Fill cartons to capacity as partially full cartons may collapse.
Do not overfill cartons, as bulging cartons may tip and will be harder to stack.
Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in smaller cartons to make them easier to handle.
Books should be packed flat, not on their spine.
Label each carton as you pack, so that you can find items easily while in storage. This also makes unpacking easier.
White goods should be thoroughly dry and clean before storing.
Fridge and freezer doors should be secured slightly ajar to maintain freshness. A deodoriser placed inside the appliance is also a good idea.
Do not place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
Do not store food in fridges and freezers.
The use of drop sheets or similar covers will help protect your furniture.
Empty wardrobes, cupboards and drawers to protect the shelving and structure of these items of furniture.
Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with mothballs, naphthalene, lavender or similar repellent product to help protect your goods.
Because of the high level of humidity in the Byron Bay area, a moisture absorbent product should be placed within the storage shed to help protect against damp or mould.
Where possible, remove legs from tables, beds etc to save space and avoid damage.
Pack items of crockery into smaller cartons to avoid having cartons which are too heavy to handle.
Place a layer of packing, such as paper or ribbed cardboard at the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables.
Wrap fragile items individually in packing paper – avoid the use of newspaper, as it can be very messy.
Nest cups and bowls; stand plates, saucers, platters and casseroles on their edge.
Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing such as scrunched up paper or linen.
Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.
Protect these items with packing material such as bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton.
Store these items upright, standing on their edge; do not lay them flat.
Wrap silver in non-acidic tissue paper to help reduce tarnishing.
Wipe chrome or cast iron with a small amount of machine oil; this will help retard rust.
This equipment is very delicate and should be handled with care.
Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items individually in bubble wrap before you pack them in cartons.
Fill in any gaps in the cartons with paper or linen.
Secure turntables and tone arms of record players to prevent damage in transit.
Pack records on their edge in cartons to prevent warping; pack CDs on their edge in individual cases to prevent scratches.
Plasma televisions should be protected with bubble wrap or a similar protective item and stored upright.
Remove batteries from these items to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
As with electrical items, computers need special care.
Wherever possible, use original boxes. If you do not have the original box, wrap items in bubble wrap and pack them in good quality cartons.
Use some packing in the bottom and top of cartons to provide extra protection and fill in any gaps.
Use masking tape to label ports.
Make a back up of your hard drive and store the back-up somewhere other than your storage shed.
Drain fuel and oil from machinery; this will reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other items in your storage space.
Petrol and oil left in your machinery are also a fire hazard.
Store vehicles with minimal fuel.
Disconnect the battery; this will prolong the life of the battery.