Tips to store like a Pro

Organising your storage unit carefully will ensure you use the space more efficiently, making it possible for you to hire a smaller space and save some money.

Here are some tips on good organisation.

  • Consider hiring a climate controlled unit to prevent the possibility of moisture affecting your possessions.
  • Leave space between stacks and around the outside walls if you’re not using a climate controlled unit.
  • Raise the bottom layer off the floor using strips of timber or pallets (stops cardboard drawing moisture from the concrete).
  • For easy access to everything create a centre aisle from the front to the back of your storage unit.
  • Put items you’re likely to want to access close to the front.
  • Store valuables towards the back to avoid regular contact and possible damage.
  • Stack cartons to maximise the space - the higher you stack, the more your storage unit will hold – but not too high – keep it safe.
  • Shelving units are a good way to keep everything organised and maximise the space in your storage unit.
  • Stack heavier cartons on the bottom and lighter cartons on top.
  • Never store foodstuffs, seeds or edible items as they can attract insects and vermin.
  • Use mothballs to deter clothing-eating insects.
  • Make a location map and place where you can find it easily.


  • Disassemble furniture where possible.
  • Disassemble beds and mark all pieces so you can put them back together.
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls.
  • Couches (except sofa beds) can be stored on end.
  • Wrap or cover furniture with dust covers, sheets or blankets to prevent tears or scratches.
  • Store assembled tables top down on padding with their legs wrapped and pointing up.
  • Stack light chairs seat to seat.

Large Appliances

  • Clean appliances thoroughly before storing.
  • Keep fridge doors slightly ajar to keep air circulating inside.
  • Store small items inside appliances.

Bicycles and Tools

  • Wipe over with a little oil to protect from rust.
  • Store away from furniture or clothing boxes to avoid oil staining other items.
  • Tie long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes together in bundles.

Tips to pack like a Pro

To ensure that everything comes out of storage in the same condition as it went it in, spend a little extra time to pack things properly.

Having the right boxes tape and packing materials makes the job easier - these can be purchased at our office.

  • Ensure items are well cleaned and treated or prepared before long-term storage.
  • Consider vacuum sealing your items.
  • Box everything in cardboard cartons for protection and easy identification.
  • Wrap breakables and fragile items separately in bubble wrap, foam or newsprint and mark the boxes as ‘fragile’.
  • Pack fragile items separate from heavy items.
  • Use small boxes or cartons for heavy items such as books.
  • Use large boxes for lighter items such as plastic goods.
  • Keep the weight down in each carton to around 10kg.
  • When lifting use your knees and keep your back straight.
  • If a box is too heavy, divide the contents between two or more cartons.
  • Use tape to seal your boxes.
  • Secure doors and drawers of furniture and appliances with low tack adhesive tape so they don’t open while moving and cause damage.
  • Tip plates, saucers and bowls on their sides.
  • Be sure to fill your cartons to capacity as partially full or bulging cartons may collapse.
  • Pack any empty space in the box with paper to minimise movement.
  • Pack clothes which require hanging into a wardrobe boxes (available at our office).
  • Wardrobe boxes are also handy for storing drapes.
  • Shoes can be stored in the bottom of wardrobe boxes.
  • Sweaters and other clothing can be placed in boxes or inside dresser drawers.
  • Wrap mirrors in paper pads and store flat or use a box or crate for extra protection.
  • Clearly label or number your boxes and make a list of the contents of all cartons in an inventory.


  • Pack shades and bases separately.
  • Wrap shades with non-inked paper and place in a box.
  • Wrap bases with padding.
  • Small bases can be placed in boxes.
  • Larger bases can be stored separately.

Books and Valuable Papers

  • Papers can be stored in file or archive boxes.
  • Books should be packed flat in boxes.





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