Fragile Items

Fragile Items

Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, paper, blankets or towels to avoid unnecessary movement, or contact with other items. Pack these items snug in their boxes, and if possible pack fragile items in their original boxes. Items such as ornaments, statues, and trinkets will often come in a box with padding specifically designed for that item. Be sure to mark these items as “fragile” to avoid preventable accidents in the future.

Small Furniture

Small Furniture

Remember to empty out all contents from any drawers to prevent small items from rolling around in transit. Small furniture can also be wrapped in soft moving blankets or bubble wrap to protect it in transit.

Bulky Furniture

Bulky Furniture

Wrap bulky items in soft blankets to avoid scratches or chips. This will also help to prevent the bulky furniture from damaging the walls while moving in or out. Once in storage, try to raise the furniture off the floor. This will prevent moisture from building up between the piece of furniture and the floor, potentially causing mould or rot.

TV & HiFi

TV & HiFi

Store these items in their original boxes. Be sure to remove all batteries to avoid any leakage during transit or storage. Fill empty spaces in the boxes with newspaper to prevent unnecessary movement in transit. Once these items are packed, tape up any gaps along the edges of the box to prevent dust from getting in.

Large Appliances

Large Appliances

Your refrigerator will need some particular attention in preparation for storage. Be sure to empty, defrost, and dry your fridge and freezer to avoid any mould build up during storage, and to avoid a mess in transit. A refrigerator must be stored upright with the doors propped open to avoid any mould from forming, and to avoid a bad smell inside the refrigerator. Protect other large appliances with blankets or covers to avoid scuffs and scratches, and to prevent dust collecting.

Outdoor Items

Outdoor Items

Ensure that any outdoor items are properly cleaned and wiped down before storage. Empty out any fuel tanks on items such as a weed whacker or a lawn mower, and empty out any bags that collect clippings. Store these items with a piece of old carpet or cardboard underneath them to prevent any oil leaks or spills. Outdoor items such as lawn chairs and other outdoor settings can often be stacked or dismantled. Be sure to wipe down any outdoor items that may have collected grass, dirt, or water to prevent rust or other damage from occurring over time.

Garden & Shed

Garden & Shed

Tools should be stored in their original boxes or cases with batteries kept separately. Store any loose ends such as screws, nuts, bolts, etc. in jars or in their cases as well. This will make for a much more organised storage unit, as well as you will know what you have and can decide what you need to keep.

Kitchen & Glassware

Kitchen & Glassware

Take care while packing these items, as they can easily become damaged while moving. Wrap each individual item in packing paper or bubble wrap and ensure that these items are packed snug in their boxes. This will reduce unnecessary movement and also reduce the chance of damage. Try not to use newspaper to store these items as the ink can transfer and stain permanently.

Clothes & Fabrics

Clothes & Fabrics

The best way to pack clothing and fabric for storage is in air-tight plastic containers with clip-on lids. Wire hangers can damage clothing over time, so if storing your clothing items on hangers, opt for wooden or plastic ones. Clothing covers made of cotton or linen will help keep away any pests or dust while still allowing the garments to breathe. Consider adding moth balls or cedar balls to any clothing you are storing as a precaution. Ensure that clothing is always stored in a cool, dry place.

Automotive

Automotive

Ensure that any fuel tanks are emptied to avoid a potential fire hazard. Other tools can be stored in their respective tool boxes or bags, and in a cool, dry place away from any water sources to prevent rusting.

Sports Equipment

Sports Equipment

One great idea is to use laundry bags to store sports equipment. These mesh bags let the equipment breathe and will help prevent it from getting musky. These bags don’t take up much space. Another idea to create more space is to take apart bicycles. Bungee cords can also come in handy when storing sports equipment.

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