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Learn tips and tricks to make moving out of your college dorm easier.

16

Mar 2022

College Life Hacks: Moving Out for the Summer

Moving out of your dorm room is a lot less exciting than move-in day, but it’s still a part of the annual college experience. Whether you’re a freshman wrapping up an eventful first year on campus, or a senior finishing up your college career, these expert tips can make this end of semester process as smooth and easy as possible.

Plastic trash bags can be a versatile tool on moving day.

1. (Trash) Bags Are Your Friend

Inevitably, you will end up with more trash than you expect during the move-out process. That’s why it’s important to bring a full box of trash bags when packing and moving. Black trash bags are also an inexpensive way to quickly pack lightweight items like linens, bedding, towels, and clothes. They can be easily thrown in the truck of your car or moving van and can be discarded once you are done using them.

Pro Tip: You can also utilize white trash bags with drawstrings to protect more delicate clothing you want to keep on hangers. Just pull them up over your hanger and tighten the drawstring before moving your clothes out of the closet.

Many campuses offer recycling events at the end of the year for clothing and smaller items.

2. Reduce & Recycle

Before you start packing up everything in your room, take a few minutes to see if you actually need to keep all of your stuff. You can reduce the number of boxes you have to move by setting aside items you no longer need. Many colleges like the University of Florida host Recycling Drives at the end of the semester where you can drop off unwanted items like clothes, linens, and small electronics on campus

Renting a storage unit early can actually save you money in the long run thanks to lower rates.

3. Book Storage Space Now

It may sound counter intuitive, but you could actually SAVE money by reserving a storage unit a month or two early. Even if you don’t plan to use your storage space before the end of the semester, you could end up saving in the long run.

Here’s How: The closer you get to the end of the school year, the more students will be searching for summer storage. Thanks to the law of supply and demand, prices will inevitably go up as fewer units are available and if you wait until the last minute, you could get stuck paying a premium every month. By booking a storage unit early, you can lock in lower rates now, plus you can take advantage of rent specials available today, that won’t be offered later on.

You don’t have to wait until the last minute to start cleaning your dorm room.

4. Don’t Wait to Clean

There’s already enough to do on moving day without having to worry about dusting blinds. Spend time in the weeks leading up to your move-out date sweeping, dusting, and mopping your dorm room. Don’t forget to clean out the inside of appliances like your refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot as they can develop plenty of build up over time.

Pro Tip: Some colleges will charge fines to students who leave dirty dorm rooms at the end of the semester so be sure to check on the specific rules on your campus.


With a little planning and effort, your summer move-out experience can be a quick and painless process. Plus you can always stop by one of our six Gainesville locations to reserve storage space, rent a moving truck, and pick up packing supplies any time.


The Florida Guide to Moving During the Holidays

22

Dec 2021

The Florida Guide to Moving During the Holidays

The end of the year can be a hectic time filled with last minute shopping and holiday parties. One thing that can make the season even busier though, is dealing with a move to Florida at the same time. Having to balance decorating your tree while also packing up kitchen appliances can stress anyone out. Luckily, our team has compiled our list of tips to make moving during the holidays a smoother process.

Christmas decorations with lights hanging together.
Keep your decorations minimal if you plan to move during the holiday season.

1. Minimize the Decorations & Gifts

You don’t need to go all out when decorating for the holidays in order to enjoy the spirit of the season. Keep your celebrations low-key by focusing on a few of your favorite traditions and skip the elaborate decorations that take up a lot of time and space (like a full size Christmas tree). If your move is scheduled right before the holidays, pack up your decorations last so you’ll have easy access to them as soon as you get to your new home.

Pro Tip: Keep the gifts small too by choosing to give gift cards, passes, and tickets to experiences like sports events or concerts. Check out our Shop Local Holiday Guide for ideas on tickets and gift cards available in the Central Florida area.

2. Remember Daylight Savings

As the holiday season ramps up, the sun sets earlier and earlier especially in Florida after daylight savings causes us to turn back the clocks an hour. Plan accordingly and try to begin your moving day as early as possible. This will allow you to maximize daylight hours and avoid hauling boxes and furniture in the dark.

A card saying "Merry Christmas" is surrounded by ornaments.
Take advantage of your usual holiday card list by including a new address announcement.

3. Announce Your Move With A Holiday Card

If you send out holiday cards every year, take advantage of the opportunity and include a note about your new home. Include a “We’ve Moved” insert that has your new address and add it inside your holiday cards. This way your friends and family will know where to send your housewarming and holiday gifts!

Pro Tip: You can save money by creating your change of address notes at home using a program like Microsoft Word or Pages and printing them with your own printer.

4. Dress Like a Floridian

If you’re moving from out of state, you may not be expecting sunshine and sandal weather in the middle of December. Check the forecast for the week of your move and be sure to pack and wear appropriate clothing. It’s not uncommon for Floridians to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas in shorts and flip flops.

Large indoor storage unit with door opened.
You can still enjoy the holiday season by renting a storage unit and delaying your move date.

5. Buy Some Time With a Storage Unit

If you still want to go all out for the holidays this year, another option is to rent a storage unit and delay your move by keeping large items like furniture packed away for a few months. This will allow you to take out your full lineup of decorations and enjoy the full holiday experience without dealing with the majority of your move until the new year.


With a little planning, and some help from a facility like Personal Mini Storage, you can make a successful move even during the busy holiday season. Most importantly thought, remember to take some time to celebrate with your family and friends even if you’re surrounded by moving boxes.


The Central Florida “Shop Local” Holiday Guide

08

Dec 2021

The Central Florida “Shop Local” Holiday Guide

Some people know exactly how to find the perfect gift without breaking a sweat. For the rest of us though, it can certainly be a challenge to figure out what to get everyone on your list before the big holiday party. Plus, it always feels good to support small businesses whenever possible. That’s why we’ve made it easy this year by compiling the list below of locally owned shops in the Central Florida area offering unique gifts your loved ones are sure to enjoy.

Locally Owned Businesses

  • Writer’s Block Bookstore – The book nerd in your life will appreciate a gift from this independent shop with locations in both Winter Park and Winter Garden.
  • Pedego Electric Bikes – Looking for a gift that will really stand out? This family owned shop in Baldwin Park offers the latest electric bikes for everyone from beginners to experts. They also provide service and rentals to keep your bike running smooth all year long.
  • Freehand Goods – this store in College Park sells hand crafted Florida made leather goods, grooming products, and gifts. Perfect for that special man in your life!
  • Rifle Paper Co. – What started as a small stationary shop in Winter Park has grown into a national lifestyle brand offering a full range of home décor and gifts.
  • Park Ave. CDs – If you’re shopping for the audiophile in your life, then be sure to visit Park Ave. CDs in Audubon Park. This vintage style shop offers the latest and greatest music and merch in a variety of formats.
  • Personal Mini Storage – Give the gift of more space to the ones you love. Rent a storage unit at one of the 46 locations in Florida and surprise them by decluttering your home or garage.
  • Retro City Cycles – Family owned and operated, this bike shop near Downtown Orlando offers bikes and accessories for both casual and professional riders.

Online Options:

  • Corksicle – You can find Corksicle products at stores across America, but did you know their headquarters is based in Orlando? Their signature tumblers make a great holiday gift for just about everyone.
  • Orlandogiftbaskets.com – Looking for a gift basket with more than just fruitcake? This local business, operated by a former Disney gift basket curator, creates unique and personalized gift baskets for any occasion.
  • Flower No. 5 – Everyone loves getting flowers! This locally owned shop offers a wide variety of hand crafted flower arrangements that can be delivered to the recipient of your choice.

Tickets & Passes:

  • Orlando Science Center – Purchase a gift membership to the Orlando Science Center and give a full year of unlimited general admission, exclusive member-only events, discounts, and even more perks.
  • Leu Gardens – Located just north of Downtown Orlando, this 50 acre botanical oasis is the perfect place to spend some family time. Gift memberships can be purchased online or in person.
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – This Gainesville favorite features 24 major collections to view on a 1.5 mile walking path. Memberships make an affordable and unique gift for both young and old.
  • Brevard Zoo – Visit a giraffe or take a train ride from Cape to Cairo at the Brevard Zoo. Three levels of membership are offered featuring various benefits.

Dining Gift Cards:

  • Clermont Brewing Company – You can expect more than just craft beer at this popular spot in Clermont. Their expansive menu features tacos, hand rolled sushi, and artisanal pizzas cooked in an Italian brick oven.
  • Santiago’s Bodega – Spend an evening enjoying traditional Spanish tapas dishes at this Orlando eatery. Be sure to try one of their classic sangrias.
  • Bakechop – Fresh, local ingredients are the highlight of this DeLand restaurant. Their kitchen features American fare including burgers, salads, and a variety of sweet treats.
  • Dragonfly Sushi – If you’re in the Gainesville area and appreciate a good sushi roll, Dragonfly Sushi is a must-see. For a special event, try the Chef’s Select Menu.

Using this comprehensive list, you should be able to find a special gift for every family member to put under the tree. Plus don’t forget to create some extra space for your holiday party by reserving a storage unit at a Personal Mini Storage location near you.


5 Space Saving Tips For Hosting Holiday Parties

19

Nov 2021

5 Space Saving Tips For Hosting Holiday Parties

Playing host to friends and family during the holidays can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can also be extremely stressful time having to plan out a full menu while creating extra room in your home to host a large gathering. In addition to cleaning out your refrigerator before the big day, there are a number of things you can do ahead of time to make everything go smoothly. To help you prepare for the big day, here are five space saving tips to successfully host your next holiday party at home.

Pumpkin decorations on table
Limit the decorations you keep on your tables in order to save space for food.

1. Clear the Table

Everyone loves to decorate for the holidays, but when it comes to hosting at home, less is definitely more. In addition to making sure there aren’t any lingering Halloween decorations to pack away, you can maximize your space by keeping centerpieces and décor to a minimum on your tables and serving areas. This will leave you more room for staging food and more space for your guests to eat.

Pro Tip: When decorating for the holiday season, focus on things you can hang on the wall, instead of taking up table and counter space.

Kitchen appliances and pots laying out on the counter.
Clearing off your countertops can make a big difference when trying to cook a large meal.

2. Declutter the Kitchen

When it comes to cooking a big holiday dinner, counter space becomes extremely valuable. Spend some time decluttering your kitchen a few days before you plan to cook so you’re not left scrambling for a place to carve a turkey on the big day. Store small appliances, cookbooks, and decorations you won’t be using in a closet or nearby storage unit.

Food in bowls sitting on top of a table.
If you’re roasting a turkey, plan to make side dishes that don’t require using your oven.

3. Keep Sides Out of the Oven

The star of most holiday meals is usually a large turkey or ham. These dishes can take 3-5 hours to roast inside the typical oven depending on the size. According to Epicurious.com, you should calculate 13 minutes per pound at 350°F for an unstuffed turkey, or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey.

Because your oven will be in use for most of the day, try to choose appetizers and side dishes that can be made ahead of time and don’t require using your oven to cook. Easy recipe ideas include salads and fresh fruit dishes along with thanksgiving favorites like stuffing.

Pro Tip: Instant mash potatoes can be a fast and easy alternative that can be made on the stove top.

A couple lifting a small couch inside a living room.
Try moving your furniture around to create more gathering and walking space in your rooms.

4. Shuffle the Furniture

If you’re hosting friends and family in a small space, every extra inch matters. Before your guests arrive, take some time to organize each room of your home and remove any clutter you find. Rearrange your furniture in a way that allows your guests to easily gather together. Pushing sofas and chairs against the wall can help create more central space for tables .

Pro Tip: It may sound counter-intuitive but consider moving some side tables into storage. Your guests will appreciate the extra room to spread out.

Food sitting out on a table with utensils.

5. Spread Food & Drinks Out

Guests tend to congregate close to where food and drinks are being served. If possible, set up multiple serving areas to help keep guests spread out in different areas. Avoid traffic jams and long lines by serving appetizers and your special holiday punch in different areas.


With a little planning and effort, your home will be ready to host friends and family this holiday season. If you need to make a little extra space, let the team at Personal Mini Storage help with storage spaces of all sizes available at any of our 46 locations across Central Florida.


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.


Tips on how to prep your family for an emergency.

06

Jul 2021

6 Ways To Prepare For The 2021 Hurricane Season

As of June 1st, hurricane season is back again. This year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects an above average season predicting 13-20 named storms. A hurricane can quickly cause widespread devastation, but planning and preparing now, can make a big difference in the case of an emergency later. Our team at Personal Mini Storage compiled a list of 6 important ways you can prepare right now for the 2021 hurricane season.

Be aware of evacuation routes in your area in case you need to leave.

Plan Your Evacuation Route

If you live in an area that may need to evacuate, especially coastal or low-lying areas, know your evacuation route ahead of time. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management has a website where you can find what roads are used for evacuations during an emergency. It’s still a good idea to be aware of these evacuation routes even if you don’t live in one of these areas. Florida counties also have an emergency shelter list that you can review ahead of time. Be sure to share your evacuation plans with family members so everyone knows where to go.

It’s best to stock up on non-perishable food items before a storm is on the horizon.

Stock Up Your Pantry

Once a hurricane is approaching, items like bottled water and canned goods tend to fly off store shelves. Many stores run out of supplies quickly, and you may not be able to get them if you wait until the last minute. Since stores are currently stocked up, grab water, canned foods and non-perishable goods the next time you head to the grocery or convenience store. Experts recommend having 7 days of supplies available for your family during an emergency.

Build your emergency supply kit including batteries, first aid kits and flashlights.

Gather Emergency Supplies

Gathering emergency supplies in advance is another important step you should take before a hurricane arrives. Stock up on flashlights, candles, matches, first aid kits, a radio, toiletries, batteries, portable phone chargers, and blankets. Organize your supplies and keep them stored in the garage or nearby storage unit for easy access. 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.

Have important documents organized in a folder so you can quickly take them with you.

Organize Important 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 folder or some type of storage, preferably one that is waterproof, for your paperwork and gather all your documents ahead of time. In addition to birth certificates, passports and social security cards, print extra copies of documents like your health insurance, homeowners insurance, bank information and an emergency contact list. Keep some extra cash in with these documents too, as it may come in handy if you evacuate.

Make sure you know what kind of coverage you have under your current insurance policy.

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 know exactly what kind of coverage you have as well as the insurance company’s specific storm 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.

Getting plywood sized for your windows now will save you the hassle later on.

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 and plywood to cover windows. A storage unit is a great option to keep items like these packed away year round so they’re not taking up space in your garage. For inside your home, invest in surge protectors so your electronics don’t get fried in the event of 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.


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 the 2021 hurricane season!


Stay organized this summer with these five organizing tips

09

Jun 2021

5 Organizing Tips For A Fun-Filled Summer

Can you believe the official start of summer is only weeks away? With covid restrictions easing in many places, we are all eager to get back to vacations, beach days, and kids camps. Getting prepared now can help make your summer a relaxing and stress-free time. Here are 5 ways to make sure you are organized and ready for all of the summer fun.

1. Build A Car Kit

Keep the essentials handy by leaving a car kit in your trunk all summer long.

Nothing is worse than getting to the beach or pool and realizing you forgot the sunscreen or towels. With a Summer car kit, you won’t have to worry if you left something at home. Fill a tote bin or container with outdoor necessities like extra clothes, hats, sunscreen, snacks, hand sanitizer, first aid kid, and any other items needed on your day trips. Keep the bin in your trunk or back seat so your kit is with you wherever you go.

2. Make Plans With A Checklist

Keep track of your summer priorities with daily or weekly checklists.

If you’re a busy parent with kids, welcoming back a college student on break, or just trying to take advantage of the long summer days – it can be hard to keep track of all of your plans. Daily and weekly checklists are a great way to remember your gym classes, sports practices, birthday parties, and all of the things you and your family have planned. A printable summer workbook checklist can keep yourself accountable and on track to meet your goals and events.

3. Create Fast Snack Options

Preparing healthy snack options ahead of time will save you stress later.

Time flies when you’re having fun and sometimes hunger can hit when you least expect it. Instead of heading to the nearest drive-thru, prep some freezer friendly foods that you can take out and make in a few minutes. For breakfast, smoothie packs are great on-the-go options. For snacks, easy frozen yogurt bites or DIY freezer Uncrustable sandwiches are popular with everyone and easy to take with you.

4. Pull Seasonal Items Out of Storage

Right now is the best time to take all of your summer essentials out of storage.

Some of your favorite summer items like swimsuits, bikes, warm weather clothing, or pool toys, may be stored away in places like a storage unit. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the summer items you need out of storage. While you’re at it, take cooler weather items you won’t be using for a while and put them away in storage to give yourself more space.

5. Plastic Bins Are Your Best Friend

Plastic bins are perfect for organizing and storing items inside and outside your home.

Stay clutter free this summer by stocking up on inexpensive bins or baskets. Place the bins in your backyard to keep gardening equipment organized for your summer garden, in the garage to store outdoor toys, or inside your home to keep flip flops in one spot. The possibilities are endless with bins or baskets, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

Whether your summer is jam packed with plans, or you just see yourself spending some time going to the beach or hanging out with friends or family, make your summer that much better by getting organized ahead of time!


Need space to store your winter gear? Personal Mini Storage has self storage locations across mid Florida with convenient sizes to fit your needs. Find a facility near you and get up to 1 month free rent.


Learn tips and tricks to make your summer garden in Orlando bloom

24

May 2021

Your Orlando Summer Gardening Guide

Guest Post by Caroline Gray

You’ve got your marigold seeds, columbine, and blanket flowers all ready to put in the ground. If only you could find your spade, trowel, and shovel. They’re probably piled up in the garage, under the bicycles, and other stuff taking up space. By the time you’ve dug out all the rusty tools, you’re probably too tired to dig in the garden.

If you live on a small lot, storing yard and garden equipment at home may be inconvenient (especially because you only use these items a few months out of the year). Renting a storage unit will keep your stuff out of the way until it is time to dig, plant, weed, feed, and water. It will keep you from stepping on the prongs of your rake, and it will keep your tools from rusting.

Guide your way through summer’s gardening season with these helpful hints.

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Choose a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Before you dig up the yard for a garden, keep in mind: Not everything grows perfectly everywhere. Flower and vegetable plots must soak up at least six hours of sunlight every day. The plot should also be near a water source (hoses and sprinklers are easier than carrying buckets back and forth). Test the soil to find out what nutrients it needs. You can get a kit at your local garden store or take a sample to the Orange County plant clinic through the University of Florida’s county extension office.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Different seeds require different strategies for optimal growth.

Garden stores are teeming with seeds for whatever flowers, fruits, and veggies strike your fancy. If you go the seed route, note that some types such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and broccoli are stronger when started in small containers and then transplanted into the ground. Corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, and other “large” seed kernels do well when directly placed into soil beds. You can also buy small seedlings (and larger stems) to place directly into your garden. Don’t throw those plastic trays and pots away when you’re done. Put them in your storage unit for next year.

What to Grow

Look for varieties that can withstand Orlando’s high summer temperatures.

The heat and humidity of Orlando summers determine the types of flowers and vegetables that will thrive. Flowers that can handle Orlando’s summertime heat come in a variety of colors, from annuals to perennials. Summer bedding plants to consider? Torenia and zinnias are colorful annuals that stand out against pretty foliage. Scarlet salvia is a perennial that does well in tropical climates. Pentas lanceolata keeps its bright colors in summer while producing pink, red, and white blooms to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vegetables that can handle high temperatures include:

  • Okra
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • Malabar spinach.

Weekly Care

Your garden will require plenty of water and care during the summer months.

Gardens need a weekly tune-up to stay productive. If you care for it while you’re caring for your Orlando lawn, they’ll add to your curb appeal and increase your property value. Keep in mind: The curb appeal drops if you leave the garden tools scattered on the lawn.

Weeding and watering are the main tasks, and it is a good idea to pinch off dead blooms and leaves. While you’re caring for the lawn and garden, take care of yourself by wearing a sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and insect repellant. Drink a lot of water and take shade breaks.

Ready For Summer?

With so many things on your to-do list, getting organized before summer can help you get started gardening a lot sooner. Plus, with that stuff you’re not using — such as your wheelbarrow and rakes– in storage, there’s less clutter and more chance you’ll find what you need when you need it. You dig?


Caroline Gray is a freelance journalist who balances writing for newspapers and blogs with taking care of a 5-acre ranch. She finds it tough to part with any of her garden tools but says it can’t be hoarding if they’re all meticulously placed on pegboard hooks.


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.


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