Saturday, July 30, 2022

5 Solid Tips for Organising your Home Gym

 



Home gyms are one of a few quarantine-inspired habits that have stuck with us long after the lockdowns. Now more than ever, people are coming to appreciate the convenience of keeping fit from the comfort of home.

However, while you’re busy building your abs and working on your core energy at home, a clutter of gym gear could be piling up in the background.

And your enthusiasm for home gyming could lose steam when the inconvenience from clutter outweighs the convenience of working out from home.

Here are a few ingenious tips to help prevent that from happening.

 

Explore Vertical Space

One good thing about gym equipment is that they’re sturdy and can be stored upright. That means you can easily stack them up in vertical storage spaces like racks and drawers or hang them on walls. You can hang them on beautiful peg walls and hangers that’ll contribute to your room’s aesthetics.

Equipment that cannot be stacked up or hung on a wall should be placed vertically on the floor. With that, not only will they take up less space but they’ll also be more visible so you can spot them easily.

 

Opt for Foldable Equipment

Next time you want to splash on your gym equipment, consider flexible options that could easily be folded into storage. They don’t necessarily have to fold down all the way. Even if you can only fold a few parts like the arms or legs, it’ll still be a huge space saver.

 

Bring in the plastic bins, baskets, and sturdy containers

Get a couple of containers and designate each one to a certain class of items. For instance, small handy items like kettlebells, dumbbells and skipping ropes can go into baskets, while yoga mats and other large but foldable items can go into cube organisers and drawers. Also, consider using portable, rollable containers that can help you easily move your gears in and out of storage.

 

Explore Multipurpose Furniture

Get creative with your furniture and explore those that can serve many purposes. Think of a rollable multipurpose bench that provides storage room for your equipment and can easily be rolled out of sight. How about a multipurpose cabinet with many compartments inside and arms on the outside for hanging barbells and other equipment?

 

Consider a Self-Storage Unit

You can store away seasonal gym items like sports equipment at your local Storage King facility rather than let them sit idle on badly needed space in your home.

Storage King has various sizes and offers flexible storage options.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Simple Storage Tips for Better-Organised Tax Records

 


Got all your tax papers on hand? Being able to easily access your tax documents at a moment’s notice can save you from lots of problems with the law and institutions and services requiring your tax records.

But even if you hire an accounting service to take care of all your tax paperwork, you still have to take some responsibility in ensuring your tax papers are always accessible.

A last-minute scramble to get your tax papers in order is always ill-advised.

Here are some handy tips that can help you enter your tax season with greater ease.

 

What to Keep and What not to

One of the major problems that people fawn over in keeping tax records is what to keep and for how long to keep them. Basically, you need to keep everything directly related to the inflow and outflow of money in your business or home – income statements, receipts, contracts, etc. 

Check with the ATO (Australia), Inland Revenue (New Zealand), or consult with a tax solicitor to get accurate information on how to handle your tax records and how long you must keep them.

 

Choose a Designated Place for your Tax Records

Next, you’d want to determine where to house all your tax records. It’ll be more convenient if you have everything stored in one place. Storing all your documents in one place can help significantly declutter your workspace. Rather than throw receipts, tickets, and other important papers randomly at your work desk and drawers, keep them properly organised in a secured location.

 

Consider Sturdy Archive Boxes

Archive boxes can help you stay well organised as your tax records pile up by the day. One good thing about these boxes is that they are sturdy to hold many documents and can be easily labelled. You can have one archive box for each year. But make sure to use proper labels to avoid mix-ups. Don't just label the sections only, but use sub-labels as well - year, origin, subtype, etc.

 

Consider Self-Storage for your Tax Records

A self-storage unit for your business tax records can pay for itself. A self-storage unit used for housing tax records can provide a secure, and easily-accessible storage option to help you stay better organised for the tax season.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Common Types of Self-Storage Options



The storage industry has dramatically grown over the past few decades. Now, consumers are spoilt for choice, with self-storage sizes for various needs. From very small to extra large units, indoor and outdoor units, and vehicle storage options, there are solutions tailored to different budgets and preferences.

However, due diligence is crucial when searching for a self-storage solution. If you’re not sure which type is best for you, we’ll give you important clues. We’ll take a quick look into the most popular categories of self-storage solutions.

 

Storage Space Size Categories

Self-storage sizes are roughly categorised into 4 groups – small, medium, large, and vehicle storage. The small type usually ranges between 1m2 to 9m2, enough for a few boxes and some furniture pieces. The medium type typically spans between 9m2 and 18m2, for people who need more ample storage space for uses like holding belongings temporarily during a move or extra storage for a large family home. Large units range from 18m2 for more significant self-storage needs and can fit two to three-bedroom worth of belongings. There are also vehicle storage units for storing seasonal cars, company fleets, etc.

Some storage centres like Storage King make it easier to switch between different types of storage units. For instance, you can easily downsize to a smaller unit or upsize to a larger space.

 

Long Term & Short Term Storage

The period you want to store your belongings is another crucial factor to consider when shopping for self-storage. You can rent a unit for when you need it, as storage agreements are usually month-to-month. There are usually discounts for longer plans. You can take advantage of these discounts if you’ll be storing for a long time like when storing your dependant's university belongings or when moving temporarily to another city.

However, if you’re undecided about the duration you want to store for, use the convenience of month-to-month self-storage as they avoid long term lock-in contracts that you just have to see out.

 

What Type of Storage Do You Need?

Still not decided on the type of self-storage solution best suits your needs? The experts at Storage King can help you explore all your options in-depth.

Book a free consultation today.

 

 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

5 Handy Camping Gear Storage Tips



Got an insatiable craving for camping gear? Before investing in your umpteenth metal detector or latest outdoor cooking hardware, you might want to consider where you’ll be storing them first. Or perhaps you can’t stop your family members from bringing in more gear and you’re quickly running out of space and time. A few handy camping gear storage tips can help you better manage your household's gear collection. Plus, the better organisation helps guarantee a better camping experience for everyone. You wouldn’t want to spend half the time looking for your bug spray, toothpaste, or other personal effects.

 

Get into the Habit of Tidying Up

Cleaning up after is usually the part of camping no one wants to deal with and the common cause of a disorderly camping gear storage. Get into the habit of always packing and tidying everything up thoroughly before and after the trip. Keep your load to a minimum, bring along only the necessities.

 

Store all Your Camping Gear in One Place

To make things easier, avoid the temptation of dumping your camping tools anywhere. When unpacking after a trip, take all the items straight to their designated storage. That way, you can quickly pack and hit the road every time without forgetting some things or spending time looking for others. 

 

Maintain a Well-Labelled Inventory

Don't just go throwing your camping gear into storage. Stay better organised by inventorying everything using clear labelling. Always keep a list of all your items and update it whenever you take anything in or out.

 

Use Transparent, Sturdy Bins

Sturdy plastic moving tubs are your best bet for protecting your camping gear from scratches and damages both in storage and during transit. Use separate tubs for separate categories of items and label them properly. Check out Storage King's range of plastic moving tubs.

 

Exploit Vertical Space

A whole lot can go up in overhead space. Think of wall cabinets, ceiling hangers, wall panels, and stacking boxes. They're a great way to store bogus items that can take up a lot of ground space.

Store your shoes in over-the-door shoe racks.

Dangerous items should also be placed above ground to make sure they don't pose a threat to your kids and other family members. Store all sharp and toxic items like knives and bug repellants in designated sections of your wall panel.

 

Remove the Batteries

Another thing you can do to keep your camping gear storage well organised and preserved is removing the batteries from all your electronics, from torches to GPS, headlamps and radios. This will help prevent leakages or corrosion that leave a trail of mess. Store the batteries separately in a sealed plastic bag and keep them close to the camping equipment.

 

Keep Your Gear Cool and Dry

Always make sure you clean and dry your camping gear before returning them to storage after use. You'd always want to find your gear neat, pristine, and well-organised when taking them out.

Storing them wet and dirty is an invitation to mould and pest infestation. Clean out every part of the gear thoroughly, from tent poles to tarps, sleeping bags, etc.

Finally, always ensure they're stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Furniture Storage Tips for All Seasons

Want your precious family heirloom and exotic furniture in pristine shape when retrieving them from storage? You just need to be a little more careful and organised when storing them.

A few simple, no-brainer tips can help protect and preserve your furniture during both short-term and longer-term storage, whether you’re moving cities, you’ve got little ones that flew the coup, or you’re stashing away precious family keepsakes.

 

Clean Up Thoroughly

Dirty furniture is often accompanied by all sorts of problems, from offensive odours spreading across the room to mould, mildew, and pest infestation.

Make sure you clean up your furniture thoroughly before storing them away. Wipe plastic furniture and fabric items like couches and cushions with a damp cloth and mildly soapy water. Wooden furniture and metal items should be cleaned with wood cleaners and metal cleaners to protect their sheen.

 

Decouple Everything

Another tip that can help ease the packing process is dismantling all your furniture down to the last divisible unit. This makes it easier to load and unload them from the truck and minimises the risk of scratching or breaking them.

 

Label Everything

Place parts of the same furniture together and label them accordingly. Things can really get messy here. You need to pay a little more attention when sorting the pieces. Put the screws, bolts, and smaller components of each furniture piece in a separate bag and store them together with the rest of the furniture.

 

Use Proper Wrapping Materials

Wrapping your furniture properly is essential, especially in long-term storage. It’s the best way to protect them from dirt, moisture, and other elements.

Use bedsheets, blankets, plastic wraps, etc. to cover your furniture completely. Avoid using thick plastic covers or materials with poor breathability to prevent moisture from getting trapped inside. And if the storage unit is not climate controlled, cover the floor adequately before putting your furniture to protect them from floor moisture.

 

Look out for Breakables

Frail items like glass tabletops, mirrors, and antiques require special attention. Wrap them up in multiple layers of breathable material to give them as much protection as possible. You can wrap them first with packing paper, and then bubble wrap, then place them in a sturdy, properly-labelled cardboard box.

 

Organise your Furniture Strategically

Don’t just throw things randomly in your storage unit. Use a strategy to map out where to place every item. Avoid stacking up furniture to prevent warping, cracks, and other damages. And don’t cram the space – a good spacing tip is to leave at least a 5 cm pocket of space between each item.

 

These simple tips can come in handy whenever you’re storing furniture. They can help you avoid costly damages while also preserving the sheen and prestige of your stored furniture for as long as needed.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

5 Tips for choosing your Removalists

Removalists take the hassle out of your moving day, making it swift and sweatless. But that’s not a guarantee – your choice of the right removalists can make all the difference. There are several factors to consider when searching for a removalist.





You need to ensure that your precious belongings are handled with absolute care and professionalism, and, of course, for the right price. Also, the process of working with a removalist needs to be as seamless as possible to take as much as possible off your plate.

Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when choosing a removalist:


Ask for Recommendations


Got friends or family who moved recently? Ask if they can recommend the removalist they used. Even those who haven’t moved might still have some sound recommendations to give.

Your local Storage King store will be able to provide you with their recommended removalists but also organise with the removalist as well. Reach out to your local Storage King store to find out more.


Check and View Feedback 


Any removalist with a reputable presence online will most likely be a safe bet. There are some small, less-known removalists that don’t have much of a presence online but can still do an excellent job. But a removalist with a proven track record will give you more confidence and put you at greater ease.

Choose a removalist with years of experience and a good number of customer reviews. Check for the removalist's reviews on reputable review sites like Google My Business and TrustPilot. A few bad reviews isn’t necessarily a red flag, but steer clear of removalists with one too many negative reviews.


Compare Quotes

Cost is usually one of the drawbacks preventing people from hiring reputable removalists. But some top-draw removalists offer highly competitive pricing – some even offer many ways to save cost.

Compare quotes from various removalists before making your choice. Most removalists charge by the hour and that provides a lot of wriggle room in the pricing. For instance, you can pay only for the hours needed for work you can’t do on your own. So you can pack up and unpack yourself, and pay only for loading and unloading your items.

Also, ask about anything that might incur extra costs like last-minute changes in plans.


Check for Services Offered


Your removalist should offer services that fit your individual needs. Do they have trucks that can accommodate your large furniture? 

And what about their availability? Will they be around on weekdays and work-free days when you’ll have time to move?


Accreditation


A fleet of moving trucks isn’t necessarily proof of legitimacy. Check that your removalist is accredited by the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). Removalists with an AFRA accreditation must meet certain standards in relation to equipment, vehicles, premises and staff training to complete a professional move.

All of these considerations will help you get a firm grip on your moving day. You can put your precious belongings in good hands at an affordable price, and rest assured that your goods will be handled with a high level of professional care.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Tips to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises in your Long-Term Storage


Long-term storage requires more planning and preparation compared to storing short-term. You won’t be retrieving your stored item for a long time coming, and you’d want to make sure it stays secure and in good condition throughout. Whether you’re moving cities, travelling abroad, or decluttering your home, a few important tips can help you avoid any nasty surprises throughout your long-term storage.

 

Carefully Consider What You Need to Store

Not everything is worth storing long-term. Think of other things you can do with your stuff like selling, donating, or giving out to friends and family. You don’t want to end up paying to hoard stuff that’ll be of little or no value over the long run. Doing away with unnecessary stuff can help minimise the size of your storage space and keep your storage unit better organised.

 

Clean all Items Before Storing Them

Cleaning all your items serves not only aesthetics and hygiene, but can also preserve the lifespan of your belongings. Dirt, soot, food remnants, and other debris can dent your belongings permanently and leave them desecrated by pests, insects, mould, and mildew.

When cleaning appliances and other sophisticated goods, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and use the special cleaning materials required.

 

Use Proper Packing Materials

The packing materials you use can also affect the condition of your goods in storage. Some sturdy packing boxes come with decades-long durability ratings and can protect your belongings from the elements steadfastly for years on end. Avoid plastic boxes and flimsy cardboard boxes – these are notorious for letting mould-supporting amounts of moisture into your stored belongings.

 

Don’t Neglect Proper Labeling and Inventorying

Labelling and inventorying makes it much easier and more convenient to use self-storage. Label all your boxes with a list of their content so you can easily see where each item is stored at a glance. Create an inventory list on the packing day and update it every time you add or remove something from your unit.

 

Cover All Your Items Properly

Leave plastic bags slightly open if you have to use them to promote airflow and prevent moisture from getting trapped inside them. But for sturdy cardboard boxes, keep them tightly sealed to prevent dirt and dust from settling inside. Also, cover all your furniture to protect them from dust and debris. Breakables and frail items should be wrapped and packed separately from other items to prevent damage.

 

Consider Storage Insurance

Ask your local Storage King store about Storage Insurance options.

 

Check up on Your Unit Frequently

Even if you’re away from town, you should have your self-storage unit regularly inspected to ensure your belongings remain in good shape. Inspecting your unit regularly also helps you spot problems early enough.