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Getting Your Office Social Distancing Ready

Getting Your Office Social Distancing Ready

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

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


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

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

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

1. Use Social Distancing Signs


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

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

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

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

2. Rethink The Way You Schedule Shifts

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

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests you:

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

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

A schedule may look like this:

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

3. Redesigned Workspaces


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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Inform Your Customers


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

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

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

5. Keep It Clean / Wear a Mask


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

This includes:

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

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

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

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

That’s A Wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re in this together, so let’s help each other out in whatever ways we can!
Storage Ideas To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays!

Storage Ideas To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays!

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

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

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

 

Why Clean Out Space?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why With Storage Container? 

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

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

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

 

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!

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!