Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Guide to organizing your storage container

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Storage containers can be an efficient and cost-effective solution for a wide variety of occasions. Most commonly, people choose to rent them for the purposes of moving or decluttering their homes. If you want to keep track of your inventory and keep your belongings safe long-term, you should consider organizing your storage container. Before doing so, make sure to find quality storage options by contacting your movers. Depending on your needs, you can choose a short-term or long-term storage plan.

It will save you time and effort later if you keep your inventory safe and packed in the proper order. Storage containers lose usefulness if they’re cluttered and contain too many items scattered all over the container. Here are some examples of organizing the storage container that can help you keep your belongings neat and safe.

Choose the best storage solution

During a move or home remodeling project, many people choose temporary storage solutions. There are different options you can choose from. There are short-term and long-term units, temperature-controlled warehouses, and other solutions as well. However, portable storage containers have become the future of efficient and convenient on-demand storage, especially when it comes to moving bigger households.

When organizing your storage container, you should make sure to label each item, or at least make a list of items you packed inside.

Storage containers are easy to load, while also being the most affordable option short-term solution. If you need to find some quality Newcastle self-storage options, make sure to ask your movers for more information. Moving companies often specialize in different storage solutions convenient for any purpose.

If you need to keep some of your belongings safe and close to your home, these portable storage containers can save you a lot of time and space. In order to make the most use out of them, we suggest you learn how to organize them just like a professional.

Make a packing plan

One of the best ways of organizing your storage container is to begin by making a packing plan. If you are planning to use one of the portable storage solutions available locally, you’ll need to determine the number of containers you’ll need. Once determined, you’ll want to prepare the containers and develop a plan for your packing process. Your packing plan should include some of the following topics:

  • Sorting out and decluttering
  • Getting quality packing supplies
  • Finding the right size and quantity of storage containers
  • Organizing your storage container and labeling contents

Choose the right number of storage containers

Depending on the size of the inventory you want to store, you could use one or several containers. However, before fully assessing your inventory you might not know how many to choose. 

For example, resilient items like clothes, books, and documents can be packed together safely. However, you should make sure to pack breakable and valuable items separately, using plenty of high-quality protective packing materials.

Portable storage containers have become the preferred approach for efficient and convenient storing, especially when it comes to downsizing.

Choosing the right number of storage containers will allow for better organization and ensure your belongings are properly safeguarded.

Measure and weigh your belongings

The efficient organizing of your storage container depends upon how your belongings are packed and loaded. If you pack a container with too many heavy items, you increase the chances of damage to the container and your belongings. This is the reason why you should measure your inventory and decide on the best loading plan. Make sure to always place heavier items on the bottom of the container and lighter ones on top.

Label your storage containers

Whether you are in the middle of relocation or decluttering your living space, you should keep track of the items you pack into storage. When organizing your storage container, you should label each item and then make a master inventory list of every item you packed inside it. This will help you keep track of what you have in storage and make retrieving specific items a whole lot easier later on.

Pack your inventory pieces by size

It’s not easy to pack an entire household within a day. However, packing inventory in the right order can help you keep it safe and easily accessible while it’s in storage. If you disassembled pieces of furniture, you should wrap them individually, use a bag or box for hardware, and then pack them together into a storage container. When organizing your storage container, make sure to plan how much room your boxes and other belongings will take.

Place larger and heavier boxes on the bottom of the container and smaller ones on top. Also, make sure not to pack items that can damage the rest of your inventory. These items include sharp (unsecured) items, liquids, powders, and hazardous materials.

Organizing your storage container – how to save time?

Properly packing for storage can take some time to get right, but there are also ways you streamline the process. Here are some suggestions:

Declutter and sort out

Don’t make a mistake of packing too many items into your storage container. Organizing your storage container is all about the right volume and order of the items you put inside. Make sure to take the time to sort out your belongings first and then decide which ones you should store.

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Make sure to place larger boxes on the bottom of the container and smaller ones on top.

Downsize before the move

If you are planning a move, short-term storage can be a great solution. Beginning the moving process by downsizing can help you save time and effort on packing as well as save you a lot of money during the move.

Consider temporary storage solutions

Storage containers are not the only solution you should consider. Whether you are moving, decluttering your home, or looking to store some offseason items, there are other storage options to choose from. What you should be looking for is the self-storage Lynnwood residents and businesses have trusted for years. If you decide to hire a moving company for your upcoming relocation, your movers can help you choose the most appropriate storage solution.

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