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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.
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!

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!