Preparing items for storage

  • Pre-plan your packing so that you can store your goods smoothly.
  • Be systematic and go room by room when packing. This makes unpacking easier and allows you to locate and retrieve goods months down the track.
  • Don’t strain your back, pack heavy items by themselves.
  • It’s best to store books flat and not on their spine.
  • A full box is a strong box but don’t overdo it because a bulging box is weak and troublesome to stack.


  • Empty your fridge and freezer before storing. Don’t leave anything inside as shelves and linings can easily be marked and damaged.
  • A fridge or freezer should be clean and make sure they’re dry before storage.
  • Leave the door slightly ajar and perhaps spray with deodorizer to keep it, and the other items, smelling fresh.

Metal appliances

  • The family silver is precious so make sure to wrap it in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags to help reduce tarnishing.
  • Wipe any chrome or cast iron items with a little machine oil to stop rust.

Breakables and glassware

  • Wrap all breakable items separately in tissue or packing paper, box and ensure they are marked “Fragile”.
  • Pack breakables in sturdy boxes.
  • Stack your plates, saucers and bowls on their sides to prevent any breakage or better still use our Kitchen box with clever insert to protect your crockery and glassware.
  • Empty space should be filled with packing paper.
  • Avoid cracking mirrors (and 7 years of bad luck!) by wrapping mirrors in cardboard and storing them on their edges. This also applies to picture frames.
  • Do not stack any heavy items on top of cartons containing breakables.


  • Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect them from warping and bending over time.
  • Where possible remove the legs from furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space.
  • Place a cover over all furniture, especially sofa’s, recliners and anything of value.
  • Wrap up cushions and mattresses in plastic we have covers available for all furniture and mattresses.


  • Computers need special care and the original boxes are the best place to keep them. Bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will also do the job.
  • Use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons for extra protection and pack out any gaps.
  • If you’re unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.


  • “Handle with care” when it comes to electrical equipment. Use the original boxes for your electrical gear if you still have them.
  • Bubble wrap is ideal for wrapping electrical items safely.
  • Vinyl lovers, make sure to pack your records on their edges to prevent warping.

Battery operated appliances and toys

  • Avoid the possibility of leaking batteries by removing them before packing.

Clothing and apparel

  • Keep your clothes in good condition by using naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain them or you can use a Port a Robe carton.

Machinery and metallic items

  • Drain any fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space.
  • Prevent metal items from rusting by wipe the item with a few drops of oil before storing.
  • Pack these items away from goods that may be stained such as furniture.

Very important

  • Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  • Do not store any living things (including plants), or perishable goods (especially food stuffs).
  • Empty petrol from mowers, whipper snippers, etc.
  • Ensure gas bottles are empty and BBQ or cooking surfaces are clean.
  • Avoid the risk of leaky batteries by removing them before you store.
  • Never lay paintings or mirrors flat. Stand them up and ensure they are wrapped and marked ‘FRAGILE’.