Tips for using mobile storage unit

Storage guide - May 13, 2019

A mobile storage unit is a great way to store your items and be able to move them easily, whenever you want to. You can even use this unit in place of a moving truck! It is a good alternative. However, there are some tips and tricks that can be quite helpful when using such a unit. Note that specialized items, such as a piano, should still be delegated to the piano movers Brooklyn, instead of using a mobile storage unit.

In this article, we will provide you with a number of tips on using your mobile storage to its full potential!

Let us start then, shall we?

Mobile storage unit – the advantages

If you still are not sold on the benefits of mobile storage units, let me try and convince you. You usually want to take them in place of a moving truck. Unless you have a specific need for mobile storage, that is. In which case, you already know that you need it and need no convincing.

Man typing on a laptop with word "Security" above his head.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of mobile units is security. You are the only one with the key!

Firstly, these advantages are only if you are using the unit as a moving truck of sorts. Which means that you are performing a DIY move. If you are in need of regular storage services, it is best to contact a reputable moving company. It is always best to leave the move to the professionals but sometimes you just have to roll up the sleeves, yourself.

The advantages of the mobile storage unit are:

  • Convenient
  • Secure
  • Cost-Effective
  • Easy to Schedule


You pack the container whenever you want to, you are not waiting for anyone. Same goes for unpacking, too. You are in charge of your own time. It is also a great way for furniture disposal. So, you have two in one, right?


No one but you has the keys to the unit. That means that you have all the control of who gets to do anything with your stuff. This can be invaluable in some cases as well as a great boon to your peace of mind.


You will be doing the packing and unpacking, which means you will not need to pay for it. It also costs less to rent out and move the mobile storage unit than to rent out a truck. You are saving money on two sides! That does mean that you will have to do the packing and unpacking, unfortunately. There are resources to help you pack, luckily. However, what you can do is outsource those jobs, if you know someone who you trust. It all depends on what kind of items are in there.

Man holding several 20 dollar bills.
You will be saving money with your portable unit!

Easy to schedule

As you are doing most of the work yourself, scheduling is as difficult as you want it to be. The only thing that you do need to schedule is the moving of the unit, which can be easily arranged. Overall, much easier than renting a moving truck, right?

Tips for using a mobile storage unit

There are some things that you should do when renting a storage unit, such as to maximize space, properly seal the unit, etc. For ease of reference, here’s a handy list of tips:

  • Load the Unit Easily
  • Maximize Space
  • Properly Seal the Unit
  • Get Town’s Permission

Load the mobile storage unit easily

What you want to do is wrap all of the bulky items, such as furniture in something called a “shrink-wrap“. They will be easier to move if wrapped with it. It will also serve as an additional layer of protection for your belongings. Thoroughly clean, dry and protect your furniture. Use your furniture as the base for all other items and pack it first inside of the unit.

You can add boxes easier than you can add a sofa, once everything is packed.

Standard packing drill, place heavy and bulky items first and then put other, lighter, items on top.

Maximize space

If you want to truly maximize your space, pack everything as tightly as possible. There will be spaces in between your items, even if you did the packing as tightly as possible. What you want to do is fill these spaces with some of your cloth items.

Inside of a mobile storage unit
Try to use up every last bit of space that you have.

Cloth easily conforms to various shapes and it will plug the holes perfectly. You can also use blankets, towels and any similar items. Make sure to store your special items properly, too. You need to store musical instruments with great care, for example!

Properly seal the mobile storage unit

You need to take extra precaution with your mobile storage unit, as you are the only one with the key! What you need to do is double, even triple-check that everything is clean, dry and properly packed. Which means tightly, so that nothing moves.

If you think that any odors may form inside of the unit, there is a way to remove them. Simply leave a box of baking soda open inside the unit and it will pick up all those nasty smells that may come up. Of course, take every precaution that no smells are allowed to form in the first place!

Get town’s permission

Some places have restrictions on how much time a mobile storage unit can be in front of your house. You need to take note of such restrictions. It mostly depends on where you live, though. If it is an urban environment, you might not have as many liberties. Rural is another thing, there is virtually no one that will mind if you park your storage unit for a couple of decades, if you so wish. Usually, you will need one permit or another to safely park your unit in front of your home. In some places, you will not need anything. It all depends on where you live. Just make sure you are completely safe and that no one will come and bother you.

And those were the tips for using your mobile storage unit! This type of storage is great for regular use and for serving as an impromptu moving truck. More and more people are using these storages as their means of relocating.

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