Storage Hints

Are you new to Self Storage?

Here Are Some Great Storage Hints

Planning Your Storage Space

As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit. Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walk ways. Packing in professional storage cartons will make the stowing and unpacking easier and safe, saving you time and worry. Professional packing and the storage accessories will provide your goods with the preparation they need for storage and maintain their condition for the term of storage.

General Household items

  • Pack irregular shapes in cartons wherever possible to stack & maximise use of space
  • Place heavy items at the bottom/floor
  • Pack and label cartons room by room
  • To avoid boxes breaking open, do not stretch the tape  when applying, but roll the tape over the box
  • Keep an inventory and record where you store them
  • Plan how you position items to make best use of the storage volume
  • Place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit
  • Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walk ways to reach items
  • Store items you may want sooner close by the door for easier retrieval
  • Use covers to maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage
  • Mattresses, beds, sofas and lounge suites and beds are best covered with the plastic cover open at one end to allow moisture to escape. Sweating releases litres of moisture into these items, so dry it first by leaving in direct sunlight for several hours before putting into plastic cover.

Appliances

  • Make certain the ice tray is empty & the freezer box is ice-free before storing your fridge
  • White goods, such as fridges and freezers should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN
  • A deodoriser (baking soda in a dish) placed inside fridges or freezers maintains freshness
  • Leave the door secured slightly ajar using a folded piece of corrugated cardboard
  • Leave all white goods completely empty whilst in storage – unbelievably, some people leave food in them!!
  • Drain water from all hoses and remove them from the water inlet fittings on the machine: Tip washing machines towards the drainage pipe to further remove waste water between inner/outer bowls
  • If stacking appliances, put folded cardboard or a furniture blanket/rug on top of the layer below to prevent scratching

Furniture

  • Where possible unscrew the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc
  • Clothing can also be stored in vacuum packed plastic bags: available from our facilities for purchase
  • Vacuum food crumbs from furniture
  • Where possible stand tall items on their end
  • Place a layer of cardboard or a furniture blanket/rug underneath sofas before standing on their end
  • Use heavy items such as fridges to hold upturned beds in place

Glassware & Dishes

  • Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables
  • Some items will benefit from a second layer of bubble wrap applied at 90o to the first layer
  • Secure the bubble wrap around the products using tape
  • Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g.: scrunched/shredded paper or linen
  • Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top

Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

  • Protected by packing material e.g.; bubble-wrap or a flat-pack carton
  • Store standing on their edges in an upright position

Electrical Equipment

  • Electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care
  • Where possible, use original boxes to repack in.
  • Pack out any gaps in the cartons
  • Remove batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries
  • Computers are best stored in original boxes or bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months

Mowers & other Machinery

  • Stand mower on a flattened cardboard box in consideration of others to keep the floor clean
  • Drain fuel and oil from all machinery

Do Not Store

  • Any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person.
    e.g. Chlorine, acid, paint and petrol, LPG bottles (unless purged)