Here are a few simple storage ideas that can help make your self storage experience safe and simple:

  • Use trolleys to transport your goods to your unit.
  • If you plan or need to frequently use the space, a larger space may be more convenient than one packed to capacity.
  • Plan your space – start with bulky items and your heaviest boxes, stacking from the back of your unit making your way to the front; put those items that you need to get to most often near the front, close to the door.
  • Place heavy or bulky items in the unit first to provide a good stacking base.
  • To maximise space, stack similar sized boxes together and allow for walkways; pack all odd shaped items last as its usually hard to stack around them.
  • Pack your belongings in good quality boxes, filling all boxes to capacity, as partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.
  • Pack according to the season.
  • Pack heavy items into small boxes so that they are easy to lift.
  • Label or number all boxes on all four sides for easy identification.
  • Try to keep boxes in uniform sizes as these are much easier to stack.
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home.
  • There are prohibited goods that may not be stored at R59 Storage; common sense and laws determine what may be stored; check with us if you are unsure.
  • Protect your fragile goods in bubble wrap.
  • Dishes and glasses should be individually wrapped in tissue paper or bubble wrap before storing; fill all pockets with packing material; label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for china, silverware and small items; wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Stack sofas/couches on their ends to create more space.
  • Wrap table legs with bubble wrap before storing.
  • Tables may appear large but remember that you can pack around and on top of them – legs can also often be removed.
  • Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers which keeps their shape.
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses.
  • If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to “prop” them up.
  • Food crumbs or stains should be removed before self storage to avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
  • Always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings.
  • Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper to separate them.
  • Ensure that your refrigerator or freezer is thoroughly dry and stored with its doors open for ventilation.
  • Ensure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in boxes, marked fragile and stacked on their end.
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation.
  • Cover your goods with dust sheets to protect against dust.
  • Pack books flat to protect their spines.
  • Clean all garden equipment before storing.
  • Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected; to prevent rust, wipe all metal surfaces with proper agent.
  • Secure your unit with a high quality padlock.

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