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Protecting and Maintaining Your Caravan or Motorhome While in Storage

For those who relish the open roads and the comfort of their own caravan or motorhome, the off-season can be a respite for you but not necessarily for your vehicle. When adventure is on pause, protecting and maintaining your home-on-wheels is vital to ensure it remains in peak condition for the next expedition. Storing with a reputable facility like Hogleaze Storage offers peace of mind for caravan and motorhome owners. Nestled in Dorset, this top-tier storage facility not only safeguards your vehicle but also makes accessibility a breeze, ensuring that when it’s time to travel again, your caravan or motorhome is ready for the journey.

But what steps can you take to ensure your caravan or motorhome stays in pristine condition whilst it’s in storage? Here are five top tips to maintain these vehicles so that they endure the test of time, and idle periods.

Top Tips for Maintaining your Caravan or Motorhome in Storage

1. Perfect Preparation Prior to Parking

Before you lock up and go, a thorough clean of both the interior and exterior will protect your caravan or motorhome from deterioration. Remove all perishables and open all internal doors, including fridge and freezer doors, to prevent mould and odours. Give the exterior a good wash to remove any dirt or road salts that could corrode metal components. Pack away loose items and ensure that all windows and doors are secure.

2. A Breathable Cover to Counter the Elements

As your trusted vehicle is parked, ensure that it’s covered with a breathable material. This wards off environmental damage while preventing dampness, a common issue in lesser quality covers. It’s also wise to invest in wheel covers to prevent the tyres from cracking due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.

3. Maintenance Checks While You’re Away

Even while in storage, periodic inspections should be on your to-do list. Check the tyre pressures and rotate the wheels to avoid flat spots. Also, maintain a basic level of battery charge if possible, and consider visiting your caravan or motorhome to aerate it, heating the interior on cold days to prevent dampness.

4. Keep Critters at Bay

Confirm all vents are covered with mesh to deter insects and rodents that can cause unexpected damage to your vehicle. Never leave food or food remnants as they can attract pests, and use suitable repellents where necessary. Electrics and soft furnishings are particularly vulnerable, so be thorough.

5. Habitation checks & regular Servicing: The Non-negotiable

Although not a legal requirement, a habitation check is recommended for your safety, peace of mind and to protect your investment.

Lastly, regular servicing cannot be overlooked. A full service before storing and after retrieving your caravan or motorhome can prevent the bulk of issues that arise from standstill periods. It ensures that all operational systems are in working order and prevents unexpected failures when back on the road.

These steps will maintain the quality and extend the lifespan of your beloved caravan or motorhome. However, the choice of storage facility will significantly complement these efforts.

Benefits of Storing with Hogleaze

With Hogleaze, you are not just storing your caravan or motorhome; you are preserving an investment. The benefits are numerous:

  • Security: The safety of your vehicle is a priority, and at Hogleaze, with a CaSSOA Gold award for security we demonstrate this by providing top-notch security features, including CCTV, access control, and well-lit facilities.
  • Ease of Access: With flexible access to your vehicle 24/7, your weekend getaway or impromptu road trips are never hindered.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your vehicle is in a safe location, protected from weather and theft, allows you to focus on planning your next adventure rather than worrying about its condition.

Call to Action

Whether you’re looking to free up driveway space or seeking a secure home for your caravan or motorhome when it’s not in use, Hogleaze Storage is your ideal partner. With further outside storage availability coming in the summer months, there’s no better time to get organised.

Eager to discuss your caravan and motorhome storage needs? Curious about how you can best protect your vehicle during off-season periods or all year round? Call Hogleaze Storage today, and let’s ensure your mobile home remains in the best possible condition, ready to roll out for your next holiday.

A Round up of 2023

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As we bid farewell to the year 2023, Hogleaze Storage takes a moment to reflect on the achievements and successes of the past year. It has been a remarkable journey, filled with milestones and growth. Let’s dive into the highlights of 2023 for Hogleaze Storage.

1. Getting the Classic Car Storage Facility Completed.

One of the significant milestones for Hogleaze Storage in 2023 was the successful completion of our classic car storage facility. We understand the demand for safe and secure car storage options, and we are proud to have provided this service to our valued customers. Our purpose built classic car storage facility offers a haven for car owners, ensuring peace of mind and protection for their vehicles.

The classic car storage facility includes features such as: 

  • 24/7 access
  • 24/7 security 
  • Insulated building 
  • Easy to access electrical points for trickle charging

2. Classic Car Storage Success

Upon opening our classic car storage facility, we were met with an overwhelming response from car owners seeking secure and reliable storage options for their vehicles. The demand for our classic car storage services was exceptionally high, resulting in rapid and impressive occupancy rates. We are grateful for the trust and confidence our customers have placed in us to protect their valued vehicles.

Moreover, we understand the importance of ongoing availability to accommodate customers as they come and go. At Hogleaze Storage, we ensure that our car storage facility remains accessible and flexible, allowing for a seamless experience for all car owners.

With the remarkable success of our classic car storage services, we are inspired to continue expanding and enhancing our offerings in 2024. Our commitment to providing top-quality storage solutions remains unwavering, and we look forward to serving even more car owners in the years to come.

3. Self-Storage Remains Popular

Not only did our classic car storage facility thrive, but our self-storage units also remained highly sought after throughout the year. The storage needs of individuals and businesses have been consistently met by Hogleaze Storage. We take pride in providing secure and convenient storage solutions, and we are delighted to have fulfilled the needs of our customers.

4. Caravans and Motorhomes Find a Home

The popularity of caravans and motorhomes continued to rise in 2023, and Hogleaze Storage rose to the occasion by offering dedicated storage options for these valuable vehicles. Our indoor and outdoor caravan storage facilities provide a safe and secure environment, allowing owners to store their vehicles with confidence. The success of our caravan storage services has been remarkable, and we are grateful for the support and trust of our customers.  

Inspiring 2024 Plans

The overwhelming response and near-full occupancy in 2023 have inspired Hogleaze Storage to embark on an exciting new journey in 2024. We are thrilled to announce that we will be building another outside compound to meet the growing demand. This expansion will allow us to serve even more customers and continue our commitment to providing top-notch storage solutions. The new outside compound is set to be ready by the middle of the year, promising an even better experience for our valued customers.

In conclusion, 2023 has been a year filled with achievements and growth for Hogleaze Storage. Our car storage, self-storage, and caravan storage facilities have thrived, thanks to the support of our loyal customers. We are immensely grateful for their trust and confidence in our services. As we enter 2024, we eagerly anticipate further expansion and the opportunity to serve more customers with our top-quality storage solutions. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from Hogleaze Storage as we continue to provide excellence in the storage industry.

Student Self-Storage: How To Organise Your Belongings

Are you a student wondering where to store your belongings over the summer? At Hogleaze Storage, we provide two secure locations in Weymouth and Dorchester where you can safely keep your belongings over the summer months. Student storage units are also ideal when spending a year out, allowing you to retrieve your belongings at the end of your travels. Reduce the hassle of shipping or transporting your belongings home with the support of student self-storage.

But how do you organise your belongings before using your student storage unit? This article will give you advice on preparing your belongings for storage.

Is There Anything That Cannot Go Into Student Self-Storage?

There are very few items that Hogleaze Storage cannot store for you:

  • Illegal items – prohibited drugs, weapons, or self-defence sprays cannot be stored in your student storage unit.
  • Foods and perishable items – foods and perishable items will deteriorate and may damage other items in your storage unit. We are unable to freeze or refrigerate perishable goods.
  • Flammable items or items that emit fumes or odours – oil, paints, gases or fireworks should not be stored in student self-storage.
  • Irreplaceable items – students should not store sentimental or financial items like currency, jewellery, art, or deeds.

What Items Can I Store In A Student Storage Unit?

Students can store anything not in the above list. Common storage items include:

  • Furniture, electronics and appliances – any tables, shelves, desks, electronics, or kitchen appliances.
  • Textbooks or equipment – any materials you don’t need over the summer can go into a Hogleaze student self-storage unit, be that a biology textbook or large sports equipment.
  • Clothing – maximise your limited wardrobe space by organising clothes seasonally. Store the season you won’t be wearing with us, then swap them out accordingly!

How Should I Organise My Self-Storage Unit?

You can take a few steps to make your self-storage unit easier to navigate and unpack. Consider these simple steps to arrange your belongings.

List and mark up your items.

List everything you will put in your self-storage unit. Ensure everything is boxed up and marked correctly so you know what is in each box.

Store fragile items in secure boxes.

Pack up fragile items in bubble wrap and secure plastic boxes. Cardboard boxes are more susceptible to damage than plastic, so added strength can help to protect crockery or electronics from damage.

Clean before packing

Items like clothes or bedding will last longer if washed and cleaned before being packed away.

Heavy items go first.

Put your heavier items, like larger textbooks or electronics, at the bottom of each box. Lighter items go on top to avoid being damaged.

Most used items go last.

Put the items you use the most at the top of the pile or closest to the door of your student self-storage unit. This will make them easiest to grab or unpack.

Do you really need it?

Consider as you pack something up whether you really need it. Do you really need that Halloween outfit from the first year?

Take apart larger items.

Take apart larger items like bookshelves or desks to make them easier to transport. If it isn’t possible, our storage units can easily fit in all student furniture.

Pack heavier items by the door.

Heavier boxes or furniture may be more difficult to transport and are often the first items to go into a vehicle. Put them near the front of your storage unit for easier transportation.

How Can Hogleaze Storage Help With Your Student Storage Unit?

At Hogleaze Storage, we offer flexible, secure and cost-effective solutions for your belongings. We have units from 16 to 150 square feet on flexible short and long-term leases. From as little as £44 a month, you can safely store your items with us. Whether you’re coming back in a month or a year, we simply give you your storage key fob and allow you to drop off, and pick up, your belongings as you need.

Save yourself the stress and purchase our packing materials and boxes for your convenience, so you can simply pack and drop off your items. All of our units are secure, and CCTV monitored, so you can feel confident that your items are secure as you embark on your travels or trip home.

Hogleaze Storage is on hand to help you book a student storage unit. Contact us today to find out more about our flexible student self-storage options.

What’s on in Dorset this Summer (Motorhome Edition)

Thanks to the beautiful Dorset coast and country landscape, there is always a lot going on in the county over the summer. And with plenty of caravan and motorhome sites around it is the perfect place for a holiday for those looking for a trip away in your home away from home.

If you are heading down to our gorgeous coast, check out our guide to what’s on this summer.

Camp Bestival

Dorset’s own Glastonbury is set to take place again this year, between the 27th and 30th of July.
The family-friendly event will see a star-studded line-up from music acts such as Scouting for Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Sam Ryder, to children’s entertainers Dick and Dom, and Mr. Tumble.

The 3-day event will also be throwing it back to the 80s with a roller disco, blowing minds with a circus performance, and calming the chaos with cosmic kids yoga among other entertainment activities planned.

As the name suggests, it is the perfect place to camp with your motorhome or caravan. With three different motorhome and campervan fields available, you can pick the best spot for you and those you are travelling with.

Tickets for motorhomes and caravans must be bought in advance.

Seafeast – The Dorset Seafood Festival

If you are a seafood lover, you will not want to miss our award-winning Seafeast. This event gives you a chance to experience and taste the range of seafood we have right on our doorstep on the shores of our coastline.

The Weymouth food festival is taking place on the 9th and 10th of September and provides an opportunity to learn more about the health of our seas, catch chef demos to learn new skills and recipes, and raise funds for our local Fishermen’s Mission.

Weymouth SummerFest

New this year, SummerFest will be a fun-packed festival that is aimed at families. On Saturday 3rd June, the festival will be taking place at Redlands Leisure and Community Park to raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

At the free festival, you can expect live music, a great fire works display, pop-up farmers’ market, a classic car display, a children’s football tournament, Combat Lab demonstrations and so much more.

This event is not to be missed if you are in the area.

Sherbourne Castle Country Fair

A firm favourite with the locals, the Sherborne Country Fair is returning to the castle on the 29th of May-something to do with your bank holiday! The event is accessible to everyone with free parking and is dog friendly.

The lakeside location gives a stunning backdrop to the variety of activities that happen across the day, from the dragon boat racing to music and dance performances.

Kingston Lacy

In the heart of rural Wimborne, is a large National Trust estate that provides endless fun for a day out. 

The car park has specific parking for motorhomes, so it is easily accessible for those who are traveling in their home. 

The National Trust hold a range of events and activities throughout the summer, such as their Guided Garden Walk, Marvellous Minibeasts trails, and Yoga Under the Trees. Or if you are looking for something with a little less structure, then roam the gardens and house at your leisure, and make the most of the weather (hopefully) by enjoying a picnic on the greens.

Wimborne Folk Festival

Join Dorset’s largest folk festival in the quaint town of Wimborne. Between the 9th to the 11th of June, the town will be filled with live music, dancing, market stalls, and art exhibitions. Take part in the dance and music workshops, or soak up the atmosphere at the microbrewery, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss a minute of the action and stay at the Folk Festival Campsite, just a 10-minute walk from the town centre and hub of the action.

Dorset VolksFest

VW Fest is back this year over at the showground in Wareham. The festival offers a relaxing weekend to enjoy live music, a DJ/dance marquee, plenty of activities for children, stunt shows, a Show & Shine competition, a trade village, a beer, cider & wine tent, and a great choice of street food and, of course, a wide variety of VWs.

Hoping to make the most of the summer sun? The festival is heading to Dorset from the 7th to the 9th of July, so head over if you are around that weekend.

Sherborne Car show

If you are interested in classic and super cars, then this is an event not to be missed.

Taking place at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July, the event will include over 1,500 private classic and supercars on display, motor club and trade stands, an autojumble, a craft fair, and a catering village.

Parking is free, and the event raises money for a number of charities each year.

South West Motorhome Show

While this event isn’t in Dorset, it would be remiss of us to miss it out of our “What’s on in Dorset (Motorhome Edition)”.

The South West Motorhome Show takes place in the idyllic Somerset, Dorset neighbouring county, from the 8th to the 10th of September.

Spend your day exploring local and national dealers, who will be displaying a diverse range of new & used motorhomes and campervans for sale, or participate in the free motorhome manoeuvring courses that are put on by The Caravan and Motorhome Club. In the evenings, enjoy the live entertainment that is put on.

Where can you keep your caravan between adventures?

Need of somewhere to park your caravan or motorhome while you are out exploring our local area? We would recommend using sites such as; these can be extremely helpful as they can show you a map of locations where you can park for the duration of your stay.

Use the caravan or motorhome storage at Hogleaze Storage

If you are looking for somewhere to keep your motorhome or caravan after your adventures, then we have a number of secure caravan and motorhome storage plots at our Dorchester facility.

Don’t just listen to us about our caravan and motorhome storage facility, hear what others have to say.

“It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the caravan into secure storage. I really like the facility and I am impressed with the setup you have.”

If you would like to learn more about our storage facility, then give our Dorchester office a call on 01305 889777, or complete the form on our contact us page and we will get back to you.

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Indoor Storage Vs Outdoor Storage: Which should you use?

There are many reasons why you might be considering using self storage in Dorset. Whether you are moving house or offices, are having a de-clutter, or are looking for somewhere to store your caravan, motorhome, or classic car. But what kind of storage unit should you use, indoor or outdoor?

In this article, we will share some of the differences between each so that you can make an informed decision and get on with the real task at hand…sorting your belongings out.

Outdoor Storage Units

Outdoor storage units are exactly what they say, storage units that are outside. There are two types of outdoor storage; one is usually a shipping container and the other is an outdoor plot like a parking space that is used for motorhome, caravan or classic car storage.

These containers usually have drive-up or walk-up access, meaning that you can drive your car right up to the door of the unit and unload it directly into the storage space. It makes packing (or unpacking) your storage unit quick and easy as it is just a few steps to the next load each time.

This is especially helpful if you are planning to store heavy furniture and items as you won’t have to worry about navigating your way through corridors and hallways with your belongings on a trolley.

Items that can be stored in an outdoor storage unit include

  • Lawnmower and gardening equipment,
  • Bicycles,
  • Canoes or kayaks,
  • Camping gear,
  • Christmas decorations,
  • Garden Furniture,
  • And more.

At Hogleaze Storage, we currently only offer outdoor motorhome and caravan plots our self storage facility in Dorchester. However, as we expand our facility, container storage might be available in the future, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for further updates.

Things to Consider When Using Outdoor Storage

Outdoor storage units have a few points that should be considered before hiring one.

The container, motorhome, or caravan, is exposed to the weather and elements. If storing a motorhome or caravan in an outdoor unit you may want to consider using a cover to protect it from UV rays, or wet weather.

Most outdoor storage units aren’t temperature-controlled, so if you have items that are susceptible to extreme weather, such as extreme heat, bitter cold, or excessive humidity, this might not be the best option for you.

If you are looking to store something more valuable or sensitive, you might want to consider indoor storage at our Dorchester or Weymouth storage facilities.

Inside Storage Units

Again, an inside storage unit is exactly what it says, a storage unit that is inside a building.

With one of these, you will enter a building to access your belongings, meaning that if you pack your storage unit on a rainy day you will stay dry (mostly… no matter how close you get your car to the entrance, we can’t guarantee you won’t get wet). It also makes it easier when rummaging for that one item that you desperately need in the coming days, as you won’t have to worry about letting rain into your self-storage unit.

Indoor storage units in Dorset are often temperature controlled, making them a suitable place to store items that may be sensitive to the weather and other important belongings.

These storage units can sometimes feel a little more secure than outdoor storage, as the units are in an enclosed building, providing an extra level of protection. At Hogleaze Storage, our buildings are locked, and you will receive your own fob to gain entrance to them. Plus we have CCTV cameras around our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, and our staff do regular inspections of the site to ensure your belongings are being stored safely.

Indoor storage units are suitable for the following items:

  • Collectibles,
  • Artwork,
  • Wine and spirits,
  • Household appliances,
  • Family heirlooms,
  • Photos and photo albums,
  • Plastic items such as toys,
  • Electronics,
  • Clothing,
  • Upholstered furniture,
  • Wooden furniture,
  • Mattresses.

As well as our indoor self storage units in Dorset, Hogleaze Storage also provides undercover caravan, motorhome and classic car storage plots, so you can benefit from the advantages of indoor units while storing your motorhome, caravan, or classic car. These plots are like indoor car parks, where you are allocated a space for your vehicle.

Things to Consider When Using Indoor Storage

Just like outdoor storage units, there are a few things that you should consider before hiring an indoor storage unit.

If you are looking for somewhere with easy access, you might not find this with indoor self storage. Depending on availability, you might end up with a storage unit upstairs, so you will have to wheel or carry belongings to a lift, and no matter where your storage unit is, you won’t be able to drive your car up to the entrance of the unit.

We have trolleys at both our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, to make moving items to and from your car as easy as possible.

Made A Decision?

If you have decided that an indoor storage unit is what you might need to hold your items, we are here to help.

We are members of the Self Storage Association, meaning that we adhere to strict rules and regulations that guide self storage conditions so you can rest assured your belongings are in a safe and secure location.

To learn more about our Weymouth storage facility, give us a call on 01305 830000, or if you are looking for self storage in Dorchester, call us on 01305 889777.

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Tips for a Christmas clear out

With Christmas, comes more ‘stuff’! And with all the new presents, decorations and kids toys, it can mean your home ends up at bursting point.

Once the festivities are over and you want to put the house back together, this is a great time to have a good clear out and prepare to store all the items you don’t need day to day.

Our guide will help you make a plan for a proper clear out and what to do with your belongings once you’ve been through them all.  A self-storage unit could be the answer to keeping your home clutter free and we’ll give you tips on how best to use it.

Make a plan

Normally when you embark on a mass clear out project, things get worse before they get better. So we suggest you have a bit of a plan in place as to how you’re going to tackle each area so things don’t get too chaotic.

Think about what you want to achieve, for example do you want to clear the spare room so guests can stay, do you need to declutter the kids’ bedrooms of all their old toys to make room for the new ones, or maybe the garage needs a good sort out to fit in the new bikes or to get the car in to avoid it being frosted up each morning.

Get a pad and paper and work out the key jobs and when you plan on doing them – you might want to dedicate a couple of the days between Christmas and new year.

Think about what you’re going to do with the items you either want to bin, send to charity or keep (but don’t need regular access to). If you’re going to bin things, consider where the items will be disposed off eg. the tip (check out the opening times) or you might want to hire a skip or skip bag.

In preparation, we recommend you buy some storage boxes, vacuum pack bags or baskets ready for the clear out.

Room by room

In case you don’t get round to everything you want to do, work on the most important area or room first. That way you will at least feel you’ve achieved the most important objective.

Go in prepared! We suggest you have 3 piles or bags at the ready. Bin, donate and store.

Go through the room in a logical order and if you need approval from anyone on whether to throw or keep items, make sure they’re around to decide, or put them in a different pile.

While you’re having a clear out, take this chance to organise the items that are staying in that room – maybe get a little storage unit for toys in kids rooms, get some under bed drawers for shoes or jumpers, baskets for bedding and towels in the airing cupboard etc.

Clothes storage is always a challenge! We’d recommend only keeping the items you will be wearing for that season in your bedroom. For example, in the autumn, bag up all your summer clothes and consider putting them into storage until you need them again. There’s no point in them taking up valuable space when you won’t need them for 9 months. If you are thinking about doing this, take a read of our last article on how to safely store clothes in a self storage unit.

If you’re looking to put any items in self-storage units, make sure they’re packaged well and that you label any boxes with what’s inside. It’s also worth taking an inventory of what you put in storage so you know what’s in there when you go to collect anything.

Hire a skip or skip bag

If you anticipate having a lot of rubbish or big items to dispose of, it might be best to hire a skip. If you want this during the festive period, it’s probably a good idea to book this in advance. Make sure you fill the skip effectively to get maximum use out of it. You might want to consider sharing a skip with your neighbour if they’re planning on a Christmas sort out too!

Get help!

This doesn’t have to be a solo job! We recommend giving everyone in the household their own jobs. Involve the kids in sorting their own toys and belongings out. You could even consider doing a car boot sale in the new year where they could sell their old toys for some pocket money.

Consider self storage

Using a self-storage unit can be the ideal way to keep your home clutter free. There are so many items we have in our homes that we may only need once or twice a year so why have them taking up valuable space? For example, consider using self-storage for things such as Christmas decorations, seasonal clothes, seasonal sports equipment such as paddleboards, watersports items or skiing kit.

At Hogleaze storage we offer our customers a choice of sizes of self storage units, depending on how much space you need. All of our storage units in Dorchester can be rented on a short-term or long-term basis. We also have self storage in Weymouth for individuals and businesses.

Why choose Hogleaze

At Hogleaze, we fully understand the responsibility we have of looking after your precious belongings. That’s why we have ensured that our self storage units are clean, secure and that we offer some of the most affordable storage solutions in Dorset.

Our security measures include number plate recognition, maximum security cameras, alarms and regular staff inspections.

We offer 24-hour access at our Dorchester site. You will receive a personal key fob that allows you access to your storage at any time.

Offering storage in Weymouth and Dorchester, we are able to provide you with a quote on our units and as we don’t require a deposit, you can start storing today!

To check availability of our self storage units in Dorchester, contact us on 01305 889777, or our self storage units in Weymouth, call 01305 830000.

Alternatively, fill out the form on our contact page and we will get in touch with you.

Tips for storing clothing in our self storage units

It seemed unseasonably warm at the start of November this year, but as we hit the middle of the month the cold weather has set in, and we are all starting to put our woolly hats and jumpers on to wrap up warm.

This change in weather often brings with it a change of wardrobe, with many of us finding space to put our summer clothes away, making room for the winter wear. But why struggle to fit it in any space you can find or go through a harsh clear out? A flexible self storage solution could save you time and energy, allowing you to focus on what really matters.

Below are a few of our tips for keeping clothing in self storage units.

Have a clear out

We know it can be hard, but it is always a good idea to have a clear out when looking for more space.

We have a few rules to follow when going through your clothes. 

  1. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, it is likely you won’t wear it again. 
  2. If items of clothing are damaged, get rid of them.

It can be painful, but a good clear out will always feel refreshing. 

While there is an element of needing to be ruthless when having a clear out, don’t forget that self storage units are always an option. Just in case there is an outfit that is just waiting for another event to be used, think of self storage.

Wash the clothes first

Once you have a pile of clothes that you are going to put into a self storage unit, it is advisable that you make sure your clothes are in good, clean condition before going away. You don’t want to put them away for a few months and then get them out to find they are dirty and need a wash. If you run them through the washing machine & tumble dryer, (it’s essential you don’t store wet or damp clothes or accessories) so you won’t have to worry about needing to wash them when you need them, instead you will be able to wear the outfit.

Another reason to wash your clothes before putting them into self storage units is because deodorants and perfumes can stain clothes over an extended period of time.

Repair any damaged clothes that you are keeping

You also don’t want to get to spring and summer and find the clothes you now need are damaged and need repairing. Save yourself the disappointment and repair any damaged items now. Your future self will thank you.

Store any seasonal accessories

If you are the type of person that has accessories to go with each outfit and each season, then we recommend that you also store these in the self-storage unit. These items can be bulky and take up a lot of storage space when they are not in use.

Rather than leaving them lying around for several months not using them, box them up and put them out of the way in a self storage unit.

An added bonus of doing this is that all your seasonal clothes and the accessories that go with them will be together, so you won’t have a panic that you can’t find those specific shoes, scarf or necklace for this outfit when it comes to wearing it all.

Don’t bother ironing

Don’t waste time ironing items of clothing before putting them into a self storage unit. Your items will need to be folded neatly to go in the box, and over time creases will naturally develop. Spend time packing them up correctly now, and then iron it all when you take it out of storage.

Box up delicate clothing

If you are planning on putting clothing into a self storage unit for a longer period of time, we recommend that you box up clothing instead of vacuum-packing them. This way of storing things can have its advantages, but clothing made of wool and silk don’t do well inside them for extended periods of time.

Use good quality boxes for clothing that will be stored longer than a few weeks. If you need to get hold of some boxes, you can purchase them from us at great prices.

Label boxes

To be honest, we think this is something everyone should do, no matter what they are putting into self storage units. This can be especially handy when storing clothes in a self storage unit, as it will allow you to locate types of clothing easily when you need them. This could save you having to go through all of the boxes to find that pile of shorts or skirts that you packed away.

You can create a labelling system that works for you, whether this is naming each box by season, items or even colours.

If you are really organised, you can set up an inventory list of everything you are putting into storage that identifies all the clothing you’ve packed away. That way you can be confident that you haven’t lost them.

Store them in the right environment

Your clothes should be kept in a dark, cool and dry place. This will prevent any damage happening to them while they are in a self storage unit.

We regularly make sure that our units are sealed and dry, so this isn’t something you need to think about when using Hogleaze self storage solutions.

Hogleaze Storage self storage units

If you follow these tips, putting clothes into a self storage unit will be easy and stress-free and you can be confident that when you go to wear them again, they will be clean and in the best possible condition.

Hogleaze Storage is a safe and secure facility, with alarmed buildings and CCTV cameras across both our Dorchester and Weymouth facilities. Plus our staff complete regular walks around the sites to make sure everything is closed and locked up.

In addition to that, our Dorchester self storage units have key fob entry, and you will get your own personal fob on completion of paperwork.

We are proud members of the Self Storage Association, meaning that we adhere to strict operating principles and regulations.

Our contacts are flexible, as we know that you don’t always want to store your belongings for a long period of time.

To enquire about our self storage solutions you can call our Dorchester facility on 01305 889777 and our Weymouth facility on 01305 830000.

Alternatively you can fill out the form on our contact page.

Tips for protecting and storing your garden furniture over autumn and winter

It is time to face the fact that after a gorgeous summer, we are heading into autumn… fast. So we are guessing that you are starting to think about where you are going to store all of your garden furniture.

The likelihood is that you are also thinking about how to keep your furniture safe and protected over the coming months so that it will all be fresh as a daisy and ready to use next year.

In this article, we have put together a few of our top tips for protecting your garden furniture over autumn and winter.

Storing wooden furniture

Wooden furniture is a good place for lichen and fungal spores to gather over the summer period. So, it is a good idea to give it a good scrub with a stiff brush and hot, soapy water before you put it into any storage.

Make sure that you allow it to dry properly before it goes into your garage, shed or storage unit. If it isn’t dry before you pack it all away, the lack of decent ventilation might cause it to rot or gather mould.

If you are leaving the wooden furniture outside, you should make sure that any legs aren’t on the ground, so that they don’t soak up any moisture from the floor.

If you are struggling to find an appropriate place to store your wooden furniture, why not store it in one of our storage units? Here they will be safe from the outdoor elements, so you don’t have to worry about moisture finding its way to your furniture and rotting it.

Storing plastic furniture

If your plastic furniture isn’t kept dry and somewhere with good air circulation, there is a risk that it will discolour while in storage.

As you should with wooden furniture, make sure you clean the furniture with hot, soapy water. However, with plastic furniture you should use a soft cloth rather than a stiff brush. You will also need to make sure that you dry it thoroughly before you put it into storage.

If you have found a stain that has occurred over summer, you can use neat bleach to get it back to its original whiteness – you may want to try this on a hidden area first though.

When you are putting your plastic furniture in storage you want to be considerate as to where you put it and how you stack it. Sometimes legs can be unsteady and a little flexible so make sure that they are put somewhere where they won’t be knocked constantly.

Storing rattan or wicker furniture

Furniture that is made up of wicker or rattan can be difficult to clean because of the weave. You can remove dust by using your vacuum and then you can use hot, soapy water to give it a good clean. Use a toothbrush to really get into all the nooks and crannies. Alternatively, you can give it a blast with a high pressure washer.

We should probably mention that you want to remove all of the cushions and any blankets before doing all of this!

Wicker garden furniture should always be kept indoors when it isn’t being used. And varnishing it before you put it into storage will prolong its life.

If your furniture is made out of synthetic rattan then it is designed to withstand the winter weather. However, there are a few steps that you should take to prevent it from getting damaged and keeping it in tip top condition.

Cover it with a PVC sheet or get some fitted furniture covers if you are leaving it outdoors during the colder months. If you don’t want to leave your wicker furniture outside but have run out of room in your garage or shed, you can store it at one of our self-storage facilities. We have a range of unit sizes, so finding a unit to fit all of your furniture safely, won’t be a problem.

We also have lifts and trollies at both of our facilities, so getting your garden furniture into your storage unit couldn’t be easier.

Storing iron furniture

Iron is at risk of rust when in storage. So, once you have cleaned the furniture with hot soapy water and a cleaning rag or cloth, it is a good idea that you check for any rust spots that might be beginning to blossom on the furniture. It probably goes without saying, but if you do find any rust, then remove it. You can remove any rust with rust removal products from any DIY shop, or you can try soaking it in white vinegar which can be applied with a soft rag and rub it in with aluminium foil.

Once you have got rid of the rust with the white vinegar, give it another rinse clean and allow it to dry completely before putting it away for the autumn and winter.

General tips for storing garden furniture

Weatherproof storage

If you are keeping your garden furniture in a shed, it is a good idea to check that the roof is waterproof and will keep out any rain, snow and ice that is likely to occur over the winter months. If you find that your roof isn’t weatherproof, you can store your furniture with us at Hogleaze Storage. Our units are completely sealed meaning that your garden furniture will be protected from the elements over the winter months. We also have a range of unit sizes, so that you can hire the perfect unit for what you need to store.

Storing fabrics

If you have fabric cushions to go on your garden furniture, it’s a good idea to store these indoors rather than in an external storage space like a shed. You don’t want mice and other creatures getting too comfy in your nice cushions! If you are storing your garden furniture in a self storage unit, you can store any fabric and cushions with the rest of the furniture. Hogleaze Storage is a secure facility and we make sure there are no animals around our units.

Secure storage

This one might seem a bit obvious but we still want to mention it.

Make sure that your shed or garage is secure. You never know, an opportunist burglar might pass your garage and take a chance. However, they are likely to be put off when they see a lock in place.

If you are unsure about the safety of your shed or garage, it might be an idea to place your garden furniture in a self storage facility. At Hogleaze Storage we have several security features so that you can rest assured that your belongings are safe with us. From CCTV cameras around the sites, to alarmed buildings and fob entry, we work hard to ensure the safety of your belongings.

Store with us today

There is a lot of information in this article, so we hope you have found it useful.

If you think storing your garden furniture in a self storage unit might be a good idea this winter, give our Dorchester facility a call on 01305 889777, or contact our Weymouth team on 01305 830000.

Tips for moving out of your parents

Moving out of your parents into your own space is a pretty big milestone, whether you are starting university and are moving into halls of residence, or have found the perfect place to truly find your independence and spread your wings.

Leaving the parent’s house is a big deal, and there is a lot to think about. So to make things a little easier for you, we have pulled together this helpful guide full of tips to make the whole experience as stress free as possible.

We should state that we are assuming that you have already done the hard bit and found somewhere to live …. unfortunately, we can’t help you with that!

Give yourself time to pack

Leaving packing till the last minute will make the whole thing very stressful.

You should have a bit of time between securing your own place and actually moving there, so use this time wisely. Make a list of everything that you will need in your new home. Think about what you have got and what you haven’t got? Then you can plan where you are going to get everything and when.

Once you have this sorted you can start to plan where you will start with packing; which room will you start with, what items?

By giving yourself time to pack, you will be allowing yourself time to be organised which will help the process of packing, moving and unpacking go smoothly.

Go through your belongings

Before you really start packing everything up, it is a good idea to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t want (or don’t need!).

You might not have quite as much space in your new place, so it is important that you think about what you will really need in the space, and what might just get in the way.

Your parents might agree to keep a few things for you, maybe they will store some childhood treasures in their loft for now, but asking them to keep your lifesize Captain America cardboard cutout might be pushing it.

Try to be ruthless with what you do and don’t need, and remember things that you no longer need don’t have to go in the bin. Recycle, sell, gift or donate them; this is easy enough to do these days with platforms such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.

In the moments that you are struggling with this, just remember that this exercise will mean that you have less to load and unload when you actually come to move out. Future you will be thankful.

If there are a few things that you would like to keep that your parents are saying no to, self storage might be a solution. Hogleaze Storage has a variety of unit sizes for you to choose from to store any of your belongings. Our smallest unit is just 25sq ft, this is the size of a walk-in cupboard and is perfect for small loads of personal items.

Collect cardboard boxes and packing material

Obviously you will need something to pack in, and if you are organised with this you don’t have to spend a fortune on it.

Quite often apps that look to recycle everything and anything, such as Trash Nothing, will have ready made or flat pack boxes going for free to anyone who has a use for them. Scope out these apps to try and get your hands on what you need.

Alternatively, ask friends and family if they have any boxes lying around that were going into the recycling. That Hello Fresh box makes for a great storage box!

Don’t forget that there are eco-friendly alternatives to bubble wrap and other materials, so if you are wanting to keep your carbon footprint low on this move, do some research into that. We find that using your clothing, towels and tea towels work well to keep things safe when being moved around.

Pack your boxes sensibly

Packing seems like a big task…but just take it one box at a time, before you know it you will have packed everything up.

Make sure that you use the right boxes, put heavy things into smaller boxes so that you don’t fill a box up and then find that it is too heavy to move (we have been there so learn from our mistake).

When packing heavy things, put them at the bottom of the box and place anything lighter at the top. This is also a handy trick when packing up a truck or car on moving day too.

Make the most of the box and don’t leave any empty spaces. Fill in any gaps with clothing, towels or packing paper, the tighter packed a box is, the less likely any damage will occur.

Finally, make sure that boxes are closed properly and securely. Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams. Then use what is called the ‘Movers Technique’ and wrap tape all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, focusing on where stress is being put on the box from the contents inside.

Label your boxes

It is ideal if you don’t mix items from different rooms in one box because that means that you will be able to take each box into their designated room when you get to your new place.

Which brings us to our next point, make sure you label your boxes clearly so that whoever is helping you with your move will know where to put the box.

This is a massive tip to moving efficiently. You don’t really want to waste energy just dumping boxes in one place only to have to move them again later to unpack them in the right area. Label the boxes as you pack, and they are more likely to be put in the right area in your new home.

Top tip: We’d suggest labelling both the top and the side of the box (so you can see the writing from either angle) with the room it needs to go in and a brief overview of the contents, problem solved!

Arrange transport ahead of moving day

Take some time in the build up to moving day to think about how you are going to get things from your parents house to your new space.

Will you need to hire a van? Or can it be done by using your own cars?

If you are thinking about using a van to move anything into storage, we have a fully managed removal and storage service that can help. We can pick up your belongings and bring them to our storage facility, where we can then keep them safe for as long as you need and when you are ready to take them out of storage, we can deliver them back to you.

Where to go when you need additional space

Moving can be a bit fiddly, and sometimes it can be hard to find a home for everything straight away. Whether you created a pile of things before you move that you need to find a new home for, or you get to your new space to realise you have a little too much stuff at the moment, a self-storage solution is just what you need.

If you are looking for indoor storage local to Dorchester or Weymouth then get in touch with us to discuss your needs. We are very flexible and won’t tie you into a long contract, meaning we can store your belongings for a short period of time or for the long term.

Call us on 01305 830000 to chat with our Weymouth team, or call 01305 889777 to chat with our Dorchester team.

Sports Equipment Storage at Hogleaze Storage in Weymouth

Whether you head to the slopes for a season of skiing, or to the water for a summer of windsurfing, paddle boarding or kayaking, you are likely to have a lot of equipment to go with your passion.

But where do you keep it when you’re not using it? In the hallway, under your bed or even clogging up the garage? Equipment can take up space, which can be frustrating when you’re not using it regularly. In this article we want to share why sports equipment storage can be a good idea, and how Hogleaze Storage can help you.

Benefits of self storage for your sports equipment

Saves space

We think this one is pretty obvious, but it really is a massive benefit. By hiring a self storage unit you can put all the paraphernalia that comes with having a hobby away in a place that won’t reduce the amount of space you have in your home.

It means that you can keep your household storage for household objects, and keep rooms, hallways and garages decluttered.

Keeping it all together

More often than not, sports equipment does not just mean one bit of kit. There are normally additional accessories that you use. If you are trying to keep it all at home, you might need to spread out where you are storing it all, fitting it in any nook or cranny you can find in order to store it out of the way until you will next need it.

But with a sports equipment self storage unit you can keep it all together in one place. So when you come to use it all again, you won’t have to spend an hour searching for the other set of ores, or gloves or whatever it might be that goes missing.

We have a range of unit sizes available at our Weymouth storage facility, from 16 sq ft. up to 200 sq ft, so you can find the perfect storage unit to hold all of your sports equipment in one place.


Sports equipment can be expensive, so you’ll probably want to keep it safe from any damage. Hiring a self storage unit for your sporting gear or camping equipment can keep it clean and damp free.

If you are storing bikes, a storage unit could help protect the chains from rust and seized up gears.

Our Weymouth storage facility also has a number of key security features on site. From security cameras which record everything going on around the site, to regular staff inspections and alarmed buildings, so you can rest assured that your sports kit is safe with us.

Easily accessible

The last thing you want to happen is to decide you are going to go out and surf only to find you can’t actually get to your kit for one reason or another.

Having a dedicated self storage unit for sports equipment will mean you can always have easy access to your equipment. A dedicated space also means that you can organise it how you want to, and more efficiently so that you don’t need to rummage through boxes to figure out which box has all your equipment in.

Our Weymouth facility is open 7 days a week, so you can grab your gear whenever you feel like it.

Why choose sports equipment storage with Hogleaze Storage?

We understand the responsibility we have in looking after your possessions, whether that be your skiing equipment or wetsuits and body boards for fun family beach days. Therefore we have strong security measures in place around our Weymouth site.

You can find out more about our security features here >>

We also have flexible contracts meaning that you can store with us when it makes sense for you and your hobby. You don’t have to be paying for a storage unit when it isn’t being used.

We wouldn’t want you to miss an opportunity to let loose and use your gear. At our Weymouth storage facility, you provide a padlock to lock up your storage unit, so that you can access your unit without relying on anyone else within opening hours.

We have plenty of unit sizes so that you don’t have to pay for a unit that you will only be using half of. Whether you just need somewhere to store your bike or you have a whole camping set up that needs storing, we have the perfect unit for you.

Interested in our storage for sports equipment?

If you are looking for somewhere to store your sports equipment why not get in touch with our Weymouth facility by giving us a call on 01305 830000. Alternatively, you can email us on

Don’t forget… our storage facility can store almost anything you may need to put into self storage. From household furniture to business documents and stock. Get in touch with us to learn more.

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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport