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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

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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.


10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

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Dec 2016

10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

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.

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How to Succeed at Storing Outgrown Baby Gear

29

Jan 2016

How to Succeed at Storing Outgrown Baby Gear

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Despite how small babies are, they generally require an incredibly large amount of gear. Changing tables, diaper genies, cribs, strollers, car seats, and playpens can take up an inordinate amount of space in your home, especially as your child ages and more furniture, toys, and accessories are required. Before long, it may be hard to remember what it’s like to have a nice, clean, normal house.

As your children grow up, you may be faced with the task of figuring out how to handle the unneeded baby gear that’s now limiting livable space. Organizing your unneeded baby equipment and de-cluttering is a great way to maximize the room you have available, but there’s still one big question that needs answering: what do you do with it?

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Maximizing Your Garage Space for 2016

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Dec 2015

Maximizing Your Garage Space for 2016

The garage is one of a home’s most important rooms, and the one that is often the most improperly utilized. In addition to keeping your cars safe, clean, and dry, a garage has the potential to expand your usable living space, providing storage for your essentials and creating space for workshops, tool benches, and other essentials.

When space is an issue, however, it’s time to make some changes. Your garage may be the catch-all for anything that doesn’t have a better home, but staying organized can be the key to transforming your garage from a messy storage space to an organized, streamlined addition to your home’s living area.

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Store Your Stuff: The College Student’s Guide to Summer Storage

20

Mar 2014

Store Your Stuff: The College Student’s Guide to Summer Storage

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Between end-of-semester finals and celebratory social events, no college student wants to spend the last week of the school year stressing about storing their belongings over the summer. While some in-state students are lucky enough to be able to haul the contents of their dorm room home with them in a car, transitioning from spring semester to summer break requires more planning for others. Students who fly home can only take what they can carry in their suitcase, and some do not have enough space to carry everything in the car at once. The good news is (more…)