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.

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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!

New Year’s Resolution – Organize Your Home!

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New Year’s Resolution – Organize Your Home!

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When the New Year rolls around, many people make a vow to change in some way. There’s no shortage of resolutions to make when the clock strikes midnight. They might come in the form of getting healthier, being more punctual, or finally getting those little corners of the house cleared out. Below, Porta-Stor will go over some ways you can get your home more organized, from the closets to that pesky corner in the basement. With these tips, you can see this New Year’s resolution through and have a more organized home all year long!

Tackle the Trouble Spots

If your New Year’s resolution is to organize your home, you probably have a few areas that are particularly messy. As you set out on this task, it’s actually best to start with your most unorganized spots. These are the areas of your home that make you want to get more organized in the first place. It could be your garage, a hall closet, or that overcrowded kitchen cabinet – whatever it is, that’s the place to start your organization. This way, you’ll be able to jump in with more enthusiasm for the worst part of the process. After that’s been accomplished, it’s all downhill!

Focus on a Task

Once you’ve decided your first step, whether it’s organizing your clothes or going through the kitchen cabinets, make sure you stay on task until that project is complete. Don’t move onto the next task without finishing the previous one first. Sort through all of the items in that area and create a keep, toss, and donate pile. Then immediately remove the things that need to be tossed and donated to the trash or car and put back the keepers in the right place. Don’t leave the task half completed for weeks (or months), because you started cleaning another area in the middle of the project.

Keeping a list of the larger tasks as well as the smaller steps that need to be taken to fulfill those goals can help you focus and stay on track. Don’t move down the list until you’ve crossed something off of it. If you want more tips on decluttering, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Set a Time Limit

When you get started organizing a location in your home, give yourself a time limit. If you begin purging and organizing without a plan, you might end up overwhelmed and discouraged. Set yourself a time limit that works for you. This might be 15 minutes or two hours. Some people focus better in small bursts, while others need to finish a project once they’ve started.

During the allotted time period, purge, sort, clean, and organize the area. If it’s a small project, try to set a reasonable time in which to complete it. When you’re setting out to organize an entire room, give yourself a couple of days and spread out some time slots for each part of the project. Be honest about your process and how much time you think you’ll need, and stick to the time limits you give yourself.

Once the big trouble areas have been cleared up, give yourself a small time each day to declutter and maintain your home. Depending on your schedule, this could be something like 5 minutes or 50 minutes – whatever works for you and your space. Focus on a particular area, such as a cabinet, a shelf, or a closet. This is a great habit to keep throughout the year, so that you stay on top of your clutter and keep your home better organized and clean.

Add More Storage Space

During your decluttering process, have you realized that you need more storage space? You might be able to add some shelves in your garage or bathroom or add baskets to your linen closet. Adding this type of structure will help you keep your belongings more organized and easy to find throughout the year. The most important factor when it comes to organizing your stuff is to have a proper place to store every item. When things don’t have a place to belong, they end up as clutter.

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Still don’t have enough space? If you find that you have extra family heirlooms, seasonal clothing and decorationsfurniture, or other items that you want to keep but can’t find a place to store, consider renting a portable storage container. This can provide that extra space you need to get your home organized and decluttered once and for all!

How to Store Furniture

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How to Store Furniture

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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

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Law Enforcement Storage Solutions

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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

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Seasonal Sports Equipment Storage

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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!