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.

Tips for packing your wardrobe for moving

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Nothing shows off our personalities more than clothes. And the same goes for the mood of the day. Feeling happy and lucky? Dress in yellow from head to toe. Feeling under the weather? Then we guess you won’t choose bright and happy colors. And considering the fact that our wardrobe is a part of our personality, it only makes sense to keep good care of it at all times – even when moving. But if you are on the cusp of packing your wardrobe for moving, then you know it’s no easy task! It’s a process that requires a lot of organization and skills. But there is nothing to worry about! We here at PortaBox Storage Seattle make it our mission to help you have an easier time when moving and storing your belongings. And this article is no exception.

First things first – declutter before you pack

It doesn’t matter how much you love minimalism, or how little you spend on clothes – all of us are prone to keeping some clothing items we feel attached to. Be that an old dress, a cheerleading uniform, or your old jersey, the reality is that those things usually shouldn’t find their way in your moving boxes. There is absolutely no reason to make your relocation even more expensive which it will be if you pile up all those unnecessary items.

A bed and a closet.
The start of the process might be the most difficult part.

So before you start packing clothes for moving, it would be best to declutter your closet. Get rid of anything you don’t wear anymore or that doesn’t fit you anymore. And you don’t have to throw away or donate your items if you feel too attached to them. You can simply rent a temporary or long-term Everett self storage unit and have your clothes in a safe and dry place.

Organize if you want to be successful when packing a wardrobe for moving

There are many ways to organize your wardrobe ahead of the move. You can separate items according to family members, you could make a distinction between seasonal items, or you could organize by type – it all depends on what you think will work best for you. But the truth is that to be able to successfully pack your wardrobe for moving or for a Bainbridge Island self storage unit, you will need to create some sort of a system. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate one – even the basics will work wonders.

Pack clean and stain-free clothes

Oh, you can rest assured that the temptation to pack already-worn clothes will be present and on your mind once you start packing. Washing every piece of clothing you own could be a very time-consuming and arduous process. But it needs to be done nonetheless. The reason for this is simple. If you pack clean items with even one shirt that needs to be washed, you will most likely end up with a bunch of smelly clothes.

If you think you might not have enough time to pack your wardrobe for moving, you need to think whether self-packing should prevail over professional packing and if that’s even a possibility with the current state of your finances. Don’t worry if you can’t afford professional packers – that just means you’ll have to start packing a bit sooner.

A woman checking a wrist watch not to be late for packing wardrobe for moving.
Give yourself enough time to pack your clothes for a move.

Feel free to pack off-season clothes long before the day of your move

Are you moving in the hot summer months? Or is the opposite true – you have found yourself amidst a winter move? Then there is no reason for you to leave the packing of off-season clothing for the week of your move. Instead, do what every smart person does – pack these items long before the moving day. One good trick to use when packing winter clothing is putting them into vacuum bags and then suctioning the air out. This is the perfect way to transport bulky items such as winter jackets. Not to mention how great it is for saving a lot of valuable space in the process.

Decide what you plan to wear throughout the week of your move

Let us just begin by saying that your move isn’t the right opportunity for you to try to look your best. What you need right now is lots and lots of comfort. But what you also need is to master the process of packing your wardrobe for moving. And the truth is that this can only be done if you allow yourself enough time to pack your clothes without having to rush because your movers arrive in a couple of hours. To do that, it’s clear that you should have packed your clothes at least a few days before the move. And therein lies the problem – you will need something to wear throughout the week of your move. It is for that reason that we always advise you to pack a small bag of outfits you plan to wear for the week.

Remember, you will need to pack clothes that will feel comfortable and will give you enough room to pack during bad weather conditions – or good ones. You can never predict with 100% certainty what the weather will be like on the day of your move. But you can certainly prepare.

An outfit.
Decide what you want to wear, set it aside, and make sure it is comfortable.

Pack your wardrobe for a move in specialized moving boxes

If you are getting ready to excel at packing your wardrobe for moving, then you mustn’t forget to gather the appropriate packing supplies. While regular cardboard boxes will certainly do the trick, you need to ensure you have a couple of specialized moving boxes ready to be used. They can be used for those items that can’t be folded. Also, those items that you have paid a lot of money for. So if there is an item you absolutely don’t want to see ruined or damaged during your move, you know what to do.

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