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Pallet Art is trending all over design Platforms like Pinterest and we are LOVING it! 

We have put together a bunch of our favourite pieces here – Please let us know if you give this Art a go and share your creations with us! 

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Old Pallet Table – Source

 

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Lounge Set – Source

 

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Shelving – Source

 

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Recycled Pallet Night Stand – Source

 

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Garden Bench – Source

 

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Absolutely LOVE this coffee table – Source

 

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Sun Benches – Source

 

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Mini Sofa – Source

 

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Chest of Drawers {one of our favorite} – Source

 

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Bed – Source

 

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Rustic Garden Table and Bench – Source

 

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Clock – Source

 

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Outdoor Shower – Source

 

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Moon Cradle – Source

 

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Simple Storage – Source

 

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Inspitational Words of Goodness – Source

 

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Floating Shelves – Source

 

What do you think about the Pallet Art craze? 

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We are broadening our team!

Please help us add another STAR to our team:

Top class Sales Consultant required ASAP for position at our furniture removal company based in Johannesburg. The position is a virtual office position and requires a motivated self starter with a good work ethic who can work independently and is driven , has good people skills, is vibrant, positive and pro-active and is committed to getting the tasks done efficiently and promptly.

Good communication skills are important.

Requirements:

3 years experience in sales with traceable references.

Computer literate including excel, email, word and some knowledge of pastel.

Must have laptop, cell phone, Telkom connectivity (this is a work from home position), own transport is also required for staff meetings.

Remuneration: Basic plus good commission.

Send CV to maryann@bettermoves.co.za

If you know someone who fits this description perfectly PLEASE tell them to get in touch with us SOON!

1. Check out the community calendar. Look at your town’s website (as well as those of cities and towns nearby) or stop by city hall to find a list of events going on in the community, many of which are free. You’ll often be surprised at how many interesting (and free) activities are going on right now in your area.

2. Visit your community library. Not only is a library a warehouse of books, most libraries also have extensive CD and DVD collections you can check out. Many libraries also have “story time” for young children, film nights, book clubs, and many other events that you may be unaware of – completely for free. Stop in and check out what they have to offer.

3. Do some networking. Spend an afternoon writing emails to professional contacts, just to see what they’re up to and letting them know what you’re up to, setting them up to send en masse on Monday morning. While it might be boring for some, it can open countless doors for your career if you do it consistently, help you build new relationships and friendships, and all it takes is a little bit of spare time.

4. Get your financial papers in order. This may not sound like a fun activity up front, but the peace of mind it gives you will make your life a lot more relaxing. Spend an hour or two organizing all of your statements and other financial documents. This is a perfect time to start your own filing system. If you’re more adventurous, try initiating an electronic filing system, as it will save you significant space and make information retrieval easier (though it’s more of a time investment up front).

5. Check out some podcasts. Podcasts are wonderful things – top-notch audio programs available for you to listen to for free. Give some a sample – you can do it easily by using iTunes. Visit the Podcast section of the store and check a few out. My favorites include The Splendid Table (on food topics), Marketplace (on economics and business), Speaking of Faith (on religion), Fresh Air (interviews of general interest), This American Life (quirky general interest stuff), and This Week in Tech (technology news), among many others.

6. Play board games. We have a pile of board games, mostly received as gifts, that we often pull out and play, plus our closest friend has a few choice ones. Classic games like Monopoly and Pictionary can be great fun. Just dig through the recesses of your closet, find an old board game you haven’t played in ages, and bust it open!

7. Bake a loaf of homemade bread. You probably have everything you need tomake a loaf of bread in your kitchen right now (except for maybe the yeast). Anyone can do it, and the bread turns out deliciously. Here’s a detailed visual guide for making a simple loaf with minimal ingredients and complexity.

The Court Jester by clspeace on Flickr!

8. Learn how to juggle. All you really need is three balls and a video showing you how to do it. Not only is it a fun activity to learn, it’s something that’s fun to bust out as a party trick on occasion (trust me, you can always get people to smile if you juggle three fruits in the kitchen while preparing something).

9. Teach yourself how to change the oil in your car. If you’re due for an oil change, just bring the oil you need home with you and teach yourself how to do it. All you really need is an old pan to catch the wasted oil and a funnel to pour the old oil back into the canisters for later disposal. Just use your car manual as a guide for the procedure and you might just find that not only is it a lot easier than you thought, but it’s a useful skill to have.

10. Meet your neighbors. Make an effort to introduce yourself to your neighbors if you don’t know them well. Invite any interesting ones over for a cup of coffee and a chat, just to get to know each other better. Your neighbors can not only become friends, but can also be a valuable resource – a friendly pair of eyes on your property when you’re away or a helpful set of hands when you’re trying to complete a challenging task.

11. Have a “cupboard potluck.” Go through your cupboards and find any items that might have slipped to the back over time. Invite some friends to do the same, then get together for a potluck dinner prepared from only these ingredients and whatever else you have on hand. It makes for a “free” meal and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

12. Clear out your media collection – books, DVDs, CDs, etc. Just go through what you’ve got, determine which ones you’d actually like to keep, and get rid of the rest. You can either sell them at a used media shop or swap them with friends. In either case, you’ll get rid of stuff you don’t watch or read or listen to any more in exchange for either some money or new media to enjoy.

13. Make a 101 Goals in 1001 Days list – then start on some of them. A 101 Goals in 1001 Days list is a very effective way to codify all of the ideas of things you’d like to do all into one place, so that when you have spare time, you can just turn to the list and do what’s next on it. Spend some time thinking of things that belong on this list, then when it’s finished, you’ll have an excellent list of potential accomplishments and be ready to go with lots of activities.

14. Make decisions about and write out your will. This is a thought process that many people put off, but it makes you feel quite relieved when it’s done, adding to your peace of mind and relaxation. Spend some time thinking about what you want to happen to your personal assets when you die, particularly in terms of the personal mementos that you want others to have and where you want the value of your estate to go. Do you want it all to stay with family members? Do you want to remember a charity? Then, when you’ve figured it out, sketch out the basics of a will. Later, you’ll likely have to have a lawyer prepare it for you, but just having the decisions made doesn’t cost a thing and is a big mental relief.

15. Do a household maintenance walkthrough. Just go through your home and look for any little maintenance tasks that need to be done. Do filters need to be replaced? Are there any burnt-out light bulbs? Here’s a maintenance checklist that might give you some ideas as to what to look for. It might not be the most fun activity you can think of, but it’ll add subtly to your enjoyment of your home when it’s done – cleaner air, light bulbs in place, and so on.

16. Organize a walking tour. Find out about the interesting historical and cultural sites in your town, then go on a walking tour of it. Pack a lunch in your backpack and have a picnic on the village green or in the park. You can easily turn this into a full day if you live in a compelling area.

17. Try out some great open source and free software. Ever wanted Microsoft Office but didn’t want to foot the bill? Spend some time downloading and setting up OpenOffice. Want a good scheduling program? Try out Sunbird (a program Ireally like). Want to design a nifty newsletter or lay out some pages? Try out Scribus. Your computer can do so much more – and it’s free!

18. Take some digital photographs. Take your digital camera out with you and take pictures of anything you find interesting. Take lots of them, then go home later and see if you’ve taken anything beautiful and compelling. Great images can make for the basics of homemade greeting cards (yep, keep going downwards for more on this), nice desktop wallpaper, screensavers, or many other interesting uses.

19. Share those digital photographs with others. Sign up for a free Flickraccount, then upload some of your most interesting pictures to share with others. Spend the time to title them appropriately, add interesting captions, and allow them to be used under a Creative Commons Attribution license so your images can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

20. Start a blog on a topic that interests you. You can get a free blog atWordPress or Blogger. Join the service and start a blog on a topic that interests you. Not only can it be a ton of fun, it also helps you improve your communication skills, reach out to others, and perhaps earn a bit of income as well.

 

 

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Moving house is no easy feat! We all know that it ranks as one of the most stressful life events, on a par with job loss , divorce and bereavement. If you think for a minute about everything that goes into moving house you can quite quickly become overwhelmed and break out into a mild sweat… wait… what is that smell? {wink}

We make it our mission to take as much of that stress off you as possible. We consider ourselves experts in the field, so you can rely on us to help you with every step of the way – even if it is only advice you are after!

It has to be said that cleaning is the worst part of moving house {or office}, and not only do you have to do it.. you have to, in most cases, do it TWICE: Clean up the house you are moving out of, and the house you are moving in to! But this experience does not have to be as awful as you imagine – turn it on it’s head, and make cleaning a more enjoyable experience. You may be shaking your head at this {absurd} thought… but we assure you it can be done! With the help of these innovative cleaning and household tips:

Enjoy!
And let us know how you go
BetterMoves Team
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The Worst Cleaning Jobs Made Easy

Dirty Job No. 1: Clearing Dead Bugs From an Overhead Fixture

Time it takes: 15 minutes.

Why it matters: The corpses pile up, especially in summer. They’re not dangerous to your health, but who wants to look at them?
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Step 1: Turn off the light and tape down the switch for safety. Wear an apron with pockets to stash supplies. With a screwdriver and a cotton cloth in your pocket, climb an extra-tall stepladder, which will get you eye to eye with the fixture. Unscrew the dome. Dust the bulb with the cloth.

Step 2: Climb back down and head to the kitchen. Dump any dead bugs into the trash. Line the sink with a large dish towel (to prevent breakage) and place the dome on top, open-side up. Fill with warm water and a squirt of dish soap and let soak.

Step 3: Wipe with a sponge, rinse, and dry. (You can also pop most domes into the dishwasher, says Henning, who does this with all but painted and very delicate covers.)

Step 4: When it’s dry, reattach the dome. (Consider switching to frosted-glass domes, which camouflage the body count better than clear ones.)

Try to do this: Whenever you’re sick of looking at the bugs… and before you move into or out of a home.

Dirty Job No. 2: Decrumbing the Toaster

Time it takes: 5 to 10 minutes.

Why it matters: Besides being a mess, the crumbs can smoke, stinking up your kitchen and possibly setting off your smoke alarm.
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For a toaster
Step 1: Unplug and remove the crumb tray. Dump out the crumbs, then wash the tray with dish soap and wipe dry with a cotton cloth. Hold the toaster upside down over the trash can and gently tap out any remaining crumbs.


Try to do this: Every other month, and most especially before moving and packing it into a box!

Dirty Job No. 3: Cleaning Ceiling-Fan Blades

Time it takes: 15 minutes.

Why it matters: When dust sits around, dust mites move in. They contribute to allergies and sinus infections. A dusty fan can send mites scattering to bedding and furniture, so it’s actually a health risk.

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Step 1: Tape down the fan’s switch for safety.

Step 2: Place an old pillow case cover over a blade

Step 3: Pull the fabric back, keeping all the dust and dirt contained

Step 4: Repeat for all blades

Try to do this: At the beginning and the end of fan season, or every other month if you use the fan year-round.

Dirty Job No. 4: Cleaning Heat and Air-Conditioning Vents and Radiators

Time it takes: 15 minutes per unit.

Why it matters: A buildup of dust anywhere harbors allergens. And when you’re dealing with vents and radiators, this dust is propelled into the room. Also, excessive dust makes your cooling and heating system work harder and therefore costs you money.

For vents
Step 1: Turn off the heat or the air-conditioning. Run the crevice tool of a vacuum over floor and baseboard vents. For ceiling vents, spread a sheet below and wear a baseball cap to shield your hair and eyes.

Step 2: Remove the vent covers (all you need is a screwdriver); you’ll have to use a stepladder for ceiling vents. Wash covers with dish soap, using a small sponge paintbrush to get into slats (plastic and unpainted aluminum or steel can go in the dishwasher). If you want to soak the covers to get them extra clean, use only hot water—prolonged exposure to soap may take the paint off. Clean inside ducts, as far as you can reach, with the crevice tool or a cobweb duster, which has stiff bristles and a rounded head that fits inside ducts. When they’re dry, replace the covers.

Try to do this: Twice a year and when moving.

Special thanks to Real Simple for these great tips!

 

1 spray bottle
1 ½ cups white vinegar
2 cups of water
10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil, i.e. lavender, eucalyptus, jasmine (optional)

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Fill spray bottle with all ingredients. Shake to combine. Use to clean surfaces in and around the house like kitchen counter tops, refrigerator handles and appliances, to keep porcelain and fixtures shining bright. Follow with a clean cloth for a bright shine!

You can use the above recipe for some of the following household duties. Tougher jobs may call for straight vinegar:

  1. Clean and wipe down kitchen countertops, cutting boards, refrigerator and freezer handles.
  2. Clean bathroom surfaces (If you need some scrubbing action, put some baking soda in a bowl and pour some of the above mixture in, stir to combine and scrub away!)
  3. For stubborn hard water deposits on taps and shower heads, fill a plastic bag with enough white vinegar to completely cover the fixture and let it soak overnight.

 

Make a list
Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.

Have plenty of supplies
You’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. Again, you’ll need lots more supplies than you think, so get extra so the packing can go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.

Colour coordinate
Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply coloured stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home. Put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, (“Boxes here please”) to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.

Keep things together
Insist on keeping things together when you or the movers are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes — to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special nuts and bolts with the wall unit. Keep larger corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in resealable bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item. As a backup, have a “Parts Box” open on the kitchen counter and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, or nails that are removed from any items of furniture. Keep this box with you, or mark it well with a rainbow of coloured stickers so it can be easily located on move-in day.

Pack ahead
Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. If it’s summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. You don’t really need 5 radios or TV’s around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also be packed (put things in them!) while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.)

Consolidate cleaning supplies
If you clean your old house after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and cloths. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it.

Use your luggage
Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Even for local moves you’ll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favourite sleeping shirt, whereas “Box #189″ might remain elusive for days.

Keep important papers with you
Your list of “important” papers might include: birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, estate agent’s info, maps, and more. Keep them with you!

Personal boxes
Use brightly coloured storage boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they’ll want ‘right away’ in the new home — a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, tissues, and travel cosmetic case, and so on.

Moving may not be the most fun you’ve ever had, but planning ahead will go a long way toward making the process bearable.

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We recently moved house and of course logically we used our own Removal company. I owned a Guest house for 11 years and I beleived that to understand the qualitly of our facility and service we were offering, it was important to try out the rooms first hand. I always found something else that could be improved in the rooms that would make happier customers.

Well on move day I beleived we were more that ready to go, but realized that actually I needed at least another 4 boxes to pack up the last minute odds and ends- this included the bathroom bins, the toilet paper, the cleaning stuff such as rags and polish, the outside mat and much much more that just kept turning up and needing a box. Thankfully our truck and team arrived early and got on with the actual job of moving. Some of the goods were going to storage and Alpheus, one of our experienced workers, carefully wrapped my special furniture in cushion craft and labled and numbered each item. Thank heavens I did not have to worry about the bigger issues of moving – that was happening like clockwork. I was having my own little haffy about getting the dust and dirt removed where there was once a frdige or a washing machine and finding the extension plug (which had been packed away in a box) for the vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust that had gathered under our bed (and I thought we lived a clean lifeteyle). Moving really does show up the places we seem to miss when we clean house each week doesnt it- and worse than that the new owners and all and sundry get to see this- OMG!!. Here I was on all fours with a brush and pan trying to get rid of the evidence of poor housekeeping.

Before I knew it the entire truck was packed and ready to roll and I was still trying to finish off the job of handing over a spotless clean house. What amazed me was how relaxed and confident our staff were and ready to banter as they worked. No stress from them and no problems at all with the move from start to finish.

So what did I learn from my personal moving experience.

  • Our staff are very quick – there is no time to think about anything – its all just happening
  • Their experience with moving left me feeling confident to just leave it to them to get on with the job
  • You can never have enough boxes
  • Plan plan and prepare well before your move.
  • I probably should have made use of our packing service- I was really tired after the move
  • A good cleaning company at the collection address would have been such a bonus
  • Come to think of it a good cleaning company at the delivery address would have been fantastic too.
  • We used plastic boxes to pack our goods- what a brilliant way to keep your goods clean, protected and safe from damage.
  • If  you are moving anytime soon why not look us up- I beleive our staff know what they are doing

We have all heard the stats. Moving is the 5th most stressful thing we can do. If you have not moved in 10 years or more this can be overwhelming simply because most of us have accumulated sooo many things that we think we need. But if you are downsizing where are you going to put all that extra stuff? Now is the time to declutter before move day.
Better Moves offers you a team of movers to take all your unwanted goods away- you may be giving things to charity or a family member or a freind and we are here to help you with the task of removing from your home and transporting these goods to their new destinations and owners. We offer this service at midmonth which then gives you time to reassess what is left in your home and to have a clearer picture of what you actually need to take with you for your fresth new start in your lovely compact new home. We will send a team of men and a bakkie or small truck that will work with you when you are ready to tackle the task. The win is that costs are lower at midmonth and because you would have got rid of your uncessary goods when it comes to move day your move will also be a lot cheaper.

If you are really just not ready to get rid of your stuff right now then it may be a good idea to store for awhile until you have a better option for your goods. Ask us about our storage facilities- we will be able to assit you with storage.
When you are ready give us a call and we can book a day and time to assist you.