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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!

5 Benefits That Make Shipping Containers The Best Storage Space


Mobile Storage Rentals Shipping Container Storage Pods
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.