Hints & Tips
Storage by the Fox: Self storage units in Woonona
General Tips


Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables.

Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain).

Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the carton with packing (e.g. scrunched paper or linen). This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit.

Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.


Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items.

Clothing and personals goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with some naphthalane, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition.

Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables, etc to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.


Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage, the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezer is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Do not store items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.


These items should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).


Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.


We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.


Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with car. The original boxes are ideal to repack in.

However wrapping items individually in bubble wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items.

Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons. Turntables and ton arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage whilst they are being moved.

Pack records on their edges in cartons to prevent warping.


Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care.

The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job.

Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have “self parking heads”. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.

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Place the items that you want to access often, at the front of the unit. As a general rule, place large heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forward and upwards with lighter and fragile items.

Depending on what you are storing and how frequently you need to access your items, you may need to allow space within your storage unit for a walk way

Using professional removalist/storage boxes will maximise your space and will also make your pack and unpack quicker. This is because they are all a standard size, fit easily into the hight of the storage unit, fits evenly on the removalists trolleys and takes approximately two hours off the removalist pack and unpack of your items.


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Any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person (e.g. chlorine, acid, paint, paint thinner, solvents, gas bottles, pets, food, living things, compost bins, worm farms and petrol)

Ensure mowers, whipper snippers and equipment are emptied of petrol or other fuel, and that BBQ surfaces are clean and gas bottles are empty

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Packing the truck
Looking to access any of your goods while in storage? What about that ladder or leaf blower? If so make sure that you pack these items into the truck first so that it will be packed into the unit last (near the door for easy access)
Cover up
Always enclose soft furnishings, especially couches and mattresses in our special plastic covers before moving. It could be raining on moving day, so these items are protected during transport and in storage.
Books and Documents
Sort into relevant categories and pack flat into archive boxes or book cartons. Be sure not to over fill the cartons or they will be too heavy to lift and stack
Planning ahead
Plan you self storage space carefully. Place protection on concrete floors for mattresses, soft furnishing and books, use all space available, especially height, and place frequently accessed goods near the door
Fragile items
Protect fragile items by wrapping individually in butcher’s paper or bubble wrap, and labelling cartons ‘fragile’. Don’t place fragile cartons at the bottom when storing – top load only
Build a foundation
Store large or heavy items towards the rear of the unit so that you can use them as a base to stack upon then pack towards the front and top of the unit with lighter more fragile items
Washing machine
Protect your washing machine while in transit by disconnecting and thoroughly draining the hoses and by securing the drum with the special cap or bolts supplied with the machine. Put each hose end in a plastic sandwich bag and then seal the bag tightly with tape or a rubber band, so no water leaks out and damages your goods
Use plastic 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 cartons. Mattresses should be covered and stood on end to maximise space
Fragile Items, Glassware and Crockery
Wrap all fragile items and glassware separately in tissue or packing paper, or slide over glass socks and wrap for extra protection.

Place extra packing in the bottom, top and in any spare space within the carton for added protection. Mark the carton “Fragile” or use “Fragile” packing tape

Wrap plates, saucers and bowls in packing paper and place on their sides in cartons to prevent breakages. Poly foam may also be used between crockery items. Ensure these cartons are not stacked under any heavy items

Artwork and mirrors should be wrapped in packing paper and corrugated cardboard and stored in a picture carton away from any heavy or awkward items

Cleanliness is critical at Storage By The Fox and we work very hard to create a clean environment. For your protection, we recommend food crumbs and stains be removed from clothing and soft furnishings before storage
Padding is protection
Separate your goods in self storage with felt blankets, cushions, cardboard or bubble wrap both while moving and in storage. This prevents rubbing and damage from compression over time
Building the walls
Try to store longer items (such as mattresses, beds and tabletops) along the walls. This provides these items protection and generally allows for more items to be packed into the unit
Metal Items
Wipe items 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
Protect clothes by ensuring they are packed clean and ironed and with cedar blocks (or other anti moth products)
Books should be packed flat so that the spines won’t break, and always in small boxes specifically designed for book storage. Never pack fragile items with books
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 cartons. Moving bags are also ideal for storing linens and soft furnishings

Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly defrosted, dry and clean before storing. Always move and store your fridge in an upright position as laying a fridge on its side could damage it. Remember to keep fridge doors slightly ajar during self storage, and leave a deodoriser such as a box of baking soda inside to maintain freshness
Electronic Equipment
Ensure all equipment is clean and dry before storing. Sensitive electronic equipment is best stored in its original packaging or other suitable carton

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 ajar