National Storage Preparation

Efficient Storage

Plan ahead

Plan your self storage space carefully. Make a list of what you will be storing and map out your storage space to make the most efficient use of space:

  • Place protection on concrete floors when storing mattresses, furniture or furnishings
  • Store large or heavy items towards the rear of the unit so you can use these items as a base to stack upon. Then begin packing towards the front and top of the unit with lighter more fragile items
  • Store longer items (such as mattresses, beds, couches and tabletops) along the walls of your storage unit. This provides protection and generally allows for a more efficient use of space
  • Remember to use all available space – use the full height of the unit to your advantage and turn items on their ends where appropriate. Stack boxes of similar sizes together, leaving enough room for you to move around the unit if required
  • Place frequently accessed goods near the door

Moving in

  • Ensure you pack items that you will access frequently into the truck first so these items will be packed into the unit last.
  • Dismantle larger items or any items with legs to make these items easy to move, and to maximise space in your storage unit.
  • Empty wardrobes, cupboards and drawers while moving to protect your furniture.
  • Ensure all larger items are covered with furniture covers, moving blankets or soft furnishings to protect them whilst in storage.

For hints and tips regarding packaging of your goods such as artwork, appliances, and machinery, visit our Preparation Tips page.

What not to store

Do not store anything combustible, perishable or harmful (including petrol, paint and paint thinner, gasoline, firearms, solvents, living things, plants or food that spoils). Ensure mowers, whipper snippers and equipment are emptied of petrol or other fuel, and that BBQ surfaces are clean and gas bottles are empty.