Family heirlooms – why do we hang onto “stuff”?

Anyone who has ever sold their home will be familiar with the agents’ advice to remove “personal clutter” and create an open and neutral space into which viewers can project their imaginations.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A couple of years ago a book by Japanese author, Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, became an international best seller.
It is based on the principle that we should keep only those possessions that we truly love and will use and should be ruthlessly disciplined about getting rid of everything else. Her suggested methods,


Smaller UK Homes

Did you know that the size of our homes has been shrinking?
New housing developments have become a familiar sight in towns and villages across Suffolk and the rest of the UK.
But still there are insufficient homes to meet the rising demand, at least none at the




The UK A Nation of Hoarders

What makes us a nation of hoarders?

According to new research from Cushman & Wakefield and the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK), in March 2015 there were approximately 2,650 storage facilities in Europe, over 80% are located in just six countries.

UK has the most storage facilities than any other country in Europe

UK has the most storage facilities than any other country in Europe

The UK is the largest market with 40% of the total, followed by France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Sweden.

UK (INC. CONTAINERS): Population: 64,100,000 Est. no. of facilities: 1,077

FRANCE: Population: 66,874,000 Est. no. of facilities: 336

THE NETHERLANDS: Population: 16,982,000 Est. no. of facilities: 282

SPAIN: Population: 47,727,000 Est. no. of facilities: 263

GERMANY: Population: 79,829,000 Est. no. of facilities: 143


Good Bye Old Friend

Mr. Squirrel Packs His Bags

Squirrel-in-Unit

After seven years of being part of the HomeStore Self Storage team Mr. Squirrel is going into retirement.

He first made his appearance in 2009 on our then new website and has played a big part in advertising the HomeStore brand ever since.

He made a rare personal appearance at Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association, ISSBA’s main yearly event, Anglian Business Exhibition or Suffolk Business exhibition as it was then, at Trinity Park in 2009. He was quite joyful at the fact he was free for the day and happily went round all exhibitors handing out hazelnuts and made quite an impact with everyone.

From 2010 things went a bit quiet for Mr. Squirrel, he was happily promoting our website and newsletter but not much more, and then in late 2012 he had his first and possibly his last acting role, starring in the HomeStore video.

In the video, he played the part of an elusive squirrel, looking for somewhere safe to store his nuts, being pursued by the ever crazy David Atyourborough. There is a happy ending and the video which can be seen here, put Mr. Squirrel firmly at the forefront of our customers’ minds. The video was used to raise funds for the local hospice as every view a customer made we donated £1 to the charity, through this, Mr. Squirrel helped us raise over £200.

Following the video, Mr. Squirrel made one or two very low key appearances, one being in a spot the difference competition in 2014.

Now, with a fantastic seven years under his belt, he is moving on to dreys anew and we at HomeStore would like to wish him all the very best and say a fond farewell for a very happy retirement.

Good Bye Mr. Squirrel, we’ll miss you.


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