Below are some helpful storage tips that will make your storage proccess 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 & Garments
- 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.