Stress Free September

Summer holidays are over and it’s time for a fresh new start this stress free September. With the new academic year in full swing, you finally have the whole house to yourself. But! STRESS! There is so much clutter, you’re probably thinking ‘where did it all come from?’ Decluttering your home can feel like the world’s longest task but it doesn’t have to be stressful or even time-consuming. That’s why we have put together some of our top tips for helping you to declutter this stress-free September.

1. Realistic thinking is key

Don’t rush yourself and try to declutter the whole house in one weekend. Try this approach; take your time by tackling one room at a time, you can even do it over a period of days if that makes it easier. If that still sounds a bit too lengthy, you can start by going through one cupboard first or a drawer and then you will eventually get into the drift.

2. ATTENTION! You are now entering a clutter-free zone

Sound the alarm, raise the roof, shout it out loud. Declare clutter-free zones, for example, the counter or a cabinet is at times the biggest clutter culprits. Clear all items from that area and make it a house rule that nothing should be placed there unless it is always going to be used. You want to get to a point where more less all flat surfaces in your home are free from clutter.

3. Give yourself 20 mins a day

Your main obstacle to clearing clutter may be that you simply don’t have the time. No need to stress, give yourself a mere 20 minutes a day that you promise to dedicate to keeping on top of your clutter. It could just be re-organising a cupboard, tidying up that one drawer in your kitchen that has everything or sorting out that pile of letters from the past month. By investing just a few moments a day, it can all add up to having that clutter-free home you long for, and of course, it keeps your stress levels to a minimum.

4. Get organised

Try having separate boxes or bags that have been labelled with; ‘Things to Bin’, ‘Donate to Charity’, ‘Sell’ and ‘Recycle’. Now the fun part, you can get your kids involved too with this part. Simply separate all the clutter into each box/bag and your set! Kick stress to the curb with organisation city.

5. Out with the old and in with the new

We all love to buy something new, but, remember that pile of unnecessary clutter in the corner of the living room. Do you really need any of those things? As the saying goes, “out with the old and in with the new” so for every new item, make a vow to donate, bin, recycle or sell an item(s) that you no longer want, need or use. The perfect ingredient for stress-free living!

6. Have a clutter basket in every room

This may sound contradictory but it is super helpful. Having a ‘clutter basket’ as it were, is great for chucking the kids toys in, magazines, newspapers, and other bits and bobs that generally does not have a set place in your home. To make your life that much easier, keep a watchful eye on those clutter hotspots and be sure to keep a basket there too. Then when it has built up, go through the basket and remove anything you no longer need. We’re sure those news stories are probably outdated by now!

7. Don’t give up

We know it is a long process and we know it can be stressful, but don’t let that get to you! When you start decluttering and organising your home, it can look worse before it gets better, but the key is commitment, persistence and patience. Try not to get distracted by other tasks, rather, push yourself to complete the current one you have started. To make it even easier for you we have created this handy poster that you can print out. You can put it up in your home to remind you of the easy areas you can reduce clutter in each room at any time of the day.

 


Beyond's Family Friendly Fun Day!

On Saturday 22nd September we have the perfect weekend getaway for you and your family. For one day only, you can experience a weekend like no other and nurture your wellbeing, we are taking yoga to the next level with Disco Yoga at our Beyond's family-friendly fun day event! Whether you're a newbie yogi, a yoga fanatic or just want to have a little relaxing boogie, our event is suited for everyone, from beginners to intermediate.

Here at Beyond Storage, we are so much more than a storage company. We help people to go beyond their comfort zone is our priority and practising mindfulness and self-care is key. Our Beyond family-friendly fun is suitable for all no matter your age, whether you want to come alone or with family and friends. You can be sure to enjoy some special bonding time with your loved ones or have a fun Saturday with your friends.

Yes! Even kids are welcomed to this fun-filled day so get ready to relax your body and mind with this experience that truly goes above and Beyond.

You also have the opportunity to engulf yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Herefordshire at Beyond Storage Ross on Wye. Our event is an activity-filled day, and we wouldn’t want you to get ‘hangry’ so we have an epic Beyond BBQ to keep you going. We are also partnering up with our local football clubs, charity shops and suppliers to bring you an amazing day out.

What can you look forward to?

  • Disco Yoga
  • Glitter Station
  • Face Painting
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Auction for Charity
  • BBQ
  • Bouncing Megaslide
  • Giant Games and loads more to be revealed on the day

There will be friendly and experienced staff that will ensure you are happy and comfortable on the day.

Please come dressed in suitable dance/fitness wear for the Disco Yoga bonanza. Or simply come dressed ready to have a good time with family and friends.

Book your space today and allows us to help you go beyond your comfort zone. To get your tickets, click the link here

 


Beyond Back 2 School

How was your summer? Hasn’t time flown and the kids are all grown, your little ones may be starting in their first school or they may be going to ‘big school’. But, have you got everything ready for that hectic and dreaded first day back? With the new academic year in full flow, you may be looking for those last minute essentials to get you back into your routine. Or you may be looking for those easy drop off/pick-up techniques to deal with the kids this new school year. We know how frustrating it can be when it’s the first day and the kids just don’t want to compromise with you. First the early wake-up, then the breakfast madness topped by the awful screeching in the house as you bellow for them to get ready.

No need to fear, Beyond is here to help you with these quick DIY top tips and tricks for that smooth transition into the new year. To save you the hassle and give you that extra time to prepare yourself we have got a few handy back to school tricks that you can add to your books. They are quick, easy and DIY friendly to help you get on back on track.

Drop off zone:

Set the boundaries with an after school drop off zone. Shoes and jackets off, bags on the hook and now check the noticeboard. You can create your own after school or even before school drop off zone to make it easier for that last minute morning rush. Not only does it ensure that everything is kept in one place but it also helps to keep your home looking organised and complete with the headless chicken run every morning.

Having this zone for after school is also an incredible idea, including a noticeboard among the design can help your children know what they need to do when they get home. You can also give yourself some peace of mind and enjoy a stress-free back to school routine.

Homework station:

Face it! We all hated homework at some point in our lives but why not make doing homework a little bit more fun with a homework station. Loaded with all the equipment you will need for any project and even a tray of snacks can be such a good incentive to getting the job done. Your homework station can be as adventurous and unique as you like too! A homework station can give your children that extra bit of independence and also leave you without a worry as their homework is all kept in one place. Why not add a tray for pens and pencils, one for paper (plain, lined and math) and one for other bits and bobs in case they have to create a masterpiece for art. Time to get to work!

Stationary pots:

There is nothing more annoying than losing your favourite pen or those needed staples so you can officially complete your work. Don’t throw away those used jars, wash them out and decorate them and use them as stationary pots so you won’t lose those little bits again. Add labels to the jars/pots so you know for sure what’s in the correct jar. It can make your life that little bit easier and that back to school routine as smooth as possible

Hair Hack:
We know the struggles of the morning rush! Where are the kids' socks, jackets on, hair a mess! Let us help you cut out the middleman with this quick hair hack. Simply gather all the hairbands you own and add them to a key ring that could be kept in your bag or car for those quick hair fixes in the morning rush hour.


Win Up To £1000 In The World's Biggest Art and Design Competition

The World's Biggest Art and Design Competition Is Here!

Would you like to win £1000 this summer?

Calling all Pinterest-Queens! We are on the search for the best interior designers, future Picassos, make-shift mammas and arty farty fathers.

The World's Biggest Art and Design Competition is here! In celebration of the summer to September season, where everyone likes to get stuck in with home renovations, interior inspiration and summer holiday arts and crafts, we thought that we would get involved by celebrating the amazing creativity people are capable of!

If it wasn't for art, Beyond Storage wouldn't have a reason to exist, art is the love that brings us weddings, moving home, having babies, growing up and growing old, and it's for those milestones that we exist!

Enter our Art and Design Competition: #HomeIsWhereTheArtIs

Our Art and Design photo competition will run from July 2018 until midnight on the 31st December 2018.

We’re looking for photos of your interior designs, arts and crafts; Please remember to accompany your photo with a brief description of how you designed or created the art in shot.

Please submit your photos to:

 
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*Please don’t forget to include your name and where the photo was taken- get in touch info@beyondstorage.co.uk for more information.

Our Art and Design Photo Competition will close at midnight on 31st December 2018. The competition will be judged by our Beyond Storage team of home experts and we will announce the competition winners in the New Year.

Competition Winner 2017: Julie Curtin

Paper Flowers

“being stuck indoors isn't always such a bad thing! Last week Sarah was making a 'fortune teller' with her son. Much scrolling and sharing later & I remembered a book my daughter had a while back! Anyway...out came the paper. I thought these were a little like daffodils and thought I'd give it a go, seeing as the snow has covered my emerging blooms in powdery drifts! Really need very fine paper for this but I'm hooked! Now... what to do with a couple of paper flowers?"

 

 

 

 

Things we love:

Living on the wild side

We love Kirsty Baird's (@the_fashionharlot) funky outside home - the colours make for a truly popping party space, that you'll either love or hate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Doodles

We stumbled across these cute doodles by Good Grief@goodgrief_UK, which make mental health topics accessible, funny, and a bit more fun!

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DIY Dragged Paint Wall Art

Mr Kate created this beautiful, large piece of shining, sophisticated wall art, on a feasible budget!

Beautiful gray and silver wall art — no paintbrushes needed!! Bring some steely sophistication into your home with this glamorous, yet easy DIY!


St Michael’s Hospice Sponsorship!

Here at Beyond Storage we always love to go the extra mile for our community and to help out in whatever way possible to make lives better for all. Hence, we are proud to say we are now sponsoring St Michael’s Hospice which aids people that are affected by terminal illness to live their life to the fullest.

Who are St Michael’s Hospice?

St Michael’s Hospice is an independent charity that is completely free of charge for you and your family. They provide care free of charge to patients, families and their carers too. With St Michaels’ everything is only made possible by the supporters voluntary charitable donations, fundraising events they hold, shopping at their retail outlets and leaving gifts in their wills. Their vision is that every single person in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas that need palliative care has access to it in a timely manner that suits them.

The mission is to make sure end of life and palliative care is available to all who can benefit from it no matter their age, gender, social status, location or illness diagnosis. They can only do this by bringing all the amazing work that is already being carried out by communities at the hospital, and in the hospice to ensure there is a range of services suitable for the variety of needs the patients and families have. The care and compassion that St Michael’s Hospice shows is remarkable even working with others to help people, their carers and families to feel comfortable with support towards the end of their life.

How we show our support?

All of this work cannot be done on their own, so they work with communities, groups and organisations to help people understand the importance of having good palliative care. Getting involved in events that can encourage communities to support the charitable cause is one of their greatest strengths. Hence, we at Beyond Storage are supporting them on their Canwood Art Exhibition event in September, helping to raise them money to support a very good cause. As part of h.Art week, Canwood will showcase art from internationally-acclaimed artists who will display their work during an 8 day exhibition in Herefordshire’s Canwood gallery. Any sales made on each item of art is kindly being donated to St Michael’s Hospice.


Stratford-Upon-Avon in the Spotlight!

Here at Beyond Storage, we go the extra mile to care for our customers and always striving to provide the best service for you as much as possible. At our Stratford Upon-Avon location, we have a new reception and canteen area made from storage containers, which is available for all our customers to use. But wait: It doesn’t stop there! We go beyond that extra mile and ensure that all your belongings are protected to the highest satisfaction by having insulated and dehumidified storage containers. So, the next time you’re visiting the countryside, come and pop into Beyond Storage Stratford Upon-Avon and have a cup of tea with us!

We go ‘above’ and beyond with our storage units and have decided to show you a scope of our incredible location in Stratford Upon-Avon. Once home to the legendary William Shakespeare, this beautiful location never fails to impress. We take in the Beyond Storage area with our newest and latest drone video, showcasing the facility and its surrounding landscapes.

 


We’re Going Home!

The End of The Line for England’s World Cup Shot!

The game that everyone had been waiting for and the moment in the spotlight England had needed has come to a very sad end. It’s been a good run for England with lifted spirits for weeks but, the teams time in the World Cup is now over. After a phenomenal start with Trippier scoring a goal in the first 5 minutes, England fans were screaming to the rooftops of nearly every house and pub in the UK. But the hype didn’t last very long, by extra time Croatia moreless had the win in the bag and then Mario Mandzukic cut England off with his strike in extra time .

Although they didn’t get to bag the World Cup trophy, England has played so well this year they are to be commended for their team work, dedication and persistence in all of their games. Let’s not drown ourselves in sorrow but rather remember all the joyous occasions that England has had and they still have a shot at beating Belgium for third place in this years World Cup.

To enter, please submit a photo of your 'world cup' to"

  1. Email: Armani@boss-digital.co.uk
  2. Via our Facebook page
  3. Via Twitter: #YourWorldCup
  4. Via Instagram: ##YourWorldCup

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England vs Colombia - It's coming home!

It’s coming home! Football is well and truly coming home!

I don’t blame you if you haven’t yet recovered from Tuesday night’s heroic penalty shootout win against Colombia, England’s first ever penalty shootout win at a World Cup!

I’m sure you’re well aware of the rather hopeful memes that have come about from England’s performances at the World Cup so far, and Tuesday night was no exception with many more flooding the internet with England moving one step closer to getting their hands on the trophy.

Here are some of our favourite memes from the night…


6 Tips to Brighten up your Home and Garden for Summer

The World Cup is well underway, the sun is shining and you’re thinking of having some friends and family over for a chilled out evening. But everything in your home is looking a little bit… well, drab, dark and somewhat dull. Do you feel like your home is lacking enthusiasm and excitement in its colours and style? You may be looking around thinking: where on earth do you even begin? Well, we know you don’t want to spend an excessive amount on transforming your home which is why we have come up with a few easy, inexpensive and fun ways to brighten up your home and garden this summer.

In the Home:

Clear out Clutter:

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First things first, clear out the mess! Get rid of any unnecessary clutter you may have been hoarding in your home. Think about those newspapers and magazines from 2 months ago you really don’t need anymore - or those ornaments that are looking a bit dusted and dated. This is the time to remove anything that makes your home feel dull and untidy. Clearing out clutter can be very therapeutic because clutter can be seen as a visual noise and when you remove that ‘noise’ you’re left with a peaceful and tranquil feeling - that of being de-cluttered and de-stressed.

Use Bright or Light-Coloured Furniture and Paint:

Colorful living room interior - Beyond Storage
Now you’ve decluttered your home, you can whip out the paint and change up the furniture to brighter or lighter colours. Whenever possible, it’s best to look for lighter furniture, rather than dark colours. One simple item such as an off-white rug can transform that small area of your home and starts to make your room feel that little bit brighter. Don’t forget the walls, too; painting your walls with colours like cream, sky blue, pale yellow or green can make the room feel larger and more spacious. It also adds a level of cheerfulness, promoting a healthy, positive atmosphere.

Use Mirrors:


The art of reflection can be found in the use of mirrors. Adding mirrors into your home is another great way of opening up the space. As mirrors reflect light, putting them up around light sources allows the light to bounce off the mirror making a small room appear larger. Also, if your walls are painted in a bright colour, mirrors can effectively reflect the colour providing the room with more light.

In the Garden:

Tidy Up:

Clearing up the remaining leaves for summer - Beyond Storage
With the constantly changing weather from wind and rain to summer sunshine, your garden can sometimes be left in a state. As the weather is now getting that much warmer, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your garden a makeover. Throw away those broken plant pots and scraps of blown-in rubbish. Rake up those crispy old leaves left over from autumn and clear up that pile of debris and bricks from last year. A simple tidy up can make your garden feel more inviting and enjoyable.

Water Features and Arts-and-Crafts:

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Why not invest in some colourful water features or other arts and crafts for your garden? A water feature can transform your garden, complementing the surrounding plants by adding a touch of sound and light movement. It is also a great feature to welcome wildlife into your gardens such as the variety of birds that would flock to the fountain for a little drink or bath. Similar to how mirrors can reflect light in your home, water can also reflect light on the flowers creating a brighter garden atmosphere. Alternatively, you can get creative with other garden arts and crafts. Try painting rocks in different colours and placing them around your garden; you will notice how bright your garden can look.

Add Colourful Plants and Flowers:

Colourful flower bed - Get your garden bright for summer - Beyond Storage
One of the easiest ways to brighten up your garden is by adding in some colourful plants and flowers. There are hundreds of different kinds of flowers with some beautiful colours and scents that when combined can turn your garden into a paradise. As the saying goes; ‘plant lady is the new cat lady’ - so why not use your green fingers and be one with nature by planting some of your favourite flowers. From roses to lavender and sunflowers to hydrangeas, you can easily lighten your garden, creating a warm and welcoming summer invitation.


Why a 'Gap Year' is not just for Students

As summer begins to kick in, many students are thinking of their next steps and where their path will lead them. Work? University? Or how about taking time to find your feet by having a ‘gap year’?

A gap year is a period of time, usually around the length of an academic year, for a student to take a break between school and university or college. However, a gap year has started to become more popular among older adults, proving that it’s not just for students. Many people in their late twenties and even thirties feel that travelling later in life gives them an experience which will help them decide what level they next want to take their career to, and to see and do the things they really want. So we have decided to put together a little information pack on this hot topic about some of the best places to travel to when you want to take a ‘gap year’.

Fiji:

In the heart of the South Pacific is the beautiful and incredible country of Fiji. Blessed with more than 300 tropical islands, it is the perfect place to kick-start your happiness adventure. Fiji is famously known for its white sandy beaches, pristine environment and its soft coral diving. It is the perfect place to make those endless memories you will never want to forget. From secluded beaches to hidden bays there is so much to explore in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


We love adventure and going beyond our comfort zones. By exploring Fiji you get to overstep the mark and unleash your inner adventurous side. Satisfy your adventure hunger by charging down rives in an inflatable raft or along a rugged surface on an off-road buggy. Maybe you want to take it to another extreme and enjoy the breathtaking views as you parasail over the Pacific Ocean? Or take that birds-eye view of the beautiful island as you take a leap of faith out of a plane into an adrenaline pumping free-falling skydiving experience. You can do it all in Fiji.

New Zealand:

The beautiful country of New Zealand is small in size, but one of the most incredible and photogenic places on earth. With a nation of just over 4 million, the friendly people of New Zealand are one of the best things you will remember about this beautiful land. Take a trip to the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown which is New Zealand’s adventure capital and top go-to destination. Be tempted by bungee jumping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, mountain-biking and so many more adrenaline-fuelled sports.

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Or why not visit the Pacific Ring of Fire in Rotorua - the land where the earth speaks? From boiling mud pools, volcanic craters and steaming thermal springs you can get close to the natural forces that New Zealand has to offer. Stop off in Hawke’s Bay in Napier and enjoy some deliciously luxurious gourmet food surrounded by amazing art and architecture.

Thailand:

Thailand is a wondrous kingdom filled with exotic wildlife, phenomenal islands and Buddhist temples. Along with its fascinating history, you can enjoy some new foods and a famous Thai massage. With so much to see and do, from adventurous thrills such as hot air-ballooning to kite-surfing, there is something for everyone no matter your age.

You can visit the nation’s capital of Bangkok. With so much to see and to explore, it is also one of the world’s hottest cities, with temperatures scorching up to 34 degrees in this busy capital. There are lots of day trips and excursions that can be done in Thailand and they can all provide you with a real eye-opening experience.

Thailand beaches - You don't need to be a student for a gap year!

You really don’t have to be a student to take a Gap Year and to unleash your inner adventurer. We have taken you round our 3 top choices for a gap year. Enjoy and explore the tranquil surroundings of Fiji, be adventurous in your activities in New Zealand or join in the cultural diversity and exploration of Thailand. Now all that’s left is for you to pack your suitcase and go!
Don’t worry about the personal belongings you leave behind, either, because we at Beyond Storage offer 24/7 security, including CCTV surveillance and fingerprint access at some facilities. All our units are dehumidified and insulated to ensure you have that peace of mind.

It’s time for you to #GoBeyond!