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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 pod 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 pod, 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.

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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.


Standard Table Dimensions (Inches)

Tables

Height

Width

Length

Bedside

26

15

19

Buffet

34

24

60

Card

30

36

36

Coffee

19

18

36-48

Conference

30

36

96

Dining

29

40

64

End

20

17

28

Hall

27

15

55

Kitchen

29

36

60

Picnic

28

36

72

Poker

29

48

48

Printer

26

22

26

Sofa

26

14

72

Workstation

26

30

48

Standard Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chairs

Seat Width

Seat Depth

Seat Height

Seat Height

Barstool

17

17

30

42

Dining, Side

19

19

18

36

Dining, Arm

24

18

18

36

Easy

25

26

17

31

Kitchen

19

19

19

34

Kitchen Stool

12

12

27

42

Rocker

20

26

16

40

Upholstered

30

26

16

Standard Chest Dimensions (Inches)

Chests

Height

Width

Depth

Lowboy (7” leg)

36

36

18

Tall Chest (6” leg)

54

36

18

Bookcase (Paperbacks)

38

36

7

Bookcase (Hardbound)

50

36

10

Blanket

24

36

19

Cedar

20

40

19

Buffet

34

50

20

Standard Mattress Dimensions (Inches)

Mattresses

Height

Width

Length

Twin (Regular)

6

38

75

Twin (Long)

6

38

80

Double/Full

8

53

75

Queen

8

60

80

King

10

76

80

King (Calif.)

10

72

84

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

$119/mth

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

$149/mth

+ 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. 

Moving Suring the winter

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 pod; 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 mould. 

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 the 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/shovelling 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 shovelling 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.

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.

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!

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.