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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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

Three college age women holding boxes and packing belongings.

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

Carboard box with sign that reads Donation Box.

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

Sports equipment organized and hanging on wall of garage.

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

Empty drive up storage unit with door open.

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!


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!


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.

 

 



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