Beautiful Shipping Container Buildings

Shipping containers can be useful in so many ways: transporting goods, moving a home or office, temporary storage, long-term storage, and more. But have you seen the unique buildings that people have made out of shipping containers? Talented architects have done amazing things with this particular building material. The designs are sturdy, reliable, and cheap.

Finding it hard to believe that shipping containers can be attractive? Here are links to several websites featuring stunning examples of beautiful shipping container buildings from around the world:

Shipping Container Homes

Inhabitat features links to interesting shipping container homes and keeps the list up-to-date.

Digital Trends has a great slideshow featuring images of many different shipping container homes.

BuzzFeed shows 23 different amazing shipping container homes with both inside and outside photos.

Organics.org shows some great pics and also talks about why someone would choose to make a shipping container home.

Freshome includes photos inside and outside shipping container homes and goes into detail about the process to build one.

Popular Mechanics has a slideshow featuring many examples of shipping container homes and offices.

Shipping Container Restaurants

Inhabitat also keeps an updated list of links for shipping container restaurants.

Recycle Nation highlights the benefits of recycling shipping containers into restaurants, showing off several examples.

Adaptainer shows how you can use shipping containers to make convenient food stalls.

Container Technology Inc. shows off 5 awesome shipping container restaurants.

Marine Insight features 8 shipping container restaurants from around the world.

Prefabcontainerhomes.org shows off Perros Y Burros, an interesting shipping container restaurant in Mexico.

Shipping Container Hotels

Inhabitat also keeps up-to-date with the latest shipping container hotels.

Huffington Post goes in-depth about Snoozebox portable hotels.

Web Urbanist features 15 different options shipping container hotels.

Outside Online talks about their favorite shipping container hotel.

After seeing some examples of shipping container buildings, what do you think? Would you consider living in a shipping container? How about ordering food from one? Staying in one for the night? For other examples of what people can do with shipping containers, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here.

Tips for Packing and Moving Clothes

When you go to pack up your belongings for a move, there can be a surprising amount of clothing! From the closets and drawers to packed away seasonal gear, the combination of clothes from an entire family can be huge. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of clothing you need to pack up for your next move, check out these tips for moving clothes quickly and efficiently.

Organization

The most important step to getting organized for moving clothes is to separate them into categories. Your first task is to separate out any clothing that you no longer want to keep. These can be donated to your charity of choice or simply thrown away, depending on what you have. Keep in mind that you’ll need a bit of space to accomplish this step. Also, it might require each family member to try on some of the clothes to see whether or not they still fit. This is especially important for kids who have recently undergone a growth spurt!

After you’ve figured out which clothes you are going to keep, it’s time to further organize them. How you go about doing this step depends on what kinds of clothes you own, and how you will organize them in your new home. You might separate heavier winter clothes from lighter summer clothes. You might separate formal wear from casual wear. By organizing your clothes in a way that suits your needs, you can make it easier to put them away in the right places when you get to your new home.

Labels

In any organizational task, making good use of labels can be incredibly helpful. When packing up your clothing (and other items) for a move, label each box so you know what is in it. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to determine where each box needs to go in your new home. You can have one box for t-shirts, one for pants, one for workout clothes, etc. By knowing where the boxes go without opening each one, you will make your unpacking process much less tedious.

Leave them Hanging

Depending on your circumstances, the easiest way to move your clothes is to leave them where they are. If you are taking your closet racks with you on the move, you can move a closet full of clothes by simply removing the racks from the closet with the clothes still hanging on them. Similarly, you can remove drawers from a dresser with the clothing still in them. It’s often easier to move a dresser with the drawers removed anyways, so you can take out one of the steps by leaving the clothes where they belong.

Don’t Pack Everything

Moving takes a long time, so it’s important not to pack all of your clothes away when you still need them. Set aside enough clothing to get you and your family through the days of the move. You can put them in a suitcase or other type of convenient container. It’s super annoying to realize that you already packed something that you need when you’re in the middle of a move.

Storage

As with all of your belongings, sometimes the best thing to do with clothes that you don’t need for a while is to put them into storage. During your organization process, if you find that you have a lot of clothing and other items that you won’t need for weeks or months, consider renting a storage container. You can have it sent to your house along with a moving van, fill it up with the extra belongings, and then send it away for long-term storage when you’re ready. Not only will this get a lot of extra stuff out of your way during the move, but you will also know that your belongings are safe and secure.

Keep these tips in mind next time you are moving. With a bit of organization, you can keep track of all of your clothes and get them moved to your new location quickly and efficiently. If you want more moving and storage tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here!

Fall Storage Containers

Summer is over and it’s getting cooler out. For many of us, that means it’s time to put away some tools and other items that we don’t need to use until next year. While moving belongings around in preparation for winter, fall is a great time to clean and organize the house. If you have equipment that you won’t need for several months, you might consider putting it into a storage container to get it out of the way. Setting up a fall storage container will prevent you from having to cram all of your equipment into your garage!

Which Items Should I Store?

Seasonal storage is a common problem for homeowners, but what should you put into a storage container? Here are some of the common summer equipment that people want to get out of the way with fall storage:

Clothing – Clothes take up a lot of precious closet space. Get your summer clothes you won’t wear for months out of the way and into storage.

Lawn Tools – Lawnmowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and other gardening tools take up a lot of space.

Patio Equipment – As it gets cooler, people spend less and less time on the patio. Put your patio furniture, grill, or other porch equipment out of the way and protect it over the winter in storage.

Pool Accessories – After you drain and clean up the pool for the winter, there are several pool tools and accessories that are worthless until you fill it back up next year.

Sport and Hobby Equipment – Hobbies can take up a lot of space! If you have sports equipment lying around, such as ATVs, canoes, kayaks, or other bulky equipment, get it out of the garage and into a storage container. You can also store your motorcycle if you know you won’t use it for a while.

What Container Size Should I Use?

Once you’ve decided that you’d like to use a fall storage container, the next question is what size to get? At Porta-Stor, we have several options for storage container sizes, so you can choose what will work best for you and your storage needs.

Small Unit (12 x 8 x 8) – This smaller unit still has plenty of room for storing your summer equipment. You could fit most of your yard equipment and summer clothes into one of these units.

Medium Unit (16 x 8 x 8) – A medium unit has even more space for your equipment if you have more stuff to put away over the winter. You can fit patio and hobby equipment into one of these units, unless you have a lot of it.

Large Unit (26 x 8 x 8) – Larger units are about the size of a single-car garage, and can hold the majority of equipment. If you have a boat or other bulky vehicles and equipment, a large unit might be fore you.

Storage Features

Rented storage container offer several features that make it more convenient for you. There are different options available to consider when renting a fall storage container.

Access – Depending on your situation, you might want to either drive your belongings to a storage facility or have it delivered to your house. Porta-Stor offers free delivery services that will both bring the container to you and take it away when you’re done.

Security – Security is crucial when storing your belongings in a container. This is especially true if you are planning to store expensive equipment, such as boats and other vehicles. Each Porta-Stor facility is secure, and each storage unit is lockable.

Climate Control – Climate controlled storage units are useful if you have items that are sensitive to the heat or cold. These units are more expensive than regular units, so you should consider carefully whether or not you need this feature. Even without climate control, each Porta-Stor unit is resistant to heat, cold, water, and moisture.

Whether you have patio equipment, yard tools, or bulky sporting vehicles, storage containers can keep the clutter out of your garage over the winter. Keep Porta-Stor in mind for your fall storage needs. If you want further information about storage, moving, and organization, check out our other blogs here!