General Packing Tips
Some useful packing tips
- The use of Packing accessories such as Boxes, Portable Wardrobes, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories is available for purchase at The Storage Centre office.
- Fill boxes to capacity; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Good quality storage boxes and packing materials offer better protection from damage
- Packing and labelling boxes room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which box to begin looking in. Don’t forget to write ‘THIS WAY UP’ and ‘FRAGILE’ on boxes containing breakables.
- To make your boxes easier to lift, choose smaller boxes for heavy items like books and plates, and larger boxes for lighter items such as bedding and curtains. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines.
- We strongly advise against using bin bags. They are prone to ripping, get easily squashed and lack ventilation – which can cause mildew to build up on fabrics.
- Consider using a vacuum storage system that actually sucks air out of specially designed bags ,this helps you fit more clothes into your space.
- Dismantle / Break items of furniture down into smaller parts? For example, bed frames can usually be disassembled, making them easier to store.
Appliances / White Goods
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure boxes with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
Remember to protect table legs with bubble wrap, and protect varnished furniture
against scratches by using a layer of shrink wrap, corrugated cardboard or tissue paper.
Dishes & Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of boxes containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g.: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all boxes containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these boxes.
Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings
These items should be protected by packing material e.g.; bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Protect pictures and mirrors with bubble wrap and clearly mark them ‘FRAGILE’. Large ones should be stacked on their end.
Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
Stereos, Televisions and Videos
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in boxes, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the boxes. Turntables and tone arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage whilst they are being moved. Pack records on their edges in boxes to prevent warping.
Battery operated appliances & toys
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking Batteries.
Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing boxes will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of boxes. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have “self parking heads”. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.
Mowers & other Machinery
Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a fire hazard.
Take care to clean any garden equipment before you store it.
Clothes / Bedware / Fabrics
Storing clothing for a long time? Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang your clothes in storage, keeping their shape and giving them room to breathe. We sell them in-store and on our website.
Always pack bedding or clothes in boxes to prevent moisture damage from ‘sweating’ that can sometimes build up in plastic bags. You can put a ‘moisture absorber’ into your box, for greater peace of mind.