Friday, August 12, 2016

The Olympic Edition - Storage While You Travel!





There’s great excitement brewing, you’re going to the Olympics! You’ll be away for a while, but as a sports star, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for all your life. Even If you’re just going as a spectator, you’re looking forward to supporting your country’s athletes and seeing some fantastic sporting achievements. Storage is the last thing on your mind at a time like this, but it should be.

What should you store while you’re travelling?
What are the things that burglars like to steal? Computers, DVD players, flat-screen TVs and other consumer electronics are among the items that head the list. The resale value is very good, and it’s easy to get the loot sold fast.

The only thing that burglars like more than electronics are cash and jewellery. Money and valuable jewellery should be stored in a bank, but be careful to hide away or store costume jewellery too. The mere sight of what appears to be a jewellery box could be enough to provoke a break-in, and even if you don’t have anything valuable to steal in the house, you don’t want the damage to your property.

Booze is popular too, so if you have a well-stocked bar at home, consider packing everything up and storing it away securely until you get back. The same goes for power tools – they’re easy to sell off, so don’t leave them where they can get pinched.

Last but not least, expensive ornaments and clothing should be considered for your list of things to store. They’re not as popular, but if you have a suit of clothes or a painting that’s worth a pretty penny, it’s best to play it safe and put it into storage. That way, even if burglars do gain access to your home, they won’t be able to take anything of great value.

Where are you going to store all this stuff?

Choose safe, secure storage from Storage King, of course! It’s the best way to get peace of mind. We have various sized storage units, and conveniently located and safe facilities where your items can be locked away until your return.

Now you can go forth and win gold, cheer on Australia’s finest athletes, or enjoy that holiday of a lifetime without having to worry about the things you left behind.

Ask a friend or neighbour to look in on your home regularly, don’t leave lights burning all day and night (get a timer that will switch them on and off), and ensure your post doesn’t pile up to tell miscreants you aren’t at home. You’re good to go, enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tax Time & EOFY Archiving Tips


It’s tax time, and your deductibles can help you to spend a whole lot less on tax. Unless you have an accountant working for you, chances are, you’ve been saving up all those slips and documents over the course of the year, and now you have to capture all the information and report your earnings. You’ll also have to keep the proof of tax related transactions. But this can involve a veritable avalanche of paperwork.

Generally speaking, you can divide your paperwork up as follows:

·       Papers to keep for one year max: Bank deposit slips, credit card receipts and ATM slips need only be kept until you’ve reconciled your accounts. Insurance and investment statements can be kept until you have fresh ones. When you discard documents, shred them to avoid identity theft.
·       Papers to keep for longer than a year: statements on loans should be kept until the loan is paid off. For big loans, this can be quite a long time. Car papers have to be kept until you sell the car, and proof of investment purchases should be kept until investments are sold.
·       Papers to keep for five years: Keep your tax records for five years to be on the safe side.
·       Papers you should never throw away: Birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, your copy of your will, life insurance details and other insurance policies are among the papers you will keep indefinitely.
Where to keep it all

Just as a backup, it’s a good idea to scan all important tax-related documents including proof of income and tax deductible expenses and keep them stored in the cloud. But to be absolutely safe, you also need to store the hard copies.
Over the years, these documents mount up, turning your house into a paper-packed ‘office’. Shelves drawers and cupboard space fill up with papers that you might just need one day, creating clutter as you struggle to find space to store things you use more frequently.
Even offices can get so clogged with paper that finding places to store them all become a problem. You end up with a “clutter room” packed with boxes and boxes of old files.
It’s very tempting throw all those old files away, but what if you have to prove you didn’t play fast and loose with the tax man?

Archive EOFY information safely for next to nothing

To help you solve the knotty problem of document storage, Storage King has designed a handy archive box that lets you store your documents neatly in an organised way. And since Storage King lets you store small as well as large volumes of things you don’t need all the time, it won’t cost much if we tuck them away for you.
Storage is secure as well as being weatherproof, so your original documents and the information they contain are perfectly safe. Organise documents according to date and according to how long they need to be kept so that you can thin down the accumulation of documents you won’t be needing again.
With storage locations all over Australia, you’re sure to find a convenient branch of Storage King to keep your EOFY papers safely in a place where they can’t get in your way.






Thursday, June 16, 2016

Winter Storage Hazards




There are some things – actually, a surprising amount of things - you definitely only use in summer. In winter, they’re just in the way. Do you really have space in your closets for your family’s summer clothing and swimwear plus your camping gear, beach umbrella or gazebo?

Avalanche victim!

The cupboard-opening avalanche is just one of the hazards you face. As you emerge from the rubble, rubbing your beach-umbrella-induced bruises, you might be pardoned for using some rather ‘warm’ language that your kids probably shouldn’t overhear.

Blitz or bust?


Meanwhile, you simply don’t have enough space for all the things you’re actually using right now. You face hazard number two: the impulse-blitz temptation. You end up discarding things you’ll kick yourself for not having next summer despite protests from your family. When the time comes, there will be I-told-you-so’s, and you’ll be the subject of the finger-pointing!

Clutter-claustrophobia


Things stacked in corners are gathering dust, you can’t find the things you want when you want them and there’s just about no room for your car in the garage as it is. The walls are closing in. You think longingly of putting a match to the whole lot and doing a runner.
Obviously, this course of action is even more ill-advised than the impulse blitz, so you grit your teeth and push on. Much like an intrepid adventurer hacking his path through dense jungles, you end up having to clear away a mountain of things before you can reach any single objective.

Frayed nerves


If you see one more clutter-free ‘model house’ on TV or see one more blog post about how decluttering reduces stress, there’s no saying what you’ll be driven to. You’d love to declutter, but it’s all useful stuff – just not anything you’ll be using for the next few months. You don’t actually need a bigger home. You just need somewhere to put things!

Seasonal storage to the rescue!


Ta-dah! Storage isn’t just for furniture, and you don’t need to hire a whole self-storage space just for a few boxes of stuff. Those superior types you see in their absolutely clutter free homes are going to be so let-down that their secret is out.
Your family may think you’ve been bitten by the blitz bug when they see you packing boxes, but when you explain that you’re just storing things away for a little while, they’ll probably want to add a few items that have been getting in their way too.

Freedom’s just another word for extra cupboard space


The beauty of your winter storage solution is that you can turn it into a summer storage solution too. That solves the out of season items problem for good! And because winter things are often quite bulky, you’ll probably have even more cupboard space to organize your things in when summer comes around. Take that Martha Stewart! You are the new domestic diva!

Get in touch


Storage for a song really is possible, and with so many storage locations around Australia, Storage King is sure to have secure storage space near you. Call 1800 100 700 today to find out more.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Moving in together






Here's what you need to know:


Moving in with your other half is an exciting change that can be a meaningful step in your relationship. But if you don't plan it carefully, you and your partner could end up at each other's throats! Many couples find that deciding what to get rid of, what to keep and what to store are the most difficult decisions when moving in together. Here are some tips to help you get through the minefield.

1. Start with a plan


If you don't come up with a blueprint of how things are going to work in your new apartment, you might find that some things don't fit, or end up with serious disagreements further down the line. You should walk through your new place with a tape measure to figure out where your furniture will go. Before you move in, have a conversation with your partner to sort out what your new space will look like. You should also talk about what you will get rid of and what you will keep.


2. Get rid of things you don't need


Just because duplicates can be useful doesn't mean that you don't have things that you can get rid of! When you move in together, don't hesitate to get rid of items that you don't actually use. Some things you might want to focus on include old clothes, shoes and electronics. If you want to get rid of anything that is valuable, a yard sale or an online auction might make sense for you. You might also want to donate unwanted items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army rather than throwing them out.
While almost everyone has some things that can be eliminated, you should be sure to keep hold of all of your paperwork and records – you never know when you might need them, especially for any potential audits.
If you're having trouble deciding what you can afford to throw out, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have used the item in the past year, or if you will want to use it in the foreseeable future.

3. Hang on to duplicates


If you and your partner both have certain types of items (think furniture, mattresses and televisions), it might seem like a good idea to throw half of them out or get rid of them. While this might work in the short term, it can often backfire. If you move into a bigger place later on, having more furniture could come in handy. If you break anything, keeping duplicates means you have a backup. And if you ever decide to go your separate ways, it is much easier to divide belongings if both of you held on to your things.
Where moving in together is concerned, some couples agree on everything from the get-go, while others need to invest a lot of time to agree on what to keep, throw out and store. Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules that work for everyone. Nevertheless, many people find tips like these extremely useful. Try them for yourself to make your move run more smoothly.

To store your duplicates, contact your local Australian http://bit.ly/22vVgzy or New Zealand http://bit.ly/1Q8zCuf Storage King.



Monday, May 23, 2016

World Environment Day 2016 is nearly upon us



Getting rid of old electronics can be very easy – stick them in the garbage and forget about them. Yet many people don't realize that electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a serious and growing problem for the environment.

 

E-waste is a catchall term that refers to all forms of electronics. It includes things such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobiles, televisions, games consoles, cable boxes, chargers and more.

Unlike many forms of garbage, electronic waste is not biodegradable. Although electronics often become inoperable, they only break down over time to a limited extent.

The sheer amount of e-waste is difficult to wrap your head around. About 50 million tons of  e-waste ends up in landfills each year. If every piece of e-waste we produce in a year was laid end-to-end, it would be long enough to encircle the earth seventeen times!

E-waste can be highly toxic. E-waste is about 2% of the waste that goes to landfills, but it makes up about 70% of toxic waste. 

For example, cases of lead toxicity are very common in communities close to dumps of e-waste. Lead is one of the most widely used metals in electronics manufacturing, and it contaminates soil and groundwater as e-waste (slowly) breaks down. Cadmium is also released over time as e-waste breaks down. While this chemical element makes up a small proportion of components in e-waste, even tiny quantities can cause serious damage to the kidneys. Brominated Flame Retardants (BRFs) are widespread in e-waste and give rise to serious hormonal disorders. E-waste also often contains potentially toxic substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), copper and arsenic.

Although most old electronics are simply thrown away, a large majority of these devices can be profitably reused in whole or in part in newer electronics. Yet unfortunately, only about 15% of electronics are recycled.

Recycling e-waste is not just about ensuring that people living near e-waste don't suffer from health problems. It is also extremely important for reasons of ecological efficiency. For example, manufacturing a typical desktop computer takes about four times as much energy (measured in fossil fuels and electricity) as the computer uses in its entire lifetime.
It also makes a lot of sense from an economic perspective. Every ton of cell phones recycled contains about $15,000 of precious metals.

Storage King takes environmental stewardship seriously. We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to get rid of your old electronics. We're working with our partners at Ecoactiv and Mobile Muster to recycle as much as we can together.
In recognition of World Environmental Day on the 5th of June, any customer who spends $50 or more at Storage King in May will receive a free box for e-waste from us. You can drop it off at your local Storage King and we will arrange for your electronics to be recycled free of charge.


Watch our YouTube video http://bit.ly/1Xbm5d6 to learn more about our E-box recycling initiative.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Decluttering with Children




Every parent knows that it's a constant struggle to deal with clutter. Getting rid of all the unused toys, clothes, collections and more is hard enough in itself. But getting through the process without any hurt feelings can be even more difficult.


Here are six tips to make decluttering easy and harmonious.

1.     Communicate

Decluttering is ten times easier if everyone is on board. If you throw things out without talking to their owner first, it's guaranteed to cause tension.

2.     One thing in and one thing out

This simple rule can be incredibly helpful. Everyone needs new things on occasion, but if you don't throw anything out, your house will be a pigsty in no time! Obviously this needs to be applied in a common sense way – if you have enough space for a new sofa you buy, there's no need to throw out an old one – but this rule can be very useful as a framework to keep on top of clutter. Some of the best targets for this principle include clothes and toys.

3.     Do the easy things first

Decluttering is all about momentum: You have to work up to things. Get rid of outgrown clothes, things you haven't used for a long time and any items that are broken first of all. Once you're on a roll, then you can start thinking about whether those unused toys that used to be prized possessions should be kept, thrown out or put into storage.

4.     Make it regular

With all the demands on everyone's time, it can be very difficult to make sure that decluttering gets done. The best way to ensure that it actually happens is to put it in the calendar and schedule other things around it. A good frequency for a basic declutter is around once a month, while a comprehensive declutter should take place around once a year. With all the influx of gifts on Christmas, many families find it useful to do an annual declutter in December.

5.     Create limits

Your sense of what is normal and acceptable determines how much clutter will be in your house. To get a handle on this stuff, come up with clear rules. Maybe the collection of stuffed toys can keep growing until it fills the cupboard, or you can keep getting new military models provided that they can fit on a table. Having clear limits in place creates structure for your living space. It is a great way to minimize clutter without putting a lot of effort in.

6.     Do it as a family

On a practical level, you'll get rid of clutter more quickly with more people doing the work. Decluttering might never be a whole lot of fun, but collective family activities are always good for your kids' development. Getting rid of clutter together represents an opportunity to encourage your kids to take responsibility for things rather than expecting you to take care of them. It's a way to get your kids started with a good habit that will serve them well in later life.




Thursday, March 31, 2016

How to Organise your Summer Gear

Summer storage

It’s that time of year again. The long sultry, summer days are coming to an end and the nights are drawing in. Those glorious peaceful days at the beach will soon be a distant memory – until next year at least! As summer comes to an end, many of us are left with a lot of things lying around that we no longer need. BBQs, sun loungers, summer clothes, surfboards and even boats. If you’re short on space, what do you do with it all? Storage King holds the answer.


Store those Big Bulky Items


The great thing about self-storage is that you can pick and choose the size of your space according to your particular equipment. Storage King offers spaces from 1 metre squared, which is ideal for small amounts of barbeque equipment, inflatables and sun loungers, maybe even some bikes as well. If you need a bigger storage solution, you can go for a larger option. Use our handy storage estimator to see what sized space you need. 

We’ve all been there. Many of us have a lot of equipment that is used for part of the year only, and the rest of the time it is spent cluttering up your garage or spare room. If you live in a small house or apartment, you literally do not have space for all your stuff. What do you do with those tennis racquets, surfboards, inflatables, fishing equipment, barbeques, bikes, quad bikes and even campervans, caravans and boats? That’s not to mention the huge amount of toys that kids accumulate! The ideal solution is to put it in storage until you need it all next year.


Organise your Summer Wardrobe


What about those summer clothes you no longer have space for? All those summer dresses, skirts, tops and blouses won’t be seen for another year. Self-storage is a great way to keep them out of the way.

Use these simple tips when storing your summer clothing at Storage King to keep your clothes protected:

1.     Wash before storing

Ensure you wash and iron your summer clothing before storing. This will make sure surface stains and dirt don’t set into your clothing over time. Then you can take them out again next summer, give them a quick wash and they will be good as new!

2.     Use plastic containers

Airtight plastic containers are the best way to store your clothes. But don’t forget to make sure it is dry and clean! Lining the container with an old (but clean) cotton sheet will ensure your favourite summer outfits are protected.

3.     Clean, cool and dry

At Storage King we offer ideal storage conditions for storing clothing.  Our facilities are clean, cool, dark, dry and safe, perfect for keeping your clothes safe whilst you make room for your winter wardrobe.


Covering Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia as well as New Zealand’s North and South Island, you are never form away from a Storage King facility. Check out our Australian locations or New Zealand locations here to find the one nearest to you.