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.
Getting a storage unit organised is only half the job. You need to make sure that you store your items optimally and without damage. Here are a number of helpful tips and insights:
- Boxes & Cartons
- Dishes and Glassware
- Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings
- Metal Items
- Electrical Items
- Battery operated appliances and toys
- Mowers and other machinery
Use the right box and packing accessories. Proper use of storage boxes, packing tape, packing paper, bubble wrap and plastic covers will protect your goods in storage.
Fill cartons: partly full or overfull cartons may collapse or fall over. Heavy books or tools should be placed in small boxes. Pack books flat, not on the spines. Label boxes room. It will make unpacking easier, and it will help you find an item while on storage.
Fridges and washing machines should be dry and clean before placing in storage. Refrigerator, washing machine and microwave doors should be left slightly ajar. Place a deodoriser inside to keep these items smelling nice.
Take out the contents from shelves, wardrobes, and drawers. If possible, take off the legs from bed bases and dining tables to avoid damage. Wrap furniture with bubble wrap, plastic covers or pads to prevent scratching.
Dishes and glassware demand respect and care. Place packing protection at the bottom and at the top of boxes containing fragile items. Fragile items should be wrapped individually in packing paper (newspaper can stain). Nest dishes, bowls, and cups inside each other to minimise space and prevent them moving. Fill any gaps in cartons with packing paper, bubble wrap or towels/linen. Mark the box as fragile.
Properly wrapped these items for protection, e.g., bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard or in a specialty carton. Store them in an upright standing position.
Wrap metals in non-acid paper or in plastic bags to reduce tarnishing. To keep rust at bay, wipe metal items with a small amount of machine oil.
Where possible, repack your electrical items into the original boxes you purchased them in. If not possible, then wrap these items in bubble wrap and pack them in boxes. Seal the box to prevent dust or dirt causing damage to the component parts. Remember to fill any spare space in the cartons.
Remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking or exploding batteries.
Computers should be stored in their original boxes. If not possible, then bubble wrap and strong storage boxes will suffice. Use packing paper or towels in the bottom and at the top of boxes. Fill any gaps. If you are not sure about how to store your computer, then refer to the manufacturer’s manual.
Flammable liquids, paint, chemicals and fuel cannot be stored. Drain fuel and oil from machinery so there is no risk of leakage or damage to your other goods.
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.