Preparing Tips

Preparing Tips

Hints and Tips – Packing

Now that you’ve found your perfect self-storage unit, it’s time to start preparing for storage. Get your items ready with these handy hints.


As a general rule, anything that can fit into a box, should be placed into a box. Use similar sized boxes to ensure safe stacking and always place heavier boxes on the bottom. Boxes that are half empty or too full can burst or collapse; pack any empty space with packing material for extra strength, and to keep the dust out.

Books and Documents

These should be placed flat into archive boxes or book cartons. Make sure you don’t overfill the boxes or they will be too heavy and may cause injury when lifting. You can place cloth or paper between each book to protect the covers.


While plastic coverings are great for protecting furniture during transit, they can cause mould and mildew on upholstered furniture and mattresses during long-term storage. Alternatively, use a sheet or moving blanket to protect your furniture. Stack chairs with cloth or paper in between and lean mattresses on their end to maximise space.

Fragile Items, Glassware and Crockery

Use tissue or packing paper to wrap each fragile and glassware item separately. You can use glass socks for added protection. Fill excess space with packing as to avoid movement. Plates, saucers and bowls should be wrapped separately in packing paper with poly foam between each item. Artwork and mirrors shoulder be wrapped using packing paper and corrugated cardboard and kept in a picture carton.

Be sure to label boxes of breakables as Fragile and keep them away from heavy items.

Electronic Equipment

Electronic equipment should be clean and dry and stored in its original packaging if possible. Kitchen appliances and whitegoods should be thoroughly cleaned, dried and defrosted before being put into storage to avoid damage from moisture or mildew. Doors should be kept ajar with a deodoriser inside for freshness.

Clothing, Textiles and Linens

Ensure all items are clean before placing them into long-term storage, and always remember to fold, don’t hang. Hanging items can place stress on certain areas of the fabric, causing wear and tear. Keep all clothing and fabric items folded in acid-free boxes to avoid damage and discolouration caused by the acids in regular boxes.

Metal Items

Prevent rusting by wiping items down with oil before storing. Keep metal items clear of any other items that may be damaged by rust.

Extra Tips

Don’t store anything that is combustible or perishable. Unsuitable items include:

  • Petrol/gasoline
  • Paint/paint thinner
  • Solvents
  • Living things (including plants)
  • Food that will spoil.
  • For any equipment (such as mowers and hedge trimmers) that use petrol, ensure that they have been emptied of fuel. If you’re storing a barbecue, make sure the surfaces are all clean and any gas bottles are empty.