Making a Packing Plan- Better Option for Your Move

Planning is the least tiring part of the removal process but you should never tend to it lightly. Remember that good planning will be vital for the success and the pleasure you feel, if you feel any throughout the removal process. First of all, you need to take into considerations several things that you are planning. Apart from dividing the plan for the work and the financial plan-which is essentially your budget you need to also take into consideration if you will be using professional help or not because this will drastically change the plans one way or another.

Furthermore, you need to be perfectly aware of how many people will be helping you so that you can properly separate the work, time it and be aware how long will it take and how frequently will breaks be necessary in order for those helping you to rest occasionally. Planning is to a large extent a question of physical capabilities and you need to measure it all very well. Plus, planning is nothing set in stone so you need to be familiar with the plan so well that you actually manage to fix it, change it if the circumstances require it.

First of all, you have to begin with planning the packing. Estimate how many people you will have helping you. Then estimate if it will be possible for you to pack several rooms at the time-if you have enough people that would be great. Before that however make sure that you spare enough days for the purchase of all the packaging, protective and boxing material. Furthermore, you need to assign the particular tasks, spare enough time for each and every one of them which will naturally depend upon the size of the room, the number of the possessions that will need to be packed, the difficulty of the possessions to be packed and the number of people that will be helping.

Remember that the number of people doesn’t affect the rest. Everybody’s resting at the same time but when they are working together they will be working better, faster and harder. Managing to find people to help you will be a great move and great success if it is eventually done. When it comes down to assigning the appropriate time remember that you need to have break which is at least four times shorter than the period of work if we are talking about a regularly timed removal. Depending on how much time you have spared for the entire packing process you could actually have breaks as long as the working or longer.

Furthermore, you need to be well aware of the physical condition of everyone and what everyone is capable of doing. Depending on a person’s particular strengths or physical drawbacks and problems you will have to adjust the working rate and the breaks appropriately. Furthermore, you might need to take out one person from the working process if feeling too tired and increase the working rate for the rest of them by making this taken out person to provide bigger comforts for the working people throughout the break like for instance making food. The point of adjustable planning is to achieve in the end not simply the same results but also in the same amount of time because with a removal of any kind it is time that is very important and naturally it can’t be restored or compensated for in any way.

All in all, planning your packing process is not complicated and not stressful, especially if you have people helping you. The point is to use what you got in the smartest and most effective way possible.

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Guest Post: Viewing Your Home: Is It Clutter or Trash?

There are many people in the world who have homes that seem like they are filled to the brim with trash. While at first glance you may think these people are messy, you need to take a closer look as to what is creating the mess in the first place. Many times, the home may look like a trash heap when in fact it is all usable and valuable goods. The problem is, people don’t have room for these goods and it creates a cluttered look to the home reminiscent of a Wal-Mart explosion. How can you tell if something is trash or clutter?

1. Notepads/Paper – Paper products can make a huge mess as a great deal of these have important information on them. However, do they need to be stacked in a corner of your desk waiting to spill onto the floor? By using a box and a scanner device such as a NeatDesk, you can save all of the information on these papers to your computer and store the actual documents if they’re important. Since thousands of pages can easily be stored using very little space, you can move them into a storage unit for safe keeping while leaving room for other goods.

2. Clothing – Some of us have more clothes than we have closet space for. We look at something that is too small and think to ourselves, “just another five pounds.” Although we have intentions of losing the weight and being able to fit in these clothes, we need to be realistic. Putting clothes in storage doesn’t mean that we’ll never be able to wear them again. It just allows us to organize our life better. If those extra five pounds are gone, simply go to the unit and retrieve your clothing.

3. Partially Fixed – Some furniture can be brought back from the brink of total destruction. Although we may have good intentions of putting more life into the damaged recliner, are we really going to fix it within the next few days? If something is salvageable, you don’t need to hurl it in the trash if you truly want to repair the piece. In fact, you may be able to fix the item while it’s in a storage unit which reduces the mess you would have made in the home. Otherwise, you risk further damage to the piece of furniture especially if you have children. Either fix it immediately or store it safely in a unit if you are currently too busy.

4. Old Electronics – As technology advances, items we once used on a regular basis are starting to collect dust. Some of these goods could have an emotional attachment to them and you really can’t bring yourself to throw them away or sell them at a yard sale. For these goods, a storage unit is a way to keep them out of your way in the home but still in your possession. There is no reason to throw away your grandfather’s old record player as it could have a great deal of sentimental attachment.

Storage units are a great way to keep your valuables and keepsakes from turning your home into a mess. By moving these items into a storage unit, you can protect them from accidental breakage. A cluttered home can be dangerous for fragile valuables and personal health. You don’t have to get rid of your personal belongings in order to keep a tidy home. You just need to realize what essentials you need and store the rest.

This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.

Introducing: Virtual Storage Auctions Site For Remote Storage Unit Bidding offers a revolutionary solution for self-storage auctions.

TCL Media Group, a website development company focusing on storage unit auctions, is pleased to announce our newest addition to the storage auction niche. We have developed a revolutionary new virtual storage auction site. The site,, offers a completely free listing service for storage unit auctions. Units can be placed for sale by storage facilities, auctioneers or private sellers, and bidders have the ability to carefully research the available units before placing a bid.

Online storage auctions are a convenient solution for buyers and sellers alike. Buyers can bid from the comfort of their homes or offices, allowing them to maximize their storage auction attendance without wasting time and gas. Sellers can often recover 25% to 100% more for their delinquent units. In addition to sales by storage facilities, private sellers can place their units for sale to avoid foreclosure or simply empty out a unit of unwanted items.

Unlike other online storage auction sites, offers a legal alternative to storage facilities which are located in states where online storage auctions are questionable. Some states require auctions to take place at the storage facility or a reasonably near public place, making online auctions non-compliant with the law. However, facility owners can run the virtual auction concurrently with the in-person auction to sidestep this concern while still reaping the benefits of an online auction. differs from its competitors in another important way as well: It’s completely free. Bidders don’t need to register a credit card in order to join, and anyone can use the service without any fees. The site is a labor of love from a leading expert in the storage auction world, designed to encourage participation in the fastest-growing segment of the auction industry.

Guest Post: Moving Home Removals

Moving Home? These are our top tips for packing and moving your things safely.

Moving home can be one of the most stressful times that a person can go through. Packing and moving your belongings is often the main reason for this. These are our top tips for moving home.

Set a date

Things can often get confusing when planning a move. This is why it is important to set dates and stick to them. The last thing you want is to be rushing to get things sorted for a certain date. If you plan in advance you will find that things will run more smoothly and will the chaos surrounding the move will be reduced too. When setting a date bear in mind that the roads are much busier on weekends as well as on bank holidays. When setting your date try planning for a weekday, this should help you to avoid traffic jams and further unnecessary stresses. It is advisable to plan all this as soon as you sign the contacts for the property to allow yourself as much time as possible to get things ready.

Find a reputable moving company

A lot of your things are unlikely to fit in the back of a hatchback, meaning you are going to need a larger vehicle to transport your things. Trusting your valuables with a stranger can be daunting. This is why finding a reliable moving company is important. You want the peace of mind that your things are going to arrive at your new property safely and undamaged. Everyone wants to budget but be careful of resorting to the cheapest option. If things seem too good to be true, they probably are. There are many websites that can give you free impartial advice for removal companies as well as their prices. You can also use this site to choose what part of the service you require, if you don’t need help packing you needn’t pay for it. Also if you know a friend or family who has recently moved home ask them how good or bad their removal company was. The best advice you can get is from someone who has dealt with a company first hand. If the removal company smashed all your friends’ precious china you can assume they aren’t going to take care of your items.
Removal companies may send a person to your property before the move to check the items that need to be moved. It is during this time you need to make them aware of the family heirlooms that need to be kept more secure than the rest of your items. This allows the removal company to make special arrangements for any large or extremely valuable items.

Insure your items

Even the most careful of removal men are unable to prevent things from getting broken in transit. All it takes is hitting a pothole and your ornaments can get smashed. To avoid losing money on valuable items that could potentially get broken it is a good idea to take out insurance. These policies are usually offered by reputable removal companies. There may be certain guidelines you have to stick to in order to get full cover, for example things that you have packed may not be covered for damage. Paying for this service may mean that the removal company pack your valuables more carefully and safely to avoid damage. It may also be worth checking that things you may carry in your own vehicle are covered, as some policies will give cover for items that are being moved, regardless of who is carrying them. Your household insurance may also offer some protection for moving home so it may be worth checking your policy.

The more you plan the less stress you will encounter on the big day. Knowing your belongings are safe and covered for the worst can help to stop you worrying so that you can focus on other things that will need to be done, before, during and after the move.

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Guest Post: Different Types of Self Storage

Different Types Of Self Storage

There are different types of self storage depending on the size and the shape. The most popular ones are mini storage facilities, short and long term units, outdoor and indoor storage. Based on the items you are going to store you can choose the most appropriate type of storage unit to meet your requirements. However, one kind of storage facility can also hold the things suitable for another facility except for the outdoor storage units that are the only ones that can store large vehicles such as boats, cars, even RVs. Indoor storage units are suitable for practically everything – from large pieces of furniture through pieces of equipment and reach to documentation and papers.

Drive up self storage units are another very popular type of storage facilities. The most common thing about these units is that they look like a small garage. As you can guess by the name these units are most suitable for storing vehicles in there. They are not suitable for storing furniture or other valuable items as usually they are not protected against severe weather conditions such as too high temperatures or storms. The best thing about drive up units is the fact that their doors opens the same way as garage doors – it rolls up making the delivery of the items extremely easy. If you find a drive up unit that is protected against climate changes you can store your furniture there as it is extremely easy to simply drive in the transportation vehicle and unload it there. Drive up storage units can be divided in three major types – boat storage facilities, vehicle storage facilities and general drive up self storage.

Drive up self storage is not as secure as other self storage facilities as it can be easily accessed through the rolling door that is why it is not recommendable to store valuables there.

Indoor self storage units are placed inside of a building and might be actually placed on several floors. Most indoor facilities have climate control installed but make sure to double check that when hiring the facility. You do not want to have your things damaged, do you?

Mini storage units are also located in buildings and they are actually the best secured self storage facilities in terms of climate security and climate control. Mini self storage units are the best choice for people who have a lot of valuable things to store that need to be kept in a way to remain undamaged. Indoor self storage is usually the most expensive one. Outdoor self storage units are the cheapest storage facilities. They are suitable for storing small vehicles (usually for one person only such as motorcycles, etc.) and medium size pieces of furniture.


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Guest Post: Gold, Silver & Stolen Goods: Interesting Finds in Storage Units

Sometimes you just don’t know someone until you get a look inside their storage unit. In most instances, people rent them to store extra furniture for an impending move or as a way to declutter their home. There are lots of storage unit businesses across the U.S. Companies such as Uncle Bob’s provides storage units in over 25 states. And with all those units come some strange and interesting stuff.

Here’s a look at some of the most insane and hard to believe items ever found in storage units:

$500,000 Worth of Gold and Silver

According to ABC News, a San Jose man found a gold (and silver) mine after bidding in an auction for an abandoned storage unit. The man apparently spent $1,100 on the unit and found a number of rare coins and a few bars of gold and silver inside a Rubbermaid container.

Stolen Items

Stolen artwork, jewelry, guns, comic books, vintage violins and baseball cards have all been found a time or two in unsuspecting storage units. According to KATU in Portland, Oregon, police found four storage units in eastern Multnomah County full of stolen items. Thankfully, authorities were able to track some of the people down who owned the items, which were rightfully returned.

The LAPD reported that $13 million worth of original oil paintings by Picasso and Monet were found in a Cleveland, Ohio storage unit five years after being reported stolen from a Los Angeles home.

Live Hand Grenade

A Muskegon, Mich. man got much more than he bargained for when he bought the contents of a storage unit — a live hand grenade. The Muskegon Chronicle reported that the man found the grenade inside a handgun case and immediately took it to the local fire department. A bomb squad later disposed of the grenade.


Haven’t considered a storage unit as a final resting place? A family in Florida apparently held their grandmother’s corpse in a rented storage unit for approximately 17 years, according to Tampa Bay Online. The woman’s body had been stored since 1995 and was resting in a blue casket, which was prepared for burial all those years ago.

Aretha Franklin Treasures

Gowns, dresses, handbags, hats and shoes worn by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin were found in an abandoned storage unit in Michigan. According to, matching receipts found in the unit proved the items found were in fact, hers. She allegedly transported her clothing to the storage unit after a house fire.

Michael Jackson Never-Released Tracks

Over 250 original songs by the King of Pop Michael Jackson were found in a storage unit belonging to his father, Joe Jackson. According to the songs were recorded while Michael was between contracts, some of which featured Tina Turner. No record company had legal rights to the songs so they are worth millions of dollars.

Knives, Pictures and Rambling Journal of Madonna Stalker

Robert Dewey Hoskins, who was convicted of stalking Madonna, was captured in Feb. 2012 after escaping a mental hospital in Norwalk, Calif. Hoskins fell behind in his storage unit rent and his possessions were available for all to see. Included in his storage unit was an assortment of knives, a photo of himself shirtless displaying his Madonna tattoo on his stomach, a headless doll and handwritten rantings, according to CBS Los Angeles.

By Peter Hill

Pete is a freelance writer who lives in Virginia.

Guest Post: Storage Companies in London

If you live in the city of London or are planning on moving to the city of London, you may need to make the most of different services, from removal to storage. If you are looking for a storage facility, you will be amazed to see that the choice is almost endless. There are many many companies offering storage facilities that differ in the services that are offered and the prices that are being charged.

If you are finding yourself in a pickle whilst deciding which service is right for you, then this article may help you narrow your choice down. It aims to talk about some of the more common storage companies in London.

There are many self storage facilities in London, meaning that you are in control of your belongings, even though your items are not physically with you. You will be given keys, codes, cards etc. allowing you to access your storage unit at any time you require access. These storage units come in various locations all over London, and can come in many different sizes. This means that if you are a business owner who needs a large space, then this can be accommodated. Alternatively, if you only need a small storage unit, then there are companies who specialise in those too.

Security measures have been put in place by these self storage companies to ensure that your items are kept in a safe environment. This should leave you rest assured with no worries in the back of your mind.

You can also hire storage containers which can be kept outside your home or office, making them very convenient if you are planning on loading the storage container by yourself. It also allows you easier access to your items since you just need to go outside to get into the container rather than having to drive down to the storage unit.

Finally, you could choose to hire a unit in a warehouse, which is a common due to the added security benefits. These units come in many different sizes and allow you to store both personal and commercial items. These might work out a little more expensive than the others, so always make sure that you are not paying too much for a service. You can always ensure that this does not happen by getting more than one quote from different companies

Always make sure that you are as accurate as possible when you give your details to a removal company. They will need to know how many boxes you are going to be putting in storage, what the natures of the items are etc. A small miscalculation can cause an increase in the price, which is definitely what you want to realise when it is too late.

Access self storage also offers services for personal and business uses and also offer short term storage facilities for students. Unlike some of the other companies, they offer loyalty rewards to existing and returning customers, so if you have used them before, you may end up saving some money this time round. They offer secure storage facilities that will meet your needs perfectly.

There are many storage facilities in London and this can make the task of having to choose one a very difficult one. However, one of the best ways of narrowing down your choices is by getting quotes, which will separate the cheaper and more expensive ones Then you can choose the one that offers you the service that best suits your needs and voila – you have found the one!

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Guest Post: Top 7 Storage Tips

Storage and clutter are two diametrically opposed parts of our lives at home. Storage is a real life saver when we need to keep everything organized and out of sight, though as the years roll by we often collect far too much to keep things under control for long. This article will give you some tips on how you can achieve the best results when you need storage:

Using your hall space

This part of your home is one of the most crucial parts of the house which may allow you some storage space. A hall that looks clear will give the impression of a clear and ordered house. You can install a chest of drawers, a hanging rail or any other storage accessory or space, though it should all be easy to access and use.

Put away off-season clothes

Bedrooms are the secondary most important area of your home. Your clothes are most likely to require extra space. As our clothes grow in number we may run out of space. For that reason you need to store your off-season clothes somewhere out of sight, safe and sound until they are needed again, rotating the contents of your closet so you won’t have it stuffed full.

 Minimizing and decluttering

Once every few months or per year you should check the contents of your storage space. Anything you haven’t used for that time you are certain you’ll never use should simply go. You can either donate them or sell them in a yard or garage sale so you can make your household more manageable overall.

 Try to be inventive

You can use a number of objects around your home for storage purposes. Plastic and cardboard boxes, teacups and a number of other common things can be used as containers. You can also extend your reach by purchasing other, alternative storage such as anything found in antique and charity stores. You can find the most amazing things there if you keep looking.

Your bookcase and its contents

Much like the rest of our belongings much of our books are something we will never touch during our lives. A lot of them simply take up space and gather dust, never to be picked up and read. Make sure you take those you know you’ll never use and donate them to your local library, a friend or simply someone you know. Sell them on a yard sale or online and get them out of the way so you can better manage your bookcase.

Prioritise your items by need

Consider which items you’re using most often and make sure they are easy to find and use. Anything else which gets used less often should be stored in a location that is both out of the way and less accessible by comparison.

Use storage companies

An option like that can be very useful if you want to keep some things out of the way and at the same time on hand. Perhaps a relative of yours has moved in and you need to find space for their belongings while they get their bearings? Maybe you are selling a property you own and you don’t have the space required to keep everything that was in it at your current home? Storage companies will offer you affordable solutions to these problems.

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Guest Post: Moving Home – Essential Packing Goods for Moving

Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. All the organisation and planning that goes into it can cause a real headache. The act of moving home basically involves TWO aspects, packing and moving. Unless you pack your belongings and get them ready for moving, they can’t be loaded, carried or transported to their new home.

Before you even look at packing your belongings you should first consider a few things. How will you pack it? How long will it take to pack? What materials will you use to pack your stuff?  A piano and a glass are both delicate items but obviously their packing needs are different. You wouldn’t wrap a piano inside and out with newspaper, but you may do with a glass. Getting the right packaging materials before a move is very important. Where though can you find the packaging you need for a house move?

The one thing 99% of people require for a move is boxes. It’s very rare you will need one box; as you will need many, many boxes. There are many places to get boxes but paying for them can work out very expensive if you have a lot of items to move. Storage companies, removal firms or online sellers, are great places to get good, strong quality moving boxes.  This however can work out to be expensive but there is the great advantage that these can often be flat packed and used again.  If you can store them they will save you money if you are one of those people who relocate frequently.

There is always a more cost effective option for boxes. People get boxes and packaging delivered every day by post or courier. These then get taken to the local tip or recycling point. This is a good place to find boxes. They may need re-taping but a box is a box. Your local recycling point, appliance shops or stores, restaurant’s, supermarkets, wine shops and even office blocks are good places to go scouring for boxes. Most retailers will be happy to give you their boxes as they have to pay to have them disposed of.

Online sites like Freecycle or Gumtree may be good places to post a free ad for boxes as most people are happy to get rid of them and don’t want the hassle of recycling them. A message on Facebook, or Twitter, may bring in replies of kind folk with boxes.

As mentioned before newspapers are a good moving tool. Wrapping goods, lining boxes or taping around the end of table and chair legs, newspapers can come in very handy. Newspapers are cheap, sometimes get delivered to your door for free and are easily located at recycling centres. Bubble wrap is also valuable when it comes to wrapping delicate’s. Ordering online can get you good bulk bubble wrap discounts, or local removal firms may stock it. Discount stores also sell reasonably priced bubble wrap.

The problem with moving furniture is that most pieces of furniture are often rather large, heavy and easily scratched or damaged. If you are not using a removals company you will need your own coverings and cushioning before and during transit. Bed sheets and old duvets are always helpful in this situation so don’t donate them or throw them away if a move is on the cards. If you have don’t have any on hand, asking friends or family may get you what you need. Charity shops also get a lot of bedding donated and it’s hard to re-sell so it’s always worth asking them.

After boxes, without a doubt the number one piece of essential moving equipment which is most needed is tape. Good quality strong tape will help you with your boxes, bubble and fabric wrapping and newspaper wrapping. You can get great bargains on wrapping tape and other strong tapes online. Pound and discount stores also stock these-it’s always best to get plenty in! Boxes need to be securely taped to ensure safe transit and that your belongings stay in the box, and not on the floor.

If you know you are set to move in the next few months always remember to look out for and keep packaging and boxes as they will be very useful around moving time.


Grace is a housewife and  writer keen on flowers, Italian food and house organizing. You can also enjoy her tips on  Ealing house removals  and suggestions for creating a better home.