packing hints & tips

The following Packing Tips are designed to help you wrap, pack, box and store your goods ready for private self storage, so that they are stored in a safe and efficient manner. The more efficiently you can pack your self storage space, the smaller space you will require - and a smaller space will save you money!

Packing Tips

  • Start with the small stuff.
  • Wrap precious items in protective products such as tissue paper or plain paper, and clearly mark all items FRAGILE.
  • Tape your storage boxes up well. Heavy duty boxes are best for stacking.
  • Do not overload the boxes, particularly large cartons.
  • Pack the heavier items into small boxes.
  • Break down items such as table legs, and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
  • Pack electronic equipment with bubble wrap to prevent movement.
  • Avoid using newspaper to wrap as the ink can rub off. We recommend wrapping or plain paper.
  • Large objects can be stored on their sides to save space, so remember to wrap them in protective covers.
  • Defrost your fridge several hours before your move. This will avoid water damage and mould.
  • Mark your boxes on their sides as well as tops. Tape a list of contents onto your boxes for easy retrieval of goods.
  • Use furniture drawers for delicate items and specially wrap and label them as FRAGILE. Bubble wrap and packing paper are excellent for these purposes.
  • When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
  • Use a rubbish bin to store shovels, hoes and rakes or other tools

For more General Information and Guides about Self Storage, see the other pages in this section :
Business Storage Guide, Storage Hints & Tips, Why Use Storage?, Making & Saving Money and Useful Self Storage Links

Packing Tip #9


Pack books, magazines and other heavy objects in smaller boxes for easy lifting, and stack the heaviest boxes at the bottom.


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