Good things come in 5ft by 8ft units: 6 clever uses for our new containers

Our new 5ft by 8ft units can hold a volume of one transit van, two rooms and 25-50 18’’ storage boxes - a cheaper option without compromising on quality and functionality. Here are 6 clever ways to make use of our small but mighty containers!
 

1. Garage/shed

If you're struggling for space in your current shed or garage, or maybe you’d rather not fork out a sizeable sum for groundworks and a place to store your tools/a colony of spiders, a dry, sealed, climate controlled storage container - that takes up exactly zero of your outdoor space - could be the answer.

It’s important to us that your unit feels like an extension of your home, so you can drive your car up to your unit from 6am to 9pm - much easier than having to clamber over a lawnmower, a strimmer, two mountain bikes, a popped paddling pool, six deck chairs, a tent, four tennis rackets, a parasol and Shelob the giant spider to find the right drill bit.

5ft by 8ft storage units - tools, shed, garage

 

2. Christmas decorations/presents

We can’t be alone in saying too much of our home storage space is taken up by Christmas decorations, especially when they see the light of day for only one month (or two, or three, that’s your business) out of twelve.

As intoxicating as that dusty tinsel smell is, imagine de-Christmassing and still having free and functional storage space! Our smaller storage units have a volume capacity of one transit van, plenty enough space for even the most handsome of grottos.

Tip:
Have yourself a merry little Christmas and keep the kids busy on the lead up to the big day by letting them hunt for hidden Christmas presents they’ll never find (might as make the most of your unit for the whole 12 months!).

5ft by 8ft storage units - Christmas decorations
 

3. Extra wardrobe

Why is it that the clothes we wear the least (occasion suits, evening dresses, winter/climate specific clothes etc) seem to take up the most space in our cupboards and wardrobes? Not to mention that while that dusty tinsel smell is nostalgic on December 1st, it’s not so great on your glitzy evening dress or expensive suit.

Our smaller units are the perfect size for your very own walk in wardrobe - industrial style is very ‘in’ at the moment, after all!

 

4. Hobby space

Be it a man-cave or a she-shed, we can all benefit from a little space of our own, so when the nagging to relocate your miniature steam train collection gets too much, we’ve got you covered! Our 5ft by 8ft units make the perfect hobby boxes of happiness.

Don’t let it stop at collectables, though! Whether you enjoy climbing, horse riding, camping, fishing or backpacking, our compact and functional units allow you to store your gear safely and securely with effortless access to your recreational apparatus!

Adventure awaits!

5ft by 8ft storage units - hobby, outdoors, collectibles

 

5. Student storage

One thing you aren’t prepared for as a student is how disruptive it is living in three different locations over three years. Add to that the logistics of hauling all your worldly possessions to and fro across miles of the UK, and you have one stress cocktail you could really do without in your second and third years.

Short term, flexible and affordable self-storage units within the locality of your university? It’s a no brainer!

Who else is really particular about how to pack the car?
 

6. Sentimental items

It’s human nature to hold onto things that have sentimental value to us, but it becomes more and more difficult when we have to compromise on space. From wedding mementos to baby’s firsts, old school work and drawings to trophies and photographs, our 5ft by 8ft units make great little time capsules. They’re also fully insulated and come with a dehumidifier, which is so important to maintain the condition of your treasures.

We can hear that wedding dress heaving a sigh of relief from here - not today, Facebook Marketplace! For extra points, why not check out or handy do's and don'ts for wedding dress storage?

5ft by 8ft storage units for sentimental belongings

 

Do you have small-scale clutter with large-scale impacts that you could do with finding a home for? Get in touch about our smaller units today to see if they could be the perfect fit for you!

It’s all in the packing: here are our tips for packing units effectively.

Eyeing up our larger units? Here are 5 creative ways you could use them!


Acts of calmness for mental wellbeing

6 Conscious Acts to Calm the Chaos & Improve Mental Wellbeing

Few are immune to life’s daily stressors, so we at Beyond Storage have put together 6 achievable ways to calm the feelings of chaos and support mental wellbeing when the cacophony reaches fever pitch.

1. Recharge

We’re so busy in the daytime with work, being parents, running errands, doing chores, being well-rounded, functioning adults - the list goes on. Introduce calm to your day, even if it’s just for an hour, by creating a new evening routine that allows you to reconnect with yourself and what really matters.

This time can be just for you, shared with your partner or with your children, or even your pets - whatever works to make you feel settled.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

  • Enjoy a hot drink in your favourite mug
  • Put your comfies on
  • Write a sentence summarising your thoughts for the day in a notebook or journal
  • Read a book
  • Enjoy the fresh, evening air - weather permitting!
  • Light candles
  • Connect with your loved ones
  • Listen to a podcast

However you decide to unwind, try and stick roughly to the same times every evening. Continue the calm into the nighttime with our 5 simple tips for a better bedtime.

Hot drink in mug in the evening

 

2. De-stress in fresh & functional spaces

We can get complacent with our rooms and spaces - “that’s how it’s always been!” But that doesn’t mean the current layout is functional or makes the best use of the space, both of which are key to ensuring a room is a conduit for calm.

Be invigorated by a new perspective and rearrange an area of your home in a way that really works for you.

Depending on the quantity and size of your furniture, it can double up as a decent bit of exercise, too. Winner!

Tape measures and dusters at the ready.

 

3. Negate the niggle

Whether it’s in the forefront or back of your mind, it’s brain space worth freeing up! So do that one thing you’ve been putting off for a little or long while to kickstart the calm and boost your mental wellbeing.

And no matter how small it is, it’s another thing to tick off your to-do list at the end of the day - so satisfying!

Tip!
Be kind to yourself. Whether it’s a pat on your own back, something nice for dinner or a long bath, don’t let small victories go unrewarded.

Organised space with to-do list

 

4. Happy scrolling

For better or worse, we spend a lot of time on social media.

Given that it takes up so much room in our minds every single day, it’s important to remove it from the list of daily stressors and ensure that our social media feeds are balanced, of value to us and make us feel good.

Take a hard, honest look at your social media feeds. Are you inspired? Do you feel empowered and confident? Are you learning something new? Do they make you laugh? If you’re unable to answer yes to some of these questions, it might be time for a social media deep clean.

And that’s not to say that we should banish all content that challenges us and encourages us to think outside the box or our comfort zone: find a good balance and follow accounts consciously to omit the social media feed from the daily chaos instigators.

 

5. Declutter to destress

While we can all attest to the benefits of a tidy, well organised space on our mental wellbeing, you’d be forgiven for breaking into a sweat on hearing the word “declutter”: our minds throw us back to the last time we thought a declutter was a good idea but found ourselves standing amongst more mess and madness than there had been previously and wondering why we’d ever started.

But hear us out - this is calming, sans-skip, small-scale decluttering!

Focus on one area at a time, be it a cupboard, a corner, a shelf, any little bit of your home that you haven’t had a good rummage in for a while. You’ll be surprised by how much you own that you don’t need, want or even like, and once you’re rid of it, just how much it weighed you down.

If you need a helping hand or some general principles to abide by when decluttering, take a look at our blog post about Marie Kondo and the life changing magic of tidying up. If you want to make an even bigger dent in your clutter, why not try our Marie Kondo-inspired 30 Day Room Declutter Challenge?

Remember!
Where possible, avoid the bins skips and tips: recycle, sell, rehome or gift!

 

6. Reconnect

One of the most important things to remember when things start to feel a bit much is that we all have these moments. Take the time to reconnect with a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to in a while, not just to check in with them, but to check in with yourself.

It’s amazing how grounding a few kind words and shared laughs can be!

Catch-up with friends for mental wellbeing

 

For more great ways to encourage daily mental wellness, take a look at Beyond’s 30 self-care methods.