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.

Improvised at-home packing supplies you can make use of

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Relocating your items or placing possessions in storage are two events that are accompanied by one thing – the use of packing supplies. The packing part of any relocation is quite possibly the worst nightmare for the person faced with the task. Not only is packing tedious and complex but it can also be expensive. We here at PortaBox Storage want every person to have the moving or storage project of their dreams, which definitely means staying within your budget. That’s why we’ll let you in on some improvised at-home packing supplies that you can use the next time you have to pack your belongings, no matter the purpose.

Five improvised at-home packing supplies that everyone has

The real appeal of these supplies is in the fact that they won’t cost a dime. At the same time, they will provide your belongings with some much-needed protection during transport or while in an Issaquah self storage unit. It’s safe to say that most households in America will have these items, making them the perfect alternative to some much more expensive packing supplies.


Your suitcases are perfect for much more than that well-deserved vacation you take every once in a while. They are also a perfect tool to use during relocation. Your suitcases were designed to be safe containers for your clothes and cosmetics, so you can feel free to use them instead of moving boxes during relocation or when placing clothing-related items in mobile storage containers Seattle. Of course, there are some rules if you decide to use a suitcase as your packing material.

Three suitcases to use as improvised at-home packing supplies.
Out of all the at-home packing supplies, suitcases might be the most versatile ones.

The most important rule of thumb is not to overfill your suitcase. That same rule applies to moving boxes, as heavy boxes are a hazard for everyone involved in the process. After all, you’ll end up with something that you won’t be able to lift. Thus, there is no point in overfilling your suitcases or boxes.


It doesn’t matter whether you are placing your items in Bellevue self storage or are getting them ready for relocation – you will need to use protective packing supplies. The role of these supplies is to ensure nothing happens to your most fragile items, such as picture frames and glassware. But the problem with protective packing supplies is in their price, as they can be very expensive. Why spend your hard-earned money when you can resort to perfectly suitable improvised at-home packing supplies, such as your linens?

Towels in different colors.
Make sure you protect fragile items whenever moving them to a new location.

Towels, sheets, pillowcases, and even shower curtains can be great tools to use during your upcoming project. You can use them to wrap some sensitive and fragile items, or you can place them as a barrier between two plates. The options are limitless, all you have to do is be a bit creative. Especially since that creativity is going to save you a significant sum of money.

Office paper waste

Who would have thought that something as office paper waste could be THE at-home packing supply you have been looking for? If you have ever heard of packing peanuts before, then you can imagine in which way to use office paper waste. Shredded paper can be a great tool to use when wrapping any package, as it can fill out the free space inside the package/box. This will prevent your items from jostling around, so you’ll be met with damage-free items at the end of the day.

Just be careful – even though we are talking about shredded paper, you still want to be cautious. Don’t use any paper that has once contained pieces of important or confidential information. A lot of bad can come out of sharing confidential information with someone you weren’t supposed to, so you don’t want to take that chance.

Ziploc bags

Ziploc bags are something every household in America finds useful. While they are precious in day-to-day life, they will turn out to be even more valuable during special projects. Ziploc bags are the perfect improvised at-home packing supply because they check all the boxes. They are cheap, available, and completely useful. You’ll want to use Ziploc bags for storing small items, such as screws and bolts that come out of your furniture after disassembling it. Whether you are using moving and shipping services in Seattle or are relocating items on your own, you’ll want to break apart furniture for easier transport.

A bedroom.
You can always benefit from disassembling your furniture before transport.

You can also use these bags for packing bathroom items, such as open shampoos. This way, even if they do open and spill, they won’t do so over all of your items. Just keep very good care of those Ziploc bags. Just like the items they contain, they are easily lost. It’s always a good idea to keep all of your used Ziploc bags in one container that will be labeled. Labels are there to remind people to keep a box well-protected during a move.


You’ve most likely heard of moving blankets before, even if you didn’t have a chance to use them so far. Well, common blankets that you use in your daily life will be the perfect alternative. As one of the best improvised at-home packing supplies, regular blankets will save a huge sum of money. You can use them when packing large household furniture for moving or storage, as they will keep your items safe and sound.

With so many effective improvised at-home packing supplies, there’s no reason to spend more money than necessary on your upcoming project. Instead, take a look at the things you have in your own home. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to find even more solutions than the ones we mentioned here. Most importantly, we fully believe in your ability to make an informed decision.

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