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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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!
Moving comes with a lot of thought and consideration. People choose to relocate due to reasons such as family, jobs, lifestyles, and the cost of living. Whatever the reason is families are sure to migrate to certain areas throughout the year. It seems the South is headed towards a population increase. Florida itself holds 3 cities that are in the top 10 places to live for 2017. Let’s take a look at the ten cities and why they have become a popular place to move. (more…)
Orlando is a large city, especially if you are from a small town. Before moving you might want to learn a few tricks from the natives. Here are 8 things you should know when making your move to the “City of the Beautiful”. (more…)
As the holidays come to a close it’s time to start packing up all of your decorations and gift wrapping supplies. Storing fragile items or large items like wreaths, can become difficult and time consuming if you aren’t prepared. There are many different ways to store wrapping paper, lights, wreaths, and ornaments. Here are just 10 of the smartest ways to store your holiday items this year.
As 2016 comes to a close we reminisce on all the good memories and knowledge we have gained throughout the year. This year we had some amazing new storage hacks and ideas that went viral on the internet. Here are the top 10 storage hacks of 2016. (more…)
Furniture pieces are expensive but a must for your home. The best way to save money on furniture is to create it yourself. Now of course creating something from scratch can take time and money that you simply don’t have. Do-it-yourself projects usually involve recycling and reusing. Try reusing the old pieces of furniture in your home to create pieces that look brand new! These six projects will save you tons of money while creating a piece of furniture you desperately need for your home.
1. bookshelf to bench
This is an easy project that gives you extra seating and storage in one. Take a simple bookshelf and turn it sideways. Create a cushion with a board, piece of foam, and piece of fabric. There is plenty of room to slide in baskets and bins in the empty slots. Use them to store toys, books, or other objects in need of a home. (more…)
Using different items for their unintended purpose is something that most people disregard. Shower hooks are used to hang shower curtains and file sorters sort out bills and other papers. The names of the items pretty much explain the products purposes, right? Well what if those shower hooks could be used to store and organize other items such as hats?Genius!
There are plenty of items and products that can be used for storage instead of their intended purpose. Here are just five items that people are using to create more storage around their home.
1. tension rods
When you see tension rods they are usually hanging some type of drapery or curtains, but they can also be used for other purposes. Tension rods are great when storing cleaning supplies under the sink. This keeps the bottles from being knocked over while giving you more storage space below. Tension rods also work wonders when creating storage in the kitchen. It can keep things like metal pans, cutting boards, and Tupperware lids organized. (more…)
Summer is wrapping up and Fall 2016 is just around the corner. College students are moving on campus or to small apartments as the semester approaches. Some might have some warped notions about the size of the college dorm rooms before moving into it.
The reality is, however, you never have as much space as you think you will. This is why organization skills and creative storage tips are always great to learn before making your move. Here are 5 space-saving tips to use this semester. (more…)