Every year we take out our Christmas decorations and spend ages unravelling strings of lights and beads, getting dust of wreaths and checking how many smashed baubles we will need to replace. If only we spent a little more time storing everything carefully at the end of Christmas, life would be less stressful at the beginning of the next Christmas season. The key to storing the decorations carefully is ensuring they stay dry, dust free and are not crushed.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to pack away your decorations with care, to ensure they are not ruined for Christmas next year!

  • Christmas lights – wrap around a piece of card or an old coffee canister to prevent them getting all tangled up
  • Strings of beads – store in water bottles will help to prevent them from getting tangled
  • Christmas baubles – use egg boxes for small baubles or plastic apple trays for larger ones, then store the trays in a large storage box to prevent them being crushed or covered in dust.
  • Wreaths – hang on coat hangers and cover in dry cleaning plastic covers to prevent them being crushed or covered in dust.
  • Artificial trees – wrap in cling film or make a bag using an old sheet
  • Christmas candles – protect special candles by covering them with old hosiery stockings and storing in a box.

Having packed all the Christmas decorations away safely, storing them securely in your own home can require a lot of storage space! However, a self- storage unit will provide a clean, dry place without you having to sacrifice lots of space in your home.

Keep your Christmas decorations safe and secure until you need them again in one of Spaces and Places storage units. For more information, get in touch with your local storage site today.

Once December arrives the preparations for Christmas begin to gather pace. Buying and wrapping presents, cooking and freezing food and if you have family and friends coming to stay over the festive period there is plenty of cleaning and tidying to be done as well. As we get closer to Christmas it can feel as if our home is going to burst at the seams with all the extra items that need to be stored. It is times like this when renting a self-storage unit can make a lot of sense

Here are just four reasons why self-storage units are a perfect solution at Christmas time.

  • Hiding Christmas presents from inquisitive children and adults can be a nightmare. With a self-storage unit you can keep all those presents hidden as a surprise until the big day. Self-storage units have 24/7 assess making it is easy to buy and store items as you go along.
  • When we put up all our Christmas decorations there are normally a lot of ornaments that need to be stored until the decorations come down on twelfth night. If we have space, we box them up and store in a cupboard or a spare room but if you have guests coming to stay it is easier to remove all the clutter and store these things away from the home in a storage unit.
  • Similarly if we have wardrobes and drawers bursting with clothes where will our guests store their belonging? Have a good sort out and empty wardrobes and drawers of summer clothes and put them in a self- storage unit while your visitors are staying.
  • Once Christmas is over carefully pack up all the decorations and instead of dumping them in the spare bedroom keep them safe and dry in a self-storage unit until next year.

With many people turning to storage for all the benefits listed above, get in touch with your local Spaces and Places before all units are taken up!

As we go into the month of November, we are officially on the run down to Black Friday and Christmas and it is essential for businesses to make the most of this busy time of the year.

Black Friday has turned into a massive day in the UK since 2014 and £1.23 billion was spent on Black Friday in 2016. It is crucial for small businesses to have plenty of stock, particularly popular items, available to ensure maximum sales and profit. With customers having plenty of other options to buy what they want, they are not going to wait around while you reorder.

However if you are a small business your premises may struggle to house all the extra stock making your stock room overcrowded and difficult, even dangerous, to use. Plus there is the added risk of products getting damaged.

However there’s an easy solution to toppling piles of box, take advantage of a flexible short term business self-storage unit.

Spaces and Places offer a perfect solution for small businesses that require extra storage.

  • They provide affordable storage in 3 locations across the North West.
  • Rental agreements are on a short term or monthly basis
  • There are various ways to pay
  • There are different sizes of unit so you won’t be paying for space you don’t require.
  • Storage is dry and clean in steel containers.
  • Your stock is safe and secure, we have 24/7 CCTV security.
  • You can have access to your unit at any time.
  • Once your stock is organised in your unit, you’ll be able to locate individual items with ease.

An additional bonus is once the festive period is over, it will be easy to see what stock is left and organise it for the January sales.

If you need extra storage to hold your merchandise, contact Spaces and Places and secure a unit today.



December has crept upon everyone once again and believe it or not, there are only a few days left until Christmas is here.

Over the last few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have taken the UK by storm. Millions of people took to the shops and internet late November to find the best deals, and with Christmas just around the corner, the shopping frenzy will continue.

Is your business ready to meet the demands of consumers?

Last year, research stated that 46% of people left their Christmas shopping until the last minute. The same trend will most likely occur this year, which means your business will be in high demand over the next few days.

In order for you to not miss out on maximum profit this Christmas, ensure you have enough stock available to sell and be prepared for last minute shoppers. It is vital that you offer next day delivery otherwise customers will begin looking elsewhere. Even though this may make your job more stressful, all your hard work and long hours will be worth it once January comes.

Many companies turn to self-storage in order to meet the demands they are faced with through the festive season. If you have stock that can not fit in your shop, or you are trying to avoid your house becoming a work zone, a storage unit is the simple and convenient answer.

The flexibility of storage units is one of many major incentives for businesses, as you have the option to add or reduce the amount of units you are using, all depending on demand. All you have to do, is give one week’s notice.

One crucial aspect when storing your items, is to place all stock in a safe and secure area. You will have more stock than usual, which means you have more to lose if any items are stolen. Ensure you do not overload your store, warehouse and even your home with items, and always keep them out of sight.

Spaces and Places understand how important security is, which is why all facilities are secured with a coded gate and 24-hour CCTV. Your mind can be rest assured all your items are safe.

If you are worried you do not have enough storage space to meet the demands of customers this month, contact Spaces and Places for further info on how we can help your business thrive through this hectic month.


Christmas is only a few weeks away, which means during the next few days your time will be spent decorating your home. In order to make sure your home looks festive yet tidy, have a read through our tips.


This may sound obvious, but by cleaning each room and removing items from shelves, you have more room to put up decorations. Once you have taken items down, place them all in boxes and store in a storage unit to prevent moving the clutter into another room.

Start small

Focus on decorating and cleaning one room at a time. Start with the family room where you spend most of your time, then move on to another room. A great first step is to throw away old coupons, newspapers and other items that you no longer need.


Presents take over the house during Christmas. If you have children, your job is to hide their presents in a place they can’t reach or find! If these presents are small, then the top of the wardrobe will suffice. However, if you have bought larger items such as a bicycle, dolls house etc. then a storage unit will keep the gifts well hidden, safe and secure!


Instead of purchasing lots of Christmas cards and spending countless hours writing each one individually, go digital. This will not only save you time, but you may inspire others to do the same! If you receive lots of Christmas cards, why not digitalise the collection? You can then display all your cards in a more compact and less untidy way.

Storage unit

A storage unit is a lifesaver through the party months. If you are hosting a party, you will want as much free space as possible, which means you have to move items from your home to a safe place. Storage units are not only secure, but you are able to access the unit 24/7, which allows you to pick up items at your convenience.

If you are looking for a place to hide Christmas presents or a place to keep your belongings safe and secure, get in touch with Spaces and Places.



December is nearly here which means the hectic month is upon us. In order to stop your home becoming full of Christmas clutter, then you need to turn to self-storage.

Here’s why…


If you are expecting a house full this Christmas, then you will need to make space to fit all visitors comfortably in your home. Get everything that you will not be needing out of the way, so you are able to make room for extra chairs, tables, decorations and other necessities. By removing unessential items, you suddenly have extra space to play Christmas games and maybe even create a dance floor!


One of the best parts for everyone on Christmas Day is opening up all the presents! However, it can be quite hard to keep presents well hidden, especially if you live with children! Rather than becoming annoyed and constantly worried they will find their presents, or worse, you forget where your secret hiding place is; give yourself some peace of mind and hide them in self storage. All of our storage units have top of the range security, insurance for as little as 55p a week and no fixed contracts – all we ask for is a week’s notice.


Decorations play a key part in making Christmas special and memorable. The majority of homes concentrate on making the inside of their home decorative, but a few expand the decorations to the outside. Whether you have Father Christmas and flashing lights outside, or tinsel and Christmas trees inside, you will have spent a lot of time, money and energy in creating a perfect setting; which is why you don’t want your hard work to go to waste.

Self-storage allows you to re-use your decorations yearly, which means you can avoid the dreaded shopping trips in the future.

Make Christmas a time of celebration and take control this year. If you have any questions or seek advice on the best storage options for you, get in touch with Spaces and Places.