Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips

Helpful Storage Hints and Tips in Darwin


Talk to Our Friendly Staff About Storage Space

Ask our staff to help you choose a space that best suits your needs. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger space with well organised (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient.

Frequently Asked Questions


        Our units offer easy access for vehicles and removal trucks.

        Hints to Save You Time and Money:

        The use of packing accessories such as cartons, paper, tape, Bubble Wrap and plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods while in storage. A variety of packing accessories are available for purchase at Palms Rural Self Storage.

    Planning Your Storage Space

        As a general rule, place large, heavy items that you can stack at the rear of the unit. Then, work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items. Place those items that you may need to frequently access in the front of the unit.

        Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow space for walkways. Packing in professional storage cartons will make stowing and unpacking easier and safer, saving you time and worry.

    Insure Your Goods in Storage

        The goods you place in a space are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not automatically insured by Palms Rural Self Storage. Check with your company’s insurance provider to see if you are covered. If not, we will be able to assist you with the provision of insurance coverage.

    What Not to Store

        Any goods that are illegal, stolen, flammable, explosive, hazardous, environmentally harmful, perishable or risky to the property of any person. (For example, chlorine, acid, paint and petrol.)


        Fridges, freezers and other goods should be thoroughly dry and clean before storing. While in storage, the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.


        Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong, secure cartons. Where possible, remove the legs from items of furniture (such as bed bases or tables) to avoid damage and to save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent vermin invasion.

    Dishes and Glassware

        Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakable items. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters and casseroles on their edges.

        Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing (for instance, with scrunched paper or linen). This will keep your fragile items well-protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons while in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.

    Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings

        These items should be protected by packing material, like Bubble Wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat). For battery-operated appliances and toys, we recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

    Fabric Items

        All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests. We sell boxes and packing materials to help protect your items.

    Metal Items

        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.

    Stereos, Televisions and Videos, Computers, Electrical Equipment

        All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dried before it is stored. Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack it 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.

    Files, Records and Other Documents

        Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons. This will save you space, simplify retrieval and offer the best protection for your goods or records. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Clearly label all boxes to identify contents. Put lighter boxes on top to prevent the collapse of those underneath.

We can instruct you on how to efficiently pack your space


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