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Moving To Clermont: 5 Things to Know

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Feb 2021

Moving To Clermont: 5 Things to Know

If you are thinking about relocating to Clermont, Florida you’re not alone. According to The City of Clermont, it has become one of the fastest growing cities in the Central Florida region with a population of more than 44,000 residents and climbing. Here are 5 things you should know about living in Clermont, Florida.


1. From Orange Groves, to Booming City

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Citrus Played a Major Role in Clermont’s Early Economy

During the first half of the 20th century, citrus groves dominated the local economy, and the famous Citrus Tower is a tribute to the industry’s role in Clermont’s development. Visitors can choose to head up to the observation deck and enjoy the panoramic view of the area. Today, Clermont is listed as the largest city in Lake County and home to a growing, diverse population. Historic Downtown Clermont sits on the shores of Lake Minneola and offers plenty of shopping and dining options for residents.

2. The “Choice of Champions”

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The City of Clermont is known as the “Choice of Champions”

With beautiful weather year-round, it is no wonder Clermont’s tag line is the “Choice of Champions”. Many Olympic athletes have chosen to live and train in Clermont including Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, and Noah Lyles. In addition, other track-and-field, water sports and triathlon athletes have called Clermont home due to the many lakes and hills that can be found in the surrounding areas.

3. Affordable Housing

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Residents of Clermont Enjoy a Lower Cost of Living

The quality of life in Clermont makes it an optimal destination for anyone looking to move to Central Florida. Clermont has housing options for various income levels including gated communities to single-family homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes. With close proximity to the city of Orlando as well as Central Florida’s famous theme parks, many residents choose Clermont thanks to the affordable cost of living and easy highway access.

4. Living the Outdoor Lifestyle

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Clermont has Plenty of Outdoor Activities the Entire Family can Enjoy

Lakes, rolling hills, and recreational parks can be found throughout the City of Clermont making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Families can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the Champions Splash Park, while boaters can take advantage of one of the many boat ramps throughout the city. You can also enjoy numerous disc golf courses and outdoor hiking trails including the Legacy Loop Trail.

5. Made in Clermont

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Wine Lovers will Find Plenty to Like About Clermont

Clermont is home to a growing number of unique small businesses, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Families can enjoy a trip to Southern Hills Blueberry Farm with year-round events including fruit picking, festivals and more. Adults will enjoy stopping by Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards as well as Clermont Brewing Company to enjoy locally made wines and craft beers. You can check out more culinary options here.


If you need help during your relocation to Clermont, Personal Mini Storage is here to make thing easy with 4 locations in Clermont to help with your storage and moving needs including U-Haul truck rentals and returns on site.


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

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Feb 2021

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank


Valentine’s day is right around the corner and many of us are still searching for the perfect gift. You could go for one of the classics like flowers or chocolate but why not take a different approach this year? Here are a few unique ideas to make you a hero on the most romantic day of the year.

#1: Organize A Cluttered Room

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Take the time to organize and clean up a messy space in your home.

A well-organized living space can instantly put a smile on anyone’s face. Choose a room in your home to declutter and organize on your own. Dedicating your time and energy into a home project is a great (and affordable) way to show how much you listen and care. It may be difficult to keep this gift a secret so instead, be creative! You can build suspense by hanging a sign on the door asking your partner to “Keep Closed Until Valentine’s Day”. Renting a self-storage unit at one of our 46 locations can help get the clutter out of the house and out of sight.

#2: Surprise Them With a “Me” Day

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Everyone enjoys a break from the daily grind.

Give your significant other a break from the daily grind by offering to handle their family responsibilities and chores for a day. Allow them time and space to relax and unwind while you handle picking up the kids, cooking dinner, and getting everyone to bed on time. Looking to take it a step further? Include a gift certificate to a local spa or favorite salon to use during their free day.

#3 The Gift of More Space

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Allow your partner to save special keepsakes and memories while still making space at home.

Having to part with sentimental items can take an emotional toll. Spare your partner from having to make those tough choices by renting a storage unit they can use all year long to keep cherished items in. They’ll definitely appreciate the thoughtful gift when spring cleaning comes around and feel less pressure when deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.


Ready to book a unique Valentine’s Day gift? Personal Mini Storage has locations across Central Florida with plenty of storage unit sizes to fit your needs. Contact us today to get started!


20 Favorite Fall DIY Decor Projects

27

Sep 2018

20 Favorite Fall DIY Decor Projects

As summer slips away, it’s time to start getting ready for fall! Gear up for the fall season by replacing your summer items with festive decor. If you’re ready to get a bit creative, here’s 20 fall DIY decor projects.

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5-Minute Fall Wreath

Crunched for time? Or looking for an easy craft to do with the kids? These fall wreaths by 2 Bees in a Pod are a simple way to spice up your front door in just a few minutes.

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Distressed Dollar Store Pumpkins

Decorate your home on a budget with these distressed dollar store pumpkins. The Kim Six Fix shows you how to create your own decorative pumpkins with a cackle finish.

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Rustic Fall Mason Jars

With some mason jars and just a couple craft items, you can make some adorable rustic style mason jars to utilize around your home. Sincerely Jean suggests filling the jars with wheat stalk, but you can also fill with fall colored flowers, or even household items like kitchen utensils or craft supplies.

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DIY Fall Welcome Mat

What better way to greet your guests then with a fall themed welcome mat!? Simple Made Pretty walks you through how to design and create your own welcome mat to use throughout the fall season.

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Confetti Pumpkins

Want to add some sparkle to your home? Try these confetti pumpkins! Easily make these pumpkins by Made in a Day with just a few supplies, and you’ll bring some basic pumpkins alive!

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Dollar Store Pumpkin Serving Tray

If you’re having guests over this fall, this DIY pumpkin serving tray will be a hit. By using a few dollar store items, you can make a tray that’s perfect for a fall party or Thanksgiving dinner. Val Event Gal offers you step by step directions to make this versatile tray!

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DIY Autumn Cinnamon Spiced Candle

There’s no need to spend money on fancy fall candles- making your own candles at home is easier than it sounds! There’s nothing that makes a home more cozy than fall scents flowing throughout. The Happier Homemaker made a delicious smelling cinnamon spiced candle that you can make too!

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Wood Crate Pumpkins

Make your front porch stand out by adding these wood crate pumpkins! With a few wood crates, acrylic paint, corn husk ribbon and a branch stem, in just a few minutes you can put together these eye-catching decorations. Crafty Morning shows you how to simply put those 4 items together to create some front porch fall flare!

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Fall Pumpkin Topiary

Another way to spice up your usual front porch area is by adding some pumpkins to the area. This easy DIY fall pumpkin topiary by Inspiration For Moms only takes a few minutes and adds a beautiful but neutral fall touch. Make one for either side of your door, or show off one in the corner of your front door area.

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Deco Mesh Door Frame

Dress up your front porch with a DIY deco mesh door frame! Big Lots shows you how easy it is to decorate any door frame with classic garland. Welcome your guests in a big fall way!

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DIY Flannel Coasters

Add a small, cozy factor to your home with these DIY Flannel Coasters created by Juggling Act Mama. You can get creative with whatever type or design of fabric you’d like, and they are perfect for your fall drinks!

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Lighted Fall Pumpkin Basket

This do it yourself basket can be put together in just a couple of minutes, and adds a pretty glow to your fall decor. Over at Clean & Scentsible, blogger Jenn gives her tips and tricks on how to make this pumpkin basket, and make your home glow!

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Drip Painting Pumpkins

Creating these pumpkins are fun and family-friendly since it’s a no carve pumpkin. While a bit messy, this craft is fun for the whole family and a great way to get creative. Momdot has her tutorial on how to make these fun drip pumpkins.

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Falling Leaves Glitter Garland

With just 3 cheap items, you can add some sparkle to anywhere in your home! House of Jade Interiors shows you how to create this craft project simply with artificial leaves, glue and glitter.

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Give Thanks Mantel

If you have a plain mantel space, you can add a fall touch with this mantel piece by A Diamond in the Stuff. Spelling out ‘Thanks’ (or any other fall phrases) designed on small to medium sized dollar store plastic pumpkins makes a fabulous mantel piece.

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Rustic Pumpkin Lantern

Everyone is loving the farmhouse or rustic look, and this piece shown by Celebrate Mag fits right in to that theme! Add as many miniature pumpkins and gourds as you can into a glass lantern, and place on a dining room table, counter, outdoors or any other spot you’d like.

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Painted Wood Slice Pumpkins

If you’re into all things pumpkins, this DIY project is perfect for you. These painted pumpkins shown by A Night Owl are really easy to make, so you can create as little or many cute pumpkins as you want in a small frame of time.

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Pumpkin Patch Wooden Vintage Sign

If you’ve never done a picture transfer to wood before, Sincerely Sara D shows you how you can effortlessly use this method to create a cool vintage sign. She provides the pumpkin patch themed printable, and provides instructions on how to use the transfer method to make a sign that can compliment any room!

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Give Thanks Fabric Banner

Perfect for Thanksgiving or just the fall season in general, this banner created by The Lily Pad Cottage adds a nice touch to a mantel or similar area. You most likely already have the few items needed on hand, so this is a quick and convenient DIY project.

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Checkered Fall Pillows

Instead of paying up for themed pillows every season, make your own! The Interior Frugalista has a genius budget-friendly and space-saving solution with these DIY checkered pillows made with stencils.

There’s so many ways to get creative with your home decorations for fall this year, and these are just a few ideas to do yourself. Don’t forget, we’re your decoration storage experts with 43 locations around the Central Florida area!


Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

06

Sep 2018

Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

It’s estimated that over the next five years, 388,270 people will be moving to the Orlando area, bringing the population to 2.8 million. With strong job growth, local colleges and universities and a huge tourism industry, an influx of young adults will be moving or staying in or around Orlando. If you’re looking to move to Central Florida, or are a current resident looking to buy or rent a home, here’s the top 6 Orlando area neighborhoods for young adults.

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College Park

Centrally located to the west of Downtown Orlando, the College Park District is filling up with young adults. Off of the brick roads of College Park you can find renovated bungalow homes with a mix of new development housing. The neighborhood is known for having a small town, yet urban feel, and locals love hitting up the small businesses such as award winning restaurant and wine bar Rusteak, Falafel Shop Hubbly Bubbly, The Yoga Shala Yoga Studio, and dozens of other restaurants, bars, shops and wellness stores.

Median Home Value: $298,600
Current Homes For Sale: 73

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden, located 14 miles west of Downtown Orlando, has gained some serious traction over the past few years. The town has grown from 14,351 residents in 2000 to an astonishing 41,988 in 2016, with many new residents consisting of young adults and families. New construction is huge in Winter Garden, so if you’re looking for newer homes, this is a great area to look at. Winter Garden is always bustling with a weekly farmers market, dozens of new and old bars and restaurants, a local brewery and market, and a huge shopping plaza. If you’re thinking about making the move to this area, you can check out 6 reasons to love Winter Garden.

Median Home Value: $253,200
Current Homes For Sale: 291

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Doctor Phillips

Love restaurants, bars and theme parks? Doctor Phillips is your spot! Located a few miles from International Drive, Universal Studios and Mall of Millenia, Doctor Phillips is a tucked away suburb that’s close enough to just about anything you could need. Down the street is restaurant row, featuring dozens of upscale restaurants like Seasons 52, Melting Pot, Eddie V’s, and local favorite Rocco’s Tacos. Doctor Phillips has a very family friendly vibe, and is perfect for young adults looking to start their lives in the heart of Orlando.

Median Home Value: $307,100
Current Homes For Sale: 49

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Audubon Park

Calling itself “Orlando’s Most Unique Neighborhood,” Audubon Park has local vintage shops and boutiques, as well as some of the best restaurants, craft beer and craft cocktail bars the Orlando area has to offer. If you take a drive through Audubon Park, you’ll notice a slew of local residents walking and biking the area to their favorite spots. Locals love hanging at East End Market, a neighborhood marketplace with an array of artisanal vendors, or Redlight Redlight, an award winning craft beer bar and brewery. With close proximity to Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, and local roads and highways, Audubon Park has seen many of it’s new residents being young adults.

Median Home Value: $279,700
Current Homes For Sale: 4

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Downtown Sanford

With a completely revamped downtown area, Sanford is really starting to catch the eye of millennials. Over the past few years, downtown Sanford has seen the addition of new breweries, craft beer bottle shops, remarkable restaurants, and nifty shops. Downtown staples such as Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, a traditional German restaurant serving up authentic German food, German beers and live music, and West End Trading Post, a local favorite that offers drinks, a vibrant atmosphere and nightly live music, line the brick streets of downtown and compliment the new additions to town. Alive After 5 or the Sanford Art Walk are just 2 of the monthly events the city puts on where residents gather for a good time. There’s many older homes in the area, as well as lots of new development of homes and apartments, providing a mix of housing that can suit any need.

Median Home Value: $190,000
Current Homes For Sale: 205
*Median home value and homes available for 32771 zip code

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SODO

Also known as South Downtown, the SODO district has been becoming increasingly popular with young adults. While this area has always been filled with homes and apartments, shopping plazas and bars and restaurants, lots of new and unique spots have been opening up around SODO giving the area a new, cool feel. SODO and surrounding areas such as Delaney Park, Conway and Lake Holden have multiple neighborhoods of homes, as well as new apartment buildings and town homes that have been popping up over the years.

Median Home Value: $250,500
Current Homes For Sale: 102

If you’re planning on making a move to the Orlando area and need extra space, we have 43 self storage locations around the Central Florida area!


12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

27

Jul 2018

12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

With summer quickly winding down, the new school semester will be here before you know it. Whether you’re an incoming freshman gearing up for their first year of college, or a returning student, keeping your dorm room or apartment organized and tidy is vital to help keep you sane during the busy school year. Here’s 12 dorm room hacks for this school year.

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User Binder Clips To Organize Cords

Take some extra binder clips and clip them on the end of your desk space. Once you label them, you can easily identify what cord belongs to what.

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Raise Your Bed

When you move into your dorm, gain extra storage space by raising your bed (if it isn’t already!). This way, you can place storage bins underneath, or even move your desk below the bed to make the rest of your space more roomy. Check out 5 space-saving tips for your dorm that you can utilize.

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Decorate Mason Jars For Extra Storage

Paint and design inexpensive mason jars before the school year to bring with you. These jars are the perfect way to add some extra storage for school supplies, makeup brushes, toothbrushes and other small items you have.

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Purchase A Plastic Shoe Organizer

Plastic shoe organizers are cheap and simply go over a door. Dorm rooms and college apartments are typically super small, so any extra space you can create is a bonus. You can store anything from snacks, to shoes, to cleaning supplies.

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Hang Curtains For Privacy

Most of the time, you’re sharing a room or place with another person or a few people. Look into buying a curtain to hang in between you and your roommates area to divide the space. You can also hang a curtain over your closet or around your bed to give yourself more privacy.

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Add Pops Of Color With Washi Tape

If you haven’t used Washi tape yet – get ready to love it! Washi tape comes in thousands of different colors and patterns and can help brighten up your dorm. Easily stick the tape on keyboards, desks, clothespins, etc. to make your space fun and colorful.

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Stay Organized With A DIY Corkboard Calendar

Corkboard is cheap and easy to design to your liking. Turn a large or small corkboard into a calendar to keep yourself organized. Pin up your class schedule, school activities, trips and anything else you don’t want to forget up so you’re reminded of these every time you’re in your room.

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Hide Metal Tins For Secret Storage

If you have items you need to keep safe, like keys, bank cards or cash, use metal candy tins to hide these items and place away in a drawer. No one will suspect anything important is in a tin like that!

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Keep Clothes Off The Floor With A Hanging Hamper

Instead of having a clothes hamper taking up room on the floor, install a coat hook or plastic command hook onto the back of a closet or bathroom door. Hang a hamper and voila!- your dirty clothes will be out of the way!

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Use Soda Tabs To Create More Closet Space

Dorm closets are extremely tiny – so you need all the space you can get. Hook soda tabs onto a clothes hanger, and hook additional hangers through the tabs. Now you can have multiple clothes items off one hanger and can create more room for other clothes.

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Make Your Room Smell Fresh and Clean

No candles or sprays? No problem! Place a dryer sheet over your AC unit or in an air vent to get that fresh scent to spread throughout your whole dorm room.

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Create Your Own Wall Artwork

There’s no need to live in a bland dorm space. Pictures and other decor can get pricey, so create some of your own wall art before you head off for the school year! Hang up cheap string lights, paint your own canvas piece, hang up Polaroid pictures on string or place cute quote prints in a cheap dollar store frame.

 

 


Hurricane Season: How You Need To Prepare

06

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!

17

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

12

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!



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