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Self storage tips and hints

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