Tips for storing your items

Getting the most from your storage unit and making sure your items are safe and secure.

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Clothing, Curtains & Drapes

Using specialised wardrobe boxes or garment bags to hand the items can help your clothes stay in better condition and avoid any damage. When hanging your items it’s important that you hang them with non-rusting hangers. This stops your clothes from getting damaged whilst hanging.

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

It goes without saying that crystal, china and glassware are extremely fragile and also can be worth a lot in value. This means that being very cautious and careful with these items is important.

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

Storing pictures and mirrors can be extremely daunting, afterall, some pictures are irreplaceable and the mirrors can break easily. With your smaller pictures make sure that each of them are wrapped up carefully and that you stand them on end inside secure boxes.

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

Appliance storage can be pretty straight forward, afterall, the majority are just boxes. If you want to avoid any scruff, of course, bubble wrap or paper pads can help in keeping your items in good shape.

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!

Electronics

Electronics can get very messy and disorganised very quickly (trust us). Here are some quick-tips that will help you keep your electronics in the same condition and in an organised manner.

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!

Furniture

Storing furniture seems like a challenging quest, however, it doesn’t have to be!

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

Before you begin to pack, move and store anything you’re going to want to make sure that you have a list of everything you’re going to take. We’ve found it super helpful to create the list with sections in mind. Afterall, it’s always really handy to have a general idea of what is going to be packed with or close to eachother, this way you can be more organised when you’re looking or moving stuff to and from your storage unit.

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!