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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?


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.


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. 

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.

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.

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.


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