Don’t get stressed by moving house

At John Bull Removals and storage we want to say “Don’t get stressed by moving house”. You don’t have to be a statistic which shows that moving house is among the top 5 most stressful situations.

Here are some tips for you:

  • Book the movers early – This means that when the time comes you won’t have to do all the heavy lifting on your own.
  • If all the following tips are not for you, we have a packing and unpacking service to make things easier.
  • Buy a pack of sharpies, tape rolls and boxes.Packing tape available at John Bull Removals and Storage
  • Take pictures of areas that you may like to recreate in your new home and pack accordingly.
  • Make sure you declutter BEFORE you move. Decide what you are keeping, donating or taking to the tip.
  • Pack one room at a time and label all the boxes by room and category for that room. TIP: you can also number the boxes for each room so you know exactly what you have.
  • Create a survival kit – toilet paper, chargers, snacks, tea/coffee, change of clothes etc. This should be in your car for ease of access.

Unpacking tips:

  • Frozen or cold items first
  • As your boxes are labelled and numbered it should be relatively easy to move room by room based on your needs in your home.
  • Make sure you unpack the items that make you feel most at home first.
  • If you can’t stand the idea of unpacking, arrange our packing and unpacking service.

So yes moving house can be stressful and difficult but at John Bull, we are here to make the process as painless as possible. We can do as much or as little as you need us too and we have plenty more tips and ideas to make your move happen.

Contact the team at John Bull Removals and Storage so we can assist you with your next move.

Decluttering the KonMari Way

Are you familiar with the Japanese decluttering and best selling author Marie Kondo?

If you have read her book or watched the Netflix series you will know about the perfectly folded clothes and only keeping belongings that make you feel joy.

Her advice when decluttering is to hold each item you own in your hands and ask “does this spark joy?”. When the answer is no you are to thank the item for its service and donate the item or pass it onto someone who will have the joy of this item.

Marie recommends thanking your clothes for their service (i.e. thank your jacket for keeping you warm today), and really look after your clothes so that they will love you back for the appreciation.

Decluttering the KonMari Way

When it comes to decluttering, if you are having trouble parting with a piece of clothing because you spent a lot of money on it (yet it’s not quite the right fit), then you can part with the item by thanking it for its service. Even though it was never worn, it taught you not to buy clothes that don’t fit perfectly, therefore, it has still given you a lot of value.

Your future clothes are now items that you truly love to wear and you will always have something to wear.

Marie has a method of folding items that allows you to see every item in your drawer with ease. Not everything has to be hung on hangers, ask yourself if the item would be happier hung up rather than folded. You may be surprised to find that you are now only hanging large coats, business shirts and dresses.

T-shirts can be folded as simply as:

  • Place item upright on a flat surface
  • Divide item into three
  • Fold one side in and tuck in sleeve
  • Repeat on another side
  • Fold body in half
  • Now fold into thirds
  • Stand vertically for storage

Her method is about joy and not about minimalism. For example, if when you get home and remove your jacket, you know that it has a home within your home. This reduces decisions and allows you to make fewer decisions and spend time on the things you love.

Are you ready for the KonMari way?

For everything that you need to store – contact John Bull Removals and Storage

Decluttering the KonMari Way

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

As another busy year comes to a close we hope that 2018 has been good to you and your family. The team at John Bull have been busy moving our clients all across Sydney and up/down the east coast. We have also moved into larger premises so we have even more available space to store your items securely. If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram you will see some of our interesting moves including a HUGE python skin we found while moving one of our clients.

Have a read of this letter below, I am sure you will relate – Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year. The team at John Bull Removals and Storage

A Letter to Santa From Mum

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mum all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of chocolate bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find any more free time in the next 18 or so years.Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any colour, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don’t flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the chocolate aisle in the grocery store. I’d also like a waist since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn’t show any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, “Yes, Mummy” to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, “Don’t eat in the living room” and ‘Take your hands off your brother,’ because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colours and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws’ house seem just like mine. If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a takeaway container. If you don’t mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare tomato sauce a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organised crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pyjamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your boots by the chimney and come in. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.


P.S. – One more thing…you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull


10 benefits of self storage

10 benefits of self-storage at John Bull

Self-storage has lot’s of benefits, here a just a few for you.Northern beaches storage

1 – Storage for your business. Do you have business equipment, materials, office supplies, excess inventory or similar that is taking up space? All these items and more can be placed into storage until you need them. The benefits are that your office/factory or home is free of all these items and you can still access them at any time.

2 – Transitions. A divorce is one of those transitions where you may need to store your belongings until you are settled in a new place. By putting your items in storage they are safe and secure until you are ready to unpack them again.

3 – Retirement. When you have finished working you may be going to travel and rent out your home. You may be going to travel and rent out part of your home or even just store a few boxes. The solution is secure storage.

4 – Travelling for work. Many families have to travel both interstate and internationally for work. When this happens you may need to leave many items in storage as you will be returning or perhaps you wish to send them at a later time.

5 – Seasonal. Why not store all those winter items you don’t need in summer or the summer items you don’t need in winter. Get rid of the clutter in your home with self-storage.

6 – Declutter. By removing all the belongings that you only use occasionally you can make your home far more spacious. Also when you re selling your home there is the need to move out all those personal items and knick-knacks that make your home yours.

7 – Sports. Do you have bulky sports equipment that you don’t use all year round? Self-storage is the perfect solution.

8 – Hobbies. Is your hobby overtaking the house? Using self-storage can keep all your family members happy.Northern beaches storage

9 – Downsizing. Have you decided to move to a smaller space? You don’t have to get rid of everything immediately. Perhaps you will again have a larger space so there are specific items you wish to keep. Perhaps you want to pass these items to family members or sell them in the future. Self-storage solves these problems.

10 – Moving house. When you move not all the timelines match up and there may be a need to store your items for a period of time.

Whatever the reason John Bull Removals and Storage at Mona Vale have the storage solution for you and at extremely affordable rates too.

Contact us today for all your storage needs.

Northern Beaches Self Storage

At John Bull, we are pleased to offer you a self-storage option! Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and situated in our secure warehouse with a back to base alarm system.

Yes, that’s right you can access your storage on site with us at Mona Vale.Mona Vale storage

Just give us a call the day before and we can have your storage pod ready for you to access at a time that suits.

Storage pods – As you may know we use a storage pod system this has several benefits.

  • Plywood modules keep your valuable possessions clean, dry and protected.
  • We bring the modules to your home in our specially designed truck. Your possessions are professionally wrapped and packed directly into the modules.  When we return to our warehouse, instead of having to handle all your furniture again, we simply use a forklift to lift the modules off the truck and put them away inside our secured warehouse.
  • The modular system eliminates unnecessary double-handling, and when you reduce the handling, you reduce the risk of damage associated with carrying furniture.

Modules are made out of plywood, and for a very good reason – because plywood breathes. The modules are not designed to get wet, so they are never left out in the weather, they are always kept in a secured warehouse. This means modules maintain a very constant temperature whilst in store, which prevents deterioration that can occur from damp, mildew and rust.

John Bull storage modules are slightly elevated from floor level, ensuring a steady airflow under and around the storage module. Therefore on a 40-degree day outside the plywood, the module will be comfortably cool inside our warehouse, and on a freezing winter night, the plywood keeps things comfortably warm inside.

Long-term or Short-term

From just $22.99 per week, we can store everything you need within a 5 cubic meter space or for just $29.99 per week for 9 cubic meters.

Not sure what size you need – just ask our helpful team.

Our storage is not just for household items – you may have business items that need to be stored securely and locally. As mentioned above you can have access to these items with just one day’s notice.

Contact John Bull Removals and Storage today for Northern Beaches Self-storage.

John Bull Removalist Northern Beaches

Moving Boxes

One of the first things you may think about is “I need moving boxes”

Do you:

  • Get new ones
  • Find some used ones
  • Look on Facebook or Gum Tree to see anyone giving them away
  • Ask your friends and family

What size boxes, tape, bubble wrap, paper and more do you even need?

Well, luckily we have everything sorted for you at our Box Shop in Mona Vale! John Bull is a one-stop-shop for all of your packing needs, from boxes to packing tape and mattress covers-we have you covered, literally!

You can find our Box Shop at Unit 3, 83 Bassett Street, MONA VALE, NSW 2103


BOOK BOXBox shop_book box – Length 42cm x width 32cm x height 35 cm
Constructed from top quality, dual ply cardboard, this box is specifically designed to carry anything heavy or fragile. This is the ideal box to choose when packing kitchen crockery, glassware, cutlery and tins of food. Called the ‘book box’ for obvious reasons, but also perfect for many other household items such as files, stationery, ornaments and anything too heavy for packing in the Tea Chest. Please consider, when packing your boxes, that if the box is too heavy for you to lift it will also be too heavy for your removalist!
We will credit you $1 for each box that you return to us

TEA CHESTBox shop_tea chest – Length 42cm x width 40cm x height 63cm
This is the ideal carton to use for everyday clothes, kitchen appliances, lamp-shades, Manchester, children’s toys, bric-a-brac and anything too large for the book box.
We will credit you $1 for each box that you return to us.

Yes, we have used boxes available too and if you have no idea what you need just ask one of the friendly faces at John Bull. Plus we have all the paper and bubble wrap you could need and tape to keep everything secure.

Don’t forget – you don’t have to do any of this yourself if you don’t want to – we can arrange to pack and unpack EVERYTHING. 

Here is a recent testimonial

I’d like to commend your staff on a great job.  The packing ladies were polite, pleasant, easy to deal with, fast packers and professional.

The removalists were the same.  Everyone just arrived and got on with the job, and it was done efficiently and effectively.   Nothing was a bother, anything a little out of the box ( eg moving the desks into the new building and TV out of the old) was handled with no fuss.

You have great staff, doing an awesome job for you.

Sandra van Kool