At this stage in your Self Storage process, it’s worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price so you can be save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently – a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.
There are two key things to remember when organizing your Self Storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.
• If you’re worried that the floor space in the facility is not clean enough and might cause damage in itself put down protective sheeting or boards.
• If you’re storing heavy items or boxes check with the facility to see if they have trolleys or other machinery you can use. Some Self Storage companies will offer these free of charge.
• In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get round the back.
• Store your largest items first.
• If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
• Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
• Try not to lean furniture against outside walls.
• If you’re storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.
• Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.
• Fill anything that’s hollow – i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.
• Make sure to stack boxes and containers so that you can see the labels you put on them.
• Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odours and mildew etc., building up.
• Don’t store anything in the facility that you’re not sure is sturdy vertically – if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.
• If you’re worried about the atmosphere/environment in the unit put down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin bait.
Storing furniture in Self Storage facilities is very common. When it comes to Self Storage some of us forget just how heavy furniture can be and how much room and takes up until it comes time to move!
Using our Self Storage spaces can cut down how often you end up moving lounges mattresses, desks or cupboards: we provide peace of mind for your furniture and home storage.
It’s wise to put a sheet of plastic down on the floor of the Self Storage unit to protect against concrete dust or marks. Stand lounge suites and mattresses on their ends to maximise space. If you are storing mattresses for a long time, ask the manager about mattress protectors.
Don’t make boxes to heavy; you will get no thanks from the removalist or your chiropractor! Boxes become weak with age like the rest of us, so don’t over packed them!
If you want to store a table that you cannot pull apart, consider putting a moving blanket on the floor in place a table on its top. Place the chairs on top of the table. A simple way to prevent draws from sliding out of cupboards is to use glad wrap. Wrapping around the shelves. Remember to empty the contents of shelves they get too heavy.
On timber furniture it’s common to give them a polish before storing. Do this at least two weeks prior so that the polish has a chance to dry otherwise you may promote mould. Consider an antibacterial spray for soft furnishings, it can help make sure that no nasty start growing.
Use untreated paper to wrap glasses and crockery. Don’t use newspaper as you will contaminate food containers with Ink.
Unless you have one of those plastic sealing systems that suck all of the air out of plastic, be careful sealing plastic bags as you will trap moisture and again promote mould.
Use a couple of layers of cardboard to protect and insulate TV’s.
If you plan to move back into your house in a staged process, put the items you will need first, closest to the door: that will make it easier and faster for you to recover your stored goods.
Don’t forget to make a list of what you stored; and if it is worth storing it is worth insuring. Ask our manager for details.
Moving is fun!