General Tips:

  • Use good quality storage boxes such as those sold at Monash Self Storage
  • Fill boxes to correct capacity – do not under or over fill as partially full or bulging boxes may tip over or collapse
  • Heavy items should be packed into small boxes so that they are easier to move
  • Label or number boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods
  • Keep an inventory of your stored goods, and estimate their value in case of damage in transit
  • Cover your goods with plastic sheets and protectors to prevent moisture and dust
  • Avoid wrapping items with newspaper where ink may stain and damage your goods
  • Protect your fragile goods in bubble wrap


  • Disassemble tables and beds (if possible) and wrap table and chair legs with bubble wrap before storing
  • Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers
  • Always place a protective cover over soft furnishings
  • Empty wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect shelving and framework
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses
  • Stack lightweight chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper to separate them
  • Vacuum upholstery clean before storing
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation

Fragile Goods:

  • Protect your fragile goods with bubble wrap
  • Crockery and glassware should be wrapped in tissue, paper or bubble wrap before storing
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror boxes, marked fragile and stacked on their end
  • Books should be packed flat to protect their spines

Outdoor Equipment:

  • Garden equipment should be cleaned before storage
  • Ensure that lawnmower fuel tanks are emptied

White Goods and Appliances:

  • Ensure they are clean and dry before storing
  • Leave refrigerator and freezer doors ajar for ventilation, with a deodoriser inside
  • Stoves and other cooking equipment should be cleaned before storing
  • Avoid placing other items inside white goods

Planning your Storage Space:

  • Place heavy or bulky items in the unit first to provide a good stacking base
  • Plan your storage space – put those items that you need to get to most often near the front, close to the door
  • Leave a walkway to the back if necessary
  • Using professional storage cartons and accessories gives maximum protection and easier stackability
  • To maximise space, stack similar boxes together

What can’t I store?

Common sense, State and Federal laws determine what can and can’t be stored. However, under your Self Storage Agreement you cannot store goods that are:

  • hazardous
  • dangerous
  • illegal
  • stolen
  • perishable
  • environmentally harmful
  • explosive

How much Storage Space will I need?

This table is a guide only.

House Size Space Size Suggested
1 bedroom 8.0 – 16 cubic metres
2 bedroom 22.5 cubic metres
3 bedroom 30 cubic metres
4 bedroom 40 cubic metres
5 bedroom 50 cubic metres

Please discuss your needs with one of our friendly storage consultants, to assist you in finding the right space.