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Packing Home

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.

Garage

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!

Move your home at your own pace

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 pods 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 pod 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 pod 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.

Cottage Closing Tips

Seasonal Storage Tips You’ll Appreciate Next Year

While the summer days are drifting away into those cool autumn nights, make sure your belongings are kept safe for next year. From closing up your cottage to putting away your favourite pool noodle, we’re your storage experts all year-round. 

To make sure that you can pick up where left off this year, we wanted to share some end of the Summer-season storage tips!


We spend most of the colder months inside. It’s worth considering making some extra space and taking back your basement by using a storage container. A mobile storage container makes the work of self-storage that much easier by having your container delivered to your front door. What about your cottage? Our containers can be delivered anywhere in southern Ontario, so whether it’s your home or your home away from home, Mobile Storage Rentals is there to keep your things safe and secure. 


Cottage 

Closing down your cottage is essential to keep your property safe and in tip-top shape over the winter months. Some of the major tasks that go with closing your cottage are:

  • Shut off Gas/Heat – If your cottage is propane heated, make sure to bring home the tanks, sudden changes in temperature can cause compressed gases to combust. 
  • Shutting off your water – No Heat + water in pipes = exploding pipes. Drain your toilet too, you’ll thank us next spring.  
  • Empty fridge and bring home perishable foods – Again, you’ll thank us next spring.  
  • Put away all life vests, first aid kits, water toys and outdoor furniture, if your cottage is hard to get to during the winter, it’s best to store these items in a place you can access them just in case. 

For those who have the luxury of owning your own pier, newer piers can actually be brought in and disassembled. Keeping this in a storage container ensures your investment is safe and that no bacteria or pests make it into your cottage. 


Inside Your House

Your home takes on many duties during the winter months, going from a house to everyone’s hangout spot. Spending that much time in a cramped space can make winter months a drag, take back your basement and make the most of your area by doing a bit of autumn-cleaning. 


What you decide to keep depends on your needs, but with our storage tips, you can make sure your packing job leaves you easy access to your belongings. So as you go through your house, use these ideas to determine what you’ll keep and what goes into storage.

  • Wardrobe – once the temperature starts to dip, go through your summer clothes and see what fits and store what you want to keep for next year, everything else can be donated. 
  • AC/Heater Swap – If your living situation requires an external A/C, swap it out for a heater or store it safely once the weather starts to get colder. 
  • Beach Supplies & Pool Toys – Why keep things you won’t use until next year? Beach supplies like towels, parasols, pool toys and swimming gear can go into storage. This helps keep your items away from pests that can chew through your swimming items, saving you money in the long run. 
  • Plan Ahead – The holiday season is fast approaching, do you have room to host gatherings and celebrations? Take a quick trip around your home, are there items that can go into storage, so you have more space for guests? 

While you could keep these items in your basement, a steel storage container brings the benefits of being pest-proof, waterproof and fireproof so you can reclaim your space. 


Backyard, Garden and Yard

As the warmer months wrap up and you find yourself using your lawn tools less, take the time to do a final maintenance check on them before storing them away. This way, they’re out of harm’s way, out of reach from curious little hands, and you can make more room in your home for winter tools. 

What’s summer without the BBQ? Keep your grill safe and ready for next year by keeping it in a storage container to keep it secure. When Storing a BBQ, keep in mind to:

  • Remove propane tank and coals – NEVER store combustible materials as the temperatures can change, causing them to combust. 
  • Clean out ash, grease and food bits from the bottom of the grill, as it can attract pests. 

Pro Tip: Once you have cleaned the grill, leave a light layer of oil on it, this will keep it from oxidizing and rusting. 


No combustible chemicals are permitted to be stored in our shipping containers as it’s a safety hazard. 


Outdoor Furniture

We all love a good set of patio furniture, but why let your investment rust outdoors when you can keep them safe and sound in a storage container? Keep your backyard oasis in pristine condition for yourself next year, here are some things to keep in mind when you store outdoor furniture. 

  •  Clean fabrics – Cushions and hammocks should go through a cleaning cycle before going away in storage, this eliminates any pests and keeps them fresh for next year. 
  • Wipe down metal furniture with rust-deterrent before placing in storage 

Pro Tip: Store patio chairs by stacking them on top of each other and cover the legs with plastic bags for added protection.


Summer Toys

It’s the end of the summer, and it’s time to start thinking about one of the toughest jobs to do: Packing up your toys. Things like canoes, ATVs, boats and motorcycles can all be stored in a mobile storage container. Here are some things to consider when storing summer vehicles and water vessels:

  • Motorized vehicles like ATVs and Motorcycles can be stored as long as they are drained of fuel, and the battery is stored outside the vehicle. 
  • Vessels like canoes and boats should be drained, cleaned and stored. Check to make sure life vests, first aid kits and equipment are in working order.
  • All vehicles should go through one last maintenance check to ensure everything is in working order and ready for next year. 

So ends another summer, your cottage is packed, the backyard is ready for Fall leaves and your container is tucked away at our storage facility, storage has never been this simple. Fill out the free quote form and start your move on the right note with Mobile Storage Rentals!

Storage Locker

What Can You Use Shipping Containers For?

We’ve all thought it at one point; we see the shipping container in someone’s driveway, the thought appears- “they need it for extra storage,” and you move on. Repurposing shipping containers as storage pods is a great idea. They’re made to travel far and take a beating while keeping cargo safe, it’s no surprise that they make great storage lockers, but what else can shipping containers be used for? 

Some people see a big steel box, but let’s go down this journey of thinking outside the box of what you can do with your storage container. 

Before we go too far down this rabbit hole, let’s get the two obvious uses out of the way: shipping containers make great storage lockers and moving trucks.


Storage
 

MSR storage pods aren’t your regular storage locker, and our containers are made with one thing in mind: keeping your belongings safe. Our shipping containers are as tough as steel – because they are steel – and their designs are made to be portable, delivered directly to your door. 

  • Weatherproof – our containers are inspected and maintained regularly to ensure no leaks are present.
  • Fireproof –Steel on its own is non-combustible. As long as you follow our storage safety guidelines, your storage container will be safe and sound. Here’s a quick summary of something we suggest to avoid storing: 
    • Chemicals of any kind
    • Aerosol canisters or any gas canister 
    • Food and other perishables 
    • Plants and other living objects
  • Pest proof – with a pair of steel doors and a lock your container is essentially pest-proof. If you’re worried about odours or insects, try mothballs or a box of baking soda.

You can rest easy knowing your stuff has four steel walls around it!

Moving How to Pack Your Shipping Storage Container

When we say a storage container can be used as a moving truck, you might think “what it’s going to grow wheels?” and in a way, ya it can! Shipping containers are made to be moved, and with our delivery and pick up process, you get the luxury of having your storage locker delivered and picked up. All you have to worry about is packing your stuff (unfortunately we can’t help here)

Renovations 
You ever want to revamp a room in your house, give it a fresh coat of paint and get some new flooring; it sounds excellent until – where am I going to keep my furniture! 

You could throw a tarp over your couches, maybe take over another room in your house for a week or have a storage container dropped off at your door. 

You tell our drivers where you want it placed and boom – instant extra space to keep your belongings safely out of harm’s way until the project is done. 

You can even keep your tools in there after your work is done for the day to keep it out of harm’s way (or your toe’s way), right on your property. Once you’re done, we come and grab the container.

Work Space

So you loved doing your renovations so much you decide you want to build a table, a workshop would be mighty handy right now. 

With one of our smaller containers, you can set up a temporary workshop directly on your property. You can store your tools and work inside the box to keep your house clean and the mess, well, contained.

Not a carpenter, no worries here are just some ideas of how you can use this space:

  • Artist space – from painting to sculpting, creating a work of art means making a few messes, let us help you keep the mess outside. 
  • Garden shed – keep your large items stored over the winter once spring hits grab that riding mower out of storage!
  • Temporary office space – it sounds wild, but it’s quite common. If you’re working from home in a full house, a quiet space to retreat and work is a must.
  • Temporary Gym – Missing leg day? No room at home for a home gym? This one might be a very niche idea but a home gym that utilizes outside…getting fancy.

Pop-up Events

This is the climax of the journey, how out of the big steel box are we thinking? Way out. Don’t knock it until you try it; pop-up venues are an excellent way for a smaller business to add a temporary location

Let’s break it down; a store needs at least two features:

  • A storefront 
  • A stock room

With a shipping container, you can either use the space as 

And it doesn’t end at a store, here are few ideas of how you can use a Steel shipping container as a venue: the venue for your shop or use the storage pod to keep your things safely stored and out of the way. 

  • Art gallery: pop open the doors, hang some lights and display your art – move over AGO!
    shipping container with doors open

    20 ft by 8ft with hardwood floors, your pop up venue can be delivered to your site and picked up when you’re done!

  • Wifi Hotspot – set up your storage space with a power source and a modem, and you’re set. Who would need this? 
    • Throw a video game tournament outside to have some fun with your community while getting to enjoy the sunshine.
    • Do you go to coffee shops without wifi? Here’s your chance to give your customers all the comforts of inside…outside! 
    • Drive-ins are making a comeback. Why not put one on for your neighbourhood? You can even use the container as the projector room too.
  • Outdoor Events – have a dream of having your wedding in a field? Use a shipping container as a venue; here are some ideas: 
    • The bar
    • Buffet Area
    • Coat Check
    • A/V Closet 

You’re only limited only by what you can think of, well that and the law. 


TL:DR

We hope we were able to get you to think outside the box, but for those asking, “why would anyone do this instead of X?” it’s simple – we do the hard part. At the end of the day, a shipping container is a room, and a Mobile Storage shipping container is a room we will deliver to you. That means:

  • No construction 
  • No permits
  • Temporary 
  • Portable 
  • Secure
We provide you delivery, transport and pick up the shipping container you do the rest. From storage to leg day, storage containers can be used for so much more than just store. Check out our other blogs to learn how we can make your next project a breeze and get your free quote today by filling out the form below.
Storage Shipping Container Pod Packing

Where to Begin: How To Pack Your Home 


How to Pack Your Shipping Storage Container
Like most chores, packing up your home can easily be put off until the last minute, leaving you flustered and disorganized on top of dealing with the stressful task of actually moving houses. The best way to avoid is by being prepared – obvious, but tricky to tackle. Mobile Storage Rentals knows that being faced with a daunting task can be discouraging, so we wanted to help by breaking down how to pack your home effectively! Check out our other posts on how to properly pack a storage shipping container to get your whole process sorted, from start to finish. 

What’s Your Game Plan

Before we dive into the actual packing, it’s best to develop a plan early on that divides the task up into smaller, easier to complete tasks. The list will be long, but getting a head start allows you to organize your move better. 

How you structure your plan is up to you, usually it can be done by rooms, spaces or categories. If you live in a multi-story home and have others to consider, put on your supervisor cap and assign some of the tasks, ask yourself:

  • What makes the most sense with my living conditions? 
  • Are there rooms/items I will need throughout my remaining time here?
  • What do I need on my last day here? What about my first day at the new house?
  • Is everything coming with me?

Pro Tip: Go around rooms and mark what you will take, put in storage or donate/sell with coloured post-its.

Your plan should be drafted and ready to use six weeks before moving day, allowing you time to gather your supplies and start to pack your home at a comfortable pace. 

The Purge

So you’ve made yourself a schedule and are starting to make your way through packing up your home. Take this opportunity to go through your items and consider donating or selling items. Moving homes can be a fun and refreshing experience, enabling you to start again with a fresh new look. As you start to pack your home consider these questions to help you decide what’s staying or going:

  • Do I still need this? Do I use this? 
  • Does this fit with my new home’s style?
  • Am I keeping this because I want it or sentimental value? 

Just as spring cleaning allows you to make room in your home, a light purge lets you solve space and clutter issues before you take it with you. You can hold a yard sale to earn some quick cash, donate your items to your local thrift store, or if you don’t want to part with your items, you can put them in storage. This step isn’t mandatory, but it can help free up space if you’re looking to start fresh or are moving into a smaller home. 


The Mess Hall

About a month before you move, you should plan your upcoming meals you will be preparing at home; Doing this allows you to cut down on food waste and to have to deal with perishables on moving day. You can take food items with you, but they can be damaged or spoiled while moving, adding an extra layer of complexity to the process. If you’re cooking for a family, this can be done closer towards moving day by slowly weening out unessential items form your shopping list. 

Last Week Bag

In the weeks following your move remember to pack a suitcase with items you’ll use while your other belongings are packed. A best practice is to include clothes, medications, toiletries and paperwork you should have ready on hand. This is also important if you are moving a long distance and anticipate that your items could be delayed from arriving at your new home. Having a “last week bag” also sets expectations you can keep yourself to; all your items can be packed ready to move without you worrying about your essentials.

Pro Tip: Pack a cleaning kit you can use to clean your new place and clean items as you unpack them.

Keep It Together

As you pack your home, make sure you keep your room’s items together and label your boxes clearly. Unpacking can be just as annoying if you turn it into a game to find the toothpaste, so tag your boxes and make sure items are packed in an order that is logical to you.

If you have items in boxes already, a time-saving hack is to use cling wrap and cover bins and move them as is. Pack drawers in ziplock bags, clothing can be left on hangers and packed in garbage bags, silverware can be wrapped in newspaper. You can cut down on the supplies you use and save your packaging for items that can’t be packed like this.

Pro Tip: The order of how you pack is up to you, but consider packing your least used rooms and work your way to the places you use often. 

Gone But Not Forgotten 

So your things are packed, and you’ve decided to keep some of your items in storage. Deciding what type of storage you choose is up to you, but keep in mind things like the size you need, the length of time you’ll be using the space and the ease of access to your items. Looking to save space or store your belongings? Fill out the free quote form and start your move on the right note with Mobile Storage Rentals!

Benefits of shipping containers

5 Benefits That Make Shipping Containers The Best Storage Space



Whether you’re looking to renovate, move, or free up some office space, Mobile Storage Rentals knows everyone needs a safe and secure place to keep their belongings. With our steel shipping containers, we can take away the stress of having to find a suitable storage space. 

Never used a Mobile Storage container before and unfamiliar with their capabilities as a storage unit? Check out these five benefits to using a storage container.

1. YOU GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH 

The most obvious benefit of using a shipping container, as a storage unit, is the size! The standard storage container is 8ft by 20ft, which is almost four times the average storage locker space. Mobile Storage Containers aren’t just spacy, they also cost less than other storage options that offer only a fraction of the area. Standard 5ft by 10ft storage lockers cost more than our 8ft by 10ft storage container, and that’s without the transportation of your items. When looking to move your items, Mobile Storage Rentals’ containers cost 3 times less than your average movers would charge to only transport your belongings.

2. WITH MOBILE STORAGE THE SHIPPING CONTAINER COMES TO YOU

Shipping containers are great because they’re portable and made to be transported. The ability to pack, move, and store your items all in one space is a huge benefit when it comes to finding the right storage solution for you. With Mobile Storage Rentals’ process, we bring the storage pod directly to you! Once you’ve packed the storage container, our team will take it off your hands and deliver it to our secure on-site storage facility. Are you looking to move and need the receptacle delivered there? No worries, we can also move your belongings to another location for you to unload at your pace. 

3. FLEXIBLE AS CAN BE

A significant benefit of using shipping containers for storage is how they enable you to be flexible with your plans. Are you looking to store your items off-site? Great! We’re happy to transport your belongings to our secure storage facility. Would you rather keep your belongings on your property? As long as the area has 14ft of vertical space, our delivery team is happy to place it wherever you’d like. Looking to extend your rental time? We understand projects can take longer than expected, that’s why we allow you to use your container for as long as you need.

4. DESIGNED TO TAKE A BEATING

The durability of a storage container makes your investment go a long way. Shipping containers, on average, last about 20 years and are designed to safely transport items long distances, sometimes facing harsh weather conditions along the way. And what’s best about using a steel storage pod? They’re non-combustible! Where else would you rather store your personal belongings than a weatherproof, fireproof, steel shipping container!

Mobile Storage Rentals’ containers are the largest and most secure in the industry; each one is ISO certified, waterproof, and standard for shipping dry goods all over the world. As long as your contents are securely packed, you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe and sound.

5. SECUREST SHIPPING CONTAINERS AROUND

With storage containers being used to transport goods worldwide, you have the added security of 14 gauge, 0.075-inch corrugated sheet steel panels protecting your belongings. No one is getting into your storage container without making enough noise to alert you. If you choose to store your belongings at our secure storage facility, we have preventative measures to ensure your property is protected. Mobile Storage Rentals don’t come with locks, so consider adding it to your list.

Where you store your belongings matters to you and at Mobile Storage Rentals, we take pride in providing our customers with the knowledge that their belongings are safe. If you’re looking to start a move, check out our moving process from pick-up to drop-off to learn more about our process. If you’re interested in renting a Mobile Storage Rentals shipping container, fill out the form below for your quick quote today!

Mobile Storage Rentals Service: What to Expect From Drop Off to Pick Up

No matter your reason for using our Mobile Storage Rentals service, our #1 priority is making sure your belongings are safe so you can focus on more important things – like moving your family. 

Our storage solutions give you lots of time to load and unload your container on your own schedule. Whether you’re painting, installing new flooring, downsizing, upgrading, adding an addition, or renovating your business, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your belongings are safe and sound. 



So how does it work?

We make it an easy and stress-free experience, from dropping off your storage container to picking it up from your new home. That’s because:

  • You load once and unload once. That’s it. 
  • You don’t have to worry about renting (or driving) trucks.
  • It’s a cheaper solution than hiring a moving company.
  • It gives you the time and space to declutter, renovate and stage your home so you can get it on the market faster and sell it for what it’s worth.
  • You’ll have flexibility in case of different home closing dates.
  • It provides clean, rodent-proof, weather-resistant storage that you can trust.
  • All of our truck drivers are fully trained.
  • No place to store it? That’s okay, we can store it in our secure site.
  • It’s great for long or short-term storage, depending on your moving plans.

Here are the five simple steps you can expect when using our Mobile Storage Rentals  service.


Step One: Prepping for Your Container


Before your storage container is delivered, there are a few things you can do to prepare:

 

  • Take some time to measure your delivery space before deciding which size of container to rent. 
  • A container requires 14 feet of vertical clearance and (depending on the dimensions) you will need roughly 10-20 feet to accommodate a container.
  • The delivery truck will require an additional 35 feet of space.
  • Please ensure overhead wires, branches, or overhangs do not prevent delivery.

Image of Delivery Space Required

How do you know which size of container is right for you?

Ask yourself: 

 

  • How much furniture do you own? 
  • Do you have many heavy or awkwardly shaped items?
  • Do you have a lot of existing storage space? (Think of garages, sheds, cold cellars, and closets full to the brim with your things.)
  • Do you have items that are more delicate and susceptible to damage, like leather furniture, mirrors, or artwork?


Step Two: Container Delivery

With a Mobile Storage Rentals storage container, transportation is easy and convenient. You select the size of container and delivery date, and your portable storage container will be delivered right to your door by one of our trained operators.

Once the container is dropped off, you’re ready for the main event – packing!

Storage units for moving


Step Three: Pack Your Container

One day to move an entire house of possessions is a huge task that most people dread.

Who wouldn’t?

That’s why our mobile storage solutions take the “one day rush” out of moving, allowing you to pack at your own pace.
 
Another huge benefit? You’ll only have to load and unload once. Plus, you can take a couple of days, a week, or a month to get it done – the only schedule you need to worry about is your own. 

Our containers cost a third of the price of movers, with the added benefit of your storage container being steps from your front door. Remember to pack your container contents evenly and tightly to prevent shifting (we have more tips for packing your storage container here.)




Step Four: Store Your Container

You can store your weather-resistant storage container just steps away from your home, so you can pack and access items at your leisure.

Not ready to move in yet? No problem! We can store your belongings at one of our secure storage yards. When you’re ready, we’ll deliver your container to your new home or office.

Our containers are the largest and most secure in the industry. Each one is ISO certified, waterproof, and meets the standard for shipping dry goods all over the world.

Is a storage container not quite right for you? Our storage units and PODs have often been used to provide safe and secure storage for:

  • Moving
  • Renovations
  • Events and parties
  • Emergencies
  • On-site storage during construction
  • University student storage
  • And even movie production

Storage units for business

 

Step Five: Container Pick Up

When you’re ready to move, one of our certified drivers will pick up your portable storage container and move it to your new home or office. If your contents are going to another area or our storage facility, you can rest easy knowing that our drivers keep a steady pace to prevent any of your belongings from shifting or becoming damaged.

The loading process gently tilts the container, with the maximum angle being no steeper than the truck going uphill. Once it’s on the truck, our driver will safely deliver your container.

You can then unpack your storage container on your own schedule, and when you’re ready we’ll pick it up. 


Storage pod being delivered to a home



Interested in hearing more? You can request a free quote from our team here.

How to pack a storage container

10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container

Moving is a stressful and chaotic time. It can challenge our sanity – and often does. How could it not? There are so many things to remember. 

Despite our best efforts, sometimes important details get overlooked. But don’t worry – we’re here to be your safety net and catch any details you miss. 

So, let’s get to why you’re here…how do you pack a storage container?

It might seem like a simple question, but it’s an important one, even if it’s not at the forefront of our minds when we are trying to move an entire home. 

Storage containers are very useful when moving your home or business. They offer a durable, waterproof storage solution that gives you the time and the space to pack properly. Our steel shipping containers offer self-enclosed storage, eliminating rodent or bug problems, and because they are made to transport items long distances they also make great long-term storage options.

No matter your reason for using a Mobile Storage Rentals storage container, follow our 10 tips for packing a storage container to make sure you’re making the most of the space and your belongings arrive in-tact. 


1. Make a Plan

You should start with a game plan. Make a list of your large furniture, fragile items, and awkwardly shaped objects and decide on their order and placement.

Whether you’re moving, renovating, or simply storing items, it’s important you plan it out so you don’t bury something important you’ll need to access.

Her are a few important questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you need to access these items on short notice?
  • Will certain items need to be loaded in a specific order?
  • How many heavy items do I have? (More on this below…)
  • How much space will I need? What is my largest piece of furniture?
  • What does the new layout of my home look like?
  • Will I have to move the living room in before the kitchen?

BONUS TIP:

Now that you have a plan, you can organize your boxes by the size and quantity and label them by room for easy packing later.


2. Stock Up On Supplies

Moving all of your belongings requires a lot of supplies. Some people buy new while others try to source greener options, but either way ensure you’re prepared to pack!

Here are some supplies we suggest to make moving easier: 

  • Moving boxes of all sizes
  • Packing tape for securing items and sealing boxes
  • Spare scissors or exacto knife 
  • Bubble wrap or newspapers
  • Moving blankets
  • Water bottles and snacks
tips for packing a storage container - supply list

No move will ever go exactly to plan, so make sure you have extra supplies. It’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s also important to stay hydrated and fed on moving day – with a busy schedule, simple snacks like granola bars and fruit are an easy solution.

BONUS TIP:

Don’t forget to consolidate your cleaning supplies by packing a basic kit that includes items like rags and cleaning products so you can clean as you unpack. 



3. Secure Your Belongings

No one wants to see their belongings damaged or lost. Luckily, when you use our storage containers, we ensure that your belongings are safely secured. 

Each Mobile Storage Rental shipping container is equipped with easy-to-locate anchor hoops. You can use rope, ratchet straps, or bungee cords to secure your belongings. This is a very important step you shouldn’t skip.

When you’re securing any top-heavy or awkward objects, be sure they are strapped in tightly. This guarantees nothing is damaged by it shifting or sliding during transit. We want to ensure the safety of everyone involved during your move, as well as protect your belongings. 

You can find more information on how to secure your belongings here.


4. Cover Up!

Once you’ve placed your large belongings in your storage container, it’s important to protect surfaces that can be scratched, dented or chipped. Wrap furniture in blankets, bubble wrap, or lay down cardboard to protect items like hardwood tables, paintings, and mirrors. 

BONUS TIP:
Pack your glassware and electronics in furniture like wardrobes and desks. Use newspaper to fill in the gaps. Make the most of your space and keep your valuables safe!


5. Distribute the Weight Evenly

It’s important to keep in mind how you will distribute weight throughout the container. To avoid tipping your container, evenly distribute the weight throughout the storage container. A typical mistake is stacking all of your heavy furniture at the back while the front is full of boxes.

Ask yourself: 

  • Am I loading too much on one side of the storage container?
  • How far is the container travelling?
  • Any sudden turns along the way?
  • Will I be able to access my items easily with this layout?
  • Am I using space efficiently?


6. Pack Your Container Tightly

Try to pack your container tightly to prevent shifting during transport. Use your plan from step one, layer objects on one another to weigh them down, and fit items together to interlock them and reduce shifting.

As you pack, look for any spaces where objects can shift or fall over and fill them in with pillows, clothing, towels, or blankets. You can also s
tand couches on their end to allow for more floor space. (For leather couches, covering it and standing it on its end protects the leather from ripping due to weight.) Use your packing tape to make sure all drawers and cabinets are tapped shut. 

Our loading and shipping procedures ensure your container will not be subject to any steep tilting or sudden turns, but it’s still a good idea to pack your possessions tightly for added protection.




7. Keep Stability in Mind

Make sure you have a stable load by using boxes that are roughly the same size and structurally sound. If you’re reusing boxes, you can reinforce them with your packing tape. 

To make the process of unpacking a breeze, label your boxes to identify contents quickly and keep a record of what items are where. 

Place heavier items on the floor and stack lighter things on top. Do not pile items too high – try to keep it an even height.


BONUS TIP:
Take into consideration the changes in humidity and temperature while your belongings are in a Mobile Storage container. Our containers are waterproof, but if temperatures change some objects may be at risk of damage. 



8. Be Mindful of Access

If you are using a container for an extended period, consider what objects you might need to access and place them near the front of the shipping container. Things like important documents, medications, or electronics.

Another thing to keep in mind is to make a path so you can enter your container without unpacking. If you find that you have a lot of items that you need on a daily basis (or if you are planning to store your shipping container at our storage facility) consider using luggage to keep essential items with you.

BONUS TIP: 
Keep your important documents in a plastic or metal container that will be easy to identify and won’t be susceptible to water damage.


9. Long-Term Packing

How long are you planning on using the storage container? Some people use our containers for months as a long-term storage solution. If you’re planning to do this, consider the following:

  • Can my items be damaged by sudden drops or rises in temperature?
  • Can my items be affected by humidity?
  • Are there items that can attract insects or other pests?
  • Are mildew and other factors like odour and fire safety a possibility?

Here are some more expert tips to consider if you’re using our storage containers for several months:


    • If you’re storing fabrics and furniture that can absorb odours, consider leaving an open box of baking soda to absorb any unpleasant smells.
    • To protect your items from water damage, inspect your storage container on arrival with the driver to ensure your container is free of any cracks or leaks.
    • Store cardboard boxes and containers with paper documents off the ground.
    • Avoid storing items like pet food, food items, or plants as these can attract insects and other pests.
    • Take preventative fire safety measures by planning ahead and unplugging all electronics 24 hours prior to packing them and removing all batteries.
    • Under no circumstances should you store chemicals or aerosol cans in your shipping container as sudden changes in temperature can cause these items to combust or release toxic vapours.
    • Take into consideration humidity and mildew by storing items that are 100% dry and packing items with a desiccant, like silica gel packets, to absorb moisture.


10. Always Lock Up

You must provide your own lock for your storage container; remember to store the the key or combination in a safe place. Even if the storage container will remain on your property, it is essential to buy a lock that only you have the means to unlock.

If your shipping container is being kept at one of Mobile Storage Rentals storage facilities, having your own second lock is an added measure.

 

Ready to start packing?

Contact us today for your free quote.



Mobile Storage Donates container for Syrian Refugee Family

Mobile Storage Rentals is so happy to donate a storage container to the St Marks Church in Kitchener. The St Marks Syrian refugee committee needed a storage container while gathering furniture and clothing for a Syrian family that they are sponsoring. The Syrian family arriving in Kitchener had nothing but there clothes on there back.
St Marks organized a fundraising and donation effort. They raised enough money to rent an apartment for a year, and completely furnished the apartment. 
What a great country we live in! We are all on this earth together, and should share our good fortune.