Storing Family Heirlooms

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Storing Family Heirlooms

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Many families maintain treasured possessions that are handed down each generation, becoming more sentimental and/or valuable as time goes on. However, when it’s your turn to cherish these items and keep them safe for the next generation, the task can seem more stressful than sentimental.

If you don’t have a reason to use these heirlooms right now, but want to keep ahold of them, you’ll need storage space. Maybe they can fit in a cabinet, chest, or spare bedroom, but not everyone has the room to spare. In addition, many family heirlooms are made of materials that are sensitive to heat and moisture, making the garage and attic less than ideal solutions. And if you live in an area that’s prone to environmental hazards, such as flooding or fires, you’ll want extra protection that your garage or basement can’t provide.

If you want your belongings to last for several more generations, you need to be especially careful when it comes to storing these precious family heirlooms. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at a few reasons why you would want to use a portable storage container to keep these items safe and secure and out of the way.

Your Location

If you live somewhere that has major seasonal changes, it can be hazardous to some family heirlooms, especially papers and photographs. Keeping items like these up in an attic space or garage that changes temperature frequently can damage them beyond repair. If you keep them in the basement, they could be ruined by moisture. This is an even bigger problem if your home is in an area that frequently sees flooding, forest fires, mudslides, or other risks. If you know that your precious family heirlooms could be in danger if left in your location for several years, consider using a portable storage container to store them.

Let’s take a look at the types of items that require special storage considerations and shouldn’t be left to a garage, attic, or basement:

Papers and Photographs

Paper and photos are some of the most delicate family heirlooms you can acquire, and require more care to store than most others. As time goes on, these items become more brittle and can be damaged by temperature changes and moisture or ruined by being mishandled. Often these heirlooms are destroyed before the family realizes there is a problem by being stored in improper locations.

Anything from your childhood report cards to those war photos of your grandpa will be damaged or even ruined if not stored correctly. Here are some tips to give you the best chance at preserving paper and pictures for as long as possible:

  • Before you place them into storage, take a digital photo of each item or scan it onto a computer. This will ensure that you have a digital copy, should something happen to the original over time.
  • Do not write on photographs in ink, as it can bleed through. Include documentation on a separate piece of paper.
  • Do not use paper clips or rubber bands to hold these items together. (These materials can damage papers and pictures).
  • Place papers and photos in acid-free envelopes or sleeves to ensure that they are as protected from damage as they can be over the years.

Fabric Heirlooms

Have you been gifted boxes of textiles and quilts from your grandmother? These heirlooms took a lot of time and care to make, so keeping them in good condition to hand down is important. There are better ways to store these types of heirlooms than in cardboard boxes or shoved into the back of your linen closet. Even the best-looking and sturdiest textiles can crumble to dust if they have been stored improperly.

As you prepare to store these linens and textiles, make sure you wrap them in acid-free paper and store them in acid-free boxes. Not only will this protect them from any substances that are acidic enough to wear away at them over time, but it will also protect them from dust and moisture. When storing fabric at home, it’s best to place them in a closet or cedar chest once they are safely wrapped up. However, if you’re worried about storing them in your home for any reason, especially if the area is prone to wildfires, floods, or other extreme weather events, you can always store these heirlooms in a secure, protective portable storage container.

Wooden Furniture Heirlooms

Furniture that’s decades or even centuries old adds charm to any home, but there may come a time when you just don’t have enough space to showcase these beautiful family heirlooms. So how can you store them to ensure that they’re safe and protected? You can check out Porta-Stor’s blog on furniture storage here, but the basics are to ensure that each piece is clean and dry before placing it into storage.

When it comes to cleaning wooden furniture, wipe it down with a mild dish soap and water. You can use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean inside the crevices. Then dry the piece off immediately, as sitting water can harm wood quickly. You can then further protect the piece by rubbing it down with some wood furniture oil with a clean soft cloth.

Once your furniture is clean and dry, take apart any pieces that can be removed. Take a complete inventory of the pieces and protect each one with bubble wrap. As you place a wooden heirloom in a storage container, make sure it’s covered with a soft moving blanket or other soft, heavy cloth material. This will protect the piece from moisture buildup while letting it breathe (wood naturally expands and contracts). Using a climate controlled storage container will ensure that the wood stays in the best condition over time and will be sturdy to use again when you have the space.

Antique Jewelry Heirlooms

Antique jewelry is a commonly handed down heirloom and can be the trickiest to store properly. All antique jewelry should be stored at room temperature and kept away from direct sunlight, extreme heat or cold, and frequent temperature changes. Wrap up those antique engagement rings and intricate brooches in soft microfiber cloth and store them in a sturdy box. Once you have these items safely packed up, place them in a storage container to keep them out of the way and protected. You can learn more about jewelry storage here.

Other antiques, such as dishes and trinkets, need to be stored in a similar fashion to jewelry. Safely wrap them in a soft cloth and place them in a sturdy wood or acid-free box. Here’s a guide on safely packing dishes and other breakable items.

Getting Family Heirlooms out of the House

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Whether you don’t have adequate space to store your family heirlooms or you’re fearful of burglary or extreme weather events around your home, using a portable storage container can ease your mind and keep your heirlooms safe. From wildfires to floods, there are times when you just need to grab what you can and go. When this means grabbing only the essentials, it will leave you wondering if all of those precious family heirlooms will ok once you return. Having these items safely stored in a storage container can keep them protected from the elements of the area and free of dust and debris.

No matter what you need to store or why you need to store it, the use of a storage container is a smart one. From furniture to jewelry, there are some family heirlooms that need extra love and care. A storage container will ease your mind, keep the heirlooms safe, and allow you to keep the space in your home for what you need, not what you need to store.

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Construction Site Storage Container Rental

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Construction Site Storage Container Rental

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When it comes to building construction, there are two major types: remodeling and building a brand new structure. Either way, the construction site is bound to need some extra storage space. Any construction requires lots of tools, materials, and other supplies. When remodeling a building, there can be preexisting furniture, appliances, electronics, and other bulky items that need to be moved out of the way in addition to the new building supplies. Any large construction project, no matter what type, can benefit from a portable storage container at the job site. Here, Porta-Stor will take a look at some of the reasons why a construction site would need extra storage and what makes portable storage containers a good option for any construction job.

More Time

If you place a portable storage container at a construction site, you will save the workers loads of time. Having extra storage on-site allows the workers to safely keep their tools and supplies nearby to access when each piece is needed. It will also keep these items protected from the elements. A portable storage container can store materials such as drywall, lumber, glass, and more. Instead of having to travel from a business warehouse location to the job site, the workers can just grab the supplies they need on a daily basis. This setup gives construction sites more efficiency, allowing the job to get done in a shorter amount of time.

More Mobility

Using a portable storage container at a construction site is a great way to keep the materials mobile. A storage container has the ability to be loaded up and moved wherever needed, despite its large size. You can easily move materials between warehouses, stores, job sites, and more permanent storage locations. This makes portable storage a smart option for your business, since your equipment and supplies can move from one site to the next as quickly as you do.

This perk saves you even more time in the long run. Knowing that your containers of materials can be picked up and moved to the next location will save you planning time. It will also reduce the back and forth travel time getting your supplies from one location to the next with a less efficient option.

Overall Best Construction Site Storage Solution

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You know that having what you need for your job right there on-site is your best option, but placing a permanent storage shed is costly and inconvenient when the job is over. By renting a portable storage container for your construction site, you’re providing a convenience that will save you and your workers time and money. The supplies and equipment can be easily and efficiently accessed and moved when needed. Portable storage containers are also a great way for you to ensure that your equipment is safe from the elements as well as thieves or vandals. They offer security and safety while providing easy accessibility for authorized workers.

Extra Remodeling Storage

If your construction site is for a home or workplace remodeling job, client convenience is a top priority. A portable storage container is a great way to not only keep a building owner’s belongings nearby during a remodel, but it also keeps building supplies close at hand. The container can be placed on-site, allowing for materials such as new cabinets or windows to be right there when needed. No more waiting on supplies to be delivered the day they need to be installed. These containers also maintain a level of security for the owners who need to have their belongings stored during the remodeling process.

Portable storage containers are helpful to everyone on a construction site. They provide extra storage space for construction materials and equipment while also providing protection and mobility. From building supplies to a client’s belongings, renting a storage container on-site is the best option for your construction site storage needs. Keep everything close, convenient, and protected while saving money and keeping the job running smoothly.

Appliance Storage Tips

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Appliance Storage Tips

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Whether you’re remodeling your home or office or need some extra storage while moving between locations, it’s important to make sure that any stored appliances are safe from wear and tear, moisture, and any other type of damage that might occur. Some are small enough to pack safely into boxes, but others are bulky and require more creative storage solutions. Appliances are not cheap and are often used daily, and storing them correctly will keep you from having to replace them as quickly. Keep your belongings in good working order by following Porta-Stor’s dos and don’ts when it comes to appliance storage!

Clean Your Appliances

No matter what type of appliance you need to store, there’s a crucial first step to take before packing it up: make sure that it’s completely clean, both inside and out. Run a hot cycle with soap, vinegar, or bleach through appliances such as washing machines, coffeemakers, and dishwashers before you store them. Run a hot cycle through your dryer as well. You will also want to scrub clean your refrigerator, deep freezer, and oven before you store them. Check the manual for each appliance if you have questions about how to safely and properly clean them. After washing an appliance and before packing it up, dry it out completely. If you don’t take the time to fully clean and dry your appliances before putting them into storage, they could develop a foul smell and any grime left on the surface will harden and become much more difficult to clean when you get it back.

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Deodorize Your Appliances

Once your appliances are clean, they are ready to be packed away. However, there are a few more steps you can take to keep bad odors from developing inside. For appliances such as your dryer, washer, refrigerator, and microwave, leave the doors slightly ajar once they have been placed in their storage location. This helps prevent the stale smell that can get trapped inside over time. Along with keeping those doors slightly ajar, you can also place a small disc of coffee grounds or baking soda inside the appliances while they’re being stored. These two substances are great natural deodorizers that can help keep that sour smell away.

Safely Store Your Appliances

Once you have your appliances clean, dry, deodorized, and ready to be stored, the next step is to store them safely and securely. Disconnect all hoses and cords that can be removed from the appliance and store them safely inside the appliance or in a clearly labeled container nearby. If any cords or hoses cannot be disconnected, roll them up and tape them down to the appliance. This will ensure that they won’t get damaged while being moved around. When organizing your storage container, stand your appliances upright. Once in place, cover them with a protective plastic sheet or moving blanket. This will keep them free of dust and debris and make them less likely to get scratched or dented. Don’t place heavy appliances on top of other items such as furniture, and make sure that everything is stable and will not tip over easily.

No matter how long you need to store your appliances, it’s important to go through all of the steps listed above. This will ensure that they stay clean, safe, and ready to install back into your building when needed. Appliances are an investment to protect, and there are ways to store them that will keep them in great condition.

How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

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How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

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There are many reasons why you might need to utilize a portable storage container this year. It could be to store your furniture while you renovate your building, to free up some space for all of your seasonal sports gear, or to provide extra storage space on-site for your construction company. Whatever the reason, one problem remains the same: to maximize your storage space.

As you put your belongings into a portable storage container, the way you pack is important for providing the most extra storage space while keeping your belongings secure and undamaged. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at how to pack your portable storage container the right way!

How to Pack with Portable Shelving

If you’re storing small boxes or loose items that won’t stack easily, you should consider adding some shelving to the walls of your storage container. These shelving units are sturdy and take up minimal space within the container, while providing a lot of extra room to store those boxes and smaller items. Porta-Stor containers have the option of including a sturdy racking system that allows for easy installation of shelves.

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As you pack and store these boxes on shelves, make sure they are clearly labeled. The labels should be placed where you can see them once the box is placed. This keeps your storage container organized and your items easily accessible.

How to Pack from the Ceiling

If you have seasonal clothing, sports gear, costumes, or other clothes that need to be stored away, it’s easy to install some hanging rods from the ceiling of a storage container. This system allows for maximum space usage from the top down. It will also help keep your clothing items clean and wrinkle free until you need them. For extra protection while packing your clothes, you can wrap them in clothing bags or simply use plastic trash bags that have a hole cut out of the bottom to poke the hangers through, then tie off the bottom end.

If you have more space up high in your storage container, you can use sturdy hooks and shelving to house larger items, such as bicycles, lawn equipment, or larger boxes and totes. Maximizing that upper space will give you more room to move around in the storage container as well as create more storage space below for other items you need to access more frequently.

How to Pack with Vacuum Storage Bags

If you have a large amount of linens, clothing, stuffed animals, or other soft items that would take up a huge amount of space by being stored in boxes, invest in some space-saving storage bags that can be vacuum-sealed. Using these types of bags for linens and clothing helps protect them from dust, moisture, and bugs while significantly reducing the amount of space they take up. They are a great space saver for storing on shelves and inside larger boxes, taking up less storage space for your other belongings.

How to Pack Furniture

As you prepare your furniture for your storage container, there are a few steps to take to make sure it stays in great condition. The first step is to carefully clean and dry the furniture.

Next, you should take apart all of the pieces that you can. This helps save space and keep the pieces from breaking during the moving and storing process. As you do this, remember to keep all the bolts, screws, and other small pieces together in a bag that’s clearly labeled with which furniture piece it belongs. You can then connect the bag to the piece of furniture or keep all of the bags in a small box that’s also labeled. This will keep everything in one place, so you won’t be stuck looking for missing pieces when you go to put that table or chair back together.

If you have furniture with large pieces of glass or mirrors, you will want to wrap them in large blankets or bubble wrap. This keeps them protected from breaking, scratching, or chipping while being moved and stored. Clearly label these pieces as fragile.

How to Pack for Access

As you place your items inside the storage container, keep in mind how often you are going to need access to them. Oftentimes, a storage container will be full of some items that will need to be removed before others. Keep the items you will access more often close to the front doors of the container, on top of stacks, and to the front of shelves. Also create an aisle down the middle of your storage container, so that you can have access to the items stored all the way in the back, should the need arise. You definitely don’t want to have to unpack half of your storage container in order to get to one box in the back! Luckily, the previous storage-saving tips can help you keep your container empty enough to allow for an aisle.

How to Stack as you Pack

As you’re stacking boxes, always place the larger, heavier boxes on the bottom. This keeps the stack stable and keeps people safe when they go into the storage container. Having the larger and heavier boxes on the bottom gives you a good base to build your stacks upon, and it can help you organize your packing process. Put items in the larger boxes that you know you may not need to access for a while.

You can also stack lighter boxes and belongings on top of some types of furniture, such as coffee tables, side tables, chairs, or other types of furniture that you’re unable to take apart. This gives you a good solid base and keeps the boxes up off of the floor of the storage container. It also helps you maximize your space usage. Just be careful to only stack boxes on top of very sturdy furniture and make sure that the stack is stable and won’t fall over. You also don’t want to put heavy boxes down in a way that might damage the piece of furniture.

No matter why you’re packing and storing belongings, if you follow some of these simple guidelines for how to pack your storage container, you’re sure to get the most out of the storage space!

How to Store Furniture

Some of the biggest items that need to be stored are a family’s furniture. There are many reasons why you might need to put some furniture into long-term storage, such as removing seasonal items that don’t need to be around all year or moving things out of the way while you renovate your home. Furniture storage is tricky, but there are certain steps you can take to make sure you store furniture correctly so that it’s secure and stays in top condition until you need to use it again. Below, Porta-Stor will provide some storage tips to help you put that furniture away the right way.

Know your Storage Options

Whether you’re in the middle of a home remodel, moving, or just in a transitional period, you already know that you need some extra storage space and are looking for your best option and price. As you look into all the possible solutions to store furniture, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you make a decision. Placing your furniture into storage can be pricey, so you need to be well informed before you make that final decision.

First, ask yourself why you’re storing the furniture. Is it for a short project? Are you saving it to hand down to another family member? Depending on the length of time you need to store furniture, it will determine the type of container you need. If you’re looking for long-term furniture storage that might last years, you should consider renting a climate-controlled storage container. This will ensure that the furniture stays safe from moisture or heat damage. A climate-controlled storage container is particularly good for wood, antiques, and upholstered furniture. On the other hand, if you just need your furniture out of the way for a remodeling project or a move, a regular storage container will provide plenty of protection and convenience.

Clean your Furniture

Once you’ve decided on the best furniture storage solution for your situation, it’s time to get your furniture ready for storage. If you just cram all of your furniture into a box, you might end up with damaged goods later.

Before you put anything into storage, especially furniture, make sure it’s clean. Wipe down each piece and clear off any dirt and dust. Should there be an odor on any of your furniture, it will travel to other pieces within the container, so it’s a good idea to fully clean upholstery before storage as well. Not only will cleaning all the furniture make it nicer to handle, but it will also help cut down the chances of growing any mold or otherwise deteriorating.

Take the Furniture Apart

After you’ve cleaned all of your furniture, you need to take the furniture apart that can be taken apart. Furniture to disassemble before storage includes some desks, larger bookcases, tables, and chairs. Not only does this step make it easier to transport the furniture to its storage location, it also makes it easier to store within the storage container. Furniture that’s properly taken apart and stored in pieces is less likely to be scratched or damaged when moved. When you do take it apart, put all the screws, nuts, and bolts into a ziplock bag and place it with the furniture in the storage container.

Protect Glass Items

If you have any glass-top tables or glass shelves, clean the glass, disassemble it, and wrap each piece in a protective layer to keep it from breaking or scratching. You can wrap the larger pieces of glass in either a styrofoam sheet or a large moving blanket. This keeps them safer from breaking and prevents those pieces from collecting large amounts of dust. Once you’ve wrapped glass furniture, properly label it as fragile, so everyone knows to be particularly careful with the package.

Keep Stored Furniture Up Off the Floor

As you set up your furniture storage, keep the ground dry and have something in place to help raise the furniture up off of the floor. This is especially true if you’re using a storage container that’s not climate controlled. You can use either wooden pallets or cinder blocks to lift the pieces off the ground. This helps prevent the furniture from getting ruined should the storage container flood for any reason. If you don’t want to use those materials, a large piece of cardboard or cloth on the floor is better than nothing.

Don’t Over Pack

As you start placing your furniture in a storage container, don’t try to cram too much together. If you realize you have more furniture to store than you planned for, you might need to either rent a bigger storage container or cut back the furniture that’s going into storage. Furniture can be delicate, and too much shoved into a small space will lead to scratches, dents, and other damage.

When placing your furniture into a container, the order matters. Store larger pieces towards the back of the container, and then place the smaller pieces towards the front, making sure each piece is secure and protected. You don’t want any items to be wobbly or unsecured, because falling over will cause damage to both that piece and the surrounding items. Thick blankets, pieces of cardboard, and other soft fillers between each piece can help prevent dings.

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How you store your furniture is important. If properly taken care of, furniture can last for decades or even centuries. You want to take care of these pieces, whether they’re family heirlooms or just cost you some hard-earned money. If you need to store some furniture for a move, a remodeling project, or just because you need the extra space in your home, keep your furniture clean, covered, and secure in a portable storage container. Taking your time to store your furniture properly will ensure that it’s in great condition when you go to place it in its new home.

Law Enforcement Storage Solutions

When it comes to police stations and other law enforcement buildings, there’s so much stuff that needs to be stored. There are also so many factors involved with how these items need to be organized. From paperwork, uniforms, and other police equipment to the belongings taken from people who have been arrested, the required storage space adds up fast. You might have heard about overcrowded jails, but there’s also a huge problem with overcrowded law enforcement storage rooms. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at some of the ways local law enforcement agencies can use portable storage containers to help increase storage space for a variety of items, whether it’s a temporary or long-term storage solution.

Evidence Storage

If you work in law enforcement, you know how important it is to properly organize, store, and take proper care of evidence. When the station gets busy, does the evidence room start overflowing? A portable storage container stored on-site allows for more space for collected evidence. Not only will the storage container provide much-needed space, but it will also help keep it organized and secure until the evidence is needed. Porta-Stor containers are fitted with hidden locks and can come with shelving installed. This extra space will help your police department know where the evidence is at all times and keep it protected, organized, and accessible until it’s able to be returned or discarded.

Long-Term Shelving

As an extension of the evidence problem mentioned above, oftentimes once evidence has been used in a case and is no longer needed, it still has to be stored for a certain period of time. This takes up a lot of space that could be used for evidence in new cases. Using an on-site storage container lets you inventory old evidence, keep it secure and organized, and have easy access to it should a case be reopened. Using on-site storage for older evidence allows for the more current evidence to be housed within the police department, where it’s even easier to access. Think of your storage container as a portable archive of evidence for your police department!

Based on the type of evidence you need to store, there are several options available. If you have evidence that needs to be kept at a certain temperature, there are refrigerated and climate controlled storage containers. A police department can use a system of different types of portable storage containers to fulfill all the requirements for the department’s various storage needs.

Another benefit of using a shipping container for storage is its mobility. Do you have a whole container full of evidence for a case that needs to be sent elsewhere? It’s already packed up and ready to go! You can also send the container into long-term storage off-site when the items need to be kept secure but don’t need to be kept around.

Document Storage

Although a lot of information is kept digitally, there’s often still a need for paper documentation. As with evidence storage, there is often a certain length of time that paper documents need to be kept. Paper and boxes take up a lot of valuable space, and it’s difficult to properly organize mounds of paperwork if it has to be crammed into a small storage space. Use a portable storage container to keep law enforcement documents secure, easily inventoried, and easily accessible when needed.

Equipment Storage

Arms, ammunition, and other law enforcement gear take up a lot of space. Using a portable storage solution for these items will save you time, space, and headache. A portable storage container allows for law enforcement equipment to be organized, inventoried, and kept secure while not in use. Same goes for ammunition, though this usually needs to be kept in a climate controlled container. Having your gear stored securely on-site makes it easier for officers to check out what they need while providing much-needed space within the main building.

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Personal Storage Lockers

Don’t have enough space to provide adequate personal storage for officers and other personnel? Having a secure space to place personal belongings and unused gear without cutting into the workspace will boost morale. An office portable storage container modified to hold storage lockers is a great solution to this problem! This will help keep personal items organized, safe, and ready for the next shift change.

There are many items that a police department needs to inventory and keep secure, from evidence to police equipment to paperwork. A portable shipping container can help with a wide variety of storage requirements that a law enforcement agency might need.

Want to learn how portable storage containers can help other parts of the community? Check out what Porta-Stor can do to provide the extra storage space needed by churches and schools!

Seasonal Sports Equipment Storage

When the seasons change, so do the sports that get played. As those seasonal sports switch out with the weather, what are the teams and organizations supposed to do with all of the bulky sports equipment until the next season rolls around? You don’t want football pads getting in the way of basketball practice, and you definitely don’t want gear to get damaged by being shoved into a small storage room. It might be time to look into using a portable storage container for those piles of seasonal sports gear stacked in the corner of your locker room. Let’s take a look at some ways that a portable storage container is a great solution for sports equipment storage.

Portable Storage Benefits

Portable storage containers provide several benefits that can aid a sports team. They are large and can contain a lot of equipment. Not only will a shipping container hold lots of gear, but it can also be easily moved wherever you need it. Have your equipment follow the team to another city with ease! They’re also durable, so they won’t be easily damaged by rough use while providing the security and protection you need to keep your gear safe. They can come in a variety of sizes with extra modification options, such as shelving and climate control.

Container Sizes

If you’re considering using a portable storage container, you have several options to choose from when it comes to size. Using one or more smaller storage containers allows for more organization and even greater mobility. On the other hand, a larger container is a cheaper, simpler option that lets you store a lot of gear in one location. As you store those items, you can put the gear you need for the upcoming season up front, rotating the sports equipment according to the schedule.

Storage Ideas for Sports Equipment

When you put that gear into storage, there are a few things you should do before closing up and securing it until next season:

  • Inspect everything to ensure that your gear is in good condition and safe to use for the next season.
  • Take care of any needed repairs to gear before you store it.
  • Properly clean all the equipment.
  • Do an inventory to see if you need to replace anything.
  • Use a clean sheet or linen to cover larger equipment, to keep it safe from dust, moisture, and small dings.
  • Store the equipment in an organized way and label everything.

Sports that Require the Most Storage Space

Not all sports need a storage solution, but there are a handful that use a large amount of gear. Coaches and players of these sports might find themselves running out of room to store their gear in the off seasons. Portable storage containers provide a safer, more secure way to store this stuff. Let’s take a look at which sports may benefit the most from using such a container:

Golf – Golf can be a fun activity for all ages throughout all seasons, but the gear is a hassle. Those heavy golf bags and clubs are bulky and awkward to store. Individuals tend to store this gear in their trunk or garage. This is okay for short periods of time, but they really should be stored in a climate-controlled area. If the clubs have too much exposure to the elements, it will decrease their longevity. A portable storage container is great for groups of golfers who want a centralized location to store all the gear away from their homes.

Soccer – Soccer is a sport with gear that will quickly overtake a garage or locker room. With shin guards, cleats, portable goals, and balls, the space taken up can add up fast. Unless you want to be replacing these pieces of gear each season, you might consider a temperature-controlled storage container. Protecting the equipment from the elements and away from the high-traffic areas will help keep it ready to use when the next season rolls around.

Football – All the gear that comes with this sport seems to be larger than life. From helmets and pads to practice equipment, there’s no way to properly store all of this stuff in a garage or closet. Using a portable container for football equipment storage will save you headache, space, and money by keeping it organized, clean, and ready to grab next fall.

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Snow Sports – Snow gear is usually awkwardly shaped and bulky. Also, depending on your location, it can only be used for certain times of the year, so it’s an obvious sport to make use of a storage container. Setting your skis or snowboard up straight in a storage container and keeping your snow suits hung up and covered will ensure that they’re ready to use when that first snow falls next year.

Water Sports – Keeping your jet skis, boats, and other water sports gear protected in a storage container will give you peace of mind that they will be protected from the elements until you’re ready to pull them out next season. Not to mention how much space this sports equipment can take up. Using a storage container will give you your space back in your garage and driveway while saving you money on having to replace the gear that got worn down from improper storage.

Making sure your sports gear is clean, safe, and stored properly will keep it ready to use at the start of the next season. Making sure it’s organized and clearly labeled will also let you know where your gear is at all times. Bring your team’s equipment along to travel for away games or keep it protected at home as long as necessary. As you transition to the next sports season, think about using a portable storage container to keep your gear safe and organized, so you and your team can enjoy the new year without the gear of last season’s sports getting in your way.

Don’t need sports equipment storage, but interested in learning how to utilize a portable storage container for other seasonal items? Check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Church and School Storage Solutions

There are many situations that call for the extra storage and protection that a secure portable storage container provides. You could use one to get your belongings out of the way for a home remodeling, to expand your business, or to provide extra office or storage space on-site.

In addition to these ideas, churches and schools in particular can really benefit from this type of extra storage space. Oftentimes these buildings struggle to provide enough space inside to hold the larger items that are only needed at certain times of the year or for specific events. These items might need to be stored nearby in a secure, accessible location. They might also need to be moved to other buildings when another school or church requires them. A portable storage container kept on location provides all of these advantages and more! Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that portable storage containers can provide a solution for many church and school storage problems.

School Storage Needs

Schools need to store a lot of bulky items for the students to use throughout the year. Often these items are only pulled out for a month or two and then placed back into storage. If your school doesn’t have enough storage space, this can be a big problem. Here are some of the types of items that can be stored on- or off-site for your school in a portable storage container:

Sports gear – With the changing sports season comes the need to store the previous sport’s gear until next year. Many schools don’t have enough space to store the larger sized equipment.

Extra Furniture – Schools require a large amount of folding chairs, desks, and other larger pieces of furniture, and there’s often not enough space to house it without taking up precious learning space.

Records Storage – Schools need to keep records of things for long periods of time. Those records take up a lot of space, especially since many districts have yet to completely switch over to digital. Using a storage container on-site will keep them secure and within easy reach.

Bulk Items – Extra textbooks, school supplies, donation drive goods, and other miscellaneous items need a lot of storage space until they’re needed.

Studio/Workspace – A storage containers could be used as an art workshop space, a robotics team workspace, and more. Not only does it provide the extra needed space to work, but it can also store the supplies safely until the next meet-up.

Extra Classroom Space – There are times when school enrollment outgrows the size of the school. Adding onto a school can take a lot of time. Until a more permanent solution is found, a storage container that has been modified into an office space can be placed on-site and used as an extra classroom to help hold the overflow of students. In fact, there are places that use shipping container schools regularly!

Church Storage Needs

Churches have a lot of the same types of storage problems as schools (and some unique ones of their own), including:

Seasonal Items – Holiday decorations and other seasonal supplies are only needed during certain times of the year. These types of items can take up valuable space that would have a better use without all the stuff filling it up.

Overflow of Furniture – Churches often host dinners and other events that require a lot of tables and chairs. A portable storage unit sitting on-site is a great place to house these items when not in use. Supplies can be kept clean, organized, and easily accessible for those weekly/monthly events.

Bulk Items – Churches also require storage space for plenty of other types of bulky items, such as linens, candles, books, and more.

Community Needs – Many churches have food pantries and host other types of donation drives. A portable storage unit on-site is a great way to store the food and keep it organized and ready to distribute. If set up right, one could simply open the container doors on days the food pantry is open and help those families choose what they need directly from storage!

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The rental of a portable storage container could be exactly what your local church or school needs to help deal with its space problems. It will help organize, store, and protect the items that keep the school or church running smoothly but take up too much space inside. Solve your church or school storage problems with a portable storage container!

Seasonal Storage for Every Time of Year

No matter the time of year, there’s always extra stuff around the house that needs to be stored. Holiday decorations, sports gear, seasonal clothing, and outdoor furniture take up a lot of space and need to be put somewhere out of the way. A portable storage container is a great option for storing all those seasonal items, since it not only gets them out of your home, but it also keeps them safe, secure, mobile, and accessible. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at some items that are best stored in a portable shipping container throughout the months when they’re not being used.

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Spring and Summer Storage

Patio Furniture – This is a big one. When the season changes and it’s time to bring out those comfy patio chairs and enjoy your outdoor dining area, you want to know that the furniture is in good condition and ready for use. The best way to do that is to make sure it’s stored properly and out of the elements. Whether your patio set is made of metal, plastic, or wood, it needs to be stored properly to ensure that it stays in the best condition.

Pool Equipment – When the time comes to winterize your pool or get it ready for the summer season, you want to know that your pool cover is ready to use without tears or weak spots. You also probably want to keep your pool floats, toys, seats, and other bulky equipment out of the way when not in use. Using a portable shipping container to store your pool accessories for the off season can save you time, money, and storage space by keeping these items in good condition, so you don’t have to repair or replace things left out in the changing elements.

Lawn Equipment – Storing all of your lawn care items in your garage takes up space that would be better used for your car or hobbies. These items are bulky and can be dangerous if left sitting around a high-traffic area. Your leaf blower, chain saw, lawn mower, and weed trimmer are all examples of lawn equipment that can be nicely stored and organized in a portable shipping container.

Fall and Winter Storage

Holiday Decorations – These boxes of seasonal decorations can get out of hand quickly. Using a portable storage container to hold everything from outdoor lights to fake plants will give you more space in your home for the rest of the year and help keep these items safe from being broken or getting lost. These items can easily be organized and accessible if you label and stack your boxes properly.

Seasonal Clothing – Using a garment closet inside your portable storage container to house seasonal clothes like sweaters and coats can keep these items clean and safe while giving you back your much-needed closet space.

Other Seasonal Storage Ideas

Sports Gear – Depending on the sport, the gear can be bulky and only in use for a small part of the year, during that sport’s season. Having an area in your portable storage container for sports gear will give you some space back in your garage and closets while keeping the equipment organized and safe. Hockey sticks, assorted balls, football gear, uniforms, and more can be organized and accessed easily if stored in a portable storage container.

College Students – When the school year ends and your college student comes home for the summer, do they return with a dorm room full of furniture and stuff? Use a portable shipping container to keep furniture, school items, and seasonal clothing stored away and safe so it doesn’t take over your home.

Rotation – If you rent or purchase a shipping container, you can set up a seasonal rotation of stored items based on when you’ll need them. This is a good idea for your seasonal outdoor items as well as your holiday decorations and seasonal clothes. Rotate through the current holiday decorations while keeping the other seasonal gear ready and waiting. This will help reduce your stress levels and increase your home space.

Every home could use some extra storage space, and seasonal items are the best things to put into storage. From sports equipment to seasonal clothing to holiday decorations, having a plan for your storage needs and storing your items accordingly can keep you and your belongings ready for every season of the year!

Shipping Containers and Global Trade

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Shipping Containers and Global Trade

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Globalization has greatly affected how many items are moved around the world. When it comes to global trade in the modern era, shipping containers have only become more important. They provide a lot of space, are easy to stack and move around using various modes of transportation, and protect the merchandise from both the elements and thieves until it arrives at its destination. Without a streamlined shipping industry, global trade would almost be nonexistent.

Shipping containers connect people, businesses, countries, and markets. They allow businesses and people to sell their goods on a scale that would have seemed impossible a hundred years ago. With goods being traded on such a large scale, we as consumers have become accustomed to seeing items in local stores from all over the world.

While globalization increases and global trade continues to grow at a rapid pace, it’s crucial to have our modes of transportation improve at the same speed. Can the shipping industry keep up? Let’s take a look and see what the shipping industry is doing to keep pace with global trade and ensure that those goods get across the oceans, over the land, and into the consumers’ hands.

Trade Values and the Shipping Industry

At least 60 percent of the transport of goods is done by liner ships stacked with thousands and thousands of shipping containers. Trade between particular countries mainly uses specific routes. For the larger routes, a particular path tends to host approximately 500 liner ships between ports. All of the trade routes combined add up to around $4 trillion worth of goods being transported annually. How many shipping containers are there in the world right now? Due to many factors, it’s impossible to say for sure, and estimates range between 5 to 170 million shipping containers. Looking at the numbers, the shipping industry is definitely flourishing, and so far it’s keeping up with the rapid growth of consumer demand for products from other parts of the world.

Landside Connections and the Shipping Industry

Once goods have been shipped across the seas, they have to make it to their destination. This means that there must be just as strong a transport system in place to get the goods across land from port to destination. Oftentimes, this location is hundreds of miles from a port of entry. This means that the shipping containers full of goods that sailed across the seas need to be loaded onto trains or trucks and moved across the land.

One of the major benefits of shipping containers is the ease of transferring them between different forms of transportation, from ship to train to truck. The continued efficiency of the global trade market depends on the efficiency of overland movement just as much as oversea movement and the ability to switch between the two.

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The Effects of Global Trade and the Shipping Industry

Unfortunately, there are downsides to greater globalization and increased shipping. The system is reliant on fossil fuels that are bad for the environment and leave the industry at the mercy of fluctuations in oil prices. Not only does the shipping industry need to keep pace with global trade, but it also needs to do so in a more environmentally friendly way. Fortunately, there are several ways to move forward with an improved, more efficient, and greener shipping industry. One major factor in this is developing ways to properly dispose of shipping containers on a large scale.

As long as consumers continue to demand global goods in their local stores, the goods will continue to be made and shipped around the world. The shipping industry needs to continue to improve its efficiency in transport to keep up with the growing global markets. One way the industry might improve in the near future is by adopting blockchain technology for tracking shipments and payments. Learn more here!