How to Pack for a Move Quickly

How to Pack for a Move Quickly

So you have just purchased a house or leased a new apartment. Just in the nick of time, because your other home sold already or your current lease is up next week! How can you pack in an organized way and pack everything that soon? It may seem impossible, but there are ways to get the job done and not lose your cool. Here are a few helpful tips on how to pack for a move quickly from Porta-Stor:

Gather All of Your Supplies

Before you start going crazy pulling everything out and throwing things around, take the time to gather all of your packing supplies first. Get a bunch of boxes, packing paper, and tape together and store them in an area that’s out of the way, like a spare bedroom or garage.

If you take the time to get these supplies sorted out first, you will find that it’s much easier to pack your belongings if you do not have to stop constantly to go out and get more packing materials. This saves you time and keeps you on a good schedule, so you can get moved when you need to and not get too stressed out.

Your Garage

As you start packing, you need to designate an area in your home to place the filled boxes as you pack them. That way they are not sitting in high traffic areas like your kitchen or hallway. A great place to stack the packed boxes is in the garage. From here, it will be easy to move them out to the moving truck or storage container.

If you are using the garage to stage your move, it means that the garage is the first area of your home that you need to pack. That way you have plenty of space to work with and are not packing up around all the other boxes. This tends to be an area that collects a lot of stuff anyway, so it would also be a good motivator to get it packed first and help you feel like you are really getting somewhere with the process.

What’s Up in the Attic?

For many people, the attic might be the last place you want to think about going through and packing up. As annoying as it may be, this should be the next area of your home that you tackle.

If you leave the attic for the end, you will be tired and worn out already, leaving you to just toss it all in a box and say you can go through it later. Think about it though: isn’t that what you’ve done every time you moved? The attic often holds the stuff you said you would go through next time. Well, the next time is here now, and if you go through that stuff early and only keep what you really want, it will make packing up the rest of your home that much easier. A weight will be lifted from your shoulders, and the unpacking process (and all subsequent moves) will be much easier!

Pack Up One Room Each Day

After you have tackled the garage and the attic, packing up the rest of your house will seem like a breeze. If you are planning this with a good schedule, you should give yourself a couple of weeks to get packed up. If this is the case, you can pack a little bit each day.

If you have less time than that its okay, don’t panic! Think about your home and all of the rooms you need to pack up. Make a list of importance for the rooms and start packing one room a day. If you set your goal on a single room packed up each day instead of a certain number of boxes packed, it allows you to stay focused on that one area until it’s done. This also keeps you organized as you unload those boxes into your new home, because it was all packed together depending on where the items need to be located.

You will also have a great sense of accomplishment when you wake up to tackle the next room and see several rooms already empty. Think of it as motivation to tackle that next room on your list.

If you have even less time, the same organizational rule applies, but you might need to pack a couple of rooms each day. Hopefully you have some friends or family members willing to help you out. Offering the reward of pizza and drinks at the end is always a great motivator!

Wrap It Up

Even if it’s not the gift-wrapping season now, it’ll sure feel like it as you pack. When you pack up each room, go ahead and set aside those breakable items that need to be wrapped up for safe traveling. You can come back to those later so you won’t break you rhythm of getting everything packed up in a particular room quickly.

Take a day after all of the rooms are packed and just go through your home and wrap up all those delicate items. Take the time to wrap the dishes, picture frames, lamps, and other fragile items. This may seem like a time waster, but you will be glad you took the time to do it properly when all of your items arrive at your new home in good condition.

If you want more information on packing breakables, check out Porta-Stor’s previous blog here. Also, no matter how carefully you pack, accidents may occur. This blog goes over what to do in the case of breakage.

The Kitchen – Your Final Frontier

Your kitchen is filled with all those gadgets, cabinets, and drawers. However, that’s not the only reason why it’s best to save it for last. The kitchen should be one of the last areas to pack because it is most likely an area you will still need to use most as you pack up your home. You will be using the cups and dishes, making dinner, and gathering there to talk about your day. It also probably contains the most fragile items that will need to be taken care of at the end of the process.

When you get down to the last couple of days before the big move, go ahead and pack up the kitchen. Swap out your plates and utensils for disposable ones. It would be a good idea though to keep out a few cooking basics with a couple of utensils just in case you want to cook one more meal in your old home.

Packing isn’t very fun, and there is bound to be some type of stress no matter how much you plan ahead and organize. Just go with the flow and try not to wait until the last minute to get it all done. Follow any or all of these tips that can help you stay on track and make your move as enjoyable as it can be. Now that you know how to pack for a move quickly, you can check out these tips from Porta-Stor that go over how to organize the unpacking process on the other side!

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Moving from House to Apartment

Moving from House to Apartment

There are many situations that cause a person or family to want to downsize their home. Maybe all of the children have grown up and moved out, or maybe the daily maintenance of a large house is just too much. No matter the reason, there are a lot of factors that come with moving from house to apartment. The first thing that will probably come to mind is “What am I going to do with all of this stuff?” Let’s go over some key issues to keep in mind as you go through the process of downsizing your home.

Consider the Size of Your Furniture

Most likely, not all of the furniture in your home is going to fit into the new apartment. You need to go through your whole house and decide exactly what you want to take with you. Some of these items will be easy for you to see that they will not work in the new place. For example, if you are moving from a larger home to a much smaller apartment, you will for sure see that your large sectional couch will not fit into your smaller living area.

Go ahead and measure the pieces of furniture that you are unsure about or you know for a fact you want to take. This way you can see what will actually fit into the new place and what will not. You might have to replace some items with smaller pieces, like a more compact dining room table or a smaller couch, based on the size of your apartment.

When measuring your furniture and new home, don’t forget to take doors, stairs, and hallways into account. It’s all well and good to have enough space for your old couch in your new living room, but can you actually get it in there? Some furniture can come apart into pieces for moving, but not all of it works this way.

Not Everything You Own is Going to Fit

The longer you live in a home, the more stuff you inevitably accumulate. The items that go unused get shoved in closets, the garage, or the attic. If you are moving into an apartment, you are going to have much less of this storage space.

This is the time to really go through all of these storage areas in your home and all the nooks and crannies. Start getting rid of anything and everything you know you will not need or use. Porta-Stor’s previous blog on decluttering can help your organize this process and goes over how to deal with sorting your belongings into things you want to keep, donate, or throw away.

Consider All of Your Storage Options

You’re already going through and cleaning your house. All of it. You’re already getting rid of the unnecessary items and extra furniture. Doing this does not mean you have to get rid of every little thing that won’t fit in the new place. If there is extra furniture you want to keep, sports gear you still use seasonally, or bulky family heirlooms you just can’t get rid of, by all means keep it! You will just need to find a good storage solution for all of that extra stuff. This is where it can be a good idea to consider renting a portable storage container close to your new home. Rented storage space can keep those bigger and more bulky items safe and secure while allowing you to store the smaller items at your new place. Porta-Stor allows for both long-term and short-term storage to suit your needs!

Get Creative with Your Space

Apartments can feel cramped, especially if you are used to living in a house. The space you have to live in, let alone store your extra belongings, can feel limiting. There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your small living space, and you can really maximize that space in every area from the kitchen to your patio area.

Remember to look up. There may be space to place shelves or hang baskets above normal eye level. This gives you vertical space while giving you room to move.

Remember to look down. There is often extra storage space at your feet, such as under a bed or on the closet or pantry floors.

Use the doors. You can often place racks on doors that offer more space to hang clothing, accessories, and other belongings.

Check out Porta-Stor’s blog here for more information on making the most out of a small space!

Remember Your Pets

As you get ready to downsize, one of the first things you should ask before you seriously consider a location is if they will allow your pets. It would be the worst feeling to get all ready to move in only to find that your furry, feathery, or scaly little companions are not allowed to move in with you!

As you are setting up your new place, remember to make sure that your pet has a secure and cozy spot of their own. The downsizing may not be easy on them either, and you want them to feel safe and comfortable.

Moving can be fun and exciting. It’s a great way to get a fresh start! If you are downsizing by moving from house to apartment, just remember to take it one step at a time and maximize your space the best you can. Some organization, measuring, and sorting will take a lot of the stress away from trying to shove too many belongings into too small of a space.

Shipping Containers for Farm Storage

Shipping Containers for Farm Storage

If you have ever worked on a farm, lived on one, or even just visited, you know that there is a lot of important equipment that needs to be stored. Unfortunately, not all farms have the necessary storage buildings on their property to hold all of this farm equipment, leaving the farmers to figure out how to store these things to keep them safe from theft and weather. Most farms are in need of more farm equipment storage, and many have turned to using shipping containers for their farm storage needs.

Shipping Containers by Numbers

In most cases, there is a high profit potential in the farming industry, and if these farms do not have adequate storage for both equipment and goods, they stand to suffer losses. Farmers have been on the hunt for better storage, as well as better transport. Many farmers have since found that shipping containers can do those things for them.

Proper storage is crucial on a farm. For example, if hay is stored in a barn, there is only about a 6% loss. If this same hay supply is stored on the ground with no cover, there is a staggering 37% loss average. Shipping containers come at a lesser cost than building a barn, but serve the same purpose while also being portable!

How Can Shipping Containers Help?

If farmers who lack storage space turn to commercial storage, it can be costly. As a result, many have found that shipping containers can be purchased at a lower rate and can be used for a multitude of purposes around the property. They can store everything from crops and machinery to even livestock if the proper preparations are made.

Using a shipping container alleviates the financial hardship with affordable rental costs and even cheaper purchasing options. These containers, with their steel structures, are durable and weather resistant. They can also be easily transported and customized to suit just about any need.

Shipping Containers for Your Farm Storage Needs

Using a shipping container for storage on your property has many perks. These containers give you complete and total control over the storage process. From maximizing your space to saving you money, there is not much that these shipping containers can’t do to help you out.

Modular and Scalable – You can create vertical farm storage with multiple containers as well as add or remove them as your demand changes.

Stable Foundation – These containers can stand on a variety of soil conditions and can be easily moved if needed.

Climate Controlled – There are many climate options available, depending on the storage container.

Wind, Water, Fire, and Pest Resistant – These containers are durable and resist all kinds of natural elements.

Easily Accessible and Easily Transported – They can be positioned in the ideal position from the road and the fields. They can also minimize transportation between buildings by being easy to move.

Many Farm Storage Uses

The possibilities are limitless with these storage containers and can be a huge help in many areas of your farm. From crop storage to using them as buildings for machinery, tools, and supplies, to even for altering them into livestock barns, shipping containers are great assets on any farmland. These containers are the perfect cool, dry place that can save you money and help you with all of your farm storage needs. They are great for large-scale fields and ranches as well as small family farms.

For more ideas on how to use portable storage containers to help on your land, check out Porta-Stor’s blog on how to use shipping containers while building a house!

Storing Holiday Decorations

Storing Holiday Decorations

With the holidays peeking around the corner, now is a great time to think about how you pack and store your decorations away each year. When you take all of your decorations down, are you in a rush to get your house back in order? Do you just start throwing things in boxes and hope for the best as you unpack them next year? Here are a few tips to help you make the best of your holiday storage and help keep your decorations neat, organized, unbroken, and ready to display next time.

Containers for Your Decorations

The first step to packing up decorations is to decide what kind of containers you will use. If you are storing them in a basement or a storage unit, one of the best options is to keep your holiday décor in plastic totes and bins. This will keep them free of moisture as well dust, dirt, and pests. They are also easy to stack, giving you more room in your storage area. Cardboard boxes work in a pinch, but do not offer much protection from moisture and pests.

Using a storage unit to house your holiday decorations may be a less stressful option for you, as it will free up space in your home to store other things or use that space for other purposes. It will also give you peace of mind knowing that all of your items are safe, secure, and easily accessible when you need them.

All Those Strings of Lights

Whether they’re for Halloween, Christmas, or another holiday, strings of lights are a pain to store. For many people, it’s a given that every year when you go to brighten your home, you will come across that dreaded knot of lights. Some will not work, others will be broken, and you will end up with a mess.

To save the time and stress, as you take down all the lights and get ready to store them, grab a few paper towel tubes or even empty (clean) tin cans. Simply wrap your lights around the tube or can and plug the ends into each other to hold them on there. This way, the lights can be stored standing up or stacked on top of each other, and you will simply have to unwind and hang them up next year. This also creates less of a chance that bulbs will get broken or that the wires will get stretched out or bent.

Wrap Those Ornaments

As you unwrap your delicate ornaments, there always seem to be a few that are chipped, broken, or dusty. If possible, you should try to keep the packaging that the ornaments came in, since these tend to be form-fitting and protective. That is not always possible, so there are some other things you can try:

Paper towels or holiday linens that also need to be stored work great for wrapping fragile ornaments before you store them away. This not only keep your ornaments safe, it also helps you store away your holiday hand towels.

You can also use empty egg cartons to store the smaller delicate ornaments. These keep the ornaments protected and can easily stack on top of each other.

Taking Down the Tree

Oh Christmas Tree! Artificial trees sure are pretty, but they are also a pain to take down, dismantle, and store. Here is a simple solution – don’t take it down. Really! After you take off the loose decorations, you can simply fold the branches in and zip-tie them to the stem of the tree. Once it is all tied up, simply place some plastic bags or a large garment or tree bag around it and tie it off. Storing your tree this way will take up less space in your storage area, as you can easily store your tree standing upright, and it will be much easier to cut some zip ties next year and just fluff out those branches instead of putting it back together completely.

Wrap Everything Up

You have already wrapped and unwrapped all of those presents, and we already discussed the fragile ornaments, so what is possibly left? Your extra wrapping paper, of course! What are you going to do with all of that used paper? If you know you will not use it next year, it will just sit and get damp in a garage or basement, or you are about to throw it away, why not instead put it through the paper shredder? Shredding your extra wrapping paper makes great packing filler for all of your breakable holiday decorations. It will act like Styrofoam filler and you won’t be wasting the paper, all while keeping your holiday decorations safe from breakage. You can also use it instead of tissue paper for packing bagged gifts!

Packing It Up Like a Pro

There are a few general tips you can follow as you pack up your holiday decorations that really go a long way towards making the decorating and packing much less stressful.

First, you need to do a basic purge of your decorations each year. It’s especially easy to want to hang on to any and all holiday décor, since the season is so meaningful. You need to allow yourself the freedom to toss any decorations that are broken beyond repair or simply get placed back into the box every year without being set out. This will make decorating more fun and easier next year, as you won’t have to deal with decorations that you don’t love while unpacking. Let the guilt go and get rid of what you do not use.

Next, you should set up a first out, last in type of storage structure. Pack and label the boxes in such a way that you can tell which ones hold decorations that need to come out first to start your decorating. After everything is packed, place those first-out boxes in the stack last. That way when you go to decorate the next year, you are not digging for what you need.

Another great organizing tip is to color code the plastic storage bins you use. Maybe get orange ones for your Fall and Halloween decorations and grab some green and red ones for the Winter and Christmas décor!

With these tips and tricks, you can get in good habits for going through and organizing all of those holiday decorations. As easy as it would be to just toss it all in boxes after the season is over, take a minute and think about the holiday season next year. Take the extra bit of time to set yourself up for success. Your future self will thank you!

If you want more storage tips, check out other Porta-Stor’s blogs, such as this one that goes over how to store lawn and other outdoor equipment!

Best Locks for Storage Containers

Best Locks for Storage Containers

Now that you’ve decided to use a portable storage container to store all of your extra belongings, you need to start thinking about the best lock that you can use to keep them safe and secure. Most locks will fall into two categories; a padlock or a combination lock. There are many locks to choose from between these two types, and before you decide, it is best to ask yourself a few questions first:

How Valuable is Your Property?

You could just bring in your old lock that has been keeping your backyard shed secure and use that, but you may want to consider some alternatives. While your shed lock works well on the shed right outside your window, you will want something more secure than that for a storage container that is not in view. While Porta-Stor facilities are secure, there is still a chance for someone to break in or vandalize your unit, especially if you are storing the container on different properties.

If you have made the decision to get a storage container to store some of your belongings, the chance that they hold some value is pretty good. Whether it’s pricey sports gear or sentimental items from your family, you want to keep everything protected. This is why a durable lock (not just that one from your shed) is important.

Where Will the Lock be Located?

Will your storage unit be inside or outside? You need to think of this as you choose a lock, because you will want a storage container lock that is tough enough to endure the outdoor elements. If a lock is not made for that, it can corrode over time due to moisture, cold, or heat, making it easier to break open. If your storage unit is outdoors, you will want to look into a brass or stainless steel lock. These metals will resist the elements better and last you much longer.

Types of Locks

Let’s go over the different types of locks out there, so you can make an informed decision on the right storage container lock for you:

Combination Locks

Combination locks have a set of numbers that must be turned in the right order for the lock to open. You can choose from a single-dial lock or a multiple-dial lock. Multiple-dial locks require the use of several combinations for the lock to open up, and most of the time the single dial lock actually offers better protection.

Single-Dial Combination Locks

This type of lock operates on a single sequence of numbers that need to be lined up on a rotating dial. These are typically opened by turning the dial in the correct sequence. When the correct sequence is used, you will hear a click indicating that the lock can be opened with a single tug.

Multiple-Dial Combination Locks

These locks use several rotating discs with notches cut into them. When the person that is operating the lock aligns the notches of the lock correctly, the lock can be opened. With the ability to better guess a multi-combination lock, it is less secure than the single combination lock.

It is usually best to use the multi-combination locks on things like bicycles and luggage and not on storage containers.

Padlocks

Using a padlock requires a key to both lock and unlock. They usually come with 2 keys. If you choose to use a padlock as your storage container lock, you need to be aware that the less expensive the lock, the poorer the quality of the materials. Using a poorly made lock will make it easier for someone to come and cut right through your lock. A good quality lock will have a harder shell and will have a double locking mechanism.

A high-quality padlock will require little maintenance and will be made of a harder brass or stainless steel. This is a great option if you have a storage container outside.

Handy Locks

These are the least expensive padlocks and are typically made with softer metal. The handy lock is not one that is recommended for use with a storage container, since they can easily be broken into. These are the types of locks that you usually see on gym lockers or bicycles.

General-Purpose Locks

A general-purpose lock offers more resistance to break-ins than the handy lock and is usually made of brass or stainless steel. The design of these locks offer better security and better protection from being cut open.

High Security Padlocks

Using a high security padlock means you are getting the most secure padlock you can find. It is made of the harder shell using brass or stainless steel. These locks have more pins inside the mechanism than most other locks, giving it the highest security.

Purchasing a lock will run you anywhere from $2 to $25, and some commercial-grade padlocks can run you up to $100. It can be worth the higher price if you want the best security possible for your belongings. No matter which lock you choose, just make sure you look into all options and purchase the best storage container lock for you. They all have their pros and cons, and there is sure to be one that fits your needs.

If you want more information on storage, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over the benefits of renting a portable storage container for events and parties!

Tips for Lawn Equipment Storage

Tips for Lawn Equipment Storage

Fall is around the corner, and the weather is starting to change. It’s about time to go through all your outdoor lawn equipment and get them ready to store for the winter months. Or maybe you are moving and have the task of going through your garage or shed and getting all these things ready to store and move. Either way, this task can seem overwhelming, since there are so many tools that are sharp, odd shaped, dirty, and/or heavy. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your lawn equipment is ready for storage and that you store it in the most organized way possible.

Declutter

The first step to simplifying the packing and storing process is to dedicate some time to go through everything and toss out what you do not need. If that hose is completely bent out of shape or those hedge clippers are dull and warped beyond repair, do you really want to bother storing those things when you know you will not use them next year? Of course you don’t!

This is the time to stop feeling bad about tossing out junk or donating any duplicate items. If it is something you did not use while you were keeping up and enjoying your yard this year, chances are you will not use it next year. Clear it out so you have the space to store what you will actually use. Check out Porta-Stor’s blog on decluttering for more information.

Organize What’s Left

Now that you have tossed out those broken tools and decluttered all your lawn equipment, you need to get everything good and organized.

Hand Tools – Place all of these items in a handled bucket, basket, or other easy-to-access container. This way they are all together and easy for you to find and use as you go to work in your yard the next time.

Long-Handled Equipment – These types of items should all be bundled together and do not necessarily need to be stored in a box or tote.

Attachments – Take the attachments off of your power tools and other complex equipment and store them separately. This keeps them from coming apart and breaking while moving around placing in storage.

Equipment with Engines – The first thing you need to do is make sure that gas-powered items are clean of gasoline and oil and completely dry. Give them a good power wash and clean underneath. You can also get some protective covers for the blades, and make sure all attachments are taken off and stored away safely.

Organize Patio and Outdoor Areas

By going through all of the things on your deck or outdoor patio, you will find things to discard as well as things that will need to be packed with your outdoor equipment. Do a quick walk through and look over of these areas. Be sure to clean and dry what you can and get it ready to store. This could include your grill, which you will need to make sure is cleaned up and protected before putting into storage. If you are storing your outdoor furniture with your outdoor lawn equipment, make sure that is also clean and covered to prevent damage.

Over time, things will need to be replaced and some will go missing, but if you take the steps to go through, clean, and organize all of your outdoor lawn equipment each season, you are less likely to misplace or break something. Remember to label your storage totes and pack it all in your storage area in a way that will be easy to access. When filling a storage area, consider which items will need to be retrieved first, and put those closer to the front.

As you go to store your larger equipment like your lawn mower and patio furniture, remember to make sure they are well cleaned, completely dry, and have good covers over them. Even though they are in a storage container or shed, dust and other particles can still get to them. The better upkeep maintenance you do with these items, the longer they will last.

If you want more information on how to handle fall storage containers, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Event Planning Storage Solutions

Event Planning Storage Solutions 

Whether you’re an event planner, you constantly get roped into hosting events for work or family gatherings, or you just like to help set up events for people as a fun past time, you’ve probably run up against storage problems. No matter how serious of a party planner you are, there are sure to be party supplies sitting all over the place. You need an event planning storage solution for all those tablecloths, centerpieces, and extra chairs! Let’s go over just how to store those party supplies so that you can be the most organized party planner around and have everything on-hand and ready to go when needed.

Store Your Extra Seating

From informal backyard parties to wedding receptions, if you are planning an event, you are sure to have extra seating you need to store. Whether it’s folding chairs or lounge chairs, there’s no way that your basement or garage has enough space for you to keep these extra seats. You also do not want to leave them outside to get damaged by the elements.

A great solution is to rent a portable storage container, where you can nicely stack all of these chairs and seat cushions. That way they will be out of the weather, out of the way, and remain clean, dry, and ready to use.

Tables, Tables, and More Tables

No matter the event you are planning, there is no doubt that you will need tables, and probably a lot of them. While you could just rent your tables for each event, over time it is sure to save you money to just have your own tables ready to use. You will always know the quality of what you are setting up and ensure that they are where you need them on-time. If you are renting tables for the many events you plan, it is probably because you have nowhere to store them!

If you decide to rent a storage container, you can easily store all of your tables in there. You will be sure that they are safe and secure. On top of that, you can also have the company move the portable storage unit to you next event’s location. That way you do not need to worry about how you will get the tables there or how you will get them back. As a bonus, the other reusable party supplies like chairs and centerpieces could be stored long-term in the container too.

Party Supplies

It probably goes without saying that with event planning comes lots of party supplies. There are only so many shelves and corners in your garage to hold all the serving platters, candles, and themed decorations!

Using a portable storage container to hold all of these supplies helps you ensure that everything is stored neatly and is easily accessible when you need it. Stacking the totes of supplies in an organized way can make it easier and less stressful as you look through them for your next event and helps you make sure they will not be damaged.

Pool Party Supplies

A pool party is a very specific type of event, but it is one that comes with a lot of large items that take up the most space in your home and can be the worst to store. Pool noodles, inflatables, and even deflated bounce houses are sure to be constantly in the way in your garage.

Using a storage container to house all of these big and bulky items will make it much easier to keep them clean, dry, and secure during the offseason when you are not using them. By keeping these types of items in a storage container, you will save yourself time from scrubbing them down, there will be less checking for holes or damage done from the weather, and (most importantly) they will be out of your way. Keep in mind that these items should be completely dry when you place them into storage to avoid issues with mold or mildew.

Sporting Events

If you are in charge of planning field days or track meets for school (or for friends and family), there are sure to be many things that need to be stored and kept safe until their next use. Placing a portable storage unit at the school or somewhere close gives you the space you need to keep those items secure and organized.

No matter what your needs are for the storage of your supplies, it is a safe bet that a storage container will help you greatly. Being able to store your tables, chairs, and other party supplies with ease will take the stress off of figuring out where to keep it all and allow you to focus on planning the best event possible!

If you want more storage tips, check out Porta-Stor’s space-saving storage tips here!

Storage When Building a House

Storage When Building a House

When you decide to build a house, there are so many things that need to be done. From buying the land to picking out cabinets (and everything in between), there’s so much to think about. But what about all of your belongings? Where do you put everything while you are building your new dream home? The simple answer is a portable storage container! Using a storage container is a great solution for storing your extra stuff while your home is under construction.

Storage Will Help You Sell Your Current Home

If you need to sell your current home while you are building your new house, a storage container is a great solution. You can store a lot of stuff as you clean out your home and get it ready to show. Box all of those extra toys from your kid’s room and all the knick-knacks on those shelves in the living room.

Simply clearing out some of your family’s clutter and personal items helps you get your home ready to sell and lets you go ahead and go through some of the process before you move it all into a newly finished home. This clutter removal is key for making your house look great and sell for a better price. For more info on using portable storage for showing your home, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here.

Storage Can Help With Construction Delay

When you sit down with your builders, they are always optimistic that the construction of your home will go right on schedule with no delays. But we all know that this very rarely happens. The weather never cooperates. Maybe some supplies are not delivered on time, or the wrong tiles are sent instead.

In the event of construction delay, if you have already sold your previous home, staying with a family member, a friend, or at a motel may be the best solution for you. But what about all of your belongings? If you use a storage container, you will not have to worry about your stuff. No matter what kind of building issues may arise, you will not have the stress of worrying about your belongings if you store them safely and securely out of the way in a portable storage container.

You Can Start Purchasing New Items for Your Home

If you are building a new house, you will for sure be needing new appliances, furniture, and other goodies. If you have a storage container, you can go ahead and buy those items when you see them on sale and just store them away. This way, that stress of hoping that couch is still there or that sale price is still good on that dishwasher months later will be gone. You can go ahead and get them now and check those things off your long list of to-do’s.

You Are Allowed to Move At Your Own Pace

When you take that leap and decide to build a house, you have also taken on the challenge of getting your current home ready to sell and split your focus between two huge projects. Staging your home for the buyer has a huge impact on the sale, and most buyers will not be interested if they walk into a home that is unorganized and full of clutter. Using a storage container to store your clutter, as mentioned above, is a great way to help get your home staged to sell. Since you can keep your extra stuff in the container for as long as you need, you don’t need to feel as rushed to get everything done.

Once you are in your new home, you probably do not want to just throw tons of boxes of stuff into the middle of the floor. Having a storage container with your belongings securely packed inside will allow you to unpack and organize at your own pace. You can leave some items in the storage container until you are ready to bring them into your new home, and you will not be tripping over boxes that you have no idea what to do with yet.

One of the best benefits of using a Porta-Stor container for storage is the fact that we will bring the container to you when you need it. We can drop it off at your old home and leave it there as long as you need. Then when you are ready, we will come pick it up and take it for storage at our facility or drive it directly to your new location!

Storage is a Stress Reliever

No matter your reason for needing the storage container, knowing that your belongings are secured and in a safe place while you build a house and sell your current one lessens your stress level. There are many sizes and options to choose from when you are deciding which storage container best fits your needs.

Whether you simply need more space or are using it to store belongings while you build your home, it’s a fact that portable storage containers are a great resource. The length of time you use it and the size you choose is up to you. Check out Porta-Stor’s guide to choosing a shipping container size here for more info!

End of Summer Cleaning – Put that Stuff into Storage!

End of Summer Cleaning – Put that Stuff into Storage!

The backpacks are purchased, and you are trying to find space for the new school clothes. Summer is coming to an end, and the air is getting crisp. Before school gets into full swing and the weather worsens, take these last few days of summer and go through your stuff. This is the perfect time to sort through the seasonal things you know you will not be using and make sure they are in their best state to store away until the warmer season comes around again. Get that end of summer cleaning done now, so you can focus on more important tasks this fall.

If you do not have the room to store unused items in your garage, attic, or shed, a great option is renting a storage unit. These units are perfect for storing seasonal items and will keep your home free of things sitting around that are not currently being used.

Things to Clean

Beach Towels

Gather up all those beach towels that are lying around. Give them a good wash on the hottest cycle that the fabric allows. Add some fabric softener to get out the chlorine smell, and make sure they are completely dry. To avoid mold, you never want to put anything away into storage wet. Place the towels in a clear tote with a lid. That way you can see them easily if you need to grab one for an indoor pool party, if it comes up. If you want to, you could even throw in a lavender sash or a dryer sheet into the container to help keep the towels smelling fresh while they are stored away.

The Grill

You may be someone who uses your grill with snow on the ground, and that is fine. But whether or not you will use your grill this winter, it’s still a good idea to give it a good scrub after all the use it got during the summer months. Scrub the grates and crevices until they are as clean as you can get them. Giving it a good thorough cleaning will ensure that it is safer to use the next time you get it out and will keep it in good shape for many more summers to come.

Outdoor Furniture and Cushions

Simply using some soap and warm water is a great way to clean up the plastic patio furniture that has been sitting out in the elements over the summer months. Doing a simple spot clean on the cushions will keep them in good shape for the next season and make them last better when stored over the winter months.

Pool Toys

Wash the pool equipment with soap and warm water first and then give it all a good soak with a mix of ¾ cup bleach and a gallon of warm water. Soak them for 5 minutes and let them air dry. Once they are dry, you can store them in a plastic container where they will stay clean and dust-free until you pull them out next summer.

Things to Store

Beach Supplies

Beach equipment tends to go along with the pool toys. Make sure all plastic toys are clean and dry. As you store these, give them enough room and don’t squish them together too much in the plastic tote. This will keep them in good shape until next year.

Summer Clothes

Before you start putting away all those new clothes for back to school, now is a good time to pull everything out of the closets and go through it. Check the summer clothes and see what still fits and what does not. Donate what has been outgrown and make sure what you are keeping is clean, dry, and ready to be stored.

Store the folded clothes in clear plastic containers or large plastic bags so the items are protected and easy to locate when you need them. Place a dryer sheet or lavender sash in there to keep the clothes smelling fresh and not like they were stored away all winter. You can also use wardrobe boxes for anything you want to store on hangers. This is also a good time to make sure that all summer linens and curtains are clean, dry, and ready to store.

Patio Furniture

Once you have cleaned your patio furniture, it is time to store it. Be sure and stack lightweight chairs seat-to-seat, and be sure to avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other to avoid warping them. You can also use dust covers to protect the patio furniture while it is being stored. If you are storing your grill, make sure the gas tank has been disconnected.

Bikes, Canoes, and Other Equipment

Wipe all of your outdoor gear down and make sure they are completely dry before you store them. You do not want mold or mildew to collect while they are being stored. Make sure that when you store these types of things, they are covered, even if stored inside. This will help prevent damage to any rubber or foam materials. These items should be stored on the ground to prevent breaking should they fall over.

Lawnmower and Other Lawn Care Items

A plus side to the winter months is less lawn care. This means you can clean and cover that lawnmower and give it and yourself a good break. Make sure the gas tank is empty on the lawnmower and any other gas-powered maintenance items. Give them all a good wipe down so they are ready to go for next spring and summer.

No matter where you decide to store these items, it is a good idea to give everything a good clean and make sure they dry well. Also make sure everything is still in working order, still fits, and is usable for the next year. From clothes to lawn care, using these simple steps will help you store your summer items with ease and less stress. A good end of summer cleaning session will clear your house of extra clutter and help you organize for the upcoming months.

If you want more information on storage and organization tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over some fun storage ideas for your home!

How To Store Evening Wear

How To Store Evening Wear

Whether it’s wedding season, a month full of holiday parties, or any other time when you need to get dressed up, it’s always tricky to store your evening wear. You went out and got yourself a new cocktail dress or suit for that work party, or maybe you’re heading back from the bridal boutique after getting fitted for your bridesmaid’s dress. Now you don’t know where to put the bulky, fragile thing so it won’t get scrunched up in the closet with your regular clothes. Sound familiar?

Yes, those suits and dresses looked great and you have the pictures to prove it, but do you have the closet space to store them once the event has passed? My guess is no. Both suits and dresses can be bulky and lengthy and get smashed by the rest of your clothes in the closet. So what do you do with them until the next round of parties or events start? Let’s go over the basics of how to store evening wear to avoid damaging your best clothes.

Sort It Out

The first step is to collect your evening wear into one area. Once you have all of it out where you can see it, really look at every piece. Be honest with yourself. Would you wear this again to any event or party? Did you even wear that piece to anything this year? For the past several years? Are there any pieces that are just worn out and you need to get rid of them?

Most of the time, you shouldn’t store clothing that you know you will not wear again. The only real reason is if it has very strong sentimental value and/or is a family heirloom. Once you have gone through each piece and separated the ones that need to be thrown out (or donated!), it is time to see if any of the remaining pieces need a good cleaning.

Clean It

After your party or event, the first thing you need to do is clean your garment. Whether it is a simple spot clean or you need to take a trip to the dry cleaner, the last thing you want to do is store away a dirty piece of clothing, especially if it’s evening wear. Clothes that haven’t been cleaned after use can draw in pests to the storage area. Make sure you know what type of fabric your evening wear is made from so it gets cleaned properly!

How Not to Store Evening Wear

Lets start with some evening wear storage practices that you should avoid:

  • Do not stuff your garments into plastic dress bags. The plastic can get damp and stick to the fabric as well as hold moisture inside that can ultimately ruin the garment completely. It’s also easily torn.
  • Do not store clothes in cardboard boxes. Using cardboard easily allows bugs or rodents to chew through it if you are storing it in a basement or attic.
  • If it can be avoided, do not stuff the garment in the back of your closet. This will lead to wrinkles and potentially damage the garment, especially if it has delicate parts such as beadwork.

How to Prepare and Store Your Evening Wear

If your only option to store your garment is in a plastic garment bag or even a large plastic storage tote, make sure you wrap it in acid-free paper or a bed sheet. Make sure to change the paper every 2-4 years, as well as wash the bed sheet. This ensures the best quality of the garment when you do wear it again. If it is an outfit you wear yearly, just take that time to change the acid-free paper or wash the sheet before storing it again.

There are fabric garment bags you can get that are a great, simple option for storage. You also would want to place in the bag or storage box near cedar wood and use mothballs, as these methods keep away bugs that love to eat right through fabric. There’s a good reason why so many households have cedar chests full of clothes and stinky mothballs!

If your garment has a lot of beadwork, it may be best to store that type of clothing in a box so that nothing get snagged on it while it is hanging in a bag.

Ideally, once you have your garment stored in a bag or box, make sure it is then stored away somewhere that has space and will not have anything smashed against it or placed on top of it. If this is not an option for you, the box could be stored on the shelf near the top of your closet or on a dedicated space on the floor. In a pinch, the bag can be hung in the corner of your closet, but try to give it plenty of space.

You can also purchase a garment closet that is made of fabric that can easily be stored in your basement, spare room, or storage unit. This would allow for multiple pieces to hang and give them room to hang loosely. I you are using something like this, just place acid-free paper in the bottom of the garment closet as well as a cedar wood block. You could also toss a lavender sachet in there to keep your clothes smelling fresh while they are being stored. Be careful with scented additions, however, since they can also draw in pests.

The best rule of thumb when it comes to how to store your evening wear is this: treat it just as you would seasonal clothes when it comes to storing. If it is not an in-season item and you have the space, store it in a location separate from your regular closet. This way you only see what you currently would wear, you give yourself some closet space, and your nice fancy clothes don’t get wrinkled or damaged.

If you take the right precautions, such as using acid-free paper and cedar and keep everything covered and dry, you can fit a lot of seasonal and evening wear in your portable storage unit for later use. That way, you know exactly where it is and can access it when you need it without it cluttering up your home. If you want more storage tips from Porta-Stor, check out this blog that goes over some neat tricks and storage ideas for saving space.