Storage Tips & Tricks
- Store your largest items first.
- Try to use boxes that are a uniform size, they’re easier to stack. Keep the heavy boxes on the bottom and the light ones on top.
- Leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.
- If you’re storing a lot of packing boxes in your unit, try to fill them to the top, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything’s placed on them.
- If you’re putting any metal objects into storage – like lawnmowers or file cabinets – it’s best to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag.
- If you are storing gas powered equipment, be sure to drain the fuel before storage.
Large appliances storage tips:
- Make sure you defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly before storing them otherwise you'll be leaving yourself open to water damage.
- Tie doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation forming and help ward off bad odors.
- Appliances should be clean and dry and it'll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda before you store them.