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Storage Tips & Hints

Tips & Tricks

New to storage or just looking for some handy time-saving hints and tips? You’ve come to the right place!

  • Spending a little time preparing your items for storage can really help maximise the use of space.
  • Using decent double-walled boxes or plastic crates allows you to stack your items and saves on floor space.
  • It’s good to protect items of furniture to prevent damage, for instance bubble wrap (especially ‘big-bubble’ bubblewrap) can prevent knocks from boxes and other items of furniture, but even using a few spare bedsheets can help protect the more delicate items.
  • When packing items into storage it helps save space if you can stack as high as possible, so try to place light boxes, chairs or bags on top of wardrobes, boxes or beds on top of chests of drawers, and if your dining table can’t be flat-packed, it’s an option to protect it really well with blankets, boxes or strips of wood and stack other items on top, this works especially well if you can stack a settee on top, just make sure the table is nicely protected!
  • Fill cartons to capacity as partially full cartons may collapse.
  • Do not overfill cartons, as bulging cartons may tip and will be harder to stack.
  • Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in smaller cartons to make them easier to handle.
  • Books should be packed flat, not on their spine.
  • Label each carton as you pack, so that you can find items easily while in storage. This also makes unpacking easier.
  • If you intend to keep things accessible, you’ll need slightly more storage space than someone who doesn’t need access. It’s always worth considering putting up free-standing shelves to help with organising the storage and to save on floor-space.
  • Make sure all food is removed from fridges and freezers.
  • It’s essential when storing that items which contain moisture are dried out, for instance fridges and freezers need fully defrosting and wiping dry, leave the doors slightly open when in storage to prevent mould and smells forming inside the fridge, and leave the doors of washing machines and dishwashers open slightly too.
  • Likewise, also make sure condenser dryers are emptied of water.
  • The use of drop sheets or similar covers will help protect your furniture.
  • Consider emptying wardrobes, cupboards and drawers to protect the shelving and structure of these items of furniture.
  • Although we don’t normally see a problem with mould / moisture, a moisture trap / chemical dehumidifier type product can be placed within the storage container to help protect against damp or mould, particularly if items being moved in might contain moisture.
  • In some cases, removing legs from tables, beds etc can save space and avoid damage.
  • Pack items of crockery into smaller cartons to avoid having cartons which are too heavy to handle.
  • Place a layer of packing, such as paper or ribbed cardboard at the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables.
  • Wrap fragile items individually in packing paper – avoid the use of newspaper, as it can be very messy.
  • Nest cups and bowls; stand plates, saucers, platters and casseroles on their edge.
  • Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing such as scrunched up paper or linen.
  • Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.
  • Protect these items with packing material such as bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton.
  • Store these items upright, standing on their edge; do not lay them flat.
  • Wrap silver in non-acidic tissue paper to help reduce tarnishing.
  • Wipe chrome or cast iron with a small amount of machine oil; this will help retard rust.
  • This equipment is very delicate and should be handled with care.
  • Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items individually in bubble wrap before you pack them in cartons.
  • Fill in any gaps in the cartons with paper or linen.
  • Secure turntables and tone arms of record players to prevent damage in transit.
  • Pack records on their edge in cartons to prevent warping; pack CDs on their edge in individual cases to prevent scratches.
  • Plasma televisions should be protected with bubble wrap or a similar protective item and stored upright.
  • Remove batteries from these items to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
  • As with electrical items, computers need special care.
  • Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items in bubble wrap and pack them in good quality cartons.
  • Use some packing in the bottom and top of cartons to provide extra protection and fill in any gaps.
  • Use masking tape to label ports.
  • Make a back up of your hard drive and store the back-up somewhere other than your storage shed.
  • Drain fuel and oil from machinery; this will reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other items in your storage space.
  • Petrol and oil left in your machinery are also a fire hazard.
  • Be aware that garden items made of wood or concrete can also contain moisture – so be sure to ensure they are as dry as possible to prevent mould build-up on these (and other adjacent) items in your unit, such as furniture etc.

Please note that the storage of motorbikes, quads, trailers and caravans isn’t something we cater for.

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