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 storing away winter clothes

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The spring equinox has passed, which means warmer weather and the summer are just around the corner. Of course, a change of season also means some changes in our lives. From clothes to duvets, hot weather will force us to switch to a completely new wardrobe. This change is often difficult when you are limited in space. Having winter items for months when they are not needed can cause a lot of annoying clutter. And some people simply don’t have room to sacrifice. That is why it is really important to know what is the right way of storing away winter clothes.

How to store winter clothes and items

Although this may seem like a lot of effort, storing your winter clothes can save you a lot of space. And not to mention that it can greatly simplify your daily life. Instead of constantly moving sweaters to the side to get to your t-shirts, you will find that you have much more space and organization in your wardrobe and PortaBox Storage.

It is also important to make sure that all your clothes and other winter items are stored correctly. Fabrics may fade, discolor, and lose shape if stored improperly. Not to mention dust, mold, and damage caused by moths and other storage problems. To keep everything in good condition and ready for use next winter, here is our simple winter clothes storing guide.

Storing away winter clothes
Winter clothes are easy to store if you know how to do it

Make an inventory list

Before you begin, it’s important to take an inventory of all your winter items that you won’t need to access for the next few months. An inventory of all your winter clothing and accessories means that you can plan the time and storage you need. Choosing the right storage container and dedicating enough time are probably the most important parts of storing winter clothes. Without a plan, you run the risk of running out of time or storage and leaving work halfway.

Clean everything

Washing and cleaning all your winter storage items is extremely important. Keeping something dirty is a one-way ticket for mildew and even mold, and moths love unclean fabrics. Even clothing that is mostly clean can contain residual oil from deodorants and perfumes that can discolor objects and leave them smelling stale when it comes time to unpack them again. In addition to washing clothes, make sure they are completely dry before packing them.

Hanging clothes
Make sure everything is clean before storing away winter clothes

It is also a good time to sort out your clothes and declutter your wardrobe. Get rid of everything you don’t wear anymore, and make a donation box that you can leave at your local charity. If you find anything that is damaged, either set it aside to fix it or dispose of it.

Extra tip: Cleaning is good, ironing is bad. Although this may seem like the logical next step, avoid ironing or starching anything before storing it. You risk loosening fibers that can become deformed or even torn.

Get the right storage for storing away winter clothes

Sealed plastic storage, whether it be solid plastic containers or plastic bags with zippers, is usually the best choice for Newcastle self-storage. While plastic vacuum bags can be attractive because of their compact design, many fabrics, such as wool and natural fibers, need air to breathe. When it comes to packing, do not overdo it and leave a gap for air circulation.

Storing away winter clothes
Get the right storage and keep your winter clothes in the right place

If you store something particularly delicate or want it to be stored for a longer period of time, it is ideal to use natural fabrics, such as cotton storage bags. However, in the short or long term, try to avoid wooden, paper or cardboard boxes. All of these materials are more susceptible to water and moisture. And may also contain chemicals that are harmful to some fabrics.

Extra tip: use opaque storage boxes, because transparent ones will let in light that can damage, fade, and discolor your clothes.

Get extra protection

It may be tempting to hang delicate and expensive items in plastic bags for dry cleaning, but this type of storage can damage your clothes. Plastic can retain moisture and prevent fabrics from breathing, which can lead to yellow spots. Instead, use cotton bags for everything that needs to stay hanging.

For delicate items and other fabrics, such as natural fibers, that need to be folded to maintain their shape, you should place a layer of acid-free tissue paper between them. Ordinary acid-free tissue paper will do, or buy some specialized scented paper to help keep your clothes smelling fresh.

Moth ball and lavender
Get extra protection when storing away winter clothes with mothballs and lavender

Finally, get moth protection for all your clothes. Instead of traditional mothballs that may contain harmful insecticides, you can easily and affordably make your own moth repellents with some cotton or muslin bags and lavender. You can also buy lavender sachets or cedar balls as an alternative. Bonus: they smell great too.

Keep the clothes cool and dry

Once you have packed everything correctly, make sure that you store everything in a cool, dry place. Direct light and a bright environment can lead to fading and discoloration of clothing, while dampness anywhere leads to mold and mildew. Keep the area clean and free of dust to prevent stale clothing from appearing during the winter season.

Extra tip: keep your clothes off the floor and away from wood that contains acids that can damage fabrics for a long period of time.

Short on the storage place?

After some winter shopping and a bunch of Christmas presents, you may have more items than last year. If you are especially short of space in your own home, then a small storage unit is the perfect way of storing away winter clothes when you don’t need them. At a surprisingly affordable price, you can free up much-needed space in your home, from short-term seasons to long-term seasonal needs. Contact us today to find out more.

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