Are Shipping Container Homes Just a Fad?

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Are Shipping Container Homes Just a Fad?

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With eco-friendliness becoming more common with every passing year, the market for repurposing shipping containers into sustainable homes is picking up pace. While these homes are on the less expensive side and helpful in reducing the overflow of used up, abandoned shipping containers, one has to wonder just how long their popularity will last.

Are shipping container homes here to stay, or will their popularity decline over the next few years? Porta-Stor will discuss some of the factors surrounding that question below.

Ordering Your Home Online

The idea of ordering a pre-fabricated home is not new. Pre-fabricated houses have been bought and used by families around the world for decades. It’s the idea of a used shipping container being turned into a home that’s only just arisen within the past few years. In fact, you can order these shipping container homes already built for you directly from Amazon.com! And if you’re a handy person, you can also order blueprints and build a shipping container home all by yourself.

So what’s making the pre-fab home idea pick up more speed? Below are a few reasons why this trend may be more than just a passing fad:

Cost Effectiveness

With the median cost of a house in the US rising to about $245,000, it’s getting tougher for people to go out and buy a home, whether it’s for starting a family or retiring. Homeownership is an increasingly expensive move, especially since lenders have tightened the reigns on loans.

Taking a look at what it costs to build or buy shipping container homes, the prospects of building a sustainable home with less overhead than a regular house quickly turns into an appealing idea. Depending on the size and condition of the shipping container, it could cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500 on the initial purchase. There are also manufacturers out there who sell pre-fab shipping container homes ready to go, starting as low as $15,000.

With the adaptability and price of these shipping containers, the options are endless for all the bells and whistles you might want to add on to your home. All of this adds up to far less money overall than renovating, tearing down, or building a brand new traditional house.

Conservation is Cool

With reusing and recycling on many people’s minds, there is also a rising demand for more minimalist living. This method of living is growing in popularity by both limiting possessions and minimizing each individual’s effect on the environment. Shipping container homes require less upkeep, use less energy, and are more about function over fashion. With the cost effectiveness of shipping container homes and lesser impact on the environment, this new wave of homes seems to be here to stay for the environmentally conscious homeowner.

Mobility

Another factor that makes the shipping container home so appealing is the mobility that such a home offers. Many people find themselves on the move for work, family, or other obligations, so the ability to easily ship your home to a new location is a great perk. These are shipping containers after all, and that was their primary function. Imagine being able to lock up your home and ship it across the country to its new location with minimal alterations. What a great stress relief to not have to find that new perfect apartment or home for the next two years.

The Ability to Choose

When you start shopping for a new home, there will be certain features you look for, and it’s guaranteed that you won’t find all of those things in a single already-built home. That leaves you the option of building your own home in order to get all those custom features you want. That option gets very pricy very fast. If you choose to use a shipping container home, you can get all of the custom features you’re looking for in a house. You can easily update and change what you want in your home with less time and money than if you were to build and/or update a larger, less adaptable home.

Modular Living

Another benefit of shipping container housing is its use in larger-scale housing projects. There are examples of shipping containers being used for apartment buildings, student housing, homeless shelters, and more. These complexes are wonderful as quick, easy, and cheap housing options for areas that are struggling to fit everyone in.

Overall, the appeal of shipping container homes does not seem like it will be losing ground any time soon. The environmentally friendly recycling aspect and the ability to adapt and move the home on demand are features that people are seeking out more and more these days. If anything, it’s likely that you’ll be seeing more shipping container homes popping up as time goes on.

If you want more info on the process of building a shipping container home, from getting permits to planning the finishing touches, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

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Spring Cleaning Tips – Will You Need Extra Storage Space This Year?

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Spring Cleaning Tips – Will You Need Extra Storage Space This Year?

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What is it about the spring months that makes people feel like we to clean and purge our houses top to bottom? Part of the reason is that in many locations, there’s a rotation of seasonal items from storage to more accessible spots. From clothing and linens to seasonal tools and sports equipment, you may have many belongings that you don’t use in the colder months but will need in the warmer ones. As the weather warms up, it’s time to put away the heavy sweaters and big blankets and pull out the short sleeves and lighter linens. Open the windows to air out your home, and feel the warm breeze flowing in. What better time of year to lighten the weight of stuff in your home and get reorganized for the busy warmer months ahead?

Spring cleaning is a daunting task, and you can easily feel overwhelmed by the process. That’s why Porta-Stor has put together a small list of spring cleaning tips to help you get started, so you can get it over with quickly and move on to more exciting spring activities!

Declutter Room by Room

There’s no need to get everything accomplished in one day. Spend a week or more on the decluttering process, making sure to completely go through one room at a time. Each day, pick a room and go through everything in it. That way you won’t be left with a whole house in disarray until the job gets done.

Make sure you have three piles ready. One for trash, one for donation, and one for items to sell. As you clear out the clutter from each room, either put the item away where it belongs or put it into one of those three piles.

At the end of the day, take the trash bag out to your garbage can, and put the items to donate into your trunk to be taken away. This way, those items are out of your home, and you are ready to move on to the next room. Complete this process for every room and closet in your home until you’ve been through your entire house. You can read more about decluttering here.

Improve Your Organization

You have decluttered every room and closet, but now you need to go back through and make sure that every thing has a good place. For instance, do you seem to have a charger from some electronic device in literally every room of your home? Start creating places in your house for certain items to go, and make sure your family knows the new system. This way, you will limit your time decluttering or looking for something the next time you clean up. Completing this task for certain items is also a good way to get rid of duplicates or things that your family no longer needs.

Going Through the Storage Areas

Now that you’ve tackled the inside of your home, it’s time to go through the garageatticbasement, and/or shed. These are the places where larger items accumulate, especially seasonal ones or those you’re unsure of what else to do with.

The first step is to sort. Weather permitting, move everything out of the garage and onto your driveway. Pull everything down from the attic. Getting your belongings out into the open will make it easier to go through them, clean, and get the job done. This is the time to throw out those deflated basketballs, broken lamps, or anything else that’s no longer able to serve its purpose. If you have gear for sports your children are no longer playing, consider selling or donating those items. Get rid of anything you don’t expect to use again.

Next, place sturdy shelving in your storage areas if you need extra space. This is an easy task that can greatly improve your space and organization. Then start putting everything you’re keeping back in its place, so you can find it when you need it.

If there are just too many larger items that you need to keep, but you want the garage space for something else (like actually getting your car in there), consider renting out a portable storage container for those larger and seasonal items. That way they are kept secure, clean, out of the way, and easy to get to when you do need them!

Deep Clean It All

Now that you‘ve cleared out and organized all the nooks and crannies of your home, it’s time to clean, clean, clean! First, you should dust everything from the baseboards to the ceiling fans. Clean your carpets and floors, remembering the spaces under the beds and shelves.

Set up a box in your garage or hall closet that you can have at the ready for anything you want to donate throughout the year. This will help cut down on clutter and allow you to always purge things your family doesn’t need any longer. As the box gets full, take it to your local charity of choice and set up another empty box .

When You Need a Storage Container

As you clear out the clutter from your home, you may find that you have more things to keep than space to store it. It’s okay – you just need to use a portable storage container to hold some of your extra belongings! From holiday decor to your snow-blower, seasonal gear is perfect material for long-term storage. Sorting seasonal and larger, rarely used items into a storage container can free up tons of space in your home. Surround yourself with the things you’ll enjoy and actually use to make the most of your living space!

There’s no fool-proof, effortless way to spring clean your home, and not all of these ideas will fit what you need to do. The best thing you can do is take it at your own pace and clear out what you no longer need. This will leave your home clean, fresh, and organized.

How to Create a Professional Portable Office at Any Job Site

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How to Create a Professional Portable Office at Any Job Site

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When you pass by any type of construction site, you’ll see mounds of dirt, gravel, and loads of work trucks sitting at every angle while the earth gets dug up and thrown around. Even the dirtiest of job sites will be clean and beautiful when everything is complete, but until that happens, messy work still needs to get done no matter what’s being built there. Any job site is sure to have visitors come by to see the progress, talk to the people in charge, exchange paperwork, and perform countless other tasks involved in any business. But how can you accomplish this in a professional way while you’re surrounded by the open air, dirt, and heavy machinery?

No matter the job site, any one of them can benefit from having a small professional space on-site. Using a shipping container for this type of space is both cost and space efficient. It allows for a professional portable office to be placed on top of the bare dirt on the job site location. Below, Porta-Stor will go over a couple of situations where it would be beneficial to place a shipping container on-site to use as a smart, convenient meeting spot.

A Separate Workspace

If you’re working on-site at a construction area, you’re going to need somewhere to complete your office work, from phone calls to paperwork. What better way to create this space for yourself and the other workers than by converting a shipping container into an office space? IT, electrical services, engineers, managers, architects, and other workers will love the ability to use this area as a clean, quiet, and professional portable office space on-site. It will keep the people, electronics, and paperwork out of the elements.

A Meeting Room

Such a portable office is also a great meeting spot for you to collaborate with key developers for a project. A modified shipping container is a great spot to hold meetings for various reasons. Setting up an on-site meeting spot like this is a great way to maximize the efficiency of the builders, because they won’t need to travel to meetings off-site. It will also allow for investors to come to the site and see the work being done first-hand.

This meeting space can be a simple setup that’s complete with a boardroom table, chairs, and wiring for lighting and communications. You can add some professional finishes like putting up drywall on the inside walls as well as some flooring. Setting this up at the start of a project can be done fairly quickly and start serving as a great meeting spot just as the job site gets going.

A Showroom for Potential Buyers

One of the best ways to use a shipping container on-site is as a showroom for any potential buyers coming by the site. For example, if you’re working on a new condo development, a showroom becomes one of the best tools for building sales. This is especially true if the job site is still in rough shape, making it hard for the buyers to envision the completed product.

Setting up an artist’s rendering of the complex, as well as having information and samples, is an important selling tool. This showroom will give the project designers a space to present some of the details and finishes that would be included in each unit and allow the buyers to see floor plans, pricing options, and other important information all in the same place. An on-site showroom also gives the potential buyer an idea of the commute to and from the area as well.

These are just a few ideas of how an on-site shipping container could be used to help set up a professional space in no time. There are many other ways to make the most of your on-site space, based on you and your business’s needs.

If you want more information on portable shipping containers, moving, and storage, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over the best moving apps!

Store On-Site with Porta-Stor

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Store On-Site with Porta-Stor

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Many situations require extra storage space. Preparing for large gatherings and eventsmoving from one location to another, and making more room in your basementattic, and garage are just a few examples.

In these situations, you may have considered using a storage container but weren’t sure where you would actually be able to store the container itself. Luckily for you, Porta-Stor is here to help! For just $50/month, Porta-Stor will store your belongings on-site in their shipping containers. Not only can the container be sent directly to your door and taken away when you’re done, but it will also stay out of your hair for as long as you need! Here are some situations in which you may need to store something on-site at Porta-Stor:

A Bad Time for Moving

You’ve just bought a house and it’s time to pack up and move in to your new home. Your current home is already rented out or sold, and the time has come to get out of there. Hold on though, your closing date on your new home has been pushed back, and you still need to move out of your current place! This is a case where being able to store on-site would be a great option for you. You’ll know that your belongings are safe and secure on-site at Porta-Stor while you wait for your new home to be ready.

Your Job Moves You

Your boss calls you into his or her office and asks if you’re willing to travel out of town for a few months for a job opportunity. Sure you are, but what about your apartment and all of your belongings? If you need to be out of town for a longer period of time, but don’t want the cost of rent in two places, then storing your home furnishings on-site might be a good option for you!

Your Business is Relocating or Remodeling

If you have a business that needs to relocate to a smaller location for a while due to renovation or move, you may need to store some of your furniture, tools, or inventory until you get to your new permanent spot. Using the on-site option for storage could be a good choice for you and your business, as you move from one spot to the other.

These are just a few of the scenarios that may come up that could benefit from the option of on-site storage. It’s nice to know that Porta-Stor allows for you to use one of their storage containers at their location if you need to for a low cost of $50 a month. This is a real cost-saver when you start to look at many other storage options. If this is a solution you think you may need, give Porta-Stor a call today at 1-800-833-7744!

How Are Shipping Containers Made?

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How Are Shipping Containers Made?

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Shipping containers are built in a way that facilitates cargo transportation across the ocean in both safety of cargo and carrying capacity. These shipping containers are also helpful for the everyday person who uses them for storage for extra living or office space. The most commonly used shipping containers range from 20ft to 40ft in length, and some are refrigerated or otherwise climate controlled. Almost all shipping containers are made from steel and come with hinged doors and a closed top, as well as corrugated walls and welded rails on the bottom. This design makes for better safety for what’s stored inside from both thievery and the elements. Below, Porta-Stor will look at how these containers are actually made, and what makes this design best for everyone who uses these containers.

How Are Shipping Containers Made?

Most shipping containers are made from materials like steel, aluminum, fiber-reinforced polymer, or sometimes a combination of materials. There’s a process to the creation of each shipping container, and we’ll look at each step below:

  1. It starts with a large roll of steel, which is unrolled and cut into several sheets. This first step is done in specific factories that have the machinery to get this done.
  2. The steel sheets are then sand blasted and primed to remove any dust, dirt, or other contaminants.
  3. The sheets are then corrugated to help improve the overall strength.
  4. The roof panels and floor braces for the shipping container are separately made in a similar way.
  5. The sheets for wall panels are welded together.
  6. Square tubing is then welded to the top of the walls.
  7. Once this is complete, the floor panels are assembled to form a floor frame.
  8. The door assembly and corner posts are also separately prepared for the container.
  9. After the door and corner posts are prepared, they are then installed to the floor frame.
  10. Next is the installation of the wall panels.
  11. The corner posts, wall panels, and door assembly are welded together.
  12. Once those are welded, the roof panel is then assembled and welded.
  13. Once all the welding is complete, the shipping container is then primed and painted.
  14. The wooden frames are then varnished and prepared to go in as the bottom of the flooring.
  15. Once those wooden frames are installed into the container floor, holes are drilled to allow for the attachment of the flooring panels.
  16. After the flooring panels are in, the door hardware is finally installed, as well as rubber seals to create watertight doors.
  17. The bottom of the container is waterproofed as well.
  18. After all of this, the container is finally inspected to ensure water-tightness and for any other problems that may arise.

These shipping containers are used for more than cargo movement, and the need for them to be structurally secure and weatherproofed is just as important now as it was when they were only used for shipping cargo across the seas.

If you want to see some of the interesting ways people are using shipping containers these days, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that explores the exciting rise of shipping container street restaurants!

5 Things that Need Climate Controlled Storage

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5 Things that Need Climate Controlled Storage

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With warmer weather fast approaching, you may be starting your spring cleaning to get your home and outdoor equipment organized for the summer. As you do your spring cleaning and organizing, there are sure to be some things that you want to put into storage for later use to open up some more usable space in your home.

A portable storage container is a great option for homeowners who have belongings that are taking up too much space. As you’re researching which storage container to use to do just that, you should consider whether or not you need climate controlled storage. Without good climate control, these items can be damaged in your attic, garage, or storage shed. Below, Porta-Stor will go over a few items that may be damaged by storing them in extreme heat and humidity during those summer months after your spring cleaning.

Electronics

Whether it an extra TV, computers, recording gear, or another type of electronic, these items are bulky and hog space as well as create a constant spot for dusting. Plus all of those cords lying around are an eyesore! These are items, however, that you might want to avoid putting into a storage space without climate control over the high temperature months. Electronics are prone to damage when they are stored somewhere where the humidity and heat levels are high. If a non-climate-controlled storage container is sealed up with uncirculated air and extreme heat, it’s a good idea to not store your electronics there during the summer.

Photographs

Humidity is not good for photographs, and the summer months are full of humid air. If you store your photographs in a hot storage area over the summer months, they may stick together and deteriorate. To help keep these memories safe for years to come, make sure they are in a cool, dry area. If you can’t help it, look for acid-free, water-repelling photograph holders.

Books and Paper

If you’re cleaning out important old paperwork and books as you spring clean and you just want to store them elsewhere, it’s best to not store them in an attic or storage container that’s not climate controlled. If these items get stored in a humid container over the summer months, they may start to turn yellow, curl up, and become difficult to read.

Leather

Leather, moisture, and heat do not mix. It’s best to not store leather clothes or furniture in a storage container that will have drastic temperature changes over the summer months. If these items are exposed to too much moisture, they can mildew and become discolored. If there is too much heat, they can crack. Use a climate controlled storage container to avoid these problems!

Wood and Wooden Furniture

It’s very common for people to look into storage containers for those extra pieces of furniture not being used at the moment. More often than not, that includes furniture made of wood. This may include bed frames, tables, and chairs. When wood is exposed to hot, humid air and moisture, over time it will begin to crack, warp, and even rot. If you need to store wooden objects in a non-climate-controlled storage container, make sure they are properly treated to withstand the extremes.

There are many other things that should not be stored in a hot, humid storage area over the summer months, but these are the most common items that people tend to store when they want more space in their home. If you do need to store these items over the summer months, it may be a good option for you to look into a climate controlled storage container to make sure they stay in good shape while they are being stored.

If you want more storage or moving tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over some of the current best apps for moving!

The Type of Metal Used For Shipping Containers

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The Type of Metal Used For Shipping Containers

Sheet Metal Used For Shipping Containers

When you think about the weather and elements that a shipping container is subjected to, it’s a wonder that they are still standing. From local weather based on location to being stacked on boats and shipped across the salt water seas, what makes these shipping containers so durable? Well it comes down to the type of steel that’s used to build them. Here Porta-Stor will take a closer look at all of the factors that make shipping container steel the best option and how it came to be.

COR-TEN Steel

COR-TEN is United States Steel’s trademark for their created brand of weathering steel. The COR stands for ‘corrosion resistant’ and the TEN stands for the ‘tensile strength.’ The metals that are contained within this type of steel are usually iron, copper, manganese, nickel, and chromium. There are also other elements in this steel that are not metals, such as carbon, sulfur, and silicon.

COR-TEN is also the steel that is used on bridge towers as well as rail care and even outdoor sculptures.

So why is this material important, and why is it a better option than the steel shipping containers that are meant for a one-trip-lifespan across the sea? It’s created out of a chemical makeup that, when exposed to the elements, allows for a slower process of rusting, and the rust that does form will adhere to the surface of the steel instead of eat into it.

COR-TEN Steel on Shipping Containers

When a new shipping container is built, the first line of defense applied to this steel is a solid coat of marine-grade paint. This gives the container an extra line of protection from being banged around on a cargo ship or truck. As this paint starts to wear thin over time, the properties of the steel itself will then form a second layer of defense.

This is where that thin layer of rust comes into play. It can actually help give a new layer of protection to the container and will help slow the process of completely rusting out. This layer that comes out after the paint wears thin now acts as an anti-rusting patina for the container.

How To Protect Your Shipping/Storage Container

If you’re using a shipping container for a storage unit or some other purpose, you are sure to want an extended life for it. To accomplish that, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure that you can use your shipping container for years to come. You need to first remember that COR-TEN steel is not rust-proof.  It will slowly corrode. Pay attention to any pockets or dents in the container. You do not want water to speed up the oxidation process of the steel. Also, you should make sure to pay attention to the welding seams of the container and keep an extra coat of outdoor paint applied to them. This paint will act as a sealer over any small cracks or chips that you may not be able to see.

Your container needs to undergo a regular process of getting wet and then drying for its rust layer to do its job and prolong the life of your container. That’s why it’s important to check crevices and welded spots to make sure they are always dry, free of dirt, and sealed with a rustolium/outdoor paint, so more damaging rust spots don’t form.

If you want more information on shipping containers, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over how to expand your business using containers!

The Top 10 Best Apps For Helping You Move

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The Top 10 Best Apps For Helping You Move

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Moving. It is stressful and can get messy very fast. Lucky for you there is a wave of technology and apps to help you ease the stress of moving. There are moving apps for everything from downsizing to getting settled into your new home. Below we will take a look at the top 10 best apps to help you move and when its the best time to download them to your smartphone.

Moving Day Apps To Help You Downsize

ThredUP: This app allows you to clean out your closet of the clothes you no longer wear and do not want the hassle of moving. ThredUP will send you a huge plastic bag complete with prepaid return shipping. All you need to do once you get the bag is fill it up with all those clothes you do not want, just make sure they are still in good condition. After the bag is full simply send it back to ThredUp and they will buy the stuff they want and donate the rest. Bonus: this saves you a trip to goodwill and you make some cash in the process.

Letgo: This Craigslist style app allows you to quickly sell unwanted furniture, technology and toys. You can sell as localized as you want to and connect with both buyers and sellers so you can clear out the extra clutter fast. The bonus here is you can also make some cash in the process while clearing out your home to pack what you know you will actually use.

Best Apps To Help You Organize As You Pack Up

Sortly: This app is an innovative moving checklist. It allows you to take a total inventory of your home room for room before you start your packing. Just take a photo of each item and organize them into categories, and quickly know exactly what items are in your home. Now as you pack you can assign each item to a certain box and create a QR code label for all your boxes. Doing this will make it easy to locate all of these items once they arrive in your new home. You can now easily scan a code on the box and see what is inside instead of taking extra time to open each box and dig through it looking for something. This is also a helpful app if you are planning on placing some of your boxes in a storage unit.

MyMove: Now that you are ready to pack this app will help you create a timeline of up to eight weeks before your move. Along with helping you stay focused on weekly tasks, it also provides reviews of different moving companies and obtain free quotes. This is an app that has a focus on those using professional movers rather than those that want to do the move themselves.

Moving Checklist Pro: This is exactly as it says. It is an app with built-in lists that give you people to contact during your move and things you need to do during your move. It allows you to color code your action items so you can see your progress as well as lets you set priorities for certain things on your list. You are also able to customize your own lists and categories to fit the list to your particular move.

Unpakt: If you are hiring movers this is a great moving app for you. This apps allows you to not only book the movers right from the app but you can mange and pay for your move all in the same place as well. This stops you from the long drawn out task of calling several moving companies and asking for quotes. Here you simply enter your moving details and see a list of various moving prices from several cities across 37 states.

Move Advisor: This is an app that has the features of all the above apps combined. It tracks your home inventory, finds movers, creates a timeline for your move and can get free moving quotes for you. While this sounds great there is the drawback that the app does not link you with the moving companies, they will have to contact you. If you are okay with that, then this could be a great one stop moving app for you.

Best Moving Apps Once You Are Home

MagicPlan: This is an app that lets you use your iPhone or iPad camera and turns it into drawing software. You use this in each room of your new home going from corner to corner with our camera. The drawing is then saved and you can use it to figure out just where to place everything into your new home. You will be able to arrange things inside the app and create potential floor plans with your all your belongings in place.

Thumbtack: This app lets your hire housecleaners, interior designers, painters, security companies and more. No matter what you need to get your new home in tip top shape, you can find professionals for just about anything you need in all 50 states.

Nextdoor: Now that you are in your new home it is time to check out the neighborhood and surrounding area, even a little more than you did before you bought your new place. This app is a privatized social media tool that let you connect with just those in your neighborhood. You can meet your neighbors through this app or online.

From cleaning house, downsizing, packing, storing, moving and get situated in your new home there are some great moving apps out there to help you get it done. Take some of the stress off of yourself by using these best moving apps and get yourself ready to go.

How To Pack Your Kitchen

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How To Pack Your Kitchen

How To Pack Your Kitchen

How To Pack Your Kitchen – So you are moving. As you pack up room after room and you feel like you are getting somewhere you come into your kitchen. The cabinets, the drawers, and don’t forget about that one lone cabinet high above your refrigerator. Do you even know what you have stored in there? When is  the last time you looked in there? Your kitchen seems to be the biggest room to tackle when it comes time to pack up and move. There are so many gadgets and breakables and questions about how much space you have now and how much space you are going to have in your new home. Below we will look at some things you can do to make packing up your kitchen a little bit easier.

Take Food Inventory

No one likes to waste food, so as soon as you have a move date take stock in your food. Start with the food that you know you are not going to want. It is time to start minimizing your food so there is less that you need to throw out when moving day comes.

• Make a list of all food that needs to be eaten and find recipes that require them.
• Minimize grocery trips and keep new food item purchases low. Only buy essentials.
• Check grocery store locations close to your new home so you can easily shop once you have moved.
• Organize your fridge and freezer so everything is easy to find, use, or pack up.

Sort Your Kitchen

As with any room in your home you are packing, there is the process of sorting out everything before you pack it up. Plan out as much as you can before you pack. You want to make sure you do not pack up the essentials, so be sure to separate those things you’ll need up until your move. Here are a list of things that may be essentials in your home.

• One or two sharp knives
• Plates,bowls, glasses, and cutlery (not all but enough to get by)
• One or two saucepans
• Non-fridge and freezer food that you will use up until the move
• A couple of dishcloths, dish towels, and oven mitts
• Coffee maker and toaster
• Cleaning materials and supplies.

These are things that you can pack up on your final nights in your home but will most likely need up until the day you move.

Packing Supplies and Materials

Gather together all the packing supplies you will need to pack up your kitchen. If you think you have enough, it is a safe bet to get more. These are supplies like boxes, packing tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, cardboard sheets, and permanent markers. Should you still have any original boxes for your small appliances, make sure you have those at the ready too.

Packing Up Non-Essential Items

As you start to pack up your kitchen here are a few good rules to follow.

• Do not pack boxes that are too heavy to lift around or move easily.
• Label all boxes clearly so you know what to unpack first.
• Label boxes with breakable items with “fragile.”
• Fill in empty spaces inside the boxes with packing paper or bubble wrap once the box is packed.
• Pack small items inside food storage containers. This saves space and wrapping time.
• Use dish towels to wrap up fragile items.
• Nest together like items like flatware and bowls.
• Secure the bottom of boxes with a good amount of tape, especially if there are fragile items in them.

Packing In The Last Week

Now that you have started packing up some non-essentials and know what you really need in that last week in your home, you can pack up everything else.

• Pack up all of your cans and dry goods, bagged goods, and boxed foods.
• Make sure that you do not pack these items too heavy or with other things.
• Wrap individual jars in packing paper and use packing chips to protect them.

As you pack up things like cooking utensils and cutlery in that last week, make sure and pack like items together. Take care to bundle same pieces of cutlery together with rubber bands so that they stay neat and together as well as placing all cooking utensils at the top of the box before you seal it up. This keeps them from getting bent or broken in the move process.

Tips For Packing Certain Kitchen Items

Last but not least here are a few tips for packing certain items in and around your kitchen.

• Flatware: put plates in boxes vertically, they will be less likely to get broken.
• Pots and Pans: tape lids onto saucepans and cookware.
• Cups and Glasses: section off a box with cardboard pieces so each glass has its own space and can travel securely. Pack fragile glasses like champagne flutes in their own smaller boxes before packing into larger ones.
• Small Appliances: remove all sharp blades and wrap them up separately. Should you still have the original box, you can pack the appliance into that box.
• Cleaners: place a sandwich bag over the top of all cleaner bottles and secure with a rubber-band. Pack these cleaners in their own box.

As you do these things it will ease the stress of the big moving day. Once all of your non-essentials are packed and you have those lat few items ready to load up, make sure your larger appliances are ready to go and all perishable food items are either used or donated. Take the time to plan out your packing and it can be a painless experience. Toss out things you know you will not use and donate those that others could use. Unpacking into a new kitchen will be more fun if you take the time to organize as you pack your old kitchen.

Expanding Your Business Using Shipping Containers

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Expanding Your Business Using Shipping Containers

shipping container for your business

When you think of a business and shipping containers, you probably think the shipping container is sitting outside of the business, storing the overflow from the brick and mortar store. In most cases you are right, but there are more ways for you to think outside the box when it comes to shipping containers and your business. Below we will look at few different ways that you can utilize a shipping container for your business other than storage.

Mobile Office

If you are wanting to expand your business into a new area but are not quite ready to build an office space, you can use a shipping container. This allows you to see if the area works well for you and is a good fit before you put all your resources into this new office space. This is also smart if you are building your business and want the on site location for your office while the build is in process. This is also a great way to expand on your current location without buying into more building space than your business currently needs.

Workshop or Workspace

Shipping containers are weather resistant, flexible and have great durability. If you have a special skill that you use a workshop for, you may look into using a shipping container. You can customize these to what your hobby or skill needs and place them in a location that works best for you. Think of the possibilities for an art studio or portrait studio using a shipping container as a workshop.

Inventory Storage Space

If you are a business that needs to have quarterly inventory of your stock and supplies you know how tough it is to make sure you have everything in order as you count and sort. Using a shipping container to hold all of your inventory allows you to sort and store in a way that is best for you. Not only can you organize it to your business, it is also a secure option. Your inventory can be on location at your business allowing for easy restock and access to what you need when you need it.

Restaurant In A Box

If you are using a vending cart that you need to lug around town or you are short on space to store all of the supplies for your mobile restaurant, then a shipping container may be a good idea for you. Using a shipping container for your restaurant allows you to move it to new locations as needed. Keep it set up on a trailer and take it to a the next location. Having a shipping container restaurant allows you to open to the public during operating hours and then close up safely when it’s time to leave. They are secure and durable to theft and weather. So if you are a vendor that travels to festivals and events, then this is an ideal solution. You can open up shop when you need to and safely store at little to no cost in your off season.

No matter what you use a shipping container for, when it comes to business, there are endless possibilities if you think outside the box.