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Top Tips For Staying Organized This Holiday Season

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Dec 2017

Top Tips For Staying Organized This Holiday Season

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

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  1. Purge Clothing, Books, Electronics & Toys

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

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  1. Organize Gift Wrap and Accessories

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

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  1. Clean Out the Fridge and Pantry

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

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  1. Take A Holiday Décor Inventory

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

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  1. Create A Weekly Cleaning List

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

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  1. Prepare Your Gift Giving

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

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


5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

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Oct 2017

5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

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

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DIY Dresser

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

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Bins

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

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Vacuum Seal/Plastic Bags

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

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Towel Rod

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

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Peg Boards

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

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


5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

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Oct 2017

5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

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

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

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

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Declutter the Living Room or Family Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pack Up the Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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Clear Out the Closets, Basement, and Attic

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

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

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

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Improve Curb Appeal

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

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

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Get the Packing Done

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

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

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

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

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

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


5 Central Florida Fall Events You Won’t Want To Miss

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Sep 2017

5 Central Florida Fall Events You Won’t Want To Miss

If you’re like me, when you begin to think about the fall season, you picture sweater weather, fall leaves and pumpkin spice… but living in Florida, it can be a little hard to get into the fall mood when it’s still 90 degrees outside. Thankfully, we’ve put together this list of Central Florida fall events that will surely get you into the autumn spirit!
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6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

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Sep 2017

6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

Buying a home can be stressful, time consuming, and just plain overwhelming, but when you find a real estate agent you can trust, most of those uneasy feelings will go away. If you’re looking for your dream home in the Orlando area, we’ve put together a list of some of Central Florida’s best real estate companies that are sure to help you find the perfect house!
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Back To School: 6 Most Needed Storage Items For Your Dorm

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Aug 2017

Back To School: 6 Most Needed Storage Items For Your Dorm

 

Whether you’re an incoming college freshman about to embark on a new adventure, a current college student returning for the new school year, or the parent of college student preparing to help your student with their move- we’ve assembled our top 6 most needed storage items for your dorm. Keeping organized in a small dorm room is key- and these tips are here to help!
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Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

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Mar 2017

Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

Moving comes with a lot of thought and consideration. People choose to relocate due to reasons such as family, jobs, lifestyles, and the cost of living. Whatever the reason is families are sure to migrate to certain areas throughout the year. It seems the South is headed towards a population increase. Florida itself holds 3 cities that are in the top 10 places to live for 2017. Let’s take a look at the ten cities and why they have become a popular place to move. (more…)


10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

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Dec 2016

10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

As the holidays come to a close it’s time to start packing up all of your decorations and gift wrapping supplies. Storing fragile items or large items like wreaths, can become difficult and time consuming if you aren’t prepared. There are many different ways to store wrapping paper, lights, wreaths, and ornaments. Here are just 10 of the smartest ways to store your holiday items this year.

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