Storage Solutions


3 Situations When it Makes Sense and 1 When it Doesn't

27

Apr 2021

Is a Storage Unit Worth the Cost?

More than one in eleven households in the U.S. rent a storage unit. While they provide flexible storage options for many Americans, is renting extra space the right choice for you? Below we’ll go through three examples of when they can be a great option and one situation where it isn’t a good fit.

1.     Buying and Selling Your Home

So you’re ready to put your home on the market, hire a realtor, and schedule an open house. Now you need somewhere to keep all your belongings. That’s when self storage can be a good investment. Having a space to move personal items and furniture can be a great short-term option for those in the process of buying and selling a home. Most storage companies offer various sizes to choose from as well as climate controlled spaces and drive up units to make loading and unloading easier.

2.     Growing Your Small Business

Owning and operating your own small business can be an exciting and liberating experience, but managing expenses can be a daunting task. One of the biggest expenses many small businesses face is renting physical space to set up an office or store inventory. A storage unit can be a cost saving option for many businesses. For example, a lawn care company can utilize the extra space to keep equipment safe and secure allowing for crews to pick up and drop off gear. Check out how Second to None Tree Care of Orlando utilizes space at Personal Mini Storage to save money.

3.     Outdoor Hobbies

Enjoying the great outdoors is a part of the Florida lifestyle. From kayaking to mountain biking, there are plenty of options in the sunshine state. Many of us don’t have space for larger recreational equipment at home though. That’s why renting storage can be a convenient choice. Most facilities offer drive up units that make it easy to get your stuff out of storage and into your vehicle quickly. Many Personal Mini Storage locations also offer large vehicle parking that can fit boats and RVs.

Looking for some of the best places to get out and enjoy nature? Check out our blog post on 5 Things to Know About Clermont.

    NOT a Good Idea: Food Items

If you are looking for a place to store food or perishable items, renting storage is not a good idea. In fact, many storage facilities do not allow food, produce or plants to be stored at their location. Other items that typically cannot be stored include ammunition, gasoline, paint, paint thinner, propane, and fireworks.


Still unsure if a storage unit is right for you? The team at Personal Mini Storage is here to help. Our self storage FAQ page has answers to more common storage questions. Plus you can reserve a space quickly and easily with our express move-in process.


Spring Cleaning: 3 Tips & Tricks for a Clean Fridge

13

Apr 2021

Spring Cleaning: 3 Tips & Tricks For a Clean Fridge

The annual tradition of spring cleaning is here. Our team at Personal Mini Storage has already covered 4 Tips for Tackling Your Garage in a previous post, but one appliance that can easily get overlooked this time of year is the refrigerator. Over time, spills and crumbs can add up, contaminating the fresh food you store inside. Below are 3 steps you can take to deep clean your fridge fast and efficiently.


1.     Take (Literally) Everything Out

The easiest and fastest way to finish this project is to get everything (and we do mean EVERYTHING) out of the way including food, removable shelves, and drawers. This makes them easier to deep clean and scrub from top to bottom. According to Bon Appetit, using a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water is a safe, and effective all-purpose cleaner.

Pro tip: Have a cooler handy to store temperature sensitive food like meat and seafood during the cleaning process.

2.     Don’t Forget the Outside

It’s not just the inside of your fridge that needs a thorough cleaning every year. Unplug it and move it out from the wall carefully to find the refrigerator coils. Use a vacuum brush attachment to clean off any built-up dust or dirt. If you have an ice and water dispenser, you’ll want to take time to deep clean those as well. HuffPost has a useful guide on tackling this unique challenge.

Pro tip: If the coils are not easily visible on the back side, check the bottom and top of the appliance as different brands may have these coils placed in different locations.

3.     Control Future Odors

Now that you’re starting fresh with a clean refrigerator, you’ll want to keep it fresh as long as possible. Leaving an open box of baking soda inside your fridge can help to neutralize strong odors. Another suggestion from RealSimple.com is to soak cotton balls in vanilla and place them in an inconspicuous area to tackle tough smells.

Pro tip: After a deep clean, take advantage of an empty fridge and organize your food as you move everything back. Check out this video guide from Martha Stewart on the best way to organize your fridge.


Looking for more cleaning and storage advice? Check out our storage blog for tips, tricks, and hacks to make your life easier and let us know when you are ready to reserve a storage unit at one of our 46 locations!


Learn 5 Easy Summer Storage Tips to Help College Students

29

Mar 2021

5 Summer Storage Tips For College Students

Between social distancing and virtual classes, it’s been a very unusual year for college students. As the spring semester comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about how and where to store your belongings over summer break. The good news is that with a little planning, summer storage can be much easier than final exams, and simple enough to leave extra time to safely celebrate the end of the semester.

1. Start Early

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Most busy college students don’t have a whole day to devote to packing. Plan to start a week or two in advance of moving day. A good place to begin is with out-of-season clothes that you won’t need anytime soon, like coats and sweaters. Continue to spend a little bit of time each day going through your belongings and packing them in labeled boxes. For the final few days before summer vacation, keep out only what you will need. Think of it like packing for a weekend trip, only you are packing everything but tomorrow’s outfit, a toothbrush, bedding, and other essentials.

Pro Tip: Be sure to use sturdy moving boxes that will last during the summer months when packing your belongings. We have a variety of boxes and packing supplies for sale at all of our storage locations.

2. Keep Only What You Need

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As you pack your belongings, don’t just shove everything into a box. Go through items and ask yourself: Is this something I’ve used in the past six months? While you may want to keep some textbooks, consider selling those you won’t need again to earn extra cash. Unwanted clothes or dorm decor can also be donated to a local charity like Goodwill Industries.

Pro Tip: Barnes & Noble offers a textbook buyback program online. You can check the value of your books here.

3. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Things

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It’s a terrible feeling to arrive home for the summer and begin searching for your favorite video game or comfy pillow only to realize that you left it packed up with your things in a storage facility nine states away. To avoid this, spend some time thinking about your summer plans, and what you will need to take home with you. From hair dryers to bathing suits, make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.

4. Work Together

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Don’t have much stuff? Instead of filling up half of a storage unit, consider sharing one with another person you trust to save on costs. You should also consider renting a small truck or moving van to cut down on the number of trips you’ll need to take.

Pro Tip: Renting a moving truck and storage unit at the same location saves you time during pickup and drop off. Personal Mini Storage offers U-Haul truck rentals on site at all of our locations.

5. Choose Wisely

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Make sure you choose a self storage facility that offers plenty of features. Look for facilities that offer comprehensive security measures, strategies to control pests that could damage your belongings and generous access hours to your unit.

Pro Tip: National trade associations, such as the U.S. Trade Association’s Self Storage Association can be a useful source of information for first-time renters. Learn more about how to pack your unit strategically here.

While packing up and storing your dorm room belongings for the summer may not be the most fun part of college, with a clear plan, it can be quick and easy experience.


Need storage near campus? We have storage facilities across Florida including locations close to the University of Florida, UCF, Stetson University, Florida Institute of Technology and more. Visit our website for unit sizes and rates on storage units near you.


Spring Cleaning: 4 Tips for Tackling The Garage

15

Mar 2021

Spring Cleaning: 4 Tips for Tackling The Garage

Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and that means the annual tradition of spring cleaning is right around the corner. One space that seems to be the most daunting for many is the garage. We’ve compiled a list of useful tips below to help you clear out the clutter and make space in your garage to store a car (or two) again.

1. Get Everything Out!

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While it may seem daunting at first, the best way to clean and organize your garage is to move everything (and we do mean EVERYTHING) out. This includes all boxes, bikes, and shelving that isn’t bolted to the wall. Once you’ve gotten everything out of the way, take the time to wipe down the walls and floor removing any dust, dirt, and grime built up over the past year. This will give you a clean slate to start organizing your new garage!

2. Create Categories

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Our next tip for a successful garage spring cleaning is to separate your items into groups. Start by breaking down your things into three categories:

  1. Garage Storage: These are items that are used on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and need to continue to be stored inside your garage. Examples may include tools, lawn mowers, and bicycles.
  2. Other Storage: Belongings you don’t want to get rid of, but you don’t necessarily need daily access to can be moved to another space like a nearby self-storage unit. These can include seasonal items such as holiday decorations, and sports equipment like water skis or surfing gear.
  3. Donate or Toss: Set aside items you no longer use or need that may have been piling up for years. Find local organizations that accept donations like Goodwill of Central Florida and review their list of approved items they accept. Some items will not be accepted and should be thrown away instead.

3. Use Vertical Space

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Sometimes the best place to go for extra storage in your garage is up! Utilize your wall space by organizing and hanging items on the wall instead of taking up valuable ground space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot offer plenty of wall organization and shelving options to fit your needs. Bikes and tools can be placed on hooks while extra shelves and baskets can hold small tools and accessories. This will allow you to leave floor space for larger items and vehicles.

4. Find Alternative Storage

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So you’ve cleared out enough space to park your car inside the garage again. But what about all of your stuff you don’t want to get rid of? Renting a storage unit is a convenient and inexpensive way to keep your belongings out of the garage and within reach. Personal Mini Storage offers 46 convenient storage locations across Central Florida with options ranging from drive-up units to A/C storage depending on your needs.


Looking for more information about your self-storage options? Check out our Self Storage FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions and let us know when you’re ready to reserve a unit with us!


Moving To Clermont: 5 Things to Know

23

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

05

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

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Jun 2018

Hurricane Season: How You Need To Prepare

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

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Plan Your Evacuation

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

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Stock Up Your Pantry

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

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Gather Emergency Supplies

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

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Organize Critical Documents

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

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Check Your Insurance

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

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Prepare Your Home

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

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



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