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Pro Tips For Packing & Moving Your Plants

10

Nov 2021

Pro Tips For Packing & Moving Your Plants

Guest post by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

That 4-foot tall monstera belonged to your grandmother, and you’ve kept it alive for the last decade. Or there’s an iris in the garden you paid top dollar for because of its exquisite peach color. Just like your fine china, house and garden plants need special handling during a move.

Be sure to check with your destination city about restrictions on moving plants there. Most states have regulations banning certain plants because of threats of insects, diseases, or invasiveness. For example, moving to Florida with house plants requires a certificate of inspection. Some plants, such as citrus, are banned altogether.

Small potted plants sitting on a stand.
Inspect house plants before you start moving to make sure they aren’t diseased.

A Few Weeks Before The Move

Before digging garden plants, make sure they will survive in their new home. Check the USDA plant hardiness zones of your destination to see if your beloved plants can make the trip. Lilac bushes that thrive in Colorado won’t bloom in Florida. The same goes for a bearded iris or pear tree.

As for your gerbera daisies or coreopsis? Dig those garden plants and move them into pots. You can also put them in plastic grocery bags and store them in a shady place, making sure they get plenty of water before the move.

Inspect houseplants to make sure they aren’t diseased. Give them a quick shower to wash off any insects that might be there. The last thing you want is to pack pests.

Woman holds moving boxes and a potted plant inside a home.
Wrap plants with sheets or blankets during a move to help prevent accidental damage.

Packing Plants

The riskiest plants to move are large ones. That’s because it’s so easy to smash a branch or two – or even break the plant in half. Whether from the garden or house, wrap a large plant with sheets or blankets, starting at the base of the plant or the pot. Staple or tape the wrap so that it is snug against the plant. Bubble wrap can also be used as plant protectors inside the blanket or sheet.

Place smaller pots in boxes or reusable shopping bags. Try to make the pots snug in their box or bag. Wedge crumpled newspaper, craft paper, towels, or bubble wrap around the pots or plants to keep them from moving about.

Woman holds small potted plant in hands.
Be sure to water your plants well before you hit the road to help them survive.

Moving Plants

Keep in mind the timing of your move. Whether in a car, van, or moving truck, plants need a reasonable temperature to survive. If it’s a long trip, you’ll need to consider your stops to eat or overnight stays. Intense heat and cold temperatures may cook or freeze your plants left in the car. Consider moving all of them into your motel room for the night and reloading them the next morning.

If moving in winter, allow the soil in the pots to go dry. This protects roots from freezing. You can insulate them from the cold with tenting blankets or newspaper over the plants.

In summer, water the plants well. Consider packing a cooler with ice packs, which may come in handy if the temperature inside your car climbs during unexpected stops and slow-downs.

Five medium sized potted plants rest on a small table next to a watering can.
Try to unload your plants first to give them time to acclimate to their new situations.

Unloading Plants

Your plants should be the first items you unload. Remove the wrapping and inspect for any damage. Give them a light shower and place them in a bright window. Allow houseplants to acclimate to new and different light and temperatures before moving to their permanent spot. Water as needed.

When moving garden plants outdoors, get to know the lay of the land. Put the pots in a partly sunny or shady area until they get used to their new light and temperatures. In summer, plant as soon as possible. In winter, stow the plants in an area protected from wind and cold. An unheated garage is ideal. Garden plants can be held in pots for several weeks if need be. Water as needed.

Various sized potted plants are placed indoors near a large window.
Don’t be shocked if plants look a little rough immediately following a move.

Give Them Time To Adjust

Like people, plants need time to adjust to their new home. Don’t be surprised if the plants look a little rough or seem slow to respond to their new surroundings. Prune the dead branches or leaves, and give them a little extra TLC. Plants are incredibly resilient, so they’ll likely bounce back before you know it.

If you’re planning a move to Florida, Personal Mini Storage can help with 46 locations in the state offering convenient self storage, U-Haul rentals and moving supplies to help keep all of your belongings (including plants) safe.


Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp award-winning garden writer, editor, and guest speaker at horticulture industry events. Known as a hortiholic, she frequently says her eyes are too big for her yard. She blogs at hoosiergardener.com.


5 Spooky Storage Hacks For Halloween Decorations

27

Oct 2021

5 Spooky Storage Hacks For Halloween Decorations

Once a year, our neighborhoods are taken over by zombies and princesses having a frightful good time. But once trick or treating has come to an end, it’s time to take down the spider webs, unplug the inflatable witches and pack away all of your ghoulish decorations in storage.

Previously, we’ve shared ways you can stay organized during the holiday season, now we’re diving deeper into five of our best Halloween storage hacks to keep your skeletons and bats organized and ready for more scares next year.

Four plastic tubs are stacked together with lids on top.
Plastic bins are a great way to store decorations all year long.

1. Plastic Tubs Are Your Friend

Instead of having to find space for dozens of boxes and bags, try consolidating your halloween decor into a few larger bins. Inexpensive plastic tubs will help protect your decorations from annoying bugs and moisture while keeping your things easily accessible. Use a piece of masking tape to label each container with a general idea of what is inside.

Pro Tip: Find containers that offer lids in multiple colors. You can assign different colors for different holidays like Halloween and Christmas which will make organizing and storage all year long even easier.

Inflatable Halloween decorations lit up at night in front of a home.
Keep original packaging for larger decorations like inflatables.

2. Save (Some) Original Packaging

Totes and bins are a great way to keep your smaller bats and spiders organized, but larger decorations can be too big to fit inside of a plastic container (12 ft. skeleton anyone?). For these items, try to save the original packaging for stress-free storage. This will allow you to easily identify these items when you need to find them inside of your storage unit or garage, and can be stacked alongside your halloween bins.

Three children dressed in costume standing in front of a chalkboard with spooky drawings.
Keep costumes protected with a garment bag before you put them in storage.

3. Protect Your Costumes

A good costume can last a lifetime! Protect them during storage by spending some time thoroughly cleaning them up after use. When you’re ready to pack them away, store them inside of a garment bag to keep critters and dirt away. If you have enough costumes to fill multiple bags, label each with what is inside.

Pro Tip: You can take it a step further and vacuum seal your costumes in plastic bags. This can help you keep them clean and protected while also saving even more space.

Halloween decorations displayed on a table surrounded by three children.
Organizing items by room or area will make things easier for your future self.

4. Pack Items By Room

One of the most convenient ways to pack your Halloween decorations is to organize them by room or area. That way, when you’re ready to bring them back out next year, you won’t need to worry about searching through multiple boxes or tubs as you decorate each area of your home. Be sure to label your containers with a piece of masking tape so you can quickly identify where that box or bin should go.

Pro Tip: DO NOT store any perishable items like leftover candy with your Halloween decorations. Not only will it most likely be expired the next time you go to take them out, it could attract bugs to your boxes and bins.

A hand holds three small, green batteries after removing them from holiday decorations.
Remove any batteries from electronic decorations before packing them away.

5. Remove the Batteries

From screaming witches to laughing ghosts, electronic decorations are becoming more popular every year. Before you stuff that dancing skeleton back inside a plastic bin though, make sure to remove any batteries that are found inside. The Florida heat can cause batteries to leak and ruin your giant spiders and plastic pumpkins. Plus, after sitting in storage for the next 12 months, those batteries would probably need to be replaced either way.


Taking the time to organize and store your Halloween decorations properly will save you plenty of time and effort next October. Plus if you’re running out of space to keep your creepy containers at home, renting a storage unit at a nearby Personal Mini Storage could be an affordable alternative.


Here Are 7 of Our Favorite Fall Events Happening in Florida!

12

Oct 2021

7 Fall Events in Florida You Don’t Want to Miss

With temperatures starting to drop, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside, discover a new neighborhood, and enjoy some of the many festivals Florida is famous for. Whether you’re in the mood to sample food from around the world, or looking to scratch your live music itch, there’s something for everyone. Below we’ve compiled seven of our favorite events to add to your bucket list this fall.

Fall at Southern Hill Farms

Clermont – September 25th-November 7th

Purchase of advanced tickets are required. This popular family-friendly event regularly sells out so be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance. Seasonal offerings include apple cider donuts, craft beer, s’mores, and a wide variety of pumpkins available for sale. Be sure to check out the kid’s zone and all new corn maze added to this year’s event.

50th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park

Orlando – November 6th-7th

This free event brings family and pet friendly arts to the downtown Orlando area. Located around beautiful Lake Eola, you can enjoy dozens of artists, crafters, and food vendors. Parking is a premium during this weekend so be prepared to find paid parking outside of the event and take a 10-15 minute walk.

Pro Tip: Use your favorite rideshare to get close to the event instead of attempting to find parking.

Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival

Dunnellon – October 14th-17th

This family friendly event in Dunnellon features rides, games, music, food and fun. Admission to the festival is free and wristbands for rides can be purchased online. Pets and personal coolers are not allowed at the event.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Kissimmee – July 15th-November 20th

This ultra popular annual event draws big crowds to Epcot to eat and drink their way around the world. With dozens of food stalls to sample, make sure you go hungry and wear comfortable shoes.

Pro Tip: Plan to walk around the world showcase multiple times in order to get an idea of the food you can choose from. The walk will help you make space for even more bites.

Orlando Beer Festival 2021

Orlando – November 13th

This annual event attracts breweries from across the country to the famous Milk District in Orlando to provide samples of over 200 craft and premium beers to thousands of visitors. You must be at least 21 years old to enter the festival and children are not permitted at the festival. Advanced tickets are required and are available for purchase online.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Clearwater – October 14th-17th

Now in it’s 42nd year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world class live music festival that draws thousands of music lovers to Coachman Park with the beautiful gulf waters as a backdrop. General admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase online and children 4 and under are free with a paid ticket.

Mt. Dora Craft Fair

Mt. Dora – October 23rd-24th

This award winning event draws a huge crowd every year to the tiny town of Mt. Dora. The streets of downtown are filled with vendors offering various arts and crafts as well as food, beer, wine and music. Parking in the area is extremely limited so be on the lookout for residents offering parking at their homes for a fee.


Planning a move to Central Florida this fall? Our team at Personal Mini Storage is here to help with no long term contracts, plus moving truck rentals and packing supplies available at any of our 46 locations.


The Process From Start to Finish

04

Oct 2021

Moving to Florida: The Process From Start to Finish

Florida is the third most populous state in America, and for good reason. The sunshine state offers its residents many benefits such as beautiful weather year-round, Disney World, no state income tax, and world-renowned beaches. It’s no wonder that nearly 1,000 people are moving here every day. The list below offers some advice on how to plan your relocation to the sunshine state from beginning to end.

Before starting a move, do your research and choose a city that best fits your lifestyle.

Research Florida Cities

Like most states in the U.S., Florida is divided into many sections based on region. It’s crucial that you do your research beforehand so that you choose the city that’s the best fit for your lifestyle. If you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of city life, Florida is home to many larger metropolitan areas such as Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa. If you’re looking for something smaller and more intimate there are cities like Winter Garden, Venice, and Davenport. The best part of living in Florida is that no matter what city you choose to reside in, you’re never too far from the ocean.

There are many factors to keep in mind when deciding to rent or buy in Florida.

Buying vs. Renting

Whether you plan on buying a home or decide renting is a better option for you, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you during the process.

Buying

It’s crucial that you stick to your budget as much as possible when buying your new home. There are a lot of mistakes that home buyers make and it’s important to avoid them, especially with the housing market as unpredictable as it is currently. When buying a house in Florida, it’s best to plan on living there for several years as the housing market can be volatile. If you decide to move after you purchase your home, you may end up owing more money than your house is worth. If you’re unsure of your level of commitment when moving, renting may make more sense for you.

Renting

Renting is a great option for those who are unsure of where or how long they would like to live in Florida. Thousands of people move in and out of the sunshine state every year. Living here year round is not for everyone. If you’re looking to test out the waters before you jump all the way in, renting is your best bet. It’s also important that you know your rights as a tenant in Florida, especially if you’re moving from another state that may have different laws in place.

Take an honest look at your finances and create a budget for what you can spend on housing.

Create Your Budget

Now that you’ve researched and chosen the next city you would like to call home, you will need to create a budget. More specifically, a budget for how much you can spend on a house, or how much you can spend each month on rent. It’s important to note that buying property in Florida tends to be lower in price than most other parts of the country. If you are planning on buying property, you will want to get a mortgage pre-approval during the budgeting process. This will help you determine how much house you’re able to afford before you move.

Plan ahead and make sure you have all of the packing & moving supplies you’ll need.

Pack & Move

Now that you’ve done your research, established your budget, and chosen your new home, it is time for the fun part. Packing and moving is a lot of work, especially if you’re moving to a new state. If you plan ahead and make sure that you have all the packing and moving supplies you need, you will have a much smoother time. A pro tip is to start packing as early as possible, and only do a little bit at a time. This will help you avoid any burnout. You will also want to utilize a moving truck to make this process quicker and easier.

Moving to a new state can be an exciting but also nerve-racking journey. If you take the time to plan each step, you will have no trouble at all. Good luck, and enjoy your new life in Florida!


4 Essential Tips For First Time Boaters in Florida

29

Sep 2021

4 Essential Tips For First Time Boaters in Florida

So you’ve decided to step into the world of boat ownership. Congratulations on diving into this amazing experience! But before you begin driving your new boat over to Clearwater, there are a few very important things you will need to know about owning and operating your shiny new vessel in Florida. Let’s dive into four essential tips every new boat owner needs to hear.

Just like your car, you are required to register your new boat annually.

License and Registration

Just like your car, Florida requires you register your new boat with the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department. The process is relatively similar to what you do to register your car, allowing the owner to register for up to two years.

While it varies state to state, Florida does not require a boating license to operate. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Boating Safety Education Identification Card is all you need for proof of successfully completing the required educational training to operate a boat. The best part is, once you get one, you won’t need to worry about renewing it as it’s good for life!

While insurance isn’t required, you may still need coverage depending on your situation.

Do I Need to Insure My Boat?  

In Florida, insurance is actually not required to operate a boat, but if you used a loan to purchase your vessel then the bank most likely will require you to purchase coverage. According to discoverboating.com, there are many factors that can contribute to the cost of your insurance coverage including age, size, horsepower, and where it will be operating (lake, ocean, etc.).

Have a pre-trip checklist handy and follow it to make sure you stay safe.

Transporting Your Boat

Now that you’ve filled out all of the paperwork, it’s time to take your new boat out on the water! But transporting and launching your boat can take some practice, especially if you’ve never done it before. Following a pre-trip checklist should be part of your process. When preparing to tow your boat, it’s important to make sure your vehicle has the proper capacity to handle it. Be sure to check the tire pressure for your trailer and vehicle as well as inspect your brakes to be sure you’re ready to hit the road. For an in-depth breakdown, Discoverboating.com provides an easy step-by-step guide for beginners.

Various storage options like Personal Mini Storage can provide flexible spaces for boat owners.

Choosing the Right Storage Space

Choosing the right place to store your boat is one of the most important ways you can protect your investment. Many neighborhoods also do not allow larger vehicles to be stored in driveways or on the street so keeping your boat at home may not be an option. Marinas are a common choice for many boat owners but only if you plan on boating in the same location again and again.

Many neighborhoods also do not allow larger vehicles to be stored in driveways or on the streets…

Another option could provide a more versatile and affordable choice. Some self-storage facilities like Personal Mini Storage offer large vehicle parking on site. This allows owners to keep their vessels inside of a gated, secure facility while having access to it 7 days a week at a fraction of the cost of storing at a typical marina. Many locations offer various spaces to accommodate small, medium, and even large sized vessels depending on your needs.


Owning a boat can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience if you stay prepared. In addition to the tips above, be sure to follow any local guidelines your community may have in place. It’s vital that you keep your boat safe when not in use on the water. Personal Mini Storage has helped Floridians protect their boats and RVs for over 30 years with large vehicle parking available at many of our 46 locations.


Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

15

Sep 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

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

1. A World of Entertainment

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

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

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

2. A Golfer’s Paradise

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

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

3. Experience a Piece of History

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

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

Step back in time and go on a prehistoric adventure…

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

4. A Taste of Davenport

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

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

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

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


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


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

01

Sep 2021

3 Small Business Strategies For Dealing With Supply Chain Disruptions

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

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

1. Stockpile Inventory

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

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

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

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

2. Focus on Customer Satisfaction

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

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

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

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

3. Create an Emergency Plan

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

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

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

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

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


4 important things to know about the city of Winter Garden

18

Aug 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Winter Garden

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

1. Location, Location, Location

Photo credit: downtownwg.com

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

2. Family First

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

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

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

3. Small Town Charm, Big City Amenities

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

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

4. Room to Grow

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


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


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

04

Aug 2021

Back To School: 6 Essential Storage Items For Dorm Life

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

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

1. Baskets & Bins

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

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

2. Rolling Carts

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

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

3. Charging Station

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

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

4. Bathroom Storage

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

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

5. Closet Organizers

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

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

6. Bedside Caddy

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


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


9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room of Your Home

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Jul 2021

9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room Of Your Home

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

Entrance: Shoe Baskets

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

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

Kitchen: Produce Drawer

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

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

Bedroom: Extra Shelves

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

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

Bathroom: Cabinet Hooks

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

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

Dining Room: Wine Rack

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

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

Home Office: Wire Organizers

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

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

Kid’s Room: Chalkboard Wall

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

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

Garage: Pegboard Organizer

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

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

Backyard: DIY Planters

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

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


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



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