How To Prepare Your Belongings For Temporary Storage

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An inevitable part of adult life is being in transition at least once at some point of it. It starts with moving away from our parents’ home, and many people experience transition periods numerous times later on – whether it’s accepting a temporary job in another city or country, moving to a new neighbourhood, or even just taking an extended holiday. There’s also another kind of transition – one where you stay in the same place, but your life and habits change completely, like having a baby or starting a business from your home, where all of a sudden you need to make more room.  All these changes result in temporarily storing your things away, and since that may seem like a dreary task, we’re here to break things down for you so you can get organized easily.

1.     Make a List

 

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Of course,  all big, messy ventures are taken on by first making a list. For the ultra-organized type of people, making lists is always the first step, because it takes the chaos away from any process, and sometimes they even turn to Excel spreadsheets for pure enjoyment. If you’re not the super-organized type, you will nevertheless feel the bliss of writing down a simple list of things you need to store away – and then checking each item off one by one as you get them packed. Feels good, right?

2.     Get Packaging Materials

Go down that neat list of everything you need to pack and write down which kind of materials you will need for packing – cardboard boxes and their approximate size, butchers paper and bubble wrap for fragile items, etc. It doesn’t have to be very precise, but jotting down some notes on the amount and kind of packaging you need will make it much easier for you.

 

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For storing items like books, clothing, and documents, it’s best to use plastic storage tubs, because, unlike cardboard, they will protect these items from moisture and mold. You can buy these materials from any self-storage business or ask some local businesses to give you the boxes they intended to recycle. Don’t forget to also buy tape, markers and labels.

3.     Get Packing!

Pack your stuff carefully so that it will not get damaged during transport or storage. Encase the fragile items in many layers of bubblewrap and butchers paper, and make sure to put in some „stuffing“ also, such as newspapers or packing peanuts. Remember that there will be a lot of extra weight once everything is stacked together. Or maybe, to stay on the safe side, you can even get help with that from the storage facility you choose. Here in Wollongong, we have the Wollongong branch of storage services that offer protective padding for free to secure items in place and ensure protection during transportation,  and there are similar options in bigger cities all over the world. Place heavier items in smaller boxes to avoid overloading and potential injury for whoever will be carrying them.

4.     Labeling

Label each box with the exact items that are in it to save yourself a lot of frustration for the time when you’re going to be unpacking again. Since these boxes are going to be placed all together somewhere, a good tip is to use colour-coded labels referencing rooms or types of items that are inside – for example, green labels for dinnerware, red ones for kitchen appliances, etc. Keeping a precise written log of all the labels is a good idea to ensure you know later what you have stored away and where exactly to find it.

5.     Choose a Storage Facility

Thankfully, most storage units are now secure, weatherproof and even monitored, so choose the right one and you won’t have to worry about damage or theft. Look for storage companies that offer advice and assistance with loading, because it doesn’t make a difference in pricing and it will be a huge help to you. Since you are essentially entrusting your possessions to somebody, be careful and make sure you are dealing with absolute professionals – see if they have a website and what it’s like, evaluate their communication with clients, and even go there to see the facility in person before you make your choice.

 

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Once everything is ready and set, get to loading, preferably with the help of professionals. With everything stacked nicely at the storage facility, take notes on where the different types of labels are. Finally, rest easy, knowing that you have accomplished quite a task. Someday further on, you will reunite with your things and give yourself a pat on the back when you realize you can find them all quite easily (yay for that written log).

Messy Home: How to Keep Your Things Organized

Where did I put that appointment card? Have you seen my favorite blue shirt? How on earth did the keys end up in the fridge? If you frequently find yourself asking these (or similar) questions, or you simply want to declutter your life, then this article is for you. It contains simple steps on how to organize a room with too much stuff as well as some useful organization tips for your home, to help you get organized and stay organized!

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PART ONE: Getting Organized

No, organizing is not shunting piles from one room to another, and neither is it shoving shoes under the bed. The easiest, quickest and most painless way of organizing your home is to tackle one room at a time. Each room can be divided into smaller, manageable sections, such as the floor, closet, pantry, draws, and tables – then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back as you achieve each of your goals.

Get rid of everything you no longer need – As you progress from room to room, first make piles of anything that you no longer need, including paperwork, clothes, utensils, and ornaments. These items can be donated, passed on, recycled or thrown out. The creative soul may wish to repurpose or upcycle – extra mugs, pots and empty shoeboxes are ideal for creating a new and improved storage system.

Add extra storage – Corners, high places, and other hard-to-reach places are often wasted space that can be exploited for storage with the simple addition of bookshelves or cupboards. This is a great chance be creative with many ingenious storage solutions available, such as rotating cupboards in corners, nooks under stairs and floor-to-ceiling shelving. Raising the bed onto a plinth with roll-out drawers or adding a loft may also be viable options. If you still feel that your home is bursting at the seams, consider building a garden shed or renting a storage container off-site.

Give every item a home – This important step allows you to tidy quickly and efficiently later on, setting you up for success in PART TWO: Staying organized.

Use labels – If you think you might forget where things live (or know that other people will), labeling draws, boxes and those repurposed mugs is a quick, simple and stylish solution – and is one of the best ways to organize a cluttered bedroom.

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PART TWO: Staying Organized

Identify problem areas and times – Mess is commonly encountered at the dining room table after breakfast, on the living room floor at Christmas and in the closet all year round. Once identified, you can then create a system and routine that works for you.

Create systems – For doing laundry, dishes, rubbish, recycling and any problem areas identified. For example, you could consider using a drying rack, multiple washing baskets or a composting system.

Form habits and routines – As with any skill, keeping your room clean and organized all the time needs to be practiced regularly (yes, it can be classified as a skill). Soon, your systems will become productive habits that will save you time, energy and stress in the long run. This may be always making the bed in the morning, sorting the mail as soon as you come home or clearing the dining room table immediately after dinner before sitting down with a hot cup of cocoa as a reward.

Make a list for errands, shopping, and chores – A chalkboard, whiteboard or tear-off notepad can be a stylish addition to your kitchen décor and ensures you will never again have that awful sinking-stomach feeling when you discover you forgot to buy more cereal. It also allows clear communication between roommates/family members, so you are informed when they do use up the last of the cereal.

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Create lists of daily and weekly chores – This could include washing dishes, vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom/toilet.

Draw up a job roster – If there are multiple people in the house sharing the workload, try drawing up a “chores wheel” consisting of your daily and weekly chores. This way, everyone knows exactly what is expected – and has a deadline. The same method can be applied to just you if you need some extra motivation.

Stock up on cleaning products – So there are no excuses for a missed rotation on the job roster!

Schedule in down time – You have deserved it! Whether you love reading a book before bed or attending sunrise yoga classes, make time to enjoy the satisfying and liberating feeling of being organized!

Store & Organize Your Scarfs In A Drawer

9a5d064930fb5de6b7444cbbdc9f1d89Using six inch x (drawer height) PVC piping pieces you can organize your drawer and keep your scarves accessible. PVC can be purchased from your local home improvement store and can be easily cut with a hacksaw or jigsaw.

Handbag Storage

9bbad1712cd4f3d1929b87a3c2126815 - CopyThis creative idea uses an old towel holder – and is a very cool design to store, display and organize your hand bags. The towel holder could be kept in its original design or paint it with an enamel to work it into the current design you have where you intend to use it.

Is Your Garage Full? What Options Are There For Clearing Space?

When it comes to clearing out space in your home, there are a multitude of services and solutions available. Whatever it is that you need clearing, there is always a way in which to make sure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. Whether you need flat clearance or office clearance services, taking the time to find the right solution for you can mean that you always have the very best means of clearing space in your home. But what about your garage? As an extension of the main house, it can often be used as an area in which you will want to store your items, but what should you do when it comes to garage clearance? Is your garage full One of the first things which you should consider when it comes to clearing space is the ability to sell any valuable items in order to get rid of them. If you have any items which might be worth any amount of money, the ability to sell these possessions can mean that you have a quick and easy means of getting rid of the items and clearing space which not only helps you out but can actually put money in your pocket. If you are looking to clear space in order to purchase a new item, then the ability to regain some of the costs by selling older items in order to pay for the new ones. This method will also mean that you are able to request that the purchaser comes and collects the item which can make the process of ridding yourself of these items far, far easier. When it comes to house, garage, office or garden clearance, selling possessions is always an option which can do a great deal to help you. Is your garage full2 As well as selling any items which you might want to get rid of, it is also possible to simply give items away. While it may not allow you to recoup some of your costs in the same way which selling items will do, giving the items away can be just as effective when it comes to clearing space. Depending on the condition of the items, it might well be that many people are able to make a good use of these items. You can check with friends and family in order to see whether anyone is able to take the items off your hands. If not, there is also the option of donating these items to local charities and charity shops. If they are accepted by the charities, it can mean that items which would otherwise be thrown away can be put to good use. If you are giving an item to a friend or someone you know, then it can be possible for you to have them collect the item though this might not be possible when donating to charity. If you do not wish to deal with the hassle of advertising or donating your possessions but still wish to clear space in your garage, then there remains another option in order to make sure that you have the space available to you. All you will need to do is to throw away those items which you no longer want and if you are worried about the process then it is possible to hire clearance services in order to make sure that you get the very best solution. When it comes to larger and heavier items, these professional services can make everything entirely easy and can mean that you are able to enjoy extra space in your garage with a minimal effort.
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Peppermint Toothpaste – Country Store Recipes

8 tbl baking soda

2 tsp peppermint flavor

3 tbl glycerin

Blend all ingredients together and store in a small glass jar tightly sealed. Makes approximately 1/3 cup.