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Self storage ideas

Here are a few simple storage ideas that can help make your self storage experience safe and simple:

  • use available trolleys to transport your goods to your unit
  • if you plan or need to frequently use the space, a larger space may be more convenient than one packed to capacity

  • plan your space - start with bulky items and your heaviest boxes, stacking from the back of your unit making your way to the front; put those items that you need to get to most often near the front, close to the door

  • place heavy or bulky items in the unit first to provide a good stacking base

  • to maximise space, stack similar sized boxes together and allow for walkways; pack all odd shaped items last as its usually hard to stack around them

  • pack your belongings in good quality boxes, filling all boxes to capacity, as partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse; remember we provide a complete packaging solution

  • pack according to the season

  • pack heavy items into small boxes so that they are easy to lift

  • label or number all boxes on all four sides for easy identification

  • try to keep boxes in uniform sizes as these are much easier to stack

  • make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home

  • there are prohibited goods that may not be stored at Stor-Age; common sense and laws determine what may be stored; check with us if you are unsure

  • protect your fragile goods in bubble wrap

  • dishes and glasses should be individually wrapped in tissue paper or bubble wrap before storing; fill all pockets with packing material; label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware

  • furniture with drawers can be utilised as storage places for china, silverware and small items; wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage

  • stack sofas/couches on their ends to create more space

  • wrap table legs with bubble wrap before storing

  • tables may appear large but remember that you can pack around and on top of them - legs can also often be removed

  • wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers which keeps their shape

  • do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses

  • if you stand mattresses on end, be sure to "prop" them up

  • food crumbs or stains should be removed before self storage to avoid storing anything that may attract pests

  • always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings

  • stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper to separate them

  • ensure that your refrigerator or freezer is thoroughly dry and stored with its doors open for ventilation

  • ensure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored

  • pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in boxes, marked fragile and stacked on their end

  • avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation

  • cover your goods with dust sheets to protect against dust

  • pack books flat to protect their spines

  • clean all garden equipment before storing

  • bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected; to prevent rust, wipe all metal surfaces with proper agent

  • secure your unit with one of our high quality padlocks