46 Items to Recycle before you Move

So moving day is approaching and you have MANY years of “STUFF” to sort through – where do you start! Ideally, you can go room by room, don’t try to tackle everything at once and don’t forget the outside too. Recycle, donate, sell, upcycle and any other way you can redistribute your unwanted items before you simply drop to the landfill tip.

Support local charityBellow is a comprehensive list of items to sell, give away or donate before you start packing, ready to move. If you have the opportunity to have a garage sale this is another way of getting rid of any larger items and getting some cash back. With items like towels and blankets, there are always animal shelters that will be looking for these items.

Clothing will always be accepted by charity’s and if you have furniture in good condition they will often come and collect it from you too.


Inside and Outside

  1. Kitchen appliances you haven’t used in the last couple of years
  2. Chipped and mismatched dishes
  3. Mismatched knives
  4. Kitchen utensils that you never use or don’t know what they are anymore
  5. Old Cookbooks
  6. Broken appliances
  7. The plastic containers that have no lids and the lids without containers
  8. Out of date spices, teas and pantry items
  9. Scraps of wood or timber
  10. Old Paint tins
  11. Old tools
  12. Miscellaneous building or renovating items left over
  13. Gardening supplies
  14. Old Garden Hoses
  15. Excess or damaged furniture items
  16. That draw in your house with everything in it
  17. Garden party decorations
  18. Expired cosmetics
  19. Old samples you planned to use but never did
  20. Old or expired medicine
  21. Shower curtains
  22. Old hair dryers or curlers you no longer use
  23. Any old artwork you no longer love
  24. Those old crusty towels
  25. The fitted sheets that have no elastic
  26. The bed covers that are right at the back of the cupboard not getting used
  27. Extra blankets
  28. Old sewing supplies that just take up space
  29. Bills older than 12 months – unless you have a business then it is 5 years
  30. Old gift wrapping and cards
  31. Craft items that will never be finished
  32. Office supplies that you forgot you had
  33. Books you have read or will never read
  34. Old media that you now have as digital
  35. Office furniture you no longer need
  36. Clothes – an obvious one but anything you haven’t worn in the most recent season
  37. Clothing Accessories
  38. Shoes that you no longer love or wear
  39. The mystery items under you bed
  40. Old toys and games that the kids have grown out of
  41. Kids clothes and shoes they have grown out of
  42. Rugs that you won’t reuse
  43. Extra suitcases or travel bags you don’t use or need
  44. Old school artwork or books that are not needed
  45. Mattresses that may have been kept
  46. Camping gear that never gets used

No doubt there are more we could list and hopefully, this list makes your task a little more efficient too. Don’t forget to book John Bull Removals for your next move and if you still have extra items we have a storage facility for you.

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The Best Removalists Sydney NSW

How do you choose the best removalists Sydney NSW?

Moving house is a stressful time, especially if it has been a while since you moved or it may even be your first move ever. So how do you choose the best one?

Naturally, the best removalist is the one that can provide you with everything you need so knowing what you need is the first step. You can choose from a full service that includes packing and unpacking to just having the removalist take the big heavy items for you.

At John Bull Removals & Storage we are a full-service removalist so call us for a quote on your next move.

Know what you need – Best Removalists Sydney

It is important when you are planning to move to know what you actually need from a removalist.

  • Do you need a packing service
  • What about an unpacking service
  • Will the removalists just move your large items
  • If you pack everything the removalist can take the lot
  • Do you need boxes and furniture covers
  • Will there be specialist items to move like a piano
  • Are you moving interstate or local

What does the removalist offer

Now that you know what you need, you have to find a removalist who offers exactly what you need.

  • Ensure the removalist has insurance
  • Do you need a quote or are you happy to just pay by the hour
  • Have you read reviews about the removalist
  • Do they have a comprehensive website
  • Is their a great business history
  • Are they able to answer your questions when you call
  • Can they offer solutions if you have an unusual request
  • Do they have experience of moving to difficult sites
  • Can they offer you packing materials, tape etc?
  • Can they provide a packing and unpacking service for you

For the best removalist, Sydney NSW John Bull has the most equipt and local team for your next move. With more that 60 years in the business, we know what it takes to move your families most important possessions.

Contact us for an obligation free quote

Clearing Clutter ready to Move

Clearing clutter ready to move your home………..

You are moving house in the near future, so now is the best time to begin sorting out what you will take. If you have lived in the same place for a while, chances are that there will be a little clutter.

So, how do you clear the clutter and get ready to move?

Step 1 – Think about everything in your house and organise it into the following. This is often called the 4-box method and you do it room by room throughout your house.

Box 1 – Items you wish to keep and take with you

Box 2 – Items you wish to donate

Box 3 – Items you wish to sell

Box 4 – Items you wish to throw away

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Step 2 – Get rid of box’s 2, 3 and 4 ASAP.

Drop off your donations to a local charity for them to sell or give to those in need. Unwanted, clothing, books, and furniture that are better off with someone else.

Place your items/furniture for sale on websites like Gumtree or eBay so they can be sold before you move. The last thing you want to do is move items that you are not keeping anyway. The extra cash you make can help pay for the removals to your new home.

Lastly, take a trip or two to your local rubbish tip with those items that cannot be donated or sold. If you are lucky you may have a council clean up where you can put your items out for collection.

Step 3 – Now you can see exactly what you have and wish to keep you can begin packing ready for the move. Your removalist costs should be cheaper, and you will be ready to start a new chapter in your new home. Make sure too that if you are buying new furniture, arrange the delivery directly, to the new property.

Simple Clutter Clearing Tips

Tips Clearing Clutter ready to Move

  1. Reduce paper and arrange for as many bills as you can to be sent by email.
  2. Take baby steps in clearing one shelf first or one cupboard before moving to the whole room.
  3. Label boxes for donations, selling or rubbish.
  4. Once a box is full do with it what is on the box so you don’t just stack up boxes everywhere.
  5. Schedule a day or a weekend to decluttering.
  6. Anything you are keeping – make sure it has a home.
  7. Ensure your spaces are used well and are useful.
  8. Remember the cabinets, bathroom, kitchen etc. they also need to be cleared out on a regular basis. Check the expiry dates in the pantry.
  9. Declutter your clothes as well; if you haven’t worn it in the last season, you probably won’t wear it again. Donate it to someone else.

John Bull Removals and Storage are your local professionals so make sure you contact us for an obligation free quote for your next local or interstate move.

How to Relocate your Office

Moving office can be a daunting and stressful experience for even the most experienced of movers. It is important that you choose a reputable company, both to look after your furniture but also look after any of your private documents, intellectual property, materials and more. John Bull Removals Sydney have the experience you need to get the job done right the first time.

Ideally, you want the move to take place as quickly as possible so that you can avoid too much downtime in your business. It can be far more costly for a small business to move than a large company with the costs associated and the loss of productivity for a smaller business. This is why planning is so important and choosing a company to help you move and get you business up and running again.

Packing tape available at John Bull Removals and StoragePreparation is key, the more organised you are, the smoother and faster the relocation will be for your office or warehouse.

Office moving Tips

  1. New office – You’ve secured a new workspace and signed the contract, now is the time to start planning how your business will operate from the new space. Make plans for your staff needs and practical use of the space you are moving to. Where will the IT hub be, office printer, storage, filing, and more? Remember that if you have staff it is a good idea to run things past them to ensure you are meeting their needs too.
  2. Rubbish – What can you do without, what do you need to replace, what do you need that is now. Perhaps certain things won’t be moved, instead, they will be replaced with new. Can have the new items delivered straight to the new address to save on moving them? Ensure that any electronic equipment is recycled via your local council and any old furniture is donated, sold or removed from the office.
  3. Clients – Give your clients plenty of notice if they are going to be impacted by your business moving location. Let them know the new address and any downtime when you are out of contact. If you can move office at a time that least impacts your business and your clients/suppliers then this is the obvious best choice. Ensure you contact your suppliers, post office for mail redirection and update all contact information everywhere your business is listed.
  4. Boxing – Just like moving your house, the better you pack and label everything, the easier it will be to find and unpack once you arrive at your new space. John Bull Removals and storage can supply you with all the boxes and packing supplies that you need and we can help you store anything that won’t be going to the new office.

Moving office doesn’t have to be an arduous task – given the right amount of planning and the right choice of removalists it can be smooth and efficient.

Speak to the team at John Bull Removals & Storage to see how we can make your next office relocation as smooth as possible.

VOTE FOR US! Local Business Awards 2017

Once again we have been lucky enough to be nominated in the Northern Beaches Local Business Awards and voting is now open!

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We were finalists last year so to take out the win would be a massive thrill for us. If you feel that the service that we have provided you is deserving of a local business award then please take a minute to vote in the link below


The service category is a huge one so we are going to have to work especially hard to get as many of our customers to vote as possible, we are hoping that next year they might break the category down a bit!

Thanks for your ongoing support, we will let you know if we are successful!

HOW TO- Prepare your refrigerator for the move

Empty the refrigerator of all its contents. Make sure that both your refrigerator and freezer are free of food, condiments, ice cube trays, and anything else that might rattle around and shift weight. Remove items placed outside of your refrigerator as well, such as magnets.

If there are perishable items in the refrigerator, finish them or give them away. If you’re in the middle of a big move, it’s probably easier to just to toss the things you can’t finish now.


Remove the shelves. Remove all removable components from the inside of the fridge, including shelves, trays, and other loose or movable items, organisers, and dividers. Wrap the shelves in towels for protection, then label and stack them carefully.

You may also opt to secure shelving in place with tape instead of removing, but it is recommended to remove them altogether and pack them separately. Depending on your fridge, though, this might be a fine option. If they’re secure, consider taping them into place and creating less mess with the move.

Unplug the refrigerator.
 Coil the power cord securely and tape it in a tight bundle to make sure that it stays in place while moving. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, disconnect this from the water source as well.

Defrost the freezer if necessary
 If a considerable amount of frost has built up in the freezer, you’ll need to defrost it before going forward with the move. This would normally take 6 to 8 hours to complete, so make sure you have ample time before the move.

Give it a clean while it is empty, this means that once you set up in your new home all you need to do is fill it!


Your removalists will use a specialist trolley to move your fridge to the truck, if required they may use an elastic strap to keep the doors secure.