Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Clearing Out Your Wardrobe to Gain Storage Space

There are so many reality television shows that depict how we, as human beings, hoard a lot of things. Typically, items in our homes fall into just two categories: wants and needs. At the start, we would usually be able to tell our desire to buy things as a need or a want. However, as we move along our everyday life, the advent of internet, information is readily pushed our way – that this item is good for you or good for the household, yet our vision gets blurry that we sometimes mistaken the need to be a want. Hence, we end up buying and accumulating items that we usually do not need at all. And the biggest purchases that we tend to mistake our need to be want are clothing and clothing accessories. This does not only goes out to women, but believe me, it also applies to men (as there are more and more metro sexual men nowadays).

Apart from walking down retail shops and shopping malls, attracting us with discounts and promotions, there is also the convenience of online shopping. Our email pops up with all the promotional emails and these tend to be very attractive! Even if categorizing these emails, as spam is as easy as a click, we tend not to do it since we are still ‘wanting’ to have the first option to buy something that we want at a very discounted price. Nevertheless, even if the price is not that attractive, but so long as there is a discount, we just buy the item!

One of the storage spaces that easily gets filled up is our closet or wardrobe. Wardrobes can easily become overcrowded as you buy new clothes with each passing season and some clothes become worn out or unfashionable. Sometimes you can’t just throw these away as you have just worn these once and the cuts and designs are classic designs. However, instead of filling up your clothing storage, there are some simple ways to make sure you can always see what you really have in your wardrobe:

  • Give it away - anything that you haven't worn in a while can be given away to charity or thrown out if it is worn out. Usually, you would give away something that you have not worn for 6 months or if you see that the buttons are falling off. Someone would be willing to sew the buttons and use your piece of clothing.
  • Sell it – These are pre-loved. If you can find some good clothes that you no longer want, and you have only used these once (and not even for a couple of hours), just sell them on Ebay or in a garage sale to earn some extra cash.
  • Store it – These are usually winter clothing that are bulky and take up a lot of storage space. Buy vacuum bags and place these in empty cupboards in your home and even some mobile storage units that you can store in the attic. These are great ways to keep your clothes but free up precious wardrobe real estate.
  • Think seasonal – Just like any other inventory, try to move your clothes around in storage season by season. For instance, in summer you can pack all your jumpers and winter woolies away until it gets cold again. You can go back to the previous item, wherein you can store these in vacuum bags and have these in storage somewhere in the home, like an attic. 
  • Create sections – It is still best to organize your wardrobe. Create some sections within your wardrobe space and have some small storage for your accessories, or even underwear. Don't let your clothing become jumbled; otherwise it is very difficult to find what you need. Instead have specific sections for your clothes and accessories for easy access. If not, you will end up not using some of the items while some will be worn out in no time. 

Sounds simple? Yes, it is! Although you always hear this from friends and family members, especially if they had the chance to take a peek of your closet, it is still best to see these simple ways on how to clear your wardrobe space. Don’t wait for your pieces of clothing to tumble on you when you pull something out. Treat this storage space as their home, where they also need to be organized and be pretty from the inside and out. Once you have done such, your life will be easier and you will be able to find what you need to wear for the day.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Clearing Household Clutter with a Garage Sale

Doing spring-cleaning once in a while at home is therapeutic for most of us – it keeps you occupied and clears your household with all the clutter that you have accumulated. Some say that by clearing your household with the clutter, you are also giving yourself some much needed space to breathe and be able to have a better and ‘cleaner’ perspective of things. Having some ‘eye’ space – a cleaner and more spacious area for your eyes to roam around in your household, you could think clearly and put things in a better perspective of things.

There are a few of those who would donate to charity some of the clutter that are still in good condition, while for those who are some entrepreneurial spirit in them, although half goes to charity, the other half would be put up for sale. Hence, there comes about the garage sale, which does not only bring about some extra cash, but friends and family members re-kindling friendships and relationships and just have a good conversation!

Garage sales happen mostly when people are moving, apart from just doing your annual or regular spring-cleaning. For those who are relocating, throwing a garage sale before your house move not only clears away the clutter but it can also raise a few dollars to pay for packing materials and removalists. It helps you defray some of the costs of moving, no matter how small the earnings will be.

When moving you always have two options when clearing out your items – to keep them in storage or just do away with it. Garage sales or donating it to charity would be good as you create some space, earn some money, and keep your costs down when it comes to storage. While you will want to keep some items in storage, anything you won't need at your new address can be organised and sold. Once you are done with the sorting, creating some publicity for your garage sale would be the next week. You need to sell these off before your big move; otherwise, you are left with the same dilemma of having too many items on hand.

Here are a few ways to make your garage sale a successful one:

  • Create strong signage and add it to poles, fences and notice boards in your local area. If you have a lot of items place an advertisement in the local paper as well. Just try to manage your costs on the advertisement page. One of the objectives you have in mind is to earn at least some cash and if your advertisement costs are higher than your projected income, then it defeats the purpose. Might as well give these items away. 
  • Make sure your prices are much cheaper than retail price. Remember, you're not trying to make a profit, just clear your unwanted items.
  • Have cheap tables and baskets of $1 and $5 items. If not, request people to bring their own bag, and if they do, you give them $1 off. You are at least doing your part of being environment friendly. 
  • Make sure you have a power cord and batteries so people can test any toys or electronic equipment.
  • Keep your big money items (or things you really want to get rid of) front and centre just like you would in a store.
  • Have some plastic covers in case there is a slight chance of drizzle. It is better to sell items that are dry rather than wet and damp. It might reduce the price you set.

These are just one of the few items you need to note when having a garage sale. Regardles of how big the scale is or not, you still need to publicize it; otherwise, you will end up with more items in self storage, or might as well donate these to charity. It doesn’t hurt to earn a little bit to defray the costs of moving.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tips on How To Move Your Business The Smart Way

“Location, location, location.” This is what you always hear during your management classes or entrepreneurs when they hear you putting up a business. Location means that you are easily accessible by your customers or that you can easily reach out to them when they need you. That is why, it is always good to do your due diligence every now and then to understand where your target audience is and how you can better serve them by being accessible. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of moving and what goes with it. Moving to a new location, indeed, entails a lot of challenges along the way (assuming that you have already found the best location to move to) – sorting your current things on what to bring and what to leave or throw away, seeking self storage facilities near the new location while waiting for the latter to be ready, and unpacking and making sure that everyone knows where you are right now. Don’t fret since despite these stressful activities, relation is good. Change is good.

Relocating a business is always good if it is well organized. It can mean moving to a better location, increasing the size of its premises or simply finding a better deal on its lease. Moving to a new location can give you and your business a new start, even if you are already in the business for a while. It will clear your vision on how to do things and how to do business. It can be challenging, as you need to do a lot of tasks before, during and after the actual move, but whatever countless ways on how you view it, relocation is often a good means of expansion.

Business owners or entrepreneurs looking to relocate should consider their access to a suitable workforce. This means finding premises that are either close to public transport or a population centre. If a business requires educated or specialised workers, this will affect the location decision.

There are a number of things that you, as a business owner, need to consider.  One of the most important considerations is your accessibility to your customers. It is a moot point to relocate to a nice and cozy location if your customers have a hard time finding you or, as a business owner, you hava hard time reaching out to your customers. This will just make your costs of maintaining the business go up, that in the long run, it is not cost effective anymore. But once you are sure and made a good business study that relocation is indeed good for your business, then you are set to move!

Other costs that businesses should consider are the costs of relocating. Apart from being near to your customers and getting the best deal on the lowest lease you can get, you also would like to consider an accessible area that is cost effective for you when you move. Relocation charges can be very expensive, especially if you are moving to a place where it is not accessible to movers or relocation companies and you pay a higher premium for them to make it happen. It is sometimes now cost effective in the long run for moving to a lower cost area further away may save on rent but carry more expensive moving charges.

There are also cases wherein you relocate because you want to downsize your business office. But you have inventory that requires some storage for a period of time, but the movement of the inventory is quite fast and you do not need a big storage space at any given point in time. As a business, you will also have to decide what to do with unwanted stock or inventory and furniture from their current location, especially if downsizing. If your current space is just for office, and it makes sense to hire a self storage facility, work out the costs.

Sometimes it can be cheaper in the long run, rather than have a permanent office and self storage space that in most times, the storage space is under utilized. Find reliable and trustworthy self storage near Sydney. Work out a contract that would allow you to expand you storage space a little when you need it, and shrink it down when you don’t need that much space. Even if this may mean paying a little extra for short-to-medium term storage, as a business may want extra shop fittings and stock at a later date when it expands.

Relocation can be good, especially with proper planning. Don’t be daunted by the costs you are faced, but work out the costs over a longer period of time. Once you see the bigger picture, you will be able to say that relocation is indeed better for you and your business.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Declutter Your Home with Ease

It is sometimes innate for us to hoard items without knowing it. We seem to find things to buy even if these are items that we actually do not have any use of. This is especially true if we think that we have enough space at home, when in reality we do not. We continually build up the amount of items we have at home that we end up with a lot of clutter. If you really check on these items, half of these (or even more than half of these!) are things that you do not actually need. But what can we do, then? It is simple – de-clutter your home!

If you go to every space that you have at home – rooms, cupboards, cabinets or even shelves – you will be surprised that most of the items you will find are those that you have not used for a long time. At least for six months or more! Without a regular cleanup you can quickly find that cupboards, spare rooms, and other parts of the home become cluttered and you need to unload some of these items out of our home. To maintain a clutter-free home, it is important to be ruthless about what you keep and what you throw away. You just have to ask yourself a few simple and heartless questions – “Do I need this in the next 3 months or more?” or “Will I ever get to use this at some point in time?” If you find that you do not find any use for these items then it is about time to do away of these things.

Spring-cleaning is just the way to go. Do a regular general cleaning of the house. If you have kids, make it more fun for them so that they will help you or even have an easier time to clean their closets. Have a contest among your kids – whoever donates the most toys they do not need, they win something of value to them like a free movie with two of their friends. If you are living alone and just need to get it over and done with, why not make it more fun and profitable for you? Why not do a garage sale, instead? Don’t price the items too high, but just enough to get these disposed and earn a little money at the same time. For those items that are ‘un-usable’ just close one eye and throw it away. Sometimes, it is better that way.

During a spring-clean, regardless whether you are moving houses or not, ensure you are not keeping anything you won't need again. This applies to everything from clothes to the food in your cupboard. Give yourself plenty of time to sort through each room.

If you find that there are items that you do not immediately need, but cannot bring yourself to throw away, consider renting some storage space. This will give you extra space to reorganise your home without the need to throw away or sell things you may want later. However, do always remember that renting mobile storage modules in Sydney is not permanent. You will soon forget that you have one, and later on, you end up with more clutter at home and at the storage facility. So, try to re-visit some of the items in stored in the facility, and see if you can throw away most of these.

When you get into the same cycle of de-cluttering, then hoarding, follow this simple steps – look at what you have at the moment, ask the basic and simple questions of whether you need any of the items immediate, sort the items to things you need, things you can donate, and items that you can throw away (be ruthless in this part), and last but not the least do that actual donating or throwing away of things.

Once you have de-cluttered your house, just remember to make sure that you have follow-up by cleaning regularly and packing away what doesn’t get used.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

What you Can and Can't Put in Storage

Storage units are a great way of cleaning out your home and practically anything can be stored in them, whether it’s books and kitchen utensils or antique furniture and clothes and garden equipment. 

However, this doesn’t mean that everything can be stored; there are some items that can be dangerous if left enclosed for long periods so here is a quick rundown on what kind of things you shouldn’t put into a storage unit.

What not to put in storage:

  • Any organic or living materials – although this may sound obvious there have been cases where people actually kept their pets in a storage unit, or even slept there themselves!  Plants need sunlight and water to thrive and will simply die if left in a dark storage space, and people simply shouldn’t be there!
  • Any food that can go off – decomposing food will start to smell and attract insects and flies.
  • Anything of very high value, or personal documents.
  • Substances that are toxic, poisonous and flammable – this includes things like paint, gas bottles, chemicals, medical waste and methane gas as the fumes can build up and be very dangerous within a confined space
  • Firearms, ammunition or explosives. There are specialised places for these kinds of items.
  • Anything wet as this can cause mould to grow which will affect everything in the unit and could ultimately destroy it.
  • Photographs can be put into storage but could get damaged. If you have to, then place them between 2 pieces of cardboards and wrap tape around it as this will stop the corners from curling up and ruining them.
  • Illegal items can’t be kept in a storage unit; this means drugs and stolen goods and anything else the law prohibits.

What you can put in storage:

  • Furniture items that are properly packed or wrapped
  • Kitchen items and silverware that are boxed safely
  • Electrical appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers
  • Collectable items without a large monetary value
  • Books and documents
  • Clothes and materials
  • Promotional materials and displays
  • Patio and garden furniture
  • Large items such as canoes, bicycles or surfboards

It is always best to check with the storage company before putting anything you are unsure about in a unit. A good rule of thumb is that if it is in any way perishable, illegal, or potentially dangerous then it should not be placed in a storage unit.

Keep everything in your unit packed well to avoid any damage and make it easier to sort through when you need access later on. There are lots of tips online that help you organize packing your unit so it’s neat and tidy and the things you might want to access at certain times can be reached easily when needed.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Moving Your Bedroom Items

When moving house there is always a lot to do and the bedroom can often be one of the trickiest rooms to sort, clean, and pack. If you have a large family this means organizing multiple people, and multiple rooms full of clothing, personal belongings, toys and furniture.

You should always start off by packing those rooms that aren’t in regular use, such as the attic, the guest bedroom, the garden shed and garage, and even large closets. Then turn your attention to the main bedrooms. First sort through all the clothing and personal items in each bedroom, get the member of the family whose room it is to help too even if they are still young as this will make them feel easier about the upcoming move too, together you can decide what is to be taken to the new house.

Kids especially grow out of clothes and toys very quickly so it is very likely that you’ll soon have a growing mound of unwanted items to get rid of. This is good news for the new property as it won’t be as cluttered, but the bad news is that it will take up valuable time to organize, which is why it’s always best to make a detailed plan before moving with regards as to what needs accomplishing first and always give plenty of time to get things like this done as they will take a while.

Make different piles with items to be given away, items to be thrown away and those to be kept. Start sorting through the clothes that are to be kept and make sure they are packed in marked boxes so they can be placed in the right room in the new home. Try to keep clothing boxes sealed so they don't get dirty during the move. Also put shoes in separate containers - you don't want your clothing to smell of cheesy feet!

If you really want more space at the next house then try and encourage the kids to give some of their things away, clothes they have outgrown and toys they are too old for now. If they still really can’t bear to part with certain belongings then consider putting some things into a storage facility as they are very affordable and will keep things safe until it’s decided what’s to be done with them. You can rent a storage unit at a low storage price and clear space whilst keeping everyone happy at the same time.

Next clear out the linen and other bedding and pack it away in black bags or boxed. Personal items in the room can be sorted through and kept or discarded so in the end there is only the furniture left to deal with. Larger pieces of furniture can usually be dismantled, for example beds can be taken apart so it’s easier to move them and wardrobes too.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Moving Your Business

Business owners or entrepreneurs looking to relocate need to consider various aspects before making any final decisions if they are to move for the right reasons. One of the most important is how the new location will afford access to a suitable workforce, this means finding premises that are either close to public transport and easy and affordable to get to, or is close to a population centre, for example in a city centre.

If a business requires educated or specialised workers then the location has to be attractive enough to draw potential employees with the relevant experience, if there is nothing in the area to appeal then the business will have a hard time filling positions with quality staff. These are all factors likely to affect the final decision of where to relocate.

Most importantly, businesses should consider the costs of relocating as these can quickly add up. In the long term it could pay off to move to a less expensive area, on the outskirts of the city for example, as money can be saved on rent, however in the short term there could be high charges involved for the moving process. Other factors that can push up the costs of moving concern whether self storage space is required for extra pieces of office equipment or documents, and for how long, and the price of changing contact details on printed materials and websites.

A business also has to take into consideration the fact that new offices will need to have internet access, some refurbishment may be necessary, and the time it will take to move could also involve losing some business days, and thus income. Think about where suppliers are located and how this will affect them, as well as existing clients.

A business owner will have to decide what to do with unwanted stock and furniture from their current location, especially if downsizing. They can either choose to sell it to other businesses that are starting up and earn themselves some extra cash, or paying a little extra for short-to-medium or even long term storage. Deciding to keep hold of these extra items, with the expectation that the extra shop fittings and stock will be required at a later date, makes financial sense as they can then be brought out of storage when the business is ready to expand thus saving money on buying new things.

The location of a business is vital for its growth; identify the motivations behind the move and weigh up the pros and cons before making any ultimate decisions. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

What Can You Put into Storage?

It’s taken as the norm these days that most homes simply aren’t big enough to contain all the items a family owns, that’s why more and more are turning to storage units to take control of the chaos in their house.

Storage facilities offer flexible solutions for keeping household and business items safe when you do not need to use them on a daily basis. However, there are some restrictions common to most storage unit providers around the country. This is due to legal and safety considerations on the part of the storage company.

Common restrictions include: 
  • Combustible materials such as chemicals, gas and fuel
  • Live animals or plant materials
  • Firearms - although there are some conditions where these are allowed
  • Illegal goods, stolen goods or restricted substances.

Some goods may not be subject to restriction but could require specialised storage, such as wine which requires a controlled temperature.

Large items for weekend and holiday entertainment purposes are common things that end up in storage units as people simply don’t have the space for them. These include things like canoes and small rowing boats, windsurfing and parasailing gear, surfboards and other similar items that take up a lot of space but aren’t used on a regular basis.

There are some people that like to collect cars, or have a spare vehicle that is taking up space outside the home but rarely driven. Everyone has their reasons as to why they don’t want to sell these vehicles and so putting them into storage means they are safe and kept out of the rain and wet, this also applies to motorbikes, and boats that need to be sheltered.

Most things you keep in the house are allowed to be put into storage; this includes furniture and household items, kitchen utensils and carpets, shelving, wardrobes, beds and sofas. Self storage gives the perfect opportunity to declutter the premises, store belongings safely, or put away items that you want to keep but are simply in the way at home.
Facilities generally offer two types of storage services that can accommodate businesses and private clients. Business storage is ideal for archiving sensitive or confidential documents, client records and files, and is generally much safer than keeping them under lock and key in the company office. Excess stock, surplus materials and promotional equipment and literature are also often put into storage until they’re needed again so they don’t take up all the space at the business premises.

People like to put their personal possessions into self storage if they are sharing a house with other lodgers or the house is simply too small to hold all their belongings. It means they can go and look at them whenever they feel like it and don’t have to throw things away that could offer memories from their childhood or some other happy occasion.
Ask your storage provider if you have something that requires storage but are unsure if it is allowed. Most household items will be fine to keep in storage and you will only be limited to the size of the mobile storage module or facility.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

What Unusual Things Have Been Found in Storage Units?

Self storage facilities are used by residents and businesses for all kinds of reasons, from families simply looking for a storage space for a few months, to individuals who like to collect and never throw anything away. While storage units usually contain old documents and files, antique furniture and general household items, over the years some companies have found some truly bizarre items.

When someone stops paying the rent on their storage unit the company gives them a certain period of time to clear the debt, but if the payment still isn’t forthcoming the unit often ends up being sold off in a self storage auction sale. There are plenty of people out there who take a risk when buying a storage unit at auction; they either end up paying a thousand dollars or more for a unit that just contains a pile of junk or a hundred dollars and strike lucky. 

Here are just some of the surprises people have got when opening an abandoned storage unit:
  • The dearly departed - yes, it is more common than you might think for human remains (such as ashes) to be found in storage units. In one case in Florida in the United States a family stored their grandmother's body for almost 20 years after her death!
  • Weapons - guns are more common in US storage units, so that isn't entirely unusual. However, there have been cases of live hand grenades and other more serious munitions found in storage.
  • Long lost music - it seems a storage unit belonging to Michael Jackson's father Joe was the home of over two hundred songs by the pop artist that had never been released.
  • Treasure - in one case in San Jose, a man found over half a million dollars worth of bullion, gold and silver ingots, and rare coins, valued at thousands of dollars, after he invested just over $1,000 to buy the contents of the unit without knowing what was inside.
  • Space materials – a storage unit in the neighbourhood of Cape Canaveral in Florida revealed its contents as a rocket from the NASA base and a countdown clock.
  • Body parts – a medical examiner kept his unit stocked with brains, lungs and body tissue and other body parts that when discovered came to the grand total of 100 different people! Seems he liked to carry out private autopsies and then store the parts in plastic Tupperware.

As you can see storage units are used for all kinds of things, they’ve been known to be the venue for parties and get-together's for guys, some people have based their offices in them, and there was a case where a woman lived in one with her young child for 5 years! This shows you just how flexible and adaptable they can be and how imaginative people can be when hiring one.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Moving Your Mattress Safely

Whilst moving your bed to a self storage facility is more than likely quite easy as it’s able to be separated into easy-to-manage pieces on moving day, you will have no such luck with your mattress. Mattresses are bulky and unwieldy, making them particularly difficult to maneuver and move from place to place if you don't have a large van or truck to accommodate them. This can mean that the only option available is to throw them up onto the roof rack of the car and, while it may not look pretty on the move, it is possible with most standard sized vehicles, as long as you don’t have  a small mini car or something similar in size you should be ok!

Start off by preparing for the move to the storage facility by getting hold of the right materials for the job, this includes a good length of rope or ratchet tie downs, tape, and a big piece of plastic or a waterproof bag large enough to fit your mattress. You could try asking around some of the local warehouses in the area to see if they have any spare heavy duty plastic lying around they might give you for free or for next to nothing. Get help too when moving the mattress especially if it’s a king size – it’s definitely not a 1 man job!

It’s best to wrap the mattress in plastic so that if it rains it will remain dry and clean. Even if the weather is fine, you still don't want to expose your mattress to dirt and exhaust fumes on the road. Leaving a mattress uncovered can attract dirt and gives the possibility of being torn during the moving process, and as they don’t come cheap you don’t want the extra expense of having to replace one.

Once it is wrapped up securely get some help from a friend to lift it up onto the roof rack, if you don’t have a rack and don’t want to buy one just for the sake of one trip then you can actually just strap it onto the roof of the car instead. An important point to mention again is that you need to really secure the plastic tightly with strong packing tape, normal sellotape just isn’t up to the job and if a corner gets loose then it’s very likely to tear and your mattress will be open to the elements and for all to see!

Throw the rope over the top of the mattress and then either under the roof rack, or if you don't have a roof rack, through the car windows. Make sure that you secure the rope going in both directions of your mattress, lengthwise and width ways, as this will prevent it from moving around, and then tie the end of the rope very firmly making sure it’s taut so it can’t come loose.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Prepping Your Belongings for Storage

When you are moving your belongings into storage near Sydney, whether it’s to keep them safely out of the way until your new home is ready or whilst some major renovations are underway, then it’s easiest to treat the process the same way that you would deal with moving house. Make a start by listing all of the items you are intending to move, begin with the smaller items that can be packed into boxes and work your way up to the larger ones that include furniture or appliances if applicable.

Start with the things that aren’t needed on a daily basis and make sure they are packed neatly into the boxes as tight as possible to avoid them moving around and possible damage. Put the heavier stuff in the bottom of the box and lighter stuff on top to avoid them getting squashed. Try to use boxes that are all the same size as this will make loading the portable storage unit so much easier than trying to fit irregular shaped boxes together.

Label each box with which room it belongs in and even a short list of the items inside if you feel that is necessary. Try to avoid the 'miscellaneous' tag as this is sure to confuse you later on. Make sure any linen and clothing is sealed inside the box to avoid them becoming damp or mouldy, or from taking on the smell of the storage unit. You can also buy special wardrobe closets that make packing clothes so much simpler; you just transfer your clothes, still on their hangers, to the wardrobe boxes and seal them up.

Larger items need to be stacked at the bottom of the unit, preferably on pallets to avoid contact with the floor as this can also cause mould due to no air flow. Do not pack any large or heavy objects up high as they could fall over at some point during the storage and cause injury or may damage lighter and smaller items stacked underneath.

Make sure you do not store any perishable items as these can attract rodents and other unwelcome creatures that you really don’t want sniffing around your possessions. Also it’s a good idea to take a storage insurance when putting belongings that are highly valuable, such as jewellery, into self storage as, although they are very safe, it would be devastating if for some reason they did get lost. While as long you have a good insurance, at least the value is covered.

Anything fragile that can get broken easily, such as mirrors and china ornaments should be carefully wrapped in lots of newspaper or bubble wrap before being stored. There is nothing worse than paying for all that storage time only to find lots of broken items when it comes to unpacking, simply because you didn’t take the care and time to pack everything properly in the first place.

Be aware that storage facilities have certain rules and regulations in place as to what items can’t be stored. For instance you won’t be allowed to store chemicals or flammable items in your portable storage units as they could cause a fire, and it goes without saying that anything illegal won’t be allowed either.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Protecting Fragile Household Items During a Move

Moving belongings to a new house can be a mammoth task and can be quite stressful for the home-owner, and there is enough going on when moving without the added factor of worrying about things getting broken.
While some household items can be packed without much chance of damage, others need to be packed very carefully if they are to arrive in the same state as they left.

Anything fragile, such as glassware and china, are the most likely items to be damaged in a move. Provide fragile items with plenty of protection by wrapping each piece separately and placing them carefully in a hard box, this can be cardboard as long as it’s tough and good quality, or invest in durable plastic boxes with handles, making sure there is no room for the items to move around. Stuff the empty space around the items with extra padding, newspaper or old magazines are fine and do the job just as well, but if you have bubble wrap then even better.

Padding in-between each item will stop them from banging against each other which could lead to breakages or cracks, plates for example should be packed separately and placed on top of each other at the bottom of the box as they are flat and heavy.

Art pieces can be easily damaged in a move because they are often delicate, large, or irregularly shaped.

These kinds of valuable things should always be kept separate from regular household items; you might even want to take them to the new house yourself by car. For smaller items wrap them well in bubble wrap or similar padding and pack them in sturdy boxes, if they are quite large then a moving blanket might make more sense as it acts as a very effective padding material. Consider hiring an art transport company to do the job if you are really anxious, or at the very least insure expensive artwork before the move.

Always check boxes containing fragile items are labelled accordingly, so that others helping with the move treat them with the care they need. You could even colour code the boxes, a bright colour for the fragile items would make these boxes stand out and remind the movers that there are breakables inside.

Large or oddly shaped furniture can be awkward to move. Ask others to help lift heavy objects to avoid damage to the furniture or physical injury to yourself. If you really do have a lot of things and are daunted by the thought of moving then why not hire the services of a professional moving company and make life easier?

Another good method of saving yourself some trouble is to make the move in little steps, start by moving the larger items to the new property and put other things into self-storage for safekeeping until you’re ready to collect it. This can make a move much more manageable as there is less to deal with on moving day, and as most good storage services will come and pick your things up you don’t even have to worry about getting to the facility for storage in Sydney!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Putting Leather Into Storage

While most of the furniture items that you place into a storage unit will be fine without too much preparation, leather items need a little more care and attention. Leather jackets and boots, and sofas and chairs, can cost a lot of money to buy so it pays to ensure you take the best possible care of them if you don’t want them ruined or being damaged. Made to last a lifetime, leather is worth the extra care and attention needed to preserve its beauty, and the older and more worn it is the better it looks.

  • Start by cleaning your leather items with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Use a good leather moisturiser so that your leather item can avoid becoming cracked or dry during storage, especially if you have not done this in a while.
  • Wrap your items up even if they are small, because if they have too much exposure they can become dry or dirty.
  • Make sure your leather items can still 'breathe' - avoid any airtight containers or wrapping them too tightly.
  • Hang clothes and jackets as this will stop crease lines from folding, and use strong plastic or wooden hangars, then cover with a cloth garment bag
  • Leather boots or shoes are fine in cardboard boxes or cloth bags as they are still protected but have air to breathe too.

It is best to get your large leather furniture cleaned by a professional before storage as this will ensure it is in tip top condition when it goes into the unit, and should remain this way until it comes out again. It should also be completely dry as any moisture could lead to damp.

When you place leather furniture or small leather items in storage first lay out a large sheet of plastic on the floor as this prevents moisture from forming which leads to mould and can be very harmful for all your possessions. Then make sure the items are not sitting directly on the ground to prevent damp or mildew; wooden pallets are fine for this purpose and easy to get hold of.

While nearly all storage units are dark (and suitable for leather), make sure there is no direct sunlight or too much heat on your leather items. Differences in temperature can cause cracks in leather so you need to store your things in a unit that is kept indoors where the temperature is controlled within the facility. Then drape or cover your leather sofa or chair with fabric to stop dust from settling. Don’t then put all your heavy boxes on top of the sofa or chair as this will press down on the fabric and cause indentations which will ultimately mark it.

If you have any doubts about how to store items properly you can always ask the storage facility as they have experience in everything to do with storing household items, furniture, books, clothes and more. They should give you good advice on how to prevent mould and damp and tips on how to pack your possessions properly.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Reducing the Size of your Move

The cost of transporting your belongings interstate or overseas to a new location can actually cost quite a lot of money. Once you arrive at the new house you might also be waiting for some time until the household goods arrive, especially if they are coming overseas by ship, which can takes months sometimes. Due to this, it is often better to settle in to your new surroundings just with the bare essentials and put other household items into self storage for the present.

If you are going to store your furniture for a period of time, you should think about taking advantage of the services provided by the many furniture rental companies that now exist. Rental furniture is useful for medium term moves, such as a short contract overseas, or if you are trying to sell a property and want to ‘dress it’ so it looks good when potential buyers come to have a look.

Homeowners going abroad for work can store their own belongings in a self storage facility in their own town, hire furniture overseas, and then take their old furniture out of storage once they return home. This is often much cheaper than shipping furniture over large distances and avoids any risk in the process.

Furniture rental services provide practically everything needed for a comfortable lifestyle, from sofas and armchairs to home entertainment systems, rugs, and even kitchen equipment. Quality will be high and they’ll have various styles to choose from to suit your taste, after all if you are living somewhere for up to a year it would be a much nicer experience to have an attractive sofa to sit on!

Meanwhile the storage facility at home will be taking good care of your personal possessions and furniture so you needn’t worry about them. Get some quotes from a number of storage facilities as prices can vary quite a lot, and check out what services they actually provide too, in terms of the sizes of the units available and if they have a promotion available for instance. You can save a lot of money just by taking the time to research and compare different facilities.

Storage facilities in Sydney are also very useful for those who have the itch to travel to foreign destinations in the later years of their life, perhaps when the kids have gone to college or they have retired. Generally older people already have a house full of possessions and furniture and don’t want to have to sell everything they’ve collected over the years, as they will be away just for a year or two the easy option is to put it into storage where it’s safe and looked after by professionals.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Removing Anxiety from Your Office Move

Going through an office relocation can be a stressful experience, so you will want to prepare as much as possible in order to make the move run smoothly. Creating a clear plan as to how the moving day, or few days, will work on a practical level, and researching as much as possible about what needs attending to before the move is the best way to decrease stress and save valuable working hours.

You should try:
  • Researching and inquiring about storage and removal companies if your budget will allow it. This will make your life a lot easier as they will take care of all the details and organization involved.
  • Make a list of office equipment that will be required at the new premises and start sorting through what doesn't need to go with you and whether it is to be sold, given away or thrown out.
  • Put some items (especially furniture) in short term self storage if you have to leave the old premises before the new ones are ready.
  • Give yourself and staff members plenty of time to prepare and carry out the move. If you rush then it can be harder to make a smooth transition to a new office.
  • Make sure all the equipment and furniture will fit in your new office by making a floor plan and measuring all of your current and any new furniture you intend to buy.
  • Ensure all the technical aspects are organized beforehand so they can be up and running from day 1. This includes printers and photocopiers as well as internet connection and telephone lines.
  • Moving is similar to a new start, it means improvements can be made and upgrades instigated. Use this opportunity to get a better and faster internet provider if need be, or the latest PC models for the office.
  • If you really don’t want any time wasted during the working week then consider moving over a weekend when most offices are closed and official business often gets put on hold.
Delegate a section of the office to each member of staff including responsibility for their own working space and desk. With the whole office delegated to someone the work load is shared and it should be much easier to pack up and move. If this doesn’t appeal to you then put together a moving committee, hand over their normal daily tasks to someone else, and give them responsibility for the move. They would have to be good organisers and very efficient individuals - have a preliminary meeting beforehand to run through the issues that need to be addressed and then a few progress reports before the moving day to check everyone is on track.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Moving Your Bedroom Items

When you are thinking of moving houses, you try to plan your way through from the time you knew about it and when you have secured the new place to move to. Then you try plan accordingly by tackling the bigger items first – you find some self storage facility near your new place to store your items, you book this new place giving an estimate of when you start and for how you would require the self storage facility. After which, you now stand in front of your major rooms to be cleaned, sorted and the items to be packed away. You seem not to be able to put a finger to which one you would like to start with, but decided you have really have to do it. The first stop is your ‘bedroom’.

The bedroom, apart from your kitchen, can be one of the trickiest rooms in your home to sort through, clean up and pack when you are moving house. You see in every corner of the room items that you have grown familiar with and not have the heart to throw these away, memorabilia that you are hoping to pass on to your children or the younger generation in your family, and some items that you just forgot to sort and clear out, but then you foresee that you have some use for these. But this is just a single room. What if you are part of a family with at least 4 members?

If you are in a family this means multiple rooms with clothing, personal belongings, toys and furniture. And you just can’t seem to know where to start. Take a deep breath and just close your eyes to calm yourself. Once you have done so, pick a box and label it ‘used in the past 6 months’, ‘not used at all’, and ‘will foresee using in the next month’. You sort your things in the way whether you have used these or not in the past 6 months. Chances are, those that you have used in the past 6 months, you will still use it but those that you have not touched in the past 6 months, you won’t even bother picking these up in the next month. Now, the tricky part is ‘foresee to use in the next month’. This will involve a bit of thinking and foresight, but once you got the hang of it (and still have lesser items in this box), then you are on the right track of clearing up your bedroom with unnecessary items. By clearing up, you will be able to save a lot of space in the self storage facility or in the usage of mobile storage later on.

In a gist, it is always an important step to first sort through clothing and personal items in each bedroom and decide what you can take with you, what can be given or thrown away and what can be placed in storage.

Once you are done with the items not stored in the clothing cabinets, then you can start sorting through the clothes in the same manner. You just have to make sure these are place and packed in marked boxes so they can be placed in the right room in your new home. Mark the boxes and number them accordingly, while you note these down on a notebook. This is just to keep track of the number of moving boxes you have when you move form the house to the storage facility near Sydney and to the new home.

It is also important to keep clothing boxes nice and sealed so they don't get dirty during the move. Ask the movers to keep them away from heaving boxes so that these won’t get crumpled during the move and while in self storage. Also put shoes in separate containers - you don't want your clothing to smell like feet!

Next clear out the linen and other bedding and pack any personal items in the room away so you are only left with the furniture. Make sure that the boxes containing the linen, which are going to get heavy, will not be placed on top of fragile items. You need to note or color code the boxes if these contain fragile items or not. It will help the movers and make it easier for them to organize among themselves, as well. Once done, your pieces of furniture can be wrapped properly by bubble wrap. Then, you can dismantle your bed so it is easier to move and start taking out any other pieces of furniture which should now be empty. Ensure that you label the bed parts and keep them together in one place. You do not want to arrive at the new home and not able to find the bed parts easily. It is hard to sleep on the floor for one night!

Moving the contents of the bedroom can be tricky, similar to the kitchen. But once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze and you can repeat the same steps easily in any part of the room. It will just be easy as 1-2-3!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Keeping Excess Inventory in your Business

Planning your inventory sometimes can be very tricky. As an entrepreneur, you base your inventory levels on past sales, inventory movements and projected demand. However, there are so many factors that also affect what is at present – changing tastes, the environment of the business, and other factors that most of the time are out of your control. No matter how you plan it well, it is either you end up with less supply of your products or just too much of these on hand. Having fewer items on hand tends to make your customers unhappy and very impatient, and you are in the danger of losing them. Most of the time, you are inclined to over-order or over stock and you end up with a lot of excesses. But having excess inventory could be answered right away, especially if the kind of products you carry does not have any expiration or non-perishable. All you have to do is to find a temporary self storage in Sydney near your business and you could store these until demand picks up. This is good for seasonal non-perishable items, which you could keep for a period of time.

While many businesses try to clear out excess inventory through sales and other promotions, some items can be kept until the market picks up. This is indeed true if the items you carry are non-perishable like clothing, accessories, or even pieces of furniture. We see a lot of similar businesses that have clearance sales in order to clear out the excesses. If you are in the same business, the first thing that you would usually think is to look at the storage space you have in your warehouse. But while storage space in your shop or warehouse may be incredibly tight, you can immediately consider extending it for a short period of time by simply engaging a self storage facility near you. It is not that expensive to simply hire more storage as a short-term or medium-term solution, given that the self storage facility is near you, affordable and secured. If you are able to strike a deal with the self storage owner that you would need his business’ services every other time so that it can lower the costs considerably, then it is even better. Apart from that, you can pre-pay some months to make the overall cost even lower. Contrary to popular belief, hiring a self storage facility can be advantageous and inexpensive.

Extending your warehouse space thru hiring a self storage facility is great for seasonal products, including clothes that may be out of fashion for three or four months but can be sold again after. It is better to keep the stock safely stored and be brought back into your store at the right time or season. This is not only true to clothing but also to other non-perishable products that have style that are classic and cannot go out of season for a long time. In other words, higher probability of coming back to the sales rack in no time!

With the changing demands of customers and more and more newer and better business sprouting everywhere to meet these demands, it is always better to be at a competitive edge. Customers nowadays have a wide array of choices of products in front of them and if they are unsatisfied with one, they can easily switch. Given this, it is not wise to keep the customer waiting and that it is better to have too much stock than to have too little. Out of stock items can frustrate customers and you may jeopardise the chances that they will shop with you again. Having extra storage space also allows you to snap up bulk discounts without the fear of having nowhere to put everything. Thus, it is best to manage your stocks well and if there is a high likely chance that you will end up having excess inventory, it is just good to have a back up plan of putting it at a nearby self storage facility. It may cost a little bit more, but in the long run, you keep your customers happy and satisfied.

Monday, 29 April 2013

How to manage sellable antiques, comics, figurines and other collectables

Many people have a good collection of sellable items in their garage that they are trying to hold on to sell when the time is right. Eventually, these items will lose their value due to bad maintenance or improper storage. Here are a few tips to help preserve the quality of your valuable collections.
You are planning to sell the set of “Spiderman” comics you collected since you were a teenager, each one still in their cellophane protector, one day. However, the collection has started to pile up in your room, in the garage and in the cupboard and before you know it, some of the books start showing signs of deterioration due to the environmental elements. That loses the comics a whole lot of value which in turn means less money for your collection. Bummer.
Fortunately, this can be easily prevented with a bit of discipline and smart thinking. Here’s how.
1. Get plastic boxes
This is one of the most useful tips things you can get for any collectable. Because plastic boxes are sturdy and durable, and they don’t disintegrate fast, they maintain a relative stable environment inside them. To prevent further moisture damage, a bag of silica gel easily bought from a camera shop in the bag will dry out the interior effectively.
2. Organise
Label, label, label – this cannot be emphasized enough. If you are serious about collecting, labelling will help you in the long haul. It helps you see, at a glance, what is in the boxes, thus eliminating the need to open to check each box few years down the road. An example of labelling would be, “Box A – Toys of 1940 - 1950” followed by a list of the items in the box, such as, “Clapping Monkey” or Blue Toy Car”.
3. Maintain
Every few months, clean up the area the boxes are stored in. Watch out for cockroaches’ eggs, spider webs or the droppings of rats and lizards. Any pests that can sneak into the boxes can be your worst nightmare. A vacuuming and a proper wipe down will turn pests off the area. If pests are a major problem, look into pest control.
4. A self storage facility
If you are planning to move to a smaller apartment or just need that extra space, a Sydney self storage facility might be the best option for your collection. Check if the facility has long term storage discounts and other perks which can save you a whole lot of money. Check also for security features. Many of them have pretty good service.
5. Have a selling plan
Many people overlook this when storing their collectables but a plan to sell should be part of your storage plans. Look at the value of your items on online auction sites or pawn shops and sell those you deem has reached their full value. Get a trusted expert if you are really unsure. That can save you a whole lot of worry and time. A good selling plan means you free up more space for more items for your collection, thus keeping the cash flowing.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Tips on Storing Your Leather Objects Without Damaging Them

While leather products are desired by many people, they often require regular maintenance and proper storage to preserve its best quality. However, storing leather items does not have to be a complicated affair. With a few simple steps, you can keep them away for a long time without having to worry about any wear and damages.
Leather products, if well preserved, last you a lifetime. However, regular maintenance, such as proper cleaning, conditioning and protection is necessary to keep them in the best condition. When it comes to storing leather items, whether at home or in some self storage facilities, there are steps which you can follow to keep them well protected, without causing damage to them by mildew or other conditions.
Applying Leather Moisturizer
Before you move them into a self storage unit, you need to condition the leather by applying a generous amount of leather moisturizer. The substances in these moisturizers, such as oil, lanolin and beeswax, ensure that their skin is kept hydrated and supple, hence preventing it from cracking or mildews from forming. If possible, you should also moisturize it periodically for as long as it is kept in storage.
Wrapping The Leather Objects
Whatever leather objects you are storing, be it leather bags, shoes or jackets, you need to wrap them up before placing them in a box. You may use materials such as dust covers, rags, plain papers or tissues to do so, but do avoid acid paper as the acid will attack the leather and cause irreversible damages to the products. When storing bags or shoes, you may wish to fill the bags and shoes up to their maximum capacity with papers or tissues. This is to prevent creases from developing over time, allowing the products to retain their shape while they are kept away. For leather jackets, shirts and other clothing items, hang these items up; do not fold. Creases will form if you fold them, causing the leather to crack.Storing The Leather Objects
Leather should always be stored in a well ventilated and breathable container and never in plastic or any air tight box as it accumulates moisture and encourages the growth of mildew and bacteria. If you are planning to store your leather items in a self storage facility, make sure you choose one that has storage units that are “breathable”. Some better storage companies in Sydney build containers with materials such as heavy industrial plywood that allows maximum air circulation, hence preventing moisture from building up, and keeping your items dry and fresh. To be absolutely safe, throw in a dehumidifier in the storage unit to absorb any excessive moisture that is still hanging around.
Another big enemy of leather, besides mildew, is sunlight. Direct sunlight dries up the fibres inside the leather and causes cracks and discoloration. So before committing to any warehousing facility, make sure that it is dark and cool, and well away from direct sunlight or any pest infestation.
With a few simple steps, you should be able to preserve and store your leather items properly for a long time without having to worry about wear and damage.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Advantages of Expanding Your Business Through Franchising

In recent years, the growth rate of franchising has been exponential. The proven success of franchising has prompted many businesses to regard it as a quick strategy to expanding their business. This article weighs the pros of using it to your business advantage and explains why it is so appealing to many companies.

The success of franchising is well recognized in businesses such as fast food, casual restaurants and educational enterprises. However, in recent years, more and more businesses from other industries are also jumping on the bandwagon. From Sydney self storage to signage businesses, many are discovering the advantages of growing their business through this method of expansion.

So why is franchising so appealing? To the franchisor (the owner of the principal business), it offers many benefits that cannot be easily overlooked. Here are just a few of the many advantages.
1. Boosting market share and developing a strong brand equity
Franchising is probably one of the quickest ways to enlarge market share and build a strong brand equity. Consider the amount of investment a business requires if it wanted to increase market share through opening of more outlets. Needless to say, it would be quite substantial. However, by franchising your business to other business owners, not only are you able to open up new markets quickly, you can do so without having to invest money in the outlets yourself.
2. Reaching your targeted consumers
You can also reach your target market more effectively through cooperative advertising and promotion. While your marketing department can come up with fabulous national campaign to build your brand nationwide, there is only so much you can do for local advertising and promotion. With franchising, your franchisees would be willing to chip in and do their part in order to improve their business locally too.
3. Economies of scale through bulk purchasing
Rapid expansion through franchising also means that you are able to reach operating efficiencies and economies of scale quickly. With that, you can engage in more meaningful negotiations with your major suppliers for better deals. This benefits everyone, including your franchisees, allowing them to build their business on more cost effective grounds.
4. Recruitment of motivated owners and operators
One of the most difficult tasks in business operation, particularly in retail, is getting motivated and efficient staff to run the business. Unlike employees, franchisees are highly motivated in making the business a success since they are driven by their own profit margins. By replacing internal personnel with these motivated owners and operators, the probability of success is generally higher.
5. Transfer of risk
Risk exists in every business or investment. With franchising, however, some of the risk is transferred to the franchisee, who themselves would invest their own money into the business. For example, if you franchise a self storage business, your franchisees would rent their own warehouse, purchase their own warehousing and security equipment, and hire their own staff. Instead of incurring these expenditures, they are now transferred to your partners. Of course, you have to share the profit too, but that’s what it is all about.
Considering the many benefits of franchising, it is no wonder why so many companies are employing it as their business expansion strategy. Have you weighed the costs and benefits of your business too?

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

How to Make Your Small Apartment Look More Spacious

With apartments in cities rapidly shrinking in size, space-starved urban-dwellers are finding it challenging to decorate their small home. However, the task may not be as daunting as it looks. With a few innovative ideas and clever usage of furniture, colours and lighting, you can transform a tiny home into a well-organized living space.
With escalating property prices, making do with small apartments are fast becoming a reality in many cities. Even though apartments are shrinking in size, it does not necessarily mean that your personal living space needs to be compromised. With a few clever use of tricks and innovative ideas, tiny homes can be transformed into super efficient spaces without sacrificing your personal style and taste.
The key to decorating small apartments is to create a design that is functional as well as aesthetically appealing. Sounds difficult? Well, not really, if you have a few tricks up your sleeves. To maximize the space of a spatially-challenged room, you can play with scale and proportion, install lighting that enhances openness, and have customized cabinets so that you can have plenty of room for storage.
Here are a few tips on what you can do:
1. Use of mirrors to reflect light - Light amplify spatial sense. By placing a large mirror or numerous small mirrors strategically, it can make a real difference to the room. If you prefer a modern look, furniture with metal or glass works too.
2. Let the light in – Blinds and curtains create a sense of darkness and crowdedness, making a small room looks even smaller. Get rid of heavy draperies and go for lighter or sheer curtains that let light through. If possible, try to keep the blinds or curtains open as much as possible
3. Use light colours on your wall – I think most people are familiar with this one, but I include it in here because it is absolutely true. Have you seen small rooms that are painted in dark gray or maroon? Well, don’t do that if you are already struggling with space. You don’t have to use white exclusively too because other light colours can also do wonders.
4. Build customised cabinets – having plenty of storage space is very important for small apartment. The last thing you want to do is to clutter your space with personal stuff with no where to hide. If you can’t find cabinets or shelves that fit perfectly in your apartment, it might be a good idea to custom-built some. It may sound like a lot of work, but if you can get hold of a good contractor, he would know exactly what to do to make the cabinets look inconspicuous and even complement the apartment’s overall interior d├ęcor. You can also buy baskets or containers, such as those provided in self storage facilities to store any remaining clutter. Other ideas include getting furniture that has storage space within them, such as an Ottoman and bed frames that have drawers underneath.
If you still have problems fitting everything you owned in, try cheap self storage near Sydney. Store whatever furniture or possession you do not need away temporarily until, well, you can afford a bigger apartment, perhaps?

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Things That You Should Not Overlook When Moving

There are little details that you often overlook when you move, but should also merit some attention, even if these are found at the bottom of your checklist. It is still good to get these done before you physically move, as these would sometimes cause more inconvenience if not done by then.

When we decide to move, we would normally settle the bigger items on our checklist – things we want to store and items that we want to do away (or donate), identifying and selecting storage solutions, selecting house removal services and the like. But there are a few minute details that we oftentimes overlook, and means a great deal. Some of these things are below, and hopefully will be part of your checklist, and leave this on the last minute. Some take time, while some can be cumbersome to coordinate and settle.

Moving to a new place involves a lot of tasks and items to do. You do a checklist of what needs to be done from selecting storage solutions to understanding whether there are additional benefits like packaging services, but even though you are very careful not to miss out anything, we tend to over look some minor details. These are little details that should also merit some attention, even if they are at the bottom of your list. Otherwise, no matter how minor these are, these details can be a great source of inconvenience for you. At some point, these are details that you should be looking at and get these done.

When you have decided to move, you immediately make a checklist of what you need to do months ahead. Once you have pinned down the date of your move, you back track and identify which items that need more time to accomplish, and items that could be done right before you move or after you have left your old area. You usually make a general list of the ‘bigger’ tasks that you need to settle like the area you would like to move in; selecting a reliable property agent that you would like to work with when looking for the place; identifying a storage solutions service based on friends’ recommendations and your own research, providing you with premium and additional benefits like packaging services, packing materials, and the like; and looking for someone to rent your old place or even looking at selling it, which, again, requires a dependable real estate broker. However, there are a few details that you overlook which could cause some form of inconvenience to you – one way or another. These are items that sometimes could be done less than a week before moving, but chances are, could be overlooked. These details are your bills, important correspondences that you do not want to miss out, and even your friends from overseas who would occasionally send out greeting cards to you.

Hence, these are a few of the items that you could start with:

  • Utility bills: when you have identified your moving date, contact your utility service provider on the minimum period of termination and if you have any pending contract with them like your telephone line, cable TV or internet; and how many days in advance do they need for you to call in and terminate and if they allow you to tell to them way in advance and they could set it in the system. If your existing utility service, say a cable TV, has remaining number of months to complete the contract, and pre-terminating it would mean a considerable amount of penalty, try to find someone who needs the service and do a transfer of ownership. This way, you could save yourself from paying the early termination fee. If there is no contract involved, ask your service provider if you need to call again to terminate and how many days prior, so that you will have electricity until the day you move out. Tell them, too, your new forwarding address for the last bill, or if you could just check it online and pay online at the same time.

  • Important correspondences from government regulatory boards: You need to ensure that you update your new contact details of your government social security, health insurance, taxes and the like. It is not only about receiving information, but also avoiding the risk of unauthorized individuals gaining access to sensitive personal information.

  • Membership correspondences: Would you like to be updated with new benefits for new members of your favorite shop? How about sales flyers? These may be nuisance for some, but if you are that type who would like to receive letters about the latest updates of your favorite shops from warehouse sales, to just members’ benefits, it would be great to update them, too.

  • Friends’ greeting cards: In this digital age, it is heartwarming to receive snail mail from friends all over. You know they took the effort to make that trip to the greeting card store, get a pen and actually write with their own hands. There, do not miss them out, too, in your updates. You could announce it in your social media site, or just send them a personal message as a group. But also, be selective, if you are keen to keep it amongst your closest friends.

Include the above items in your checklist. Do not be preoccupied with just sorting your items, skimming over the best solutions storage for your needs, and selecting a self storage facility in Sydney in the end, and arranging these for packaging services and the like. The above list is as important as your bigger and more tangible tasks; yet, these items should not go unnoticed, too. Start with the above, and you could add more as you move along. It is better to start somewhere with these, rather than risk forgetting altogether.