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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The minimalist trend is taking the United States by storm- with many people looking for ways to declutter, downsize and live a more simple life. More than ever, people are collecting and accumulating more items, such as clothing, household items, and electronics- but these things are starting to build up and are taking over homes, garages, closets and offices. Whether you’re moving to a smaller place, or just want a less cluttered home, finding ways to live a more minimalist life can be extremely helpful to combat all that clutter. Here’s 6 tips from experts on how to be a minimalist.
Store By Category
While organization may not be your forte, this is a pretty simple minimalist tip to keep you organized. Marie Kondo is a best selling author and lifestyle expert known around the world for her revolutionary ways to minimize clutter, and reminds everyone to keep like items together. Her advice is to stop having things like “junk drawers” or “random bins”, and group like items as much as you can together to avoid misplacing things or keeping unnecessary items.
Experience A Calmer Kitchen By Stowing Inactive Appliances
Minimalist experts Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have helped over 20 million people live a simpler life, and suggest clearing out clutter in your kitchen to create an organized and calm kitchen environment. Get rid of appliances you never use, and take the items you do utilize, like cutting boards, blenders or food processors, off counters and store in cabinets or a pantry so they’re out of sight.
Fill One Trash bag
Bestselling author of ‘The More of Less’ Joshua Becker knows dozens of ways to help declutter, and one great suggestion is fill one trash bag. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to declutter, spend a few minutes going around your home, and fill the trash bag with anything you don’t need. Joshua says that while much of what you’ll collect will be trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill or another donation center.
Utilize The Hanger Flip Technique
Lifestyle expert Melissa Garcia knows closets can be packed, and utilizes the hanger flip technique. If all of your hangers are hung facing one way, once you wear something, put it back on the hanger and return it facing the opposite direction. After a certain amount of time, whether it be 6 months or a year, check back, and whatever hangers weren’t flipped – you aren’t wearing. Now you’ll know it’s time to get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn, and donate to your local clothing bank.
Rent A Storage Unit
When downsizing your home or cleaning up lots of clutter, many people get stuck with the dilemma- should I keep this or let it go? With a storage unit, you’re able to get the best of both worlds. Storage units are an inexpensive way to keep your home organized. The storage industry has been booming, and according to the Self Storage Association, one out of every 10 households in the country currently rents a unit. Many people are taking advantage of self storage, as experts across the board show that keeping your home clean and organized can have a beneficial and positive impact on your well-being.
Keep Things Off The Floors
It may sound simple, but not placing things on the floors of your home can make a huge difference. Professional organizer Deanne Sharp spends her days cleaning and organizing her clients homes, and makes a point that keeping the floors tidy is a big deal. “I don’t tolerate school bags or shoes on the floor. They know when they come in they need to put them straight in the cupboard” Deanne says on her clients and their families. Like one of her motto’s say, there is a place for everything, and it just takes a little bit of organizing to find a spot for your items.
Getting your home and life more organized starts with small steps, and these few tips can help. Take the advice of some of these organization experts, and you’ll be well on your way to living a more minimalist life!
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…)