Preparing Tips

Preparing Tips

Hints and Tips – Packing


As a general rule, anything that can fit into a box, should be placed into a box. Use similar sized boxes to ensure safe stacking and always place heavier boxes on the bottom. Boxes that are half empty or too full can burst or collapse; pack any empty space with packing material for extra strength, and to keep the dust out.

Books and Documents

Sort into relevant categories and pack flat into archive or small boxes. Be sure not to over fill the boxes or they will be too heavy to lift and stack. Pack books flat to avoid spines being damaged.


Use shrink wrap or moving blankets to wrap around and underneath your furniture. Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper in between. To protect your furniture use a cover or moving blankets and either wrap any soft furnishings and cushions in plastic or place in boxes. Mattresses should be covered and stood on end to maximise space.

Kitchenware, Crockery and Fragile Items

Wrap all fragile items and glassware separately in tissue or packing paper, and wrap for extra protection. Place extra packing in the bottom, top and in any spare space within the box for added protection. Mark the box ‘Fragile’ or use ‘Fragile’ packing tape.

Wrap plates, saucers and bowls in packing paper and place on their sides in boxes to prevent breakages. Packing paper may also be used between crockery items. Ensure these boxes are not stacked under any heavy items. Wrapping precious silverware in acid free tissue paper can help reduce tarnishing.

Machinery, Equipment and Metal Items

Drain oil to reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods. Ensure all items are dry and clean, and wipe with a few drops of oil before storing to prevent rust. Keep these items secure and away from other items that may be damaged by rust.

Clothing, Apparel and Linens

Store clothing in Port-A-Robe cartons to keep clothes dust and wrinkle free, and use naphthalene or mothballs to protect clothing for long term storage. Use vacuum bags for the most efficient use of space when storing soft furnishings or linens, then place into clearly marked boxes. Moving bags are also ideal for storing linens and soft furnishings.

Artwork and Mirrors

Protect mirrors and artwork by placing them in our slider or picture boxes or wrap securely with soft linens/moving blankets for protection.

Electronic Equipment

Ensure all equipment is clean and dry. Sensitive electronic equipment is best stored in its original packaging or suitable box. Remove all batteries to prevent any battery leakage over time.


If storing kitchen appliances or whitegoods, be sure they are thoroughly clean, dry and defrosted to prevent moisture or mildew damaging your valuables. Store with doors slightly open. Don’t forget to check appliance hoses to ensure they are completely dry to prevent water damage. Keep any extra hoses, nuts, bolts or extra hardware items in plastic bags secured to the appliance so everything required to operate the appliance is kept together.

Vehicle Storage

Get helpful tips on preparing your vehicle for storage in our handy How To Store A Car guide.