Storage Tips

Investing in a storage solution is a gamechanger for many of us. Make the most out of your storage unit by following these handy storage tips, and ensure that your items are stored in a way that’s both efficient and safe.

Some of these tips may be common sense, others may be things you hadn’t even thought of! Have a read through – we’ve put these together to help you lay out your container in a way that’s easy to navigate, whilst making sure delicate items are adequately protected.

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Using boxes

Where possible, we recommend packing everything you can into good quality boxes. By minimising the amount of loose items in your storage unit, you will save yourself heaps of time further down the line when it comes to finding particular items, or moving out of your unit.

When packing your boxes, make sure to:

  • Tape the bottom of each box from edge to edge in a ‘cross’ (+) shape to make it more sturdy
  • Number or label boxes clearly to help you find what you’re looking for in future
  • Fill each box to capacity to prevent collapsing or tipping, but make sure not to overload them – pack the top of boxes with lighter items or bubble wrap
  • Stack boxes of similar sizes together to make efficient use of space
  • Store boxes that will need to be accessed frequently closer to the door – and avoid keeping large stacks of boxes on top of them
  • Ensure that boxes containing fragile goods are clearly marked as such.

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Storing your items safely

It’s important to pack your items in a way that’s going to keep them safe and protected for the duration that they’re in storage. By ensuring goods are packed correctly from the very start, you can save yourself any potential headaches further down the line.

We recommend the following:

  • Glass, ceramic, crockery, and other fragile items should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and marked as fragile
  • Mirrors and pictures should also be individually bubble wrapped and marked as fragile, then stacked on their sides
  • Drain appliances like fridges, freezers, and washing machines prior to storage, and ensure that their doors are wedged open to allow for ventilation
  • Drain petrol, diesel, and paraffin tanks (e.g. in your lawnmower, outdoor heater, or motorbike) prior to storage
  • Clean garden equipment, tools, bicycles, etc. prior to storage – wipe metal surfaces with WD40 or similar to displace moisture
  • Cover the floor of the unit, as well as items too large to pack away, with dust sheets to further protect goods and soft furniture
  • Do not place heavy boxes on sofas or mattresses
  • Do not strain yourself or overreach – use a stool or step ladder to stack and retrieve items that are out of reach
  • Ensure that there is an air gap between individual items, as well as between items and the container walls, to allow for ventilation.

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Efficient use of space

Taking a little bit of time to plan out your unit prior to moving any goods in, may just save you a lot of time in future when you inevitably need to find certain items.

  • Stack to the ceiling to make the most of our 8ft high units – remember to place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top
  • Maintain an inventory of all the boxes and goods you have in storage for easy reference – perhaps even sketch out a simple map or plan
  • Items or boxes requiring regular access should be kept near the front of your unit
  • Store the bulky and heavy items first
  • Store sofas and mattresses on their ends
  • Keep tools like rakes, shovels, and broomsticks, etc. in sturdy bins.

Think about how you can store items in a way that creates space for other goods, for example:

  • Remove table legs – or lay tables top down with the legs pointing up
  • Disassemble beds
  • Stack chairs on top of each other with towels or blankets in between
  • Store bits and bobs in drawers
  • Make use of wardrobes and appliances – they’re a great place to store things like bed linen, books, tins, etc. inside.