Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6 Important Advantages of Self-Storage for Businesses

Self-storage can be as expedient and convenient for businesses as it is for homeowners. Storage can come in handy for businesses for a plethora of reasons, from emergency storage for natural or man-made disasters to seasonal storage for storing items out of season, relocation storage for holding up goods during relocation, and overflow storage for holding inventories when in-house storage is filled.


In essence, self-storage can benefit businesses in several ways. Here are some important advantages that businesses can gain from self-storage units:


Managing Clutter


The neatness of an office space has a huge impact on the company's image and attractiveness. After handling large volumes of customer orders and requests, it's easy for the business premises to become swamped with clutter from paperwork, inventories, appliances, furniture, etc. With a suitable self-storage option, businesses can easily stay on top of clutter by moving out items that are not needed immediately. This can help ensure the business premises looks clean and tidy at all times.


Better Security and Safety


It can be quite challenging to ensure the safety and security of all your precious items in the office. And in other instances, it can also be challenging to prevent hazardous items from causing harm to people in the office. But with a self-storage option, you can ensure the safety and security of precious lives as well as your prized possessions. Excellent self-storage facilities come with state-of-the-art security and safety features that give users total peace of mind.


Business Expansion


Businesses undergoing an expansion phase can benefit immensely from the convenience of self-storage. Rather than open a new branch or move to a larger accommodation, a business can turn to self-storage units that are cheaper and require minimal setup. They can use these self-storage options as a distribution point or a collection centre for their courier deliverables.


Better Use of Office Space


With suitable storage services at their disposal, businesses can easily rethink and reorganise their workspace. With lesser clutter and more free space, it becomes easier to make more efficient use of your office space. As a result, you'll find it easier to access important items and decorate your space.


Cost Advantages


A self-storage unit is a cheaper alternative to rental space. Excellent storage services offer perks that help users save money, including free trucking to move their belongings to the storage facility, and storage advice that help you maximise on your storage space and also prevent your stored goods from damages. Many also offer various types of packing materials for free and insure stored goods.


Convenience and Flexibility


Most businesses will appreciate the convenience and flexibility of self a storage units. Rather than cram their office space with inventories and paperwork, or move some of their office items to their homes, business owners can opt for affordable, easily accessible self-storage options.

You can choose a storage unit that's in close proximity to your office or home. You'll also find facilities that can be accessed throughout all the weekdays.
Storage units also allow you the flexibility to increase or decrease the size of your storage unit based on your immediate needs.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Tips for keeping your belongings in good Condition in Storage During Summer

Summer is a peak period for self storage, as people put away their non-summer belongings to revel in the outdoor charms of the cosy summer sun. As the festive seasons kick in, most people would be wary of issues getting in the way of their festivities. The ‘bushfire season’ accompanying summer is also another major source of concern as people get worked up about their belongings, and what to do to keep them away from any potential bushfire threat.

Storing in summer requires some specific measures that provide extra protection for your stored items. Here are some crucial summer storage tips that will help keep your belongings in pristine condition, protected from the elements and any potential bushfire outbreak.


Make Use of Packing Materials

The first and easiest thing you can do to give your stored belongings proper protection against the elements, dusts, and pests is to pack them using packing materials. Newspapers and cardboard boxes are ideal, but when using cardboard boxes, use packing peanuts and other similar materials to protect the edges of your items from dents resulting from impacts. Items that you’ll be storing for a long time should be protected with polystyrene peanuts, which are more powerful insulators.

Keep your Items Clean and in Working Condition

Before putting any item away, make sure they’re clean and in good condition. Dirt and soot attracts pests and mould. Dirt and grime can also damage your items on their own when left on the items for long. You want to be able to put your electronics to use once you retrieve them from storage, so you should make sure of that ahead of time.

Store Away Seasonal Items

During summer, you’ll most likely not need a lot of items you’ve used during other seasons. These include winter clothing, heating equipment, microfiber comforters, etc.

It’d be best to move out these items into storage to free up space in your garage, wardrobe, and other areas of your home for items best-suited for summer. As we’ve mentioned earlier, ensure all the items you’re moving to storage are wiped clean and in good condition before locking them up in a storage unit.

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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.