Decluttering for the House & Mind

It’s no secret that a cluttered home can negatively impact a person’s state of mind and cause stress levels to increase. For most people, the thought of decluttering is a stress in itself, but in actual fact once completed, the impact on an individual’s mindset entirely worth it.

On September 10th, Permian Self Storage is joining the nation for R U OK day. The R U OK organisation helps inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. You do not need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.

This year, being stuck at home during the pandemic has taken a toll on individuals mental health. With the amount of time we are all spending at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, Permian Self Storage is taking a step to help towards your mental health. Through providing some simple steps to help you making sure the space around you is a non-stressful presence in your life.

Create a Plan

Decluttering can be stressful – that is no lie. However, stress is what we want to try and eliminate by performing the decluttering process, so developing an achievable plan is important. Don’t feel you have to attack all your decluttering at once. Figure out what days’ work best for you and importantly the time of day you are highly motivated. If you feel like your lack of motivation will affect the process, tackle one of the biggest jobs first, then you will possibly feel more motivated to get smaller items done later down the track.

It does not all need to go at once

If you are new to decluttering or declutter regularly, no one expects you to throw out everything that you have not used within the last three months. We recommend starting small, decide on what you do not need and look at some donation points in your area if the items are still in good condition to be re homed. Come back in three or so months and sort through again, alternatively if you have don’t have enough room for everything you would like to keep, contact Permian Self Storage and we can offer advice and lend a helping hand.

On the other hand, if you are not intending to review your items on a regular basis, don’t make the mistake of building up the clutter in bags and boxes – an overhaul of your items can help let go of that stress. Decide what you want to do with it, sell it, bin it, or donate it, but essentially get rid of it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Decluttering can be a great commitment and a lot of effort, mentally and physically. Environmental psychologist, Sally Augustin, PhD, has explained “The more clutter, the harder we have to work to scan and sort through our surroundings in order to find what we’re looking for or do what we have planned, and that can be stressful.” Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help, whether it’s asking family members, friends or even finding professionals to help you out.

Whether its decluttering or confiding in a friend, taking the first step towards helping clear some of the stresses from your life to live a clutter free life, mentally and physically. If you need any help, whether its needing further tips on how to declutter or finding storage options after the decluttering process, contact Permian Self Storage today.

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How To Protect Your Items In Storage

Before moving items to your chosen self storage unit, it is vital to pack them correctly so they can withstand humidity, changes in weather, and other uncontrollable factors.

To help with ensuring the protection of your valuables, below are some tips that the Permian Self Storage team have come up with for you.

Make sure to clean your items

Since you’ll be storing your items in indoor storage units, it must be ensured that anything that might compromise your goods in storage will not destroy your items. Whilst we take all necessary precautions with regular maintenance it is still important to clean and disinfect the entire surface and crevices present. Mould and mildew thrive in moist spots, so allot enough time to dry items before putting them inside the boxes.

Plan thoroughly

Preparation is crucial to protect your items while they’re in storage. You need to choose the right size of boxes, properly arrange the items according to their differing qualities, and avoid including perishable items, liquids, explosives, flammable materials, and toxic goods.

Appropriate storage spaces

Since spaces are limited, you need to maximise them to fit your items without compromising the conditions. Stack items based on weight and size. Put the heaviest at the lower part then stack the fragile items above the sturdier ones. It is always advisable to stack items vertically to make them immediately visible.

Aside from arranging your items in order, placing the priority and more urgently needed ones closer to the entrance avoid the inconvenience in looking for them. Also, don’t forget to allocate adequate spaces between items for ventilation and access.

Check your items

Aside from arranging the items properly, it is important to visit the storage unit regularly to check on the condition of your items. Although it might be easy to store your goods and forget about them, regularly checking in on your items is one of the best forms of protection for your goods. Choosing local storage units nearby makes it more convenient for you to do a regular inventory of your items.

Create an inventory

When we talk about protecting your items, creating an inventory is often overlooked. But before doing the tally, remember to label all items accordingly. Creating an inventory is useful for two reasons. Firstly, an inventory can help you know exactly what is in your storage unit before digging around the house. Secondly, a larger importance of an inventory is to ensure that you are aware of the quantity of items present in the self storage unit in case of any man-made or natural disasters. As early as now, anticipating these events allow you to take measures that will help lessen damage and probable loss of your material assets.

 

If you need help in making sure your items are all set for storing, don’t hesitate to contact Permian Self Storage. Our experienced team is here to make sure that your storage experience is safe, stress-free, and secure.

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Organising Your Self Storage Unit

If you need storage, the first thing that you should prioritise is the planning process – starting with sorting your items, labelling them appropriately, and stacking them to fit into the storage facility.

It is an effective way to maximise the available space and efficiently arrange your precious belongings.

As your items will be differing in shapes, sizes, weight, and fragility, organising them in a self-storage unit can be a tricky process. Below we have gathered some suggestions if you’re looking for the best storage facilities.

Create a functional layout

An empty self storage unit requires a functional layout to keep things from getting chaotic. Forming a plan on how to best create a functional layout for your storage unit is useful, as it will help you understand where your items are, without digging through everything.

If you’re moving to another house, for example, the layout will serve as your guide as to how you can segregate items for the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and other parts of the house properly. Through this, organising items based on their necessity and own attributes becomes efficient and less time consuming.

If you need some help with creating an appropriate layout based on your storage needs, the friendly team at Permian Self Storage that offer self storage facility services in Wollongong can help.

Pick the right storage boxes

When choosing your storage boxes, it is important to consider their durability, resistance, as the aptness of their size. Picking the right storage box can actually save you so much space, and it helps you prioritise the fragile ones since you can simply group them together in sturdier boxes.

By choosing the right storage boxes and storing your items properly, you can definitely maximise the available space within your storage unit. The Permian Self Storage team have various storage boxes available for purchase. Contact them today for some friendly advice.

Invest in shelving units

Investing in a set of shelving units can help you make the most of your storage unit. They can help you with organising your smaller and more fragile items to avoid any damage, or making your larger, heavier items easier to reach. Shelving units are a good option if you intend on accessing the unit on a regular basis, making your trip to the storage unit a smoother process.

Don’t forget to Label

Putting labels on each item is highly important when organising your self-storage units. Not only does it offer convenience when you’re looking for a particular item, but it also allows you to keep track of your precious belongings. Aside from labelling your items, a better way to become aware of their condition is to regularly visit your storage unit. Given that, it is much better to select local storage units just within your area.

Get that plan started to ensure a well-organised storage unit! If you’re unsure or are having trouble getting your self-storage unit organised, Permian Self Storage in Wollongong is more than ready to help you out. Our expert staff is here to provide you with assistance to ensure a smooth self-storage experience.

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Top 5 Tips For Packing And Storage

Whether you are going to move to another address or are planning the much-anticipated renovation or expansion of your home or office, you need to look for the best storage facilities to house your precious belongings. After all, your things are very valuable and some of them most likely hold a sentimental meaning.

When moving your belongings to your indoor storage unit, such as those provided by Permian Self Storage, you need to make sure that all your belongings are properly stored. In case you find yourself in need of some packing and storing tips, here are some that we’ve curated just for you!

1. Label each box as you pack

You will need to keep track of what’s being kept inside your boxes as you pack, that’s why labels should always be handy. Doing so lets you keep track of where your things belong, not only to benefit you but also to make things easier for other people who will help you in storing or organising your items in your public storage unit. Also, consider labelling more than one side so that is can be visible, regardless of how you pack your unit.

A quick tip, do not forget to write down fragile or breakable on your storage boxes. This will inform you and other people handling your storage boxes as to what to be extra careful with.

2. Use packaging materials

The best packaging materials to use for storing? Cartons, tape, and bubble wrap. Cartons or corrugated cardboards are best to use for carrying a wide variety of items, to protect objects inside against moisture, and to provide sustainable packaging solutions. Additionally, cartons are very customisable and quite cost-effective.

Meanwhile, with tape, the best type to use for moving boxes inside storage units is shipping tape, for its thin and sturdy form that’s water-resistant and very sticky, masking tape for labelling, and duct tape for reinforcing heavy boxes.

Lastly, for highly fragile and breakable items, it is recommended that bubble wrap be used in order to provide your items with the necessary cushion that will prevent them from getting damaged.

3. Do not overfill boxes

Make sure that you only fill your boxes to their optimal capacity. Overfilling will likely damage the items inside it, and you would not like your things to get all smashed up, right? Make sure you only fill your boxes to their optimal capacity as overfilling may be likely to cause damage to your precious belongings packed inside. To make sure that all your boxes are properly filled and that you have enough room for your things, prepare an extra number of storage boxes. It also helps to choose a spacious self-storage facility that will enable you to add more storage boxes if necessary.

4. Pack heavy items in smaller boxes

A common misconception is that heavy items should be packed in larger boxes. That is not true, and it can be very impractical. Since the item’s mass compromises the integrity and stability of a box, using large boxes will just make it difficult for the movers to carry it, increasing the risk of it causing injuries or getting damaged itself. For the safety of your things as well as the movers that will assist you, go with more compact storage boxes for your larger or heavier items.

5 . Pack books flat

Did you know that arranging your books with the spine facing the bottom causes damage to the binding? Your books, being great holders of knowledge and memories, need to be packed properly.

First off, choose quality boxes to pack your books in and make sure these boxes have not been used to store food and other perishables. Then, lay your books flat with the heavier ones at the bottom and the lighter ones at the top. If you see some spaces between the books, you can use bubble wrap to fill the gaps and prevent them from getting tossed around.

If you need more informative tips about storing and packaging, feel free to send Permian Self Storage in Wollongong a message today. We provide local storage units that are secure, clean, and dry servicing the areas of Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Keiraville, Gwynneville & Mt Ousley.

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Self Storage Insurance: Is It Worth It?

Having insurance for your things stored in a public storage unit will definitely help you in lots of ways, whether you plan on keeping them there for a short- or long-term basis. Before you store your treasured items in a self-storage facility in Wollongong, you need to check the status of your policy with your insurer.

Goods stored at self-storage facilities are not necessarily covered by your existing insurance policy. This doesn’t mean you should go without it. Here are some reasons why you need insurance cover when your items are being stored.

Highly Sentimental Items Need Extra Security

A good reason why you are keeping your things in local storage units while you renovate or move home may be because the items hold high sentimental (and even monetary) value. Worry less about the safety of these items when moving when you have insurance.

Most insurance companies do not usually insure very expensive items such as jewellery or art. Storage facilities, like Permian Self Storage, recommend you not store any items that hold sentimental or high monetary value. So, we recommend contacting your insurance provider to discuss your options if you are planning to put your valuables in storage, or we can organise a quote for you through our insurance brokers, Midlands Insurance.

Extreme Weather Conditions Are Unpredictable

We take great care in ensuring our self storage options are well maintained and looked after.,however, Natural disasters happen and are outside of our control. These can include heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, floods, severe storms and tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.

So, whenever you are planning to rent an indoor storage units, make sure that you have the researched your options and have attained the right information to make sure you are option of getting the correct type of insurance cover. Why? So that in case an extreme weather-induced incident or natural disaster wreaks havoc in your area, you will have something to make up for the value of your goods.

Once again, make sure you check with your insurance company as some do not include reparation if a flood occurs, so make sure to check and read your policy carefully. There are special flood insurance providers that you can contact if you do not have one.

Crimes Can Happen

Reputable local storage units like Permian Self Storage in Wollongong follow strict protocol in terms of security measures. Although there are state-of-the-art surveillance and control systems around these storage rooms, burglary and theft can still happen on the very rare occasion. Having insurance helps provide cost coverage in cases like this.

Entrusting your things to a self-storage facility should definitely be not taken lightly. When it comes to storing your valuables, you’ll sleep better at night knowing that your insurance policy has your back in case anything happens to them.

 

If you plan on using Permian Self Storage in Wollongong for your storage needs, check the status of your insurance policy with your insurer. Due to the high standards of our facilities and our security measures, some insurance policies will automatically cover your goods, but note that this needs to be confirmed by your insurer.

In case your goods are not covered by an existing insurance policy and you would like them to be, we can discuss some options with you. Contact us to organise a quote and let us help you with your local storage needs.

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COVID-19 update to our clients

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We are still open! However next time you visit us you may notice a few changes.

We have limited access to our office to ensure the health and safety of all our clients, community and the wellbeing of our team.

Access to the office is now restricted, however, a staff member can assist you with all your storage needs via the window to the left of the office door.  If you require forklift assistance, we will still have staff in the yard to assist you throughout our opening hours.

Along with these changes we ask you to please respect the guidelines implemented by the Australian Government and the precautionary measures we have put in place.

  • We are actively practicing the 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines and we ask for your cooperation.
  • We please ask that all payments be made via our website or through direct deposit, but if you do wish to make a payment on site for it to be contactless and to limit cash payments if possible.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided by staff if you are using our EFTPOS machine or need to enter our office to sign an agreement.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have been sick in the last 2 weeks, we please ask that you do not enter the facility.

The Permian Self Storage staff will continue high standards of cleaning and safety processes throughout the day.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 4227 1222 or storage@permian.net.au

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How To Maximise Space In Your Storage Unit

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Renting a self storage facility is definitely a great idea if you need a space to keep your things safe while you move house or plan on refurbishing your office.

You would want to fit all that you can in your chosen storage facility to make the most of your rental, but before you can do that, you need to know how to maximise the space in your storage unit.

Here are some reminders to keep in mind so that you utilise your storage spaces efficiently:

 

Plan each space

Planning helps you determine the purpose of each available space. Through this, you are able to map out where to put the larger boxes, furniture, unused equipment, electronics, and so on. Also, using uniform-sized storage boxes where it’s applicable can help you stack your things more easily.

If you’re struggling with assigning places for your items, there are trusted companies such as Permian Self Storage in Wollongong that offers expert assistance for choosing for the best storage facilities suited to your specific needs.

 

Be creative

Another important factor if you want to maximise your space is creativity. This allows you to balance your need for storage and the ability to make use of your items. If there are shelves and cabinets, you can store small items inside them rather than place them inside other boxes which will cost you more space. You can also make use of the walls of the indoor storage units to hang your items.

 

Create personalised divisions

Putting divisions inside your public storage space is helpful in many ways. First, it makes things more convenient when you’re looking for specific items that are urgently needed. Second, it allows you to properly categorise your items based on their characteristics. Third, it gives you a feeling of being organised in storing all your items. Lastly, divisions help you in maximising space in your storage unit since you are made to re-evaluate what you really need to store as you categorise them.

When experiencing difficulty with allocating places for your items, you can get help from companies such as Permian Self Storage. They don’t only provide you with a self storage facility in Wollongong, they can help you get your things properly sorted as well.

 

Disassemble large items

Another thing you can do in order to maximise your storage space is disassembling large items such as beds, furniture, and cabinets. This way, you are given more space to be used for other items. Just make sure that large items are not cramped together to allow proper ventilation.

There are lots of options to maximise space in your storage unit. Just stay creative and resourceful. You probably have other ideas to consider when you plan without racing against time.

We understand that this is easier said than done, however. Which is why Permian Self Storage in Wollongong is more than ready to be of assistance. We’re here to make sure that you get the most out of your smooth self storage experience! Contact us today and let’s talk.

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Plastic vs Cardboard Boxes When Moving

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On your search for the most reliable self-storage facility when moving, a common question that comes up is what type of boxes you should use for storage and organisation?

When you don’t pack things correctly, things inside can end up broken, moulded, or pretty useless.

Your local self storage facility in Wollongong does not want you to experience this, so we’ve prepared a guide on what’s best when it comes to plastic and cardboard containers when storing and organising items.

Which is the best one for you? To answer that, here are some things to consider.

Plastic Boxes

In comparison to cardboard boxes, plastic boxes are known for their full resistance to water. Since water causes dampness and extra moisture to some materials, keeping things inside plastic containers will diminish the chances of finding mould on objects such as clothing.

The use of plastic boxes also keeps your things from protected. So when you arrange boxes in an indoor storage unit, you won’t have to worry about finding your items damaged.

Plastic boxes can also be useful to organise things when being stored. How? Create labels for your boxes in various colours and use this to your advantage. Categorise the contents of the boxes by label colour, for example:

  • Red – clothing
  • Blue – kitchen and dining sets
  • Yellow – books and stationery
  • Green – decorative items
  • Pink – miscellaneous

Moreover, plastic boxes come with lids. These boxes do not need to be taped in order to make sure that nothing penetrates the items kept inside.

Cardboard Boxes

Plastic containers are indeed useful, however they have a downside: they are non-biodegradable. They’re less environmentally-friendly compared to cardboard boxes.

Compared to plastic containers, cardboard boxes are best to use when moving items. If your chosen local storage units are a little far, it will be easier for you to transport them using cartons.

Also, cardboard boxes are very simple and easy to utilise. You just need tape such as duct tape or packaging tape to seal them in well. To label these boxes, you just need to write on them with your marker.

Which Boxes should you choose?

There will be lots of factors that will affect your decision. Based on our many years of experience with storage, we prefer cardboard boxes and the many benefits they provide to both our customers and the environment.

If you ever need assistance with cardboard boxes for your storage needs, Permian Self Storage in Wollongong would be more than glad to help. Contact the team today.

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Getting The Right Self Storage Facility When Moving House

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There is a lot to consider when moving house, from the resources you will need to utilise, to the time and effort necessary to make it successful. You won’t want to overlook anything important.

During this time, you’ll find that the convenience brought about by a self storage facility can also help you to not miss a thing while in the process of moving to another house. To reduce the stress, here are some helpful reminders you can consider.

Planning

Before storing your items or placing them in self storage units, undergoing thorough planning helps you organise and optimise the available spaces. As items differ in value, weight, fragility, and necessity, planning gives you the heads up you need in order to properly store your items.

Inventory

Another important aspect aside from planning is making an inventory of all the items you want to store. This allows you to track your items in case something goes missing or is misplaced. Provided that you have already made a record of your items, you can make it more convenient to check up on the items when you need them by including their location within the self storage facility as well as details describing them.

Labels

When storing items, you need to make sure that all objects with similar qualities are grouped together especially when moving house. Items for the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and so on should be separated from each other to avoid confusion when arranging them again.

Protection

Some of the positive qualities of self storage facilities include tight security and surveillance, pest and facility maintenance, and resistance to changing weather conditions. If you’re looking for the best storage facilities, Permian Self Storage in Wollongong can provide you with quality services, from choosing your storage space, to buying and using the necessary equipment, transporting your items, as well as assisting you with personal storage needs.

Maximise Spaces

If you want to maximise the available space, proper arrangement of your items is a must. This task needs creativity and patience. It is always advisable to stack items vertically and leave spaces in between to allow them some air. Always put the most needed items near the entrance of the facility in order to avoid unnecessary hassle when looking for them.

Time

Above everything, make sure you are able to make an ample amount of time for planning, inventory, arranging the items, labelling items based on their details, and looking for a reliable self storage facility. You also need to consider the accessibility of your potential local storage units to avoid wasting time during transit.

Conclusion

Moving house can be a tedious process, especially when it comes to storing your things while you prepare your new place. But there are ways to avoid exhaustion by planning ahead and organising your items efficiently with the help of these storage tips.

To guarantee efficiency and convenience, ask for assistance from a professional self storage service provider. Permian Self Storage in Wollongong is here to provide you with a smooth storage experience. Contact the team today.

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Removalists vs Truck/Trailer Hire

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Whether you’re moving to a new house, moving overseas or just need some extra space to store those excess items, the time has come, and you have decided to rent a self storage unit. Big or small, how will you get your items to your new storage unit? Will it be through hiring removalists or taking advantage of our complimentary truck and trailer hire*. However, you decide to move your precious belongings, here are some tips for both in determining which is better for you.

Removalists

There are five main reasons to consider when deciding whether hiring a removalist is the right fit for you.

Cost – In some areas, hiring removalist companies can be expensive, but due to the vast competition especially in metro areas, competitive pricing can help you and your moving efforts.

Convenience – Hiring removalist companies means you are hiring professional movers who have done moves time and time again. The majority of removalist companies’ complete fitness and health checks to ensure safety for all. They also have the equipment and training to be able to lift and manage large and heavy items.

Time – As mentioned before removalists companies do this time and time again, so they get it done quickly and efficiently.

Trust – Trusting strangers with your beloved and sentimental items can be a tricky task, however there is one important component to help trust removalists. Do your research. Ask around for recommendations, looking at the reviews and understanding the overall reputation of the removalist company. Doing your own research will ensure you are getting the value for money you deserve, and you paid for.

Insurance – Most removalist companies are insured, giving you peace of mind that your goods will be protected, if anything should go wrong.

Truck/Trailer Hire

If you have access to a truck or trailer or, are a customer of Permian Self Storage and can use our complimentary truck and trailer service*, you may find it best for you and your moving needs to do it yourself. There are definite pros to doing it yourself involving cost, control and doing it on your timeline. So, if you do believe this is the right fit for you here’s some tips on how to complete the move effectively and efficiently.

  • Dissemble large items
  • Getting help from family or friends to help lift the heavy stuff
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom so lighter and/or more fragile items can sit on top
  • Making sure you have the right moving equipment, for example; a dolly or trolley
  • Safely secure all items and protect them with plastic tarp or blankets while in transit
  • Take breaks, drink lots of water and lift with your legs

The Hybrid Move

Stuck between deciding which removal technique is right for you; the hybrid move could be the right option for you.

The hybrid move combines both removalist companies and do-it-yourself truck/trailer hire, to suit all your moving requirements. If you are uneasy about moving large, heavy items than hiring a removalist company and then you have the option to transport your more precious, sentimental items yourself. Moving your personal items is a tough job, so tailoring your move to suit your needs can have the best outcome overall.

Are you looking for help planning your move and selecting the right self storage for your needs? Contact the team today at Permian Self Storage in Wollongong and let us assist you.

*Truck hire is only complimentary for one use only and trailer hire is always complimentary for Permian Self Storage Customers.

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