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8 Brilliant Ways to Simplify Your Life

If you feel as though you don’t have enough hours in the day it may be time to declutter your life. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a huge task; all it takes are a few small adjustments to add more time, space and calm into everything you do. Below are 8 simple ways to declutter and simplify your life.


1. Make more time in your day

Making more time in your day isn’t as difficult as it sounds – and it definitely doesn’t have to involve getting up at the crack of dawn!

The first step is to think about absolutely everything you do in a day and write it down – including things like making breakfast and reading news. It might be helpful to jot down the things you do as you go about your day to avoid forgetting anything.

Once you’ve completed your list it’s time to go through every item one by one. You may have already noticed that there are a few unnecessary items on there – or tasks that you could streamline – or even things that you could delegate to somebody else.
Viewing a list of your daily tasks will give you better perspective and allow you to plan better.

Often, we don’t realise that we do so many unnecessary things until you actually write them all down. If you manage to trim a few of these down you’ll end up freeing a lot of time for yourself.

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How Self Storage Can Help Your Business Boom

Self-storage is not just for homeowners and big corporate enterprises. Over the last few years it has become increasingly popular with small business owners and entrepreneurs who have found smart ways to use self-storage to grow their startups.

Below are a few reasons why self storage has become so popular with small business and great ideas on how it can help your own.


Competitive pricing:

Office space comes at a premium, but storage companies tend to keep their prices very competitive. New business owners find that they can save on overhead costs by renting a storage unit instead of a large office space or warehouse.

This solution is perfect if you’re working out of a tiny office (or from home) and need extra space to store products, equipment, stock, files or anything else your growing business needs.

Storage unit as an office space:

Many small businesses choose to use their storage unit in lieu of an office. In fact, it’s becoming a very popular way of operating, especially for those who want to avoid the distractions that come with having a home office but save on office rental fees.

It’s also very popular with businesses which have moved online and no longer need big showroom spaces, or those that simply don’t need to be part of a massive office block.

Many self-storage companies offer spaces which can easily be converted into a comfortable office space. This video offers some great ideas.


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10 Ways To Survive Moving House

Moving house is difficult no matter how many times you’ve been through it, but there are ways you can improve the overall experience. While there are plenty of guides and articles on how to complete every step of your move, we’ve summed up the 10 best ways to survive the entire process.

1. Think ahead

Planning is an essential part of any move, and it’s a good idea to start at least a month and a half before your occupation date. Not only does this leave enough time to get everything sorted before the big day, but spreading your tasks out also reduces the stress and anxiety.

It’s also a good idea to buy a notebook or create a file with all your moving ideas, notes brainstorms, lists and numbers in it. Keeping all your documents in one place ensures you don’t lose anything and will also prevent you from having to keep it all in your head; a recipe for sleepless nights.

If you are moving into a house that’s having renovations done to it, be sure to leave plenty of ‘wiggle room’. Even the smallest renovations often take longer than expected and it can make things extremely stressful if you’re not prepared.

Finally, moving seldom runs 100% to plan, so you need to be prepared to be a bit flexible. Having a ‘plan B’ wherever possible goes a long way to maintaining your sanity.


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A Guide To Buying At Storage Auctions

With the successful hit reality TV show – Storage Wars – Kennards Self Storage has seen a noticeable increase in buyer interest. Storage Wars follows colourful characters in their quest to find value in the abandoned goods. All the auctions are held on-site, which also provides for much better TV than watching them bid online – boring!


When storage customers abandon their goods storage operators will sell the goods to get the space available for rental again.

At Kennards Self Storage, all auctions are held online. This makes the process very easy for buyers as it allows all the spaces to be viewed through one simple portal despite being spread throughout different storage Centres.

Kennards offers this guide to our online auctions to help those curious to give it a try.

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7 Practical Ways To Get Back On Your Feet After A Breakup

Breakups are extremely difficult, no matter how strong and independent you are. While there is certainly no easy way to get over an important relationship, there are a few things you can do to inspire yourself and make the mourning process that little bit gentler.

Below are 7 simple and practical ways you can help yourself get back on your feet after a tough breakup.

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1. Set a mourning period (with an end date)

Experts recommend allowing yourself to feel sad for a set period of time, rather than trying to shut off your feelings altogether.

When you act as though nothing is wrong you deny yourself the opportunity to go through the necessary psychological mourning stages. On the other hand, mourning for longer than is necessary is also unhealthy, and you want to get up and start feeling better before you’ve wasted too much of your precious time.

A solution is to allow yourself time to feel sad but set an exact date for when this is going to end. Then allow yourself to feel sad for a few days without feeling guilty or angry at your feelings. It’s part of the process. Once your time is up, make a commitment to move into a positive mental state. You’ve had your time to mourn, and now it’s time to put your energy into picking yourself up and feeling better.

If you’ve allowed yourself to indulge your emotions you’ll also feel more ready to move on when the time comes.

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2. Boost your brain’s production of feel-good chemicals

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12 Quick ‘n Easy Home Storage Ideas

Declutter, organise and improve the look of your home with these smart but low-cost home storage ideas.

1. Install hooks and shelves in your entrance hall

The entrance hall is a magnet for clutter, but it can also be your greatest ally. By adding a few of the following you can make it a great organisational and storage space.

– Coat stand

– Bag hooks

– Key hooks

– Shelf

This provides space to store bags, coats, keys and items you’ve just carried into the house where you need them most. Not only does this save you having to pack each item away when you enter the house, it also keeps all your belongings neatly where you need them.


2. Upcycle your jars

Glass jars are having a moment. They make excellent cheap storage spaces and are very on-trend right now.

Use recycled jam and honey jars to store cutlery, stationery and other small items.Using jars not only saves you money (and earns you ‘green’ points), but they’re also great for organising as you can see what’s inside without having to open them.


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How To Organise The Belongings Of A Deceased Loved One

There are many personal challenges one has to face when a loved one passes away, and sorting through their personal belongings can be one of the most difficult.

There are, however, a few things you can do to make the process just that little bit simpler. Below are a few tips that may help.

1. Do it in your own time

If there’s no real reason to rush, give yourself all the time you need. Don’t feel pressured just to ‘get it over with’ some people will find it easier to do it right away, some will want to wait a while.

It’s up to you when you feel ready.


2. Decide if you’d like someone to help you

You may find the process easier if there is another person present to help you.

As you’re going to be burning a lot of emotional and mental energy an extra pair of hands can be very helpful.

If you think you’d like someone to help, don’t be afraid to ask. Set a time and date and tell them what it is you need help with.

If you decide to do decide to do it alone, setting a defined time frame in which to have it done is also a good idea so as to avoid dragging out the painful process.

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How To Prepare Your Home For Sale

When buyers are considering a house there are many factors that feed into their final decision.

As the seller, there are certain things you can do to influence this decision and improve your chances of maximising the sales price.

Find out how to prepare your home for sale and get the best deal with these clever tips and tricks.



1. Deep Clean

It’s time to give your house a better clean than it’s had in years.

Clean the dust off light fixtures, wash every last window, steam clean the curtains, scrub the walls, dust the skirting boards and if you have carpets, consider getting them professionally cleaned.

The human brain picks up everything in its field of vision and uses it to inform the overall impression, so although buyers may not directly notice dusty fan blades, it does have a subliminal effect on the overall appeal.

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Easy Ways to Create a Stress-Free, Zen Home

Most of us living in the modern world lead stressful lives and, not only is stress unpleasant, it’s also a major sabotage of our health.

While certain daily stresses may be unavoidable, there are ways of managing it to make sure that you’re able to de-stress and unwind when you get home at the end of every day.

In this post we’ll tell you how to turn your home into a stress-free sanctuary; creating an ordered environment that’s a pleasure to come home to and spend time in.

How to Tidy up and Declutter

Neuroscience and various psychological studies have shown that spending time in a cluttered environment is subliminally stressful.

Your brain is unable to relax when it is continually bombarded with disordered stimuli – and a cluttered home does just that.

Start with your living room and bedroom and go through all the visible items with the aim of reducing every surface to only items you really need or really love.

In the #1 best-selling guide to decluttering your home, Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo advises you to go through each room in your home and hold every item you own. If the item does not spark joy when you see and hold it, it’s a sure sign you need to let it go.

Go through each room in the house with this objective and get rid of the clutter: whether that’s by throwing it out, giving it away or sending it into storage.

Tidy up the remaining items, remembering that the tidier you make it now, the more inspired you’ll be to keep it that way moving forward.


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10 Key Things People Forget When Moving House

Moving house is a big event and even the most experienced movers have trouble keeping track of everything – especially as there are so many things to think about.

To help with that, we’ve compiled a list of items that people often forget when moving house – including things people commonly forget to organise, do and pack.

Things people forget to organise in advance:

1) Send out change of address

Sending out your change of address is something you’ll want to do in advance in some cases as the changes can take up to 2 weeks to process.

Before the moving chaos begins, designate a chunk of time to get them all done at once, or at least make a long list of all the places you’re going to need to contact. Then it’s one less thing to think about when you’re getting settled into your new home.

Here’s a quick checklist to help ensure you don’t forget the major ones:

– Electoral Register (You’ll need to register your change of address in order to be eligible to vote)

– Post Office

– Bank

– Insurance Companies

– Tax Office

– Driver / Vehicle Licensing Agency

– Online shopping and home delivery accounts

– Employer

– Schools/universities

– Telecom Company

– Satellite/Cable Company

– Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions


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