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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

11

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

27

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

08

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!



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