Packing for self-storage

At Weston Centre Business Hub, we provide a safe and secure environment for all your belongings. Whether you are temporarily between accommodation, clearing your house for a major renovation, or simply making more room in your home, we have you covered.

To ensure your personal possessions remain in perfect condition throughout their time in storage, it’s important that you take the time to pack them correctly. With our years of experience helping people store their belongings, we have put together the following useful hints and tips to get you started in the right direction:

Be Prepared

While some customers slowly add items to their storage space over time, the majority bring the bulk of their belongings in one go. If that's what you plan to do, make sure you have everything you need before you start. This will include:

  • sturdy (preferably double-walled) cardboard boxes
  • packing tape
  • bubble wrap
  • marker pens
  • dust sheets
  • protective coverings
  • writing pad

For effective storage, make sure your cardboard boxes are all the same size. This will make it easier for you when stacking them in your storage unit.

Labels and lists

You might know what’s in each box as you’re packing it, but will you still know in 6 months’ time when you come to retrieve them? Write a brief description of the contents on each side of the box with a marker pen. It doesn’t need to be fancy – books, kitchen stuff, electronics – just a reminder. If you need a more detailed inventory, then take your pad and write the individual contents down as a list.

If you’re wondering why we said to write the description on each side of the box, it’s simple. It’s so that you can tell what’s in any given box from any angle. That’s important if it ends up in the middle of a stack.

Watch Your Weight

Don’t overload your boxes. Items like books, tableware, computer parts, and more can be deceptively heavy. While you might want to fill a box with one type of item, loading it with heavy stuff is just asking for everything to fall out of the bottom.

Instead, put in a few heavier pieces and then fill up the space with lighter stuff.

Preparing Furniture for Storage

Try as you might, you’re not going to fit a four-poster bed or a dining room table into a box for storage. However, there are certain things you can do to protect your furniture. Start by unscrewing and dismantling as many components as you can, so that they take up less space in your unit. Invest in some small, sealable bags to keep all the screws in. If any parts are loose (drawers for instance) secure them with some heavy duty tape. Lastly, make sure any upholstered items are covered with a dust cloth to keep them safe.

Arranging your items in self storage

The Golden Rule for arranging your storage space is this – heaviest items on the bottom; lighter items on top. Not only will this prevent more fragile belongings from getting crushed, it’s also easier on your back. Do not stack your boxes in multiple rows, or you won’t be able to access the ones at the back (at least, not easily).

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