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23 Aug

Moving on a Budget

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  • Moving is expensive. It could easily double your expected budget for that month. To help you with the moving process you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport to help you out. Having a self-storage unit can alleviate some of the costs of larger moving trucks and stress of having to move everything at once. We have also gathered some tips on moving within a set budget to help alleviate some unnecessary expenses. 
  • Purge your Belongings
  • A great way to save your money and your budget is my getting rid of the items in your home you just don’t use any more. An added bonus would be if you could make a profit. Holding a garage sale or even selling some of your household items online can help you to make enough to cover the costs of your move. When you have less to move you spend less on moving supplies and truck rentals. For what you can’t sell, consider donating it to a local Goodwill. You will be thankful you have less to move and unpack when it is all said and done. 
  • Thrifty Packing
  • Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on boxes and packing supplies, use what you can around you. When it comes to non-fragile items you don’t need to get fancy when it comes to moving it from one house to another. Fill up any storage bins, backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases with less fragile items. Utilize clothing to double as a protective wrap for the fragile items you are placing in boxes. Socks and t-shirts work just as well as bubble wrap and newspaper. 
  • Movers vs Friends
  • While hiring movers to help you with the moving process has some perks, it could put a serious dent in your wallet. Instead, try and enlist in the help of some of your trusted friends or family to help you throughout the process. To make it easier on them, have everything packed and ready to go. Then all they have to do is help with the heavy lifting. 
  • Reanalyze your TV and Internet
  • Moving is the perfect excuse and opportunity to see if there is a better deal out there when it comes to your TV and Internet. A lot of companies will have lower monthly payments for a set amount of time when you are joining them as a new customer. Do your research and you could end up saving some money in the long run. 
  • Using the tips above can really help you and your wallet when the time comes to move. Having a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport will alleviate the amount of stress you might have when it comes to moving all of your items at once. Call our facility today to see how we can get you the right unit for the right price. 
  • Now that the time has come to empty out your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport you should know how to go about cleaning out your unit the right way. Below are some helpful tips to aide you in cleaning out your storage unit.
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  • Set a Deadline
  • A lot of times it is hard to find the motivation to clean out your unit. To help you when it comes to making a plan and holding yourself accountable, you will want to create a deadline. Make the deadline reasonable to accomplish and plan for any unexpected events that might occur before your set deadline. Creating a goal always helps you when it comes to completing a task.
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  • Create Small Tasks
  • Trying to clean out your storage unit in one day is hard and stressful. Instead of trying to accomplish a lot in a little amount of time, break up your clean out process into small and manageable tasks over a period of time. This will make the process easier and stress free.
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  • Avoid Throwing Items Away
  • As you are cleaning out your unit you may come across items you just don’t want or need anymore. Instead of just throwing it away you will want to try and find it another home. You can donate your items to your local Goodwill or even try and sell a few online. If the item is beyond repair then it is acceptable to toss it in the trash.
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  • Avoid Storing in your Home
  • The whole point of your storage unit was to reduce the clutter in your home and give you the needed storage space. When cleaning out your unit you will want to avoid turning your home into a makeshift storage unit. Find a home for all the items you wish to keep and donate or sell the rest.
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  • Get Some Help
  • Trying to clean out your unit on your own can be difficult. If possible, enlist the help of your family and friends. The more help you have the faster the cleaning and moving process will be. They can even help you when it comes to selling or donating the items you just don’t need anymore.
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  • We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport are sad to see you go, but now you have the tips above to help you in the moving out process. For more information regarding our facility and monthly rent please feel free to give us a call. 
  • Storage Auctions are the perfect opportunity to snag a good deal on some items you may have been searching for. In order to be successful on getting a good deal you need to know about some of the misconceptions you may have heard about storage unit auctions. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier have gathered some myths about storage auctions you need to be aware of.
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  • Every Unit is Valuable
  • This is of course a myth. While you might get lucky occasionally, you shouldn’t go into a storage unit thinking you are going to find a gold mine of items. You might be able to find a few things you can sell for a profit in a storage auction but the reality TV shows make it look like it happens more often than it does.
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  • You can’t look inside a Storage Unit
  • Even though you aren’t allowed physically in the unit, you are allowed to look in it. This will give you a pretty good idea of the stuff that you will be bidding for. It is always a good idea to bring a flashlight so you can see all the way to the back of the unit.
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  • All you need is a Check or Credit Card
  • This is of course false. If you are going to be placing a bid on a unit you need to have cash in hand. Make sure you bring enough for sales tax and the cost of cleaning the unit as well. Check with the facility manager to see what the fees are.
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  • You can keep everything
  • While you can keep what you buy in a storage unit auction, some facilities will ask you to return any personal memorabilia you find in the unit such as photo albums or family movies.
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  • Storage Facilities rake in Profit from Auctions
  • This is also not true. Storage facilities are required by law to only keep the amount that is overdue in rent and the costs of having the auction. The money generated over this amount is given to the tenant of the unit.
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  • Take your Time Emptying out the Unit
  • It is standard with most auctions that you have until the end of the day to clean out the unit you purchased. Occasionally you can rent out the unit for a month or so to have time in emptying out the contents, you just have to check with the facility manager.
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  • For more information regarding storage unit auctions at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier you can call our office. We can let you know the ins and outs of storage unit auctions to help you in having a successful auction day. 
  • Whether you are moving or transferring some of your heirlooms into a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier you will want to make sure you are packing the fragile items correctly. Incorrectly packing your breakables will result in a loss of something that you care about most. Below are some steps you should be taking to protect those fragile items. 
      • Choose the right box. You will want to use boxes that are sturdy enough to hold your fragile items and large enough to fit the item and the adequate amount of packing materials. If necessary you might want to consider adding extra packing material or double-boxing your breakables during transit. 
      • Fill the items that could collapse inwards. Items such as glasses, bowls, and vases should be filled with tissue paper, extra socks, or newspaper to put equal pressure on all the surfaces of your fragile items. 
      • Completely wrap all of your breakable valuables in bubble wrap to protect it during its move or stay in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier. Make sure the bubble wrap covers all surfaces of your item and it is secured with tape. Make sure you aren’t using the tape excessively or else you will have a hard time getting to your item when you need it. 
      • Make sure your box is completely filled. Put 2 to 3 inches of packing peanuts on the bottom of the box. Once you have a layer of packing material you can begin to place your bubble wrapped items in your box. Fill any of the empty spaces in between your items and the box with packing peanuts. Make sure your items are secure enough so they don’t have any wiggle room within the box. Securely tape the box and label it for ease and organization. 
  • By following the steps above you can rest easy knowing your breakables have been packed correctly. To provide further peace of mind when it comes to protecting what you care about you can easily rent a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier. Call or stop by our facility today to learn more about the units we currently have available. 
24 Jan

Downsizing your Home

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  • At some point in your life you might be looking to downsize your living situation. Over time we tend to accumulate more stuff than we actually need. Moving that into a smaller home could prove to be very difficult. With the help of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland you can successfully downsize and live comfortably in your new home. Below are some tips you can try when you are going through your items while downsizing.
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  • Determine your Needs
  • Before you begin the downsizing process you will want to walk through your home and determine what you really need in order to live comfortably day to day. A lot of the items we tend to accumulate will sit and collect dust because of unmet plans or goals. Get rid of what you aren’t using right now and store what you think you might use in the future.
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  • Go through Everything
  • When you are preparing to move and downsize your living situation you will want to empty out every cupboard, drawer, and closet to see what you have been keeping in your home over the years. Sort your items into specific piles determining what you will keep, toss, donate or store. Be picky and only keep what you really need.
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  • Asses your New Space
  • Before you start to haul over all of the furniture and items you are wanting to take with you to your new home, you will want to make sure you have enough room. Measure your existing furniture to make sure you are able to fit it in your new space while giving you enough room for storage. You might want to consider selling your original furniture for pieces that allow for more space in your home.
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  • Organize
  • When downsizing you are going to be forced to get creative with your available storage space and organization. As you move into your new home you will want to organize as you go. The better you organize the space the better you can maintain the cleanliness of your home.
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  • Downsizing doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. Look at it as an opportunity to get a fresh start in your new home. To help you in storing the items you just can seem to part with, you can rely on 1st Choice Storage in Waveland to provide you with the unit you need. Call us today to learn more about what your facility can offer you. 

 

  • When was the last time you gave your bedroom a good cleaning? We often rush to our beds at the end of the day and ignore the chores that have anything to do with our bedroom. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami can help you in the cleanliness and organization of your home with our helpful tips and tricks. Below we have listed some steps you should consider taking in order to give your bedroom the deep clean it needs. 
  • Wash your Linens
  • The first step you will want to take when it comes to cleaning your bedroom is to gather all the linens and toss them in the washer. Take everything off of your bed, including your comforters and pillows, and toss them in the wash. You will even want to consider giving your curtains a much needed wash as well. Make sure to follow washing directions for each piece. 
  • Clear Off your Flat Surfaces
  • Our nightstand and desks tend to accrue the most amount of clutter in our bedrooms. Start by removing all of the items off of your night stand or desk and sorting through them. You will want to also empty out your cupboards or drawers. If you find you are storing things you aren’t using or that don’t necessarily belong in the bedroom, a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami could help. Once you have what you need, without any clutter taking up the storage space you do have available, you will be able to keep a clean and organized desk and nightstand. 
  • Organize your Clothes
  • The biggest dilemma we have when it comes to our bedrooms is the amount of clothing we are trying to find the room for. If you find that your closet and dresser are overflowing with the amount of clothing you have, it may be time to sort through what you have. Designate piles determining what you will keep, donate, or place in storage. Any clothing that isn’t currently in season should be placed in your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Organize the clothing you will be keeping by placing what you wear the most in easy to reach places in your closet or dresser. 
  • By following the steps above and tidying up what you see lying around your room, you are well on your way to having the clean and relaxing bedroom you need. Enjoy the comfort of your freshly washed bed sheets and the cleanliness of your organized nightstand. To help you in all things storage related when you are cleaning your home, you can call 1st Choice Storage in Miami today. We can help you in finding the perfect storage unit for all of your storage needs. 

 

  • Spring is the perfect opportunity to reorganize and clean your home. This includes the organization of your closet. With the use of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport you can free up the much needed space in your closet for your spring and summer wardrobe. Below are some tips to help you in the process of organizing your closet.
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  • Completely Empty your Closet
  • The best way to start any organization project is by emptying out all of the items you have in your closet. Designate a space in your home to place all of your items. Once you have everything removed you can go through your belongings and decide what you will keep, donate, or place in storage. You can create a lot more storage space in your closet by switching out seasonal clothing and placing the out of season clothing in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. To help you with the sorting process you can use bins and/or a hanging rack to help you to get a better idea of exactly what you will be keeping.
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  • Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
  • If you are using your closet as an in home storage unit you will want to find them a new home. Every item should go in the room it coincides with. If you are still unable to find the space you need, your new storage unit will help you to free up some storage space throughout your home.
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  • Clean the Surfaces of your Closet
  • When we say clean, we mean it. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your closet a good scrub before placing all of your clothing back on its shelves. Wipe down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or wet wash cloth. You will be surprised at how much dust has accumulated throughout the use of your closet. If you have carpet on the floor of your closet you will want to give that a good vacuuming as well.
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  • Put Away and Enjoy
  • Now you can begin placing the items and clothing you decided to keep back in your closet. You will begin to notice how much room you have. Stay organized by using bins to contain your smaller wardrobe accessories. Purchasing a shoe rack or organizer will help in keeping your closet organized.
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  • Organizing your closet can be beneficial in so many ways. Not only will you be able to see what you have to wear, but you will drastically decrease the time it takes you to get ready each day. With the help of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport you can get the organized home you have always wanted. 
  • Summer has come and gone. Now we are welcoming the cool air and crisp breeze that is fall. To save closet space you might want to consider placing your summer wardrobe in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. We can give you the space you need for the items you use every day with one of our storage units. We have gathered some steps you should follow when preparing your summer clothes for their stay in one of our units. 
  • Clean your Clothes
  • Before placing anything in storage you will want to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned. Any remnants can cause damage to your clothing during their stay. Wash and dry all of your clothing according to the washing recommendations on the clothing tags. Make sure your clothing is completely dry before folding and placing them into containers. Taking these precautions will make sure your clothes remain in the same condition throughout their stay. 
  • Packing your Clothes 
  • Making sure your clothes are properly packed is the one step you should take the most care in doing. Try to avoid tossing plastic bags full of clothing into your storage unit. You can easily damage your clothing by not packing them in storage appropriate containers. Plastic containers with sealable lids are the best for storing clothing. If you don’t have those available a thick cardboard box is the next best option. Fold your clothing in a way that they won’t take up too much space within the container. 
  • Organize
  • While you are packing your summer clothing for their stay in storage, you will want to organize as you go. Get rid of any clothing you don’t think you will wear next summer. Donate what you can and toss the rest. You will want to pack the clothing you are keeping within groups in order to stay organized. The last step is to label. You will want to list on the outside of the container what types of clothing are stored. This way you can easily locate a particular item if you need to come back for it. 
  • Clearing out your closet of the clothing that you won’t be using for a season can give you the storage space you need within your home. If you take the time to prepare you clothing you can rest easy knowing they are safe in your unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. Call us today to learn more about the sizes of our units and what we currently have available. 
  • Basements are great when it comes to giving you the extra space you need in your home. What isn’t so great is when you extra household items take over your basement and turn it into a storage unit rather than a usable space. To get your basement back in working order, we at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland can provide you with the storage unit you need. We have also gathered some steps for you to try when you finally decide to conquer the clutter in your basement.
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  • Sort Out your Items
  • Before you can have your basement transformed into the space you have always wanted, you will need to empty out its contents and sort through all of the items you have been storing. Creating piles of items that you will keep, toss, donate, or store. Be picky when it comes to the things you are thinking about keeping. For your sentimental items you just can’t seem to part with but don’t have the space for, you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Waveland to keep them safe and secure
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  • Create Organized Areas
  • Before you start putting everything back into your basement in an organized manner, you will need to create organized areas. Each area should have a function and/or have similar items being stored together. For example, if you are using your basement primarily for storage you will want to keep all of your camping gear in one area, tools in another, and kitchen accessories in an area that is easy to reach. If you are creating a play room and office space you can use room dividers to separate the areas.
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  • Contain the Clutter
  • To achieve ultimate organization you will want to invest in containers for the majority of your items. Not only will these containers keep everything together, it will also protect them from unexpected spills, dust, and dirt. Plastic bins with sealable lids are the best for storing the majority of your items. Remember to label and place your bins in an organized fashion. Buying and installing shelving is a great way to keep your bins organized and off of the floor.
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  • Now that you have your basement free of all the clutter you can begin to transform the space. It is now up to you and your creativity to create the space you and your family have been needing. We at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland are more than happy to help you throughout the process by providing you with an affordable storage unit. Call us today to learn more about the current units we have available. 
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  • Bringing a baby to your home is exciting for everyone. It is always a good idea to take the time to babyproof your home before your bouncing bundle of joy is mobile and getting into everything. Having a safe home for all who live within its walls can be accomplished with the help of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Store the items that you are worried about baby getting into for however long you need. We have also provided some steps you should consider taking when it comes to babyproofing your home. 
  • Constant Supervision
  • You can babyproof your home as much as you want, but what will keep your baby safe is making sure they are under constant supervision. You never want to leave a baby alone unless they are safely enclosed in their crib or pack and play. It is always a good idea to keep emergency numbers on hand as well has the basics when it comes to medicines and first aid. 
  • Create Safe Areas
  • You don’t necessary have to babyproof every area of the house. This is hard and nearly impossible. Instead you can create safe areas within your home that your baby will reside in. These usually consist of their bedroom and living room. Make sure the area is free of any attainable toxins, electrical cords, fragile items, and is gated appropriately.
  • Store your Breakables
  • The best way to keep your family heirlooms and breakable items safe is by storing them in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Placing your items in a storage unit will save you from having to find a place in your home for them, and hoping your little one doesn’t find a way to get it.
  • Patrol the Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the most dangerous places for little ones to be. We store a large amount of cleaning supplies in both areas. The kitchen is often a place where little hands can get burned and into a lot of items they shouldn’t be. Keep the kitchen off limits with the help of a baby gate. Use cupboard latches and keep the door closed in your bathrooms.
  • Preparing your home for a baby will help you in giving you the peace of mind you need while they grow and explore their surroundings. To help you in creating a safe place for your infant, you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Miami to provide you with the storage space you need. Call us today to learn more about our facility and the units we currently have available. 
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