How to Store and Prepare Your Goods

What Can’t I Store?

Common sense and laws set down by Government departments and authorities determine what can and cannot be stored. However, under your Self Storage Agreement you cannot store hazardous, dangerous, illegal, stolen, perishable, environmentally harmful goods or explosive goods.


Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be clean and dry before storing, with deodoriser inside for freshness and the door slightly ajar.

Stoves and other cooking equipment should be cleaned before storing.

Avoid placing other content inside white goods. However, some goods can be stacked on top of fridges, freezers and stoves.

Tools and other equipment should always be cleaned before storing.

Dishes & Glassware

Use a layer of packing at the top and bottom of cartons containing breakables. Individually wrap items in packing paper. Nest plates and cups and stand plates, platters, casseroles and saucers on their edges. Fill any gaps in the carton with scrunched paper or material to prevent movement. Label all cartons containing breakables. Do not place heavy items on top of them.

Televisions, Video & Music Equipment

If you have retained the original boxes and packing materials, reuse them. Otherwise, bubble wrap items individually and store them in sealed cartons.

Plasma TV sets; talk to us and buy the correct carton for your set. We stock the appropriate boxes that provide maximum security and protection for your plasma television.

Pack records and CD’s on their sides.

Metal Items

Wrap silverware in non-acid tissue paper or store in plastic bags to reduce tarnishing.

Wipe chrome and cast iron items in a cloth impregnated with a little machine oil to retard rust.


If you have retained the original boxes and packing materials we recommend you reuse them. However, bubble wrap and quality cartons will also do the job. Pack the cartons to prevent movement of the computer.

Most computers have self parking heads, but if you are unsure about moving and storing your electrical equipment, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer if storing for more than six months.

Top 3 Storage Tips

Tip No.1: Using packing accessories like cartons, porta robes, paper,tape, bubble wrap, plastic covers and sheeting will protect your goods while they are in storage.

Tip No.2: Use uniform cartons so that they may be firmly stacked while in transit and storage.

Tip No 3: Fill your cartons; partly filled cartons can tip or collapse. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes unpacking or finding your contents easier.


Cover mattresses and lounges with plastic covers.

Empty wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect shelving and framework.

Disassemble beds and tables (where possible) and wrap legs. Store tables and other fragile content on padding upside down on top of other solid sturdy items to protect their legs and structures.

Vacuum upholstery clean before storing.

Lightweight chairs can be stacked seat to seat, or on top of upturned tables.

Use plastic covers to cover your furniture.

Books should be packed flat, not on their spines, in small cartons so they are easily handled.

Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

Protect these items with bubble wrap and store on their edges. If available, try to wrap in blankets and pack well to protect shards in the unlikely event of a break while being stored or moved.

Mowers & Other Machinery

Drain fuel and oil to reduce the risk of damage to other goods and to avoid a possible fire hazard.

Battery-operated Toys & Appliances

We recommend the removal of batteries to avoid damage from leaking acids.

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