Storage Tips

Make your storage experience a pleasant one. Review these helpful hints as you consider methods of minimising your storage needs.

1. Use furniture drawers for delicate or fragile items, as the drawer walls will protect. Carefully wrap & label each item as "FRAGILE". ‘Bubble wrap’, ‘packing foam’ or papers are excellent for these purposes. Mirrors & paintingsshould be wrapped in bubble wrap and/or in a flat pack. Store them on their edges in an upright position.

2. When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to prevent mildew build-up. Remember to label these boxes "FRAGILE".

3. When packing toys or smaller objects such a dishes & glassware, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper or clothes to prevent anything moving around in transit or collapsing when stacked.

4. When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage to avoid corrosive damage. Remember you are not permitted to store combustible fluids (that includes petrol in machinery fuel tanks)

5. Use rubbish bins to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

6. Store furniture carefully to avoid scratches and dents. Empty the shelves and drawers before storing to protect the structure and shelves. Dismantle furniture as much as possible to avoid damage and save space.

7. Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

8. Consider using your larger appliances (such as stoves or refrigerators) as additional space for storing towels, blankets, etc.

9. Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

10. What NOT to store - any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person, eg acid, chlorine, paint and petrol.

BACK INJURY is always a danger when moving or lifting heavy or awkward objects.

Don’t make your packing cases too heavy.

Do use the lifting & moving equipment provided.

Do bend your legs, not your back when lifting.