We have seen all sorts of things over the years. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your space.

  • Fill containers to capacity. Half full containers can collapse.
  • Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes.
  • Protect your fragile goods with bubble wrap and don’t place other boxes onto of them.


  • Cover your furniture with plastic dust covers, sheets, or cotton cloth.
  • Wax wood furniture before storing it.
  • Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover furniture
    Sofas, mattresses, and beds.
  • Cover end of mattresses and place on the floor.
  • Disassemble beds.
  • Sofa or pullout beds should not be stored on their sides.


  • Disassemble tables / shelves and wrap and mark all pieces for easier re-assembly.
  • For Small tables cover top and place on floor with legs facing upwards.
  • Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on any tables which cannot be disassembled.


  • Use dresser tops for stacking cartons
  • Maximize storage space by storing miscellaneous items in dresser drawers.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads, cardboard, or mirror boxes. Label the items and mark them as “FRAGILE.”
  • Mirrors, windows, screens, and other flat items should be stored on their sides, never flat.
  • Mirrors and pictures should be placed back to back. Between the faces of each pair of pictures place cardboard or thick textile to avoid having the frames touch each other.
  • Label your boxes on several sides for easy locating.
  • Prepare a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
  • Leave the door slightly ajar on fridges and freezers.
  • Use valuable storage space inside appliances for other items.
  • Ensure the Fridge and/or freezer is clean and dry.
  • Ensure vacuum cleaners are empty.
  • Ensure washing machines have been fully drained and the tub is prevented from moving.
  • Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.
  • Don’t lean items against the walls.
  • Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.
  • Leave a centre aisle for easy access to all items.
  • Use all the space available, including height. But watch out for the sprinkler overhead!
  • Place frequently used goods near the door.
  • You can store petrol powered tools.
  • However, you must drain all fuel from these items before storing them.

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