Less Common Uses of Storage Containers

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You already know that portable storage containers are designed to be used to store belongings before and after a move. They give you the flexibility to pack and unpack on your own time and at your own pace. But, there are other uses for these storage containers that are less obvious. Here are some less common uses of storage containers for people who want to think outside the box (pun intended).

House or Office Renovations and Remodels

Renovating or remodeling a space that’s already furnished and in use is extremely challenging. You have to find some place to put those furnishings while the work is being done. If you don’t have an empty space to store these items during construction, they will constantly be in the way of either the construction itself or of other people who have to deal with the belongings from the area being worked on in their space. 

Having a storage container on the property during a renovation or remodel project is convenient because it’s situated nearby. The items in the room or rooms under construction can be moved quickly to the storage container, where they’re kept secured until they can be moved back in. And if you need anything that’s been put in the storage container, it’s right there for you to get. You don’t have to drive to an off-site storage unit to find what you need, wasting even more time in the process.

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Seasonal Items

Do you love decorating for every holiday and season? If so, then you probably own a large number of decor items for each one and every time you find a new item that you just have to have, you need more space to store it during the off-season. A storage container is perfect for this use. You can neatly organize your storage container by grouping boxes of items for each holiday or season together so they can be easily accessed with that time of year rolls around again.

And it works for other seasonal items as well. For example, if you’re a skier, it’s hard to find a place to store your equipment in the summer, but a storage container can keep these valuable belongings secure when you’re not on the slopes. Pack away your summer clothes when winter rolls around and vice versa with your winter clothes. Put your above-ground swimming pool and equipment in the container when it gets too cold to swim to protect it from the elements over winter. There are many things you use only once a year that can be packed away the rest of the time.

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Event Materials

Organizations that host an annual event want to keep their supplies and decor from year to year to cut down on expenses. But, many organizations don’t have the indoor storage space to keep everything for when their event comes around again. A storage container solves this problem. Simply keep all the materials for the event in an on-site storage container and you can add to it throughout the year while ensuring all your existing supplies remain in good condition instead of stuffed in an overcrowded conference room closet.

Large Equipment

Equipment like lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, weed whackers, generators, and associated tools need to be kept in a secured location so they aren’t stolen or damaged. But not everyone has a garage or shed large enough to store this type of equipment. Most people use their garage for their cars, which take up almost all the available room and if you want to build another garage on your property, you have to get permits and draw up plans, which can take a long time and be very expensive.

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A great alternative to a garage or shed is a storage container. You can keep all your necessary tools and equipment safe and secure in a space that is as easily accessible as a garage or shed. It’s situated on your property and only you and those you give permission to have the means to access it. And, you don’t usually need a building permit to have a storage container on your property unless you plan to make it into a permanent space like a home office. 

Be aware that some storage containers prohibit the storage of fuel or other flammable liquids. Always check with the company you’re getting the storage container from to get a list of things that shouldn’t be stored before making a plan to store specific equipment. This is for your safety and to protect the belongings you put inside the container.

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As you can see, there are many uses for a portable storage container other than for a move. The type of container you get matters as well, since some are meant strictly for moving, while others can be used for multiple purposes. The key to using your container for a less common use is to do your research so that you get the one that meets your needs.

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