Storage Tips

Use your storage space efficiently

Our guidebook to effective use of storage

Investing in a storage solution may be the best thing you’ve ever done – make it even better by packing your belongings in a way that’s both efficient, and most importantly, safe.

We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you achieve this – some of them are commonsense, others might be something you hadn’t even thought about! Ultimately, the goal is to help you arrange your storage container in a way that’s easily navigable, whilst protecting delicate belongings appropriately.

We’d highly recommend reading all of our tips before you come to store your items – and if you need to refresh your knowledge, don’t hesitate to take advantage of our free on-site WiFi and re-visit this page!

Boxes

  • Where possible, pack everything into good quality boxes - try to minimise the amount of loose items you have in storage
  • Tape the bottom of the box from edge to edge in a cross shape to make the box more sturdy
  • Number and/or label boxes clearly to help you find what you're looking for in future
  • Fill boxes to capacity in order to prevent collapsing or tipping, but make sure not to overload them - the top of the box should be packed with lighter items or bubble wrap
  • Stack boxes of similar sizes together to ensure efficient usage of space
  • Items that will be needed frequently should be stored close to the door and free of large stacks of boxes on top
  • Boxes containing fragile goods should be clearly marked as such
A cardboard box

Ensure your items are stored safely

  • Fragile items, such as glass, ceramic or crockery, should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and marked as fragile
  • The same goes for mirrors and pictures: individually wrap them in bubble wrap, mark as fragile, and stack them on their sides
  • Appliances such as freezers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators should be drained prior to storage; ensure you keep the door wedged open to allow for ventilation
  • Make use of wardrobes or appliances, and store items such as bed linen, books and tins inside them
  • Clean garden equipment, tools, bicycles, etc. prior to storing - metal surfaces should be wiped with WD40 or similar to displace moisture
  • Drain petrol, diesel and paraffin tanks (for example, in your lawnmower, outdoor heater or motorbike) prior to storing
  • Dustsheets should be laid on the floor to further protect goods and soft furniture - all items too large to be packed away should also be covered with dust sheets
  • Heavy boxes should not be placed on sofas or mattresses
  • Do not strain yourself or overreach - a stool or step ladder should be used to stack and retrieve items that are out of reach
A ceramic jar

Use space efficiently

  • Stack to the ceiling to maximise the space in your storage container - 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; you could even make a simple sketch of where things are in your container
  • Plan ahead, ensuring that items/boxes requiring regular access are kept near the front of your unit
  • Store bulky or heavy items first
  • Store items in an efficient way: remove table legs, or lay tables top down with the legs pointing up; disassemble beds; stack chairs on top of each other with towels/blankets in between; store things in drawers
  • Sofas and mattresses should be stored on end
  • Keep tools (like rakes, shovels, broomsticks, etc.) in sturdy bins
  • Ensure there is an air gap between individual items, as well as between items and container walls, to allow for ventilation
Stacked boxes