Storage Tips to Save You Time and Money
Here are some tips about mini self storage to help you maximize your storage experience, and to potentially save you money when storing your precious possessions.
Using these tips and tricks could very well be saving you money in the future because the preventing damage to possessions is the key to happy self storage!
Knowing the right tricks of the trade will greatly improve your mini self storage experience!
- The use of packing accessories will help to maintain and protect your goods whilst in self storage.
- Fill cartons to capacity, as partially-full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse.
- Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle.
- Heavy items should be divided between 2 or more cartons.
- Books should be packed flat, not on their spines
- Label cartons and retain a list of carton contents at home for easy reference when you need to find something in storage.
- Review your goods to be stored and make a list of the packing accessories which you will need.
- Commonly-used packing aids are available for purchase at our office
- Place goods on storage pallets to keep them off the floor, in case there is leakage from a neighbouring unit (whilst we make every effort to ensure this does not occur, leakage from storage of goods such as un-defrosted fridges/freezers does occasionally occur). We have storage pallets available for hire at very competitive rates
- Leave an air space around your goods to assist ventilation and place frequently used items close to the door
- Ensure all fragile goods are cushioned or stored high to avoid crushing/breakage, but bear in mind the recommended OH&S safe storing height of 1.6 metres
- Sensible storage of goods is essential for future access.
- Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing
- Whilst in storage, the doors of fridges and freezers should be left slightly ajar.
- A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.
- Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers, as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged
- Empty all contents of wardrobes, cupboards and drawers for ease of moving, then once ready for storage they can be reloaded.
- Disassemble items such as bed frames and tables to avoid damage/save space and be sure to vacuum all food scraps from lounges etc to avoid attracting vermin.
Dishes and Glassware
- Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables,
- Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain).
- Fill any gaps in cartons with packing e.g. scrunched paper/linen, this will keep your fragile items well-protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit.
- Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on top of these cartons.
Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings
- These items should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble-wrap or in a special flat-pack carton.
- Store them standing on their edges in an upright position
Televisions, Computers & Electrical Equipment
- Your electrical equipment is very sensitive and should be handled with care
- Original boxes are ideal to repack in, however wrapping items individually in bubble wrap, packing them in cartons and sealing the tops should also protect these items.
- Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons
- All moveable parts should be secured to prevent damage while in transit.
Battery-Operated Appliances and Toys
- Before storing battery-operated appliances and toys with us, we recommend that you remove all batteries from the device to avoid acid leakage/damage
- Wrapping silver in non-acid tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing.
- Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust
Mowers and other Small Machinery
- Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space (and other units)
- Petrol and oil left in any motors is also a fire hazard.