Packing and Storage Tips
Be prepared. Use the right box. Take care and respect breakables. Break it down. Don’t overload. Use tape and labels.
- Boxes & Cartons
- Dishes and Glassware
- Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings
- Metal Items
- Electrical Items
- Battery operated appliances and toys
- Mowers and other machinery
The use of packing accessories such as cartons, porta robes, paper, tape, bubble-wrap and plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. If you pack your goods carefully into cartons they will store a lot better and you will be able to fit more goods into your storage space.
Fill cartons to capacity; partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables, etc to avoid damage and save space. Wrap furniture with bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, sauce platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in cartons with packing e.g: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
These items should be protected by packing material e.g., bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. Wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will also offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons.
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However, bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing paper or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Modern computers have “self parking heads.” 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.
Do not store anything flammable (such as paint, fuel or chemicals). Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil are a fire hazard.
Planning to store any other type of item? Give us a call on (02) 9901 3200 so we can discuss your specific storage requirements.
PLANNING YOUR STORAGE SPACE
No matter what item you’re planning to pack and store, there are some general rules you need to follow in order to make the most of your storage space and ensure the safety and integrity of your stored items.
- Be prepared. Make sure you have all the packing and storage materials you need, the right size storage unit, as well as the means by which to transport your items to the storage facility. Also be prepared to do a lot of heavy lifting and moving.
- Use the right box. You cannot use just any box or container for storage. Make sure you use the right box for each type of item, as specified in our tips above. Generally, heavy items like books and tools should be stored in smaller boxes and numerous but light items like toys, blankets and clothes can be stored in bigger boxes.
- Take care and respect breakables. Remember to label boxes containing fragile items as fragile, and always handle with care.
- Break it down. Don’t try to put as many items in one box as possible, or try and store one huge item in its entireity. If possible, break these items down and store them in smaller parts. This way, you don’t go over box capacity and you won’t have difficulty trying to lift or fit one huge item into the storage unit.
- Don’t overload. Overloading will only lead to damage of your belongings.
- Use tape and labels. This helps you keep track of where everything is placed, and will make it easier for you to find and unload things when you need to. For household items, it would be best to label them by room.
- Arrange for accessibility. When arranging your boxes inside the storage unit, a general rule is to keep the bigger and heavier boxes at the back and bottom, and the lighter and more fragile items at the top. Those that you need to access often should be placed in the front. Depending on how often you need to access the items, you may also have to create walkways between boxes or stored items.