Tips for storing your items
Getting the most from your storage unit and making sure your items are safe and secure.
Clothing, Curtains & Drapes
Dresser draws are a great hack for saving space when storing smaller items. Consider this for better organisation and to make sure your items are taking up less space.
For storing any wool items, use chedar chips or mothballs so that you can prevent any moth damage that can occur in storage.
Crystal, China & Glassware
For storing these items it’s best to leave it to the boxes that are designed for this purpose. The boxes designed to hold crystal, china and glassware come with dividers which can help store your precious items in a more organised and safe manner.
Ensure that each item is wrapped with in paper or foam and ensure they are placed securely within the boxes.
Most importantly, after packing your crystal, china or glassware ensure that all of the boxes are clearly labeled FRAGILE.
Pictures & Mirrors
For your larger images it’s best to purchase high-quality picture moving boxes, this way you can ensure that your items are less likely to incur any damage in transport. Your mirrors and frames should be stored on end and never flat.
Appliances & White Goods
Our main recommendation are ensuring that you clean your appliances before storing. It’s also best to leave your appliance doors opened slightly in order to prevent any mildew. And that’s it! It’s that straight forward!
When storing your electronics it’s ideal to keep them in their original box. This way you know what’s inside and know that it’s suitable for transportation and storage. If you don’t have the original boxes (afterall, who does?) then bubble wrap, cushion foam and even wadded up newspaper can do the trick.
The main problem with electronics can be those pesky cords! We’d recommend labeling the corresponding cords and all the components with colour coded stickers so that you can keep track of them all. Labeled boxes could also do the trick. The key is to make sure that you have a system that works for you (and one you won’t forget) so that if you ever need your electronics they can be powered up and connected with the correct cords without you needed to troll through a mountain of tangled snakes!
If you have any wooden furniture it’s always good to apply furniture oil to those wooden pieces before storing so that you can add extra protection to the item. Just check that the wood is suited to the furniture oil and you’re on your way to keeping your wooden pieces in great condition.
For your bigger items (like tables and bed frames etc) our top-tip is to dismantle this furniture and keep all the screws in labelled boxes or bags. This way you can keep everything organised and save a LOT of space in your storage container.
Finally, we want to avoid any scuffs, bumbs or scratches in order to keep our furniture in great condition. In order to do this we want to ensure that we cover the furniture with paper pads or bubble wrap when stacking the furniture.
General Storage Tips
Once you have your list ready it’s time to start preparing for the move! We recommend protecting your items with moving pads, sheets or some light blankets. This helps your belonging stay in the same condition and helps avoid any scuffs, bumps or breakages in transport.
Now that you’ve got your boxes and list ready it’s time to get organised. This hack can take some time up front but saves a BUNCH of time when rooting for something. No more do you need to shout “I know it’s somewhere here” to your partner. No, instead, take your boxes and label them on each side. This way you know what’s in your boxes and you can store them which ever way seems more convenient.
It’s always great to be able to see what you’ve packed. The labels certainly help, however, if you want to gain quick access to your belongings through taking a look, having see-through storage containers can really help!
After taking these steps your now set to storage everything! The best way to make sure that everything is accessible and safe from breakage is to store your heavier boxes at the bottom and the lighter ones on top.
You’re now ready to become a storage expert. Just remember to not store any toxins, flammables or food items and ensure that your belongings are insured at all times!