Efficient Storage

Plan Ahead

Make the most of your self-storage unit by planning the space carefully. Create a list of the items you will be storing and map out your storage space for efficient use.

  • Place moving blankets or sheets over concrete floors to protect mattresses, furniture or furnishings while in storage.
  • Keep heavy or bulky items at the back of your unit and use them as a base for stacking. Light and fragile items should be packed last to avoid damage.
  • Long items such as mattresses, beds, couches and tabletops should be stored along the walls of your storage unit to free up space.
  • Turn items on their ends when necessary in order to make the most of your space by using the full height of the unit.
  • Allow yourself access to all of your items by leaving enough room to move around the unit.
  • Place your most frequently accessed items near the door for convenient access.

Moving In

  • Pack items that you will need to access most often into the truck first as they will be unloaded and placed into the unit last.
  • Disassemble large items or items with legs to make for easier transportation and maximise storage space in your unit.
  • Empty wardrobes, cupboards and drawers while moving in order to protect furniture and make items lighter to move.
  • Cover furniture with moving blankets or soft furnishings to protect them during storage.

Artwork and Mirrors

  • Keep mirrors in an upright position and keep them protected by securing them between soft items such as mattresses.


  • Ensure kitchen appliances and whitegoods are clean, dry and defrosted before placing them in storage to prevent mould or mildew. Store with doors slightly ajar and an air deodoriser inside for freshness.
  • Keep hoses, nuts, bolts and other extra parts in plastic bags attached to their appliance for convenience.

Machinery, Equipment and Metal Items

  • Drain oil to avoid leakage, spillage and damage to other goods. All items should be dry, clean and wiped down with oil to prevent rust. Metal items should be kept away from other items that may be damaged by rust.

What Not to Store

  • Combustible, perishable and harmful items must not be stored (petrol, paint and paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, living things, plants or food that spoils).
  • Mowers, whipper snippers and other equipment must be emptied of petrol before storing.
  • Barbecues must be clean and gas bottles empty before storing.

For further guidance on how to correctly prepare your items for storage, check out our Preparing Tips page.