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Creating More Space at Home with Self Storage

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Peter Donaldson
Creating More Space at Home with Self Storage

Whether you’re thinking of converting the garage into a utility room or reclaiming the spare room for guests, the brakes often come on when we try and make more room. It’s only natural that we want to utilise or living spaces more, but it’s not always feasible to do without moving or building an extension.

However, there is an affordable way to create more space at home without resorting to drastic measures.

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Dorset’s Business-Friendly Storage Provider

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Peter Donaldson
Dorset's Business-Friendly Storage Provider

Businesses of all sizes from every industry use storage to save money and create more space in their offices, factories and warehouses. And the companies we work with know it helps to work with a storage provider who understands their needs. That’s why hundreds of companies in Dorset use InStore for their business and commercial storage.

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Using Storage to Start Good Habits for 2020

Posted on January 2, 2020 by Peter Donaldson
Using Storage to Start Good Habits for 2020

Now that we’re heading for the closing chapter of 2019, it’s that time we’re people start to think about what their New Year’s resolutions will be. Whether it’s exercise more, learn a new language or change your career, we find that ending the year with aspirational goals can set the tone for 2020. Why not use this to start a good habit by organising your home with storage?

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What’s the Difference Between Self Storage and Container Storage?

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Peter Donaldson
Storage Dorset

Storage is an excellent way to keep your possessions or work items safe without causing you to make any expensive security upgrades. And fortunately for people in Dorset, Instore has the best storage options on offer in the county and surrounding areas. But how do you know which option is better for you? And what’s the difference between self storage and container storage?

Is Self Storage the Right Choice for Me?

This is a tricky question because we all have different needs for storage. The area we tend to cover first is what sort of access requirements will you have and how long do you want to store for. For people or businesses who need regular access, we will recommend our self storage service. That’s because you can access your unit as much as you need to during our business hours.

Additionally, some people might need storage for a more temporary period, and this suits the self storage package more. And it’s also possible to upgrade or downsize your storage unit’s size if your circumstances change. Instore is all about flexibility, and we will work with you to try and accommodate any amendments to your storage package.

Self storage is also an innovative option for small businesses and start-up enterprises in Dorset. It’s possible to use a storage unit to run a company which is a growing trend in the SME business world. That’s because storage units are much cheaper than renting a commercial space. And you don’t have a long lease to worry about.

The Pros and Cons of Container Storage –

One of the benefits of using container storage units is the cost. It’s a more affordable storage option, with prices starting at as little as £14 per week. You won’t find storage rates lower than this, and you’ll always get a superior level of customer service at Instore.

Furthermore, you can fit a surprising number of items into your container storage unit. With some smart placement, it’s possible to store an apartment’s worth of appliances and furniture into a fifty-foot unit. And Instore has various storage unit sizes available.

The only drawback when considering container storage is the access or lack thereof. Due to the nature of container storage, the units are sealed and often stacked on top of each other. The consequence of this is a limitation on how often you can access your storage unit. And additional charges might apply for accessing several times within a specific time period.

Instore Storage – We Provide the Best in Container and Self Storage in Dorset –

Instore has a range of storage services to suit everyone’s requirements. We work with hundreds of domestic and business customers monthly in Dorset, catering for just about every storage situation you can think of. Moreover, we have happy clients that refer us to family, friends and workmates due to our high standards of customer service.

At Instore, we only suggest storage packages that represent value for money. This is about providing you with the correct service, which is why we will assess your needs in detail. Then, we’ll give you a free, no-obligation quote, detailing the storage specifications and total costs. You’ll never receive unexpected fees or other charges with us.

For us, it’s all about matching your needs with correct service. If you’re considering using storage in Dorset but are unsure what the best option is, contact us today. We’ll discuss your requirements and suggest the best option for you.

How to Run an SME from a Storage Unit in Dorset

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Peter Donaldson
How to Run an SME from a Storage Unit in Dorset

The Life of a business owner is not an easy path to tread, but there’s nothing more satisfying than being your own boss. Setting and maintaining a budget is a key component to a successful company, and it’s wise to save money whenever you can. The idea is to curb any expenses now so that you can enjoy the perks after a period of sustainable growth.

Dorset is an excellent location for SMEs, and we have a vibrant business community which is supported by our residents. Many start-up enterprises in Dorset are looking at ways to save money by using alternative workspaces. At InStore Storage, our storage units and packages are the perfect solution for small businesses in Dorset.

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Do You Really Need Self Storage in Dorset? Low-Cost Container Storage

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Peter Donaldson
Storage Dorset

At inStore, we believe that storage can benefit everyone and free up a lot of space in the home and at work. While we know this from experience, if storage is new to you, it might seem confusing, which can be off-putting. What’s the right kind of storage for your needs? And is the additional expense worth it?

Luckily for people in Dorset, inStore has many great storage options that cover a variety of different situations and budgets. While self storage is very popular, it might not be the right storage option for you. Container storage offers the ultimate level of security at lower prices than self storage. The one thing that’s true of any given situation – inStore will only advise the most suitable and cost-effective package.

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Top Tips for Storing Household Goods in a Garage

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Henry

Storing away your everyday household goods could be the result of many different situations. It could be because you want to declutter your home, redecorate a room or because your kids have moved out. Whatever it may be, inStore Storage has advice to hand.

Choosing the right Container.

Cardboard or Plastic?

Cardboard boxes are cheaper and easier to get hold of, easier to carry. If you go to your local Storage store, they will be pretty durable, have handles and you can pretty much stack them wherever you choose.

Yet, the downsides of cardboard simply outdo the pros. They are susceptible to heat and humidity and break down quickly. Thus, as a long-term option, your items could end up ruined and mildew or mould will start growing in the box.

This leaves plastic containers as probably the best option for long-term storage and yes, they cost a little more, but they will save your items from moths and mould.

Clean your Garage and Organise your Space.

Any garage is often the go to place to store all your unwanted stuff, so, when it comes to moving your goods out of your home and into your garage, you might find that it is already full.

Cleaning your garage is also a great way to get rid of any rubbish, unused or unwanted items that have just been lying around. Once the garage, or the space in your garage, is clean, you might find that you can store much more than you originally thought, which can always be a bonus.

Avoid Hazardous Areas

So, don’t cover up drains with boxes – don’t block access to fuse boxes or ventilation systems – don’t forget to make space for doorways. Simple really.

Stacking and Storing

The first thing to do is to make sure your boxes, whether cardboard or plastic, are labelled properly. This can make it a lot easier to find your precious belongings.

When stacking shelves, create an order – items frequently used should be stored towards the front – stored at eye level – large and heavy boxes should be stored at the bottom – items rarely used stored at the top – try to avoid storing goods directly on the floor.

If you want to store anything valuable, make sure that it is stored in a secure and lockable cabinet.

However, if after you have cleaned your garage and found that you have even less space than you thought – because you wanted to keep everything in it – then why not use one of inStore’s Storage Units as an alternative? We make it so easy for you.

Top 5 Tips on What Not To Store

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Henry

Our Top 5 Recommendations for what not to store may seem simple and self explanatory enough, but you’d be surprised by how many people try to put these into storage.

Animals, Humans and Plants.

Alive or Dead – Storage Units are not viable places that people can keep their pets in whilst they go away on holiday – and we have been asked to.

We do not permit residency of any kind in any of our storage units – for your safety and for the safety of our other client’s storage units.

Storage Units do not have any real light – once the doors are closed, then there’s no sunlight inside them – therefore, you may find your plants not looking how you originally put them in.


You will find a number of Storage companies will say no to tyres and the reason for this is dead simple – it costs a lot of money to dispose of tyres and we often get stung with the bill when people leave them behind.

Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials.

Simply ask yourself – “If I add fire to this, would it explode?” If you can say yes, then you won’t be allowed to store it in most Storage facilities.

This includes compressed gas tanks, fuel of any kind, lamp and motor oil, grease, fertilisers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products which may contain asbestos are not permitted and nor are fireworks.


Storing items in Storage Units means you should be prepared for temperature changes. Therefore, electrical units will suffer with sudden changes of temperatures in storage units unless it is catered for them specifically. This will have a detrimental effect on your electrical equipment and may cause them to break.

Anything stolen or illegal in the UK.

Our Storage Units are based in the UK and therefore we follow the UK laws as to what is considered stolen or illegal.Therefore, if any of your items are deemed illegal or stolen, then you can not store it with us.

We do have a full list of things that we do not permit or recommend not storing in our Storage Units and, for more information on what you can and cannot store, please contact us.

Top Tips – Moving in together

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Henry

Compromise is the basis of a good relationship, so they say, but already I digress, we’re into February already and the year is fleeting past and the thought struck me this is probably the moment most couples or considering moving in together. Engagements happen at Christmas, weddings in the Spring and Summer, the cold, wet winter evenings just have a way of drawing people together. Am I wrong?

It’s one of the great things about Winter – the planning, what are we all going to do when the weather improved and this handy Top Tips is just to get you thinking about what it takes (as far as your possessions are concerned) to move in together.

  1. Be generous
    Times have changed – in the old day’s people moved in together a lot earlier, married a lot earlier and education finished a lot earlier, what that means is that these days you’ve had far more time to gather ‘possessions’ and that means more and that requires generosity of spirit to either depose or reduce the combined load.
  2. Be strict
    Too many possessions and you may start to wonder what to do with it all… do you really need two pianos or kitchen tables or even two TV’s.  Yes I know this sounds obvious, but a little bit of strictness goes a long way and it may be time to find new homes for many of your possessions.
  3. Be considerate
    You might not like the yellow leather gaming bean bag, but someone brought it at some point, and they loved it, so take that on board with all possessions, it works both ways.  Storage, dare I say it is always a possibility.

Most of the time people moving in together are usually downsizing, and I say that with a hint of sadness, whether moving from a family home or a Flat sharing with friends and students, moving from a multiple roomed house to a 1 bed or studio can be daunting in terms of possessions.  We think when it comes to reducing possessions you have three options.

  1. Give away to friends and family, share what you don’t need
  2. Storage – is an option, if you think the move is a temporary or stepping stone to a bigger house, then go for it.  but watch out for long-term unnecessary storage, don’t waste hard earned and precious cash storing things that are not worth it.
  3. Environmentally dispose of old possessions.  But that we mean really think through the options before consigning old sofas to the town dump.  We say this from the bottom of our hearts, recycling, or giving to those in need is often a far better way to dispose of old furniture.

I hope these Tips help some people.  It’s all fairly obvious at the end of the day.  If you are ever in doubt about how to deal with your possessions, just email us your query and we will do our best to give advice.

How to Declutter Your Business: What to Store and What to Throw Away

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Henry

The coming of spring is the perfect time to give your business a bit of a spring clean and declutter. It is always amazing how much paraphernalia accumulates overt the year and it is definitely worth taking a small amount of time at the end of each day to get your decluttering done and dusted.

Start with your office space

This more manageable task will help to get you in the right frame of mind to tackle the more important jobs. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely redecorate your office but perhaps make sure that any old equipment is recycled and that your desk is tidy and all of your files are in order. Encourage others to do so and make sure you take the time to properly review the way that your works pace is arranged – it makes a lot more difference than you think.

Buy new supplies

Once you have sorted through office clutter, now is the time to think about new office supplies which will help you keep your work space clear throughout the year. For example, colour coded files and labels to help you arrange and order them.

Is your software up to date?

This is another important part of decluttering your business. Up to date systems improve efficiency in a business. More modern Customer Relationship Management Software will enable you to keep better tabs on sales, manage customer information and retain your client base.

Look over your inventory

Unnecessary waste is regularly caused by businesses overstocking. Make sure you take the time to look over your wareshouse and speak to staff members. You want to be efficient in your storage of stock and insure that you are not constantly paying for the storage of unsold stock. Old and damaged stock should also be another concern.