoiding Injuries
The over grown trees are considered as a threat to the people in the surroundings. The roots and the branches may fall on people and this may result in serious injuries to people. These types of injuries are very risky and dangerous and sometime it may be life threatening as well. The tree removing companies have their own professional experts who have rich experience and appropriate equipments to remove those dangerous branches and roots which may cause injuries to people. It is also very important for you to take proper care of old trees timely to avoid injuries. You may seek assistance of these professional removal companies who also deal in maintenance of old trees.

How to Make the Most Out of a Small House

If your house is on the small side or it’s just starting to feel a bit cramped, there are a number of things you can do to utilise the space you have and make it appear bigger.

Use shelves

Shelves are a great way to store things in an orderly fashion. They keep everything off the floor and allow you to display things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Choose furniture with multiple uses

If you don’t have much space in your house, opt for furniture that can either be easily stored away or used for other things as well. A sofa bed for example is a great way to fit a sofa and a bed into your room. Also look out for tables that can be folded away or are extendable so when you need it, you can make it bigger and when it’s not in use, it’s not taking up so much space.

Use hidden storage

Hidden storage allows you to neatly tidy everything away and remove clutter. A less cluttered house creates the illusion of space and is especially important in a small home. Look out for beds that have draws in them, tables with drawers and you can even get chairs that lift up for extra storage.

Store things vertically

If you’re limited for floor space, try to store things vertically. This will take up less space in the room so you can move around more freely and/or have extra furniture.

Put things into self storage

If you have items that you don’t use very often, it may be worth considering putting them into self storage. Doing this means that you can free up space in your house without the need to throw away things that you don’t want to. One of the great things about self storage is that you can access your belongings whenever you need them.

Make the most out of loft space

If you have a loft, make sure you use it otherwise it’s just wasted space. You could be storing books, paperwork, clothes, furniture, photos and appliances you don’t use very often. If you don’t use your garage for cars or the shed for gardening tools, you can also use these areas for additional storage.


If you have a small home, you are unfortunately going to have to be ruthless with the things you keep and the things you throw away. Every few months go through all of your possessions and decide whether or not you really need them. If you haven’t used or worn something for a very long time, it’s probably time to throw it away or take it to a charity shop.