If you lack office space, but the rental for new premises is too expensive, then storage units are the ideal option. More often, moving premises is more than expensive rental costs. It also involves down time which equates to lost revenue. A mobile storage unit is not only cheaper than an additional office space, it is also convenient and easy to access. All you need to do is call and the unit will be delivered right to your door.

Businesses are required by law to retain financial, legal documents and files about their business for seven years. These can use a lot of space in a small office. Once you sort and group your documents by business unit or subject matter and date, you can store them away safely in a storage unit and they can be accessed whenever you want.

Don’t sell your summer or winter stock below cost because of a lack of storage space. You can store your excess stock in a storage unit until the next season. Mobile storage units are weather proof, pest controlled and secure.

Capitalise on bulk buys but don’t pay a premium price for storage. Buy in bulk and save costs. Store your excess stock in a storage unit. A storage unit is a perfect way to keep the products safe. Mobile storage units can also be delivered to your door when you run out of showroom stock.

If you have an online business but no room to store your stock, use a mobile storage unit to store your inventory and retrieve whatever you want whenever you do.

Storage units provide security and ease of access. They have fire protection, are pest controlled, and are affordable. You are not charged for accessing them either. Most of all they make business sense. Hire a SmartBox and solve your storage needs. We will deliver the unit to your door, pick it up when it’s ready and will store it for you.

Children need to have a sense of belonging and to feel loved.  Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to connect with family and develop those strong bonds that will last for a lifetime. With the holiday season right around the corner, it is the best time to start planning and finding ways to make the most of the holidays.

Arts and crafts are a fun and creative way to spend time with the family. An ideal way to encourage self-expression is to work together and help each other out. Some easy activities to incorporate during the Easter holidays are:

  • An Easter Hunt is an easy, fun filled activity for children of all ages.
  • Egg Bowls – find a flat surface and use fake eggs to knock down water bottles.
  • Use a burlap sack to get the children to race to the finish line. Get creative and add bunny tails to the sack and bunny ears for the children.
  • Host an egg and spoon race.
  • Get the little ones to colour outlines of Easter eggs.
  • Fill plastic eggs with slips of paper that either have a "truth" question written on them, or some kind of dare and challenge each other.

Cooking together also is not only a fun activity, it is also is a great way teach the children to cook and for the whole family to enjoy a meal or snack together. Some easy baking ideas to try out:

  • Cookies in the shape of Easter eggs
  • Chocolate chip bunny cupcakes
  • Easter egg brownies

But this might even be the best time to get organised and store away your summer clothes and any rarely used items. Get everyone in the family to identify a dozen or two items they won’t be using for a while and together you can pack up and store them away in a SmartBox. SmartBox will drop a mobile unit to your doorstep and take it away when you are all done. Call them when the next summer comes around and when you need your summer gear. SmartBox will bring the mobile storage unit back to you.

Happy Holidays!

Decluttering has many benefits, but the most important are the ones they have on your health and well-being.

  1. Decluttering reduces stress and anxiety. Trying to locate items in a disorganised home can be overwhelming and time consuming and consequently stressful. Whereas being able to easily locate something reduces stress and anxiety. When everything is in place it makes for a calm, Zen environment.
  2. Decluttering creates a sense of confidence. You are forced to make decisions on whether to discard or keep items, where and how to store them. Doing this repeatedly and successfully builds confidence while improving your decision-making abilities.
  3. Decluttering can reduce tension in the family. Organising utensils, laundry, stationery and other household items means everyone knows where to go to find what they need. Disorganised households usually end up with everyone screaming at each other when they can’t find something in a hurry which results in tension and disharmony. Establish rules on how and where things should be stored and notice the positive changes in the family dynamics.
  4. Decluttering can improve your mood. Decluttering by itself will give you a sense of satisfaction and peace but in the process of decluttering you usually find things that you forgot you had. That usually creates a sense of serendipity and is mood enhancing.
  5. Decluttering is energising. The physical act of decluttering by itself is uplifting – just try it for yourself and see how it motivates and energises you. Once you start decluttering, you rarely stop until you have sorted your entire home.

Space is premium when you are trying to declutter so why don’t you hire a SmartBox and give yourself some additional room to work with? SmartBox mobile storage units will come to your home, you can stash your goods away, lock it up and we will pick up and store it for you until you ask for it again. Having more space to work with will make decluttering a lot easier and faster.

Most of us have different shoes for different occasions like sneakers for running, sandals and flipflops for summer and boots for winter. While your stash may not be anything like Imelda Marcos’, I bet you would still have an issue with storing and locating your shoes especially when you are in a hurry and need to find the pair that matches your outfit.

The thing with shoes is that you don’t outgrow them and therefore your collection keeps expanding. Besides, now that shoes come in every colour of the rainbow and in more shades than the Pantone colour swatch, it is easy to grow your collection exponentially. Parting with your shoes is rarely an option, no one likes parting with a good pair of shoes.

Shoes are not cheap; a good pair could cost in excess of $250. So, throwing them on the floor of your closet is not the best way to store them. This also makes locating a matching pair difficult and creates scuff marks when you are rummaging around trying to find the pair you want.

Storage and care tips

Store your shoes well and they will last longer, and you will save time trying to find them.

  • The first thing you need to do is clean them by brushing off any dust and dirt.
  • Remove scuff marks from leather by dipping a damp cloth in baking soda and rubbing the offending area, then wipe off the residue with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Clean sneakers with magic erasers. Sprinkle some baking soda in the sneaker and leave it overnight to reduce any offending odours. Discard the powder before you put them on.
  • Then sort your collection out by which pairs you use regularly and which you use infrequently.
  • If it is summer, store your winter shoes and boots somewhere out of the way, perhaps on a high shelf and if it is winter do the same with your sandals and flipflops.
  • Use clear shoe boxes with lids which are stackable. They come in both acrylic and plastic. The down side is that they take up a lot of space.
  • Then there are shoe stackers that use less space than a shoe box. Both shoe boxes and shoe stackers will keep your shoes from being scuffed or crushed by other shoes.
  • Long boots tend to fold over. Use a boot shaper or fill them with scrunched up paper to keep them upright and in shape.
  • If you use shoe boxes to store your shoes, we recommend that you add some silica gel packets in each box. Silica gel is a desiccant that prevents fungal growth and removes moisture.  

You can tell a man by his shoes. It is a good reason to store yours well  and keep them looking good.

If space is an issue but you want to keep your growing stash safe until the next season, you could hire a SmartBox. Stack your shoes in it, and although these mobile storage units are breathable, adding Silica gel to the shoe boxes will ensure your shoes have that extra protection. Call us and we will store your collection for you in a secure location until you need it again.

Giving makes you feel good

A new year is a time for new resolutions and decluttering your home is always on top of everyone’s list of new year resolutions. Donating items that you do not want or have not used is a good way to start. And since 2021 is the year of the Ox or should we say year of the box, It is time to consider packing up and storing those sentimental items.

Step up your tidying skills

SmartBox self storage units are an ideal way to declutter and store your items for future use. So, it is the perfect time to don your Marie Kondo hat on and spark some joy. Sort the contents of your wardrobes, draws, bookshelves and cupboards first into categories: shoes, clothes, books, papers etc and then into lots of unwanted, sentimental and necessary.

Decide what to keep or discard

Sell or give away your unwanted items, organise those that you use and are essential to your daily life. But what do you do with those sentimental and treasured items? That’s where SmartBox comes into the picture. At just $99 a month you can hire a SmartBox where you can, again, Marie Kondo style, organise the storage unit with clearly labelled and colour coded boxes. Pack it up to the ceiling, lock it up and call us to collect it. We will take your precious cargo and store it for you.

We all know that the new year is the best time to embrace its symbolic meaning of starting afresh. Use the time to guide you through the tidying process so you can begin the year of the Ox with a clutter-free, organised life. Happy New Year!

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