Helpful Storage Tips
When it comes to packing, moving and unpacking with careful planning you can save yourself lots of time and money.
The last thing you want to do is store your belongings only to come back and find them damaged by breakages or eaten my moths. Or what about the common problem of knowing your favourite book is packed up somewhere in the pile of boxes... but you have no idea where to even start looking!
Below are some helpful storage tips that will make the storage process much easier.
Boxes & Cartons
- Pack each carton to the brim to avoid them collapsing over time in storage. Delicate items such as stem glasses should be packed in the middle layers of a carton standing upright, buffered by layers of linen.
- It is a good idea for storers to number cartons when packing and compile a manifest of the contents of each carton to make the job of unpacking much easier, especially if the goods are going to be in storage for a long period of time.
- Pack fragile items into smaller boxes to alleviate pressure on these items. Mark these cartons "FRAGILE".
- Heavier items should be packed into the bottom of cartons to avoid damage to lighter, smaller items in the same carton.
- VCR's stereos and televisions should be either wrapped in bubble wrap or sealed into cartons and marked "FRAGILE".
- Create a separate "valuables" carton - This should contain all those "easy to lose" and "hard to find" items such as remote controls, bed legs, shelf supports and keys to furniture cabinets.
- When moving furniture and goods out of a house, it is a good idea to group cartons and smaller items of furniture in one room to cut down on removalist time and removal cost.
Clothing & Manchester
- We recommend mattress covers to protect bedding and furniture which should be put on at the storage facility to avoid the covers tearing during transit.
- Mothballs are also recommended for the added protection of clothing and linen during long term storage.
- Clothing and manchester items are better packed into flexible type containers, eg striped plastic zip top bags, as they can be pushed in between furniture in a packed storage unit to fill any gaps.
- Pillows and bean bags should be packed in plastic bags to keep them clean during transit and storage.
- Long term storers requiring access to their goods whilst in storage should pack seasonal clothing, personal documents and effects, etc near the door of the unit for easy access.
- Drawer space and cupboard space can be utilised by packing smaller items into them when storing them in the unit, ultimately saving space.
- Those first hours in your new home will be a lot less stressful if you've packed a survival kit. It should contain a kettle, tea and coffee, favourite toys for the kids, baby food and supplies, pet leads and collars and other essentials to help you hit the ground running and organised.