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How to Organize Your Construction Container

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Organizing your equipment in construction containers reduces the time workers spend looking for tools or accessing equipment. When you have a cluttered space, searching for items takes time and energy, especially when multiple people must access it during a construction project. When working on a large project, too many workers looking for items in your unorganized construction container can create a traffic jam, lowering productivity by creating a frustrated and disorganized atmosphere.

5 Tips for Organizing Your Construction Container

A storage container can save on costs and create more efficiency for workers to grab tools on-site, but simple modifications can make the process even easier. Organizing your equipment increases worker productivity, keeps the project on track and saves time and money. In this post, we’ll give five tips for better organizing your equipment in the storage container you buy for your construction site.

1. Make an Inventory List

If you or your employees don’t know what’s in your construction containers before opening them, you may waste time searching for an item that isn’t inside. Creating an inventory list gives you an overview of all the items inside your container, helping you track your items. This is especially helpful if you have multiple construction containers on your jobsite.

In addition to this, an inventory list can help you keep track of the weight and storage size of certain materials. Knowing exactly how much weight is inside your container can be helpful when moving a container. You can move 20ft shipping containers while loaded, but in order to moved 40ft containers, they must have no more than 300 lbs. stored inside.

List all items stored inside each shipping container and leave the list in an easily accessible place, like on the door of your container. Place the list in plastic to preserve it from wind and water damage. With an inventory list, you can be sure that you know what’s in each container before opening it.

2. Prioritize What You Use Most

While you might know what materials your team needs, you might not know precisely how much of those materials you need or where those materials could be best positioned for peak efficiency. Talk with your team members and ask them if they’re satisfied with the organization of their materials and tools.

They might prefer a different organization method or have confusion with the current storage management system. They might struggle to transport heavy objects or have difficulty accessing required materials. If the system doesn’t work for the people interacting with it most, that’s a problem!

It may also be helpful to inspect your storage areas to assess whether your current storage practices may make daily tasks more complicated than they should be.
Once you know your team’s challenges with your current storage system, you’re ready to take the steps required to solve them.

The inside of an insulated construction container. Wooden shelving has been modified into the container wall.
Construction containers get a lot of foot traffic. Make it easier to find the materials you need by organizing with shelves and other storage options.

3. Add Construction Container Shelving

Shelves are essential for maintaining construction equipment when used inside a shipping container. They efficiently organize and store equipment, tools, and supplies, ensuring they are easily accessible and protected from damage. Keeping equipment off the ground and on sturdy shelves lessens the risk of damage due to moisture, dust or other factors.

Shelving units create several levels of tool organization while leaving floor space open for larger items like toolboxes, drills, mixers, etc. With a clear path, you or your crew can move safely through the container and easily find whatever you need. Shelving can ensure that expensive equipment is well-maintained and easily accessible. You can better utilize your container’s complete storage potential with practical shelving.

4. Construction Container Add-Ons to Consider

Sometimes shelves aren’t enough to keep smaller materials and tools organized. Small loose items such as nails, hammers, wrenches, masks and more tend to become lost without organization, creating safety hazards. File cabinets, folding plan tables and desktops can better organize your construction container. Filing cabinets are great for small pack items, like nails, washers and screws. Plan tables or desktops can function as a work surface or a place for toolboxes, hammers and wrenches.

Save time having to buy and install your own tables, desktops, cabinets and more by buying them with your container. We offer container modifications that make it easy to adapt quickly to your construction site’s conditions.

Inside of an insulated construction container. On the back wall there are shelves and cabinets. Storage hooks are on the near wall.
Construction containers can be modified with insulation, shelves, storage hooks, and even electrical outlets and lighting.

5. Invest in a Tool Crib

If you want to move your container while loaded, you need a way to keep everything securely in place. Otherwise, tools, materials and equipment can move around inside the container and become damaged. You might want to invest in a tool crib, a valuable tool for maintaining an organized and efficient construction container space.

Modify a container for construction storage for the best organization and secure moving. Custom tool cribs can give you greater peace of mind regarding container organization, knowing that at the end of the workday, everything’s locked up and accounted for.


Organizing construction equipment inside shipping containers is essential to ensure maximum productivity and safety on the job site. By utilizing shelving units, tool cribs, and other storage solutions, workers can easily store and locate the necessary tools and equipment, reducing the risk of damage or loss.

By taking the time to establish a system for organizing equipment, construction sites can not only save time and money but also prevent accidents and injuries. Depending on your construction site and how many materials are stored, you should plan to re-evaluate your storage conditions between one to four times a year.

With proper storage solutions and maintenance plan to keeping the work area organized, you can streamline your operations, improve efficiency, and create a safer and more productive work environment. Ready to have an organized, efficient storage space where every tool has a place to go? Discover our options for construction containers.

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