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Hurricane Season: How You Need To Prepare

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Jun 2018

Hurricane Season: How You Need To Prepare

As of June 1st, hurricane season is back again. While hurricane season can be long (it officially goes through November 30th), it’s best to be prepared ahead of time. A hurricane can quickly cause widespread devastation, but planning and preparing can make a big difference in the case of an emergency. Here’s 6 important ways to prepare for this years hurricane season.

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Plan Your Evacuation

If you live in an area that may need to evacuate, especially coastal or low-lying areas, plan your evacuation ahead of time. Check with your state’s Department of Transportation or Office Emergency Management website to find what roads are used for evacuations during an emergency. Even if you don’t live in an evacuation area, it’s still a good idea to be aware of these evacuation routes. Most cities and counties also have an emergency shelter location that you should know of beforehand. Plan ahead of time where you will go once you evacuate- whether that be a family or friend’s home, or a specific city or state.

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Stock Up Your Pantry

Items like bottled water and canned goods fly off the shelves when a hurricane is approaching. When a hurricane is a huge threat, many stores run out of supplies quickly, and you may not be able to get them in time. Since stores are currently very stocked up, grab gallons of water, canned foods and non-perishable goods the next time you head to the grocery or convenience store. It is suggest to have at least a 3-5 day supply of food and water for your family during an emergency.

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Gather Emergency Supplies

Gathering emergency supplies in advance is a necessity before a hurricane arrives. Just to name a few, you’ll need to have flashlights/candles, matches, first aid kid, radio, toiletries, batteries, portable phone chargers, and blankets. Ready.gov has a full list of emergency supplies to have on hand. If you have any important medications or medical equipment, make sure your prescriptions are up to date and you have enough on hand.

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Organize Critical Documents

If an evacuation is mandatory, or if you are choosing to evacuate, you may be in a hurry to grab your stuff and hit the road. Taking important paper documents with you is extremely important. Get a binder or some type of storage, preferably one that is waterproof, for your paperwork and gather all your papers ahead of time. Besides items like birth certificates, passports and social security cards, print extra copies of documents like your health insurance, home owners insurance, bank information and an emergency contact list. Keep some extra cash in with these documents too, as you may need some if you evacuate.

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Check Your Insurance

Insurance plays a huge factor into the aftermath of hurricane destruction. It’s best to review all details of your insurance before a hurricane hits, so you are well informed on your coverage as well as the insurance company’s policies. Home or renter’s insurance is most important, but don’t forget to check on health insurance, car insurance, storage unit insurance, flood insurance. and any other insurance you may have.

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Prepare Your Home

If your home could possibly be damaged by a hurricane, it’s a good plan to stock up early on items like sandbags to put by doors and plywood to cover windows to help keep your home safe during the storm. For inside your home, invest in surge protectors so your electronics don’t get fried if there’s a power outage. Outside, check that all your drains and gutters are cleared out so they are draining correctly and won’t create more flooding. If you have items like patio furniture, potted plants, flagpoles or any other items that may need to be put in before a hurricane comes, make sure you’ve cleared some room in your garage, attic, spare room or storage unit to put these items away for safety.

While we all hope this hurricane season will be more calm than last year, you never know what mother nature has in store this season. Remember, safety is most important, and you should always listen to government guidelines and mandates. Utilize these tips so you can be prepared ahead of time and have a safe game plan during hurricane season!


6 Ways To Get Super Organized Before Summer

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May 2018

6 Ways To Get Super Organized Before Summer

Can you believe the summer months are already almost here? Neither can we! Summertime can be filled with wonderful things like vacations, beach days, kids camps and so much more. Getting prepared now can help make your summer a relaxing and stress-free time! Here’s 6 ways to get super organized before the summer fun starts.

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Create A Summer Car Kit

Nothing is worse than getting to the beach or pool and realizing you left something important at home, like sunscreen or towels. With a Summer car kit, no need to worry if you left something at home! Fill a plastic tote bin up with all your outdoor necessities- like an extra change of clothes, hats, sunscreen, snacks, hand sanitizer, first aid kid, and any other items you love bringing with you on your day trips. Keep your bin in your car so your kit is with you wherever you go!

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Keep Track Of Your Summer Activities With A Checklist

If you’re a busy mother or father with kids, a sociable college student on break, or just someone trying to take advantage of some of the best months of the year- it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all of your plans summer plans. Try utilizing a printable summer workbook checklist to keep yourself accountable for all your goals and events. Daily and weekly checklists are a great way to remember your gym classes, sports games and practices, birthday parties, and the any of the other things you and your family may have planned!

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Prep Snacks For Busy Days

We’ve all had those days where you’re running around and all of a sudden it hits you- you’re hungry! Instead of heading out to your favorite fast food place or ruining your diet with an unhealthy snack, prep some freezer friendly foods that you can pop out and make in a few minutes. For breakfast or snacks, smoothie packs are perfect for on the go. Try something like easy frozen yogurt bites or DIY freezer Uncrustable sandwiches that are loved by everyone of all ages and easy to take with you.

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Pull Seasonal Items From Your Attic Or Storage Unit

Some of your favorite summer items, like swimsuits, bicycles, warm weather clothing, or pool toys, may be stored away in places like your attic or storage unit. Instead of waiting until the last minute, start your summer break off on the right foot and get the summer items you need out sooner than later. Take any cooler weather items you won’t be using over summer break, and put them away in storage to give yourself some more space.

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Create Extra Storage With Pallet Wood or PVC Pipes

Making extra storage doesn’t have to be expensive! There are so many DIY projects to create extra space in your home or outdoor space using pallet wood or PVC pipes. Storage can be created to hold pool toys, arts and crafts, garage tools and so much more. If you’re interested in getting a head start on making storage for summer, check out our blog post to see 8 ways to use PVC pipes for storage.

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Stock Up On Inexpensive Bins

Help keep your home clutter free this summer by stocking up on inexpensive bins or baskets. Place the bins in your outdoor area to keep pool toys and towels, in the garage on a shelving unit to store outdoor toys, or in your home to keep flip flops and summer shoes in one spot. The possibilities are endless with bins or baskets, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so- you can find them at your local dollar store!

Whether your summer is jam packed with plans, or you just see yourself spending some time going to the beach or hanging out with friends or family, make your summer that much better by getting organized ahead of time!


Win An Amazon Echo Spot This Summer With Personal Mini Storage!

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Apr 2018

Win An Amazon Echo Spot This Summer With Personal Mini Storage!

Summer is approaching which means it’s time for college students to store your belongings over summer break! Starting April 1st until May 31st, rent a storage unit with us and ‘share’ our pinned contest post on our Facebook page to be entered to win an Amazon Echo Spot! 

View our Facebook contest post here

Rules: Contest open to legal residents who are age 18 or older. Must rent unit between the dates of 4/1/2018 and 5/31/2018. Unit must be rented at one of our eligible locations. Winner will be notified via e-mail address and/or phone number given at time of lease signing.

Eligible locations:
Personal Mini Storage Forsyth: 2875 Forsyth Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792
Personal Mini Storage Leesburg: 1520 US Hwy 441, Leesburg, FL 34748
Personal Mini Storage GNV441: 8825 NW 13th Street
I-75 Business Park & Self Storage: 4500 SW 41st Blvd.
Personal Mini Storage GNV34: 4432 SW 34th St
South West Self Storage: 3300 SW 42nd St.
Archer Road Self Storage: 6505 SW Archer Rd.
Archer Road Business Park: 6505 SW Archer Rd.
Extra Closet St. Petersburg: 2401 Anvil St N, St Petersburg, FL 33710
Personal Mini Storage Deland: 1540 State Rd 15 Alt, Deland, FL 32720
Personal Mini Storage Spring Garden: 800 N Spring Garden Ave, Deland, FL 32720


Top 12 Best College Towns in America

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Apr 2018

Top 12 Best College Towns in America

While there are thousands of colleges and universities around the country, a big part that plays a factor into what makes a school really great is the town they are located in. Compiling statistics on student life, town activities, student opinions, and many other aspects, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 12 college towns in America. Here’s the top college towns- and why they’re some of the best.

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12. Athens, Georgia
Athens is situated about an hour and a half east of Atlanta, and is the perfect mix of southern meets hipster. University of Georgia is located in Athens, as well as Athens Technical College, and students of both campuses can enjoy an eclectic mix of art and music venues, as well as a handful of bars, and restaurants specializing in southern cuisine. Athens is a charming town with a niche for everyone, plus you can’t complain about the average temperature being 62 degrees year-round.

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11. Orlando, Florida
Orlando isn’t all theme parks and tourism- the city of Orlando is one of the largest growing cities in the nation, due to the influx of new jobs, and growth of local colleges. University of Central Florida was the largest school in the nation in the 2016-2017 school year with 64,335 students, and other local colleges including Valencia College, Seminole State College and Florida State University College of Medicine enroll tens of thousands of students each year. The city of Orlando was ranked 5th for social environment and 132nd for academic and economic opportunities. Living in Orlando, students get to truly enjoy the sunshine state, while partaking in activities like pools parties, outdoor bars, parks, and farmers markets, just to name a few.

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10. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill is a historic, laid back and bustling city that is known for being home to the University of North Carolina. Both the campus and city have gorgeous views and nature aspects, and it has great weather almost all year. University of North Carolina is known for having some of the best school spirit in the country, which creates an environment unlike any other around town. Chapel Hill has a great nightlife scene, with dozens of bars and cafes, musical venues and lots of new breweries and distilleries that have popped up over the past few years.

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9. Boulder, Colorado
People of all ages, especially young adults, have been flocking to Colorado over the past few years, and it’s no surprise why. Boulder, home of University of Colorado Boulder and Naropa University, is a nature lovers paradise. Recreational activities such as hiking, biking, snowboarding and skiing are abundant in this town, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Students in Boulder like to relax at local breweries, bars, and small town shops and cafes.

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8. Berkeley, California
What student wouldn’t want to live in sunny California? Although it’s across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley has a cute, small town feel that is a big attraction of the local colleges there- such as University of California Berkeley, Berkeley City College, and Zaytuna College. Students residing in Berkeley like to enjoy the fun and cultural sides of town, at local coffee shops and breweries, plus they get to eat some of the best food in California.

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7. Charlottesville, Virginia
Home of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is your typical quaint, southern town- but boasts some incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has other scenery highlights like vineyards, national parks and history museums. The historic architecture around town makes a nice touch, and the town offers some of the best parks, taverns, and art-centric spots in the state.

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6. Austin, Texas
Austin is an up and coming town being swarmed by millennials and young adults. At the center of Austin lies the University of Texas, a highly acclaimed university many students are keen on attending. Known for it’s southern BBQ and some of the best bars and restaurants, Austin is always bustling. Even with a great social environment, Austin still has a small town feel, and many students take advantage of the great Texas weather by spending time outdoors at local parks and trails.

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5. Boston, Massachusetts
If you’re a lover of big cities, Boston can be the perfect college town for you. It’s estimated over 250,000 college students reside in Boston, attending various schools like Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, and almost a dozen other universities and colleges. With so many college students in the city, there’s an endless amount of activities around Boston for students to partake in. With some of the best sports teams, historical attractions, art museums, famous bars and music venues, there’s no dull moment when you’re needing to take a break from studying and class.

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4. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor has lots of great qualities- like outdoor activities, vibrant and popular bars and restaurants, and most of all- they’re a huge football town. So while Saturday’s during football season at the University of Michigan are a favorite day, there’s still so much to do here every season. Students at Michigan have fun playing outdoor intramural sports, hitting up their favorite pubs, nightclubs and shows, and window shopping at local stores and art galleries.

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3. Amherst, Massachusetts
The Five College Consortium, which is compromised of 4 local liberal arts colleges and the University of Massachusetts, is a selling point of Amherst, as students are allowed to (and encouraged to!) take classes at all of the local colleges, regardless of which school they are accepted to. Amherst has an amazing art and history scene, as the city offers dozens of history and art museums. Residents of Amherst get to take advantage of the outdoors, by spending time at the local national parks, farmers markets, walking and biking trails, mountains and recreation areas. Plus, many students stay in Amherst after graduation, so you know it’s a great place to live in.

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2. Gainesville, Florida
While the football stadium at the University of Florida may be called “The Swamp”, there’s a whole lot more to do in Gainesville than just enjoy the nature that surrounds this mid-Florida town. University of Florida students and locals are huge on their school sports, so the town is always energetic and lively on any sports game day. Students paint the town hitting up the strips of local bars and restaurants on weekends and evenings, and the nature lovers get to appreciate the nearby hiking trails and natural springs.

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1. Ithaca, New York
In upstate New York sits Ithaca, a picturesque town which has the highly acclaimed Cornell University and Ithaca College. Ithaca has been voted number 2 in college educated residents, and has been voted numerous times as the best place to live, as well as the best place for entrepreneurs. The town and surrounding areas have over 25 local wineries and breweries, a great art scene and an abundance of nature areas, like Taughannock Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake and Cornell Botanic Gardens.


7 Genius DIY Laundry Room Projects To Create More Space

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Mar 2018

7 Genius DIY Laundry Room Projects To Create More Space

With spring season among us, it’s time to gear up for some spring cleaning, organization and DIY projects! A small area in your home that could benefit from some extra storage space is the room you dread spending time in – the laundry room. To make life a bit easier, we’ve found 7 genius DIY projects to help make your laundry room more spacious and organized!

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1. Hidden Laundry Baskets

Instead of having various laundry baskets throughout your home, or baskets out in the open in your laundry room space, think about installing pull out laundry baskets. If you already have some extra cabinet space in your laundry area, swap out regular cabinet doors for pull out drawers, like Erin at Sunny Side Up did.

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2. Wooden Wall Shelf

Not only does a shelf behind your washer and dryer create a new storage spot, it also helps hide wires and cords, keeping your room looking more clean and tidy. With just a few pieces of wood, nails and paint, you can have yourself a new shelf in your laundry room. Check out how Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick easily and inexpensively made her own wooden wall shelf.

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3. Over The Door Rack

A budget friendly and simple way to create extra storage for laundry detergent, paper towels, soaps and more, is an over the door rack. These simple racks take up little space, stay fairly hidden and can create loads of more room to help declutter the laundry area. Racks like this can be built with wires material, wood or metal.

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4. Labeled Glass Jars

Stop having bulky laundry bottles spread around your laundry room by purchasing a few glass jars and bottles to store detergent, pods, soap and other laundry items. This helps spruce up your area, saves some space and helps get those not so attractive bottles and packages out of sight. Add a chalkboard sticker to label, or print your own label stickers to jazz up the look of the jars, too.

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5. Clothes Hanger Sign

No room to hang up clothes and no space to put up a large rod? No problem! Create your own wooden sign with a small rod to hang up in a tight space. Get inspiration for this project by this sign by Rustic Designs by Leisa on Etsy, or purchase if you’re not in the DIY mood.

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6. Floating Shelves

This may seem like a no brainer, but even if you have a small amount of wall space, you can still add a small hanging shelf or two. Hanging shelves have a clean and modern look, and are the perfect spot to put baskets to hold laundry necessities and cute decorative items. Take tips from Alicia at Thrifty & Chic who made and installed shelves with 4 simple items, or purchase then install shelves from places such as Ikea, Target or Walmart.

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7. Rolling Carts

Don’t let the small spaces in between or next to your washer and dryer to go waste! Try building a slim rolling laundry cart to add much needed storage and keep clutter out of sight! This can be a bit more of an intermediate DIY project- but totally worth the time and effort to help keep your laundry room looking clean and organized!

If you’re ready to tackle your laundry room – these are 7 of our favorite DIY projects! The possibilities to reorganize your laundry room are endless, so grab your hammer and nails and let these ideas help you get started on giving your laundry room some more space!


6 Expert Tips To Live A Minimalist Life

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Mar 2018

6 Expert Tips To Live A Minimalist Life

The minimalist trend is taking the United States by storm- with many people looking for ways to declutter, downsize and live a more simple life. More than ever, people are collecting and accumulating more items, such as clothing, household items, and electronics- but these things are starting to build up and are taking over homes, garages, closets and offices. Whether you’re moving to a smaller place, or just want a less cluttered home, finding ways to live a more minimalist life can be extremely helpful to combat all that clutter. Here’s 6 tips from experts on how to be a minimalist.

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Store By Category

While organization may not be your forte, this is a pretty simple minimalist tip to keep you organized. Marie Kondo is a best selling author and lifestyle expert known around the world for her revolutionary ways to minimize clutter, and reminds everyone to keep like items together. Her advice is to stop having things like “junk drawers” or “random bins”, and group like items as much as you can together to avoid misplacing things or keeping unnecessary items.

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Experience A Calmer Kitchen By Stowing Inactive Appliances

Minimalist experts Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have helped over 20 million people live a simpler life, and suggest clearing out clutter in your kitchen to create an organized and calm kitchen environment. Get rid of appliances you never use, and take the items you do utilize, like cutting boards, blenders or food processors, off counters and store in cabinets or a pantry so they’re out of sight.

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Fill One Trash bag

Bestselling author of ‘The More of Less’ Joshua Becker knows dozens of ways to help declutter, and one great suggestion is fill one trash bag. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to declutter, spend a few minutes going around your home, and fill the trash bag with anything you don’t need. Joshua says that while much of what you’ll collect will be trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill or another donation center.

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Utilize The Hanger Flip Technique

Lifestyle expert Melissa Garcia knows closets can be packed, and utilizes the hanger flip technique. If all of your hangers are hung facing one way, once you wear something, put it back on the hanger and return it facing the opposite direction. After a certain amount of time, whether it be 6 months or a year, check back, and whatever hangers weren’t flipped – you aren’t wearing. Now you’ll know it’s time to get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn, and donate to your local clothing bank.

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Rent A Storage Unit

When downsizing your home or cleaning up lots of clutter, many people get stuck with the dilemma- should I keep this or let it go? With a storage unit, you’re able to get the best of both worlds. Storage units are an inexpensive way to keep your home organized. The storage industry has been booming, and according to the Self Storage Association, one out of every 10 households in the country currently rents a unit. Many people are taking advantage of self storage, as experts across the board show that keeping your home clean and organized can have a beneficial and positive impact on your well-being.

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Keep Things Off The Floors

It may sound simple, but not placing things on the floors of your home can make a huge difference. Professional organizer Deanne Sharp spends her days cleaning and organizing her clients homes, and makes a point that keeping the floors tidy is a big deal. “I don’t tolerate school bags or shoes on the floor. They know when they come in they need to put them straight in the cupboard” Deanne says on her clients and their families. Like one of her motto’s say, there is a place for everything, and it just takes a little bit of organizing to find a spot for your items.

Getting your home and life more organized starts with small steps, and these few tips can help. Take the advice of some of these organization experts, and you’ll be well on your way to living a more minimalist life!

 

 


20 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

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Jan 2018

20 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

2018 has arrived and like most people, you probably have a goal to become more organized this year. Keeping your home clean and tidy can be a daunting task, but we’ve compiled 20 ways to easily declutter your house and keep your New Years resolution!

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1. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer

Spend a few minutes checking dates on all items in your refrigerator and freezer and toss any expired or close to expiring items that won’t be used. Then, re-organize some items to make accessing them easier.

 

2. Go through your closet

Go through your closet and purge any items you no longer wear or don’t fit. A good rule of thumb is getting rid of any items that haven’t been worn in 2+ years. There’s no need to keep things around that aren’t being worn. Bag any of these items and donate them to your local clothes donation spot!

 

3. Throw away receipts, bills and papers

Any old receipts, bills or papers you no longer need – throw away! Clean out drawers, purses, desks, etc. If you don’t need physical copies, try downloading a scanner application on your cell phone and keep your important documentation stored there instead of cluttered around the house.

 

4. Sell unused electronics

Have an old video game console you haven’t used in years? Or how about a digital camera? There’s bound to be tons of old electronics around the home. Some of the best places to sell electronics online are Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist or Gazelle.

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5. Throw out old toiletries

It’s easy to stock up on lotions, shampoos, shower gels, etc. Unfortunately, most of these items only have a 1-3 year shelf life. If you think it’s been sitting for a while, it’s probably best to toss it.

 

6. Clean out your sock drawer

How many socks of yours are missing their matching pair? Go through your and your family’s sock drawers. Any socks that are missing their mate- throw away (or re-use for cleaning purposes or crafts).

 

7. Go through your e-mails

This may be somewhat of an exhausting task; but go through your e-mails and delete any unnecessary ones you don’t need. This will help clear up some free space on your cell phone or computer. If there’s any that don’t pertain to you anymore, unsubscribe from them, or use a service like Unroll.Me to unsubscribe from multiple e-mails at a time.

 

8. Sort your CD’s and DVD’s

Take some time to go through any CD’s or DVD’s you have. There may be multiple ones you forgot about that you haven’t listened to or watched in years. If you’re keeping them to collect- look into storing them in an attic, or think about renting a storage unit to hold your collection.

 

9. Clean out the medicine cabinet

Many medicines have expiration dates that you may not be unaware of. Check dates on all medicines you own, and get rid of anything that is past it’s date. Try to sort your products so you’ll know exactly where everything when needed.

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10. Toss the Tupperware

How frustrating is it looking for a Tupperware not finding the matching lid? Time to get rid of those! Go through your Tupperware container drawer and toss any lids or containers that are missing their mate.

 

11. Organize your bathroom drawers

It’s easy to just toss items like toothbrushes, floss, hair brushes, etc. into a drawer or two in your bathroom. Get an inexpensive drawer organizer to make accessing your bathroom items easier on yourself.

 

12. Donate old toys

If there’s any items your child isn’t using anymore, the best thing to do is donate them so another child can enjoy the item! While it may be hard to part with some items, your child will move on from some items that end up just taking up a bunch of room.

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13. Throw out expired coupons

Collect all the coupons you have- whether they’re in your purse, hanging on the fridge or in a binder- and throw away any expired coupons or coupons expiring soon you know you won’t use. If you find that you have coupons laying around in various places, gather them all together and put them in a binder, organizer or folder in one spot.

 

14. Finally go through your junk drawer

We all have that dreaded “junk drawer”… it’s time to finally go through it! Many items in there can probably find a ‘home’ somewhere else. Anything else in there not needed- throw away, and set a goal for yourself to keep the drawer not cluttered for the rest of the year.

 

15. Donate books just sitting on your shelf

Look through your bookshelf and see if there’s any books you really don’t see yourself re-reading. Take those books and pass them along to a family member or friend, or donate to a place like your local library.

 

16. Straighten up your shoes

Many of us toss our shoes in our closet, front hallways, etc. instead of keeping in one spot. Gather all your shoes and organize them to keep your home looking tidy. A shoe rack or shelf can make this process a lot easier. And if there’s any shoes you haven’t worn in over a year, it may be time to part ways with them.

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17. Organize your laundry room

If you feel like your laundry room is a mess, take the plunge and work on organizing that area. Think about installing some shelves or buy baskets to keep your laundry products organized. You can even give yourself a DIY project to do- like this laundry basket dresser.

 

18. Work on fixing up your garage

One of the most neglected places in a home is the garage. It’s easy for things to pile up and your garage to become overwhelmed with all your extra items. Spend a weekend afternoon, or take a few minutes each day to re-organize the garage, so you have more space to utilize. Look into plastic bins, shelving units or overhead storage to store all your items.

 

19. Get rid of mysterious/broken cords

Go around your home and gather all the cords you have. Test them out and if they’re broken, or you have no clue what they go to, dispose of them! Any cords you need that aren’t being utilized daily, wrap up together and store in one spot so they aren’t thrown around in random areas.

 

20. Organize kitchen drawers and cabinets

Kitchen drawers and cabinets can get excessively cluttered, so while you’re working on organizing your house, you’ll need to spend some time focusing on the kitchen. Purchase various organizers to help keep items in your drawers straightened out. Discard of any chipped, missing or broken items you find while going through your kitchen space.

Sometimes life gets in the way, but if you take the time to declutter your home, you’ll feel so much more relieved and organized! We all dream of having a more orderly home, and these 20 tips are a great way to make your home clutter-free in 2018!


Top Tips For Staying Organized This Holiday Season

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Dec 2017

Top Tips For Staying Organized This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Shopping for loved ones, putting up festive decorations and listening to holiday music are all be a blast- but amidst the hustle and bustle- don’t forget to keep your home organized during the holiday season! Here’s our list of top tips to help you de-clutter before the busy holiday season.

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  1. Purge Clothing, Books, Electronics & Toys

Start off the holiday season by going through your family’s clothing, books, electronics and toys. More than likely, there will be dozens of items that are ready to be given away. The holiday season is the season of giving, so find a local place to donate your items that will go to those in need. Once you get rid of some items, you’ll be able to come up with some good gift ideas for your family!

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  1. Organize Gift Wrap and Accessories

Gift wrap, bows, tape, gift bags and tissue paper can end up taking up a lot of room, especially if you’re stocking up for the holidays. Make a game plan for how you’re going to organize all these items before you start thinking about wrapping gifts. Plastic bins are inexpensive and a great way to store various items. A favorite is the under-the-bed gift wrap bin, so all your gift wrap can stay out of sight, but stay easily accessible! Another storage hack is creating a gift wrap console on the back of a closet doorway or building a crate to keep everything together.

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  1. Clean Out the Fridge and Pantry

If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, or plan on having a party, cleaning out the fridge and pantry is extremely important! You’ll need room for your holiday ham or turkey, sides, beverages and more. Many items get overlooked, so make sure you check the dates on everything in your fridge and pantry, and throw away items accordingly. When cleaning out your fridge, make sure you wipe down all the surfaces so nothing is tainting any food!

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  1. Take A Holiday Décor Inventory

Keeping track of all your holiday décor may seem like a daunting task, but it can be beyond helpful. When getting out all your holiday decorations, create a list of all the items you have on hand. You’ll be able to see if you need to purchase any additional items, and when the holiday season is over, you’ll know you took everything down and put it away. Plus if you’re trying to re-organize any bins or boxes you put decorations in, you can pair like items to be put in the same bins to make finding items in the following years simpler.

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  1. Create A Weekly Cleaning List

Between holiday parties and events, gift shopping and family time- it’s easy to get caught up and forget to do simple house cleaning chores. A way to avoid getting stuck with a ton of cleaning at the end of the holidays is by creating a weekly cleaning list. Focus on separate areas each day, like the kitchen or dining room, but don’t overwhelm yourself. You’ll also want to add some new items to the list- like sweeping under the Christmas tree or dusting holiday decorations.

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  1. Prepare Your Gift Giving

At the beginning of the holiday season, start to map out who you’re buying for, with any ideas of what to get them. This will help you avoid missing any important person, or panicking at the last minute to find something they’ll love. Take the time to check out sales and see the best price you can get for some of your ideas. Another great way to stay on top of gift giving is wrapping gifts as you go. Create a gift wrapping area and wrap a few gifts at a time versus everything at once. This will help save room, as you won’t have to hide as many gifts under beds or in closets, and can distribute accordingly.

These tips are just a few ways to ensure you’ll head into the new year in a more organized way! Do you have an overload of holiday decorations? Self Storage is an easy solution to help store your belongings!


5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

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Oct 2017

5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

Every year, October 31st quickly approaches, and come the first of November- you’re stuck with finding a solution for storing your Halloween costumes. Over time, between your children, other family members, and your own costumes, these items can really build up. And how many times are you searching for an accessory to wear this year that you had worn a year or two before, like leggings, hats, tutus, etc.? Start planning now on ways to store these items to make your life that much easier when next Halloween rolls around! Here’s 5 easy ways to store your costumes and accessories!

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DIY Dresser

If you have an extra dresser laying around, and don’t mind a small DIY project, try making a fun play piece! Remove the drawers, add some paint and insert a rod to hang up fun princess dresses, superhero outfits, or whatever else you may have been saving up! This dresser can fit perfectly in your children’s bedroom or play room, and will help get a lot of use out of the items, versus storing them away.

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Bins

For those with extra garage space or an attic, one of the best ways to store costumes is in bins. These bins are typically inexpensive, airtight and keep your items in great shape, even over time. They’re easily stack-able, and are easy to access. Make sure you put labels on them so you know exactly what is in each one!

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Vacuum Seal/Plastic Bags

An inexpensive way to keep your Halloween costumes organized is by using vacuum seal bags or Ziploc bags! These items are usually laying around your house, and the best part is they take up little room. Stack them on shelves, put in drawers, under beds, and almost anywhere you’ve got space to store! Remember to grab a sharpie and label, including the type of costume and size.

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Towel Rod

Another inexpensive storage idea is buying and installing a towel rod. Like the DIY dresser above, this is a great way to make a fun play area to utilize your costumes throughout the year. Hanging up a rod takes no more than 5 minutes- a quick and easy solution!

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Peg Boards

Peg boards have gained popularity over the years, and rightfully so- these boards make organizing 100 times easier. These boards can get hung up on walls, with pegs inserted into the holes in any order you’d like. Add as much or little as you need to hang up various costumes. You can also add shelves, other pegs for accessories, picture frames and more! Peg boards are super versatile, and can be made to fit any style.

Halloween is filled with tons of fun- trick or treating, candy, pumpkins, haunted houses, and the list goes on. But don’t let all the fun get you distracted from keeping organized! Start making your storage plans ahead of time, so you can sit back and relax this Halloween!


5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

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Oct 2017

5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

Staging your home, making it look like a spacious blank canvas, is an essential technique for selling your home quickly and for a higher price. Staging, in case you haven’t bought or sold a home in a while, is making your well-lived in home easier to picture as someone else’s new home.

Your realtor may have already mentioned staging, or at least decluttering your home and spiffing it up a bit. You need somewhere to put a good portion of your stuff until your house sells and you are ready to move. Self-storage is an inexpensive way to keep your belongings safe and secure, while your home is on the market.

Let’s take a look at five reasons why you should use self-storage when staging your home.

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Declutter the Living Room or Family Room

Your living room sees most of the activity and traffic from all members of the family. There is plenty of seating, surfaces with piles of books and papers on them, and your entertainment system with all the components and big screen TV. The walls are covered in family photos and the vintage Star Wars posters you collected.

Does it look a bit overcrowded to you? Is every square foot filled with furniture, lamps, accessories, and pictures? Staging your living room or family room means clearing a good portion of that stuff out.

• Box up extra books, CDs, and DVDs.
• Take down the photos to store.
• Remove the Star Wars posters (sorry) and replace them with mirrors and conventional artwork.
• Take out some of the furniture.
• Reduce the number of electronic components.

Now you have several boxes and some furniture that need a place to stay. A climate controlled self-storage unit is the perfect place to put all your books, photos, electronics, and furniture. Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes with wide doors to allow you to carry large items inside.

Climate control will keep your furniture, electronics, and photos from becoming overly damp or dry as well as eliminate the chance pests will get into your things.

Rearrange the furniture that is left to create open spaces to walk and tidy up any cords and cables around the television and lamps. If you need to clean or replace the flooring, there is now less to move or work around, and you easily avoid getting paint on your furniture.

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Pack Up the Kitchen

Like the living room, the kitchen sees a lot of action, but it becomes the dumping ground for extra dishes, duplicate supplies, and staples, as well as the home for the junk drawer. People buying a new house will check for storage space, so let them see sparsely used cabinets and nearly empty drawers.

• Pack dishes, pans, and utensils you won’t need for the next few weeks.
• Clear out all the drawers and throw or give away things you no longer use.
• If you own pets, sweep all the dust and hair out of the lower cabinets.
• Store as many countertop appliances as you can.

Take your boxes of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils to your self-storage unit. You can also take appliances of any size to storage as well. Perhaps you have a chest freezer that is crowding your kitchen or an extra refrigerator. Self-storage has plenty of space, and you can still access items you find you need later.

If you collect cookie jars or kitchen decorations, put those away, too, so potential buyers will be able to imagine their own things there.

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Clear Out the Closets, Basement, and Attic

It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into a closet. Everything from old clothes and towels to tools you no longer need. Closets are where you put things away for later and forget about them. People who are thinking about buying your house want to see empty closets because, again, they are looking for storage space.

Set aside plenty of time to sort through the contents of your closets and other storage areas. Don’t forget to reclaim the bedroom that is now a junk room. Throw away, give away, or sell anything you don’t use or need. Get rid of broken items you meant to fix.

Keep enough linen on hand to put a set of sheets on all the beds and towels in the bathrooms. Pack up what’s left and take it to your storage unit.

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Improve Curb Appeal

Do you own a huge RV or a boat? Are you storing a jet ski beside the driveway? You can rent self-storage for those items as well. Don’t block off the view of your lovely home, show it off by taking all your large toys off the property and putting them in safe, secure storage.

Other items you might consider storing are outdoor furniture, a grill, or other accessories in the backyard, so your yard will look as big as possible.

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Get the Packing Done

One of the best things about staging your home and packing up all the extras into self-storage is that you are now nearly packed to move! Many moving companies will make a second stop at your self-storage unit to load up your belongings into the same truck as the items from your house.

With so much of your stuff packed up, it’s fast and easy to carry it all out to the truck. If you have an interior climate-controlled unit, check to see if the facility has a loading dock so the movers can load the truck faster and with less heavy lifting.

A self-storage unit is your ticket to staging your home to emphasize the amount of storage space available as well as creating an airy, open living arrangement that isn’t overstuffed with furniture, appliances, or accessories.

Meanwhile, you are mostly packed to move so when your house sells you will have much less to do to move out. Your furniture has been saved from paint and spills. Everything is ready to be unloaded into your new home as soon as you get there.

You can store almost anything in self-storage to help your realtor beautifully stage your home for a quick sale. You might even get more money for it!

Steve Wright works for Whirlwind Steel. Whirlwind Steel designs and manufactures Sturdi-Storage metal self-storage buildings.



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