How to use Self-Storage

Simple tips to minimize costs, optimise space, and protect your items.

Firstly, make sure you clean and dry items thoroughly before you pack them. This is especially important when storing appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and freezers. Eliminate musty odours by steam cleaning and vacuuming the upholstery of soft furniture such as couches, lounges and armchairs, and outdoor furniture. Cover and protect furniture pieces with purpose-made covers to shield them from dirt and dust.

Boxing items can really save you money as you’re able to store more items in less floor space. Be careful to use only high quality packaging materials to ensure your belongings stay safe. These boxes are specifically designed to be stacked up to the height of the storage shed (generally 3 m) and stay strong, whereas poor quality boxes may split, sag and crumple over time. Plastic tubs are not ideal as the weight is not distributed evenly along the bottom of the tub, but is concentrated at the wheels leading to cracking and collapsing. Add some moth balls/naphthalene chips to your boxes to keep insects out.

An important part of storage is being able to easily find the items you have stored without having to unpack box after box. This is why it is vital to clearly label each box and keep an inventory of the contents in the storage shed, so you can easily refer to it.

Plan your packing space for maximum efficiency when it comes to getting hold of the things you may need from time to time. Place these items (e.g. filing cabinets, camping gear, or push bikes) closer to the front of the shed. Do not store items such as fireworks, fertilisers, chemicals or gas cylinders in your shed.

Extra Space

Proper storage practices will save you space and reduce the cost of your storage rental fees. Stack items in high quality boxes, and store mattresses and couches upright.

Working Away

While you’re working away from the office, store documents and client records in archive boxes, and wrap electrical office equipment individually in bubble wrap and pack in high quality boxes to protect from dirt and damage.

Business Warehouse

Free up space in your office, store seasonal stock or assets, and take advantage of bulk buys, with our climate controlled, powered commercial storage sheds. Pick a size to suit your needs.


Whether you’re away for a few months or several years, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your valuables are safely stored in our clean, secure and well-maintained units.

View Our Sizes

We have a range of storage unit sizes so you can store almost anything. Use our handy size calculator to find the right size unit.

Tips for moving your items

Handy hints to keep your items in great condition during your move.

Whether you’re downsizing after the kids have left home or need bigger business premises, moving is an inevitable part of our modern lives. And it’s stressful and painful enough without running the risk of getting your possessions damaged unnecessarily. Fortunately, there are a few easy-to-follow precautions you can take for an efficient, hassle-free move.

Clean and protect your items

Make sure your items are clean and dry before packing. Cover furniture with purpose-made covers and pack smaller items into high quality moving boxes.

Declutter and save on moving costs

Make sure you’re only paying to move those items you really need. Give to charity or throw out anything that you no longer want.

Pack strategically for best results

Pack items you’ll need on day one such as remote controls, keys, etc into a single box, and mark that box clearly. Label boxes clearly on two sides and keep an inventory of their contents. Pack heavy items into smaller boxes rather than big boxes to prevent overloading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we get asked a lot. Do contact us if you have others.

What can/can’t I store in my storage unit?

With units large enough to store boats, motorcycles, vehicles, caravans, utes or trailers and small enough for storing documents, furniture, camping gear, push bikes, appliances, keepsakes, business stock and other household items, you can store almost anything at our Inverloch and Colac sites. Please be aware that it is illegal to store flammable substances, fireworks, chemicals, fertilisers, food, perishable items, stolen goods, animals and/or humans.

When can I access my storage unit?

There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to access your stored items when you need them. Once you have made your payment, you will be able to access your unit with in business hours.

Is my storage unit secure?

Just because an item is in storage, doesn’t mean it’s not important to you. That’s why we take the security of our storage units very seriously. Our site is floodlit and monitored 24/7 by our state-of-the-art CCTV security system. What’s more, each unit has an individually lockable security door so you’re in complete control of the access to your unit.

Will my belongings be kept in good condition?

The last thing you want is to open your boxes and pull off your covers only to find your goods have been damaged in storage. That’s why we take every precaution to ensure that our storage units are clean, dry, insulated against inclement weather and pest-free. Ask about our powered and climate controlled units, which are especially well-suited for storing paperwork, business assets and electrical goods.

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Got a question about Inverloch self storage? Get the right advice from our friendly experienced team.