Tips and tricks to make the most of staying smaller with the help of self-storage
Urbanisation and urban fortings are words that describe the time in which we live. People, homes and businesses are centralised, and cities grow incredibly fast.
When more people are going to live in smaller areas we will have to live smaller and do not necessarily have room for everything we own at the one and same property. It may seem cramped and it may feel like a challenge not to have enough space.
However the benefits of living smaller are many. The most obvious one is that it is financially beneficial. With housing prices constantly on the rise in most major cities of the country, the square meter price becomes too high for many. One or two square feet can mean a lot for the rental- or purchase price of a property.
Another positive side-effect of living smaller is that one is often more climate friendly. Smaller living spaces are synonymous with less maintenance, less waste and therefore greater environmentally friendly gain.
We at Flexistore are aiming to make it easier for people to adopt to the repid urbanisation and we have put together some tips and tricks to make the most of living smaller.
Harness your space better
Even if your home is small, the possibilities are endless. Floor plans, colour and light are key words here. An apartment looks and feels much more spacious by removing dividers and room sections. In newer apartments, the kitchen and living room often have an open plan, making the entire common area into one large room.
Light is also an important factor. Access to natural light from windows allows the room to feel larger, especially with white or light surfaces. One or more coloured walls will also give you a greater sense of space, and a quick painting job can make a room feel almost twice as large in just a couple of days.
Yet, ' The biggest sinner ' is crowded rooms, according to the home stylist Halbjørhus, and the best solution is perhaps to get rid of unnecessary things and furniture.
Give away or sell things you no longer use
No matter how difficult it can be to get rid of things, it can be one of the better investments you make. The less space you have to live in, the better it is to have less things lying around.
Take a proper clean-up at home, sort by what you want to sell, give away and what you're unsure about keeping. It can be equipment your kids have grown out of, kitchen utensils that are no longer in use or clothing you are tired of.
Most likely, others can greatly benefit your old stuff. The things you choose to give away or sell you can easily store in a storage unit at Flexistore until they have been sold. What you have doubts about whether to keep or not you can also place here.
A good rule is that if you haven't used or thought of a garment or a thing over the last two months, it's probably time to get rid of it. Keep track of what you have in your storage unit with the inventory list available in the Flexistore app , where you can add a picture of what you want, so you'll always have a full overview of what you have in your storage unit.
Store your stuff with Flexistore
Things and possessions take up a lot of space in the home. At the same time, it is not all things we use daily, and much of what actually takes up the most space and collects dust is just useless things and possessions. The smaller your apartment or house is, the more space they take.
Seasonal equipment such as skis and surfboards are typical examples of this. Skis, backpacks, bicycles, and surfboards are equipment that often stand unused for much of the year and may benefit from being safely stored away.
By renting a storage unit with Flexistore, you can easily move these things to an external storage room. A 2 square metre storage unit can accommodate up to 40 large boxes of things. Imagine how much space this could mean in a small apartment!
Our digital keys in the app are also programmed to easily share access to your storage unit with others, so that things like camping or sports equipment can be shared or lent out immediately!
When you move things you don't always use into your storage unit, you free up a lot of extra space at home. And when the need for your gear reappears, it's super easy to access your storage unit to get your belongings.
Live More with less
To live smaller and have less things around you can for many be very liberating. By getting rid of clutter and useless things around you, you get more order in your life and can more easily focus on the more important things in life. If you travel a lot, want to save money or simply like the feeling of being independent of material possessions, it's time to live a little smaller whilst living a little more.
Do you need a storage unit for a period of time?
Check out our best storage unit prices here or download the Flexistore app in the App Store/Google Play Store to see all prices and available sizes. In the app you can easily book, pay for and access your own storage unit. With digital keys you get immediate access to your storage facility and you can move your stuff into the storage at your convenience.