So you want to store some bulky items for summer, or maybe your books are overflowing and you need a little more space. You want to get some personal storage, but you’re unsure how to safely pack your items so they won’t get damaged while they’re away from you. Check out the tips below for packing and storage solutions to keep your valued items safe.
- Buy some cartons, tissue paper, bubble wrap, packaging tape and other packing items. Make sure you know how much you need to pack and get a little extra just in case something doesn’t fit like planned, or you find something else to store.
- Wrap fragile items appropriately. This means putting plates in poly foam and glasses in glass socks. Or if you don’t have these storage items, wrap them all in plenty of tissue paper or bubble wrap. Put padding in empty spaces and don’t put anything too close to the box walls. Mark the boxes they go in with “Fragile”.
- Put linen and clothing in vacuum bags and wardrobe cartons. Use naphthalene or mothballs to keep away mould and damage. Do not store furs or anything irreplaceable.
- Pack books flat so the spines don’t warp or bend and don’t overfill boxes as they will get heavy and difficult to carry. Don’t put books or other heavy documents and files in boxes with fragile items.
- Keep furniture off the floor when storing. Cover them with protective plastic or furniture covers. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic. Mattresses should be stood on one end to maximise space and be appropriately covered.
- Label every box so you know exactly what is in them.
- Do not store anything that is irreplaceable. Do not store used tires, perishable items, flammables of any kind or items that produce odours. Use your common sense and if you are unsure about storing it, don’t.
For more handy hints on preparing your items for storage, or other storage solutions, look up Australian storage company National Storage online. We have storage solutions for all your items from vehicle and personal storage to records management and wine storage.