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5 Downsizing Office Tips: Why You Need Onsite Storage For Your Business

Running a business is stressful. Of course, there is always the small day-to-day stuff that might add stress, like managing excess inventory or office essentials. But recently, there has been an increase in stress due to COVID-19 and the fluctuating regulations.


The pandemic has forced many businesses to adapt and to survive. Many small businesses have been looking into ways to reduce their monthly costs due to the pressure of the past year. Due to this, there has been a trend in businesses downsizing or moving, as many people have been working remotely or working from home. For many, this has meant having to consider downsizing their office space to reduce overheads.


When you’re growing a company; sufficient space for all your operations can be hard to come by. 


Whether you’re working from home, building a full team of employees, or seeking ways to cut overhead expenses, storage can have tremendous benefits in a number of ways.


Let’s take a look at 5 ways your business can benefit from using on-site storage.

1. Free Up Your Workspace and Declutter Your Office

A recent study conducted in the United States revealed that an average person spends one year of his/her life looking for lost or misplaced items and the average office employee spends 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking through their desks and drawers trying to locate important things.


Bottom line: clutter takes up a ton of room in your office or storage room and can create a chaotic environment. 


An office space should be a place where you can focus on your work; however, with excess clutter, it becomes more difficult to work productively. 


Storage is a core necessity for an organized life, be it a home or an organization. Portable storage units, in particular, are a great way to keep items and belongings safe while also being cost-effective, convenient and accessible.


On-site storage is the perfect way to deal with all that clutter that’s been building up in the office that you can’t just throw away.


That way, you can clear up some of that precious office space and keep your things close by for convenient retrieval whenever they’re needed. 

2. Reduce Operating Expenses

Most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to rent out a building or a part of a building to just store furniture or computer monitors that are not in use. 


You could instead use portable storage units that come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your needs.


Reduced operating hours, and reduced services mean reduced revenue, so businesses need to find a way to reduce expenses, as well, so they can keep their doors open and remain in business.


On-site storage can be a convenient way to store extra office equipment and furniture if you have had to temporarily downsize staff, or downsize your office space.


This way, the equipment and furniture are still there for you to use when you’re finally able to expand and grow again, which can save you a ton of money if you have to replace everything – and it will keep everything safe and in excellent condition for when you need it.

Storing your items also costs a fraction of the price of commercial property rentals, plus you have easy access day or night.


Whether your business is closing for good or awaiting more stability to reopen, portable storage is a great way to help maintain your inventory and supplies until they’re needed.

3. Seasonal Equipment and Supplies

Depending on your business, you may have a large inventory of seasonal equipment or supplies that take up a lot of space that you could be using more efficiently.


It can be expensive to replace supplies and decorations every season, and if your business has seasonal offerings, your inventory could drastically change from season to season.


On-site storage allows you to keep your seasonal equipment and supplies safe and secure while keeping them close by for convenient access whenever they’re needed.


Portable storage units will drastically reduce the risk associated with moving goods and items frequently and will ensure that delicate items are protected from wear and tear by not having to move too frequently. 


Your storage items have very little chance of getting wet, damaged from being moved around or being affected by any potential condensation, while they are stored.


4. Safety and Security

When it comes to your small business or home office, safety and security are of utmost importance. 


Realistically, you can’t afford to leave your valuable business documents, inventory and merchandise unprotected. 


That’s why portable storage units are equipped with premium safety and security features to give you peace of mind when you need it most.


One of the greatest advantages of portable storage units is the security that they come feature-packed with. 


While the storage units are being used, you can use your own padlocks to keep them under lock and key, meaning you will not have to worry about the safety and security of the items while they are stored. 


This is especially great for high-value items, confidential documents and agreements etc.

5. Streamlined Inventory Management and Equipment Storage

From retail to sales to lawn care to e-commerce, a wide array of industries encounter the need for more storage solutions. 


If you’re lucky, it won’t hinder your productivity or ability to work – but often, it can. 


And when you’re simply focused on the many tasks at hand, keeping your physical space organized is probably the last thing on your mind.


Some items that commonly consume space in commercial buildings and offices include:


  • Excessive inventory
  • Sales and marketing collateral
  • Tools and equipment
  • Office supplies or materials
  • Paper records and documents
  • Unused office furniture

Whether you have a surplus of goods or have to pre-order supplies, inventory, or sample products consistently, it can be a struggle to keep it both organized and out of the way. 


When your business grows and sells even more, that spare closet or bedroom likely won’t provide the most sustainable storage.


Using on-site storage is a fantastic solution to streamlining your inventory management and keeping your office space clean and organized. 

Final Word

No matter the contents of your unit or the length of time you will be using it, your belongings deserve the utmost protection. 


You can find the perfect storage unit at any one of our locations. 


Contact us online here or call 519-749-9331 to get started and see how on-site storage can help advance your small business to the next level!

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5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From a Mobile Storage Space

When your business grows, it’s only natural that the items you accumulate grow with you. Are you finding it harder and harder to find or make space in your business? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether you’re looking to make more space in the office or keep those confidential files under lock and key, you’re only limited to what you can think of with a mobile storage shipping container. 

Mobile storage shipping containers can be a huge benefit to a business in any industry and this is because of how versatile and reliable a shipping container can be when it is used as storage space! 

Let’s go through the 5 ways your business can benefit from using a mobile storage space. 

Short-Term Storage 


Are you moving or renovating? Or maybe the new distancing guidelines may warrant you needing more space – there are many reasons you might need an extra bit of space for a little while. 

When going to the office means following distancing policies, make sure you can accommodate your employees safely and quickly. 

That’s where a portable storage container comes in handy! 

Save yourself the trouble of hiring a moving crew, trucks, and a storage locker when you can have your personal, portable on-site storage space delivered to you. 

When you rent a mobile storage shipping container, all you have to worry about is:

  • Room on your property for the container
  • At least 14 ft of vertical space
  • Packing your items

We’ll take care of the delivery and pick up of your container, so you can focus on what really matters – running your business. 

Another benefit of renting a shipping container storage pod is having on-site storage space right on your property. 

On-Site Access 


When we talk about on-site storage, we’re talking about everything from storing documents to keeping your power tools out of harm’s way. 

A portable storage container provides a secure and cost-effective way for businesses to store expensive tools, spare office furniture, and archive confidential documents, such as tax records, right on your property.

If you work in an industry that requires fluid amounts of storage space, such as home decorators, realtors, or staging companies, portable storage with on site access could be the perfect solution for you. 

You can store furniture or equipment on your property, and it will stay clean and undamaged until you’re ready to use it. 

Our containers all come with walls made of 1.5″ steel and ISO certified; they’re fireproof, pest-proof, and waterproof. In short, they’re designed to be the best storage space that can take a beating, all while keeping your items safe. 

Renting a portable storage container is like having a vault delivered to your doorstep, and what you do with that space is limitless. 

Extra Work Space

What’s that? You’re not looking for more storage space? Well, what about more workspace? 

If you’re looking to prepare your office for social distancing, or just need some extra workspace, a mobile storage space is much more cost-effective than extensive and pricey renovations, making it a great option for a safe and secure office space. 

A quiet space to work in can be fantastic and can even help improve productivity, especially when working in a crowded office space, or even working from home in a full house. 

A little getaway office can be perfect for getting in some uninterrupted work hours. 

What kind of work could you do in an outdoor container?

  • Isolated office space
  • Recording studio
  • Workshop
  • Art studio
  • Maintenance Closet 
  • Groundskeeping 

All of our containers come with hardwood floors and can act as an office workspace. The number of options you have is only limited by your creativity, whether it’s a custom office or a work area away from the main office space that offers some privacy or extra room.

So, if you want to expand your workspace or the services you offer “in-house” (no pun intended), then a storage container could be an inexpensive way to get it done.

Inventory Management 


With the holidays passing us by, finding room for extra stock is a real concern, and with a portable storage pod, you can make sure all your stock is kept safe, no matter where or how long. 

It’s a great way to keep surplus supply under control and offers easy access when you need to replenish stock. 

If it doesn’t fit on your shelves or needs to wait to be displayed later, or, if you want to purchase clearance stock in advance at a great price point, but don’t have the room to store it all, portable storage could be the answer for you. 

Built like a heavy-duty vault, a portable storage container was designed to keep stock safe and secure while travelling long distances. 

While on-site storage is a benefit, if you’re unable or don’t wish to keep your container on your property, we can take it off your hands and keep it at our storage facility.

As long as everything is packed correctly and objects are secured, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings will be secure during their trip. 

You’re the only one with a key to your lock, so there’s no chance of anyone accessing your belongings. 

Travelling Storage 


Having your storage space delivered to you is great, but what about having your storage space travel with you? 

Suppose you’re a travelling business and are looking for a secure and dependable way to bring your stock with you. 

If you have a flatbed truck that can hold a container, portable storage could be the solution you’re looking for.

Landscapers and construction companies are often working in multiple sites and need storage for equipment and tools. 

Not only is portable storage convenient, it will also keep your equipment and tools clean, safe, and secure. 

Portable storage offers flexibility for businesses with changing job locations, security from theft, and can save employees and contractors valuable time if they don’t have to drive to a separate location, which is often inconvenient, to pick up equipment or supplies.

We can deliver the container to you and load it onto your truck. From there, you have a mobile inventory! 

Our containers come with hoops and hooks for you to tie down large objects with straps for added safety. 

That’s a Wrap

So, now that you know how a mobile storage container can benefit a business, you can fill out the form below to get a quote instantly to get you started. 

Check out our Practical Sizing Blog to figure out precisely what size of container you’ll need. If you’re thinking about undertaking a project but are curious about how our process works, this blog is a great way to learn what to expect when you rent a container with Mobile Storage Rentals.

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Practical Sizing Guide to Help Plan Your Next Move

“How much storage space do I need?” This question comes up at least once during any project. Whether it’s a move or a renovation, it’s nice to have the answer to “what size storage container do I need?”

While we wish we could know the exact size you specifically need, we wanted to help make your project as easy as it can be. So until we can read your mind, we’ve made a guide to help you plan and find exactly how big of a mobile storage container you’ll need.

How To Use This Guide

We’ve gathered the average sizes for many objects found in a typical business or home. Using our handy tool below, you can either calculate based on how many of an item you have or find an object of a similar size. So that custom desk may not be on our list, but you know it’s the same size as an average desk, give or take an inch.


Standard Table Dimensions (Inches)

Tables

Height

Width

Length

Bedside

26

15

19

Buffet

34

24

60

Card

30

36

36

Coffee

19

18

36-48

Conference

30

36

96

Dining

29

40

64

End

20

17

28

Hall

27

15

55

Kitchen

29

36

60

Picnic

28

36

72

Poker

29

48

48

Printer

26

22

26

Sofa

26

14

72

Workstation

26

30

48

Standard Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chairs

Seat Width

Seat Depth

Seat Height

Seat Height

Barstool

17

17

30

42

Dining, Side

19

19

18

36

Dining, Arm

24

18

18

36

Easy

25

26

17

31

Kitchen

19

19

19

34

Kitchen Stool

12

12

27

42

Rocker

20

26

16

40

Upholstered

30

26

16

Standard Chest Dimensions (Inches)

Chests

Height

Width

Depth

Lowboy (7” leg)

36

36

18

Tall Chest (6” leg)

54

36

18

Bookcase (Paperbacks)

38

36

7

Bookcase (Hardbound)

50

36

10

Blanket

24

36

19

Cedar

20

40

19

Buffet

34

50

20

Standard Mattress Dimensions (Inches)

Mattresses

Height

Width

Length

Twin (Regular)

6

38

75

Twin (Long)

6

38

80

Double/Full

8

53

75

Queen

8

60

80

King

10

76

80

King (Calif.)

10

72

84

The Facts

Before we get into how much you can fit into a shipping container, we should talk about a mobile storage container’s size and dimensions; for this example, we’ll use our containers for reference. Let’s break down the three sizes we offer and how much a shipping container costs to rent: 

10′ Container

$119/mth

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 10′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 9′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


20′ Container

$149/mth

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 20′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 19′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

40′ Container

Call for price

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 40′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 39′ 3/8″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


We offer three different sizes to rent, which means whether you’re storing extra office furniture or packing up your bachelor pad, we’ll have a size fit for your needs.

FACT: Our storage containers are all ISO certified, meaning they’re the standard for shipping dry goods all over the world. You can rest easy knowing your items are in the same type of secure container they were sent in from the factory.

All of our shipping containers are equipped with lock guards and are wind, water, fire and rodent proof. Your items will be in the same condition you store them in and include vents so that the container’s climate will never be a problem. All of our containers have hardwood flooring and handy hoops so you can secure your belongings, ensuring nothing shifts if you decide to move your container. 

One of the benefits of using a portable storage container is that you can choose between onsite storage or keeping it at our storage facility. No matter your choice, we ask that you have at least 14 feet of vertical clearance, ensuring overhead wires and other obstacles don’t prevent delivery. To put it simply, our containers are made to stand whatever challenge you throw at them!

Onsite Storage For Businesses 

A portable storage container makes a great all year onsite storage locker! A business can extend its storage capabilities with a portable storage container without worrying about transporting stock to another location. We bring the box, you pack, and when you’re finished, we take it back – it’s that easy. 

But what about if you’re looking to make more space? Depending on where you are, social distancing measures at work could mean having to rethink the office layout to accommodate for things like: 

  • people need to work 6 feet apart
  • Shields to be installed whenever possible 
  • no more than ten at a time 
  • easy to clean surfaces 

Instead of having to worry about figuring out what can be thrown out, why not save your office furniture? That way, you won’t have to worry about buying more once things get back to normal, and you can provide your employees with the option to work at the office safely! And don’t worry about storing electronics. Our containers are ISO certified waterproof storage spaces, meaning your electronics will be in the same condition as when you stored them. 

Construction Storage 

What if your workplace has items a little bigger than the typical office desk? Our shipping containers make the perfect storage space for power tools and machinery used for home renovations and construction.

Items like power drills, bandsaws and sanders can be stored in our containers, and you can rest easy knowing that they have tough steel walls keeping them safe. If you’re looking to keep your tools safe and out of the way, you can keep them at our storage facility! 

Once you’ve decided you want to store your container at our facility, our drivers will swing by and pick up your container. That’s it! As long as you’ve packed things securely, you can have peace of mind knowing :

  • Only you have the key to your lock
  • our containers are made of 1.5-inch thick steel walls
  • Are kept at our secure and monitored storage facility. 

Keep in mind, no combustible chemicals, batteries, organic substances, food or gas of any kind can be stored inside our containers. If you know the items you’re keeping need specific climate-controlled storage spaces for temperature and humidity, it’s best to find specialized facilities. 

Storage For Home

Now you might be wondering, do I need storage for my residential home? You’d be surprised by how much space you have, and while you may not be losing yourself in keepsakes, you could be missing out on some opportunities. Whether your basement, attic or garage is your current storage space, think of what you could be using those rooms for:

  • Mancave 
  • Study
  • Craft room
  • Spare room
  • Rental space 
  • Workshop
  • Gym

These are just a few of the possibilities you could be sleeping on, and a mobile storage container lets you reclaim your space. 

What’s best about using a portable storage container from MSR is just how versatile our service is. As long as you have at least 14 feet vertically to store your container, you can take however long you need! So , your home reno project can include a fresh paint job,  no rush required. And if you decide that you want to put things away but not onsite, we’re happy to take your items to our container storage facility. 

So What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you’re thinking about turning your shed into an office or looking to keep some things out of harm’s way, there’s plenty of reasons for you to use a portable shipping container. And don’t forget to check out our free packing checklist for a comprehensive guide to making your next move as easy as it can be! 

Were you thinking about using a storage container during the winter months? Check out our blog with seven tips to make your winter project a chill time. Are you interested in renting a storage container right now? Once you know what size of the container you’ll need, fill out the form below for a quick quote and start thinking inside the box with Mobile Storage Rentals. 

Packing Home

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!

Move your home at your own pace

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.

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.

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!