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:
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.