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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.