It’s an old saying, as relevant as the day it was first uttered: Do it once, do it right.

No one wants to do the same work more than once, yet that’s essentially what thousands of people do every year when they choose to move with conventional moving trucks and storage garages. The good news is that it’s completely avoidable when you pick portable storage units instead.

With the old truck and storage garage model, you move your items at least four times to effect a single move — once from your home to the truck, a second time from the truck to the storage garage, then again a third time from the storage garage to the truck and finally from the truck to your new home. Little wonder no one looks forward to moving!

Using a portable storage unit, in contrast, cuts that work in half. Here’s how:

Portable storage units are delivered right to your doorstep when you’re ready to move; you move your items into them just once, and then the unit is moved to the storage facility. When it’s time to move into your new space, the unit is delivered and your items can be moved right in. Two moves instead of four –and, as you might’ve noticed, at the end of this process you’ve driven yourself exactly zero miles.

But you’re not just saving time and effort, you’re probably saving your belongings as well. Cutting down on the number of times something is moved also significantly reduces the likelihood of anything getting damaged or broken; what’s more, you have fewer opportunities for small parts to fall by the wayside, and fewer chances for anything to get left on the street.

Read portable storage reviews to see which company is right for your needs.