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At Home’s ‘Save Space’ Series: The Best Zones To Save Space Around The Home

We’ve teamed up with our friends at home magazine to give you top advice on personal storage solutions over the next six weeks. Stay tuned as we’ll be looking at how you can save space and declutter in all areas of your home……

Welcome to the first installment of at home’s ‘Get Some Space in Your Life’ series with some great advice from leading personal storage experts Big Yellow Self Storage. Over the next six weeks, the at home team will be bringing you personal storage solutions about how to declutter in all areas of your home, including the living room, bedroom and garden.

It’s important to remember that keeping a tidy mind means keeping a tidy home. You can create space through natural palettes in design or decluttering style choices throughout your home – decluttering regularly will help you keep it looking brand new.

Four space saving tips for your living room

Tip 1. Newspapers & Magazines
We’ve all had a special newspaper that we are tempted to keep for the future. It might be for reference or an historical event that we want to share with the future generations in the family. Sometimes these are valuable, but most often they won’t be worth much in monetary value. It’s the fact these ‘we were there’ moments or how this event has touched our life that makes the edition important to us.

The biggest problem when it comes to storing paper keepsakes are pests! Here’s how to ward off any unwanted visitors and ensure your papers stay in excellent condition for years:

1. Find a closet or drawer in a dry area.

2. Store and stack papers tight together, folded in half (as they are delivered).

3. Use a pest trap nearby, but make sure it doesn’t touch the papers.

4. Monitor your papers occasionally, checking for both pests and mold.

Alternatively, by putting these into self-storage can put your mind at rest from pesky critters destroying your keepsakes.

Before you decide to store those magazines, you need to ask yourself:

• Are these magazines worth hanging on to, or can they be recycled to clear the clutter?

• Do you want to be able to go back and read the magazines from time to time or are you happy to put them away and letting them sleep in a cool, dark place?

• Are your magazines valuable or more sentimental?

• Do you want to keep them in pristine condition for 40 years or 400 years?

Tip 2: DVDs
DVDs have a habit of accumulating around the TV and before you know it, they’re all mixed up and in the wrong cases – so when you want to find The Dark Knight, you end up with Legally Blonde. Not ideal. Investing in a DVD rack is a smart way to avoid this potential catastrophe and will also minimise clutter. Another solution is to do away with DVD cases altogether and store your discs in a CD wallet which you can arrange by genre.

Tip 3: Books
The main focus should be to store your books in a way that will give the bindings and covers the support for efficient use of the self-storage space. If there is room left on your bookshelf, make sure to place a bookend or another heavy object against the last book. This will help to hold your books upright, preventing any bowing or bending. You will also need to consider storing them in places where the books won’t be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture, or heat as serious temperature changes can cause major damage to fragile book bindings, pages, and covers.

One final tip to keep in mind is to rotate your books every once in a while by swapping some of the books that are at the ends of the shelf for ones in the middle. By doing this you are avoiding placing any long-term stress on any one book.

Tip 4: Photographs
To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums that are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids. Use a permanent black marker on the back of the photographs to identify the time, occasion and the people or subjects in the photo. Make sure to write with a soft grip, so as to not leave any marks or indentations on the pictures.

If you don’t want to put your photographs in albums or frames, then you can use plastic sleeves or bags which are PVC-free. Another option in place of plastic sleeves or bags is layering each photograph with sheets of acid-free paper or cardboard.

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