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Portable storage units are useful in many different situations. If you are looking to get some extra stuff out of your home so that you can get some renovating projects completed or just to decrease the clutter, you can have a storage container dropped off right at your front door. What else could you use this service for? My blog is filled with tips and ideas about how to use portable storage units to make your life a little bit easier. Maybe, you will find a use for portable storage unit that you have not even considered in the past, but comes in extremely handy.


alternative uses for portable storage units

Five Important Ways Friends Help You When You Move Far Away: It's More Than Just Heavy Lifting

Zeynel Hofkamp

Moving long distance isn't something most people look forward to, but when you have friends to help, it's a lot more bearable. Here are five ways your friends can give you help that you probably won't even mind asking for.

1. Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, But You Can't Take Everything With You

Invite your friends over a few days before you're ready to start packing, to provide you with the opportunity to unload what you won't be bringing. Ask them to bring their reusable grocery bags, and start in the kitchen. Give away food you know you won't have time to use and won't want to haul with you. You might also prepare a little to feed them while they're there, too.

The freebies don't end in the kitchen, though, as you may have nail polish that would be hazardous to pack up and transport or cologne bottles you don't want spilling if they've already been opened. Lamps and mirrors are challenging to move, too, so tour the entire home together, clearing it of useful items you won't be bringing. Some of these hazardous items many moving companies cannot transport. Contact a professional moving company, such as United Moving and Storage, and inquire about any items they may be prohibited from transporting.

Although it may be difficult to part with some things, it's better than ruining them in the move. It's also sweet that others have things in their homes to remind them of you and your family after you've moved so far away.

2. Saying Goodbye Over Boxes And Duct Tape

Once you've cleared your home of things you won't be taking, it's time to start packing what will be going with you. That can be a long and arduous process, but not so much when you've got friends helping. Provided you have all the needed supplies and a good plan, you can assign individuals to different rooms or tackle them as a team.

Instruct people on how you want shirts and socks rolled and each breakable dish separated by no less than two sheets of newspaper. Make sure no box is sealed until you've inspected and marked it, so you can keep track of everything.

3. Even The Best Behaved Children Complicate Moving!

Especially if you have kids in diapers or ones that dash from the kitchen out the front door in 10 seconds flat, you should ask for help with them. Hopefully, the friends you can ship the children to are just next door, so handing them off and collecting them is quick and easy.

Without the constant interruptions from kids, you should be able to get much more done.

4. One Last Sleepover, For Old Times' Sake

Although you're likely past the age of pillow fights and pajama parties, having a place to crash the day before you head out is very helpful. This will make the final cleaning of your old home, which should be empty by now, much easier. You can take care of things like an address change, settling-up with the utility company and verifying travel arrangements, without the threat of having to sleep on a cold, bare floor.

This last night could also be a really nice way to say goodbye to your friends. You could have a meal together while discussing how to get together during the next major holiday, without having to worry about cleaning up or disposing of leftovers.

It will also be nice to have a warm, chewy bagel for breakfast, even though your toaster is long gone.

5. Shipping Your Boxes After You've Settled Into The New Place

However you're getting big and heavy furniture in the new house, you don't want to be tripping over a million small boxes while doing so. Not to mention the challenge of coordinating the arrival of your shipped boxes with the arrival of yourself!

Rent a storage unit for what you'll be shipping a week or so before moving, letting the clerk or owner know your friends will be emptying it out and returning the keys. You can schedule shipping in advance to be sure you'll be all settled into the new home before the remainder of your belongings set sail.

6. Support And Encouragement--That's What Friends Are For

Most especially if you're leaving the place you've called home for a long time, you need encouragement and familiarity in your new life. Do not lose touch with your old friends (and not just because they were so helpful with your move). Moving to a new city can be lonely, more so if you're facing a Seattle freeze or the like. If your destination is rural, you may not be afforded many opportunities to make new friends there, either.

Good friends help you through anything and who knows what's in store for you after such a major move.

Don't hesitate to ask your good friends to be part of your big move. This isn't just about heavy lifting; after all, there are many ways to use the opportunity to enlighten each other, both literally and figuratively.