Moving with a Toddler

Moving is a pain, but everyone who’s had a toddler knows that they make everything even more difficult. They are past the immobile baby stage and not quite old enough to survive unsupervised for more than a few minutes. If your family move includes a little one, you’re in for quite a lot of work. But with the proper organization and preparedness, your family can move without unnecessary stress and wasted time. Here are some tips to make moving with a toddler easier.

Preparation

Proper planning is a lifesaver when moving with a toddler. Consider all of the details. When do they tend to sleep? Will they sleep in the car, on the bus, or in whatever other mode of transportation you’re using? How will they keep entertained while awake? Organizing your travel times around the toddler’s schedule can be helpful if doable. Prepare snacks and plan out meals. If you are flying on a plane, direct flights might be more expensive, but will limit the amount of time you have to shuffle the kids around at the airport.

Set Up the New Home

If possible, move some of your toddler’s belongings to the new home before you move them. Having a sleeping area set up is also great, especially after a long day of travel. If he or she arrives at a new house that already has familiar items in it, they will be much more comfortable there. This will make the process easier for them and, as a result, easier for the rest of the family.

Safety First

Also set up any baby-proofing that needs to be done at your new home before the toddler arrives. Cover the electric sockets and any sharp corners that are within kid reach. Don’t stack up boxes and belongings too high so that they can fall on a passing child. Set up gates and block doors to areas that small children shouldn’t access. Overall, make your new home just as safe as your old one before moving in the kids.

Entertainment

It’s often easy to keep a toddler occupied, since most are easily entertained. But when your family’s moving, it can be hard to keep a small kid distracted enough from the fact that they’re not home. Long trips with lots of downtime can be boring for everyone. Prepare plenty of entertainment for your little one. What works best depends on your toddler. Whether it’s music, books, or easily-portable toys. Tablets and smart phones can be a lifesaver these days, enthralling toddlers for as long as the battery lasts.

While you’re packing and unpacking, it’s important to keep the toddler out from under foot. Try to section off an area like a playpen with toys to keep them distracted.

Childcare

If the kid just keeps getting in the way and you can’t spare anyone in your family to keep an eye on them, or if you want to speed up the moving process, take advantage of childcare or a babysitter. Whether it’s a friend or a professional service, it’s very helpful to get the toddler away from the action. This lets the family focus on moving rather than child watching.

Medical Care

Small children tend to need more doctor visits than adults. Not only for checkups and vaccinations as they grow, but also for when they inevitably hurt themselves. Before you move, make sure your toddler is up-to-date on medical appointments. Notify the doc that you’re moving. If you have to change to another doctor after the move, look into new doctors beforehand. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to have a sick toddler without a pediatrician lined up.

Toddlers are at a fun and exciting stage in life, but they sure do make things more complicated for the rest of the family. Next time you have to move with a toddler, use this guide to make the process at least a little easier on everyone involved. If you want more moving tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one going over how to make it easier to move with a pet.

Avoid These Storage Unit Mistakes

Storage units have many uses. You can use them to store your things while moving or for temporary or long-term storage. From furniture to seasonal gear to clothes, you can store most household items. However, there are some common storage unit mistakes that people make when packing their portable storage container. Avoid these pitfalls by knowing about the issues before they happen. By properly packing your container, your belongings will be easy to find again when you want them later. They will also stay in great condition until that time.

Being Disorganized

Whether you’re moving or putting things into storage, proper preparation is crucial to getting the job done right. Plan every step of your move. Determine the best ways to pack and store different items. Get the right packing materials. Organize which items will be stored together and which need to be separate. You can also check out Porta-Stor’s blog on organizing the unpacking process. Without proper organization, the job will take longer, be more stressful, and might even end in broken stuff.

Improper Packing Technique

When putting items into storage, you could just dump everything into boxes. However, this will leave you with wrinkled, bent, or broken belongings when you take them back out of storage. Using the right packing materials and knowing how to pack fragile items is key to a successful storage experience. Delicate items such as dishes and lamps can easily get damaged if not stored properly.

Improper packing also leaves you without the ability to find a particular item if you need it. Make sure you clearly label every box that goes into storage so you can more easily unpack later.

Not Enough Space

Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that the furniture you wanted to put into storage won’t fit. Any good portable storage company will include unit sizes on their website. If you have large furniture or other items that need to go into storage, make sure you measure it and compare to unit size. Porta-Stor offers a variety of container sizes, and all of them are very spacious. Check out our blog comparing unit size with what can fit into them. For extremely large storage projects, such as moving a business, you might need to consider using multiple containers.

Storing Food

Most belongings from your home can be easily and safely stored in portable storage. A few things, however, should not be kept in a storage container. Even if a storage company provides pest control, it’s not good to store food in your portable storage container. If food is left or forgotten in a container for a long time, it can bring in rodents, insects, mold, and will start to rot. All of these problems can affect not only the food, but also the surrounding belongings. Some other substances should also be kept away from your storage container, including flammable, combustible, toxic, or otherwise hazardous materials.

Portable storage containers are a great way to get extra stuff out of your house for long or short periods of time. They are also a great way to move your belongings from one house or office to another. Just make sure that you follow these guidelines so that your storage experience is easier and all of your belongings stay in great condition. For more moving and storage tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here.

Shipping Container Schools

Resourceful and inventive architects have figured out how to use shipping containers as a building material for pretty much any kind of building. Yet another way they use them is for making shipping container schools.

About Shipping Container Buildings

Shipping containers are made of sturdy materials that can withstand a lot of pressure from the environment. A building made from them can be modified to easily withstand high winds, extreme temperatures, and moisture.

Buildings made from shipping containers are also very convenient. The pieces can be easily sent anywhere in the world. They are also cheap to transport, modify, and set up. The buildings can also be made from recycled shipping containers that would otherwise be left to rot.

Since shipping containers have been used to make all sorts of other buildings, it makes sense that they could also easily be made into schools. Here are 4 shipping container schools that have been set up around the world:

Waldorf School of Orange County

Costa Mesa, California

Waldorf School of Orange County was the first school in the U.S. to turn shipping containers into classrooms. Wanting to use sustainable, eco-friendly materials, they used 32 shipping containers to make 4 new buildings on campus. The buildings included more classrooms, a science lab, and other versatile rooms.

Fawood Children’s Center

London, England

The Fawood Children’s Center uses shipping containers in a unique way. They have set up 3 stories of interconnected classrooms and exhibits. The center is bright and creative. It caters to a variety of students, including 3-5 year olds, autistic and special needs children, and it even offers adult learning opportunities.

Shooters Hill College

London, England

The developers for Shooters Hill College appreciated the easy scalability of shipping container buildings when designing an expansion. It was set up in only 2 days! The expansion added 7,200 square feet of space to be used for classrooms and workshops.

Vissershok Primary School

Cape Town, South Africa

Vissershok is a bright, colorful school made of a single shipping container in a struggling rural area just outside Cape Town. Three companies worked together to build this school, using shipping containers as a cheap, durable, and easy building material. The school includes classrooms, gardens, and a play area.

If you want to see how people have made other kinds of buildings from shipping containers, such as hotels, hospitals, and farms, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs.