Storage Tips & Hints

Tips & Tricks

New to storage or just looking for some handy time-saving hints and tips? You’ve come to the right place!

  • Use packaging materials such as boxes, porta-robes, paper, tape and bubble wrap to protect and maintain your goods while in storage.
  • Fill boxes to capacity as partially full boxes may collapse.
  • Do not overfill boxes, as bulging boxes may tip and will be harder to stack.
  • Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in smaller boxes to make them easier to handle.
  • Books should be packed flat, not on their spine.
  • Label each box as you pack, so that you can find items easily while in storage. This also makes unpacking easier.
  • White goods should be thoroughly dry and clean before storing.
  • Fridge and freezer doors should be secured slightly ajar to maintain freshness. A deodoriser placed inside the appliance is also a good idea.
  • Do not place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
  • Do not store food in fridges and freezers.
  • The use of drop sheets or similar covers will help protect your furniture.
  • Empty wardrobes, cupboards and drawers to protect the shelving and structure of these items of furniture.
  • Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure boxes with mothballs, naphthalene, lavender or similar repellent product to help protect your goods.
  • You could consider a moisture absorbent product to place within the storage unit to help protect against damp or mould.
  • Where possible, remove legs from tables, beds etc to save space and avoid damage.
  • Pack items of crockery into smaller boxes to avoid having boxes which are too heavy to handle.
  • Place a layer of packing, such as paper or ribbed cardboard at the bottom and top of boxes containing breakables.
  • Wrap fragile items individually in packing paper – avoid the use of newspaper, as it can be very messy.
  • Nest cups and bowls; stand plates, saucers, platters and casseroles on their edge.
  • Fill any gaps in the boxes with packing such as scrunched up paper or linen.
  • Label all boxes containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.
  • Protect these items 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.
  • Wrap silver in non-acidic tissue paper to help reduce tarnishing.
  • Wipe chrome or cast iron with a small amount of machine oil; this will help retard rust.
  • This equipment is very delicate and should be handled with care.
  • Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items individually in bubble wrap before you pack them in cartons.
  • Fill in any gaps in the cartons with paper or linen.
  • Secure turntables and tone arms of record players to prevent damage in transit.
  • Pack records on their edge in cartons to prevent warping; pack CDs on their edge in individual cases to prevent scratches.
  • Plasma televisions should be protected with bubble wrap or a similar protective item and stored upright.
  • Remove batteries from these items to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
  • As with electrical items, computers need special care.
  • Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items in bubble wrap and pack them in good quality cartons.
  • Use some packing in the bottom and top of boxes 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 the back-up somewhere other than your storage unit.
  • Drain fuel and oil from machinery; this will reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other items in your storage space.
  • Petrol and oil left in your machinery are also a fire hazard.
  • Store vehicles with minimal fuel.
  • Disconnect the battery; this will prolong the life of the battery.

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