Last month we covered a few of the reasons why we are drawn to storing clutter and why we continue to do so.

If you missed part I, check it out here.

Read on for part II….

Parents Influence

Many children follow in their parent’s footsteps, with or without realising. If your home was always neat and tidy then you subconsciously adopt similar behaviours. However, if your parents were collectors, workaholics or had a creative flare then your home would be more busy and unorganised.

You may have adopted your parent’s habits or rebelled against then, either way, they have had an influence on how you choose to fill the space in your home.

Life changes

You may have moved into a smaller place than what you were used to or even used the spare room you once had to start a business; life changes affect the way we use our space. If you feel all your items are crowding your room and suffocating the way you live, it is time to make some changes.


When you are lonely, you tend to try and fill a void. Many people turn to food or shopping to keep themselves entertained. However, overconsumption can have consequences and before you know it, the space you once had is now full of new purchases.


If you are a creative person you may make a lot of impulsive buys. Coming across items you feel you can restore and sell due to the potential you see in them or even purchasing unique items as nobody else will have them will be a regular occurrence!

Letting go

Having emotional attachment to items makes them harder to throw away. You will feel guilty and suddenly miss the item once you make the decision to say goodbye. The same goes for items that you feel may come in handy one day. Old jeans that are too big/ too small, an outfit you have worn once and even magazines/books that you will not read again suddenly pile up and you have no intention of throwing away.

Whether you are looking for extra space to work on a project or you would like a safe and secure place to store your items, a storage unit is the answer. Business storage and personal storage are options available at Spaces and Places.

Get in touch and start making your home a peaceful and relaxing place to live in today.

Staying focused and motivated while working is key for success. However, with countless distractions, your productivity can become threatened.

Many people do not realise the amount of workload that can pile up on their desk or how lack of lighting and noise can throw you them off track, but by clearing their work space, their motivation and productivity levels will increase.

If you are ready to work in a more productive and happier environment, follow these tips to get started on decluttering your office.


The average worker can spend up to one week per year looking for items that are misplaced, so now is the perfect time to organise. Place everything in draws or on shelves in an order that makes sense to you – whether it be alphabetically, client related or by date/year, this will make folders easier to search for when needs be.

Keep Tidy

Between 2013-2016, 119,000 employees slipped, tripped or fell over in the workplace. To prevent injuring yourself or others, keep your desk and the area around your workplace clutter free.

Stay Clean

Germs and mould from food, viruses and hygiene levels can affect your and your colleague’s health – so make sure your workplace is kept spotless to ensure full health.

Avoid Distractions

57% of employee’s motivation and morale levels increase when their workplace is clean and tidy. Which means in the long run, having a tidy desk will not only make you happier within the workplace, you will enjoy coming into work every day.


If you take all of these tips on board, your brain will be able to focus on one thing at a time, without becoming distracted.

This is why more and more businesses are turning to Spaces and Places to store paperwork, furniture and seldom used items in order to declutter their working space.

By storing all items in a self-storage unit, you are able to keep the workplace as tidy as possible, while keeping all important items in a safe and secure place.

You can access your storage unit 24/7, making Spaces and Places the go to self-storage company when decluttering your workplace.

Why not use the long weekend to declutter and have a clear out?

Perhaps not the most exciting prospect for the Bank Holiday weekend but if your life is feeling stressful, because you have too much stuff in your home, it could be very rewarding.

The advantage of using the Easter Bank Holiday to have a good clear out is the 2 extra days available compared to a normal weekend ,so you can use 1 or 2 days for the declutter and still have 2 days to relax and enjoy yourself.

One of the main problems with having a good clear out is where to start and what to do with items you don’t want to store in the house but need to keep.

Here are some tips to help you clear out your home effectively.

  • 1. Decide where to start. Pick one area in your home -it could be the kitchen or the garage that is really causing problems. Work on that one area before going into another area.
  • 2. Set some goals. Work out what you can physically do in a day to avoid causing unnecessary disruption.
  • 3. Enlist some help from the family – it is always more fun working with others and you will achieve more.
  • 4. Making a pile of things you no longer want or need is often the easy part. They can be divided into two lots of boxes – ones for the tip, the others for the charity shop. Allow time during the Bank Holiday to visit the tip and charity shops so these bags and boxes are not left cluttering the house.
  • 5. The things you are not sure about are more difficult to deal with, they should be either-items you really would like to keep but do not have a purpose for everyday e.g. keepsakes, seasonal items like clothes or Christmas decorations.

Or -items you feel you must keep e.g. documents and records.

If you don’t have space to store these items self-storage units are a great way to keep those items safely tucked away, without creating clutter within your home.

At Spaces and Places our self- storage units are available in various sizes, for short and long term hire with 24/7 access.

If you are interested in self- storage get in touch with Spaces and Places, a secure, convenient and trustworthy storage company.