Storage Container Organization

Storage Container Organization

Moving your stuff into storage might seem like a daunting task. But with some planning and preparation, you can easily get everything you want into your storage unit without too much fuss. Plus, you’ll be able to retrieve any items you need without digging through the entire container! Check out these tips for storage container organization to help you decide the best way for you to use your storage space.

Have a Plan

As you get ready to go through your belongings, the first step is to make sure you have a good plan. Are you storing loose appliances or just boxes? Think about what you will need access to the most and what you are storing long-term. If there are appliances or boxes that you know you won’t need, put them towards the back. Put things like seasonal clothes and decorations in a more accessible area, since you’ll need to reach them and switch them out often.

Also make sure that you have all the packing materials you need before you start. Some items will need boxes and others will not. Some boxes will need filling materials like bubble wrap to prevent movement. Are you storing mattresses or furniture? Make sure you have blankets or drop cloths to cover them. This will help protect them from dirt and dust until you need them again. It may seem easiest to just pack and go, but having a plan will make getting to your stuff back out of storage easier. Your future self will thank you!

Size of the Unit

As you get ready to move or downsize, an important step is to look at your available space. How much space will you need to store all of your belongings? There are several sizes of storage containers. While you are deciding what you will need, be sure to remember all those hiding places in your home that you will be cleaning out. From closets to the basement and attic, you need to make sure to account for everything. If you are unsure of what size will be best, you can always ask the storage company you use. They are full of advice that can help simplify the process of choosing a storage container.

If you choose to use Porta-Stor for your storage solutions, you can find several sizes available to you. Check out this blog that gives suggestions for determining the container size you need. From on-site storage to portable moving containers, there is sure to be a unit that fits your needs.

Packing your Belongings

Now that you have created a plan and decided on the best storage unit size, it’s time to get packing. Label all boxes as you pack. This makes it easier while you are packing, and it also makes it much easier to access your stuff later while it’s in storage. Use bubble wrap or other packing materials on the things you want protected from breakage and dust. You can check out Porta-Stor’s blog on how to pack fragile items for more information. As you pack, make sure you do not make the boxes too heavy. They will be much easier to move and store if they don’t weigh a ton!

Moving your Belongings into the Container

Now that you have all of your belongings packed and labeled, what is the next step? Get those big items into the back of the container or along the side walls. These are the things you will probably need the least access to, and they need to be out of the way. If you do have heavier and bigger boxes, they must to go on the bottom of the stack as you fill in the unit. This makes it more stable for the lighter boxes you stack on top and less likely to tumble down or crush your belongings later.

When you are loading the storage container, try and create an aisle down the middle of the unit if possible. Doing this will help you get to items you need and give you more access to items in the back or along the sides. If you happen to have a really large unit, you may even be able to create two aisles of access. If there is no way for you to create an aisle within the container, make sure you place the items you will need most access to at the front of the unit. These may include things like holiday decorations, seasonal clothing items, and important documents.

As you move you stuff into the container, remember to make sure all labels are facing out towards where you can see them easily. You also should double check that every box is labeled.

Maximizing the Space

If you are planning to store large appliances, there are a few things to consider. Always make sure that appliances are clean before you put them into storage, especially if you’re storing something messy like a refrigerator. If you do store a fridge, you can use its shelves to store smaller boxes and items. Storing a bookshelf along the wall? Use those shelves as well! This makes a great space saver and keeps items up off the ground. Dressers are also great because you can not only stack things on top, but also inside the drawers.

It’s best to pack lighter items into your furniture so you do not damage anything. Again, put the heaviest items on the bottom. Make sure you can get into the shelves or refrigerator if you need to. You should also make a label of what is stored inside these closed containers to help you remember without digging them out. By using these pieces of furniture, you are maximizing space and will fit more into your storage container.

The Final Step to Storage Container Organization

It may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but making a diagram of where you have items will help you later. Depending on how long you will be using the unit, it will become harder to remember where you placed things over the months and years. Right after the unit is packed is the best time to create this quick diagram, since the item locations are fresh in your mind. A great place to keep the diagram is taped into the inside of the container door. You don’t want to regret ignoring this idea later! The more organized you are with your storage, the easier it will be to find what you need later.

Now that you have these simple tips for storage container organization, get those boxes out and start cleaning the house! If you need more storage or moving ideas, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here.

Casitas Springs Retail Storage Solutions

Casitas Springs Retail Storage Solutions

Are you waiting for an excess of seasonal products from the supplier that are about to hit your shelves or do just need extra space? Porta Stor can help you with your retail storage needs. We provide clean, secure, high quality steel containers that will protect your inventory from the elements. We offer five sizes and four of the five come with a pipe racking system free of charge if needed so you can create shelves for better organization.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by Retail households may include:

  • Books
  • Toys
  • Paper documents
  • Seasonal items
  • Unused supplies

Retail businesses big and small have made use of our storage containers. Contact Us with questions or to arrange for delivery to your retail location.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Portable Storage in Casitas Springs

Casitas Springs is a small town located in Ventura County between Ventura and Ojai. If you’re an original country music fan Casitas Springs is the hometown of Johnny Cash. When extra storage is a need we want you to know that our containers are your best bet. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Casitas Springs or to other locations in our Service Area.

Please Contact Us to rent portable storage containers in Casitas Springs or with questions about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies for Casitas Springs Retail Storage Containers.

 

Rent Office Containers in Camarillo

Rent Office Containers in Camarillo

Porta-Stor cargo storage containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing offices and large business with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Office Records
  • Paper documents
  • Extra furniture
  • Office supplies
  • Janitorial supplies

High rises, small office buildings and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport storage containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Portable Storage Container Rental in Camarillo, California

Looking for Portable Storage Container Rental in Camarillo? Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Camarillo, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Camarillo as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Camarillo, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Camarillo.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Camarillo. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs! When looking for Portable Storage Container Rental in Camarillo, Porta-Stor has you covered.

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Camarillo customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Camarillo. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Camarillo. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Camarillo.

Camarillo Portable Storage

The Camarillo Premium Outlets is one of the largest commercial shopping centers in Ventura County. Along with the Outlets, Camarillo has many development projects which include residential town homes, schools, retail and more. Our portable storage containers are perfect for large commercial complexes like the Camarillo Outlets and construction projects. Our containers are weather sealed which keeps your contents safe from the elements. Another important feature on our containers is the double lock system. This protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Camarillo or to other locations in our Service Area.

Please Contact Us with questions about Portable Storage Container Rental in Camarillo and our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.

Carpinteria Retail Storage Solutions

Carpinteria Retail Storage Solutions

Are you waiting for an excess of seasonal products from the supplier that are about to hit your shelves or do just need extra space? Porta Stor can help you with your retail storage needs. We provide clean, secure, high quality steel containers that will protect your inventory from the elements. We offer five sizes and four of the five come with a pipe racking system free of charge if needed so you can create shelves for better organization.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by Retail households may include:

  • Books
  • Toys
  • Paper documents
  • Seasonal items
  • Unused supplies

Retail businesses big and small have made use of our storage containers. Contact Us with questions or to arrange for delivery to your retail location.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies for Carpinteria Retail Storage Containers.

Construction Containers in Camarillo

Construction Containers in Camarillo

Do you need construction containers in Camarillo? Construction sites can have a broad range of storage needs.  We have several types of storage containers in various sizes to meet any construction requirement.

Our classic steel cargo containers conform to shipping industry standards. Each container is solid steel, airtight, watertight, and is suitable for storing many types of materials, equipment, and supplies.

Our roll off containers are available in several configuration with various roof types. Roll off containers are an excellent option for storing construction materials such as wiring, tools, bricks and wood.

Our office containers include air conditioning, 140-volt power supply, windows, and vinyl flooring, making it the ideal choice project managers to read and draw plans, and any other activity that would be easier to accomplish indoors. They also make excellent break room for work crew and staff.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by Construction sites may include:

  • Electrical components
  • Blueprints
  • Construction tools
  • Paper documents

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials?  Contact Us to discuss construction containers in Camarillo. We will go over each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you. Construction Containers in Camarillo.

How to Avoid Moving Injuries

With everything that goes into moving a family from one house to another, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s so much to do, and it’s easy to feel pressured into rushing. But if you take shortcuts, don’t prepare, and hurry too much, you can easily end up injuring yourself in the process. It’s important to plan ahead and take precautions to avoid this result. Here are some of the most common moving injuries and how to avoid them:

Back Pain

You can hurt your back by sleeping funny, so you can imagine how easy it is to injure it while moving. You’ve probably heard to phrase, “lift with your legs, not your back.” This is actually very important advice. If you lift heavy boxes by bending over at the waist, you put a lot of strain on your back and spine. Instead, squat down, grab the item, and use your legs to push yourself back up. Also be aware of your limits. Don’t attempt to pick up items that are too heavy alone. Get some help from a friend or family member.

Knee Pain

While you’re lifting with your knees to avoid hurting your back, you may run into another problem: knee pain! Although it’s safer to lift with your legs, your knees can quickly tire out and start to become sore or even damaged. To avoid this, try wearing knee braces and knee pads for protection. Another way to save your knees is to avoid lifting heavy objects in the first place by using tools that let you slide them along the ground instead, such as furniture sliders.

Sprains

Sprained ankles happen all the time when people are rushing around. This is especially true when the place is filled with boxes and your furniture and belongings are being moved around. Keep pathways clear so nobody trips on stuff in the middle of the floor or stairs. Stay aware of your changing surroundings, and be very careful when carrying items up and down stairs or through a messy room. Take your time and wear proper shoes. Work boots or tennis shoes are best, especially ones that have good support for your feet.

Broken Bones

It’s definitely possible to break some bones while moving if done improperly. Fingers and toes are the most susceptible to breaking while moving heavy things around. Heavy objects can be dropped onto toes and fingers can be smashed when moving items through a narrow passageway. Make sure you clearly communicate with everyone around you throughout the process to keep these accidents from happening.

Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises

Although it’s difficult to avoid any kind of minor injury while moving, you can do your best to minimize the impact on your body. While moving your belongings around, sharp and rough items can easily hurt your skin. Wear gloves, closed-toe shoes, and multiple layers of clothing for protection. Jeans offer decent protection for your legs. The more skin you cover up, the less chance there is for a cut or scrape.

Keep in mind that some jobs are best left to the professionals. For especially heavy things like the washing machine and dryer, consider getting movers to help. Good movers will have the equipment, skill, and strength necessary to move these items through your house safely. They can also usually get the job done faster and with less effort.

If you have more questions about moving, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogssuch as this one that goes over how to properly wrap up fragile belongings like dishes.

Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Carpinteria

Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Carpinteria

Our steel storage containers have been used for on-location television and film production storage. Like many other industries film, on set, and on location productions often require compact, weather resistant and secure storage.

Our containers are perfect for on location sets and will keep your contents safe and secure. Our Office Containers can also provide extra space for script writing, weather changes, makeup artists or to just a place to relax.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications used by on location productions may include:

  • Film equipment
  • Wardrobes
  • Utility supplies
  • Tools
  • Furniture
  • Protection for delicate materials
  • Construction crew storage

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for film production storage.

Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, California

If you need to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, you need to Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Carpinteria, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Carpinteria as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Carpinteria, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Carpinteria.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Carpinteria. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs!

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Carpinteria customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Carpinteria. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Carpinteria. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Carpinteria.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.