There are lots of reasons why people need storage and choosing something secure and safe for your treasured possessions can be a bit of a minefield. Here at Northover and Gilbert we have sturdy and secure multi-level, stone-built storage facilities in Dorset, right here in the centre of Bridport (pictured above) where we have been storing our customers belongings and keeping them safe for many years. The cost of storage is priced according to the cubic volume of your goods and we are well-equipped to store anything from single items of furniture to entire house-fulls of belongings. The stone construction of our refurbished warehouse means that it is safer than some storage centres that use tin sheds or shipping containers for your items. The climate is less variable within the stone walls and our rooms are less susceptible to the forces of nature.

If you’re not sure whether our facilities are right for you, you are welcome to make an appointment to come and take a look around our facility and get a quote. If you’re just looking for a rough idea of cost before you make a decision then just drop us an email if you would prefer a ballpark idea of what it might cost. We are always available on the phone to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, whether your items are going to be with us for a few months or packed away long-term.

Perhaps you’re moving overseas for a spell, you’ve inherited some clutter, you’re moving in with a partner and you don’t need two of everything – or you’re downsizing? We’ve got a storage solution for you. But how do you get ready to pack everything away? This is the first in a series of blog posts to help you you make the most of our facilities – with some tried and tested tips for preparing and packing your items for storage.

What to pack

Do you really need it?

Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to pack your things so that you have space to think and plan. Pack mindfully. Don’t just shove it all in a box or a bin bag – think carefully about what you are doing and what you are likely to need.

Do you really need the things you are taking with you? And vice versa – make sure that you aren’t packing something that you really need to take with you or keep out. Think ahead to what you are going to be doing when your stuff is in storage – it may be sunny now but will you need your wellington boots sometime down the line? Once they are packed they might be quite hard to find it again until you’re ready to retrieve all of your belongings. You may have heard of the Marie Kondo technique for decluttering – if you’re not sure if you really need something before packing it away hold it for a moment and see if it brings you joy or if it is useful. If you don’t think you can live without it, take it with you. If not, pack it. In terms of practicality, for example if you’re moving overseas you might not need to pack things like tin openers or cutlery as will be readily available when you get there – it is best to pack them away in storage and travel light, rather than dragging lots of things half way across the world!

Make an Inventory

It may seem boring and perhaps a litle bureaucratic, but keeping an inventory of items is so useful when you finally come to unpack. It will also prove invaluable if you realise you’ve packed something important and you need to get it out before the end of your tenure. We recommend making 2 copies of your inventory list. One to keep at the storage facility with the items – so you know that it is safe – and one to keep wth you so that you know exactly whether you have something with you or whether it is packed away. Label each box clearly and where possible keep a list of every item in each one, this will really help when it comes to unpacking or locating specific items. The inventory will also come in handy for insuring your items in the future as you will have a detailed list of your belongings.

Don’t pack your lunch!

It sounds obvious but there are a few things that aren’t welcome in any storage facility! This generally includes flammable items such as gas canisters, petrol, fireworks or certain chemicals. If in doubt, ask!

The other thing you might not want to meet again after several years when you are unpacking is anything perishable. Make sure if you’re storing white goods such as fridges and freezers they are clean and clear of any milk cartons, food or detritus. Make sure you haven’t dropped any large crumbs or fruit into the packing boxes and if you’re getting friends or family to help make sure you keep an eye on what they are putting in there too – especially children!

Storage facilities in Dorset

That’s the end of our list for this week – next time we’ll be looking at how to prepare and pack your items for storage. If you are interested in getting a quote in the meantime or taking a look around our storage facilities in Dorset then take a look at our storage page for more info: northoverandgilbert.co.uk/storage.