How Self Storage Can Help Preserve Your Keepsakes

Memories are invaluable treasures that connect us to our past, reminding us of cherished moments, loved ones, and significant milestones. As time passes, we tend to amass multitudes of keepsakes since they hold deep sentimental value, but we often find ourselves lacking the space to preserve them. 

Time for self storage to come to the rescue!

Let’s explore the importance of preserving keepsakes and how self storage facilities can be the perfect ally in safeguarding your most treasured memories.

Why We Love Our Keepsakes

Couple staring at keepsake photograph

To Remember the Past

Keepsakes hold an extraordinary power to transport us back in time, evoke vivid emotions, and remind us of our journeys. Whether it’s a handwritten letter, a childhood toy, or a collection of photographs, these tangible objects can awaken cherished memories, providing solace, joy, and a sense of continuity in our lives. Preserving these treasures is essential for maintaining a solid connection to our past and passing on our stories to future generations.

To Preserve Family History

Family history is a rich tapestry of stories, experiences, and memories passed down through generations. Preserving and sharing these memories is a profound way to honour our heritage and connect with our roots. Self storage offers an ideal solution for safeguarding family heirlooms, old photographs, and other memorabilia that hold the key to our ancestry. By preserving these items, we’re passing on the rich tapestries of our family histories to future generations, and fostering a sense of belonging and identity while we do so.

Examples of sentimental keepsakes:

  • Love letters
  • Family jewellery 
  • Photo books
  • Framed family pictures
  • Cards commemorating special occasions
  • Lockets
  • Photographs of past occasions 
  • Journals and diaries
  • Items/clothes from a family member who has passed away

How Self Storage Can Help

People putting keepsakes in a self storage boxes

Overcoming Limited Space

In today’s fast-paced world, where living spaces are becoming increasingly smaller, finding enough room to store our keepsakes can be daunting. Over time, our homes can become cluttered, making it difficult to properly display and protect our cherished mementoes. This problem is where self storage proves to be a valuable resource, offering a secure and convenient solution to store your memories without compromising the space you need to live comfortably.

Security and Protection

Self storage facilities are designed with security in mind, ensuring that your keepsakes remain safe and protected. State-of-the-art security systems, including surveillance cameras, access controls, and alarm systems, protect against theft and unauthorised access. Additionally, the units are usually climate-controlled to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels, shielding your delicate items, such as photographs and documents, from deterioration due to the outside conditions we face daily.

Organisation and Accessibility

One of the most significant advantages of utilising self storage for your keepsakes is the ability to organise and access your memories whenever needed. With a wide range of storage unit sizes available, you can select the perfect space to accommodate your collection. We employ proper storage techniques, such as labelling boxes, using archival materials, and arranging items systematically, ensuring easy retrieval and minimising the risk of damage. 

This way, you can relive your cherished memories at any time, knowing they are safely stored and easily accessible, especially if you choose a self storage facility that offers 24/7 access.

During Life Transitions

Life is full of transitions, whether you’re moving to a smaller home, renovating, or embarking on a new adventure. During these times, self storage can be a lifeline for your cherished memories. Rather than parting with sentimental possessions due to limited space, you can safely store them until you are ready to reintegrate them into your life. 

Adapt to life’s changes — don’t be overcome by them. 

Tips for Storing Your Items Correctly

someone wrapping their keepsake carefully for self storage

Use Appropriate Storage Materials

Choosing  suitable materials makes all the difference! Use acid-free, archival-friendly storage materials such as boxes, tissue paper, and envelopes to prevent unwanted damage from harmful chemicals. These materials will give your keepsakes the extra defence they need.

Avoid Exposure To Light

These aren’t flowers — sunlight can be a real troublemaker! To prevent fading or damage to delicate items, store them away from windows and sources of direct light.

Label Your Items

Make sure to tag each item with a description, date and any other necessary information. Doing this will help future generations understand their importance and provide a captivating backstory for future years to come.

Perform Regular Check-Ups

Check on your stored items frequently to ensure they are in good condition. Ensure you address any issues as soon as they arise, so you can appreciate these prizes for future generations.

Our memories are a priceless treasure, reflecting who we are and our journey. By utilising self storage to preserve your keepsakes, you’re investing in your personal histories and the emotional connections they evoke. The convenience, security, and accessibility of our units at Wigwam Self Storage make them an ideal choice for safeguarding your  memories and treasured moments. 

Contact us today, or visit our personal storage options to learn more. 

The best ways to organise a child’s playroom  

If you’re like most parents, you want to give your children a playroom that is fun, creative and functional. However, organising a child’s playroom can be tricky, especially when working with a small avalanche of tiny action figures, lost puzzle pieces, feet-destroying Lego and more.  

Begin by decluttering and removing broken toys or donating ones they’ve long outgrown. Once you’re left with the best, try these hacks to organise your child’s playroom. 

Clear bins for toys  

When children are on the hunt for a specific toy, tipping out all containers is normally their go-to. However, with clear bins and containers, your children will be able to see straight through and grab what they want without causing an explosion of toys all over the place. 

Designate shelving  

Parents are well-aware of toys their children favour. Consider designating a shelf for favourite toys only. This way, your children know exactly where to find their cherished items, and they’ll have an easier pack-up process when the clock hits bedtime.  

Book storage  

If you don’t have the space for a full bookshelf or can’t install shelves as a renter, consider using book bins. Place them on a low level or the floor for easy access, allowing children to pack books away neatly at the end of the day. 

Organise by colour  

Consider organising items by colour – a favourite strategy of the famous Home Edit duo. It not only makes it easier for children to identify what they’re looking for, but children will use the colour system to put toys back where they found them.   

Play clean-up games 

From ‘pick-up by colour’ games to ‘how fast can they clean-up’, make clean-up time fun. Now, you get to have fun watching instead of doing, as your children laugh and race their siblings to the finish line. Kids are smart, but they’ll fall for it at least a few times before catching on. 

If you’re not ready to give away your child’s first set of baby toys, onesies or favourite stuffed animal that they couldn’t sleep without, store sentimental items with Wigwam Self Storage. With long and short-term personal storage solutions, you can store items for as long as you need.  

Call us on 01608 656300 (Chipping Norton) or 01527 222321 to arrange an appointment at the first automated self storage facility in Bromsgrove!  

The best no-fuss meals for student living 

Student life is an exciting new adventure where you’re out in the world and learning new things. One lesson is taking charge of your health and nutrition and not relying on takeout as much as possible. However, if cooking is not your forte, we’re here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best no-fuss meals for student living. 

Lo Mein 

Perfect with beef, chicken or just veggies, this no-fuss meal only takes 20 minutes and two pots to whip up. Infused with delicious Asian flavours, the main ingredients you’ll need are lo mein or spaghetti noodles, your protein of choice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sesame oil.  

Get the full recipe here 

Pasta Bake 

All you’ll need for this easy dish is your preferred pasta and tinned or fresh tomatoes for the base. Then it’s time to get creative with your favourite veg, herbs, protein and creme fraiche for a lovely texture. It’s also easy to make for a group of friends or if you’re meal prepping for the week ahead.  


With premixed curry paste and some coconut milk, you can whip up an easy and tasty curry – Thai green or red curry paste is especially popular. Remember that chicken thighs are cheaper and more flavourful than breast meat if you’re going for a meat option, otherwise potatoes, chickpeas and rice are all great substitutes.  


With a pack of tortillas, cheese, veggies and your protein of choice (optional), this flavour-packed meal can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Layer your chosen filling on a tortilla, add cheese and top with another tortilla. Dry fry in a pan until golden and the cheese has melted (about 5 minutes), and voila!  

For Jamie Oliver’s famous veggie quesadilla recipe, click here 


Soups are not only easy to throw together in a hurry but they’re packed with flavour and nutrients whether you prefer veggies or love a hearty meaty soup. Additionally, they require minimal clean up and are a great way to use leftover ingredients before they go bad. 

Get a wide range of soup recipes here 

If your cluttered dorm is a cooking hazard, store unessential dorm room items with Wigwam. With secure student storage available in a wide range of sizes, you can store as much or as little as you need. To learn more, give us a call on 01608 656 300 or pop into our Chipping Norton facility for a tour.