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Just Moved? Here’s How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

02

Mar 2022

Just Moved? Here’s How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Moving can be a stressful time. Between unpacking all of your belongings and traveling to a new location, it’s often difficult to settle down and make your new house a comfortable place right off the bat. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your new house feel like home! Follow these tips and ideas to help make your new home a comfortable place to live after a big move.

A calculator and a pair of glasses lay on a table next to a budget being reviewed by someone holding a pencil.
It’s important to make a financial plan so you’re prepared for unexpected costs.

Do Some Cost Planning

The process of moving comes with unexpected expenses; therefore, cost planning is an important step to consider. Start a thorough process by writing down all of the expenses you expect to incur. These can be moving van or storage services, home upgrading costs, or even security and safety expenses. Once you’ve researched your options and documented your findings, tally a total spend, and see how it fits into your home budget.

It’s a good idea to look into your options in order to make sure you’re making the best decision for your money and your goals, especially if you plan to finance your expenses. As you do research into different financing options available, you’ll find that some will make more sense for your particular circumstances than others. For instance, a personal loan provides you with a lump sum upfront, whereas personal lines of credit and credit cards allow you to borrow against a certain limit. Each option will have its set of unique benefits; it’s about choosing the option that’s right for you.

A couple work together to move a blue armchair inside a living room.
Furniture can have a big impact on the look and feel of your home.

Focus on the Furniture

After moving, your new space is going to look like a blank, empty canvas for you to make your own. New furniture is a great way to fill the space and create more dimension. It can truly make your home go from plain to comfortable and stylish.

When thinking about furniture additions, create a layout of your living space. This process may be done in a few ways, either by drawing out your floor plan or mapping everything out virtually with services such as Amazon Showroom or Living Spaces. This might help you get an idea of what size, color, or style of furniture you’d like in your rooms before purchasing.

It’s important to keep in mind that furniture has a big impact on the aesthetic and comfort of your home. Although buying furniture online is a popular option, looking in person at stores is a way to test the waters and avoid buying furniture that is uncomfortable, something you can’t tell just by looking online. While you’re walking through the store, try out different sofas, chairs, or benches to make sure that what you’re going with is exactly what you want.

A young woman takes towels out of a moving box inside of her bedroom.
Unpacking and organizing your things will go a long way to feeling more at home.

Stay Organized

After a big move, you’ll likely have a lot of moving boxes, clothes, and other items from your old home that need to be unpacked and stored. You can stay organized by putting your moving totes into their designated rooms to prevent everything from being crammed into one room. This is important for creating a more relaxed and organized environment.

If your home has less storage space than you might need, or if you’d like a place to keep your belongings while you move, utilizing a storage unit can be a great option. Look for a storage unit in your area before you move and utilize it to save yourself space in your new home.

Decorations like shelving units or multi-purpose furniture like beds with storage space underneath can be a great way to conceal extra clutter. Whatever you decide to go with, having items in your home that can keep your space organized will reduce the time you need to spend cleaning and decluttering on a day-to-day basis.

A man and woman work together to paint a wall blue inside their home.
A fresh coat of paint can instantly make someone else’s old house feel like your new home.

Add a Splash of Color

New spaces may come with old colors, so you may need a fresh paint job if the last owner’s choice is not your personal preference. Sometimes updating the color scheme in your home can make a difference and help you get acquainted with your new home faster.

You can do this by choosing colors that remind you of your old home or another place you’re particularly fond of, like the beach or the forest. Doing this can create a nostalgic atmosphere in your home, helping ease your transition from your old home to your new, and making your new home feel comfortable and relaxing. This can be done with an entirely new paint job for your house or just some accents and decorations here and there that give you subtle reminders of places you love.

As you become acquainted with your new house, these extra details like proper financing, paint color, and storage will help with the transition and allow you to feel comfortable in the space you’ve created.



Learn four ways to organize your life in 2022.

05

Jan 2022

4 Ways to Live a More Organized Life

A new year means a new opportunity to get organized. But where and how do you start? Many of us set goals and resolutions, only to see them become an afterthought by February. Building new habits and then sticking to them can seem like a tall task, but we’re here to help!

We’ve previously shared tips on how to get organized for summer, and this time we’re going to focus on new habits to build in the beginning of a new year. Below are four specific areas of your life you can focus on in 2022 that will help you reach those goals and live a more organized life.

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1. Your Calendar

Heading into 2022, our lives are busier than ever with work events, family gatherings, and after school activities filling up our days. An important way to keep you and your family on track is to establish and consistently use a calendar. Whether you choose a digital app like Cozi Family Organizer or prefer to go old school with a dry erase magnetic calendar on the fridge, start writing down all of your important meetings and events along with start times so everyone in the family knows when and where they need to be.

Pro Tip: Make your calendar even easier to read by assigning a different color or label for each family member. That way anyone can tell who has an appointment or event on any given day with just a quick glance.

Treat your bedroom like a sanctuary by keeping it neat and tidy.

2. Your Bedroom

Your bedroom should be considered your personal sanctuary. The one place in your home you can go to unwind after a long day at work to relax and refresh. Nothing can ruin that peaceful vibe faster though, than a room full of clutter. Make it a priority to focus on organizing and keeping your room clean. Start by going through your closets and moving anything you don’t need on a daily or weekly basis into the garage or a storage unit. It may sound like common sense but making your bed every morning can go a long way to establishing that feeling of serenity and comfort. Keep the top of your dressers clear of pocket change and clutter by using a nightstand organizer.

Pro Tip: Help set the mood even more by lighting incense or scented candles whenever you are home.

Organizing your finances can provide a positive impact on other parts of your life.

3. Your Bills

Getting your financial life organized is just as important as getting your physical space organized. Start by taking stock of all of your current expenses and bills by creating a budget using an excel spreadsheet or an app like Mint. If you receive paper bills in the mail, keep all of them in the same place in your home like an office or wherever you normally write checks. Create a folder on your computer to save any digital bills you receive.

Pro Tip: Autopay can be both a blessing and a curse. While It can make it easier to consolidate your bills and never miss a payment, it can also make it easy to forget about recurring charges for services you may no longer use like a video streaming service free trial you signed up for six months ago.

The best way to stay on top of resolutions and goals is to keep them organized.

4. Your Goals

Setting goals and resolutions is a New Year’s tradition but finding ways to stick with and complete them is another story. Our first tip may not sound exciting but can be surprisingly effective: Write down and track your goals. Writing these down helps you clarify exactly what you want to achieve as well as making it easier to review and adjust them throughout the year. When you do hit milestones during your progress, take the time to celebrate your wins. Finally, when you face a setback and miss a deadline, don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes and it should be seen as a part of the journey.

Pro Tip: Even if you do run into roadblocks or stumble, the most important step is to make sure you don’t give up on your goal and choosing to continue working towards it. Persistence is the key to success!


Establishing a few of these habits will go a long way to helping you become more organized in 2022 and beyond. Plus be sure to check out the Personal Mini Storage blog for more tips, tricks, and ideas on how you can stay organized every day.


9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room of Your Home

20

Jul 2021

9 Clever Storage Hacks For Every Room Of Your Home

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

Entrance: Shoe Baskets

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

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

Kitchen: Produce Drawer

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

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

Bedroom: Extra Shelves

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

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

Bathroom: Cabinet Hooks

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

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

Dining Room: Wine Rack

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

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

Home Office: Wire Organizers

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

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

Kid’s Room: Chalkboard Wall

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

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

Garage: Pegboard Organizer

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

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

Backyard: DIY Planters

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

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


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


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

a cluttered space
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

Man talks on the phone while taking care of child
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

A box of special items to save
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 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

08

Jan 2018

20 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

2018 has arrived and like most people, you probably have a goal to become more organized this year. Keeping your home clean and tidy can be a daunting task, but we’ve compiled 20 ways to easily declutter your house and keep your New Years resolution!

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1. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer

Spend a few minutes checking dates on all items in your refrigerator and freezer and toss any expired or close to expiring items that won’t be used. Then, re-organize some items to make accessing them easier.

 

2. Go through your closet

Go through your closet and purge any items you no longer wear or don’t fit. A good rule of thumb is getting rid of any items that haven’t been worn in 2+ years. There’s no need to keep things around that aren’t being worn. Bag any of these items and donate them to your local clothes donation spot!

 

3. Throw away receipts, bills and papers

Any old receipts, bills or papers you no longer need – throw away! Clean out drawers, purses, desks, etc. If you don’t need physical copies, try downloading a scanner application on your cell phone and keep your important documentation stored there instead of cluttered around the house.

 

4. Sell unused electronics

Have an old video game console you haven’t used in years? Or how about a digital camera? There’s bound to be tons of old electronics around the home. Some of the best places to sell electronics online are Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist or Gazelle.

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5. Throw out old toiletries

It’s easy to stock up on lotions, shampoos, shower gels, etc. Unfortunately, most of these items only have a 1-3 year shelf life. If you think it’s been sitting for a while, it’s probably best to toss it.

 

6. Clean out your sock drawer

How many socks of yours are missing their matching pair? Go through your and your family’s sock drawers. Any socks that are missing their mate- throw away (or re-use for cleaning purposes or crafts).

 

7. Go through your e-mails

This may be somewhat of an exhausting task; but go through your e-mails and delete any unnecessary ones you don’t need. This will help clear up some free space on your cell phone or computer. If there’s any that don’t pertain to you anymore, unsubscribe from them, or use a service like Unroll.Me to unsubscribe from multiple e-mails at a time.

 

8. Sort your CD’s and DVD’s

Take some time to go through any CD’s or DVD’s you have. There may be multiple ones you forgot about that you haven’t listened to or watched in years. If you’re keeping them to collect- look into storing them in an attic, or think about renting a storage unit to hold your collection.

 

9. Clean out the medicine cabinet

Many medicines have expiration dates that you may not be unaware of. Check dates on all medicines you own, and get rid of anything that is past it’s date. Try to sort your products so you’ll know exactly where everything when needed.

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10. Toss the Tupperware

How frustrating is it looking for a Tupperware not finding the matching lid? Time to get rid of those! Go through your Tupperware container drawer and toss any lids or containers that are missing their mate.

 

11. Organize your bathroom drawers

It’s easy to just toss items like toothbrushes, floss, hair brushes, etc. into a drawer or two in your bathroom. Get an inexpensive drawer organizer to make accessing your bathroom items easier on yourself.

 

12. Donate old toys

If there’s any items your child isn’t using anymore, the best thing to do is donate them so another child can enjoy the item! While it may be hard to part with some items, your child will move on from some items that end up just taking up a bunch of room.

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13. Throw out expired coupons

Collect all the coupons you have- whether they’re in your purse, hanging on the fridge or in a binder- and throw away any expired coupons or coupons expiring soon you know you won’t use. If you find that you have coupons laying around in various places, gather them all together and put them in a binder, organizer or folder in one spot.

 

14. Finally go through your junk drawer

We all have that dreaded “junk drawer”… it’s time to finally go through it! Many items in there can probably find a ‘home’ somewhere else. Anything else in there not needed- throw away, and set a goal for yourself to keep the drawer not cluttered for the rest of the year.

 

15. Donate books just sitting on your shelf

Look through your bookshelf and see if there’s any books you really don’t see yourself re-reading. Take those books and pass them along to a family member or friend, or donate to a place like your local library.

 

16. Straighten up your shoes

Many of us toss our shoes in our closet, front hallways, etc. instead of keeping in one spot. Gather all your shoes and organize them to keep your home looking tidy. A shoe rack or shelf can make this process a lot easier. And if there’s any shoes you haven’t worn in over a year, it may be time to part ways with them.

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17. Organize your laundry room

If you feel like your laundry room is a mess, take the plunge and work on organizing that area. Think about installing some shelves or buy baskets to keep your laundry products organized. You can even give yourself a DIY project to do- like this laundry basket dresser.

 

18. Work on fixing up your garage

One of the most neglected places in a home is the garage. It’s easy for things to pile up and your garage to become overwhelmed with all your extra items. Spend a weekend afternoon, or take a few minutes each day to re-organize the garage, so you have more space to utilize. Look into plastic bins, shelving units or overhead storage to store all your items.

 

19. Get rid of mysterious/broken cords

Go around your home and gather all the cords you have. Test them out and if they’re broken, or you have no clue what they go to, dispose of them! Any cords you need that aren’t being utilized daily, wrap up together and store in one spot so they aren’t thrown around in random areas.

 

20. Organize kitchen drawers and cabinets

Kitchen drawers and cabinets can get excessively cluttered, so while you’re working on organizing your house, you’ll need to spend some time focusing on the kitchen. Purchase various organizers to help keep items in your drawers straightened out. Discard of any chipped, missing or broken items you find while going through your kitchen space.

Sometimes life gets in the way, but if you take the time to declutter your home, you’ll feel so much more relieved and organized! We all dream of having a more orderly home, and these 20 tips are a great way to make your home clutter-free in 2018!