12 USEFUL STORAGE TIPS

Here are a few of Rosebud’s Storing Place storage tips that have stood the test of time. Don’t forget to make an inventory.

1.  Appliances
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly defrosted DRY and CLEAN before storing.  Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar and always leave a deodoriser in during storage e.g. baking soda. You can use the space in fridge.

2.  Furniture
Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and to save space. Also don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions of your lounge suite.  Do not wrap your leather lounge suites in plastic, as it can make it ‘sweat’ preferably use some old sheets.  Do use our special plastic lounge and mattress covers, it could be raining on the day so these items are protected during transport and in storage. Visit our box shop

3.  Dishes and Glassware
Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.  Use a smaller type carton, put a towel or similar on bottom to cushion, then place fragile items in and crumble up some old newspapers or tea towels to pocket the spaces  then an old towel  or paper again on top.  Place dinner plates vertically (just like you when you buy a dinner set)

4.  Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings
Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).  We sell ideal picture/mirror boxes

5.  Metal items
wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing.  Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.

6.  Stereos, Televisions and Videos
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care.  The original boxes are ideal to repack in.  You can also use a doona or blanket.  Pack records on their edges in cartons to prevent warping.

7.  Battery operated appliances and toys
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

8.  Mowers and other machinery
Drain fuel and oil from all machinery.  This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space.  Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a fire hazard.  Place on cardboard or plastic sheet in case of leakage.

9.  Planning Your Storage Space
As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit.  Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items.  Place those items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.  Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walkways.  Any long items eg mattresses, beds & table tops should be placed on their edges along walls.

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 or any person e.g. Chlorine, acid, paint and petrol, full gas bottles.  Do not store perishable food either, this includes wheat bags & dried flowers etc.  This can attract vermin compromising the whole facility. We have a regular pest control service in place.

Make an inventory of what is being stored, photograph if necessary. Note any damages prior to a removalist attending.
11.Make a SURVIVAL box, or two

Remote controls, extension cords
Keys to cabinets, clocks, jewellery boxes, spare car keys etc
Telephone/answering machine, mobile chargers, alarm clock
Kettle, some mugs, teaspoons, paper plates & plastic knives & forks, napkins, sugar/tea/coffee (in an airtight container), long life milk,
Can opener/wine opener
Baby supplies,
Pet food & supplies
Tool box
Screws/spacers for the tables/cabinets, legs of beds.
Toilet paper, soap, detergent, dish cloth & tea towel.
Cleaning Supplies (non aerosols as this can be inflammable)
First Aid Kit,
Address book, notebook, pen/pencil
Important papers like income tax, passports, bills, invoices, education,
prescriptions & reference numbers for utilities,
Batteries,
Instruction manuals.
Keep this box at front of unit for easy access! The aim is to make your life as easy as possible once you have moved out of storage
12. We recommend that you periodically visit your storage unit to check on your goods, Rosebud’s Storing Place does not have access to your unit, so checking the condition of your goods is up to you.

Happy storing!