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.


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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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

How Self-Storage Can Fuel Your Passions


Pastimes are a no brainer way to escape the rigours of everyday life. But they can easily create nightmares in our homes. The urge to have the latest toys and camping gear in town can leave you running out of space in your home. Whether it’s you or anyone in your home running everyone over with their hobby, it doesn’t have to be the case. A self-storage unit can complement your hobbies, giving you greater freedom to do the things you love doing the most.

 

What Hobbies Benefit the Most from Self Storage?

Camping is a typical space-gobbling hobby – camping gears take up a lot of space, from tents to backpacks, cooking equipment, etc. If you love handmade arts, you’ll need a place to preserve all your work tools as well as finished work. Photographers can also use extra storage space to better organise and secure their footage, printing equipment, lenses, tripods, and other gadgets. Self-storage can also help you create more room for your classic cars and boats.

Other space-gobbling hobbies include antique collection, sport fishing, winter sports, playing instruments, cooking and baking.

 

How Self-Storage Can Benefit Your Hobbies

 

Creating More Space at Home

The most obvious benefit is saving more space at home. If you’re a student, it’s understandable to have equipment lying around everywhere. You probably don’t know any better and the only space you can call your own is a 9 square metre room. But as an adult? You need to keep things a bit more organised. Your drive to acquire more sporting gear or camping equipment might still be as insatiable, but you need better organisation and more harmony to accommodate other things in your life.

With a better-organised home, you’ll find it easier and more convenient to indulge in your hobbies. You can reserve your garage and basement for other items used regularly, while the occasional hobby items are sent off to self-storage.

 

Improving Safety Around Your Home

Your hunting gear could mean a lot to you, but it could also spell danger for your kids or other members of your household. You have to take extra caution to make sure your hunting gear and fishing gear are stashed away safely in your home. Any careless move or slip-ups might create serious injury risks around your home.

 

Secure Your Equipment

If you live in a high-crime neighbourhood, your home may not be the safest place to store your gear. Excellent self-storage units come with state-of-the-art security features like alarm systems, 24/7 surveillance cameras, guaranteeing maximum safety and security for your hobby equipment. Self-storage units might also be more protected from emergencies like fire outbreaks, floods, etc. than your garage or basement.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

5 Storage Tips to Improve Productivity in Ecommerce and Online Businesses


Need a better-organised home-based online business? One of the best ways to improve efficiency and productivity in your home-based business is through a better-organised space. By maximising your space, you can enjoy the mental health, productivity, and time-management benefits of a clutter-free environment.

Easier access to your valuables and clean, healthy surroundings can help simplify and promote convenience in your business process.

Running an online clothing shop, grocery shop, or electronic shop? Here are storage tips to help you better organise your paperwork, equipment, and stocks.

 

Create a Tailored Organisation Framework

First, take some time to plan out an organisation's strategy. Where should all the paperwork go? What about your business supplies and products ready to be shipped out? Do you have enough space at home or should you consider self-storage units?

Create a labelling system for valuables in storage to make it easier to retrieve them. You can use numbers, words, codes, or a combination of all to track categories and subcategories of items. If possible, opt for an inventory tracking software to digitise further simplify the tracking process.

 

Assemble Packing and Packaging Materials

To make it easier to stay organised, assemble packing and packaging materials in a designated spot. These can range from measuring tapes to packing tapes, wrapping materials, cardboard boxes, racks, and shelving units. Your local Storage King location will be able to assist you with these items. 

Create and Maintain a Thorough Inventory

Make sure the position of every item is properly recorded and updated. Use a thorough-going inventory list to keep track of all your stored items. If possible, create a map of your storage showing exactly where each item is situated.

Or you take pictures of your storage every time you move something in or out. Keep the map or pictures close to the storage unit or in an easily accessible place like your website so you can find and update it easily when needed.


Get a Flexible Self-Storage Space

If your online business is quickly outgrowing your home, it’s probably high time you considered self-storage.

Besides security and ease of access, you should also consider flexibility when searching for self-storage options.

Talk to your Storage King consultant about your unique business needs and storage requirements to help you deal with any rising need.
 

Optimise Your Space

Some storage hacks can help you store more in less space both at home and in self-storage. Maximise on vertical space – you can stack your items up to the ceiling or use wall hangers, pegboards and high shelves to place items up on a wall.

Arrange items from the entrance according to how frequently they’re used. The more frequently they’re needed, the closer they should be to the entrance. You’ll find it easier to grab what you need from storage most of the time.

 

 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Storage King partners with Good360 Australia

Storage King is known for being the Kings of Storage, Moving & More, but we are also the Kings of Community, and bringing people together. Inspiring change and making a difference in the communities we work and live in is essential to the Storage King culture.

Storage King has a long history of community partnerships, and we are proud to announce a new collaboration with Good360 Australia, that will have a far-reaching impact for people in need across all states and territories of Australia.

Good360 Australia is a national charity for charities, with Australia’s largest online marketplace matching the surplus of business with the people who need it most via a network of 3,000 charities and disadvantaged schools across the country. Since their launch in 2015, Good360 has matched over 27 million brand new items to Australians in need.

Alison Covington, Good360’s Founder and MD shared “We are proud and grateful to partner with Storage King, to assist our team and members; charities and disadvantaged schools, to make good happen all across Australia. This relationship will match more of the right goods to the right people at the right time, helping to provide equality and dignity.”

Tony Skallias, Group Marketing Manager affirmed, “Partnering with Good360 is a great community initiative, as well as a sustainability match for Storage King and we are pleased to welcome them to the family. We also share the same values, and look forward to making a real difference in the communities we serve.”

Commencing in December 2021, Storage King will provide space and storage warehousing for Good360 members at a number of locations across Australia where need is great, but access to the non-food essentials provided by Good360 is limited by storage capacity.

The partnership will allow Storage King to deepen our connection to the communities we live and work, as well as extend our impact into regional and remote communities outside of our own network.

Welcome to our community Good360 Australia.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tips to Get Your Family Onboard with Decluttering

Sentimental value, overwhelm, and lack of options are some of the major constraints that keep people from decluttering. To get your family onboard your decluttering plan, you need to help them navigate these challenges.

You need to make sure it’s all worth it in the end and everyone gets to appreciate the benefits of letting go.

Some tips can help make them come around your decluttering plans:

Take The Lead

The best way to prove to your loved ones that letting go can be a good thing is by living it yourself. Let them see you spending less time preparing for work every day because you can easily grab your stuff from your clutter-free drawers and wardrobe, while they always find themselves digging through a pile of stuff in search of their favourite accessories or door keys.

Help Them Decide What’s Important and What’s Not

Help them identify what they can dispose of without regrets – duplicate items, unused items, stuff they’ve outgrown, etc. Let them see how making more space for important things can bring more joy.

Tread Cautiously

But don’t just go ordering them around or giving your opinion when it’s really not needed. Respect their emotions and sentimental attachments. The aim should be to help them feel better in their space, not poison the air around the house.

If they’re taking up too much room in a limited shared space, you can designate space for them to keep anything they want.

Provide Decluttering Essentials

Now you’ve helped them decide on what to keep and what to let go, but don’t stop there. Try to make it easy for them to move items out. Help them decide exactly what they’ll do with the decluttered items.

Using a self-storage unit is a great way to have a decluttered home while having a place for items they wish to keep.

Take it Slow

To help them overcome the overwhelm, avoid going it all at once. Tackle one part of the house or room per time. You can start with their wardrobe, then target the drawers the following week. Focus first on broken, damaged, unused stuff, before gradually moving to stuff with more sentimental value than practical value.

And as they begin to come around the idea of decluttering, you’ll meet less resistance.

Make It Lively and Exciting

You can introduce incentives and games to keep everyone in high spirits throughout the process. Don’t buy them new things while they’re still swamped in clutter – reserve the gifts for the day they declutter.

Some great game ideas for the decluttering day include the Minimalists Mins game, where you take out an increasing number of items every day starting with one on day one and two on day two, etc. Also, consider the decluttering competition where the person who declutters the most wins the prize at the end of the week or month.

Declutter Regularly

Help them get into the habit of decluttering. You can make it a standing rule to declutter at certain times such as after a birthday party, or after Christmas. Or set aside a time of the week like weekends.