Moving House – Tips

Moving house is rated one of the most stressful life events, but with some handy tips on forward planning and organisation it can become an easier and smoother process for you and the whole family. 

Make a checklist for moving house

It is imperative to create a checklist for leading up to your move and another one for the day of your move. Checklists will help you remain organised, save time and save you from forgetting anything important during the process like connect your electricity in your new house.

Some points for your pre-move in day checklist:

  • Book a removalist or moving truck if you decide to move yourself
  • Organise care for the kids or pets on move in day if it applies
  • Label each box clearly so you or the removalist knows which room it’s going to
  • Create an inventory for each box so you can see what you’ve packed without opening the box
  • Label anything fragile with fluorescent tape so it doesn’t get tossed around or placed on the bottom of a heavy stack
  • Organise the transfer or set up of your electricity, gas and internet to the new house.
  • Schedule your mail re-direct with Australia Post

Some points for your move in day checklist:

  • Wave the kids off as they spend the day with Gran and Grandad
  • Confirm with the removalist that they have the correct address for pick up and drop off
  • Pack plenty of water and food for the day to keep your energy levels
  • Have a bag of spare clothes, toiletries, first aid kit and bed sheets (it could be a massive day)
  • Gather all the old keys
  • Do one last scan of the house to make sure nothing has been missed
  • Lock all windows, doors and turn off your hot water and gas

Moving house is not a small task, these checklists could go on further.

Moving house with kids

Kids come in all shapes, sizes and of course ages. So, depending on how old your children are will indicate how much they will understand what’s going on around them when their clothes and toys start getting packed away into boxes. Try to involve the kids in the moving process, get them to help you pack up their bedroom and reward them for their efforts.

Moving house with pets

Don’t forget, moving house can also be a stressful event for your pet whether they’re a dog, cat or goldfish. How you choose to involve them in the move could be based on their personality or their age. Your first step should be to update their registration, information tag or microchip details in case they decide to escape.

Once you’ve set up their bedding area in the new house, make sure they have plenty of familiar items around them like blankets, toys and clothing so the change can feel less of a shock. Keep any routines as normal as possible like meal times or exercise.

For cats, you’d want to keep them inside until they are used to the new home and surroundings to avoid them running away.

Moving house DIY – load up the truck

Hiring a truck and moving everything yourself can cut down the costs. It may make the experience more challenging but if you’re up to the task, give it a shot. How you load the truck is important to make the most of the space and save yourself doing any unnecessary trips. Use plenty of blankets, sheets, towels or quilted pads to protect any items that may shift while driving. Load the heaviest items first like wardrobe units, couches, fridge, washing machine and dryer.

Pack any light items on top to use the space like couch cushions or light boxes. Start loading any chairs or light furniture that has been taken apart and line up any mattresses against the side of the truck for extra padding. Load any boxes or belongings that you may require straight away last like carpets that need to go down before any furniture, kitchen boxes, bedroom boxes and personal items.

If you have never driven a truck before, get some tips from the company you hire from. Trucks are higher and wider than cars with a wider turning circle. Take it slower and avoid any sharp turns to eliminate any damage or shifting of your belongings.

If you have any super fragile items, consider taking them to the new house in your regular car.

Get the materials for moving house

Packing boxes, sticky tape, permanent markers, butchers paper, bubble wrap, picture or mirror cartons, chair covers, and mattress covers are few of many essentials to think of when you are packing your entire home. Explore our range in our Box Shop store or online at Store Ur Stuff.

Need Storage?

Have you got more stuff than you thought? Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all know a hoarder or someone who’s kids have moved in and out of home more times than they can count, and they’ve somehow become responsible for far more furniture, clothes and old toys than they started with.

Self storage at Store Ur Stuff is a convenient solution with competitive prices. With a range of different sized units, you’ll be sure to find one that fits.

For further reading:

https://www.realestate.com.au/advice/moving/

 

Vehicle storage options

There are many different options available when looking for vehicle storage. Choosing the best vehicle storage option depends on budget, the length of time the vehicle will be in storage and the value of the vehicle to mention a few. Below is a description of options available to help you make the right decision.

Outdoor Vehicle Storage

Outdoor Vehicle Storage is the cheapest storage option. This is typically a secure car park area containing designated parking bays.

Security features vary from facility to facility, PIN coded gates and security cameras will offer the best protection for your vehicle. PIN coded gates leave a record of who is in the facility; particularly important in shared areas. In addition, some facilities have removable or fold down bollards that are locked for added protection.

Another important aspect of outdoor vehicle storage is the area. Ensure there are no hazards that may cause damage to the vehicle, including falling debris from large trees, poor lighting, adequate drainage and damaged surfaces. Bitchumised areas are better. This prevents the possibility of being bogged or flooded in. The area will need to be large enough for large vehicles to get in and out of easily, with multiple entry and exit points a bonus.

If storing your vehicle outdoors, cover your vehicle to prevent rust and corrosion and to protect it from the elements. Consequently your vehicle will keep clean as well as protected. Ensure that windows, doors and sunroofs close and seals intact.

Undercover Vehicle Storage

Undercover vehicle storage comes in many different forms. The type of undercover vehicle storage will determine the price. These include carports or lean-to’s, warehouses, garages and shipping containers. All of these options offer protection against the elements in varying degrees.

Carports or lean-to’s offer a roof over your vehicle. Large warehouses offer a fully enclosed area. These options are secure and in a shared area. The same considerations need to be taken into account as the outdoor vehicle storage as mentioned above.

Fully enclosed garages offer maximum protection. These can be in the form of a shipping container or a specifically designed garage. These are individual and allow you to put your own lock on the door, with vehicles protected against the elements and other vehicles. The added benefit with this option is the there is usually room to store other small belongings around the vehicle.

General Tips

It is important to make some general checks before storing. Lock all doors and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. For long term vehicle storage consider disconnecting the battery. If storing a caravan, ensure you have secured it properly to prevent it from theft. Wheel clamps and coupling locks are great deterrents.

Also, talk to the staff at the facility. There may be some additional services available to help. Some storage facilities provide a motorised jockey wheel mover to make parking caravans easier. If storing the vehicle long term they may offer a car washing service. Ask if there are jumper leads available or a battery charger just in case it needs a little help starting when you pick your vehicle up.

Tips for coffee storage

Calling all the coffee lovers out there… I may know a thing or two about self storage but I work in a busy office with people who love coffee. Most of them rely on their morning coffee to kick start their day so I decided to educate myself on how to store coffee beans to keep them fresh for every cup.  After some research, I found some of my favourite essential tips on coffee storage.

Coffee Storage locations

Coffee beans are picked from plants and then processed. Once roasted, they have a short shelf life, but correct coffee bean storage will extend it. Coffee beans start to lose freshness as soon as you open the bag. Store your coffee beans in an airtight container suitable for the quantity of your coffee beans unless the bag is resealable. If you reuse a container, make sure you clean and dry it properly to ensure there is no moisture or lasting smells that may affect the quality of your coffee. Purchase your coffee beans in smaller amounts, more often to ensure your coffee stays fresh.

Coffee storage you should avoid

You should avoid storing your coffee beans in the fridge. Moisture inside your fridge will kill the flavour of the coffee bean. There are conflicting opinions about freezing coffee beans. The air in the freezer is dry, not moist. According to Kevin Sinnott who is a nationally recognized coffee expert in America, freezing coffee beans is a good way of maintaining freshness. He also states “If you do freeze the beans, make sure they are in a freezer-safe bag. And when it comes time to grind the beans, put them directly in the grinder, do not defrost them.”

It is advised that you do not store your coffee beans in direct sunlight or locations particularly warm like near your oven or microwave. This will help to avoid the loss of their natural oils and flavours.

Hint: Cool, dark and dry places like your pantry or cupboards are ideal for coffee storage.

Whole Bean vs Ground coffee storage

Coffee beans start to oxidize as soon as they are grinded which will affect the flavour of each coffee. If you are lucky to have a grinder at home, grind your coffee beans only when you need. Coffee beans will eventually go stale so you should consume them within 2-4 weeks.

Hint: Shiny or oily coffee beans indicate that they are super fresh.

If you prefer convenience and like to save time, ground coffee is the next best thing. It’s advised that you buy a week’s worth at a time to get the best flavour in each cup of brewed coffee.

Learn more at Barista Training

Are you interested in learning more about coffee and perfecting your barista skills? HITsa Industry Training offers an affordable Barista course – Prepare and Serve Espresso Coffee at their newly renovated venue on level one above Store Ur Stuff.

A great tip from HITsa Industry Training professional, Vania – “Store your coffee beans away from strong smelling foods such as onions and garlic”

Did you know, International Coffee Day is on October 1st, 2017?

Further reading on coffee storage, check out these links:

https://www.publicstorage.com/blog/storage/how-to-store-coffee-freshly-brewed-tips/

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-store-coffee-765325

http://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-way-to-store-coffee-smart-coffee-regular-joes-217503

https://www.theroasterie.com/blog/should-i-buy-ground-coffee-beans-or-whole-coffee-beans/

http://www.seriouscoffee.com/about-us/our-coffee/proper-coffee-storage/

 

Tips to declutter clothing storage

Why wait until Spring to declutter clothing storage?

Winter is almost over so it’s a great time to declutter clothing storage and make more room by putting your bulky winter items away for next year.

It may not be a one-day job, or even a one-person job, but imagine how much better you will feel looking at your immaculate wardrobe every day and on no occasion wasting time finding your favourite outfit.

Here are some top tips:

Remove everything out of storage and cupboards

It’s easier to start with a clean canvas and you’ll see how much storage space you’ve got in your wardrobe. Sort through each piece of clothing. Ask yourself, do you wear it anymore? Does it make you feel good? Is it just wasting space?
Neatly, fold all your loved items and put them back in their rightful place. If you are unsure about a piece of clothing, make another pile – you can always come back to it.

Take any of your partners, your kids or your winter warmers like coats or thick knitted cardigans that you won’t need anymore and store them in a suitcase for safe keeping until next winter. Keep a few cardigan’s handy just in case you need an outer layer before Summer arrives.

Handy hint- wash or dry clean your items before storing away as any dirt or stains can cause long term damage to your clothes.

Donate or find self storage!

Start a donation box and go through that “unsure” pile again. Nothing will feel better than donating perfectly wearable clothes to others in need. You won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money if it’s going to someone who will get lots of wear out of it. If it’s not suitable to donate, chuck it!

Organise your storage space

Every item needs a designated storage space. Organisation will help your time management. Keep your work clothes in one space and your t-shirts in another. Hang up your dresses or shirts because no one likes to iron. Keep your shoes together and while you’re there, sort through and let go of any worn out, unwearable pairs. If you’re lucky and have walk in or built in clothing storage, have one side for your partners clothes and one side for yours for extra organisation.

Organising family storage

A woman’s got to do, what a woman’s got to do! If you are decluttering your own clothes, you may as well help your partner or your kids (or both!!) while you’re at it. If your partner is unenthused about decluttering get him to sit down and answer a simple “yes or no” game. Hold up each shirt or pair of jeans in front of him and make quick decisions. Maybe promise him a beer when he’s finished.

As for kids, how many toys do they really need? Have they grown out of anything? Keep a few of your favourite items for sentimental reasons and donate the rest. If you don’t want to part with anything, store it all for when you have grandkids!

Don’t get distracted, stay focused on decluttering

Yes, it’s hard, but stay focused – the more you procrastinate, the more time it will take to achieve your goal and you’ll end up living in more mess than when you started. Make it a family joint effort or if you are working solo, grab a glass of wine and pop on your favourite music!

Take a step back and admire your decluttered clothing storage space.

I hope you found these tips helpful in your experience.

If you want to declutter clothing storage but don’t wish to throw items away, Store Ur Stuff can provide you with self-storage, book now.

Please share your feedback, tips or stories.

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Adelaide Fringe & Dulcies Bus

Store UR Stuff on Dulcies Bus

Store UR Stuff is a proud supporter of The Hutt Street Centres Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity

Adelaide Fringe gives artists across the country and around the globe to show off their talent or exhibition and participate in Australia’s largest art and cultural event. Talent is displayed in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design. The Fringe gives Adelaide a carnival atmosphere that engulfs the entire city and it is nearly impossible not to get caught up in.

Neither creative nor artistic, Store UR Stuff wanted to be apart of the fun and found a great organisation to support.

Dulcies Shop of Real Opoportunity

Dulcies is a vintage clothing and accessories shop on wheels. An old bus has been refitted and decorated by Torrens Transit and The Rotary Club of Campbelltown into a mobile op shop and is jam packed full of the fashion gems of the past that have been hand picked and chosen. A joint project with The Hutt Street Centre and Centacare Catholic Family Services all proceeds help provide services and support to people facing disadvantage and homelessness in Adelaide. The bus is named in honor of a lady who has already captured the imagination of lovers of all things vintage and who is the chief volunteer of the iconic Hutt Street Op Shop for close to 30 years, Dulcie Boag.

Where is Dulcies?

This travelling vintage time capsuale is appearing every night of the week at the Garden of Unearthly Delights

How can I support them?

By heading on down to the Garden and purchasing your next fashion piece at Dulcies. You will need to hurry as they are appearing in in the Garden until the end of Fringe which is the 15th of March. However, Dulcie does get around so make sure you check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DulciesBus to see where they will be appearing next

Dulcies Shop of Real Opportnity

Everything old is new again – supporting Dulcies Shop of Real Opportunity at the Fringe

Tips for Storing Clothes Long Term

Self storage tips

Whilst on annual leave recently, I finally took the opportunity to sort through my sons stuff. I still had all of his baby clothes mixed in with the clothes he is currently in. I was going to pop them in a garbage bag or cardboard box and put them in the shed. However, after going into the shed I discovered that all of the cardboard boxes we had in the shed had been chewed to pieces by rats and mice! I really wanted to keep most of his baby clothes, just in case, so I researched the best way to store and protect clothes whilst they are in storage in the shed.

After scouring the internet I discovered that most of them advise the following 6 simple steps and measures you should take when storing clothes long term.

1. Wash your clothes before storing

Wash and iron your clothes before storing. Surfaces stains and dirt will set into the clothing overtime and when you do finally get them out of storage to use again the stain will be difficult to remove.  Dirty clothing can also attract vermin and insects which may also damage your clothing. Wash all items as per their washing instructions and any dry cleanable items should be dry cleaned prior to storing. Make sure the clothes are rinsed properly before drying and storing to ensure that all bleaches, chemicals and detergents are washed out.  This will not only make sure that your clothes are safe during storage, they will also be clean and ready to wear when you need them.

2. To vacuum seal or not to vacuum seal

There is a large range of vacuum seal bags out on the market, which are great space savers. There is a lot of speculation out there, however, that over a long period of time, storing your clothing in these bags could damage your clothes. The reasoning is that most natural fiber cloth needs air to maintain its structure and integrity and that by sucking all of the air out of the bag, you are compressing the garments and compressing the fibers. When removed from these bags, it takes a long time for the fibers to uncompress with one person with a PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science even suggesting that the item will take the same amount of time to uncompress to the amount of time it was in the space saver bag. I have used these bags in the past for seasonal clothing, thus the articles are only in the bag for a period of months and not years, and I have not had a problem. For any heirlooms, real expensive or sentimental items I would probably not run the risk.

3. Say no to plastic bags and cardboard boxes

Air tight plastic containers with a lid is the best thing to pack your clothes into. This will keep your clothes dry and stop the growth of mould and mildew, in most cases. If using plastic containers, ensure they are clean, dry and line them old (but clean) cotton sheets.  Avoid plastic bags as these can trap moisture and cause mildew to form or cause the yellowing of fabrics. Packing your clothing in a cardboard box will not protect them against vermin as rats and mice can easily chew through the cardboard. Again depending on the expense and sentimental value of the item, acid free boxes and tissue paper should be used especially for heirloom items as not all plastic boxes are safe as they release chemicals which could have subtle to grossly negative effects on the clothing.

4. Mothballs

Not only do mothballs leave your clothes smelling terrible, they are not 100% effective and can be potentially dangerous if found bye children or pets. A much more appealing alternative are the natural wooden cedar balls. They not only smell better, they are just as effective as moth balls and are even more effective if used in conjunction with all of the tips mentioned.  When using either moth balls or wooden camphor make sure that they not placed on the garments and are placed at the top of your storage container for further protection.

5. Clean, cool, dark and dry

The atmospheric conditions and environment you are storing your items in can cause damage if extreme. Ideally it is suggested that clothing should be stored in conditions that do not exceed 23°C with a relatively humidity of 55%. However, I would only follow this guide line if I was storing any heirlooms or expensive sentimental items. As long as the space is clean and protects the box the items are stored in from the elements they should be safe. For people like me that are storing items in their own personal space, just keep in mind that attics and garages can be home to fuels, grease and many other flammable items and may be damp and have vermin unlike a self storage facility.

6. Check and do not protect!

It is important to check on your items in storage, wherever and whatever you are storing. If you check your items once a year, you will minimize the risk of the items getting damaged and may save them before they do. This point is especially important to me as I forget everything and I will forget that I have even stored the clothing in the first place!