All storage facilities Melbourne-wide can attest to the fact that it’s essential that storage unit users understand how best to pack and store various items. This not only protects the items themselves, but also optimises the space within your storage unit.
There are some common items that people regularly store, and it’s our duty to share what those items are and how best to pack and store them. So in today’s blog, we’re going to do a deep dive into the top ten items people store the most and how you can best pack them up for storage.
Furniture such as sofas, tables and chairs can be bulky and susceptible to damage if stored incorrectly. Disassemble larger pieces whenever possible to save space. Wrap each component in furniture blankets or bubble wrap to prevent scratches and secure them with straps or plastic wrap. Store tabletops and cushions vertically to save space.
Appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and ovens need special attention before popping them into storage. Clean and dry these appliances thoroughly before storage to prevent mould or mildew building up. Tape down any loose parts, secure any doors with bungee cords, and place desiccant packs to absorb residual moisture. Store your appliances upright, where possible, and allow for enough space for air circulation.
When storing electronics like TVs, computers, or stereo systems, we recommend that you use their original packaging, if you still have it on hand. Otherwise, wrap them in anti-static bubble wrap or blankets. Remove any batteries to avoid leakage and store fragile items separately. Label all cords and accessories so you can easily reconnect them at a later date.
Clothing and Fabrics
To store clothing and fabrics, use wardrobe boxes with hanging rods for easy access. For other items, fold and pack them in vacuum-sealed bags to save space and protect against moisture build-up and pests. Avoid storing directly on the floor by using pallets or plastic bins to keep them elevated above the ground.
Books and Documents
Place books in small, sturdy boxes to prevent them from becoming too heavy. Pack them vertically to avoid spine damage and fill any empty spaces with packing paper. For valuable documents, consider using fireproof boxes or a safe deposit box for added security.
Seasonal items like holiday decorations or camping gear can take up significant space. Use clear plastic bins for easy identification and stack them from heaviest to lightest. Disassemble any items that have multiple parts, and ensure those individual parts are clearly labelled and stored.
To protect mattresses from dust and moisture, cover them with mattress bags or specialised covers. Stand them upright or store them flat on a clean, elevated surface. Avoid placing heavy items on top that may cause deformation.
Clean and dry sports equipment thoroughly before storing it to prevent odours or damage. Disassemble where possible and pack items in their original cases or use appropriate containers. Protect fragile equipment like golf clubs or rackets with padding or bubble wrap.
Wrap fragile dishes and glassware individually with packing paper or bubble wrap. Stack them vertically in sturdy boxes with plenty of cushioning material in between. Seal boxes tightly and label them as fragile. Disassemble bulky kitchen appliances and store them separately.
Collectibles and Valuables
For valuable or sentimental items, consider using climate-controlled storage units. Wrap delicate items in acid-free tissue paper and place them in sturdy boxes with cushioning material. Label the boxes as fragile and store them in a secure area within the storage unit.