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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.

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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!


Learn 5 Easy Summer Storage Tips to Help College Students

29

Mar 2021

5 Summer Storage Tips For College Students

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

1. Start Early

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

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

2. Keep Only What You Need

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

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

3. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Things

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

4. Work Together

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

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

5. Choose Wisely

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

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

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


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


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.

 

 


Top 12 Best College Towns in America

12

Apr 2018

Top 12 Best College Towns in America

While there are thousands of colleges and universities around the country, a big part that plays a factor into what makes a school really great is the town they are located in. Compiling statistics on student life, town activities, student opinions, and many other aspects, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 12 college towns in America. Here’s the top college towns- and why they’re some of the best.

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12. Athens, Georgia
Athens is situated about an hour and a half east of Atlanta, and is the perfect mix of southern meets hipster. University of Georgia is located in Athens, as well as Athens Technical College, and students of both campuses can enjoy an eclectic mix of art and music venues, as well as a handful of bars, and restaurants specializing in southern cuisine. Athens is a charming town with a niche for everyone, plus you can’t complain about the average temperature being 62 degrees year-round.

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11. Orlando, Florida
Orlando isn’t all theme parks and tourism- the city of Orlando is one of the largest growing cities in the nation, due to the influx of new jobs, and growth of local colleges. University of Central Florida was the largest school in the nation in the 2016-2017 school year with 64,335 students, and other local colleges including Valencia College, Seminole State College and Florida State University College of Medicine enroll tens of thousands of students each year. The city of Orlando was ranked 5th for social environment and 132nd for academic and economic opportunities. Living in Orlando, students get to truly enjoy the sunshine state, while partaking in activities like pools parties, outdoor bars, parks, and farmers markets, just to name a few.

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10. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill is a historic, laid back and bustling city that is known for being home to the University of North Carolina. Both the campus and city have gorgeous views and nature aspects, and it has great weather almost all year. University of North Carolina is known for having some of the best school spirit in the country, which creates an environment unlike any other around town. Chapel Hill has a great nightlife scene, with dozens of bars and cafes, musical venues and lots of new breweries and distilleries that have popped up over the past few years.

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9. Boulder, Colorado
People of all ages, especially young adults, have been flocking to Colorado over the past few years, and it’s no surprise why. Boulder, home of University of Colorado Boulder and Naropa University, is a nature lovers paradise. Recreational activities such as hiking, biking, snowboarding and skiing are abundant in this town, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Students in Boulder like to relax at local breweries, bars, and small town shops and cafes.

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8. Berkeley, California
What student wouldn’t want to live in sunny California? Although it’s across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley has a cute, small town feel that is a big attraction of the local colleges there- such as University of California Berkeley, Berkeley City College, and Zaytuna College. Students residing in Berkeley like to enjoy the fun and cultural sides of town, at local coffee shops and breweries, plus they get to eat some of the best food in California.

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7. Charlottesville, Virginia
Home of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is your typical quaint, southern town- but boasts some incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has other scenery highlights like vineyards, national parks and history museums. The historic architecture around town makes a nice touch, and the town offers some of the best parks, taverns, and art-centric spots in the state.

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6. Austin, Texas
Austin is an up and coming town being swarmed by millennials and young adults. At the center of Austin lies the University of Texas, a highly acclaimed university many students are keen on attending. Known for it’s southern BBQ and some of the best bars and restaurants, Austin is always bustling. Even with a great social environment, Austin still has a small town feel, and many students take advantage of the great Texas weather by spending time outdoors at local parks and trails.

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5. Boston, Massachusetts
If you’re a lover of big cities, Boston can be the perfect college town for you. It’s estimated over 250,000 college students reside in Boston, attending various schools like Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, and almost a dozen other universities and colleges. With so many college students in the city, there’s an endless amount of activities around Boston for students to partake in. With some of the best sports teams, historical attractions, art museums, famous bars and music venues, there’s no dull moment when you’re needing to take a break from studying and class.

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4. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor has lots of great qualities- like outdoor activities, vibrant and popular bars and restaurants, and most of all- they’re a huge football town. So while Saturday’s during football season at the University of Michigan are a favorite day, there’s still so much to do here every season. Students at Michigan have fun playing outdoor intramural sports, hitting up their favorite pubs, nightclubs and shows, and window shopping at local stores and art galleries.

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3. Amherst, Massachusetts
The Five College Consortium, which is compromised of 4 local liberal arts colleges and the University of Massachusetts, is a selling point of Amherst, as students are allowed to (and encouraged to!) take classes at all of the local colleges, regardless of which school they are accepted to. Amherst has an amazing art and history scene, as the city offers dozens of history and art museums. Residents of Amherst get to take advantage of the outdoors, by spending time at the local national parks, farmers markets, walking and biking trails, mountains and recreation areas. Plus, many students stay in Amherst after graduation, so you know it’s a great place to live in.

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2. Gainesville, Florida
While the football stadium at the University of Florida may be called “The Swamp”, there’s a whole lot more to do in Gainesville than just enjoy the nature that surrounds this mid-Florida town. University of Florida students and locals are huge on their school sports, so the town is always energetic and lively on any sports game day. Students paint the town hitting up the strips of local bars and restaurants on weekends and evenings, and the nature lovers get to appreciate the nearby hiking trails and natural springs.

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1. Ithaca, New York
In upstate New York sits Ithaca, a picturesque town which has the highly acclaimed Cornell University and Ithaca College. Ithaca has been voted number 2 in college educated residents, and has been voted numerous times as the best place to live, as well as the best place for entrepreneurs. The town and surrounding areas have over 25 local wineries and breweries, a great art scene and an abundance of nature areas, like Taughannock Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake and Cornell Botanic Gardens.