Plastic vs Cardboard Boxes When Moving


On your search for the most reliable self-storage facility when moving, a common question that comes up is what type of boxes you should use for storage and organisation?

When you don’t pack things correctly, things inside can end up broken, moulded, or pretty useless. Why? This is due to careless packaging and impractical use of storage boxes.

Your local self storage facility in Wollongong does not want you to experience this, so we’ve prepared a guide on what’s best when it comes to plastic and cardboard containers when storing and organising items.

Both are great materials that scientists and engineers have been developing for decades.

Which is the best one for you? To answer that, here are some things to consider.

Plastic Boxes

In comparison to cardboard boxes, plastic boxes are known for their full resistance to water. Since water causes dampness and extra moisture to some materials, keeping things inside plastic containers will diminish the chances of finding mould on objects such as clothing.

The use of plastic boxes also keeps your things from being infested by insects. So when you arrange boxes in an indoor storage unit, you won’t have to worry about finding cockroaches and other creepy crawlies on your valued treasures.

To add more to the magic brought by plastic boxes during storage, they are best used to organise things. How? Since this type of box comes in various colours, you can use this to your advantage. Categorise the contents of the boxes by colour, for example:

  • Red – clothing
  • Blue – kitchen and dining sets
  • Yellow – books and stationery
  • Green – decorative items
  • Pink – miscellaneous

Moreover, plastic boxes come with lids. These boxes do not need to be taped in order to make sure that nothing penetrates the items kept inside.

Cardboard Boxes

Plastic containers are indeed useful, but they have a downside: they are non-biodegradable. They’re less environmentally-friendly compared to cardboard boxes.

Also, cardboard boxes are less expensive, meaning you get more storage boxes at a lesser price! Sometimes, you can even get them for free if you try to ask store managers around you, making them more practical.

Compared to plastic containers, cardboard boxes are best to use when moving items. If your chosen local storage units are a little far, it will be easier for you to transport them using cartons.

Also, cardboard boxes are very simple and easy to utilise. You just need tape such as duct tape or packaging tape to seal them in well. To label these boxes, you just need to write on them with your marker.

Finally, Plastic vs Cardboard Boxes?

There will be lots of factors that will affect your decision. What are the conditions around your public storage unit? How long will you be storing your items? How about the material of these items, are they perishable or fragile? How much is your budget? Once you have answers to these questions, you will know which one is the best for you.

If you ever need assistance with deciding on what type of boxes are best for your storage needs, Permian Self Storage in Wollongong would be more than glad to help. Contact the team today.

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Getting The Right Self Storage Facility When Moving House


There is a lot to consider when moving house, from the resources you will need to utilise, to the time and effort necessary to make it successful. You won’t want to overlook anything important.

During this time, you’ll find that the convenience brought about by a self storage facility can also help you to not miss a thing while in the process of moving to another house. To reduce the stress, here are some helpful reminders you can consider.


Before storing your items or placing them in self storage units, undergoing thorough planning helps you organise and optimise the available spaces. As items differ in value, weight, fragility, and necessity, planning gives you the heads up you need in order to properly store your items.


Another important aspect aside from planning is making an inventory of all the items you want to store. This allows you to track your items in case something goes missing or is misplaced. Provided that you have already made a record of your items, you can make it more convenient to check up on the items when you need them by including their location within the self storage facility as well as details describing them.


When storing items, you need to make sure that all objects with similar qualities are grouped together especially when moving house. Items for the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and so on should be separated from each other to avoid confusion when arranging them again.


Some of the positive qualities of self storage facilities include tight security and surveillance, pest and facility maintenance, and resistance to changing weather conditions. If you’re looking for the best storage facilities, Permian Self Storage in Wollongong can provide you with quality services, from choosing your storage space, to buying and using the necessary equipment, transporting your items, as well as assisting you with personal storage needs.

Maximise Spaces

If you want to maximise the available space, proper arrangement of your items is a must. This task needs creativity and patience. It is always advisable to stack items vertically and leave spaces in between to allow them some air. Always put the most needed items near the entrance of the facility in order to avoid unnecessary hassle when looking for them.


Above everything, make sure you are able to make an ample amount of time for planning, inventory, arranging the items, labelling items based on their details, and looking for a reliable self storage facility. You also need to consider the accessibility of your potential local storage units to avoid wasting time during transit.


Moving house can be a tedious process, especially when it comes to storing your things while you prepare your new place. But there are ways to avoid exhaustion by planning ahead and organising your items efficiently with the help of these storage tips.

To guarantee efficiency and convenience, ask for assistance from a professional self storage service provider. Permian Self Storage in Wollongong is here to provide you with a smooth storage experience. Contact the team today.

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Wollongong University Student’s Guide To Summer Storage

It’s unbelievable isn’t it? Summer is just around the corner! At Permian Self Storage in Wollongong we can’t wait for laying by the pool and walks on the beach too but have you thought about where you’re going to put your supplies until autumn semester?
You could drive your household items back and forth from your parent’s house, or rent a self-storage unit just a few minutes from University of Wollongong! Renting a self-storage unit with Permian is an easy, cost-efficient way for students to store all their belongings over the summer holidays. Below we’ve compiled all the questions you may have before moving-in with us.

What storage unit do I need?

At Permian, we have 3 options for summer storage which you can choose from depending on how much you need to store:

1. Your own space – Pack and store your own goods into a storage space.

2. A shared space – Get a space with friends. Pack and store together (4 people).

3. A communal space – You pack your boxes, we collect them and store them in a secure shared space for you.

Or, you may like more info on choosing the right storage unit.

How much does summer storage cost for a Wollongong Uni Student?

Our 3 affordable prices are as follows:

1. Your own space – Starting from 1 cubic metre space for $35 per month

2. A shared space – Starting from 7 cubic metres from $30 per person per month

3. A communal space – From $10 per box/bag/item per month

Why should I rent a storage unit?

If you are an international student, live far from home or are going on holidays for the summer this is an option for you. We highly recommend you choose one of our storage options. Renting a storage unit saves the money and time needed to transport your belongings back home. If you are renting your own or shared space, we will give you our moving truck and trailers for free and if you rent a communal space we will come and pick up your items so you don’t have to worry about how your going to move. Once you get here, our forklift drivers will be more than happy to assist with moving your items upstairs just ask our friendly staff when you arrive!

Sounds awesome! How do rent a unit?

If you’re looking at your own unit or sharing one with friends, simply fill in an Agreement with our friendly staff, show your ID, pay and pack your things in. You lock the space and keep the key so you can access it as often as you would like within our office hours. If you’re looking at a communal space, you will need to know how many boxes you need and your departure and arrival dates so we can deliver your boxes to you. Please have the money and full boxes ready to be picked up on your elected departure date.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of summer storage please contact us or drop in to 100 Montague St, North Wollongong.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Benefits of Indoor Units

Indoor storage units provide many options, however, most people immediately go straight to an outdoor unit when presented the choice. Opting for the drive up option of a ground level unit, so not to carry things very far. If you are moving furniture or plan to access your belongings regularly, then a outdoor unit is most likely for you. If not, maybe it’s time to consider another alternative.

The Benefits

Indoor units provide a lot of advantages most people don’t know about. One of the main benefits being the environmental protection it provides, especially if they are second level. Compared to outside units, which receive more heat and dust exposure, inside units are completely enclosed and therefore are not as prone to dirt. This means your belongings are more likely to remain cleaner and be accessible rain, hail or shine.
Additionally the range of sizes available in internal units allows you to specifically decide the one best for you. With this flexibility it really is easy to customise your experience in choosing a unit to suit you individual needs, whether it’s storing season items such as surf boards or snow gear, or for business stock with shelving holding product for multiple employees. You can also switch units at any time if your storage requirements change, allowing us to customise your storage needs to you.

At Permian Self Storage

On site, in addition to our outdoor units, we have Wollongong self storage units based inside a building that opens into hallways where everything is fully enclosed, allowing you to access your goods no matter the weather. We also have second and third level units that add that extra layer of protection between your goods and the elements by placing them further in the building.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I can’t carry everything up the stairs, that’s too difficult!” Well here at Permian we have a forklift driver on site at all times that can bring your items to you, so it takes away a lot of the stress of getting your possessions up to your unit.
We also have a building that has an automated lift, where you needn’t worry about the availability of the forklift driver, and you can work at your own pace. This is a fantastic feature if you’re planning on storing for a long period of time as it allows you to pack and sort your goods with the extra layer of safety and security, knowing you’re in control.

What’s available?

There is a huge variety of sizes on offer from something as small as 1m3 to 24m3 and even 37m3 second level balcony units. Smaller internal units allow for all those household items or documents to stay secured and clean until you need them next. Larger units allow you to store bigger items like furniture and mattresses, with room to move around and arrange everything for you to see and retrieve. Interested in what sizes we have available? Click here.
You can access your items as much or as little as you like within our opening hours. You secure a lock, which you can buy here or bring your own, and keep the key. That means you and whoever you give permission to enter are the only ones that can get into your unit.

How you get one

All you need to do is contact our friendly staff and talk to them about what size unit you would need. The best way to approximate though is come to the facility to see the units, where it is easier to imagine your stored goods when standing in the space. You can sign up and move in on the day and if you find that you didn’t choose the right size, no need to worry as you can switch to a bigger or smaller unit as you need it.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of an internal unit please contact us or drop into our office at 100 Montague St, North Wollongong.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Why your business needs a self storage unit

1. Permian Self-storage provides a consistent flat cost

If you rent a unit with Permian Self Storage in Wollongong the price per month is a flat rate so you don’t have to worry about anything else. If you were to lease a warehouse you might have additional costs such as electricity, water, even cleaning fees. 

2. Permian Self-storage has no lock in contracts

At Permian Self Storage Wollongong we recognise that businesses change, so can cancel your unit rental at any time with no cancellation fee. Also, if you wish to up-size or downsize your unit we can do that for you easily at no cost. Interested in options? Have a look at our unit sizes. If you were to lease a warehouse independently you’d likely be stuck with a certain size, cost and time-frame.

3. Permian Self-storage gives you more flexibility 

Now, we hope that your business grows and becomes more successful, so at Permian Self Storage we can upgrade you to a bigger unit for free, only pay the monthly difference in rental fee. The same goes if you need to downsize. This will maximise your cash-flow and and lower stress levels!

4. Permian Self Storage supports your business

At Permian we have forklift drivers on site within business hours to help load your goods in and out as well as put any deliveries into your unit. You don’t need to be here when deliveries arrive we will do it all for you, ready to be picked up at your leisure.

5. Permian Self Storage offers strong security

If you were to rent your own warehouse you may need to put in an alarm system or pay for security however at Permian Self Storage in Wollongong the fixed monthly cost includes our CCTV Security system and surveillance. All units require a lock that only you can open and some of our units are alarmed and can only be accessed with a unique access code.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of business self-storage please contact us or drop into 100 Montague St, North Wollongong.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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