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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Monday, July 3, 2017

Five things you should remember when moving house.

There are always some things you simply forget to think about when moving house 

The upside of moving to a new house is the exhilaration and sheer excitement that comes with change – maybe it’s to new beginnings or to a new neighbourhood with more space.

Then there’s the stuff you’re bound to forget, so here’s five things to keep in mind that may not be on anyone’s checklist.

1. Packing takes some planning

It’s too easy to fall into a trap of thinking it’ll only take a few hours. Suddenly, you realise you’re short on packing materials. You haven’t got enough paper to wrap your glassware. You figured the big Tea Chest size boxes are best but now you can’t lift the one with the books in it.

2. Dismantling things is often harder than assembling them

Did you get that cupboard or chest of drawers at Ikea? OK, so where’s the Allen Key? Once you’ve located the Allen Key and you’ve moved onto the bed frame, you’re looking for the Phillips Head Screwdriver, right? Don’t give up and reach for the hammer. Before starting, take a moment to look at the things in the house you might need to dismantle and identify, early, what tools you might need.

3. Many hands make light work but too many cooks spoil the broth

At first all your friends say that they’ll come and help pack. You’ve been up since 7 and they arrive at 10. They bring wine and beer, sausages for the barbeque, they’ve saved you the trouble of cooking... they take over the kitchen - “don’t worry we’ll pack that tomorrow” - and before you know it it’s lunchtime, celebration time. Now you’re agreeing to pick up where you left off tomorrow. All good. Cheers.

4. People are going to see your stuff

Before that celebratory barbie starts… Oh-o! Is that your best friend’s boyfriend or girlfriend helping to pack up your underwear drawer? No!!!!! Plan what you want your friends to help with. Give that pesky Allen Key to your friend who is handy with tools and pack your own knickers and socks.

5. You’re going to be broke for a few weeks

Once you’ve bought a couple more boxes, a new Allen Key and screwdriver, paid for lunch for your freeloading friends, and hired two extra blokes to move the things you didn’t realise were quite as heavy as they are, you’re going to be broke for a couple of weeks. So plan for that too.

And we can help as well.

We can help you with checklists of things to do – everything from redirecting mail to getting the gas and electricity turned on.  And there’s hints and tips on our website too. We can also assist with helping you find a good removalist and so on. And of course, we can help you store the things you want to keep but don’t have room for, or want to sell but don’t have time for.

Drop us a line or message us on Facebook in Australia and New Zealand 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Month is a Great Month to Start Decluttering

88% of Homes have At Least One Cluttered Room

A survey by The Australia Institute found that the average home has three or more cluttered rooms.

If you have a spare room, it is likely to be the most cluttered area in your home, followed by cupboards, the garage and bedrooms. In fact, 88 percent of homes, in Australia, have at least one cluttered room.

In fairness, not everything is unwanted or unneeded clutter but it’s taking up space you don’t need taken up in your home.

The survey asked: Which areas or rooms in your home would you describe as cluttered?

Different kinds of people tend to acquire different types of clutter.

Some of those interviewed confessed to being strongly attracted to bargain clutter, while those who identified themselves as ‘hoarders’ said much of their clutter is of the ‘just-in-case’ kind. 

Other people said their spending habits meant their homes accumulate bought clutter.

So, if you are decluttering it’s time to take a long, hard look at what you have. Now, instead of the clutter, you can get rid of what you don’t want and store the rest.

And, if you are moving home, instead of cluttering up a room in your new home, store it.

We can help too. 

We can help you store the things you want to keep but don’t have room for, or want to sell but don’t have time for. We can also give you tips and advice. And we cal also help you with your move. 

Find a store near you and drop us a line, message us on Facebook or give us a call.

This month is a great month to start decluttering...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Let Storage King Help You Get Fashion-Ready This Winter

It’s happening, again! Winter: that time of year when the trees lose their leaves and the mornings fill us with dread. So winter is coming but don’t fear. We’ve got the secret to keep you looking, feeling and dressing your best.

A change in season means a change in style. Shorts and singlets are buried in the bottom of our wardrobes and replaced with beautiful, yet bulky pairs of jeans, jumpers and jackets. But herein lies the problem! With all our summer clothes taking up precious space in our wardrobes, where are we meant to put our new winter arrivals?

At Storage King, we’re here to make your lives easier. Why not use one of our affordable, convenient storage sites around the country to store those out of season clothes until summer returns from hibernation. Just because you can’t enjoy a surf doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an on-point winter wardrobe.

So let us help. We’ll give you the space to declutter your life so you can continue living the life you always wanted this Winter.

From everyone here at Storage King, we can’t wait to speak with you soon.