At ABC Self Storage, we work hard to keep your unit safe from outside influences, but we can’t protect the items inside your unit from accidental breakages. It’s a corollary to Murphy’s Law that the most delicate items are usually the most sentimental, so it’s important that you put some time and care into ensuring the safest method for storing your breakable items.
1. Make sure you have the right tools for the job
Breakables require sturdier packing materials than those you would use for other household items. Your breakable storage tool box will consist of:
- sturdy packing boxes (you can purchase reinforced cardboard boxes from most removal companies)
- packing tape (which is wider and stronger than regular tape)
- tissue paper or old newspaper and/or
- bubble wrap and/or
- Styrofoam peanuts
Start by placing a layer of your packing materials (paper, bubble wrap or packing peanuts – the contents of your box will determine the material needed) on the bottom of your box. Wrap each item in paper or bubble wrap, then start filling the box. Some items, like plates, can be stacked, while more delicate items like glass figurines should be spaced out.
Fill in gaps with packing peanuts or balled up paper to prevent them from knocking against each other during the moving process.
2. Proper organisation will prevent accidental breakages
Take the time to think carefully about how you will pack your boxes before you begin. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom, and the most delicate items on top. Space your items out throughout the box so as to even distribute the weight – an unevenly distributed box will cause stress in one area, which can lead to rips and tears.
If you are planning on stacking your boxes in your storage shed, put all the heavier items in one box and lighter items in the other, and stack the lighter boxes on top of the heavier ones. Don’t forget to label everything to refer back to.
3. Gently does it
It goes without saying that you should be careful when packing your box. Try not to overfill boxes, but at the same time, you want the items to fit in fairly tightly so that they do not shake or roll around while you are moving them. It may take a bit of trial and error to get it just right, but preventing breakages will be the reward for your patience.
Pay careful attention to items that can cause breakages themselves, such as statues with pointed edges. These should be wrapped in an extra layer of protection to avoid tearing the box.
4. Make sure you have enough space!
If you are planning on storing a lot of fragile items, you might want to choose a storage unit with a little extra space. More floor space means you don’t have to stack your boxes precariously and will give you more room to move around, avoiding the risk of knocking things over. A little extra space can save heart-breaking accidents in the future.
For more packing and storage advice, keep an eye on our blog or call ABC Self Storage on (07) 5598 3355 to talk to a dedicated storage specialist.