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Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

15

Sep 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

Florida continues to be one of the top destinations for families looking to relocate from another state. While larger metropolitan areas like Orlando and Tampa are usually top of mind when considering a move to the sunshine state, many are looking to neighboring communities that offer some of the same benefits with a more affordable cost of living. Here are a few things that make the Davenport area a popular choice for those moving to Central Florida.

1. A World of Entertainment

A photo of the castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The mouse house and other popular theme parks are a short drive away from Davenport.

While the city of Davenport may not be a household name like many neighborhoods of Orlando, this growing community offers some of the same benefits that make Florida one of the most popular states to move to. Thanks to the close proximity to Central Florida’s tourist hubs, residents of Davenport have no shortage of entertainment options at their fingertips. Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World Orlando are all a short drive away allowing many to take advantage of annual passes to their favorite theme parks. Additionally, world class restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world are close by.

If outdoor activities are more your speed, Davenport has a number of parks and recreation areas including Lake Eva Community Park, Northeast Regional Park, and Lake Louisa State Park.

2. A Golfer’s Paradise

A golfer sets their golf ball on top of a tee, preparing to line up a shot.
Florida has become a mecca for golfers from around the world and Davenport is no exception.

According to the Florida Sports Foundation, there are more than 1,100 golf courses throughout the state making Florida a top destination for golfers. Davenport is no exception with a handful of prestige courses in the area. Sitting atop one of the highest areas in Florida, Highlands Reserve Golf Club, offers challenging fairways while still being accessible for novices. Another popular option is just down the street at Champions Gate Golf Club. This expansive resort features two full courses, a training and golf academy, and a family friendly champions 9 course.

3. Experience a Piece of History

Various sized shark teeth are layed out on a table.
Experience a unique adventure by joining a fossil and shark tooth hunting tour.

While some Central Florida communities like Winter Garden are relatively new in terms of a growing population, Davenport offers residents the opportunity to experience a bit of history in their own backyard. Step back in time and go on a prehistoric adventure by joining a fossil and shark tooth hunting tour with Fossil Funatics in Davenport.

Step back in time and go on a prehistoric adventure…

Or if flying is more your style, you can take to the skies and enjoy a breathtaking view from above with a hot air balloon ride courtesy of Bob’s Balloons. You’ll have the chance to see what “old” Florida looks like and experience a unique vantage point of the area.

4. A Taste of Davenport

A person's hand holding freshly picked blueberries near a plant.
There’s nothing quite like the taste of a fresh picked blueberry.

Even though the Davenport community continues to grow, there are still opportunities to experience the area’s roots in agriculture. The True Blue Winery located in the heart of historic Davenport, offers guests a variety of wines using blueberries grown on site. During the spring, families can stop by and pick their own berries during the U-Pick-Em events. Other seasonal events take place throughout the year making it a great place to spend an afternoon.

A stop at Webb’s Candy Shop should be at the top of your list…

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, a stop at Webb’s Candy Shop should be at the top of your list. Specializing in citrus candies as well as gourmet chocolate since 1932, it has become a popular family destination with both locals and tourists alike.


Are you considering relocating to Davenport? Personal Mini Storage has everything you need to make moving easier with four convenient locations serving the Davenport area, moving truck rentals available on site and a full line of packing supplies.


These 3 strategies can help your small business deal with supply chain disruptions.

01

Sep 2021

3 Small Business Strategies For Dealing With Supply Chain Disruptions

The past year and a half has been a trying time to be a business owner. From Covid closures, to hiring issues, it can feel like you’re putting out a new fire every single day. As the economy opens back up, demand in many industries is reaching record highs. Even our team at Personal Mini Storage has seen an increase in requests for self storage at many of our locations across Central Florida. For many businesses though, this growing consumer demand is putting new strains on inventory and supply chains.

It’s important to plan ahead and make sure you are not caught unprepared when inventory dwindles and customers face delays. Here are three strategies you can start implementing immediately to help your business stay resilient in the face of uncertainty.

1. Stockpile Inventory

Indoor storage facility with unit door opened.
A self storage unit can be an affordable option for stockpiling inventory.

When your supply chain faces disruption, it can directly affect your bottom line. For small businesses, this could be the difference between survival and shutting the doors for good. One way to protect against volatility like this is to build up a reserve of inventory that will keep your operations running smoothly during short disruptions. The recommended amount of product you should consider stockpiling will depend on your specific industry and business.

Build up a reserve of inventory that will keep your operations running smoothly during short disruptions.

If you don’t have the space to keep additional inventory stocked at your business, renting a self storage unit can be an affordable alternative. Some facilities like Personal Mini Storage offer both drive-up storage as well as air conditioned units in case your inventory is sensitive to extreme temperatures. Be sure to choose a location that is convenient and easily accessible for your business.

2. Focus on Customer Satisfaction

A customer service review document with pen.
In the event of a disruption that affects your customers, being open and honest is key.

Stockpiling inventory can help you navigate a temporary disruption, but what if those issues last for an extended period? How should you handle an issue that could affect your clients? According to Forbes, it’s important to have an effective problem resolution process. Transparency can go a long way to earning your customer’s trust (and repeat business). During times of volatility, it’s important to be open and honest with customers about the situation you’re facing. No one enjoys feeling like information is not being shared with them. When appropriate, let them know you’re dealing with a supply chain disruption and the steps you are taking to alleviate those problems.

Transparency can go a long way to earning your customer’s trust (and repeat business).

In addition to being transparent with your customers, consider offering a discount or compensation for the delay in receiving your product. A small gesture can make a big difference in the long run and show your clients you care about their overall experience.

3. Create an Emergency Plan

A folder with a title page "EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN" opened on a desk.
Focus on planning for the most likely scenarios your business could face.

In the real world, emergencies are going to happen. How you react and prepare for these problems though, will ultimately decide how successful your business will be. Take time to think about how you would handle different issues and problems to your supply chain and create an emergency plan for these scenarios. This may include alternate shipping options, routes and backup suppliers.

Having a plan and knowing the steps you will take in those situations will ultimately save you time and money.

While you shouldn’t expect to have a contingency plan for every issue your business could potentially face, it’s important to think about the most likely scenarios that would have an affect on your supply chain. Examples of this could include a power outage affecting you or your supplier, weather related natural disasters, and economic downturns. Having a plan and knowing the steps you will take in those situations will ultimately save you time and money.

Are you looking for a solution to help your business avoid expensive supply chain disruptions? Personal Mini Storage offers businesses of all sizes flexibility with month-to-month storage rentals giving you the ability to stock up inventory and be prepared for whatever life throws your way.


4 important things to know about the city of Winter Garden

18

Aug 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Winter Garden

Packing up a moving truck and heading to the sunshine state is a no brainer for many families looking to relocate and enjoy the warm weather. In fact, according to move.org, Florida was the #1 destination for people who relocated to a new state in 2020. One area that is consistently at the top of the list for many prospective buyers is the community of Winter Garden. Here are four things to know about this growing Orange County community.

1. Location, Location, Location

Photo credit: downtownwg.com

Located on the western border of Orange County, Winter Garden feels far away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s trendy neighborhoods while being a short drive away from everything that makes Central Florida special. Many professionals choose to live in Winter Garden and commute to Downtown Orlando thanks to the close proximity of toll roads that can make for an easy drive. Along with the proximity to Disney World, a quick trip to Cocoa Beach is just over an hour away making Winter Garden a versatile and convenient place to live.

2. Family First

Children running through water spouts at the Downtown Winter Garden Splash Pad.
Kids can enjoy the Splash Pad in Downtown Winter Garden all year long.

Known as a safe, family friendly place to call home, Winter Garden is considered one of the best places to raise a family in Central Florida. Many public schools are A-rated and you’ll find numerous parks and playgrounds throughout the area. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts too thanks to the historic Garden Theatre (originally built in 1935) in downtown Winter Garden. Plus with the Walt Disney World Resort a quick 20 minute drive away, many residents choose to become annual passholders, taking advantage of the theme parks all year long.

Outside view of Plant Street Market in Downtown Winter Garden.
Plant Street Market is a community hub of craft beer, food, and fun.

3. Small Town Charm, Big City Amenities

While the area has one of the fastest growing populations in the state, this community continues to keep it’s small town charm. Downtown Winter Garden is famous for it’s tree lined streets, independent, locally run businesses and a weekly farmer’s market. Plus the popular Plant Street Market includes fan favorites like The Crooked Can Brewing Company, and plenty of food options including sushi, brick fired pizza, and more.

Crowds strolling Downtown Winter Garden streets.
Downtown Winter Garden is filled with locally owned shops and restaurants.

4. Room to Grow

While today’s red hot real estate market is making it tough for buyers to find and secure their dream home, Winter Garden offers more options when it comes to new construction homes. Because it’s a relatively new community, there is more land available to expand in the area and home builders are choosing to set up shop in Winter Garden. The Winter Garden area offers a mix of single family homes, townhomes and apartments and has attracted a diverse mix of residents including young professionals, families and retirees.


Considering a move to Winter Garden? The team at Personal Mini Storage is ready to help. We’re conveniently located one mile from Downtown Winter Garden with various self storage options, packing supplies and rental trucks available to make moving day easy.


These essential storage items will help your college student stay organized this semester.

04

Aug 2021

Back To School: 6 Essential Storage Items For Dorm Life

As the summer comes to a close, it’s time to make your plans to head back to school. Whether you’re an incoming college freshman ready to start a new adventure or a current college student needing to move your belongings out of summer storage, staying organized in a small dorm room is key. That’s why we’ve assembled our top 6 most needed storage items for your dorm below.

Baskets and bins can be used to store all of your belongings.

1. Baskets & Bins

Moving into a dorm, you realize right away that there’s not a ton of storage available. Think about all of your miscellaneous items like school supplies, make-up, jewelry, bathroom necessities, snacks and more that will all need to find a home. Stock up on various baskets and bins, to make sure you’ll have enough places to store your stuff. Staying organized and uncluttered can help you make a great first impression with roommates! Plus while you’re at it, implement a few clever storage hacks to take your organization to the next level.

Use a rolling cart for items you need to move around your dorm room.

2. Rolling Carts

Rolling carts are a perfect addition to any dorm room. The carts can be stocked up with books and school supplies, used as nightstand, rolled into the bathroom and used as a bathroom caddy, or to make the perfect snack and coffee bar. Carts are great because you can easily wheel them from one end of the room to the other, and they take up less space than a traditional stand or table.

Make sure all of your electronics are charged while keeping your desk clutter free.

3. Charging Station

There’s nothing worse than getting a “low battery” alert in the middle of class. Between laptops, cell phones, iPads and Kindles, you’re going to have plenty of cables and cords to deal with. Keep your room and desk less cluttered, buy a charging station for your electronics. Keeping the cords organized and out of sight will make a huge difference and will help you stay charged up for the day ahead.

Utilize every inch of space in the bathroom with an over-the-toilet storage rack.

4. Bathroom Storage

If you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom in your dorm, first be thankful you don’t have to share one with the entire building, and secondly take advantage of having an extra area for storage. An over the toilet storage rack is a great way to create extra space in your bathroom. Another option is to install a shelf or two for a different look. Use these shelves to store towels, hair products, perfumes, soaps, lotions, and any other bathroom items that you’ll need throughout the school year.

Use a hanging organizer to keep small items organized and out of the way.

5. Closet Organizers

Dorm closets are typically very small, and like most of us, you probably have way more clothes and shoes than can fit in a small space. Maximize the space you do have with a closet hanging organizer. These simple and typically inexpensive products save a lot of space and give you extra storage for any clothing, shoes and accessories you may have. Adding multiple hangers to your closet can help you separate your belongings into daily use items and less used things.

A small bedside caddy can keep remotes and magazines tucked away.

6. Bedside Caddy

Another great way to create extra storage space in your dorm is with a bedside caddy. These caddies come in various sizes, can slide into the side of a bed, and have plenty of compartments to keep important items close at hand. From remotes and chargers, to books to magazines, almost anything can be stored in these compartments. Not only can you easily access items from your bed, the caddy can easily be hidden under your comforter to keep your room looking neat and uncluttered.


Fitting all your belongings into a tiny space can feel impossible, but with these 6 storage products, you’ll expand the room you do have to fit more of your items. If you’re ever finding yourself running out of room, getting a storage unit could be a solution to your problems. Personal Mini Storage has over 46 self storage locations in the state of Florida, including 5 in Gainesville near the University of Florida, 2 in St. Augustine near Flagler College, 6 in Orlando/Winter Park near the University of Central Florida, and many other location options!


9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room of Your Home

20

Jul 2021

9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room Of Your Home

We all know how easy clutter can pile up around the house. Before you know it, you can start to feel claustrophobic in your own home! You could pack things up and move them into your garage or storage unit, but in order to help keep your house organized, we came up with a list of our favorite storage hacks to cover every room of your home.

Entrance: Shoe Baskets

A pair of shoes sit next to a wicker basket.
Keep shoes out of sight and out of mind with a wicker basket.

Make the entrance to your home clutter-free by keeping shoes and bags hidden away in wicker baskets. Place a pair of your own shoes in a basket when you’re expecting guests so they know where they can put their own shoes. When not in use, store baskets inside of a nearby closet to keep them out of sight.

Kitchen: Produce Drawer

Three kitchen cabinets pulled open.
Not all produce needs to be stored in the fridge.

Get rid of fruit bowls on your countertop and dedicate a drawer in your kitchen for non-refrigerated produce like apples, avocados, bananas and potatoes. You’ll free up valuable countertop and fridge space that can be used for food prep and entertaining. It’s also a great opportunity to clean out your fridge while you’re at it.

Bedroom: Extra Shelves

A floating shelf illuminated with built in lighting.
Take advantage of rarely used space in your room by installing floating shelves.

Take advantage of a space that is rarely used and install floating shelves a foot or two below your ceiling. You can use this to store books, memorabilia, photos, and other items you don’t necessarily need access to on a daily basis. Up your game even further by installing led lights above or below your shelves.

Bathroom: Cabinet Hooks

Hooks being placed into bathroom cabinet doors.
Hang appliances using hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors.

Your bathroom vanity can quickly fill up with plenty of styling product and hygiene items. An easy way to free up more space is by installing hooks on the inside of cabinet doors to hang hair dryers and other small appliances. You can use these hooks to keep cords tidy and wrapped up as well.

Dining Room: Wine Rack

A wall mounted wine rack holding six bottles.
A floating wine rack can become a focal point of your dining room.

Display your love of vino for everyone to see. Install a floating wine rack on the wall in order to free up more cabinet space. This will help keep your favorite merlot or syrah within reach while creating a unique focal point and conversation starter in your dining room.

Home Office: Wire Organizers

Six binder clips attached to a desk, holding various cables and wires.
Binder clips can be used as inexpensive cord holders on the side of your desk.

Cables and power cords can easily get tangled up and make your desk or office space feel messy, hurting your productivity. Attach binder clips to the side of your desk to keep cables untangled and close by whenever you need a charge.

Kid’s Room: Chalkboard Wall

A child draws on a chalkboard wall next to their bed.
Create a space for your child’s artistic adventures with a chalkboard wall.

Give your tiny picasso a space to be creative by painting chalkboard paint to one of the walls of their bedroom. This will allow you to consolidate art supplies and eliminate the need for stands and easels. Keep chalk and erasers in a drawer that your kids can access on their own.

Garage: Pegboard Organizer

Various tools hanging on a pegboard.
Pegboard can keep all your tools organized and out of the way.

Install a Pegboard and use hooks and baskets to keep small tools and supplies organized and out of the way. Your future self will appreciate the convenience the next time you’re in need of a wrench or screwdriver. Consider cleaning out your garage ahead of time as well and check out our previous post featuring 4 Tips for Tackling Your Garage.

Backyard: DIY Planters

Small succulent planted inside of a cinder block.
Create a unique backyard garden using stacked cinder blocks.

You don’t need to buy expensive planters to start your backyard garden. Instead build your own by transforming cinder blocks into a backyard planter. You can customize it by adding as many or as few blocks as you would like and are relatively inexpensive at your local home improvement store.


If you put a few of these useful tips into practice at your home, you’ll become more organized in no time. Plus, you can always expand your space by renting a storage unit at one of our 46 locations across Central Florida.


Tips on how to prep your family for an emergency.

06

Jul 2021

6 Ways To Prepare For The 2021 Hurricane Season

As of June 1st, hurricane season is back again. This year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects an above average season predicting 13-20 named storms. A hurricane can quickly cause widespread devastation, but planning and preparing now, can make a big difference in the case of an emergency later. Our team at Personal Mini Storage compiled a list of 6 important ways you can prepare right now for the 2021 hurricane season.

Be aware of evacuation routes in your area in case you need to leave.

Plan Your Evacuation Route

If you live in an area that may need to evacuate, especially coastal or low-lying areas, know your evacuation route ahead of time. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management has a website where you can find what roads are used for evacuations during an emergency. It’s still a good idea to be aware of these evacuation routes even if you don’t live in one of these areas. Florida counties also have an emergency shelter list that you can review ahead of time. Be sure to share your evacuation plans with family members so everyone knows where to go.

It’s best to stock up on non-perishable food items before a storm is on the horizon.

Stock Up Your Pantry

Once a hurricane is approaching, items like bottled water and canned goods tend to fly off store shelves. Many stores run out of supplies quickly, and you may not be able to get them if you wait until the last minute. Since stores are currently stocked up, grab water, canned foods and non-perishable goods the next time you head to the grocery or convenience store. Experts recommend having 7 days of supplies available for your family during an emergency.

Build your emergency supply kit including batteries, first aid kits and flashlights.

Gather Emergency Supplies

Gathering emergency supplies in advance is another important step you should take before a hurricane arrives. Stock up on flashlights, candles, matches, first aid kits, a radio, toiletries, batteries, portable phone chargers, and blankets. Organize your supplies and keep them stored in the garage or nearby storage unit for easy access. 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.

Have important documents organized in a folder so you can quickly take them with you.

Organize Important 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 folder or some type of storage, preferably one that is waterproof, for your paperwork and gather all your documents ahead of time. In addition to birth certificates, passports and social security cards, print extra copies of documents like your health insurance, homeowners insurance, bank information and an emergency contact list. Keep some extra cash in with these documents too, as it may come in handy if you evacuate.

Make sure you know what kind of coverage you have under your current insurance policy.

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 know exactly what kind of coverage you have as well as the insurance company’s specific storm 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.

Getting plywood sized for your windows now will save you the hassle later on.

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 and plywood to cover windows. A storage unit is a great option to keep items like these packed away year round so they’re not taking up space in your garage. For inside your home, invest in surge protectors so your electronics don’t get fried in the event of 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.


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 the 2021 hurricane season!


Make sure to avoid these mistakes during the home buying process.

24

Jun 2021

Expert Advice: 4 Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

Whether you are starting your search for the perfect Orlando neighborhood to call home, or have had your belongings in a storage unit for months, buying a house can be a confusing and overwhelming process. With the real estate market heating up, we sat down with an Orlando home expert and Mortgage Advisor, Greg Roberts of Primary Residential Mortgage, to discuss some of the most common mistakes he sees customers make and his best advice on how to avoid them.

1. Looking for A Home Before Talking To A Mortgage Lender

Speak with a mortgage advisor before you start looking for open houses.

One of the most common mistakes you can make is starting the search for your dream home BEFORE getting pre-qualified for a mortgage. “There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a house and realizing it’s just out of your price range,” says Roberts. Taking the time to speak with a mortgage lender first, can help set realistic expectations as you being your search. Plus getting pre-approved can make your offer look more attractive to sellers, allowing you to schedule a moving truck in no time.

2. Buying More House Than You Can Afford

Don’t get caught up in the excitement of buying a home and spend more than you can afford.

This may sound like common sense, but it can be easy to get caught up in the emotion of buying a home. Before you realize it, you can find yourself in a bidding war, leaving you in over your head financially. “If you find yourself needing to dip into your retirement fund in order to make a down payment, it could be a red flag,” says Roberts. An honest review of your finances with a mortgage expert can give you a clear view of your limits and knowing exactly how much you can comfortably afford will set you up for success for years to come.

3. Ignoring Special Loan Programs

Ignoring special loan programs you may qualify for could cost you in the long run.

Saving up enough money for a 20% down payment may sound like a daunting task, but there are several options that can help you qualify for a mortgage with drastically reduced financial requirements. According to Roberts “Many people don’t realize they qualify for some of these loan programs that can drastically affect their homebuying experience”. Check your eligibility for special programs like FHA loans and VA loans which can reduce interest rates and down payment requirements.

4. Applying for Credit Before the Sale is Final

Hold off on any big purchases until you’ve officially closed on your home.

So, you’ve found the right home, agreed on a price and even set a closing date. Time to start shopping for new appliances and home upgrades, right? Not so fast says Roberts. “One mistake we see is home buyers applying for a new credit card after their offer has been accepted, but before the official closing is completed.” It may be tempting to get a head start on any home improvement projects you have planned, but this can negatively affect your credit profile and even put your loan at risk. “It’s best to wait at least one full business day after your closing to apply for any new lines of credit,” suggests Roberts.

With a little prep work, you’ll have everything you need to make the home buying process smooth. Then, when moving day arrives, Personal Mini Storage can make things easier with convenient storage options, U-Haul rentals, and moving supplies.


The Roberts Team at Primary Residential Mortgage is a local hometown, family operated, direct mortgage lender.  Primary Residential Mortgage is a top 20 nationally recognized mortgage lender, offering a wide array of mortgage products.


Stay organized this summer with these five organizing tips

09

Jun 2021

5 Organizing Tips For A Fun-Filled Summer

Can you believe the official start of summer is only weeks away? With covid restrictions easing in many places, we are all eager to get back to vacations, beach days, and kids camps. Getting prepared now can help make your summer a relaxing and stress-free time. Here are 5 ways to make sure you are organized and ready for all of the summer fun.

1. Build A Car Kit

Keep the essentials handy by leaving a car kit in your trunk all summer long.

Nothing is worse than getting to the beach or pool and realizing you forgot the sunscreen or towels. With a Summer car kit, you won’t have to worry if you left something at home. Fill a tote bin or container with outdoor necessities like extra clothes, hats, sunscreen, snacks, hand sanitizer, first aid kid, and any other items needed on your day trips. Keep the bin in your trunk or back seat so your kit is with you wherever you go.

2. Make Plans With A Checklist

Keep track of your summer priorities with daily or weekly checklists.

If you’re a busy parent with kids, welcoming back a college student on break, or just trying to take advantage of the long summer days – it can be hard to keep track of all of your plans. Daily and weekly checklists are a great way to remember your gym classes, sports practices, birthday parties, and all of the things you and your family have planned. A printable summer workbook checklist can keep yourself accountable and on track to meet your goals and events.

3. Create Fast Snack Options

Preparing healthy snack options ahead of time will save you stress later.

Time flies when you’re having fun and sometimes hunger can hit when you least expect it. Instead of heading to the nearest drive-thru, prep some freezer friendly foods that you can take out and make in a few minutes. For breakfast, smoothie packs are great on-the-go options. For snacks, easy frozen yogurt bites or DIY freezer Uncrustable sandwiches are popular with everyone and easy to take with you.

4. Pull Seasonal Items Out of Storage

Right now is the best time to take all of your summer essentials out of storage.

Some of your favorite summer items like swimsuits, bikes, warm weather clothing, or pool toys, may be stored away in places like a storage unit. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the summer items you need out of storage. While you’re at it, take cooler weather items you won’t be using for a while and put them away in storage to give yourself more space.

5. Plastic Bins Are Your Best Friend

Plastic bins are perfect for organizing and storing items inside and outside your home.

Stay clutter free this summer by stocking up on inexpensive bins or baskets. Place the bins in your backyard to keep gardening equipment organized for your summer garden, in the garage to store outdoor toys, or inside your home to keep flip flops in one spot. The possibilities are endless with bins or baskets, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

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!


Need space to store your winter gear? Personal Mini Storage has self storage locations across mid Florida with convenient sizes to fit your needs. Find a facility near you and get up to 1 month free rent.


Learn tips and tricks to make your summer garden in Orlando bloom

24

May 2021

Your Orlando Summer Gardening Guide

Guest Post by Caroline Gray

You’ve got your marigold seeds, columbine, and blanket flowers all ready to put in the ground. If only you could find your spade, trowel, and shovel. They’re probably piled up in the garage, under the bicycles, and other stuff taking up space. By the time you’ve dug out all the rusty tools, you’re probably too tired to dig in the garden.

If you live on a small lot, storing yard and garden equipment at home may be inconvenient (especially because you only use these items a few months out of the year). Renting a storage unit will keep your stuff out of the way until it is time to dig, plant, weed, feed, and water. It will keep you from stepping on the prongs of your rake, and it will keep your tools from rusting.

Guide your way through summer’s gardening season with these helpful hints.

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Choose a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Before you dig up the yard for a garden, keep in mind: Not everything grows perfectly everywhere. Flower and vegetable plots must soak up at least six hours of sunlight every day. The plot should also be near a water source (hoses and sprinklers are easier than carrying buckets back and forth). Test the soil to find out what nutrients it needs. You can get a kit at your local garden store or take a sample to the Orange County plant clinic through the University of Florida’s county extension office.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Different seeds require different strategies for optimal growth.

Garden stores are teeming with seeds for whatever flowers, fruits, and veggies strike your fancy. If you go the seed route, note that some types such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and broccoli are stronger when started in small containers and then transplanted into the ground. Corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, and other “large” seed kernels do well when directly placed into soil beds. You can also buy small seedlings (and larger stems) to place directly into your garden. Don’t throw those plastic trays and pots away when you’re done. Put them in your storage unit for next year.

What to Grow

Look for varieties that can withstand Orlando’s high summer temperatures.

The heat and humidity of Orlando summers determine the types of flowers and vegetables that will thrive. Flowers that can handle Orlando’s summertime heat come in a variety of colors, from annuals to perennials. Summer bedding plants to consider? Torenia and zinnias are colorful annuals that stand out against pretty foliage. Scarlet salvia is a perennial that does well in tropical climates. Pentas lanceolata keeps its bright colors in summer while producing pink, red, and white blooms to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vegetables that can handle high temperatures include:

  • Okra
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • Malabar spinach.

Weekly Care

Your garden will require plenty of water and care during the summer months.

Gardens need a weekly tune-up to stay productive. If you care for it while you’re caring for your Orlando lawn, they’ll add to your curb appeal and increase your property value. Keep in mind: The curb appeal drops if you leave the garden tools scattered on the lawn.

Weeding and watering are the main tasks, and it is a good idea to pinch off dead blooms and leaves. While you’re caring for the lawn and garden, take care of yourself by wearing a sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and insect repellant. Drink a lot of water and take shade breaks.

Ready For Summer?

With so many things on your to-do list, getting organized before summer can help you get started gardening a lot sooner. Plus, with that stuff you’re not using — such as your wheelbarrow and rakes– in storage, there’s less clutter and more chance you’ll find what you need when you need it. You dig?


Caroline Gray is a freelance journalist who balances writing for newspapers and blogs with taking care of a 5-acre ranch. She finds it tough to part with any of her garden tools but says it can’t be hoarding if they’re all meticulously placed on pegboard hooks.


5 Orlando Neighborhoods worth checking out

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May 2021

5 Orlando Neighborhoods Worth Checking Out

Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for decades, there’s always something new to see and do in Orlando. Many don’t realize there’s much more to the city waiting to be discovered outside of the theme parks. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting and unique, local neighborhoods worth checking out below.

1. Mills 50 District

The Mills 50 neighborhood is a popular late night spot thanks to a growing list of bars

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, your search should start in the Mills 50 area. According to Mills50.org, this neighborhood is a culturally minded urban district focused on creating a walkable community with a creative spirit. Street art is a common sight as well as well as plenty of diversity. Be sure to check out eclectic businesses like Retromended Vintage, a funky preowned fashion store, and Dong A Imports, an asian supermarket. If locally sourced food and craft beer interest you, then be sure to check out local favorites like Tako Cheena, Santiago’s Bodega, and Ten 10 Brewing Company.

2. College Park

Combining an urban lifestyle with small town charm, College Park is definitely on our list of must-see Orlando neighborhoods. A vibrant community located just north of downtown Orlando, College Park is well known for bungalow style homes, unique shops, restaurants, and parks creating a comfortable place to call home. Take a walk down Edgewater Drive and be sure to check out some of the small businesses that contribute to the area’s unique vibe such as Trevi Pasta, Orange Cycle, and Good Crowd Gifts.

3. Audubon Park Garden District

Spend an afternoon visiting the many shops and stalls inside East End Market

An award-winning shopping and dining neighborhood in Orlando, the Audubon Park Garden District is described as hip, diverse and independent. This unique neighborhood just north of downtown Orlando is known for eclectic shops, cafes, craft beer, boutiques and more. Locals love to visit East End Market where vendors sell everything from gigantic homemade cookies, to fresh baked bread, to locally sourced produce. Do you know the difference between a lager and a lambic? Then make sure to visit Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour where they’ve been serving up unique and rare brews since 2005 (be sure to try one of their own microbrews while you’re there).

4. Lake Nona

Lake Nona is the newest neighborhood on our list. A mixed-use planned community located southwest of Orlando International Airport, this growing area is home to the USTA National Campus, Medical City, and the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Designed as a smart and connected community where residents benefit from a vibrant culture and innovative collaboration. Many young families call the area home and have lead to the growth of modern neighborhood amenities like the outdoor food hall concept, Boxi Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Nona Adventure Park to experience water based family entertainment.

5. The Milk District

Street art can be found around every corner in the Milk District

The neighborhood with the most interesting name has got to be The Milk District. Named for the T.G. Lee Dairy processing plant in the area, there’s much more than milk to this funky, eclectic corner of Orlando. This neighborhood is home to numerous murals, giving a nod to the artistic spirit felt throughout the area. Thanks to a growing list of bars and eateries, the Milk District has become a late night hot spot. Local favorites include MX Taco, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwichera, and Sideward Brewing Company.


Ready to explore more of Central Florida? Check out our other blog posts featuring 5 Things to Know When Moving to Clermont and 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Clearwater-St. Pete.

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