How to declutter your garage or shed

Remember when the garage was just for your car, and the shed just for your gardening tools? If you have junk piling up in these once-functional storage areas, follow these simple tips to reclaim your space:

Be ruthless

For every item you come across, try to remember when you last made use of it. If you haven’t used something in the last year, do you really need it? Rather than throwing everything away, you can resell, recycle or donate usable items to charity.

Use wall hooks

The trick to maximising space is to consider every area that can be used for storage, including the walls. Install some wall hooks for bikes, gardening and sports equipment, and even hanging baskets to keep those extra odds and ends. Peg boards are also a great way to store certain items, particularly smaller tools that you need close to hand.

Consider ceiling storage

The ceiling of your garage or shed can be ideal for some out-of-the-way storage space. Use ceiling hooks or overhead racks for items only needed occasionally.

Install some shelving

Clear your floor space with some heavy duty shelving units. Place items you’ll use most often at the front, at waist or eye level, and everything else can go behind, above or below.

Invest in sturdy storage boxes

Stackable plastic storage boxes are ideal to keep your belongings organised and somewhat protected against damp and cold. For optimum organisation, place different types of items in different coloured boxes, or label each box for easy reference.

Replace the garage door

Garage doors that open inward severely limit the amount of available storage. Invest in a roller door or any other type that retracts vertically to really open up the space.

Utilise professional storage

We all have belongings we only need once a year, but for the remaining eleven months just seem to cause unnecessary clutter. All those Christmas and Halloween decorations, camping equipment, snow shovels and garden furniture can all be stored in your local Self Store facility or storage warehouse. Leave your seasonal belongings with the professionals until you need them next.


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Improve your office environment: 12 top tips

It’s easy to become absorbed in our work without much thought to the environment around us. But it is our very surroundings that can sometimes be detrimental to our office productivity and wellbeing.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. If you work in a corporate office, there are many changes you can make to cultivate a fruitful and friendly work environment:

1. Hang some artwork: keep it simple with some branded materials, or get a bit zany with some motivational posters or your favourite Picasso print!

2. Brighten up the place with some flowers and other plant life (just don’t forget to water them!)

3. Lighten up the place with extra lamps or light boxes. Choose daylight bulbs or specialist light therapy boxes for bright, near-natural light that’s easy on the eyes.

4. Clear your desk and your mind by decluttering and ditching printed paperwork. Recycle anything you already have in soft copy. Make this a daily habit to keep you distraction-free while you work.

5. Employ subtle scents to improve your mood. If candles or incense will cause conflict in the office, use essential oils to keep you calm and productive throughout the day.

6. Purge the office cupboards and filing cabinets: if you discover anything you don’t need, get rid. If there are items you only require once a year or less, archive them.

7. Improve air quality with air filters, open windows and indoor plants.

8. Sort out those messy cables.

9. Get ergonomic: prevent RSI and joint pain by purchasing wrist and foot rests, laptop stands, ergonomic keyboards and anything else that keeps you comfortable at your desk.

10. Update your furniture for your comfort and safety. Your old desks and chairs can be environmentally recycled.

11. Eliminate your junk drawer: you know the one. That place you put all the stuff you think you need, but in reality never use. Clear your junk drawer and don’t let anything back in that you don’t use regularly.

12. Help keep office illness to a minimum by dusting your desktop and IT peripheries regularly. If possible, do this last thing on a Friday, unless you want the whole office sneezing!


Moving office or simply in need of a declutter? Pickfords Business Solutions offers a wide range of services for modern organisations, including porterage and churn, IT relocation, furniture recycling and storage. Call us on 0845 130 6559, email solutions@pickfords.com or enquire online for more information.

Clearing the clutter of Christmas past: 9 top tips

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With the holiday season officially over, now’s a great time to declutter your home. Don’t stop with the Christmas decorations, what else can you clear out that provides maximum living space and, if moving home, ensures a tidy home for property viewings and ease of packing?

Here are our top tips for clearing your post-holiday clutter, and beyond:

Take your time

Decluttering can be a mammoth task; attempt to tackle everything at once and you’ll likely fail. Write a plan that covers no more than one room per day during weekends, with smaller tasks (specific cupboards or drawers) reserved for weekday evenings.

Start a room, don’t stop

Once you start a tricky room, such as a study or garage, it can be tempting to give up when the going gets tough, abandoning it for an easier task. Don’t fall into this trap, as it’ll make returning to the job much harder. Once you start a room, focus on just that room until you finish.

Use the gaps in your day

Identify small moments in your routine when you are otherwise in waiting (boiling a kettle, TV ad breaks, downloading software updates) and use them to progress a small part of your declutter, such as organising a drawer or paperwork pile.

Recruit friends and family

Make sure your entire household is involved in the project, with individuals taking primary responsibility for their own rooms and everyone pitching in with shared areas. To really power through, call in a favour from your neighbours to lend a hand.

Get the children involved

Unfortunately most of us don’t possess Mary Poppins’ magic to help clean the kids’ rooms, but you can still help children find the fun in decluttering by making a game of it or offering small rewards along the way.

Use the four-box method

For each room, label four packing boxes and place everything in them as follows:

  • ‘Keep’: items that will stay in the room
  • ‘Store’: items that can go into storage
  • ‘Recycle’: items that can be recycled or donated to charity
  • ‘Bin’: items that can be disposed of

Be ruthless!

Do you really still need last year’s Christmas cards or that ‘spare’ pair of running shoes? Be absolutely ruthless with throwing out or giving away items that you don’t need. If you haven’t used it in 12 months, chuck it. If you have paperwork going back more than a few years, most of it can be recycled or digitised.

Reorganise as you go

A primary cause of clutter is not having one place for certain things, e.g. paperwork, toys or clothes. Take this opportunity to designate a central new home for items you find strewn about the house, and keep them there.

Leave it to the experts!

Pickfords’ declutter service does the hard work for you. Whether you’re moving house and preparing for property viewings or simply in need of a tidy up, our team will pack and wrap any items you need cleared from your home and deliver them to your nearest storage warehouse until you need them again.


To find out how Pickfords can help you declutter your home, click here to contact us or speak to your local branch on 0800 019 8557.

Protecting your possessions in storage and transit

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There’s a lot at stake during your move, so it’s important to make sure you are adequately prepared. Aside from the money, time and effort it takes to move home, you need to take into account everything you are moving with you. Your furniture, clothes, and belongings may hold great value, whether financial or emotional. Nobody wants to arrive at their new home to find that some of their prized possessions and treasured memories have been lost or broken during the move.

You may be moving out of one home and into another on the same day, so will only need to protect your belongings during the moving process. Alternatively, you may be moving country, or may have to store your possessions while in between properties, so you’ll need to take this into account when protecting your belongings.

When you move home, make sure your goods are packed securely in clearly labelled boxes. For more valuable items, it’s always best to secure them with padding, such as bubble wrap, to add an extra layer of protection.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family, or hire a professional removal company who can make the packing and moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

If you need to store some of your belongings during your move, use a company you can trust. Pickfords have a nationwide network of storage facilities, with a solution to suit every situation.