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How to Organize Your Portable Storage Container for Easy Moving and Storage

2023 August 21
Written by Make Space Storage

Portable storage containers have become a popular choice for individuals and businesses alike when it comes to moving and storage solutions. Portable storage moving containers offer numerous benefits, making them a convenient and efficient option for moving, temporary on-site storage or long-term offsite storage.

One of the key advantages of using portable storage containers is their flexibility. These containers are designed to be easily transported from one location to another, allowing for seamless relocation or storage. Whether you are moving to a new home or office, or simply need extra space to store your belongings, these containers can be delivered right to your doorstep.

Another benefit is the convenience they provide. Unlike traditional moving trucks or storage facilities, portable storage containers offer the convenience of having your belongings readily accessible on-site. This means you can pack and unpack at your own pace without having to travel back and forth between different locations.

Cost-effectiveness is yet another advantage of using portable storage containers. These containers eliminate the need for renting costly moving trucks or paying monthly fees for traditional self-storage units.

So now that we’ve covered all the benefits of using portable storage for storage or container moving let’s dig into the best ways to pack, organize and maximize the space in your container.

Step 1: Declutter and Sort Your Belongings

We all know that the less there is to pack the easier is it! So, the first step is to assess your belongings and determine what you truly need and use. Start by going through each room or area of your home and identify items that are no longer necessary or have served their purpose. This could include old clothes, outdated electronics, or duplicate items.

As you sort through your belongings, create designated piles for different categories such as keep, donate/sell, and discard. This will help you stay organized throughout the process and make it easier when it comes time to pack your container.

By taking the time to declutter and sort your belongings before starting to pack your container you’ll reduce the amount of unnecessary items that need to be packed and transported. Fewer items can also mean an easier moving day and a more organized container.

Step 2: Create an Inventory List

Get ready to tackle the second step of your moving journey: creating an inventory list! This crucial task will help you keep track of all your belongings and ensure that nothing gets misplaced during the move.

Creating an inventory list is like giving your items a passport - it allows you to organize them efficiently and provides peace of mind knowing that everything is accounted for. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, or even just storing your things temporarily, this step is essential for a smooth transition.

Not only will an inventory list help you stay organized, but it will also come in handy when it's time to unpack. Imagine locating all your items effortlessly because you took the time to create a detailed record.

As you create your inventory list, consider grouping similar items together and labelling them accordingly. This way, when it comes time to load up your portable container, you'll know exactly where each item belongs. No more rummaging through boxes or wondering where that favourite coffee mug ended up!

So grab a pen and paper or fire up that spreadsheet program - it's time to create an inventory list that will revolutionize how you move!

Step 3: Use Proper Packing Materials

When it comes to moving or storing your precious belongings, using the right packing materials is crucial. You want to ensure that your items are well-protected and arrive at their destination in one piece.

First and foremost, invest in high-quality packing supplies for your moving or storage container. Sturdy cardboard boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape are must-haves. And you’re in luck, all Make Space Storage locations offer all these packing materials - and more. These materials will provide a protective layer around your items and prevent any damage during transportation.

Fragile items require extra care and attention. Wrap them individually with bubble wrap or packing paper to cushion them against any impact.

Another option is to use hard-sided plastic totes for moving or storage. These reusable totes are durable, reusable and stack easily.

Remember to label each box or tote clearly with its contents and indicate if it's fragile, then add it to that handy inventory you’ve created. This will help you stay organized during the unpacking process and ensure that delicate items receive extra care.

You also might want to pack an “open me first” box containing everything you might want to bring to your new home first. This could include your coffee maker, that favourite mug, slippers, scissors for opening boxes and any other items you might want to find a home for right away.

Step 4: Maximize Space with Proper Organization Techniques

Now that you have everything boxed up safely it’s time to load up your portable container. Since you can keep your container as long as you need you can spend as much time as you like packing and organizing your things before having your container picked up on your schedule. By packing your unit slowly and methodically you will ensure that no space goes to waste.

Start by bringing in your largest items like beds, mattresses and bookshelves. Once these are all in you can start loading your heavier boxes or totes. Then fill the spaces left open with smaller items. You can keep track of where things are being packed in your container on your inventory.

Make sure that you prioritize weight distribution. When packing heavy items, make sure to place them at the bottom of the container. This not only prevents them from crushing lighter items but also helps maintain stability during transportation. This means boxes with books and kitchenware should go closer to the bottom whereas boxes of stuffed animals and pillows should go right at the tip.

Boxes containing fragile items should be well protected either by finding a secure fortified location, like underneath a chair or cushioned by blankets and other soft goods. Make sure large mirrors or other glass-faced art are well wrapped with blankets or bubble wrap and taped securely.

Remember, the tighter the container is packed, the safer your things will be. Take advantage of every nook and cranny by using smaller containers within larger ones or utilizing vacuum-sealed bags for clothing and bedding. By eliminating wasted space, you'll have more room for everything you need while keeping your belongings secure.

With proper organization and strategic packing, you can make any container feel like a spacious oasis for all your belongings.

Step 5: Secure Items to Prevent Damage During Transportation

Now you’re packed and ready to go! Before you close and lock the container make sure you’ve secured everything as best as you can. A tightly packed container will keep things safe and secure. Make sure anything leaning against the container walls is secured using straps to prevent shifting or moving during transit.

Call us and our team of experienced drivers will pick up your container and ensure the safety of your belongings as they move the container to your new home or to our secure yard for storage.

Enjoy the Convenience of a Well-Organized Portable Storage Container

The convenience of a well-organized portable storage container cannot be overstated. Whether you are moving to a new location, renovating your home, or simply need extra space for your belongings, these containers offer a hassle-free solution.

By renting a portable storage shipping container, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your items are secure and protected from the elements. If you’re looking for easy moving solutions - a portable storage container is flexible, convenient, and cost-effective. And with Make Space Storage locations across Canada it is easy to book a shipping container to move – just find your closest location and fill out a quote form or contact us and we’ll help you every step of the way.

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