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The Benefits of Storage Containers & Pods

The Benefits of Storage Containers

Portable storage solutions come in numerous shapes and sizes, giving customers many options when looking to store personal belongings.


To start, let’s take a look at two popular types of portable storage units used for short or long term purposes:

  • ISO storage containers.
  • Containers units have become common in the last few years. 

If you’re looking for affordable, secure, and easy-to-use storage that can be either rented for a short period or purchased for long-term, on-site storage, we’ll break down the pros and cons of each option for you.

What are Containers?

Containers (which stands for Portable On Demand Storage) are steel-framed portable containers to keep your belongings safe.

  • Translucent roof to let in plenty of light for easy loading 
  • A locking roll-up door for convenience and security 
  • Near ground-level loading
  • Vented, galvanized steel exterior to reduce moisture and humidity
  • Sturdy railings inside to hang clothing or secure items
  • Convenient 12′, 16′, and 20′ size options
  • Perfect for short-term storage

Check out our partners at Go Mini’s for availability. 

What are Storage Containers?

Like Containers, storage containers are containers with the strength to withstand shipment, storage, weather, and handling. They’re designed to be moved from one mode of transportation to another without unloading and reloading.

  • Storage containers are built from heavy-duty Corten steel and come standard with locking cargo doors on one end.
  • Standard size storage containers for residential storage are guaranteed to be windproof and watertight, and with lockboxes installed, they are essentially 100% secure.
  • ISO sizes are 10′, 20′, 40. Custom containers are easily fabricated into any required length to fit your exact specifications.
  • Lightweight steel roll-up doors can be installed, and many other custom modifications can be done to your container.
  • Available for rent or purchase.
  • Can withstand weather conditions for long-term storage outside.

Security Features

Both options come with security features to help keep your belongings safe and allow you to put your padlock on the doors that only you can access. 


  • Storage Containers come with roll-up doors. These doors are lightweight and easy to open.
  • Storage containers come with cargo doors and can be modified further for additional security. Cargo doors keep out pests, thieves, water, and moisture.

Ultimately, it comes down to your needs, but location and weather can play an essential part in your decision. 

Short Term Storage

Are you planning on moving or doing some home renovations soon? Short-term portable storage can offer a huge benefit for these types of projects. Most short-term portable storage is needed nearby the house or office for ease of access, so security is an important consideration.


  • Containers are often thought of due to their ease of access roll-up doors and provided service.
  • Storage containers provide a solution that caters to residential storage in timeframes of up to 3 months.
  • The ISO storage container has long been known as the world’s strongest mobile or stationary modular structure.

Containers offer affordability and convenience, but if your remodeling project takes longer than expected, you might want to consider the flexibility of storage containers to make sure your belongings remain safe. Contact us today for a quote.

Long Term Storage

The facts here are simple: ISO storage containers have the most flexible, cost-effective, and secure options for long-term portable storage. 

If your short-term renovation turns into a long-term project, or if you’re planning a major construction job, you’ll want a solution that will keep your belongings safe and not cost you a fortune. With storage containers, you have the security and the option to buy instead of rent. 

When it comes to buying storage containers for long-term residential storage, it’s a blank canvas. 

You can have vents installed, walk-through doors, or even skylights! Virtually any type of modification can be done to storage containers, including insulation and electrical.


  • ISO storage containers are a more cost-efficient and customizable portable storage option.
  • With sizes ranging from 10′ up to 40′ in length, the storage container provides enough storage for an entire house, office, or even multiple homes’ belongings.
  • Perfect for storage of goods for 5, 10, or 20 years or more needed additional storage space. 


ISO containers are manufactured to carry cargo, and once they have served that function, they can be re-purposed as portable storage containers.


Containers are made of steel frames with aluminum skin panels and have translucent tops that let in some ambient light – which can be a huge benefit when loading. The lightweight construction of containers offers some weather resistance for a short-term period. 


Storage containers are entirely weatherproof and can be used to store your belongings for literal decades if needed.


They were made for rough, unforgiving transport across the ocean, open roads, and railroads. They’re crafted from certified 8-gauge steel, which is durable and protective.


Containers were designed to be an easy, hassle-free solution, so the available container models are standardized. It saves you the trouble of navigating different specifications.


Weather protection is also an issue to consider when choosing. Containers offer resistance to weather conditions and are great for short terms outside. Storage containers provide full weatherproof protection against the elements but don’t have the same convenience and ease-of-use of containers.


Containers are a convenient and affordable solution compared to hiring a professional moving company but don’t have quite as many options or the durability of a storage container.


The bottom line is simply that both options have some great benefits depending on your situation. Both storage containers and containers are affordable, secure, and flexible solutions for your portable storage needs.


If you’re looking for a storage container, contact us at any time for a quote.


For your Containers needs, check out our partners at Go Mini’s.

5 Tips for Long Term Storage Items and Supplies

5 Tips for Long Term Storage Items and Supplies

Whether you’re downsizing, travelling, moving, or decluttering your home, you’ll need long-term storage to keep your items safe and out of the way until they’re needed again.


If you’re not ready to let go of current but potentially valuable or cherished possessions; Storage Containers are an affordable and convenient option – no matter if it’s six months, after a couple of years, or when your children grow up and have homes of their own.


So, let’s take a look at the process for long-term storage to ensure those cherished items stay safe and in excellent condition while stored.

Decide What Items to Put in Storage

You have to start somewhere, and the best way to get organized is to take inventory and decide precisely what items you want to put into storage.

This process can be a fun trip down memory lane, but try to stay on task! 

When going through your belongings, deciding what items to choose, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you (or a family member/ friend) need it?
  • Is it functional?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it high quality and durable?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Is it difficult to find or replace (antiques, works of art, collector’s items, etc.)?
  • Does it have any sentimental value (a family heirloom, a keepsake, a personal favourite, etc.)?

These questions will help you assess the worth and usefulness of your items, which will help when you’re deciding what to keep and what to throw away or donate. 

Ultimately, if you answer yes to more than 2 of these questions, you probably want to keep the item and have it safely stored. 

Prepare Your Items for Long-Term Storage

Once you’ve chosen what item you want to put into storage, the next step is making sure they are ready to be put away.


You want to ensure that you organize the items you plan to put into storage systematically that makes sense to you and allows for easy retrieval if and when needed.


You don’t want to forget what you have in storage, so create a detailed inventory list of the items and note the value and condition of each item. Keep an electronic copy of the inventory list online for quick reference, but make sure you have paper copies, too.


Now, to prepare the items to go into storage, you’ll want to:


  • Thoroughly clean each item to prevent stains from settling in permanently – wash fabric materials, wipe wood surfaces, disinfect appliances, vacuum upholstered furniture, etc.
  • Ensure the items are dry before packing them – any remaining moisture can lead to mold growth and/or other kinds of moisture damage.
  • Disassemble more oversized furniture to reduce the risk of damage to your bulkier pieces and save space in the storage unit.
  • Ensure all water is completely drained from the attached hoses and/or internal mechanisms of kitchen appliances.

  • Tie-down and secure cables, hoses, and electrical cords.

  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner.

  • Wrap fragile items, sensitive electronics, pieces of art, and any other delicate or valuable items individually in soft packing paper.

Pack Your Items for Long-Term Storage 

First things first: use appropriate long-term storage boxes


To keep your items protected for the storage period, you need to use the right type of packing containers – strong boxes in top condition that are dry and clean.


Do not use old boxes from a grocery store or anything along those lines. They will not likely be completely clean, and they may not be able to withstand stacking and fall apart after a couple of months. 


It’s recommended that you buy new boxes that are sturdy and will potentially last for years. Plastic containers are also a viable option – they stack nicely, are resilient, and waterproof.


Don’t use plastic bags. They can trap moisture and cause mold, and can easily rip. Also, trying to stack plastic bags would be a nightmare and an accident waiting to happen. Just avoid them entirely.

Pack Your Items with Extra Care

The difference between preservation and deterioration of your stored items often comes down to proper packing. 


This is perhaps one of the most important parts of the process, so take your time and make sure it’s done right.


Here are a few pro tips to get you started:


  • Pack similar items (books, toys, kitchen items, etc.) together.
  • Line the bottoms of the boxes with crumpled paper for cushioning and insulation.
  • Place heavier items on the bottom of a box and lighter ones on top.
  • Fill boxes to their capacity – otherwise, they may cave in when stacked and cause damage to the items inside.
  • Be careful not to overload the packing containers or make them too heavy.
  • Provide plenty of cushioning inside the boxes – crumpled paper, bubble wrap, towels, old clothes, etc. 
  • Make sure any padding materials you use are completely dry and clean.
  • Seal the boxes well to prevent dust and moisture from getting inside.

It’s also a good idea to label all the boxes and containers with any relevant information needed, such as FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP, etc. You want to ensure your most delicate items are handled correctly and with great care. 


For anything that can’t be packed into boxes, such as furniture and appliances, you can use old sheets, plastic covers, or blankets to keep them from being damaged.


Do not store hazardous items (flammable, corrosive, or explosive materials), perishable items (food, medicines, etc.), or items that produce odours.




Clean the furniture, dismantle larger pieces, rub down metal parts with oil, apply furniture polish on wooden surfaces, and treat upholstery with fabric/leather protector. 




Defrost refrigerators and freezers, drain the water from washing machines, dishwashers, and driers, clean the appliances (add baking soda to the cleaning solution for proper disinfection), and secure hoses and cables.




Ensure electronic devices are dust-free. Wrap them in soft packing paper and place them in their original boxes or ones of similar size and quality if you don’t have the originals. Fill any empty spaces in the storage containers with packing paper or anti-static packing peanuts and seal the boxes tightly so no dust or moisture can come in contact with your stored electronics.




Wash your clothes, make sure they are completely dry, hang them on a clothes bar, and store them in wardrobe boxes.


Leaving them folded up in a box will cause stress tears in the clothing material and won’t allow air to circulate the clothing items. 


If you can’t hang your clothes, use vacuum-sealed bags to store them (the same applies to bedding and curtains as well).




To make sure your books are dry, leave them in a room that gets plenty of sunlight for several days before packing them up. If needed, use a dehumidifier in the room to ensure the books are 100% dry. 


Wrap valuable books or books with leather covers with packing paper, arrange the books flat in small boxes and make sure they are sealed.




Wrap each dish individually and pack them in well-padded boxes. Put plates, saucers, and bowls on their sides and cups and glasses with their rims down. 


You can put smaller dishes in larger ones, but make sure they’re well wrapped. Add extra padding in the boxes, seal them tightly, and store delicate and expensive dishes in a specialized dish pack.




Paintings, mirrors, and framed pictures should be stored in specialized picture boxes.


Wrap every piece individually in packing paper, then bubble wrap, and place the bundles in the boxes.


Use masking tape to make a large “X” on glass surfaces (this adds strength and prevents shattering). 




Clean the tools and wrap bubble wrap around sharp edges—Pack small hand tools into a toolbox or a strong small or medium-sized packing box. 


Bundle long-handled tools and wrap them in protective blankets. 


Pack electric power tools in their original boxes or use ones of similar size (remove any detachable parts and take out the batteries first). 


Drain the fuel from gas-powered tools before packing them for storage.


Pack Your Storage Unit Safely and Efficiently

Now for the final stage: packing the storage container!

First, you want to make a plan. Decide what goes in first, then line the floor with a plastic sheet or tarp. Another good idea is to keep your items off the floor, so wood pallets or cinder blocks could be used to build a protective base.


Some things you want to keep in mind:


  • Distribute the weight evenly.
  • Pack your container tightly.
  • Keep stability in mind.
  • Be mindful of access.

We recommend checking out our 10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container for a more in-depth look at these points and more tips on how to pack a storage container.


That’s a Wrap

It takes a bit more than just piling a bunch of stuff into a container and calling it a day, but with a bit of planning, you can ensure your cherished possessions will stay safe.

If you follow these handy tips, your properly stored items will remain in top condition and will be ready to use when you need them again.


If you have more questions about long-term storage, don’t hesitate to contact us any time!

S5 Downsizing Office Tips: Why You Need Onsite Storage For Your Business

5 Downsizing Office Tips: Why You Need Onsite Storage For Your Business

The pandemic has forced many businesses to adapt to survive. Many small businesses have been looking into ways to reduce their monthly costs. As many people have been working from home, companies are now reducing office rental costs by downsizing their office space to reduce overheads.


When you’re growing a company, sufficient space for all your operations can be hard to come by. 


Whether you’re working from home, building an entire team of employees, or seeking ways to cut overhead expenses, storage can have tremendous benefits in several ways.


Let’s take a look at 5 ways your business can benefit from using on-site storage.


1. Free Up Your Workspace and Declutter Your Office

A recent study conducted in the United States revealed that an average person spends one year of his/her life looking for lost or misplaced items. The average office employee spends 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking through their desks and drawers, trying to locate important things.


Bottom line: clutter takes up a ton of room in your office or storage space and can create a chaotic environment. 


An office space should be a place where you can focus on your work; however, it becomes more difficult to work productively with excess clutter. 


Storage is a core necessity for an organized life, be it a home or an organization. Portable storage units, in particular, are a great way to keep items and belongings safe while also being cost-effective, convenient, and accessible.


On-site storage is the perfect way to deal with all that clutter that’s been building up in the office that you can’t just throw away.


That way, you can clear up some of that precious office space and keep your things close by for convenient retrieval whenever they’re needed. 

2. Reduce Business Operating Expenses

Most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to rent out a building or a part of a building to just store furniture or computer monitors that are not in use. 


You could instead use portable storage units that come in various shapes and sizes to meet your needs.


Reduced operating hours and reduced services mean reduced revenue, so businesses need to find a way to reduce expenses, by downsizing, so they can keep their doors open and remain in business.


On-site storage can be a convenient way to store extra office equipment and furniture if you have had to downsize staff or downsize your office space temporarily.


This way, the equipment, and furniture are still there for you to use when you’re finally able to expand and grow again, which can save you a ton of money if you have to replace everything – and it will keep everything safe and in excellent condition for when you need it.


Storing your items also costs a fraction of the price of commercial property rentals, plus you have easy access day or night.


Whether your business is closing for good or awaiting more stability to reopen, portable storage is a great way to help maintain your inventory and supplies until they’re needed.

3. Seasonal Equipment and Supplies

Depending on your business, you may have a large inventory of seasonal equipment or supplies that take up a lot of space that you could be using more efficiently.


It can be expensive to replace supplies and decorations every season, and if your business has seasonal offerings, your inventory could drastically change from season to season.


On-site storage allows you to keep your seasonal equipment and supplies safe and secure while keeping them close by for convenient access whenever they’re needed.


Portable storage units will drastically reduce the risk associated with moving goods and items frequently and will ensure that delicate items are protected from wear and tear by not having to move too frequently. 


Your storage items have very little chance of getting wet, damaged from being moved around, or being affected by any potential condensation, while they are stored.

4. Safety and Security

When it comes to your small business or home office, safety and security are of utmost importance. 


Realistically, you can’t afford to leave your valuable business documents, inventory and merchandise unprotected. 


That’s why portable storage units are equipped with premium safety and security features to give you peace of mind when you need it most.


One of the greatest advantages of portable storage units is the security they offer. 


While the storage units are being used, you can use your padlocks to keep them under lock and key, meaning you will not have to worry about the safety and security of the items while they are stored. 


This is especially great for high-value items, confidential documents, and agreements, etc.

5. Streamlined Inventory Management and Equipment Storage

From retail to sales to lawn care to e-commerce, many industries encounter the need for more storage solutions. 


If you’re lucky, it won’t hinder your productivity or ability from working – but often, it can. 


And when you’re focused on the many tasks at hand, keeping your physical space organized is probably the last thing on your mind.


Some items that commonly consume space in commercial buildings and offices include:

  • Excessive inventory
  • Sales and marketing collateral
  • Tools and equipment
  • Office supplies or materials
  • Paper records and documents
  • Unused office furniture

Whether you have a surplus of goods or have to pre-order supplies, inventory, or sample products consistently, it can be a struggle to keep it organized and out of the way. 


When your business grows and sells even more, that spare closet or bedroom likely won’t provide the most sustainable storage.


Using on-site storage is a fantastic solution to streamlining your inventory management and keeping your office space clean and organized. 

Final Word

No matter the contents of your unit or the length of time you will be using it, your belongings deserve the utmost protection. 


You can find the perfect storage unit at any one of our locations. 


Contact us online here or call 519-749-9331 to get started and see how on-site storage can help advance your small business to the next level!

5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From a Mobile Storage Spaceretail space

5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From a Mobile Storage Space

When your business grows, it’s only natural that the items you accumulate grow with you. Are you finding it harder and harder to find or make space in your business? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether you’re looking to make more space in the office or keep those confidential files under lock and key, you’re only limited to what you can think of with a mobile storage shipping container. 

Mobile storage shipping containers can be a huge benefit to a business in any industry and this is because of how versatile and reliable a shipping container can be when it is used as storage space! 

Let’s go through the 5 ways your business can benefit from using a mobile storage space. 

Short-Term Storage 

Are you moving or renovating? Or maybe the new distancing guidelines may warrant you needing more space – there are many reasons you might need an extra bit of space for a little while. 

When going to the office means following distancing policies, make sure you can accommodate your employees safely and quickly. 

That’s where a portable storage container comes in handy! 

Save yourself the trouble of hiring a moving crew, trucks, and a storage locker when you can have your personal, portable on-site storage space delivered to you. 

When you rent a mobile storage shipping container, all you have to worry about is:

  • Room on your property for the container
  • At least 14 ft of vertical space
  • Packing your items

We’ll take care of the delivery and pick up of your container, so you can focus on what really matters – running your business. 

Another benefit of renting a shipping container storage container is having on-site storage space right on your property. 

On-Site Access 

When we talk about on-site storage, we’re talking about everything from storing documents to keeping your power tools out of harm’s way. 

A portable storage container provides a secure and cost-effective way for businesses to store expensive tools, spare office furniture, and archive confidential documents, such as tax records, right on your property.

If you work in an industry that requires fluid amounts of storage space, such as home decorators, realtors, or staging companies, portable storage with on site access could be the perfect solution for you. 

You can store furniture or equipment on your property, and it will stay clean and undamaged until you’re ready to use it. 

Our containers all come with walls made of 1.5″ steel and ISO certified; they’re fireproof, pest-proof, and waterproof. In short, they’re designed to be the best storage space that can take a beating, all while keeping your items safe. 

Renting a portable storage container is like having a vault delivered to your doorstep, and what you do with that space is limitless. 

Extra Work Space

What’s that? You’re not looking for more storage space? Well, what about more workspace? 

If you’re looking to prepare your office for social distancing, or just need some extra workspace, a mobile storage space is much more cost-effective than extensive and pricey renovations, making it a great option for a safe and secure office space. 

A quiet space to work in can be fantastic and can even help improve productivity, especially when working in a crowded office space, or even working from home in a full house. 

A little getaway office can be perfect for getting in some uninterrupted work hours. 

What kind of work could you do in an outdoor container?

  • Isolated office space
  • Recording studio
  • Workshop
  • Art studio
  • Maintenance Closet 
  • Groundskeeping 

All of our containers come with hardwood floors and can act as an office workspace. The number of options you have is only limited by your creativity, whether it’s a custom office or a work area away from the main office space that offers some privacy or extra room.

So, if you want to expand your workspace or the services you offer “in-house” (no pun intended), then a storage container could be an inexpensive way to get it done.

Inventory Management 

With the holidays passing us by, finding room for extra stock is a real concern, and with a portable storage container, you can make sure all your stock is kept safe, no matter where or how long. 

It’s a great way to keep surplus supply under control and offers easy access when you need to replenish stock. 

If it doesn’t fit on your shelves or needs to wait to be displayed later, or, if you want to purchase clearance stock in advance at a great price point, but don’t have the room to store it all, portable storage could be the answer for you. 

Built like a heavy-duty vault, a portable storage container was designed to keep stock safe and secure while travelling long distances. 

While on-site storage is a benefit, if you’re unable or don’t wish to keep your container on your property, we can take it off your hands and keep it at our storage facility.

As long as everything is packed correctly and objects are secured, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings will be secure during their trip. 

You’re the only one with a key to your lock, so there’s no chance of anyone accessing your belongings. 

Travelling Storage 

Having your storage space delivered to you is great, but what about having your storage space travel with you? 

Suppose you’re a travelling business and are looking for a secure and dependable way to bring your stock with you. 

If you have a flatbed truck that can hold a container, portable storage could be the solution you’re looking for.

Landscapers and construction companies are often working in multiple sites and need storage for equipment and tools. 

Not only is portable storage convenient, it will also keep your equipment and tools clean, safe, and secure. 

Portable storage offers flexibility for businesses with changing job locations, security from theft, and can save employees and contractors valuable time if they don’t have to drive to a separate location, which is often inconvenient, to pick up equipment or supplies.

We can deliver the container to you and load it onto your truck. From there, you have a mobile inventory! 

Our containers come with hoops and hooks for you to tie down large objects with straps for added safety. 

That’s a Wrap

So, now that you know how a mobile storage container can benefit a business, you can fill out the form below to get a quote instantly to get you started. 

Check out our Practical Sizing Blog to figure out precisely what size of container you’ll need. If you’re thinking about undertaking a project but are curious about how our process works, this blog is a great way to learn what to expect when you rent a container with Mobile Storage Rentals.

Getting Your Office Social Distancing Ready

Getting Your Office Social Distancing Ready

It’s been nearly a year since the COVID-19 lockdown began, and there is still no clear end in sight. That doesn’t mean we can’t plan for safe office social distancing.

So, let’s talk about what we can do to get started.

While many of us now work from home, there are still plenty of offices that remain open, so following social distancing protocols is paramount to staying safe and healthy.

There are the basic, common-sense rules, such as:

  • Promoting personal hygiene.
  • Ensuring physical distance.
  • Avoiding handshakes.
  • Getting your own coffee.
But what further steps can you take to ensure your safety and the safety of your colleagues?

1. Use Social Distancing Signs

One of the first things businesses can do to implement office social distancing is to set up social distancing signs. This tip is relatively cost effective and simple to do, there are many local businesses who can print these signs for you. If a printing shop is not available, you can print your own and use some tape! The hardest part may be the planning factor before you stick your signs on the wall or the ground.

These signs can be displayed on floors, sidewalks, storefronts, and windows to indicate one-way aisles and to remind customers to keep their distance. It has also been used for employees to remind them to keep their distance from others while they are working. These signs keep people safe and ensure they can work productively without feeling intimidated.

Floor signage and other social distancing signs are a simple way to help give people direction and to create a simple flow that adheres to social distancing rules that people can easily adjust to. They also serve as a visual reminder of how much space to leave for people so that everyone can remain safe.

Many employees will feel safer while continuing their work during this time and feel protected by their employer. This is a great way to continue to boost your employee morale at this time.

2. Rethink The Way You Schedule Shifts

Consider implementing flexible work hours or rotational shifts to limit the number of employees in the workplace at the same time.

Use the time between shifts to properly clean and disinfect your workstations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests you:

  • Develop other flexible policies for scheduling.
  • Telework (if feasible).
  • Create leave policies to allow employees to stay at home to care for sick members or care for children if schools and childcare close.
You could adjust schedules, so one team comes in one day and another team the next day. Many larger companies apply this tactic to keep their employees safe and to ensure they are doing their part to stop the spread of the virus. Many of these companies utilize ‘containers’ which means a group of the same people will always work together. This helps ensure your employees are not mixing with any ‘containers’ bubble.

For example, people in Group A are only scheduled to work with Group A. People in Group B are only scheduled to work with people in Group B.

A schedule may look like this:

  • Weekday, Morning Shift → Monday – Friday: Group A
  • Weekday, Afternoon Shift → Monday – Friday: Group B
  • Weekend, Morning Shift → Saturday – Sunday: Group C
  • Weekend, Afternoon Shift → Saturday – Sunday: Group D
In this way, you can ensure you are doing your part to stop the spread of the virus, and to also keep your employees safe practical office social distancing.

3. Redesigned Workspaces

This option requires more effort but is possibly the most important aspect to consider. Many office spaces are tight and crowded, leaving employees at great risk of infection. To alleviate this, you can adjust the workspaces to accommodate the new protocols. Where possible, you want to create social distancing partitions and barriers between employees. You may have seen this done in your local grocery store or your favourite fast food restaurant.

In an office setting, in addition to spacing workspaces, you can add physical barriers between people. You can achieve this by raising cubicle walls or adding plexiglass dividers between workspaces, as well as in the break room or other common areas where people sit together.

In manufacturing, warehouse facilities, and other open-space workplace settings, you can use bright, bold-coloured graphic stripes to mark pathways and indicate where people may stand while maintaining a safe distance from one another. This can be done by using our first tip and adding social distancing signage.

Rethink how people move through the office or workspace, you can do this by making hallways and stairwells one-way only and put up signs to make it clear.

Think of road markings but for the office. With room dividers, you can create flexible routing in the areas where people are most likely to come into contact with each other.

Portable storage containers can be a perfect solution for storing extra office furniture, tools, and supplies! This can make the transition of your redesigned work areas much easier and can keep your equipment onsite for easy and convenient access.

4. Inform Your Customers

Now more than ever, communicating with your customers is critically important.
Letting them know you’re open for business and informing them of the measures you are taking to safely open back up or stay open is important to every customer who is seeking your business.

There are plenty of quick, cost-effective ways to do this, such as:

  • Updating your website.
  • Updating your Google My Business page.
  • Updating your social media channels.
  • Sending emails.
  • Placing temporary signs and banners inside and outside your business.
Be sure to include the new precautions you are taking as they change to keep your customers as informed as possible.

5. Keep It Clean / Wear a Mask

This kind of falls back into those common-sense actions we can take to help prevent infection and to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy.

This includes:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, sink faucets, work stations, cash registers, shopping carts).
  • Ensuring there is enough soap, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer available.
  • Provide face masks for your employees and even for your customers before they walk in the door.
You can also put measures into place so that people can clean their own desks.

It’s true that keyboards and laptops are dirty, but it’s mostly your own bacteria. However, this is not the case with hot-desking (or hotel seating).

Therefore, it’s better to assign every employee to a fixed workstation. Only practice hot-desking if you can make sure that the tabletops and office equipment are sanitized regularly.

Also, you can consider switching to desks with special anti-bacterial tabletops.

That’s A Wrap

After months of self-isolation, people might be eager to get back to the office. However, practicing social distancing is crucial to our health and safety.

We know how important maintaining your business is right now while keeping your employees and customers safe, which is why we’re offering this handy guide for free!

We all know the rules by now. Stay at home if you cough, have a fever or shortness of breath. Sneeze or cough in your elbow and don’t touch your face. While these are general COVID-19 rules, there is also a need for the new office etiquette.

Some people might be fearful of returning to work. The choice should be up to them, so be aware of peer pressure from colleagues.

Everybody has a different background and approach to dealing with this crisis.

As we’ve seen in the past months, working from home in teams is also working out for most office jobs. So striking a balance between working from the office and home might be the perfect solution to slowly be getting back to a new normal.

We’re in this together, so let’s help each other out in whatever ways we can!
Practical Sizing Guide to Help Plan Your Next Move

Practical Sizing Guide to Help Plan Your Next Move

“How much storage space do I need?” This question comes up at least once during any project. Whether it’s a move or a renovation, it’s nice to have the answer to “what size storage container do I need?”

While we wish we could know the exact size you specifically need, we wanted to help make your project as easy as it can be. So until we can read your mind, we’ve made a guide to help you plan and find exactly how big of a mobile storage container you’ll need.


How To Use This Guide

We’ve gathered the average sizes for many objects found in a typical business or home. Using our handy tool below, you can either calculate based on how many of an item you have or find an object of a similar size. So that custom desk may not be on our list, but you know it’s the same size as an average desk, give or take an inch.

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Standard Chair Dimensions (Inches)


Seat Width

Seat Depth

Seat Height

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Standard Chest Dimensions (Inches)





Lowboy (7” leg)




Tall Chest (6” leg)




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Standard Mattress Dimensions (Inches)





Twin (Regular)




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King (Calif.)





The Facts

Before we get into how much you can fit into a shipping container, we should talk about a mobile storage container’s size and dimensions; for this example, we’ll use our containers for reference. Let’s break down the three sizes we offer and how much a shipping container costs to rent: 

10′ Container


Exterior Dimensions

Length: 10′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 9′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

20′ Container


+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 20′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 19′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

40′ Container

Call for price

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 40′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 39′ 3/8″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

We offer three different sizes to rent, which means whether you’re storing extra office furniture or packing up your bachelor pad, we’ll have a size fit for your needs.

FACT: Our storage containers are all ISO certified, meaning they’re the standard for shipping dry goods all over the world. You can rest easy knowing your items are in the same type of secure container they were sent in from the factory.

All of our shipping containers are equipped with lock guards and are wind, water, fire and rodent proof. Your items will be in the same condition you store them in and include vents so that the container’s climate will never be a problem. All of our containers have hardwood flooring and handy hoops so you can secure your belongings, ensuring nothing shifts if you decide to move your container. 

One of the benefits of using a portable storage container is that you can choose between onsite storage or keeping it at our storage facility. No matter your choice, we ask that you have at least 14 feet of vertical clearance, ensuring overhead wires and other obstacles don’t prevent delivery. To put it simply, our containers are made to stand whatever challenge you throw at them!


Onsite Storage For Businesses 

A portable storage container makes a great all-year onsite storage locker! A business can extend its storage capabilities with a portable storage container without worrying about transporting stock to another location. We bring the box, you pack, and when you’re finished, we take it back – it’s that easy. 

But what about if you’re looking to make more space? Depending on where you are, social distancing measures at work could mean having to rethink the office layout to accommodate for things like: 

  • people need to work 6 feet apart
  • Shields to be installed whenever possible 
  • no more than ten at a time 
  • easy to clean surfaces 

Instead of having to worry about figuring out what can be thrown out, why not save your office furniture? That way, you won’t have to worry about buying more once things get back to normal, and you can provide your employees with the option to work at the office safely! And don’t worry about storing electronics. Our containers are ISO certified waterproof storage spaces, meaning your electronics will be in the same condition as when you stored them. 


Construction Storage 

What if your workplace has items a little bigger than the typical office desk? Our shipping containers make the perfect storage space for power tools and machinery used for home renovations and construction.

Items like power drills, bandsaws and sanders can be stored in our containers, and you can rest easy knowing that they have tough steel walls keeping them safe. If you’re looking to keep your tools safe and out of the way, you can keep them at our storage facility! 

Once you’ve decided you want to store your container at our facility, our drivers will swing by and pick up your container. That’s it! As long as you’ve packed things securely, you can have peace of mind knowing :

  • Only you have the key to your lock
  • our containers are made of 1.5-inch thick steel walls
  • Are kept at our secure and monitored storage facility. 

Keep in mind, no combustible chemicals, batteries, organic substances, food or gas of any kind can be stored inside our containers. If you know the items you’re keeping need specific climate-controlled storage spaces for temperature and humidity, it’s best to find specialized facilities. 


Storage For Home

Now you might be wondering, do I need storage for my residential home? You’d be surprised by how much space you have, and while you may not be losing yourself in keepsakes, you could be missing out on some opportunities. Whether your basement, attic, or garage is your current storage space, think of what you could be using those rooms for:

  • Mancave 
  • Study
  • Craft room
  • Spare room
  • Rental space 
  • Workshop
  • Gym

These are just a few of the possibilities you could be sleeping on, and a mobile storage container lets you reclaim your space. 

What’s best about using a portable storage container from MSR is just how versatile our service is. As long as you have at least 14 feet vertically to store your container, you can take however long you need! So, your home reno project can include a fresh paint job,  no rush required. And if you decide that you want to put things away but not onsite, we’re happy to take your items to our container storage facility. 


So What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you’re thinking about turning your shed into an office or looking to keep some things out of harm’s way, there’s plenty of reasons for you to use a portable shipping container. And don’t forget to check out our free packing checklist for a comprehensive guide to making your next move as easy as it can be! 

Were you thinking about using a storage container during the winter months? Check out our blog with seven tips to make your winter project a chill time. Are you interested in renting a storage container right now? Once you know what size of the container you’ll need, fill out the form below for a quick quote and start thinking inside the box with Mobile Storage Rentals. 

7 Tips To Make Your Winter Move A Chill Time

7 Tips To Make Your Winter Move A Chill Time

 Living in the great white North means that unfit driving conditions, slippery sidewalks and bone-chilling temperatures are just your traditional Canadian winter; But hey, don’t let the snow slow your move down!  A mobile storage container is the best storage solution and they make great all-season storage spaces, and they offer the added benefit of having your rental mobile storage container delivered to your property. 

Any task can be done easily, with the right amount of planning and helping hands that is, so let’s get your winter move started with these 7 tips to make moving in the Winter a chill time. 

Be Mindful of Winter Weather

So before we start getting into the actual moving process, it’s essential to consider why winter moves are different than moving during any other season. If you currently live in a location that experiences winter weather, you know how tasks as simple as walking your dog can be a whole new challenge. 

So when deciding to move in the winter, keep in mind: 

  • Wet and icy roads that make driving hard
  • Rain and snow adding to the already cold weather you have to be in
  • Slippery surfaces that endanger your footing
  • Snow on walkways can make walking a difficult task

Winter Tips For Shipping Container Storage

A mobile storage container is a convenient storage solution because it’s delivered straight to your door. The other benefit is having your items stored in a fire-proof steel shipping container; nothing beats 4 big steel walls! But this doesn’t mean there aren’t any precautions to be taken when using a portable storage container; here are some things to consider to make sure your items are safe:  

  • Maintain moving parts 

If you’re using a rented storage container, be mindful of performing simple upkeep on the doors’ joints. By oiling and opening it now and then, you prevent the joint from rusting and fusing together. 

  • Check that container is sealed. 

When your portable storage shipping container is delivered, do an exterior and interior check of the container. Look for any cracks or gaps in the walls; anything that affects the humidity and airflow can lead to sudden environmental changes within your shipping container.

  • Moisture levels of items stored.

Make sure the items you’re packing are adequately sealed and aren’t damp. During the Winter, unexpected moisture can cause things to warp or crack. During the spring thaw, humidity can attract pests and mold. 

Storing your items in vacuum-sealed bags, dry boxes, and with desiccants to ensure your items are safe no matter what. If you’re still committed to making your move, use the following 7 tips to mitigate whatever challenges Father Winter has in store. 

Dress For Success

The first thing to consider is what to wear; While the practical advice of wearing clothes, you don’t mind the possibility of damage still holds, it’s essential to layer up. In south-western Ontario, temperatures can drop to as low as -26c in the day! 

Extra layers of track pants and shirts can help you stay warm without having to confine your movement in a thick jacket. 

It’s not enough to throw on a couple of shirts, find yourself a pair of winter boots with good traction, non-slip kitchen wear does not protect against icy walkways! 

Don’t forget about your hands! Leaving them exposed to low temperatures can lead to numbing, which affects your ability to keep a secure grip on things. A sturdy pair of Winter construction gloves are great as they are a proper thickness and have grips on the palms to help with traction. 

Stay Home For The Holidays

This is up to your personal preference, and if you’re planning on using a moving company, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid moving during the Holidays. Standard “Holiday” dates are usually between December 21st – January 2nd, so avoid moving during this time to avoid any unexpected cancellations and avoiding the Holiday rush at stores. 

Get Help

It’s advised never to move alone, as you are usually required to lift heavy objects and to do this alone can lead to injury or burning out faster. Even if you’re Mister Universe and can bench press the load on your own, take into consideration: 

  • Help loading or unloading the truck with others cuts down on time
  • Assistance with getting your new location ready by sweeping/shoveling and salting the walkways 
  • A babysitter for any children while you get the job done

The term “teamwork is dream work” comes to mind when planning a move, asking for help from friends can help make light of the workload. If you don’t have anyone to ask, consider hiring the help of professional movers to guarantee your move will go over smoothly. 

The Early Bird Accounts For Daylight Savings

As a general best practice when moving, aim to start early in the day to give yourself enough time to deal with any situations that may happen. Don’t let the change in time and how soon the sun sets slip your mind! While it may not seem like a big deal, depending on visibility and road conditions, it’s best to aim to get your move done while it’s still light out, avoiding any mishaps that could happen on the road at night. 

Don’t Get Salty

A common stressor when doing anything in the Winter is road salt. While it’s great to help thaw sidewalks, the damage it does to cars, shoes and, more importantly, your floors is a real pain. You can use old blankets or tarps to protect your floors if you find yourself having to walk in and out often.

If no tarps or blankets are available, divide up the work and have two teams: one walking from truck to door and the others take the items inside while not wearing shoes. It’s a simple solution to a potentially costly problem. 

Turn A House Into A Home

During the Winter, typical new home duties like shoveling your driveway, laying down salt, and turning on your utilities should be done a day or two before your move. Shovel the driveway and ensure that your delivery vehicle can park with enough clear and salted floor space to allow for the movers to walk safely. 

Pro Tip: Traditional pizza and drinks can be okay, but preparing an easy slow cooker meal can cut the chore of making dinner that night and provides everyone with a hearty warm meal after a day of work in the cold!

Be Prepared

Now, after all the planning you have done from packing to prepping your new home, things are set to go off without a hitch, right? Father Winter may have to disagree; Most moves don’t go according to plan. With added factors of weather conditions, it’s important to plan for a delayed start to unpacking or even a delay in the moving process. Having a travel bag or luggage bag with a change of clothes, snacks and toiletries ready in case you are packed up with nowhere to go. 

Pro Tip: If you think you won’t be needing that much, a rule of thumb is to have a cleaning kit ready, so you can clean as you unpack.

Onsite Winter storage: 

Let’s say you’re not ready to move in immediately but want to get packed up and ready, one of the benefits of using portable storage shipping containers is that you can store your items on your property. Make sure you shovel your driveway and have enough overhead space for the delivery of your rented storage container. Mobile Storage Rental does not provide a lock, so the only thing you need to worry about is finding a waterproof lock resistant to rust, from there we’ll leave your storage container in your driveway until you’re ready for your move. 

These tips and a helpful moving crew will make your winter relocation a piece of cake. If you’re moving during a warmer time of year check out this blog full of helpful tips on how to pack your house. If you’re looking to free up some room at your new place why not leave your things with us? Check out our blog if you want to know why a mobile storage shipping container is the best choice for storage space or fill out the form below to get a quote and talk to a representative.
Storage Ideas To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays!

Storage Ideas To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays!

With the holidays coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what the game plan is; big groups aren’t in the cards for 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few storage tricks in mind for next year. Depending on where you are, hosting a get-together outside isn’t an option past October, so inside is your only alternative. 

You have more space than you probably realize, and rethinking how a room can be used to entertain also lets you see what you could be doing with your home if you had more space. We know that you have a reason for holding on to those photos under the stairs or a story about that box of memories in the garage; Your belongings aren’t just things to be trashed.

With the help of Mobile Storage Rentals, that won’t have to be an option. We’re your storage solution experts; let us teach you how to transform your home into the ideal winter hangout. 


Why Clean Out Space?

Before we start rearranging your home, let’s hold up and ask: why are we cleaning out our space? If we’re stuck inside for almost 5 months, why not find a way to make your home the perfect winter retreat! 

You can reclaim space in rooms like your den, garage, and attic that you can convert into hobby rooms or extra entertainment rooms. The idea is not to permanently empty these rooms but to temporarily adjust how you use them for the sake of enjoying your time indoors more. 

A seasonal cleaning session also allows you to review your ‘inventory,’ taking stock of what you have and don’t need.

  • Donate old/out of style clothes 
  • Discard worn out and ripped clothes 
  • Store seasonal outfits for next year

This is very useful during the holidays to better understand what everyone needs as you start your shopping. 

Along with the reasons above, your space also affects your mental health. While the outdoors are still an alternative to get some fresh air, the frigid temperatures make it harder to enjoy. 

By cleaning up your space and storing items, you won’t need in a storage container, you guarantee :

  • An organized, clean space 
  • Secure storage of your property 

Why With Storage Container? 

So now you’re wondering: why would I use a mobile storage container? When it comes to storage solutions, portable container storage is one of your best choices; here are the top 4 reasons as to why: 

  • Portable – Mobile Storage Containers are your best choice for rentable storage space because the container gets delivered to your door. All you have to worry about is packing and unpacking. 
  • Built Tough – 4 Steel walls provide a pest-proof, fireproof, waterproof secure storage space designed to keep its contents safe and secure.
  • Secure – Our onsite storage facility is extremely safe, and you’re the only one with access to your lock. 
  • Flexible – Temporary storage solution? You can keep your container in your driveway if you’re more comfortable with it on your property. 

Portable containers are the best choice, too, because it doesn’t mean you’re parting with your things forever; you decide how long your belongings are in storage. Now that we understand why steel containers make the best storage space let’s start rethinking how you use your area.



Your garage is the first space to attract clutter from all ends of the house. From outdoor tools, cleaning supplies to random boxes from the move, you may have dedicated more space to store things than actually using your garage for something. Here are some easy ways you can optimize this area: 

  • Store your seasonal vehicles in a Portable Storage container, keeping them safe from dents while freeing up a lot of space.
  • Seasonal tools and Furniture can be stored safely in a dry environment that keeps them out of harm’s way until they’re needed. 

Let’s say you reclaim that garage; what can you do with it? Sticking with the idea of the upcoming holidays, you can turn your garage into the man cave of all your events once it’s time for the gang to head to the back and play some poker or enjoy the game in your man cave. 

Dining Room

When it comes to hosting holiday gatherings, your dining room is one of two places you need to have ready to house more guests. Your beautiful dining table is great for hosting dinner parties. It might be better to keep it out of the way if you’re expecting a larger crowd, especially if kids are involved. Storing your furniture allows you to make more room for your guest without worrying about where larger objects are being held. 

With a mobile storage rentals container, you guarantee furniture and items you don’t want to be damaged are out of the way from your guests. And with Mobile Storage Rentals, you can keep your container in your driveway, so even if it’s back to normal the morning after, you won’t have to wait. Once the container is ready to be returned, we’ll come by and take it off your hands. 

Living Room 

Your living room gets the most use during the holidays; people coming in making themselves at home, getting cozy next to the tree. How much space they have to get comfy, however, depends on you. Make room in your sitting areas by removing and rearranging your room for holiday decorations. You know who’s on your VIP list, so keep in mind if you’re planning on having the extended family over. With a mobile storage container, you can also pack your decorations ASAP so you can keep your seasonal items safe until next year. All you have to worry about is packing it all in the container safely, and we’ll take it back to our storage facility. 

We’re the experts for all-season storage; if there’s one thing we know, it’s making the most of your space. And the best thing is you don’t even have to worry about winter roads because we deliver! Our team of professionals will come by and take it off your hands whenever you’re ready, take as long as you need. If this has inspired some ideas of moving, check out our blog with tons of moving tips, and if you’re looking to move around the holidays, check out these 7 tips to make your winter move a chill time. Looking to start your project ASAP? Fill out the form below to get your free quote today!

Why You Should Rent A Mobile Storage Container In The Fall

Why You Should Rent A Mobile Storage Container In The Fall

Move your home at your own pace

Those warm summer days were great for kicking back and relaxing, but have you finished this year’s “honey-do” list? Procrastinating runs the risk of you having to clear out the garage in a parka as Old Man Winter rears in his head.
From storing your equipment to making extra room at home in preparation for the busiest time of the year, a mobile storage container is the most convenient storage solution.

The main advantage of renting a storage shipping container is having your storage space brought right to your doorstep. Now I know what you’re thinking: well, if it’s that simple, why rush? 

As much as we love kicking back, enjoying football Sundays too, Autumn is your last chance before this year’s projects turn into next year’s; here’s why.

Mobile Storage Containers Are Easier To Rent 

Storage shipping containers for rent are more available during the fall; why? Most projects and moves are made in the summer months. This also means more flexibility to work with your schedule versus working around the rental storage containers availability. 

Storage Shipping Containers Are Great Seasonal Storage Solutions 

Let’s skip forward to next spring; the grass is green but could use a trim, so you start the job of digging your mower out only to find it broken because it unfortunately encountered your snowblower that time you shoved it back into place—what a pain.

With a mobile steel shipping container, you can keep your seasonal tools away from rummaging hands and out of your way in the winter. This works both ways, too, so you ensure your devices are available and in working order when you need them. But you say you don’t have that many tools? What about:

  • Outdoor Furniture 
  • Outdoors Toys 
  • Seasonal Vehicles 
  • Sporting goods

Why fight for space in your garage when you can easily make more space while keeping your things safe until next summer.

Declutter Your Space Before Winter

Now, this is the busiest time of the year at your house, we’re about to retreat indoors for 4-5 months, so unless you’re living in a mansion, space is limited. And this is assuming you’re not in charge of hosting Thanksgiving, holiday parties and new years because if you are, more space is needed. 

Doing a ‘fall cleaning’ session brings the same benefits as spring cleaning:

  • Store Seasonal Clothes 
  • Opportunity to take stock before the holidays of what you have and what you need
  • Get your chores done months in advance so you can focus on the holiday rush. 

A mobile storage shipping container is the perfect storage solution because it enables you to keep your living space clean and organized without having to part ways with personal items. 

Safety and Comfort

What are the safety risks of moving in the winter? It may sound crazy, but wintertime presents unique challenges, many of which increase the risk of regular routines. Winter brings with it: 

  • Low visibility
  • Frigid temperatures 
  • Slippery roads and walkways 

If you’re the type to face father winter head-on and take on the risks, consider this: would you expose your furniture to rain? Snow is prettier to look at, but as soon as it warms up, you’re looking at water stains and higher moisture levels in your storage space. 

Packing during the dryer fall months is the best way to avoid condensation and water vapour from damaging your items. A shipping container is watertight, so if you pack a dry container then no matter what happens outside, your belongings are kept dry as a bone. 

A mobile storage container is more than just a water-proof storage space too; from their ample storage space, secure 1.5-inch steel walls you get tough as steel protection with the added bonus of home delivery. It says it right in the name, with a mobile storage shipping container you get the added benefit of having your storage space delivered to your front door! That way the only thing you have to worry about is making sure your things are packed safely and securely, while we handle transport. 

Portable Storage Containers Are Built For The Job. 

So why a mobile storage container, if all you need is a storage solution? Well, aside from the versatility a storage container and the mobility shipping containers offer, they’re made to transport items safely through all types of weather. They’re made of waterproof, fireproof and pest-proof steel walls that are under your lock and key. 

With a steel storage container, you can fit all of your summer clothes, toys and decorations safely in near-impenetrable storage space.

In the end, it’s up to you when you do your projects, but we just wanted to plant this idea: the faster you get your chores done, the more time you have to focus on enjoying the Holiday Season with your loved ones and friends.

If you’re determined to move in the winter, do yourself a favour and check out our moving in winter blog. If you’re looking to get an idea of the jobs you could get done in the fall, check out our end of summer guide, and for cleaning tips, we have a classic spring cleaning blog here. For more info, fill out the form below for your free quote today.

Student Storage and Moving Tips

Pre Move

The best place to start when moving is to plan out how you will tackle the task. Since you’re most likely only moving from one room to another, the job is lighter but don’t put it off until the last minute. A good rule of thumb is to pack at least seven days in advance; that way, you can take your time and ensure you don’t forget anything. 

The question is, what do you take? A great way to visually organize your items is to use coloured post-it notes and categorize your things:

  • Taking 
  • Storage 
  • Donating

That way, you can make quick work of sorting your items and have a better idea of what you’ll need for your new room. If this is your first time moving, don’t worry, we have you fully covered; check out our moving supply list to grab all of the things you’ll need to pack your stuff. 

Once you’re packed, and you have your things sorted, you can get to the main event – leaving the nest.

Why Storage?

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I need to find storage?” and if you have the option to use your parent’s house as a storage solution, we support you, but not everyone has that kind of hook up. At some point, you’ll have too much stuff to take with you; it may seem unlikely, but it’s a common situation. Here are just a few situations storage comes in handy: 

  • Co-op abroad – Offers for these once in a lifetime positions happen all the time. Are you going to give it up because you don’t know what you’ll do with your king-size bed? 
  • Homeward Bound – If you thought getting your things to school was tough, wait until you have to bring it all back.
  • Travelling – Broden your horizons without worrying about packing up your stuff and bringing it back to your folk’s place.  
  • Combining households – Tale as old as time, two people meet but only need one living room set. 

Even if you’re reading this as a fresh-faced first year, you’ll need to figure out how to move your stuff out of the dorms eventually. 

Actual Move 

While loading a container may seem easy, there are some things to keep in mind while you load up your stuff:

  • Make a sturdy base if you plan on stacking 
  • cover surfaces with blankets to prevent scratching 
  • Pack fragile objects in blankets to cushion them

Label everything clearly, you may only have a couple of boxes, but you want to know where everything is just in case. We would all love it if moving into a dorm was as easy as it sounds, but it’s best to anticipate a level of chaos. 

Things to keep in mind are:

  • Traffic: There will be many people moving in around the same dates and lots of cars heading in the same, usually cramped, parking lot. 
  • People: tons of freshmen, just like you, wandering around getting their bearings too.
  • Stress: This is an emotional time for everyone; get ready to deal with at least one ‘moment’ of emotion.

Keep these in mind and remember anything can and usually does, happen, so be flexible with your plans and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

One of the best parts of using a mobile storage container is how flexible of a storage solution it is compared to other options. Thinning of delaying your move? No worries, with a portable storage container you can keep your stuff in your driveway for as long as you need. Once you’re ready we can transport the container to your dorm so you can unpack and once it’s emptied we’ll take the shipping container off your hands. 

When moving, a good tip is to pack a day one bag – especially if you’re moving long-distance and might want to sleep. The bag should include a change of clothes, a toothbrush and some cleaning products you can use to clean while you unpack. 

Dorm Living Organization And Storage Tips 

So now you’re unpacked, parents have shed tears, and you’re finally out in the world, what now? For your first order of adulting, you’ll organize your room, fun times. Most dorms are shared and if you’ve scored a solo room, consider yourself lucky because space is precious when your home is just a room. 

The best thing to do when you live in a smaller shared space is to make the most of the area available. Here are a few ways to make the most of your space:

  • Use the verticle space: Using door hangers, shoe organizers and shelves, you can use space without taking up more floor room. 
  • Invest in multi-use furniture: items like ottomans that double as storage are great for dorms. 
  • Make use of space under the bed: a great way to make the most of your area is using baskets and sliding them under your bed. 

Something to keep in mind when your living space is just one room is to create ‘zones’ so you can keep things organized and set personal boundaries. 

Dedicate a corner of a room, a desk, heck even a direction to a specific task; doing this not only keeps things organized but helps maintain a work-life balance. A best practice is to dedicate a zone for:

  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Relaxing
  • Working/studying 

That way, when it’s time to focus, you’ll have a routine set up versus the alternative, which is eating, sleeping, studying and chilling in your all-purpose bed. It sounds nice, but it gets messy and unorganized really fast. 

Studying Abroad 

We know that during your time as a student you’ll be given the opportunity to study abroad through exchange programs, co-ops and other programs. As storage solution experts we want you to chase your dreams without worrying about your belongings at home.

With a portable storage container, you can get it dropped off at your address so you can pack it up, all you have to worry about is your lock. Once everything is packed, we’ll bring your locked storage container to our storage facility for safekeeping.  

You can go off without having to worry about your belongings for as long as you like with the peace of mind that only you have access to it. Once you come back home just let us know where to bring it and in no time you’ll be unpacked and back into the swing of things.

Communal Living Organization And Storage Tips 

Suppose you’re a sophomore or opting for a communal home instead of a dorm. In that case, you get the advantage of having more space while also being cursed with the opportunity to collect more things to pack at the end of the year. With a few tips, you can keep the peace in your new place and keep your items safe.

When you move into a communal house, the first thing you should do is (respectfully) claim your space. There are three spaces where you should try to create your own: the bathroom, the kitchen and the laundry room. All three of these involve boundaries that even families butt heads on. By labelling your things and your space the first day, you’re laying out the boundaries you and your housemates now share. 

Anything you keep in a communal area, you need to be okay with the possibility someone might use it; so if you store things in the basement, make sure you live with people you can trust. 

Let’s fast forward a bit; its the end of the year, and you’ve decided to rent a house with some pals. But it’s Currently April, and you don’t have a place until September; where are you going to keep your stuff? 

Moving Out

The first thing to sort out is who owns what; this doesn’t need to be a full inventory of personal belongings. Still, an overview of any big furniture you’ll need to store. If you’re in a position that no one will have room to keep all of the items, consider renting a storage space together for the summer. 

Once you find a storage solution that meets your needs, you need to decide how you’ll get your things there. With a portable storage container, you’ll have the added advantage of your storage space delivered to your door. Once you’ve appropriately packed your container we’ll move it to our secure storage location. Make sure all your things are labelled, and you take inventory of what’s inside your container in case plans change. 

This is an excellent alternative for students taking a term abroad or working a co-op to ensure your items are kept safe. Once you have the keys to your place, it’s as easy as getting your storage container delivered and unloading it. Check out our other blog all about unpacking your home after moving and fill out the form below to get your free quote for your rental storage container.