Tips to store like a Pro
Organising your storage unit carefully will ensure you use the space more efficiently, making it possible for you to hire a smaller space and save some money.
Here are some tips on good organisation.
- Consider hiring a climate controlled unit to prevent the possibility of moisture affecting your possessions.
- Leave space between stacks and around the outside walls if you’re not using a climate controlled unit.
- Raise the bottom layer off the floor using strips of timber or pallets (stops cardboard drawing moisture from the concrete).
- For easy access to everything create a centre aisle from the front to the back of your storage unit.
- Put items you’re likely to want to access close to the front.
- Store valuables towards the back to avoid regular contact and possible damage.
- Stack cartons to maximise the space - the higher you stack, the more your storage unit will hold – but not too high – keep it safe.
- Shelving units are a good way to keep everything organised and maximise the space in your storage unit.
- Stack heavier cartons on the bottom and lighter cartons on top.
- Never store foodstuffs, seeds or edible items as they can attract insects and vermin.
- Use mothballs to deter clothing-eating insects.
- Make a location map and place where you can find it easily.
- Disassemble furniture where possible.
- Disassemble beds and mark all pieces so you can put them back together.
- Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls.
- Couches (except sofa beds) can be stored on end.
- Wrap or cover furniture with dust covers, sheets or blankets to prevent tears or scratches.
- Store assembled tables top down on padding with their legs wrapped and pointing up.
- Stack light chairs seat to seat.
- Clean appliances thoroughly before storing.
- Keep fridge doors slightly ajar to keep air circulating inside.
- Store small items inside appliances.
Bicycles and Tools
- Wipe over with a little oil to protect from rust.
- Store away from furniture or clothing boxes to avoid oil staining other items.
- Tie long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes together in bundles.
Tips to pack like a Pro
To ensure that everything comes out of storage in the same condition as it went it in, spend a little extra time to pack things properly.
Having the right boxes tape and packing materials makes the job easier - these can be purchased at our office.
- Ensure items are well cleaned and treated or prepared before long-term storage.
- Consider vacuum sealing your items.
- Box everything in cardboard cartons for protection and easy identification.
- Wrap breakables and fragile items separately in bubble wrap, foam or newsprint and mark the boxes as ‘fragile’.
- Pack fragile items separate from heavy items.
- Use small boxes or cartons for heavy items such as books.
- Use large boxes for lighter items such as plastic goods.
- Keep the weight down in each carton to around 10kg.
- When lifting use your knees and keep your back straight.
- If a box is too heavy, divide the contents between two or more cartons.
- Use tape to seal your boxes.
- Secure doors and drawers of furniture and appliances with low tack adhesive tape so they don’t open while moving and cause damage.
- Tip plates, saucers and bowls on their sides.
- Be sure to fill your cartons to capacity as partially full or bulging cartons may collapse.
- Pack any empty space in the box with paper to minimise movement.
- Pack clothes which require hanging into a wardrobe boxes (available at our office).
- Wardrobe boxes are also handy for storing drapes.
- Shoes can be stored in the bottom of wardrobe boxes.
- Sweaters and other clothing can be placed in boxes or inside dresser drawers.
- Wrap mirrors in paper pads and store flat or use a box or crate for extra protection.
- Clearly label or number your boxes and make a list of the contents of all cartons in an inventory.
- Pack shades and bases separately.
- Wrap shades with non-inked paper and place in a box.
- Wrap bases with padding.
- Small bases can be placed in boxes.
- Larger bases can be stored separately.
Books and Valuable Papers
- Papers can be stored in file or archive boxes.
- Books should be packed flat in boxes.