Decluttering to move house

You may have lived in your home for just a few years or you may have lived there for many decades. When it comes time to move, chances are there will be a few or many extra items that you may not want to take with you. The tricky part is knowing where to start!

Declutter definition: ‘to organise and prioritise your possessions’

Moving house is the perfect time to do just that – organise and prioritise your possessions. You have to touch everything in your home to move so it is the ideal time to get rid of all those items you have forgotten about or that won’t add value to your life in your new home. Moving to a new home can be a new start or at least a time for a change.

Some tips

  • Start small – just one room or one draw at a time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the task at hand.
  • Set up some boxes – Keep – Donate – Sell – Trash
  • Pack and label the boxes that you are keeping. This will get your home packed in no time at all.
  • It is a great time to be ruthless, if you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, chances are you are not going to any time soon.

The benefits of decluttering

  • With clutter, we can feel overwhelmed – clearing that clutter clears the overwhelm
  • Decisions become easier when we are not burdened with too much stuff
  • We can relax as there are not the pressures of ‘things’
  • Moving time and costs will be less
  • You have additional cash from selling unwanted items
  • You feel good about donating to charity
  • The new home really is a new beginning
  • Your new home really is your castle and a place where you feel proud to invite family and friends

So when you are decluttering to move house know that John Bull will be ready to help. We can recommend services to help with your decluttering, packing and ultimately moving you to your new home.  Contact John Bull Removals and Storage

Decluttering to move

How long will my house move take

How long will my house move take is almost a “how long is this piece of string” type of question as there are many variables with each and every house move.

Let me provide a simple equation for you : TIME = (Access x number of items) + Drive time + Preparation/Packing + Placement Decisions.

How long will my house move take

Some items that may affect the costs of your move are:

How close can we park the truck to your new home?

Do you have lots of stairs for access?

Are there long halls to carry furniture?

Do you have a lot of furniture?

Have you got a lot of boxes?

Are their many items that are not packed?

If there is a lift, how big is the lift?

What is the distance between the old home and the new home?

Do you have items in storage that need to be picked up or items that have to be dropped off at storage?

Are we providing a packing and unpacking service?

Not everyone is the average move, but at John Bull, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure that your move is completed in the most efficient way possible. Contact the team at John Bull Removals and Storage for an obligation free quote on your next move, local or interstate we can help you move home as stress-free as possible.

Life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Are you considering a move to Sydney’s Northern Beaches? John Bull is your locally preferred removalists as we have been moving families and individuals for more than 60years.

Perhaps you already live here and want to know more about the area!

Sydney’s Northern Beaches or Insular Peninsular is one of Sydney’s most beautiful places and highly desired as the place to live. Many locals have lived here their whole lives and have been lucky enough to stay and buy within the area. Nicknamed the Insular Peninsular as you don’t have to go anywhere else, we are lucky to have everything in the one place without ever leaving.

This peninsular runs from Manly through to Palm Beach and encompasses a lot of beaches and suburbs along the way. Anyone who watches Home and Away may realise that “Summer Bay” is actually the beautiful Palm Beach.Sydney's Northern Beaches

Food and Drink

There is a multitude of restaurants, bars, cafes and more up and down the peninsula to enjoy, you will never be bored for choice.

Markets

Held at Manly every weekend, Warriewood’s fresh produce each Friday, Palm Beach and Narrabeen each month and more.

Activity to Explore

With so many beaches to choose from you can swim in the ocean pools or surf the breaks. Walk the sandy shores or take the coastal walks. A snorkel at Manly’s Shelley Beach or an explore through the beach rock pools will keep you busy.

Bushwalking tracks abound and there is the loop of Narrabeen Lakes or the walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. For the golfers we have many top class golf courses to choose from too.

Shopping

We have Westfield Warringah Mall, Stocklands at Balgowlah, Warriewood Square to name a few of our large shopping centres. You cannot miss all the small shopping pleasure of Manly, Freshwater, Avalon and Mona Vale for community, individually owned shops.

This blog has only touched the surface of what it is like to live life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. So if you are considering moving here, let the team at John Bull ensure that your move is a peaceful one.

Moving Interstate Checklist

Are you considering an interstate move? Here is our moving interstate checklist for you.

Remember that moving interstate is not just about Melbourne or Queensland, there are a whole lot of other stops along the way. Perhaps you are moving from Narrabeen to the Blue Mountains, Mona Vale to Mittagong, Collaroy to Canberra! Regardless of the locations speak to John Bull Removals and Storage about how we can move you to your new location. We will provide you with an obligation free quote and help to ensure that your move is as stress-free as possible.

It can be an exciting time to move interstate, perhaps it is for work, perhaps it is for affordability or maybe just for a sea/tree change. Either way John Bull will help you ensure that your household items make it to the new location as easy and stress-free as possible. When you have been in business for as long as John Bull, you understand what it takes to help people with their move. Read a few of our testimonials to see how we can help you.

We even have an inventory checklist to help you – ask for a copy info@johnbull.com.au

Have you considered letting us do the packing for you? John Bull can provide a professional packing service to help to get you on the road to your new location.

Moving Interstate tips

  • Get your moving quotes early and make sure you choose an AFRA accredited moving company like John Bull Removals.
  • Ask about moving insurance – John Bull can ensure everything is covered for you.Fully Insured Removalists
  • Start arranging the services you need to have cut off or transferred – Electricity, Water, and Phone etc.
  • Make sure all your bills are up to date
  • Start packing anything you don’t regularly use
  • Label any/all the boxes you are packing
  • Write a list of essentials you will take that won’t travel with the removalists
  • Keep your important documents like passports safe and secure
  • Have a garage sale to get rid of those excess items
  • Redirect your mail to the new address
  • Pick up all your dry cleaning
  • If you are driving interstate, have your car serviced
  • Check your new property for readiness and connection of services
  • Arrange final cleaning
  • Have a checklist of items you have and the removalists have

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Organisation Tips for the New Year

Organisation Tips for the New Year

Let me guess – you’ve just moved house and can’t figure out what on earth to do with everything you own. Here are some organising tips to help you manage all your items. Hopefully, you had a good clear out while you were packing, but if you didn’t you can do it now. Remember though if you are moving house with John Bull we can pack and unpack everything for you – stress-free.

Organisation Tips for the New Year

Set a timer – If you find unpacking very overwhelming just do it in 10minute bursts or just pick one room at a time to do.

Plan – Write a plan of what you need to unpack or to purchase so that you can unpack.

Email – Get your bills all sent by email, this will stop the papers piling up

Direct debit – Get your bills all on direct debit, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to pay them.

Clothes – Anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months you are unlikely to wear again so toss it out.

Magazines and books – Charity gift all the overrun of books and magazines that you don’t have space for and may never look at again.

Toys – Get the kids to organise the toys that can go to charity

Organisation Tips for the New Year

Kitchen

  1. Organisation station – Have a spot in the kitchen that is just for to-do lists, wifi passwords, messages, reminders. This can be the back of a door or on the face of the fridge.
  2. Cookbooks – Donate the ones you won’t be using in the near future.
  3. Fridge – Give the fridge a quick clean each and every time you bring in the shopping.
  4. Dishwasher – To ensure that you empty it, try doing this task while you boil the kettle for a cuppa. Make sure also to fill it and turn it on before bed, it will save you electricity too as this is off-peak.
  5. Cleaning – Clean as you go and wipe down your appliances regularly
  6. Prep – Prepping food ahead of time can save you loads of time
  7. Draw organisers – These simple dividers can make your life so much easier as you can find things quickly and easily.
  8. Containers – Only keep the containers that have lids and the lids that have containers, seems simple but over time this sure can get out of hand.
  9. Prepare your meals – Organised people know just what they are going to be eating all week. They prepare it in advance.
  10. Pack snacks – easy to grab snacks for yourself or the kids make it easy than the blank stares into the fridge and cupboards.Organisation Tips for the New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all our clients both existing and new, we wish you a wonderful, safe and cheerful time during this holiday season. We know that many of you will be travelling, having time with family and friends or just relaxing at home. So, regardless of your plans during this time, keep yourself safe and do the things that you love so you are ready to take on 2018.

An Ode to Christmas Food

Eat up, it is Christmas time, food is going amok:
Turkey, peas, potatoes, and dressing perhaps even a duck.
It’s OK, eat away:
Corn, gravy, cranberries, ham.
Eat up, it is Christmas day:
Salad, rolls, butter and jams.

Eat up, it is Christmas time:
Chips, bean dip, carrots, peas.
You must do it, it is the season.
Grape juice, milk, teas and coffee.
You can not refuse; there is no reason:
Cake, gum, chocolate, candy.

The year is ending, never fear.
New Years Eve will soon be here
All resolutions will be listed in play.
A diet awaits you the very next day.

Merry Christmas2017 has been a busy year for John Bull Removals and Storage. We have continued to deliver the service you know and expect from us and with storage requirements growing we expanded. John Bull moved into larger premises to offer our clients a larger space to store their items safely and securely.

With 2018 just around the corner we are excited to see what it holds for both John Bull and our clients.

Take care and stay safe over this holiday time, enjoy your celebrations. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond.

Happy New Year