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.

Give us a call in Australia or New Zealand

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
Find an Australian store near you and please buy a box this month and help us support The McGrath Foundation.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Garages - what are they good for?

A lot of people use them for cars...

...but not everyone.

Do you have so much stuff in your garage already, you can’t even fit your car in?

Are you spring-cleaning and sorting things into those inevitable groups – things to keep, things to toss out, and things to give away or sell?

The garage is a great place to sort out all your clutter – even if it’s already in there. 

And, wait for it... the garage is also a great place to hold a...

...garage sale

Let’s look at the garages that ‘not everyone’ has.

There’s the man-cave garage. The man-cave must have a female version too of course. 

Maybe it’s a she-shed or a fem-den. Or maybe your man-cave or she-shed is much more family friendly and politically correct. It could be that it’s a family room or a play-room.

Has your garage has undergone a conversion into some spare accommodation. 

A granny-flat perhaps? Or possibly your millennials have moved home!

Hobbyists have often set up the garage for their special interest. 
No matter whether the hobby is fishing or model trains, or even a scalextric track, the real enthusiasts need space for their devotion.

If that devotion has to be kept at home, the garage is often the obvious place.

Your garage could also be your own self-storage facility. 

We all have that much-loved clutter we can’t bear to part with. 

Where have you stored all those family treasures from family photo albums (remember them?) to the under-7s soccer team, best-and-fairest trophy. 

Then, of course, your garage could be the stuff of legends. It could be the beginning of something big.

It's just you don't know it yet.

The bottom line is this: Your garage is that extra room you don’t have in the house that was once the place you housed the car which is now being used for something else. 

So if you don’t have a place to put your car, we do. 

Drop us a message us on Facebook Australia or New Zealand or give us a call.

Monday, August 21, 2017

hmmm… you’re going to need more than three boxes.

Whether you are moving to a new home or decluttering your existing home, the simple, good old-fashioned, sorting system of ‘three’ is a great rule to follow.

Start with three boxes and label them:

1.       throw away : Or possibly this box is two boxes; one for rubbish and one for recycling. Now to get started, this will be obvious – or at least it should be. Sometimes it’s easy to tell when you need to throw something out - it doesn’t work anymore or it’s damaged beyond repair. However sometimes you’re just keeping stuff for no apparent reason. If you’re uncertain, get a friend to help. And, remember, one person's trash may be another person's treasure, so there will be some things you can give away - hence the second box...

2.       give away’: If you're not asking people or charities to "please take this", maybe you could mark this box ‘sell’. Or is this also two boxes? Then there’s those things which are good enough to sell but you just don’t have the time or inclination to do so. Essentially though, all this is stuff that’s still worth using or keeping, it’s just that you don’t need it anymore. Someone else might. Simple. Give it away.

3.       keep it’ : OK, now for the stuff you’re keeping. You need boxes. Do you need lots of them? Or just a few? Either way, think about what size boxes you want. All those big fluffy soft toys can go into a tea chest size box but don’t put the all books into one, you’ll never lift it. Get a smaller book box instead. There are boxes designed with particular needs in mind - like porta-robes for hanging clothes and special boxes for mirrors, and so on. This is where we come in. You can ask us for advice before you start packing.

Work your way through each room, taking out the ‘throw away’ box straight away. Once you’ve made the decision to throw it away, do it.

Place the ‘give away’ items aside and take them to your closest op-shop ASAP. If you’re selling stuff put it in a designated place – not hidden out of the way -  and get them sold without procrastinating – the sooner you do, the sooner you will see that space empty again.

Now to the stuff you are keeping, it's time to pack this properly. Get some clean paper - like butcher’s paper - to wrap the trophies and trinkets before popping them into a box. And get some bubble-wrap to protect the glassware you got for your twenty-first. Tape the boxes up well and remember to label them.

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