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 #10


If you will be storing clothes consider buying some specialist Wardrobe Boxes. You can take your clothes on hangers directly from wardrobe to the box, and the extra space at the bottom is very useful for storing shoes and other related items.


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