10 Easy Steps For Storing Kitchen Appliances in Self-Storage

If your home is slowly getting consumed by kitchen appliances you don’t use, it might be time to reclaim your precious bench space. Storing kitchen appliances in self-storage is an ideal solution for the short or long-term.

Storing Kitchen Appliances – Step-By-Step Process

Kitchen appliance storage is simple — you simply need time, patience, and the right materials and techniques. Follow our step-by-step process on storage to keep your appliances in pristine condition.

#1 Make A Detailed Inventory Of Kitchen Appliances To Be Stored

Kitchen appliances are often quite valuable and it’s worthwhile before you start to draw up a detailed inventory of everything you intend to pack. Make two copies of this inventory: one to keep at home and one to keep inside your storage unit. This is also the perfect opportunity to declutter your kitchen!

#2 Find The Original Packaging

To help keep your kitchen appliances in top shape, it’s best to store them carefully inside their original packaging wherever possible. Why? This packaging was specifically designed to protect the appliance during transit and storage and is perfectly sized to limit movement. The styrofoam inserts will help protect the most delicate parts of your appliance. Gather as much original packaging as possible before you start packing.

#3 Check the Kitchen Appliance Manufacturer’s Instructions

Try to find the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the appliance. These instructions will often provide advice on transporting and storing the appliance. If you can’t find these instructions, you can simply head to the manufacturer’s website and download a copy.

#4 Purchase High-Quality Packing Materials

We recommend investing in high quality packing materials to protect kitchen appliances that no longer have original packaging. More Space Storage offers a range of sturdy storage cartons, boxes and packing materials to help you pack and store your belongings securely.

Measure your appliances to make sure you choose the right size. For most kitchen appliances, we recommend purchasing the following:

  • Tea chest size storage boxes (Length 431mm x Width 406mm x Height 596mm)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Butchers paper
  • Fragile packing tape

#5 Clean and Thoroughly Dry The Kitchen Appliances To Be Stored

Before putting your kitchen appliances in storage, it’s important to prepare them for the time in storage. Each kitchen appliance must be drained, thoroughly cleaned and dried. Plan to wash and disinfect each part of your appliance 24 hours before you pack them, allowing enough time for each to completely dry. Avoid storing dirty or wet items, as this can encourage the growth of mould or mildew.

#6 Pack Small Kitchen Appliances

Small kitchen appliances may include coffee makers, toasters and ovens, blenders, food processors, mixers, electric grills, slow cookers, microwaves, fryers and rice cookers.
Here is a simple process to wrap and pack small kitchen appliances:

  1. Lay a sheet of bubble wrap on a flat surface.
  2. Fill any hollow spaces of the appliance with bubble wrap or packing paper.
  3. Wrap bubble wrap around the exterior of the appliance.
  4. Use packing tape to securely fasten the bubble wrap.
  5. Fill each box with a thick layer of bubble wrap.
  6. Place items inside the box and use extra bubble wrap or packing paper to fill in any excess space.
  7. Use tape to close the top and reinforce the base of each box.
  8. Place smaller boxes inside a larger box. Fill large boxes to the point where the top folds can comfortably close and tape shut.

#7 Pack Large Kitchen Appliances

Large kitchen appliances include fridges, freezers, dishwashers, stoves and microwaves. These should be dismantled as much as possible before packing.

How To Store A Refrigerator In A Storage Unit

Often, storing your fridge in self-storage means turning off your refrigerator for long periods of time. Here’s how to store your fridge properly, including tips on how to keep an unplugged fridge from smelling while in storage.

  1. Defrost your fridge several days before storage.
  2. Drain all liquid from the refrigerator to guard against mildew. Allow ample time for your fridge to dry out.
  3. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda into a sink filled with warm water. Scrub, rinse and dry the interior and exterior surfaces of your fridge thoroughly.
  4. Wipe the fridge’s walls, floor and under the crisper drawers.
  5. Remove all trays, glass shelves and drawers from your fridge and freezer. Clean these fragile parts with a mild detergent. When packing, make sure to mark them as ‘fragile’ and don’t stack or put heavy items on top of them.
  6. Clean the rubber seal on the door’s perimeter to prevent mildew growth.
  7. Dust or vacuum the fridge’s coils.
  8. Close the doors, cover the fridge with a tarp to protect it from dust, dirt and scratches, and secure with a rope.
  9. Transport your fridge to its destination in an upright position.
  10. Once secure in the storage unit, leave the fridge door open.

How To Store A Dishwasher

  1. Run your dishwasher through a final wash cycle using bleach or white vinegar, instead of detergent.
  2. Allow at least 24 hours for the appliance to air dry.
  3. Disconnect your hoses, clean them, and let them dry.
  4. Use towels to protect your hoses.
  5. Put the hoses inside the dishwasher for safekeeping.
  6. Tape cords to the dishwasher’s sides.
  7. Before transit, make sure to cover your dishwasher with a tarp.

How to Prepare a Stove for Storage

  1. Apply a mild detergent to clean your stove’s interior and exterior, including the range hood, making sure that all food debris and grease has been eliminated.
  2. Unplug your stove. If you own an electric stove, you can easily do this yourself. If you own a gas stove, arrange for a professional to turn off the gas and disengage the piping. This piping can be stored inside the stove during transport.
  3. Place tape over the stove’s knobs to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.
  4. Warp your stove in a tarp.

Microwave Storage

  1. Remove the glass tray inside your microwave.
  2. Carefully clean the interior and exterior of your microwave.
  3. Try to store your microwave in its original packaging. If this is not possible, choose a sturdy cardboard box.
  4. Protect the microwave with bubble wrap.
  5. Tape the door shut and secure the cords by taping them to the side of the microwave.
  6. Wrap the microwave in a tarp to protect it during transit.

#8 Label Each Box In Detail

Remember to label each box with details about what is stored inside – the more specific, the better. Attach coloured stickers to your boxes, each with an assigned meaning. This will make it much faster and easier to locate the appliance you’re looking for.

#9 Load and Secure Your Kitchen Appliances

Next, you need to transport your kitchen appliances to your self-storage unit. At this stage, it’s crucial to:

  1. Secure each box to prevent it from sliding around the truck.
  2. Layer the boxes strategically. Place heavy boxes on the bottom and stack lighter boxes on top.
  3. Avoid placing heavy boxes on top of delicate appliances.

#10 Storing Your Kitchen Appliances In Your Self-Storage Unit

Congrats! You’ve now correctly packed and transported your kitchen appliances to your storage unit. Make sure when you pack your kitchen appliances in your self-storage unit that you don’t stack heavy items on top of more delicate ones. Remove and prop open doors to prevent moisture and mildew buildup.

For more helpful tips on storing kitchen appliances, get in touch with the experts at More Space today on 07 5594 9739 (Molendinar) or (07) 5598 3355 (Currumbin).