You should always carefully plan your storage for protection and to save storage space. Below are some helpful suggestions for storage of your personal items. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier. As a general rule, place heavy items at the rear of the shed. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter items.

Fridges & Freezers

Defrost, dry and clean before storing. Leave door slightly ajar and place deodoriser inside.

washing machines

Drain water from hoses and tape them to the back of the machine.


Where possible remove legs and tape to underside. Stand on end and protect with drop sheets.
Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic.

clothing & linen

Pack in secure cartons or plastic with mothballs or similar product.
Seal all cartons.

dishes & glasses

Individually wrap in packing paper and pack in strong cartons, marked ‘Fragile’.
Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing.

books & magazines

Pack flat, not on their spine in cartons.

mirrors & artworks

Wrap in bubble wrap or flat pack cartons. Store them standing on their edge in an upright position.

metal items

Wrapping silver in non acid tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing.
Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little oil to help reduce rust.

entertainment systems

Use original cartons if possible, alternatively wrap items individually in bubble wrap and pack in strong cartons.
Pack out any gaps in the cartons. Always secure turntables and tone arms of record players.


Pack as for entertainment systems. Back-up hard disk before storing.

battery operated appliances

Remove batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

mowers & machinery

Drain fuels and oil from the machinery.


These can be stored in an empty rubbish bin or in secure cartons.
Wipe with a little oil to prevent rust.