Did you know that the first storage unit facilities opened in the United States were found in Florida and Texas in the late 70’s? While self storage solutions have seen vast upgrades since then, storing your materials in almost every mobile unit will have similar guidelines.
The first step in effectively packing your belongings is to pick the right size of portable storage unit for your storage needs. The next step is to carefully pack your materials into boxes to be stacked in the portable unit, to be unpacked later. When you avoid following recommended packing instructions, you can risk damaging your materials or making the unloading process much more difficult.
In order to have a hassle-free and smooth transition, you will want to package your mobile storage container in a specific way. These tips and tricks will not only make you feel less stressed, but also more confident about your mobile storage solution.
Here are some tips and tricks to properly store your materials:
- Storage Box Sizing
- Stacking Your Items
- Weight Distribution
- Short Term & Long Term Storage Solutions
Storage Box Sizing
When it comes time to store your materials in a mobile storage unit, the size of your unit will play a huge factor in your storing methods. Once you have found the preferred size of unit to store your amount of items, you’ll need to begin packaging your materials in smaller, identical size boxes. This is recommended simply because it can be much easier to stack them tightly and closely in the unit. By minimizing gaps with your similarly sized boxes, you can protect your materials and maximize the space efficiency of your portable unit.
While it is recommended to use the same size boxes inside your unit, you can have two different sizes for heavy and light items. Typically, you can use a slightly smaller box size for heavier items and a larger one for lighter items. It’s safer to pack heavier items in a small box because it protects the box from tearing or bulging from the sides, and it’s easier to lift. Be sure to label all your boxes according to where you will need to store them or how they pertain to your business.
By labeling items, you can avoid frantically opening each box while searching for something specific. You will also want to pack as many items as you can into boxes as they are easier to load and unload. Moreover, this will protect your items from damage when they are in transit. Also, avoid over stacking or packing to prevent spills inside or outside the mobile unit.
Stacking Your Items
Next, as you begin stacking your items inside, try to organize all boxes and items by importance so it’s easier to plan optimal utilization of space. Load larger pieces of equipment first so you can stack boxes or smaller objects on and around these to maximize space and minimize shifting.
While it may be tempting to fill up all the floor space at once, doing so won’t allow you to move around or stack boxes on top. Therefore, work to stack boxes from bottom to top, one row at a time. This can help to provide stability throughout transit. To reinforce that concept, be sure to fill in small gaps too with soft items like neatly wrapped blankets or clothes.
When planning to secure your items in your unit, weight distribution will play an important role. Heavy items should always go on the bottom and lighter ones on top to avoid damaging lighter or smaller items beneath.
This packing technique can also ensure that heavy items don’t topple over during transit or while loading or unloading. With this in mind, properly packed mobile storage units can help to avoid injury or equipment damage.
Short & Long Term Mobile Storage Solutions
Renting the right storage containers for your construction storage needs can often be a pricey feat. With Liberty Waste’s Nashville portable construction storage solutions, you can rent the best storage containers for your on-site team. Store any essential documents, supplies, tools, and equipment on-site to save significant time and money.
At Liberty Waste, we offer different portable storage container options to accommodate your on-site construction needs. Our solutions include:
- Easy & Light-Weight Door Accessibility
- Comfortable & Safe Container Handles
- Grease-Fit Hinges to Sustain a Longer Box Life
- High Security Lock Boxes
Visit Liberty Waste and secure high-quality mobile storage rentals for your construction site in Nashville, TN today.