Moving with Pets

A dog sits on a moving box inside of a home

Our pets can be susceptible to any changes in their day-to-day lives—no matter how minor the differences are. If you have a move coming up, they will likely notice a shift in the household energy far before your scheduled moving day. So don’t be surprised if you see them acting a little anxious as you pack and prepare to move from your home. If you have a move with pets coming up, take a look at some of our helpful tips and guidelines for a smooth and stress-free transition.

How Much Does It Cost to Relocate a Pet?

There shouldn’t be too many additional costs to prepare for if you drive to your new home instead of flying. However, you may want to invest in some items that can make your pet more comfortable in the vehicle if you do not own them already. For instance, a travel crate will ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable during a long trip. If you do not have room in your car for a crate, you should use a car harness to ensure they are secure. This will protect them in the case of an accident and keep them from jumping out of the car when the door is open.

You will likely incur additional costs if you take your pets on a plane to get to your new home. Every airline has different pet policies, so we encourage you to thoroughly research the fees and policies of each airline BEFORE you book your tickets. If you have plans to stay in a hotel during your trip, you should also be sure to find one that is pet-friendly and be prepared for an additional charge. Some hotels will not charge for pets under a certain weight, but you should speak to a representative before booking.

How Do you Move Long-Distance with a Pet?

Whether you are moving locally or long-distance with your pet, you must prepare to ensure you have a successful transition from one home to another. We are big fans of checklists and schedules—they are a great way to make sure everything that needs to get done is completed promptly. For a move with pets, we recommend creating a task and reminder list separated by the significant “moments” of the move: before the move, moving day, and settling into the new home.

Before You Move

The weeks leading up to your move may be the most critical part of this process. So here are some things you should have on your list as you prepare for moving day.

  1. Microchips and tags: If your pet isn’t microchipped or wearing a collar with detailed tags, we would advise you to have this done before moving day. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a pet to slip out of the home on moving day. Doors tend to get left open as people move things out, and our pets can sneak out unnoticed. If this does happen, you will be grateful that your pet has identifying information so someone can get them back to you.
  2. Schedule a vet visit: It can be good to ensure your pet is caught up on their vaccines and physical exam before your move. You may need some time to find a new vet in your new hometown, so making sure they are healthy and up to date on their shots is recommended. In addition, now is an excellent time to get a refill on any needed medications, and if your pet is a nervous traveler, you can ask your vet for some calming meds for the trip.
  3. Schedule boarding or a pet sitter: If you have a trusted pet sitter or local boarding facility, consider scheduling a mini-vacation for your pet for moving day. Pets can get particularly antsy on moving days due to the stress and movement. Not only do some pets run away, but some pets will also get into food and other items that can be dangerous for them.

Moving Day With Your Pet

If you are keeping your pets home on moving day, we recommend making sure they have a room to be kept comfortable and secure. This will help ensure they cannot leave home or get into things that can harm them. You can secure them in a room with some of their favorite toys and keep that door shut while you are busy moving things outside. Tape a sign to the door so everyone helping knows to keep that door shut. Don’t forget to leave out your pet’s food, treats, bowls, toys, and medications you will need on the trip.

Considerations for Moving with a Dog

Unlike cats, dogs will need to go outside to use the bathroom. They also need to go on walks to work out their energy. When we get busy moving, it can be hard to remember that they depend on us to take them out for walks and use the bathroom. If you need to, set reminders on your phone to make sure that your pups get to go outside frequently during the day.

Considerations for Moving with a Cat

Cats are not typically used to staying in a carrier. It can be a problem for some cats who have issues with being kept in small spaces. If you know that your cat panics in a small carrier (like when you travel to your vet visits), you may want to train them in the weeks leading up to your move. You can do this by leaving your carrier out during this time and encouraging them to spend time there. You can place their favorite treats and toys in the carrier to make it a comfortable and inviting space for them.

Settling In Your New Home

When you get to your new home, you may have to give it a good deep cleaning to rid the house of any scents left by the previous owners and their pets. Don’t be too alarmed if you notice your pets acting moody, depressed, or anxious in your new home. They have had their whole world turned upside down, so adjusting to their new surroundings may take some time. They just need some love and attention to get used to their new residence.

Zippy Shell is Here for You

We can’t move your pet for you, but we can help make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Our mobile storage and moving solutions are perfect for a self-paced move. So give us a call at 888-947-7974 for more information and a free estimate.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best Ways to Pack Makeup and Jewelry for Moving

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Are you getting ready to move? You probably already have a moving checklist, but it is still easy to forget some of the most critical items, like makeup and jewelry. A detailed moving list would not be complete without them! No fear, though, the Zippy Shell moving and storage experts are here for you with some of our favorite hacks to ensure your cosmetics and jewelry make it to your new location just as fresh as when you started your move. Following are some of the absolute best ways to avoid a makeup and jewelry mishap.

What Are the Best Ways to Pack Makeup?

  1. Pack Only After Purging
    Makeup products continue to hang around over time. You may not throw out the old ones as you try new products. Preparing for a move is a great time to toss old makeup, open makeup containers, and makeup you are no longer using. Open makeup, especially items like mascara, can breed bacteria. Good Housekeeping has an easy-to-follow guide on when you should replace your cosmetics that will be helpful when you start purging before packing.
  2. Protect Your Makeup
    There is nothing worse than opening the makeup box and finding that your powdered makeup, like powdered eyeshadow or blush, has crumbled – making it unusable. Put cotton pads inside the container (yes, right on top of the makeup) to insulate the powder as the boxes are moved or jostled. We recommend wrapping them in packing paper, newspaper, or other packing material just like you would for glass items going into a box.
  3. Be Prepared for Leaks
    As the boxes are moved into and from the Zippy Shell container, poorly packed bottles that contain liquid may leak, getting their oils or liquid on other items. To avoid the potential mess, use individual plastic bags or plastic wrap to provide added protection. Also, check every lid to ensure it is tightened before packing.
  4. Use Several Boxes, Not Just One
    It may be tempting to minimize the number of boxes, but when it comes to moving makeup, that’s not the way to go. Instead of filling up one giant box with all your cosmetics, separate your makeup into smaller containers. It would be best to place plenty of padding or bubble wrap in the boxes to prevent movement within the box.
  5. Extra Tips on Packing Makeup for Air Travel
    If you are catching a plane to your new location, check the airline’s rules for carry-on before packing up your favorite cosmetics. There may be specific rules you will need to follow for liquid items. But generally, you will want to keep all your liquids, pastes, and creams under 3.4 oz, and they need to fit in a quart-size plastic bag. The less you bring, the better! Ensure all the lids are tight, and tape the lids down for extra security.

What Are the Best Jewelry Packing Tips?

  1. Best Ways to Pack and Transport Earrings
    Earrings are tricky to pack and move. You know how easy it is to lose earrings during a regular day? It’s even easier during the packing process! One of our favorite tips is to use spare buttons to keep pairs of earrings together. Another easy solution is to store your earrings in pillboxes. This technique will only work for small pairs of earrings, but it is a great way to keep your earrings from getting lost in the move. Finally, if you have some thin foam sheeting or even Styrofoam plates, you can stick your earrings through the foam, put the backs on, and place transparent tape on the backs for extra security. This can be a better solution if you have more oversized earrings that will not work in a pillbox or on spare buttons.
  2. Packing and Transporting Rings
    Jewelry is an investment, and that is particularly true of rings. Finding a reliable way to pack your expensive rings and transport them safely to your new location should be an essential item on your moving checklist. One of our top hacks is to use clean foam egg cartons to get your favorite rings from point A to point B without any damage. Simply wash and dry a Styrofoam egg carton, place a ring in each space, and use a small ball of newspaper to insulate the ring from movement. Be sure to tape the carton closed when you are finished to keep it securely shut during transport. Don’t forget to label your egg carton before packing it away!
  3. How to Pack and Transport Necklaces and Bracelets
    Necklaces and bracelets are sometimes tough to pack and transport without ending up in a difficult, tangled mess. Fortunately, we have a few ways you can store your bracelets and necklaces so that they make it to your new location in perfect condition. One of the easiest ways is to use a drinking straw to keep your necklaces separated during your move. You simply thread your necklace through the straw and clasp it to secure it around the straw. You can cut down the plastic straw to use the same method for small necklaces or bracelets. If you have necklaces and bracelets that will not fit through a straw, you can use an empty paper towel roll to keep your bracelets and necklaces safe and untangled. You can also purchase jewelry travel organizers that will do a great job storing your different pieces.
  4. Don’t Forget to Inventory Your Valuable Jewelry
    Finally, take the time to inventory expensive, valuable, or sentimental jewelry before packing them up. Take close-up photos of each piece and use a spreadsheet to store all the pertinent information you will need in the unfortunate event that your jewelry is damaged, lost, or stolen. Be sure to check with your insurance company before your move to determine what information they would need before you pack up your jewelry.

Zippy Shell Can Help You Move

Zippy Shell understands how difficult a move can be, but we have the solutions to ease the stress. Whether you are moving across town or the country, Zippy Shell offers storage and moving solutions to make your transition a smooth and stress-free experience. Our steel, weather-proof containers are perfect for keeping your stuff safe in storage or in transit. Call us at 888-947-7974 or check us out online to find out more and even receive a free, no-obligation estimate for your storage or moving needs. In the meantime, check out our moving guides for more moving tips and tricks.

Tips for Moving Out of An Apartment

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If you are getting ready to move out of an apartment, you probably wonder how you will plan a smooth transition when there are so many things to do. First, you will need to get your stuff packed and moved out, and then make sure the apartment is clean and damage-free when you walk out for the last time. Check out some of our best tips for tenants moving out of an apartment.

Purge Before Moving Out of Your Apartment
Before moving out of your apartment, you should go through your belongings and purge anything you no longer use or want. You can donate any gently used items or even sell the items online for a little extra moving cash. The more you can get rid of, the fewer boxes you will need for packing. That’s a win! As a bonus, you will have more space in your location.

Create a To-Do List
You will need a comprehensive to-do list to avoid any mishaps or obstacles as you move out of your apartment. Like any big project, a plan will go a long way to ensuring success. Here are some critical items we think you should put on your list:
1) Choose a move-out date and give your landlord notice
2) Check rental documents and see if you will receive a security deposit or have already paid last month’s rent.
3) Call utility companies and give them your scheduled cut-off date.
4) Make a list of any repairs that are needed so you are not charged fees or lose your security deposit. Plan to get all repairs completed before your landlord does a walkthrough.
5) Call the property manager to determine if you need any special permissions for movers, moving and storage containers, and elevator usage.
6) Alert your renter’s insurance company about the change.
7) Stock up on boxes, packing tape, labels (or Sharpies), bubble wrap, and other packing materials.
8) Change your address.
9) Schedule a utility turn-on date for your new location.
10) Gather all the keys to the apartment to return to your landlord.
11) Leave out the cleaning supplies you will need to deep clean the apartment before moving out.

Give Plenty of Notice
One of the first things you should do is give the landlord notice of your expected move-out date. Your lease agreement will outline how much notice is necessary, but it typically ranges from 30- to 90-days. If you don’t give your landlord enough notice, you may be subject to added fees. You should also alert your utility services to schedule your shut-off date.

Fix What You Can
If you hope to get your security deposit back, leaving the apartment unit as damage-free as possible is essential. This includes holes or nicks in the walls, baseboards, and door frames. It can be surprisingly easy to patch up small holes and indentations, and it is worth the effort to get your security deposit back.

How Clean Should Your Apartment Be When You Move Out?
Your apartment should be deep cleaned and damage-free when you make your final exit. Still, landlords and property management companies typically expect the unit to resemble the state it was in when you moved in. You can hire a cleaning company to complete the final clean or make sure you get it spic-and-span from top to bottom yourself. Here are some areas that sometimes get forgotten during the final clean (for a complete list, you should review your rental agreement):
1) Dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures
2) Removing any cobwebs from ceilings and walls (check the corners).
3) Wipe down all blinds and clean all windows.
4) Check the walls for any nail holes. You can use putty to patch the walls and paint the areas with matching paint.
5) Wipe down the baseboards and door frames.
6) Vacuum and sweep all floors.
7) Mop any hard floor surfaces and have any carpets cleaned. Pay extra close attention to any stains on the carpets.
8) Deep clean the appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, washer, and dryer.

What Happens if You Don’t Clean When You Move Out?
You will find details of the consequences in your rental agreement. If you decide to skip the cleaning part of the process, you may be subject to fees or lose some or all your security deposit. In any case, it’s always good practice to leave your apartment junk-free and clean.

Consider a Pre-Inspection
If you are worried that you will miss something that could cost you your deposit, you can request a pre-inspection from your landlord or property manager. This will allow you to make any additional repairs before the final walk-through.

Moving Day
After many weeks of planning, preparing, packing, and cleaning, the big day has finally arrived. Moving day is always a challenging and sometimes emotional day. Be sure to take some time when you have moved everything out to look around one last time to ensure nothing is left behind or needs to be cleaned again. Then, reach out to your landlord to return all your keys and let them know the unit has been vacated.

Zippy Shell Can Help Make Your Move Easy
Our on-site storage and moving containers can help make your move a breeze. Because you can pack at your own pace, you can move your things out of your apartment on your timeline. Then, when you are ready, we can transport the container to a secure storage facility or deliver it to your new home—it’s up to you! Call Zippy Shell today at 888-947-7974 for more information or a free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Simplify Your Move With Portable Storage Containers

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How do you feel about your upcoming move? Moving is often ranked as one of the most overwhelming events in life. Excitement, anticipation, relief, hope, nervousness, trepidation, and all the emotions in between can and probably will be felt during a move. After an initial excitement, the emotion that sometimes takes over is a feeling of being overwhelmed. To help ease the burden, we want to explain how ditching the moving truck rental and using a portable storage container instead can make the whole moving process more straightforward and less stressful.

Gift of Time – To reduce stress during a move, you absolutely must give yourself sufficient time to devote to each step of the moving process. After being delivered to your home, a portable storage container can be loaded at your own pace. The ability to take your time to pack your items carefully will bring a feeling of calmness over the process.

Easier Loading –  All on-site storage containers feature barn-style doors and ground-level design, making them easy to load. The innovative design of our containers allows for placement in tight spots and at challenging angles. This eliminates the need for dangerous and challenging loading ramps.

Painless Transportation – There are countless horror stories of DIY movers getting into an accident in their rental truck or having the truck break down on moving day. Moving trucks are longer, wider, heavier, and much taller than the typical car or truck, requiring you to seek an alternate route to accommodate the larger size of the rental truck. When using a portable storage unit, all you need to do is load and unload your container. Leave the driving to us! After picking up your loaded container, we’ll take it to a secure storage facility or transport it directly to your destination.

Security – Your stored items are always safe in Zippy Shell’s street-legal mobile containers because you are the only one with a key. We know how precious your belongings are, which is why our portable storage containers are all-steel and weatherproof. If you need to store items for any length of time, your secured storage container will be delivered to a temperature-controlled storage facility where your belongings will be safe and secure.

Flexibility –  It’s not uncommon to find yourself with a few days, weeks, or months to spare in between moving dates. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading your belongings one time into portable storage containers. These can be stored until you’re ready for the second phase of your move. Feel confident knowing that your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are safe while waiting to move to your final destination.

We invite you to compare Zippy Shell to moving truck rentals. We think our portable storage and moving containers offer tons of flexibility with a predictable cost that will simplify your move. Using a portable storage container allows you to have a little more control over the moving process and moving timeline. This shell has you covered! Call Zippy Shell today to get a quote.

The Top 10 Best Wintertime Moving Tips

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Wintertime moves can come with their own set of unique challenges. The biggest challenges being the unpredictable weather and the cold temperatures! So what do you do? You expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Be prepared for a wintertime moving day with the following tips.

  • Don’t pack away all of your winter supplies. Place supplies like your shovel, ice scraper, salt, and winter accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats in the car with you. You never know if you will need to clear a path in the snow with the shovel or throw some ice down on the sidewalk to keep everyone safe on moving day.
  • Make sure that all of the utilities at your new home are turned on and actually working before you start moving. We recommend getting everything turned on about two days before your move. You are going to need to be able to heat your new place right away!
  • Allow extra travel time as street conditions can be very unpredictable in the winter. Keep your eyes on traffic reports and use a map app that will adjust your route if there are possible traffic issues that might slow you down.
  • When dealing with a wintery moving day, the goal should be to get everything moved to or from the truck/container and out of the weather as quickly as possible. This means parking your moving vehicle at whatever door you can get physically closest to. This will allow you to move your items quickly and efficiently while also keeping them out of the weather as much as possible.
  • Another way to move items out of the weather quickly is to use an assembly line strategy with a dedicated indoor crew and outdoor crew. The outdoor crew will move items to and from the truck/container and then hand off to the indoor crew. This is an efficient way to move boxes and other smaller items. It also prevents sludge from being tracked inside.
  • In wintery weather, use plastic trash bags, heavy blankets, tarps, and moving pads to wrap items that are not secured in a box. You can add extra layers of protection to electronics or other cold/moisture sensitive items by first wrapping them in blankets and then securely wrapping in plastic to form a protective barrier.
  • Be sure everyone is wearing enough appropriate winter clothing to stay warm and safe. Take special care to keep extremities like your head, hands, and feet warm with hats, gloves, and boots. Consider offering everyone on your crew “hot hands” packets to place in their pockets to warm up frosty fingers.
  • For extra protection, line the entryway to your home with old rugs and towels to catch the sludge off everyone’s shoes. You can also use dry cardboard or newspapers on your floor to protect them from the elements.
  • Keep plenty of dry towels on hand. Use them to quickly dry snow off of any items that could be damaged by excess moisture.
  • Have plenty of hot cocoa or hot cider available to keep your crew warm from the inside out!

Moving in the winter can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Zippy Shell bravely accepts! Using Zippy Shell portable storage and moving containers allows you to pack and move at your own pace. Call (888) 947-7974 to schedule your move today.

The Pros and Cons of Living in an Apartment or Condo

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Is the apartment or condo life for you? Both are similar in structure, being an individual unit within a larger residential building, but ownership is the main difference between an apartment and a condo. An apartment is rented while an individual owns a condo. Whether you decide to rent or buy, there are significant pros and cons of living in a multi-family dwelling instead of a single-family residence.

Benefits of Living in an Apartment or Condo Community

  • Less Maintenance – Does the thought of spending your free time cleaning, maintaining a home, and doing chores leave you feeling frustrated and empty? Mowing the lawn, pressure washing the driveway, weeding the flower beds, and cutting back the shrubs will all become a thing of the past in an apartment or condo.
  • Reduced Utilities – Living in an apartment or condo usually means reducing the square footage of your living space which should equate to lower utility bills.
  • Amenities – Many complexes offer upgraded amenities to what you would find in a single-family dwelling. Things like a pool, fitness gym, walking trails, pet spa, tennis courts, clubhouse, beefed-up security, and even a coffee shop can be found on site.
  • Community – Often, living in an apartment or condo complex fosters a greater sense of community. When you live in such close quarters with your neighbors, it is easier to get to know them and spend time with them.

Drawbacks of Living in an Apartment or Condo Community

  • Smaller Dwellings – Space comes at a premium in apartment or condo life. You may be at a point in your life where “bigger is not always better” and “less is more.” But it would be beneficial to look at how you use your living space to determine if everything would fit your new life. Think about any hobbies that require an open-air space like a patio or garage, as those are much harder to find in these communities.
  • Additional Fees – The lack of maintenance and excellent amenities usually come with a price tag in the form of HOA fees or rental fees. You will need to decide if the ease of living and added extras are worth the added fees. Factor these costs into the complete financial summary of each option.
  • Noise Level – Sharing walls, floors, and the ceiling with neighbors can come with its own set of challenges. Many communities have clear expectations of noise regulation hours. Are you willing to abide by the noise regulations and do you have reasonable expectations for the noise levels of your neighbors?
  • Lack of Control – In an apartment or condo, you will not have complete control over decisions regarding building repair, building upgrades, and even some community issues. Many people enjoy not worrying about these items, but others find the lack of control too hard of a pill to swallow. 

Zippy Shell is the perfect solution for those looking to downsize or move into a smaller space. With portable storage, you can forego the hassle of having to drive your extra belongings to a storage location. A storage unit can be delivered to your home, where you can load your belongings into it directly. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading one time into portable storage containers versus multiple times with self-storage. Contact us today for answers to any questions you may have!

6 Ways You Can Reduce Your Moving Costs

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The expenses of a move can add up quickly and wreak havoc on your wallet. Moving supplies, moving company fees, and time off from work all add up after a while. And if you are moving into a new home, you can expect down payments, closing costs, and broker fees! With a bit of research, planning, and patience, you can reduce moving costs with the following six tips.

  1. Eliminate & Save: A move is a great time to eliminate clutter and items you don’t need. Moving companies base their prices on things you are shipping, so lighten the load and save some cash. Toss, donate, sell or store these items. Remember, donations count as a tax deduction.
  2. Savvy Scheduling: If possible, avoid scheduling during the peak moving season (summer). The least expensive time of the year to schedule a move is between October and April. Discover additional savings by scheduling during the middle of the week or the middle of the month.
  3. Packing Supplies: Avoid hefty fees from moving companies and provide your own packing supplies. Use containers you may already have, such as suitcases and plastic bins. For padding, use everyday household items such as blankets, towels, t-shirts, and socks. Ask for free used boxes at grocery and beverage retailers.
  4. Portable Storage & Delivery: An option to consider instead of hiring a moving company is to get portable storage and delivery. Zippy Shell can deliver portable storage to your door, pick it up, and deliver it to your new home. And you’ll save money packing it yourself.
  5. DIY Move: One more cost-effective way to move is to pack and load your stuff yourself. Enlisting friends and family to help can make the process smoother and even a bit more fun. Be sure to reward their efforts with breaks, snacks, and meals. Sandwiches and pizza are great options for feeding a hungry crew on a budget.
  6. Tax Deduction: Save your receipts and deduct your moving expenses from your taxes if you relocate at least 50 miles for a new job. You can deduct the cost of packing, transporting, or storing your household items from next year’s tax return.

Consider these essential tips to help reduce moving costs during your next move. Saving cash getting your stuff shipped will free up a few bucks to spruce up your new home or to save for a rainy day! And if you are looking to schedule a storage container or seek moving advice, contact Zippy Shell today!

Step By Step Guide to Packing Your Kitchen

A modern kitchen in a home.

The kitchen is probably one of the most challenging rooms in your house to pack. There are so many small and odd-shaped items to account for when packing the kitchen. Here is a step-by-step guide to save your sanity while packing this important room.

Gather all your supplies. You will need sturdy boxes of multiple sizes. The trick is to keep each box under around a 40lb limit whenever possible. Have plenty of unprinted newspaper or packing paper on hand. The ink on standard newspapers can bleed onto your belongings, causing discoloration, so be sure to choose the unprinted variety. Bubble wrap is suitable for wrapping fragile or breakable objects before placing them in a box. It can be used for dishes and glassware in the kitchen. The most time-saving tool for packing is probably a tape gun dispenser. It allows you to seal the bottom and tops of all your boxes quickly. Be sure to have a permanent marker or a pack of labels to place on all the boxes after they are packed.

Set aside a box for kitchen essentials. You can pack the majority of your kitchen up to about a week in advance of your move, but you will need to leave out some essentials to get you through the days surrounding your move. The bare necessities are a few dishes, mugs, cutlery for each family member, a good pan, a cutting board, and the coffee machine. Add any other kitchen items you can’t live without for a few days to this pile as well.

Start by packing less frequently used kitchen items like vases, serving dishes, special occasion items, wine glasses, wall hangings, cookbooks, and small appliances. Before packing each item, think about the last time it was used. If you haven’t used it in the previous six months, don’t pack and move it.

Pack the drawers and shelves. Sort your silverware according to type and give each group a tight wrap with a rubber band. If you have a cutlery tray, it is easiest to use plastic wrap to wrap around the tray and then place it flat inside a box—stack pots and pans with the smaller ones nestled into the larger ones. Add a piece of packing paper between them to prevent scratches. Keep like-items together as much as possible to make unpacking easier.

Wrap each plate or bowl separately before placing them in a box. Once you’ve wrapped a few plates, stack them and fully wrap the entire stack together. Place the stack into the box vertically instead of horizontally for the best protection. Use whatever material you have left to pad the bottom, sides, top, and empty spaces of the box – your extra packing paper or towels are perfect for this as they will need to be packed anyway. Extra room in boxes can cause them to collapse.

It is best to pack glasses and stemware in a divided box. Even with dividers, you’ll still want to wrap each item in packing paper. Don’t pack anything on top of glasses as they are too fragile. Fill out the box with packing paper and label “this side up” and “fragile” to help keep your cups and glasses safe while in transit.

Zippy Shell storage centers are equipped with climate control and added security to keep your belongings safe and secure. When you are ready, we can redeliver your storage container or move it to your next destination.

Small Space Living: Is it Right for You?

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Do you ascribe to the saying “bigger is not always better”? Does the theory “less is more” appeal to you? These are signs that small space living may be right for you. Less space means fewer belongings, which means less to clean and maintain, giving you more time to enjoy life. From tiny homes to efficient apartments to co-living with others, small space living is a trend that is becoming more popular. Here are six signs that you have come to a place in your life where downsizing makes sense.

  • You desire more time to focus on the areas of your life that are important to you instead of spending all of your time maintaining a home. Simplifying your life is a great way to reduce stress offering the time and space to pursue your interests and create the life you truly desire.
  • You find yourself spending your free time cleaning, maintaining a home, and doing chores leaves you feeling frustrated and empty. Does the thought of cleaning your home with minimal effort appeal to you?
  • You are willing to give up some of your possessions if it means freeing your time to pursue things you love. Do you find yourself daydreaming about how you could spend all the extra hours in the day that would be a result of small space living?
  • You are comfortable living with less, and you already know that possessions don’t bring happiness. Are you the type of person that would much rather give or receive experiences instead of material items?
  • Reducing the amount of debt in your life has become a priority, and saving money on housing would help you meet your financial goals. Small space living means saving money on the purchase or rent of the home in addition to saving money on utility bills, furnishings, appliances, and more. Also, small space living drastically reduces impulse spending. Living in a small space usually means every spare inch of your home is put to use. You will think twice about purchases knowing you will have to clear out space to make room for a new item.
  • You don’t mind sharing your space. Unless you are single, small space living requires a certain amount of closeness with your partner, family members, or roommate. Small spaces can feel confining when shared with another person, but agreeing to set boundaries and discussing how your habits impact each other is an excellent place to start. It also helps to designate a specific area for each person to call their own.

Zippy Shell is the perfect solution for those looking to downsize or move into a small space. With portable storage, you can forego the hassle of having to drive your extra belongings to a storage location. A storage unit can be delivered to your home or business, where you can load your belongings into it directly. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading one time into portable storage containers versus multiple times with self-storage. Check us out today for answers to any questions you may have!

4 Packing Tips From the Professionals

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Many special life occasions call for packing your belongings away – remodeling, relocating, downsizing, extended stay house guests, heading off to school, or extensive travel. Of course, you want all of your belongings to be intact at the end of their time spent packed away in boxes. We hope to alleviate some of your worries with these great packing tips from the pros to make packing as smooth as possible.

  • Be particular about the boxes that you use. Every box needs to be in good shape and sturdy enough to protect your belongings. Before packing, check all boxes for bugs, cracks, tears, or pre-existing water damage. Double tape the bottom of any box that will contain fragile or heavy items. Cardboard boxes are most commonly used because they are inexpensive, stackable, easy to label, and recyclable. But if you are planning on storing your items long-term in a place that is not climate controlled, you may want to consider using plastic bins. They will protect your belongings from moisture, heat, and pests.
  • Never skimp on packing materials. Packing paper is relatively inexpensive and can be used to wrap objects or crumpled up to fill empty spaces in boxes. Packing peanuts made of small pieces of styrofoam can also be used to fill empty spaces. Fragile items should be wrapped before filling your box with packing peanuts because they do not provide enough cushion on their own. Bubble wrap is best used to wrap around delicate or fragile items. You will still need to use crumpled packing paper or packing peanuts to fill the box around the bubble-wrapped item. You can save money by using packing materials that you already have on hand. Thick household blankets can be used in place of moving blankets, and towels or clothing can be used to wrap items before packing.  If boxes are not tightly packed, there is the potential for shifting and damage. So pack boxes as tightly as possible and fill any leftover space with your packing materials.
  • Protect odd-shaped items that will not fit in a box. The best thing to do is to wrap these items as securely as possible. Protect delicate elements and protruding parts with bubble wrap, covering the entire piece in moving blankets, and secure everything with packing tape or plastic wrap.
  • It is important to remember that not all of your belongings should be packed in a box. Important personal documents should be placed into a locked box or briefcase and transported with you. Items such as aerosol cans, fertilizer, pesticides, charcoal, disinfectants, ammunition, fireworks, pool cleaning chemicals, paint thinner, fire extinguishers, car batteries, and gas cans are considered too hazardous for moving. You can consider giving these away to neighbors before moving or properly disposing of them. Your delicate, leafy friends will almost certainly not survive a trip in a portable storage container or moving truck. You will be better off moving your plants yourself or gifting them to a friend before moving.

With Zippy Shell, you get the peace of mind your belongings will stay safe when stored at one of our secure warehouse facilities. When you are ready, we can redeliver your storage container or move it to your next destination. We want to make moving and storage simple for you and your family, so give us a call today to see how we can help you!