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. 

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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.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Raising Value and Decluttering

Raising Value and Decluttering

In today’s growing market, with high demand for family homes, there are a few tips for gaining the highest price for your property.

While it is important to keep a warm feeling to the house, when selling, potential buyers want to envision what they would look like inside their potential new home.

Here are a few hints and tips on how to make your home stand out in a growing competitive market:

  • Ensure the house is in order
  • Pet owners should always have the house cleaned
  • Remove the majority of personal items
  • Tidy the laundry, put away dishes and clothing
  • Do not keep any cleaning products visible
  • Tidy all children's things too
  • Ensure toys etc are out of sight
  • Refresh the house, add a fresh coat of paint
  • Ensure the house is bright and open for viewings
  • Light a candle and create the ambiance of a warm inviting home
  • Try to leave the garage free from storage
These are just a few tips on how to attract the best potential buyers and gain the most from your property! We've got more hints and tips on our website.

Contact us to find out how we can help: In Australia or New Zealand

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Create the perfect summer entertaining area

Summer! And with it comes holidays, stone fruits, long days, and so many parties.

Now that Christmas and Boxing Day are out of the way, are you prepared for New Year’s Eve? How about Australia Day? Or are you still coping with the kids home for the school holidays in the space you have?

Is it time to clear some space both indoors and out? We all have at least one reason to set up a perfect entertaining area. Or maybe you have another reason to clear some space.

Maybe you’d like to create the perfect summer entertaining area in your backyard.

Use one of those impending parties to get family and friends together and assess where you want your future holiday entertaining area to be, then decide how much you need to declutter.

What do you need help with? 


Your friends can help with ideas but they’re not a ‘concierge’.

Maybe that’s what you need next, a concierge.

Let’s focus on the ‘More’ for a moment as we remind you that we’re the Kings of Storage, Moving and More.

That first step is a good assessment of your space. The next could be a thorough clean-up. And then what?

If some temporary storage is in order, as you create your perfect space, then we can help. But not just with self-storage. Think of us as a concierge service. Tell us what outcome you want to achieve and let us offer you options.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Four Important Decluttering Tips

We all accumulate items we don’t need or find hard to let go. Decluttering your home is one of the most rewarding and effective ways we know to mentally prepare for challenges ahead. And while it may seem daunting, we have four helpful tips to get you started. So put some music on and get ready to clear away!

Make a room plan

As Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” So why not make a list of all the rooms in your home. A great place to start is usually where people visit the most while visiting your house, like the kitchen or bathroom.

Set Aside 30 Minutes A Day

We all live demanding lives. After dropping the kids at school, going to work, picking the kids up and returning home, the last thing we feel like doing is decluttering. When you do decide to declutter, don’t try to do it all at once! Setting aside 30 minutes everyday will allow you to see improvements in no time.

Store Seasonal or Excess Items

Placing some seasonal items in storage like winter blankets, clothes, Christmas lights, ornaments and all the rest will keep them out of the way until you need them next. You could also store some items that you may not want to throw and save for later; like a couch you love or extra pots and pans from the kitchen. Keeping them out of sight and out of your home will allow for extra room in the house and will help open the space in your living areas to make them look bigger!

Think about donating!

If your unwanted items are in good condition, reach out to a charity that resonates well with your values. By donating your clothes and household items, you can be sure that they will go to good use by supporting a cause you care about. As the saying goes, “one persons trash is another ones treasure”!

For more tips, tricks and info, visit our website here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Where do you hide the presents


It’s that time of year again, with the crowds, maxed-out credit cards, and probing questions from the kids about Santa and where he keeps the presents.

If your home is monitored by a security system that includes surveillance cameras and remote video access, you’re in luck. 


You get to watch real-time video of what those sneaky kids are up to when you’re not home.

On the other hand if you don't have CCTV installed, you have to have some good hiding places, right?

Here's ten simple ideas. But do you think the kids will have thought of these?

  1. In the garden shed 
  2. In the the laundry
  3. In the kitchen pantry 
  4. In the linen cupboard 
  5. In the socks drawer 
  6. In those empty shoe boxes 
  7. In a friend’s house 
  8. In scary creepy places 
  9. In suitcases 
  10. In sealed storage containers
OR ... wait for it... Here's a thought:

What about a temporary self-storage unit - perfect!

We'll have a store near you in Australia or New Zealand

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Breast awareness

‘Breast awareness’ is a term that’s used a lot, especially in October

2017 McGrath Breast Health Index
Many women consider themselves breast aware without giving much thought to what that means. 
One of Jane McGrath’s objectives was to increase breast awareness in Australia especially in young women. 
This is the second year of the McGrath Breast Health Index – a measure of what they are calling ‘breastpertise’.
For the second year running the results reveal a disconnect between belief and reality when it comes to the nation’s breast health. 
Almost three quarters (73%) of Australian women believe they are breast aware, yet fewer than one in five (16%) fulfil the four criteria to be classified by The McGrath Foundation, a ‘breastpert’.

The importance of Mother-Daughter Conversations

As confirmed in the 2017 research, women who have had a conversation with their mother about both breast awareness and puberty are significantly more likely to meet the index's ‘Awareness’, ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Behaviour’ criteria. (However in 2017 additional questions about conversations specifically on puberty were added).
The 2016 results indicated that although around half of all women believed that mothers were best placed to first raise breast health awareness, only a quarter had had any such conversation and only 12% had had their first conversation about breast awareness with their mother.
  • Jane McGrath was only 31 when diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in women aged 25 to 49
  • Every day, across Australia and New Zealand, 56 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85
  • There are 193,730 people in Australia who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 31 years
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