Many people who move to a new location decide to rent a portable storage container to help stow and subsequently move their belongings. Others rent a portable storage container to serve as temporary onsite storage as they remodel their house or otherwise need extra space. With a bustling real estate market, renting portable storage containers is a popular service in the Orlando area.
Orlando is the second-fastest-growing city of the 30 largest cities in the U.S. According to Orlando Economic Partnership, for the last 60 years, the region has and continues to welcome 1,000 new residents a week. This growth is four times the rate of growth of the overall United States. Large moves can be complex and a portable storage container can help simplify the process.
The key to successful storage (and moves) is to know how to correctly pack a portable storage container. We’ve got some top tips to help you safely stow your belongings.
Know how much space you need
People sometimes find themselves paying for containers they don’t need because they incorrectly pack their moving containers. The first thing you’ll want to do is to downsize any items you don’t need to bring with you – why pay for storage for items you’re going to donate or throw away? Next, determine how many household rooms you are planning to pack up, and make a tally of the largest items. This should give you a good idea of what size your storage container should be.
Pack boxes smartly
To ensure your belongings fit into your container, try to use as many same-sized boxes as you possibly can. Don’t overload boxes because this can weaken them and lead to breakage or personal injury when you unload them. Any fragile items should be carefully wrapped before being boxed. Once each box is packed, clearly label it (especially the boxes containing fragile items) and reinforce each box’s bottom and top with packing tape.
Take furniture apart
If you have furniture items that are able to be disassembled, take them apart before you put them into storage. Doing so gives you more space in the moving container while helping to protect these items from breakage. Try to pack the pieces for each item closely together, and be sure to tape a zipped bag with screws and bolts to individual furniture pieces so they don’t get commingled or lost.
Create a solid foundation
How you place your boxes and furniture in your storage container is important, especially if you’re planning to move everything to a new home. Items can shift and break if they’re not strategically packed. Create a wall by tightly packing your items from floor to ceiling to help keep boxes in place.
Pro tip: Mattresses are great items to help create your wall
As you pack, make sure to place heavier items (e.g. furniture and appliances) on the bottom. Also, beware of placing them all on one side of the container. You’ll want to evenly distribute the weight to help keep everything tight and secure. If you don’t have enough heavy items to create a perimeter, place your larger items in the center of the container. Once the heavier and larger items are packed, place smaller items, along with boxes and bags to fill in any empty space.
Pack important items towards the front
Whether you’re renting a container for storage or a move, you’ll need quick and easy access to certain belongings. Set aside any day-to-day items you’ll need access to. Typical items include:
- Clothing and toiletries
- Cooking supplies, dishes, and utensils
- Bed linens
Once you have these boxes packed and secured, remember to pack them into the container last so they are at the front and easy to grab.
Know what NOT to pack in a portable container
While portable containers can make a move or storage an easy process, not everything should go into a container. Items to avoid placing in your unit include food, cleaning products, and any flammables. Ammunition should also never be placed in the storage container. Other items people choose to keep in their personal vehicle or inside their homes are valuables, legal documents, heirlooms, and other sentimental pieces that can’t be replaced. If you’re moving, be sure your first-night bag or box doesn’t accidentally end up in the container.
Once your portable storage container is loaded, be sure to lock up the unit when it’s not being attended to. This ensures your belongings are safe and secure.
At GoStoring we understand one size doesn’t fit all. Our portable storage containers come in different sizes (8’, 12’, 16’, and even 20’) to give you the best variety to choose from. Our units are made of steel, and are water and bug proof to ensure your belongings are safely stored. For your convenience, our containers also have doors at both ends. To learn more about our flexible plans, contact us today at (407) 786-7243 or visit our website to request a free quote or a callback.