Storage Tips

Self Storage Tips

  • For stored goods, use packaging materials such as cartons, porta-robes, paper, tape and bubble wrap to maintain and protect your goods. We sell cartons and packing tape, for your convenience.
  • Fill cartons to capacity as partially full cartons may collapse.
  • Do not overfill cartons, as bulging cartons may tip or be difficult to stack.
  • Heavy items should be packed in smaller cartons to make them easier to carry.
  • Books should be flat packed, not on their spine.
  • So you can find items easily while in storage, label each carton as you go, this also makes unpacking easier.
  • Wrap fragile items individually in packing paper – avoid newspaper, it can be very messy.
  • Paper or ribbed cardboard should be placed at the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables.
  • Smaller cartons should be used for crocker to avoid having cartons which are too heavy to handle.
  • Label all cartons containing fragile items.
  • Avoid storing heavy items on top of fragile items.
  • Stand plates, saucers, platters, nest cups and bowls, and place casserole dishes on their edge.
  • Fill any gaps with packing such as scrunched up paper or linen.
  • Protect glass, mirrors, screens and paintings with packing material such as bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton – store these items upright, standing on their edge, do not lay them flat.
  • Keep wardrobes, cupboards and drawers empty to protect shelving and structure of the furniture.
  • Use drop sheets or similar covers to help protect your furniture.
  • A moisture absorbent product can be placed within the storage shed to help protect against damp or mould.
  • Pack clothing and personal goods s in strong secure cartons with mothballs, naphthalene, lavender or similar repellent product to help protect your goods.
  • Remove legs from tables, beds etc where possible, to save space and avoid damage.
  • Thoroughly dry and clean white goods before storing.
  • Doors should be secured slightly ajar to maintain freshness on fridge and freezers with a deodoriser placed inside.
  • Do not place items inside white goods as the shelves or linings can be easily marked or damaged.
  • Please do not store food in fridges and freezers.
  • Plasma TVs should be protected with bubble wrap or a similar protective layer and stored upright.
  • Handle electronics with care as these items are very delicate.
  • Pack discs & records on their edge in individual cases to prevent warping or scratches.
  • Use original boxes if possible, otherwise wrap items individually in bubble wrap before you pack them in cartons.
  • Fill in any gaps in the cartons with linen or paper.
  • To prevent damage in transit, secure turntables and tone arms of record players.
  • As with all fragile items, computers need special care.
  • If possible, use original boxes, otherwise, wrap items in bubble wrap and pack them in good quality cartons.
  • Use some packing in the bottom and top of cartons to provide extra protection and fill in any gaps.
  • Use masking tape to label ports.
  • Make a back up of your hard drive and store back-ups offsite.
  • Remove batteries from electronics to avoid damage from the possibility of leaking batteries.
  • Store vehicles with minimal fuel & disconnect the battery.
  • Drain fuel and oil from machinery to reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other items in your storage space – fuel & oil is also a fire hazard.
  • Wipe chrome or cast iron with a small amount of machine oil to minimise rust.
  • To help reduce tarnishing, wrap silver in non-acidic tissue paper

Some things don't belong in storage

Not everything can go in storage for a variety of health, safety and legality reasons. Take a look at our list below to learn more:

  • Combustible, explosive or toxic materials, these include:
    • Gasoline, propane tanks, oxygen tanks, kerosene, motor oil, corrosive acids, fertilizer, paint, toxic/biological waste, fireworks, ammunition etc.
  • Perishable food
  • Unregistered vehicles and tyres
  • Running appliances
  • Plants and Animals
  • Damp or soiled goods

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