Why do people use storage

Have you ever wondered – Why do people use storage? Really!

By far the largest percentage of people who use storage are people who are moving. This is followed by people decluttering their homes, renovating and storing a loved one’s belongings. Northern beaches storage


  • Downsizing – If you are moving to a smaller property you may want to store some of your special belongings to be able to make decisions at a later stage once you are settled into your new space.
  • Staging for Sale – Putting away the items that may not be ideal for showing your home including all those items that make your home personal to you. Storage is the perfect option here. Many real estate agents will suggest that you set your home a certain way for sale and you may find that some or all your items are removed and professional stagers come into style your home.
  • Moving in together – When to people or two families move in together, chances are you both have a lot of stuff. Storage can help you consolidate and work out what you want to store, use or sell.
  • Your settlement date changes – Sometimes a settlement date may be extended and you find yourself and your household items with nowhere to be.
  • A job with travel – If you find yourself travelling consistently for work or moving overseas, you may want to store your items for the time being.


Long before Marie Kondo and the Komari Method was a thing we have all needed to declutter our lives. Decluttering is not always about getting rid of these belongings it can be just putting them into storage 36 DIY Moving Tipsfor the time being. Even if it is getting the tinny of the driveway to make more space!


Are you planning a renovation? It doesn’t have to be a big renovation to need storage. You may be just renovating your kitchen and need to store everything while this happens. Or you may be tearing down half of your house and need somewhere to put all your items so you can live freely in the remaining part of the home.


When you are dealing with the loss of a family member it can be a very overwhelming time. There is a lot to do and going through belongings is not always a priority. By waiting a period of time until you feel more comfortable helps with your emotions at this time. Particularly if you have to work with other family members during the process, it can be easier to wait several weeks or months.


Regardless of your storage needs – Contact John Bull Removals and Storage to see how we can help you with your storage needs.

How to move interstate stress free

Relocating to a different state can be a lot of work and quite overwhelming. With the right advice, a big move doesn’t have to be a big headache.

Moving, in general, can be stressful but when you are doing a big interstate move, it can feel so much harder. In some cases, it can take up to a week for your goods to arrive which can add to the stresses. On top of the cost and time, you have the added pain of moving kids to a new school, changing your electoral roll address and changing your car registration.

When moving interstate, bringing in experts to help move can be well worth the expense!

Tip: Professional packers and unpackers save time

It is becoming common for interstate moves to include professional packing services to save time. We can unpack and set up your new home when the containers have been delivered.John Bull Packing and Unpacking Removalist

Example: “Our professional packers can pack up a family home in one day, rather than a week or more by one person. Packers also unpack cartons – which is defined as “unpacking contents onto flat surfaces”, not putting away in cupboards and bookshelves – at the destination.”

Note: With the majority of interstate moves relating to work, the employer often picks up the tab – including packing!

Avoid overstuffing boxes

If you are doing the packing yourself, there are a few points to remember, especially if you are moving with limited available time.

  • People tend to “over-pack”, meaning they have far too many boxes and effectively pay to move excess material.
  • Others, do not disperse weight within the boxes, which means some can be too heavy.
  • To avoid this do not put many heavy items in each carton.
  • Also, minimise using packing materials by utilising bed sheets, rugs and pillows around breakable items.
  • And, don’t forget to label boxes in detail. There is nothing worse than trying to rummage through multiple boxes when you need something. This will also make it easier to avoid putting breakables at the bottom of the pile during the move.

Remember that professional packers are trained to pack in a way that avoids breakages with a move!

How to move interstate on a budget?

Moving long distances will cost, but there are a few ways to help minimise the hip-pocket hit.

  • Purge before you pack to reduce the amount you are moving
  • Use a trustworthy company and get quotes in writing
  • Don’t move during peak seasons
  • Have your new house ready to avoid added storage costs
  • Throw a garage sale to lighten the load and raise money to put toward moving costs

If you have any questions or need help to arrange your next move – contact the team at John Bull Removals and Storage.

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.