Is there such a thing as being too organised about staging your home? When it comes to getting your home ready for sale, experts always advise that your home should be neat and free of clutter. So can your home be too organised for potential buyers? The short answer is yes. They need to feel comfortable in your home and be able to imagine themselves there. In many cases when your home is overly organised, it can make potential buyers feel uncomfortable instead of “at home”. Being organised is a good thing, but having too much in your home during staging to be organised is where you run into the problem. Here are organising mistakes that can make your house look messy and unappealing to buyers.

Don’t Confuse Clean with Organised

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Even if you have neatly organised piles, that is still clutter. Until you learn to designate a spot for everything you have, your home won’t be completely organised. You have to give it away or find a place for it. Once you get the hang of it and turn this into a habit, staying organised and clutter free will become easier.

Don’t Keep Your Counters too Clean

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There is one thing to be organised and keep your counters clean, but sometimes it can be going overboard. If there is something you use daily, then make a space for that on your counter and leave it there. No need to waste time taking it out and putting it away every day.

Don’t Fill Your Refrigerator with Magnets

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Your kitchen can be beautiful, spotless and clutter free, but if your refrigerator is filled with magnets, it can make the whole kitchen seem full of clutter or messy. The refrigerator is the focal point of the kitchen, which is why having this one thing cluttered up can cause a problem for the appearance of the entire kitchen. Your children’s artwork and family pictures can be displayed inside the cabinet or neatly framed on the wall.

Don’t Keep Kitchen Shelves Disorganised

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The whole kitchen can look messy if the shelves are disheveled. If you have a kitchen with glass cabinets, make sure to either keep the shelves behind them organised or instead put fabric or contact paper in front of the glass to keep the cabinets looking uniform.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Only Using “The Usual” Storage Places

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Just because the dishes “usually” go in the cabinets doesn’t mean they have to go there. Find your own best places for storage that work for you. If you want to have clear windows for your cabinets, then sometimes you just have to pick and choose what goes where and how to make your home the most organised.

Make a Great First Impression

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Whether you have an entryway or a mudroom, it can be the first impression for guests entering your home. It can also be one of the most cluttered or messy areas of the home. However, there are ways you can design this part of your home to ensure that it remains a clean and organised space. Even a simple basket for shoes goes a long way toward eliminating clutter and also preventing anyone from tripping on said shoes. If you have kids that are having a hard time helping you keep this space organised, then adding labels will help prompt everyone to put their things away upon entering.

Don’t Skip Storage near the Front Door

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If you are like most people, things always get left by the front door including mail and other papers you might be bringing home. Don’t make the mistake of not putting a storage option for papers by the door thinking that causes clutter. Instead, it is a way to organise what inevitably ends up there anyhow.

Don’t Mistake an Organised Closet for a Functional One

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If you are focusing on organising your home, then your closets are usually one of the first things to organise. However, don’t make the mistake of over-organising your closets and making them non-functional. Your closets are busy centres for your everyday life, so make sure that it isn’t just organised well, but also functional.

Don’t Organise by Throwing Things in Drawers

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If you are big on organising, you may cringe at the idea of a “junk drawer”, but so many of us have at least one. Instead of creating a junk drawer, every drawer should have organisers in them to keep that from happening. When everything has its place, it makes it easier to be organised when every item is in a specific place.

Don’t Skip the Labels

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Without labels, the organising can get out of control fast. Labels help everyone in the house stay organised.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Having Too Organised Bookshelves

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Just organising everything you keep on your shelves and bookshelves can make you fall victim to over organising things. Instead, choose what to keep on the bookshelf and what goes into storage or gets put away in a different place. Everything doesn’t have to be on the bookshelves, even if it means that is making it more organised. Too much stuff on your bookshelves is still too much, even if it is all organised.

Don’t Over Organise Your Books

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Don’t make the mistake of putting all of your books on display. Similar to the example above with overcrowded shelves, too many books can make the space look cluttered, even if it is organised. Just put the books out that look nice. Maybe you want to colour code your books on display, or just keep to a theme that keeps them in a minimal presentation. Then, put the rest in storage or somewhere that is still organised, just not on display.


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With so many people working from home and giving up the commute to work these days, you might also be considering turning a room into your home into your home office. A home office is a great idea, but will be at its best when it is planned out in advance. Here are some step by step tips for moving into your home office and making it a success.

  • First, choose the room in the house that is most isolated from the others. You will want to have a quiet place to work. If you happen to have a room that has it’s own entrance, that is even more ideal.
  • Second, set the new office room up for success. Take the bedroom furniture out. When the room is empty, give it a good cleaning and maybe even repaint the room. Maybe you will like a cool and calming color like blue or grey that helps you relax and concentrate while you are “at work”. Or, something like yellow or orange that is energizing. The office furniture you choose should be ergonomic.
  • Third, protect the floor. It is likely that your home flooring, whether it is rug or wood is not built for a rolling chair causing wear and tear or ruining the carpet. You can easily protect the flooring with a plastic cover made for a rolling chair.
  • Fourth, move in your office furniture. Keep it as professional as possible while making it comfortable, but not too comfortable. You shouldn’t want to stay in there when you aren’t working. It should be just comfortable for working.

Having an office at home can be a catch 22 since it means that your work is at home and you have to separate the two. Getting it set up properly is the first step to ensuring that you will be comfortable when you work and still having it apart from the rest of your home. There are definitely benefits to working from home; some are more obvious than others:

  • Save on the commute time and gas.
  • Save on office space, if you were renting.
  • Make your own hours.
  • You might be eligible for tax breaks for using part of your home as your office.

When you need to move your office, Budget Trucks Australia is your source for quickly and easily moving your office into your home. We have all different size trucks available, small and large. You can get a great deal when you look into one of our specials, like overnight deals, weekday truck rentals, and hourly rate specials.


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This blog concludes our three part series featuring this month’s truck hire specials and deals. Always check out website to see what specials and deals we have to offer you. We have great special offers on truck rental deals throughout Australia. You can hire a truck for any job you need help hauling or moving supplies. We make it easy and convenient to rent a moving van, hauling a load, or a 4WD vehicle for trekking through rugged terrain. Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: You can be sure that there is a great price or special pricing offer available at almost every Budget Trucks location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia. This month there are so many deals that we have 3 blogs all about it. Two weeks ago, we started our August monthly series and we told you about some of this month’s offers including weekend truck rental specials, overnight truck rental deals, hourly rate special offers, and a one way offers. Last week, our featured specials included one way specials, weekday specials, local business discount for business clients in South Yarra, a weekend and weekday special rates in Perth, a $65 ute rental, $99 per day rates in Queensland, and tradies rates. Today, we are featuring tradies rates, a double kilometre offer on 1 tonne van rentals, weekday truck rental specials. A $75 van rental offer, $10 off a three day or more rental, moving equipment special rentals, cool room rental, and a bike rack add on in Tasmania. Plus, as always, check out our new mobile app which is now available for download and get truck rental savings on the go! Sign up for our email newsletter for special discount alerts.

Tradies Special Rates

Rent for 5 days during the week from our Brighton store and enjoy these great rates on our most popular commercial vehicles.

4.2M Moving Van Group F $399.00
4.2M Tray Group G $379.00
1 Tonne Van Group C $299.00
1 Tonne Tray Group A $199.00


This offer is valid on rentals after the 19th of September 2016. Contact the Brighton Team for exclusive Tradies Special rates and discounts at 9596 4281. Rates include 200 kms per day, Vehicle Registration Fee or Premium Location Surcharge (if applicable) Administration Fee and GST. For full details, terms and conditions see our BudgetTrucks Special Offers Page.

While you are close to Brisbane, you can also check out these other travel ideas from our blog:

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5 Day Trips from Brisbane

Things to Do in Brisbane

Free Things to do in Brisbane

Something for Everyone in the South Bank of Brisbane

The Rainforest Way

Pacific Coast Road Trip Sydney to Brisbane

Take a Trip to the Queensland Outback: Carnarvon National Park

Great Barrier Reef National Park

Top 5 Great Barrier Reef Port Cities and 5 Great Barrier Reef Destinations

Excursions for Your Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Beautiful and Diverse National Parks of Queensland

A Chocoholic’s Guide to Brisbane

Upcoming Festivals and Special Events in Queensland

Upcoming Festivals and Special Events in Queensland Part Two

Double Kilometres Offer on 1 Ton Van Rentals

Instead of the standard 100 kms free per day on Rentals from Budget Alexandria in New South Wales, you can get 200 kms free per day when you use coupon code D887900 when you book your rental today. This applies to two day or more rentals Delivery Vans in Group C between Monday and Thursday. Rental rates include Vehicle Registration Fee, Administration Fee, and GST in addition to the 200 kms free each day of the rental. For full details, terms and conditions see our Budget Trucks Special Offers Page.

For more travel ideas when near Sydney, see our blog list:

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Best Scenic Drives in Australia: Greater Blue Mountains

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

Snow Valley Way: A Delicious Scenic Drive

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

Free Things to Do in Sydney

A Spectacular New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to See in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Scenic Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Experience the Vast Beauty of Wollemi National Park

Royal National Park

Enjoy the Diversity of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Summertime is the Perfect Time for Sydney’s Outdoor Pools

Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney

5 Must Do Walks of Sydney

Sydney’s Best Snorkelling Spots

Weekday Truck Special

If you can move during the week, you can take advantage of lower pricing and special deals. Between Monday and Thursday in Adelaide, Moving Trucks from Group F (4.2 m moving van or similar) are just $70 a day rental fee. This is from participating Budget Adelaide locations including: Adelaide trucks, Reynella, and Salisbury. Rates include 100 kms free per day, VRRF Admin and GST fee. For full details, terms and conditions see our Budget
Trucks Special Offers Page

For things to do when visiting Adelaide, see our travel tips blog:

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The Beautiful City of Adelaide, South Australia

Things to Do in Adelaide, South Australia

Take a Cool Drive through the Adelaide Hills

Strangest Places to Visit in South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Best Places in Australia to Dive with Sharks

Hop on Over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

A Getaway within a Getaway: Flinders Chase National Park

Visiting Barossa Valley

Bunda Cliffs

Murray River Region

The Coorong

Top 10 Nature Experience in Australia

The Southern Australian Loop Road Trip

The Arkaba Walk: A South Australian Walking Safari

Tasting Australia Event in Adelaide, South Australia

Delivery Van Rentals for $75 a Day

Rent a van from Group C from participating Queensland locations for just $75 per day. The rental includes 100 kms free per day, Vehicle Registration Fee, Admin fee, GST, and all other taxes. Participating Queensland locations include Ipswich, Capalaba, Hamilton, Ashmore, Rockleam Logan, Boondall, Narangba or Tweed Heads. For full details, terms and conditions see our Budget Trucks Special Offers Page.

$10 Off Per Day on 3 Day Truck Rentals

ABN Holders get an extra $10 off per day when you rent a truck for 3 or more days. Book using the following coupon codes and supply your business card or ABN number on pick up to receive your discount.

3 days = $30 off use coupon MPNZ109

4 days = $40 off use coupon MPNZ110

5 days = $50 off use coupon MPNZ111

6 days = $60 off use coupon MPNZ112

7 days = $70 off use coupon MPNZ113

Call 03 9293 1313 to enquire.

Available at the following budget locations:

  • Dandenong
  • Frankston
  • Mornington
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Hoppers Crossing
  • Geelong
  • Pakenham
  • Warragul
  • Traralgon
  • Sale
  • Bairnsdale

For full details, terms and conditions see our BudgetTrucks Special Offers Page.

For things to do while in Melbourne, see tips from our blog:

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Things to Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do Near Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Refresh and Relax on the Mornington Peninsula

5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – Road Trip

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Escape to the Countryside South Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

Outdoor Rock Pools in Melbourne

Outdoor Pools and Baths in Melbourne

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part One

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part Two

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

Upcoming Festivals and Special Events in Victoria

Moving Equipment Available

Moving accessories are now available. We make moving easy by offering reinforced boxes, bubble pack, tape, rope, and a hand trolley. Plus, hands free GPS units are available that give you turn-by-turn instructions with on-screen maps so that you will get to where you need to go as quickly as possible.

Hire the Coolest Wheels on the Road: Mobile Cool Rooms

Mobile Cool Room rentals are now available in Footscray, Victoria Budget location in addition to the Burswood, Western Australia location. Hire out a premium mobile Budget Cool Room that is perfect for parties, weddings, special events, corporate functions of commercial clients. Any company or event that requires extra mobile and reliable cold food or drink storage will benefit from hiring this cool room. All of our mobile coolrooms include the following features:

  • Hire for domestic or commercial use
  • 240 volt 10 amp power supply
  • Plus 4 Degrees Refrigeration
  • Short or long term hire
  • Dimensions: L: 3M W: 1.5M H: 1.8M

For full details, terms and conditions see our Budget Trucks Special Offers Page

While in Perth, check out some holiday ideas from our travel tips blog:

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Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

National Park Excursions near Perth

National Park Excursions near Perth Part Two

National Park Excursions near Perth Part Three

Regional Parks near Perth Part Four

Regional Parks near Perth Part Five

Marine parks near Perth Western Australia

Nature Reserves near Perth

Upcoming Festivals in Western Australia

Bike Rack Rentals in Tasmania

If you are hiring a truck in Tasmania, now you can add on a bike rack rental if you plan to hit some of the many bike trails in the island state. Available on ute rentals from groups A, B, D, and L in Tasmanian locations only. The bike rack has a non-slip tailgate pad that secures up to six bikes with hook-and-loop straps and padded spacers for extra safety. Questions? Please contact our friendly team 03 6234 5222. For full details, terms and conditions see our Budget Trucks Special Offers Page.

While travelling in Tasmania, check out our blogs for travel ideas throughout Tasmania:

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Great Walks of Australia: The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

The Great Walks of Tasmania: The Walls of Jerusalem Experience

The Overland Track

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Tasmania Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Things to Do in Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip across Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk

The Maria Island Walk

The South Coast Track

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

The Walls of Jerusalem Experience Walk

Download Our New Mobile App!

Now you can enjoy the convenience of booking and managing your Budget Truck rentals while on the go right from your smartphone. Check out the brand new design and features like real-time price estimates, coupon calculation, and more counter products to add onto your rental. Renting a car or truck has never been easier.

Features and functionality:

  • Make, modify or cancel your car rental reservation 24/7
  • Get real time price estimates including all taxes, fees and surcharges
  • Store your RapidRez number to access your profile information during each reservation
  • Access exclusive mobile only offers and discounts
  • Search for your nearest Budget rental locations, hours of operation, addresses and phone numbers

For car and truck rental – the Budget app is your one-stop shopping experience.

Download the Budget Car and Truck Rental mobile app now on the App Store and Google Play.

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When you rent, moving from one place to another can put a lot on your “to do list”. In addition to shopping for a new place to live, signing contracts, and packing, you have to worry about getting your bond back from your current place. Cleaning to ensure you receive your deposit is just one more thing to add to the list of things to do. Go through the list on the lease that outlines your end of the lease cleaning list. That will increase the chances that you get all of your money back. Here are 5 things you can do to clean your home and make sure that you will get that deposit back to invest in your new place.

  1. Use a Professional Exterminator:

Before you start the end of the cleaning process, have an exterminator come in to fumigate your home or apartment. Be sure to do this before the final cleaning so that you can get out the bug spray smell along with any bugs or other critters that might be hiding in the cracks.

  1. Hire a Cleaning Company:

Weigh the pros and cons of the expense of a professional cleaning company versus doing the cleaning yourself. Remember that you already have so much to do and some cleaning can be left to the professionals. Look for a company that specialises in end of lease cleaning jobs, and be sure to give them the cleaning list your landlord gave you. If you don’t hire a cleaning company, you can actually learn their tricks with a quick online search. That will help you clean up for free using their secrets like:

    • Instead of expensive cleaning products that can just mask smells, use all natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
    • Just a touch of olive oil or baby oil can shine silver appliances right up.
    • Using newspaper on mirrors and glass is cheaper and leaves less dust and residue than paper towels.
    • Clean from the top down and start in the far corner and work your way out.
    • A pumice stone can remove toilet rings.
    • A brillo pad will clean all the soap scum off of shower doors and the tub.
    • A grout cleaner will help tile on the floors, kitchen, and bathroom look brand new.
  1. Pay Attention to the Details:

Refer back to that end of lease cleaning list often to be sure that you are cleaning and paying attention to what is important to your landlord, not just what is important to you. What do they expect you to clean and repair? What do they consider “normal wear and tear”? Take care of all the parts of your rental property including the outside patio or porch, doors, windows, blinds or curtains. Are you expected to clean behind furniture and appliances? Especially if you are taking them with you, be sure that everything is clean so that you aren’t leaving a surprise behind the day you move. Some end-of-lease cleaning and repair hacks include:

  • Buff scuff marks out from floors using a tennis ball.
  • White toothpaste can help smooth out your patches over any holes in the walls. This also helps cover crayon marks on the walls.
  • Grease and burnt-on food in the oven can be removed with baking soda and water.
  • Microwaving lemon juice and the rinds in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes will loosen any grime or crusted on food in the microwave and make it easy to wipe clean.
  • Ask for help from the maintenance department if your apartment complex has one.
  1. Clean the Carpets and Upholstery:

If you have carpet, be sure to either rent a carpet cleaning machine or have them professionally deep cleaned. Freshly shampooed carpets make a huge difference in a clean room for the fresh smell in addition to removing any stains. The same goes for couches and other upholstery like curtains and any other fabrics that you are leaving in the apartment. Work on spot cleaning any stains too.

  1. Plan Ahead to Give Yourself Plenty of Time: Don’t wait until the last minute to do all the cleaning. You should plan ahead and do the cleaning in stages and maybe even start to clean a few months in advance so that you can get a progressively better more intense clean each time. Start decluttering and give away or throw away things you aren’t keeping. It also puts less stress on you as it gets closer to moving time when you have to pack and do so many other things.


When you are done, be sure to take pictures of every room. Keep them on file and then follow up with your landlord. If you run into any issues getting your bond or security deposit back, ask for details of the problem in writing. Also ask if you can correct or fix anything that could be preventing you from getting your deposit money back.

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Alice Springs is the 3rd largest city in the Northern Territory; but it is probably better known that Darwin or Katherine. Alice Springs goes by many names like “The City in the Outback”, “The Alice”, or just “Alice”. The Arrernte People (pronounced Arrenda) are the original land owners of this place and they call it Mparntwe. Alice Springs is located in the centre of the country, also known as The Red Centre. It is a very dry and arid town situated across the Todd River, which is usually dry. The MacDonnell Ranges are location to the south and the Simpson Desert is adjacent to the town. The economy is driven by the mining industry and tourism. The largest employer in Alice Springs is the Northern Territory Government. Continue reading

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This is the second part of our recap of the top Budget Trucks blog posts of 2014. Our blog is relatively new and is aimed at focusing on truck rental in Australia, moving tips, city highlights if you are moving to a new city in Australia, and the other types of truck rentals we have in addition to moving truck rentals. We would love to know what you would like to see on our blog. Here is the rest of our count down of the most read blog posts from 2014: Continue reading

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We just started our Budget Trucks Tip Blog last year, so we wanted to highlight what our most popular, most read blog posts were. Our blog focuses on truck rental in Australia, moving tips, city highlights if you are moving to a new city in Australia, and the other types of truck rentals we have in addition to moving truck rentals. We would love to know what you would like to see on our blog. Here are numbers 6 through 10 of the most popular blog posts from 2014: Continue reading

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We have some hot truck rental deals for you this February. Checkout this blog or our website to get the discount codes that will save you money on your next truck rental. We have different offers available each month at different Budget Truck Rental locations throughout Australia. This month, we have several different one way moving specials available from Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney. In addition to that you can take advantage of overnight truck rentals, $99 a day truck rental or $79 a day van rental. Check with your local Budget Truck rental location for details. For the current specials, valid coupon codes, terms, and conditions see the special rental offers on 
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