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5 Tips for Long Term Storage Items and Supplies

5 Tips for Long Term Storage Items and Supplies

Whether you’re downsizing, travelling, moving, or decluttering your home, you’ll need long-term storage to keep your items safe and out of the way until they’re needed again.

 

If you’re not ready to let go of current but potentially valuable or cherished possessions; Storage Containers are an affordable and convenient option – no matter if it’s six months, after a couple of years, or when your children grow up and have homes of their own.

 

So, let’s take a look at the process for long-term storage to ensure those cherished items stay safe and in excellent condition while stored.

Decide What Items to Put in Storage

You have to start somewhere, and the best way to get organized is to take inventory and decide precisely what items you want to put into storage.

This process can be a fun trip down memory lane, but try to stay on task! 

When going through your belongings, deciding what items to choose, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you (or a family member/ friend) need it?
  • Is it functional?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it high quality and durable?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Is it difficult to find or replace (antiques, works of art, collector’s items, etc.)?
  • Does it have any sentimental value (a family heirloom, a keepsake, a personal favourite, etc.)?

These questions will help you assess the worth and usefulness of your items, which will help when you’re deciding what to keep and what to throw away or donate. 

Ultimately, if you answer yes to more than 2 of these questions, you probably want to keep the item and have it safely stored. 

Prepare Your Items for Long-Term Storage

Once you’ve chosen what item you want to put into storage, the next step is making sure they are ready to be put away.

 

You want to ensure that you organize the items you plan to put into storage systematically that makes sense to you and allows for easy retrieval if and when needed.

 

You don’t want to forget what you have in storage, so create a detailed inventory list of the items and note the value and condition of each item. Keep an electronic copy of the inventory list online for quick reference, but make sure you have paper copies, too.

 

Now, to prepare the items to go into storage, you’ll want to:

 

  • Thoroughly clean each item to prevent stains from settling in permanently – wash fabric materials, wipe wood surfaces, disinfect appliances, vacuum upholstered furniture, etc.
  • Ensure the items are dry before packing them – any remaining moisture can lead to mold growth and/or other kinds of moisture damage.
  • Disassemble more oversized furniture to reduce the risk of damage to your bulkier pieces and save space in the storage unit.
  • Ensure all water is completely drained from the attached hoses and/or internal mechanisms of kitchen appliances.

  • Tie-down and secure cables, hoses, and electrical cords.

  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner.

  • Wrap fragile items, sensitive electronics, pieces of art, and any other delicate or valuable items individually in soft packing paper.

Pack Your Items for Long-Term Storage 

First things first: use appropriate long-term storage boxes

 

To keep your items protected for the storage period, you need to use the right type of packing containers – strong boxes in top condition that are dry and clean.

 

Do not use old boxes from a grocery store or anything along those lines. They will not likely be completely clean, and they may not be able to withstand stacking and fall apart after a couple of months. 

 

It’s recommended that you buy new boxes that are sturdy and will potentially last for years. Plastic containers are also a viable option – they stack nicely, are resilient, and waterproof.

 

Don’t use plastic bags. They can trap moisture and cause mold, and can easily rip. Also, trying to stack plastic bags would be a nightmare and an accident waiting to happen. Just avoid them entirely.

Pack Your Items with Extra Care

The difference between preservation and deterioration of your stored items often comes down to proper packing. 

 

This is perhaps one of the most important parts of the process, so take your time and make sure it’s done right.

 

Here are a few pro tips to get you started:

 

  • Pack similar items (books, toys, kitchen items, etc.) together.
  • Line the bottoms of the boxes with crumpled paper for cushioning and insulation.
  • Place heavier items on the bottom of a box and lighter ones on top.
  • Fill boxes to their capacity – otherwise, they may cave in when stacked and cause damage to the items inside.
  • Be careful not to overload the packing containers or make them too heavy.
  • Provide plenty of cushioning inside the boxes – crumpled paper, bubble wrap, towels, old clothes, etc. 
  • Make sure any padding materials you use are completely dry and clean.
  • Seal the boxes well to prevent dust and moisture from getting inside.

It’s also a good idea to label all the boxes and containers with any relevant information needed, such as FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP, etc. You want to ensure your most delicate items are handled correctly and with great care. 

 

For anything that can’t be packed into boxes, such as furniture and appliances, you can use old sheets, plastic covers, or blankets to keep them from being damaged.

 

Do not store hazardous items (flammable, corrosive, or explosive materials), perishable items (food, medicines, etc.), or items that produce odours.

 

Furniture:

 

Clean the furniture, dismantle larger pieces, rub down metal parts with oil, apply furniture polish on wooden surfaces, and treat upholstery with fabric/leather protector. 

 

Appliances:

 

Defrost refrigerators and freezers, drain the water from washing machines, dishwashers, and driers, clean the appliances (add baking soda to the cleaning solution for proper disinfection), and secure hoses and cables.

 

Electronics:

 

Ensure electronic devices are dust-free. Wrap them in soft packing paper and place them in their original boxes or ones of similar size and quality if you don’t have the originals. Fill any empty spaces in the storage containers with packing paper or anti-static packing peanuts and seal the boxes tightly so no dust or moisture can come in contact with your stored electronics.

 

Clothes:

 

Wash your clothes, make sure they are completely dry, hang them on a clothes bar, and store them in wardrobe boxes.

 

Leaving them folded up in a box will cause stress tears in the clothing material and won’t allow air to circulate the clothing items. 

 

If you can’t hang your clothes, use vacuum-sealed bags to store them (the same applies to bedding and curtains as well).

 

Books:

 

To make sure your books are dry, leave them in a room that gets plenty of sunlight for several days before packing them up. If needed, use a dehumidifier in the room to ensure the books are 100% dry. 

 

Wrap valuable books or books with leather covers with packing paper, arrange the books flat in small boxes and make sure they are sealed.

 

Dishes:

 

Wrap each dish individually and pack them in well-padded boxes. Put plates, saucers, and bowls on their sides and cups and glasses with their rims down. 

 

You can put smaller dishes in larger ones, but make sure they’re well wrapped. Add extra padding in the boxes, seal them tightly, and store delicate and expensive dishes in a specialized dish pack.

 

Artwork:

 

Paintings, mirrors, and framed pictures should be stored in specialized picture boxes.

 

Wrap every piece individually in packing paper, then bubble wrap, and place the bundles in the boxes.

 

Use masking tape to make a large “X” on glass surfaces (this adds strength and prevents shattering). 

 

Tools:

 

Clean the tools and wrap bubble wrap around sharp edges—Pack small hand tools into a toolbox or a strong small or medium-sized packing box. 

 

Bundle long-handled tools and wrap them in protective blankets. 

 

Pack electric power tools in their original boxes or use ones of similar size (remove any detachable parts and take out the batteries first). 

 

Drain the fuel from gas-powered tools before packing them for storage.

 

Pack Your Storage Unit Safely and Efficiently

Now for the final stage: packing the storage container!

First, you want to make a plan. Decide what goes in first, then line the floor with a plastic sheet or tarp. Another good idea is to keep your items off the floor, so wood pallets or cinder blocks could be used to build a protective base.

 

Some things you want to keep in mind:

 

  • Distribute the weight evenly.
  • Pack your container tightly.
  • Keep stability in mind.
  • Be mindful of access.

We recommend checking out our 10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container for a more in-depth look at these points and more tips on how to pack a storage container.

 

That’s a Wrap

It takes a bit more than just piling a bunch of stuff into a container and calling it a day, but with a bit of planning, you can ensure your cherished possessions will stay safe.

If you follow these handy tips, your properly stored items will remain in top condition and will be ready to use when you need them again.

 

If you have more questions about long-term storage, don’t hesitate to contact us any time!

Why You Should Rent A Mobile Storage Container In The Fall

Why You Should Rent A Mobile Storage Container In The Fall

Move your home at your own pace


Those warm summer days were great for kicking back and relaxing, but have you finished this year’s “honey-do” list? Procrastinating runs the risk of you having to clear out the garage in a parka as Old Man Winter rears in his head.
From storing your equipment to making extra room at home in preparation for the busiest time of the year, a mobile storage container is the most convenient storage solution.

The main advantage of renting a storage shipping container is having your storage space brought right to your doorstep. Now I know what you’re thinking: well, if it’s that simple, why rush? 

As much as we love kicking back, enjoying football Sundays too, Autumn is your last chance before this year’s projects turn into next year’s; here’s why.

Mobile Storage Containers Are Easier To Rent 

Storage shipping containers for rent are more available during the fall; why? Most projects and moves are made in the summer months. This also means more flexibility to work with your schedule versus working around the rental storage pods availability. 

Storage Shipping Containers Are Great Seasonal Storage Solutions 

Let’s skip forward to next spring; the grass is green but could use a trim, so you start the job of digging your mower out only to find it broken because it unfortunately encountered your snowblower that time you shoved it back into place—what a pain.

With a mobile steel shipping container, you can keep your seasonal tools away from rummaging hands and out of your way in the winter. This works both ways, too, so you ensure your devices are available and in working order when you need them. But you say you don’t have that many tools? What about:

  • Outdoor Furniture 
  • Outdoors Toys 
  • Seasonal Vehicles 
  • Sporting goods

Why fight for space in your garage when you can easily make more space while keeping your things safe until next summer.

Declutter Your Space Before Winter

Now, this is the busiest time of the year at your house, we’re about to retreat indoors for 4-5 months, so unless you’re living in a mansion, space is limited. And this is assuming you’re not in charge of hosting Thanksgiving, holiday parties and new years because if you are, more space is needed. 

Doing a ‘fall cleaning’ session brings the same benefits as spring cleaning:

  • Store Seasonal Clothes 
  • Opportunity to take stock before the holidays of what you have and what you need
  • Get your chores done months in advance so you can focus on the holiday rush. 

A mobile storage shipping container is the perfect storage solution because it enables you to keep your living space clean and organized without having to part ways with personal items. 

Safety and Comfort

What are the safety risks of moving in the winter? It may sound crazy, but wintertime presents unique challenges, many of which increase the risk of regular routines. Winter brings with it: 

  • Low visibility
  • Frigid temperatures 
  • Slippery roads and walkways 

If you’re the type to face father winter head-on and take on the risks, consider this: would you expose your furniture to rain? Snow is prettier to look at, but as soon as it warms up, you’re looking at water stains and higher moisture levels in your storage space. 

Packing during the dryer fall months is the best way to avoid condensation and water vapour from damaging your items. A shipping container is watertight, so if you pack a dry container then no matter what happens outside, your belongings are kept dry as a bone. 


A mobile storage container is more than just a water-proof storage space too; from their ample storage space, secure 1.5-inch steel walls you get tough as steel protection with the added bonus of home delivery. It says it right in the name, with a mobile storage shipping container you get the added benefit of having your storage space delivered to your front door! That way the only thing you have to worry about is making sure your things are packed safely and securely, while we handle transport. 

Portable Storage Containers Are Built For The Job. 

So why a mobile storage container, if all you need is a storage solution? Well, aside from the versatility a storage pod and the mobility shipping containers offer, they’re made to transport items safely through all types of weather. They’re made of waterproof, fireproof and pest-proof steel walls that are under your lock and key. 

With a steel storage container, you can fit all of your summer clothes, toys and decorations safely in near-impenetrable storage space.

In the end, it’s up to you when you do your projects, but we just wanted to plant this idea: the faster you get your chores done, the more time you have to focus on enjoying the Holiday Season with your loved ones and friends.

If you’re determined to move in the winter, do yourself a favour and check out our moving in winter blog. If you’re looking to get an idea of the jobs you could get done in the fall, check out our end of summer guide, and for cleaning tips, we have a classic spring cleaning blog here. For more info, fill out the form below for your free quote today.

Storage Locker

What Can You Use Shipping Containers For?

We’ve all thought it at one point; we see the shipping container in someone’s driveway, the thought appears- “they need it for extra storage,” and you move on. Repurposing shipping containers as storage pods is a great idea. They’re made to travel far and take a beating while keeping cargo safe, it’s no surprise that they make great storage lockers, but what else can shipping containers be used for? 

Some people see a big steel box, but let’s go down this journey of thinking outside the box of what you can do with your storage container. 

Before we go too far down this rabbit hole, let’s get the two obvious uses out of the way: shipping containers make great storage lockers and moving trucks.


Storage
 

MSR storage pods aren’t your regular storage locker, and our containers are made with one thing in mind: keeping your belongings safe. Our shipping containers are as tough as steel – because they are steel – and their designs are made to be portable, delivered directly to your door. 

  • Weatherproof – our containers are inspected and maintained regularly to ensure no leaks are present.
  • Fireproof –Steel on its own is non-combustible. As long as you follow our storage safety guidelines, your storage container will be safe and sound. Here’s a quick summary of something we suggest to avoid storing: 
    • Chemicals of any kind
    • Aerosol canisters or any gas canister 
    • Food and other perishables 
    • Plants and other living objects
  • Pest proof – with a pair of steel doors and a lock your container is essentially pest-proof. If you’re worried about odours or insects, try mothballs or a box of baking soda.

You can rest easy knowing your stuff has four steel walls around it!

Moving How to Pack Your Shipping Storage Container

When we say a storage container can be used as a moving truck, you might think “what it’s going to grow wheels?” and in a way, ya it can! Shipping containers are made to be moved, and with our delivery and pick up process, you get the luxury of having your storage locker delivered and picked up. All you have to worry about is packing your stuff (unfortunately we can’t help here)

Renovations 
You ever want to revamp a room in your house, give it a fresh coat of paint and get some new flooring; it sounds excellent until – where am I going to keep my furniture! 

You could throw a tarp over your couches, maybe take over another room in your house for a week or have a storage container dropped off at your door. 

You tell our drivers where you want it placed and boom – instant extra space to keep your belongings safely out of harm’s way until the project is done. 

You can even keep your tools in there after your work is done for the day to keep it out of harm’s way (or your toe’s way), right on your property. Once you’re done, we come and grab the container.

Work Space

So you loved doing your renovations so much you decide you want to build a table, a workshop would be mighty handy right now. 

With one of our smaller containers, you can set up a temporary workshop directly on your property. You can store your tools and work inside the box to keep your house clean and the mess, well, contained.

Not a carpenter, no worries here are just some ideas of how you can use this space:

  • Artist space – from painting to sculpting, creating a work of art means making a few messes, let us help you keep the mess outside. 
  • Garden shed – keep your large items stored over the winter once spring hits grab that riding mower out of storage!
  • Temporary office space – it sounds wild, but it’s quite common. If you’re working from home in a full house, a quiet space to retreat and work is a must.
  • Temporary Gym – Missing leg day? No room at home for a home gym? This one might be a very niche idea but a home gym that utilizes outside…getting fancy.

Pop-up Events

This is the climax of the journey, how out of the big steel box are we thinking? Way out. Don’t knock it until you try it; pop-up venues are an excellent way for a smaller business to add a temporary location

Let’s break it down; a store needs at least two features:

  • A storefront 
  • A stock room

With a shipping container, you can either use the space as 

And it doesn’t end at a store, here are few ideas of how you can use a Steel shipping container as a venue: the venue for your shop or use the storage pod to keep your things safely stored and out of the way. 

  • Art gallery: pop open the doors, hang some lights and display your art – move over AGO!
    shipping container with doors open

    20 ft by 8ft with hardwood floors, your pop up venue can be delivered to your site and picked up when you’re done!

  • Wifi Hotspot – set up your storage space with a power source and a modem, and you’re set. Who would need this? 
    • Throw a video game tournament outside to have some fun with your community while getting to enjoy the sunshine.
    • Do you go to coffee shops without wifi? Here’s your chance to give your customers all the comforts of inside…outside! 
    • Drive-ins are making a comeback. Why not put one on for your neighbourhood? You can even use the container as the projector room too.
  • Outdoor Events – have a dream of having your wedding in a field? Use a shipping container as a venue; here are some ideas: 
    • The bar
    • Buffet Area
    • Coat Check
    • A/V Closet 

You’re only limited only by what you can think of, well that and the law. 


TL:DR

We hope we were able to get you to think outside the box, but for those asking, “why would anyone do this instead of X?” it’s simple – we do the hard part. At the end of the day, a shipping container is a room, and a Mobile Storage shipping container is a room we will deliver to you. That means:

  • No construction 
  • No permits
  • Temporary 
  • Portable 
  • Secure
We provide you delivery, transport and pick up the shipping container you do the rest. From storage to leg day, storage containers can be used for so much more than just store. Check out our other blogs to learn how we can make your next project a breeze and get your free quote today by filling out the form below.
Benefits of shipping containers

5 Benefits That Make Shipping Containers The Best Storage Space



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!