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.

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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.

How to organize and store outgrown baby items

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Because of how rapidly your kid outgrows their clothing, it’s easy to fall behind on putting them away. Tossing them all into a closet and promising yourself you’ll sort through them “someday” might be the easiest option. What we’re about to tell you is wonderful news. Those baby garments that have outgrown their drawers or closets don’t have to be lost forever. We’re here to tell you all about how to organize and store outgrown baby items. In addition, once you have a reliable method set up, maintaining this order will need minimal maintenance.

Should you keep your child’s old baby clothing for a future child?

If you want to have more children in the nearby future, you should absolutely keep your child’s outgrown clothing. It’s wasteful to get rid of perfectly nice baby clothes only to have to go out and buy more when you know you’ll be having another child. So you should rather store those items with self storage Seattle or in your home.

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If you plan on having more children in the future, it’s good to keep some of their baby clothes.

Babies frequently need to have their clothes changed because of accidents like drooling or spitting up. That’s why it’s so helpful to have so many spare garments on hand. The easiest way to keep all of your baby’s clothing from one kid to the next is to have a designated space in your home with a suitable organizing system for keeping baby items. When you’re ready to have another child, you can decide if it makes sense to keep those garments. It’s possible that some of the garments don’t fit properly or have strange buttons. Donate those items once your newborn has tried them on. Clothes that didn’t work well on one baby may be perfect for the next since babies come in many shapes and sizes.

How to organize and store outgrown baby items in three simple steps

Babies often require a few sets of clothing, including pajamas, onesies, socks, and not as many shoes. And they usually have a lot of toys. People love to give baby clothes and toys as gifts, so we often wind up with far more than we need. Keep everything that’s in good shape if you have the room. Items that are severely damaged, such as wrecked-up toys, worn-out shoes, and clothes with stains or tears, should be discarded. We assume you’ll have a lot more toys to discard than clothing.

However, if the baby’s clothes will be used just for lounging about the home, a few stains won’t matter. Donate what you don’t plan on keeping, or see if anyone in your personal network needs any of the items. It’s important to give everything a good wash before putting it away for storage. Including toys. If you don’t have that much space in the house, you can always store the things you don’t need right now in mobile storage containers Seattle where they will be safe.

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Wash the apparel and dry it well before placing it in storage.

If you take the effort to prepare the boxes in advance, you will have a good start on creating an orderly storage system. As a result of your careful planning, you can easily accommodate any new additions to your house. The only thing left to do is to fill them when your other child or children outgrow them. Common age ranges for babies for clothing sizes are 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, and 12-24 months. Even if the clothing is neatly folded, you should wash them again before giving them to the next baby. The garments should be folded to save space in the bag. If you want your clothing to smell better while they’re in storage, include a dryer sheet.

1. Toys

The greatest container option for storing infant toys is diaper boxes. Plenty of toys may be stored in these boxes, and you can even label the lids with the garment sizes. They’re easy to store in a stacked formation on the ground. Also, you may expect to go through a lot of diaper boxes (if using disposable diapers). As a result, you won’t have any trouble finding or procuring the necessary boxes, and doing so won’t cost you any more money.

Alternatively, you may use robust transparent plastic containers with lids. They are large enough to store many toys and they can also be stacked. You can keep your baby’s old toys in under-bed storage bins that can be simply moved under a cot or your bed. If you don’t want to throw away your child’s toys, however, and you don’t have enough storage room in the house, you can store them with Kenmore self-storage anytime you want.

2. Clothes

For convenient long-term storage of a big quantity of infant garments, nothing beats airtight space bags. When compared to other options, this one is the most space-efficient for archiving a baby’s outgrown garments. For items in a single size range, one big bag should be plenty. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to remove all of the air from the bag. As a result, the garments may be easily stowed away in a closet, beneath a bed, or on a shelf.

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Before you store outgrown baby items, make sure all of them are clean.

3. Shoes

A sock drawer organizer, which features several little square sections, is a good choice if you need to store baby shoes in a dresser drawer. One pair of baby shoes will fit snuggly in each slot, and they may be sorted conveniently by size or season. Just make sure you pair the little shoes together. If you want to keep your children’s stuff and memorabilia somewhere safe and you don’t have very much space in your closets, you can put them in Seattle mini storage so you don’t clutter your closets.

In Summary

If you have a storage room in your house, it’s a good idea to prepare for your future child and store outgrown baby items. Certain articles of clothing or toys might carry emotional significance. Maybe you had favorite clothing for your infant, and you wanted to remember it. Maybe your child will even remember some of his favorite old toys they had. That’s why you’ll feel so satisfied when you finally get to use these things for your next little bundle of joy. We hope that this piece has inspired some creative storage solutions for old baby items.

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