• The Ultimate Storage Checklist

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  • The Ultimate Storage Checklist

    A secure storage space is a dream for new homebuilders. It gives them the peace of mind that all their treasures are safe and sound, allowing them to focus on building their home.


    The only problem is that the organisation involved in the packing and stacking of a secure storage space can be quite overwhelming (particularly when combined with getting a new house build or renovation off the ground!). So, if you want to make the absolute most of your secure storage space you need to know how to pack your goods properly, as well as how to pack the storage unit itself.

    Kent Storage are the experts on all things storage so they’ve created the Complete Storage Checklist to help.



    An inventory is your best friend.

    Before you even think about packing you, need to decide exactly what you’re going to store. This means asking yourself serious questions about what you do and don’t need. The cost of storage is directly related to the volume of the goods you to store, so don’t waste money storing things you don’t need or love. Now is the time to declutter, to have a garage sale, and to donate some of your once-loved treasures to charity.

    Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, compile a detailed inventory. Using the inventory, you’ll be able to source multiple itemised quotes from storage providers. 

    Plus, once you’ve moved everything into storage, your inventory will become a great resource. You’ll know exactly where all your belongings are (rather than making fruitless trips back and forth to your storage unit for items that aren’t actually there!). So, make a few copies of your inventory—at least one copy for you to keep at home, and one to leave in the furniture storage unit itself. 


    Packing for storage.

    If you want your treasures to come out of storage in the same state that they went in, then you need to know how to pack your treasures properly. A few tips on packing for storage:

    • You need to make sure that delicate items, such as artwork, photos, books and wooden and leather furniture are wrapped to protect them for the harsh environment of a storage space. Dust, pests and temperature fluctuations can ruin these times unless you take proper precautions.

    • You need to take particular care with whitegoods to prevent mould and mildew. The best way to do this is to thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry your whitegoods before you place them into storage. Doors and lids should also be left ajar to prevent odours from building up.

    Maximise your storage space.

    To maximise space inside your storage unit, you need to pack the space with care and purpose. To achieve this, you should:

    • Pack all the way to the roof so that you don’t waste any space. The safest way to do this is to invest in some plywood sheets, and use these to create levels between your boxes. The plywood effectively becomes like shelving, keeping your piles of boxes sturdy and less likely to topple over.

    • Never place anything directly on the floor or you leave your treasures open to damage from mildew and damp. To keep everything off the floor, find some wooden pallets and lay them out across the bottom of the space. That way your boxes are off the floor and if any moisture creeps in your treasures will be high and dry.

    • Similarly, always leave approximately 10cm between your items and the wall of your storage unit. This way, if there is a build-up of moisture, and condensation forms on the walls of the unit, it won’t make its way inside your boxes or all over your furniture.

    • Double wrap anything that contains a liquid because even a small leak can become a disaster in a storage space.

     

    • There are a few things that you can’t store. So make sure that all of your motorised equipment has been drained of fuel and oil and remove all batteries before you place items in storage. Don’t jeopardize the space by storing things that just don’t belong there.

    • Always invest in high quality packing materials. While it might seem like the cost-effective option to use second-hand boxes sourced from your local supermarket, you need to keep in mind that these boxes might not provide your treasures the best possible protection. After all, a moving box is often the last line of defence between your precious belongings and mildew, mould, dust, dirt and damp.

    • Use white butcher’s paper or bubble wrap instead of newspaper to wrap individual breakable items. Newspaper often leaves a black stain on items, particularly if they’ve been stored long-term.

    For more information, download a copy of Kent’s Complete Storage Checklist—it comes complete with check-boxes to tick the items off the list as you go!