Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Best Tips to Declutter for the Festive Season

It’s getting close to the best time of the year for shopping sprees and gift exchanges, so you might want to get rid of old stuffs to make way for the new ones. As you make preparations for Christmas decors and retouching your home’s interior, decluttering should be top on the agenda. What’s more, decluttering will also help rid your home of things that might bog down the mood in your home this festive seasons.

To help you swing into a decluttering mode anytime, here are some decluttering hacks you should know of.

Declutter with a Rationale

Many factors can determine how you can declutter your home satisfactorily. If you’re decluttering to make way for Christmas decor, you might just want to focus on seasonal items you’ll likely not use within the season. Ask yourself what are the main features and functionalities you want in your home, and mark out anything that doesn’t contribute to those. The purpose of your decluttering activity can also determine how you put away some items. For instance, if you want more room for the kids to play around in, you can move some furniture or fittings to a corner or a specific space.

Get Everyone Onboard

It’s easy to decide what to move out when we have the home all to ourselves, but when there’s family, then we might want to tread more softly. If you’re living with loved ones, you might want to involve them closely in the decluttering process. Ask them which of their items they’d love to keep and why they’d prefer any item to take up their precious space. Also, when decluttering, return borrowed items, and do away with the belongings of others who’re no longer with you, like your ex, your grown up children who’ve moved out, your late relatives, etc.

Ditch Indifferent Items 

If you feel indifferent to an item, then perhaps it’s time to let go of it. Move out anything that doesn’t move you. Look around you and ask yourself if you’d be proud to use, wear, or flaunt an item, especially if you’ve not used it for a long time. If not, then you won’t feel any guild or displeasure moving it out.

Give Your Items a Second Hand Value

Make sure you ditch your cleared out items the best way possible. Anything that’s still in good condition can make you some money, or can earn you the gratitude of charities. But don’t just dump your items at a charity, ensure their condition is good enough for you to present to a friend first. If an item doesn’t have a second-hand value, then it’s best to leave it in a bin.

Declutter by Category

The method you use to declutter can significantly affect your decluttering habit. You’ll grow wary of decluttering when it becomes a boring chore. One way to keep our minds engaged when decluttering is using categories. You can use the four box method, where you keep items in four different boxes for relocating, storing away, giving away, or dumping.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Crucial Moving Day Budget Items to Consider

Among a plethora of things pulling your attention when moving, your expenses are one of the most significant. It can be quite tricky to keep track of your moving day expenses, given the array of provisions you need to make for the move.

Creating and sticking closely to a well-knit budget enable you to keep your finances in check while executing your move. Don’t just jot things down on random pieces of papers. Use a spreadsheet, and keep entries of every expense paid for.
Typically, your budget spreadsheet should have entries for the following items:

  • Storage Unit
  • Removalists
  • Moving Materials
  • Transportation/Travelling
  • Food
  • Settling In

Storage units are crucial to your short-term and long-term storage needs. Calculate the cost of the storage unit you need based on the size and the duration of usage, and include it in your budget.

You might want to consider enlisting the help of professional movers to assist you with the heavy lifting. You’ll most likely want their help if you’re moving a fairly large amount of goods, as you wouldn’t want your family and friends ending up with backaches and sore muscles after your moving day.

Better yet, you can share the burden between family and friends and removalists. Just let your moving service providers know the extent to which you want them involved in the moving day, and enter their quotes in your budget.

These are one of the moving-day expenses that can easily get out of hand. Some essential moving materials include furniture covers, cardboard boxes, bubble wraps, dolly, etc. You should also budget for cleaning materials such as brooms, garbage bags, soaps, detergents, etc.

If you’re hiring a moving vehicle, then this part of the budget can be entered along with the company’s quote in your budget spreadsheet. Otherwise, you may have to set aside a different section of your budget for your transportation cost. Get quotes from multiple truck rental services and choose the one that best suits you. You’ll also need to account for petrol costs.

If you’re moving to a different town or city, you need to plan your trip comprehensively in advance. You need to budget for the cost of temporary accommodation, including motel rooms or hotel rooms.

Your moving day will most likely disrupt many aspects of your life, including your eating cycles. You might find yourself spending a lot eating out, especially when you’re travelling. You need to plan and budget for your moving day meals to spend money cost-effectively on nutritious meals.

Finally, the last but not the least category of expenses you want to note in your budget is your settling-in bills. When setting up your new home, you need to see to utilities expenses like gas, water, electricity, new fittings and furniture, and possibly even landscaping. You need to capture every possible expense you might pick up while settling into your new location.

These are the typical items you want to budget for meticulously. Setting aside a budget for all these items will help ensure you spend money prudently during your moving day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

7 Tips for Settling Into Your New Home Delightfully

Moving can be a bitter-sweet experience. You’re excited about finally making the move, but at the same time facing the fear of the uncertainties possibly lurking around your new home. But you’ll get to feel much better once you’ve taken steps to eliminate such uncertainties when settling in.

The first uncertainty to deal with is whether you’ll ever be able to settle in fully and re-create that homely atmosphere in your new home. The best way to deal with this is to embrace the uncertainty, and permit yourself to take as long as possible to fix yourself up.

Here are a few other crucial tips to deal with the uncertainties of settling into a new home.

Check your delicate belongings first:

Once you’ve offloaded your boxes, make sure that items that are more susceptible to damage are in perfect condition. Check your electronics to make sure they’re working fine. Ensure your glassware, artwork, and frail furniture are all intact. Make sure your home inventory is thoroughly audited.

Set up your utilities and functional space

Next, you need to put things in place to help you ease into your routine. Set up your closet, arrange your kitchen and bathroom, fix up the lights and power outlets, and set up your bed. You’ll find it less overwhelming to unpack your belongings gradually over time if you can easily make yourself a meal, dress up for work, and carry out your routine.

Fill the air with ambrosial smells

A good smell around the home enhances the warmth and ambience of your home and makes you feel more relaxed. The spicy aroma of your favourite meal, the refreshing smell of air freshener, or even the enchanting smell of your cologne can help you ease in more smoothly. 
A rank smell can worsen the discomfort and stress you’re already feeling.

Recreate familiar spaces

Next, you want to set up the sights and sounds that are most symbolic of home to you. Set up your home theatre and even alarm clock, hang up your favourite artworks on the walls, bring your favourite items to the fore.

Arrange your paperwork

You also don’t want to take too long to attend to legal matters and permits related to your move, since they’re time-sensitive. Also store all your important documents and papers neatly.

If you moved to a different state or country, make sure you’ve properly arranged for your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and even voter’s card, if applicable.

Get acquainted with your new neighbourhood

Meet people around your new community, and get involved in social and volunteering activities there.

Build your Rolodex of emergency and handymen contacts

Do you have a technician or electrician to call on when something breaks down in your new home?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Easy Ways to Make your Home More Spacey

Concerned about the limited space in your home? Affordable housing is a major concern for many Australians and New Zealanders. The availability of more affordable space is a viable solution, but so also is making the most of available space.

You can maximise the functionality of every unit space in your home while promoting a roomy appearance through simple, inexpensive techniques. Here are 4 cost-effective ways to easily maximise every square foot of space in your home.

Maximise Storage Space on Walls and Doors

From kitchen doors to bathroom doors, and bedroom doors, you can significantly open up more storage space in your home by using door racks. Wall racks and shelves can also go along way, use them as much as possible to store shoes, jewellery, books, tools, etc. You can even hang some items directly on the wall through hooks, including bicycles, gift items, etc.

This will help you free up a significant amount of floor space for a spacier appearance. You can go for custom-made door and wall racks for better aesthetics.

Use Multi-functional Furniture

Multi-functional items can help you save not only space but time and money as well. By opting for multi-functional items, you’ll have fewer items lying around that you hardly put to use.

You can use one multi-functional table for ironing, working, and even playing ping pong, instead of having one for each that you seldom use. You can use ottomans for dining, resting your leg while relaxing on the couch, and even sitting outdoors.

You can also opt for a multi-functional bed. Rather than leave the space under your bed to collect dust, you can convert it to a massive storage unit. Install drawers under your bed as an alternative to your closet. Your headboard can also be converted to a nifty bookshelf or nightstand.

Declutter Regularly

A less-cluttered space gives you a lot less to think about. When you have items that you hardly use lying around, you might feel some guilt for not using them, and at the same time struggle to find space to fit in useful items.

Look around and ask yourself which items can be removed with little or no emotional and functional sacrifice. You can make it a habit to remove such items from your home regularly. To feel less guilty, you can donate these items to charitable organisations or sell or exchange them in market places. You can easily find the right charitable organisations and marketplaces online.

Use Self-Storage

Self-storage is a great option for storing unused goods. You can leave your belongings in a self-storage unit and retrieve them whenever you want to make use of them. Storage King  makes this alternative even more convenient. With state-of-the-art storage facilities located across Australia and New Zealand, you can easily find a secure storage unit close to your home.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Are you buried in paperwork?

At certain times of the year, whether for you it’s annually, quarterly or monthly you can become overwhelmed with the documents which have mounted up.

If you run a small business do you find these documents are 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?

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.

Archive information safely for next to nothing

To help you solve the problem of document storage, Storage King has a handy archive box that lets you store your documents neatly in an organised way. 

Sort the 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.

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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dealing with kids' clutter

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. 

We put up some great ideas on Facebook. Follow us in Australia and New Zealand

Monday, March 19, 2018

Moving in together?

Are you moving in together?

Moving in with your other half is an exciting change that can be a meaningful step in your relationship. Plan it carefully. 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. And we bet you have lots of things in common, 'duplicates'

1. Start with a plan

If you don't come up with a blueprint of how things are going to work in your new abode, you might find that some things don't fit. 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 garage sale or an online auction might make sense for you. You might also want to donate unwanted items 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.

Contact us in Australia (click here) and New Zealand (click here)  - we can help store those 'duplicates.