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  • The holidays are fast approaching and your friends and family may be coming to stay at your home. There is no need to stress when it comes to making your home guest friendly. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport can help you in getting your home in tip top shape with one of our self-storage units. We have also provided some suggestions on how to make your home guest ready for the holiday season below.
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  • Make it Comfortable
  • The best way to make your guests feel at ease when they are visiting for the holidays is to make your home one they want to be in. Of course you will need to take the time to clean and tidy up, but don’t make it feel like they can’t take off their shoes and relax. Magazines on the coffee table or snacks on the kitchen counter can be an easy way to say welcome home.
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  • Stock Up
  • More people in your home means you will be going through the everyday essentials a lot quicker. Make sure you stock up on all the necessary bathroom and kitchen supplies. Have extra towels and toiletries out and easy to find for your guests. Stock up on extra snack food and beverages to make sure no one goes hungry during their stay.
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  • Allow for Relaxation
  • Just because you are having people stay over, doesn’t mean you need to plan every minute of every day for them. In fact, you should allow some down time for your guests to relax. Give them their own space to escape to so they can recharge for the next social gathering.
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  • Get them Involved during Meals
  • The best way to make your guests feel at home is by having them help you during the big holiday feasts. Not only will it create less stress for you, but it will make your guests feel more welcome in your home. Have them set the table, create a dish, or even do the dishes. This brings everyone closer together during the holidays.
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  • The best way to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere this holiday season is by letting your family and friends into your home. Share the holiday joy and make your home a place they want to stay with the tips listed above. If you seem to be lacking the necessary space to house your guests this holiday season, consider a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. We can store the items that are taking up the space in your extra bedroom for as little or long as you need. Call us today to learn about the units that are 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. 
  • When you decide to rent a storage unit you will want to make sure you know all the ins and outs of what you can and cannot place in your unit. Having a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport can free up a lot of needed storage space in your home as long as you make sure to avoid placing any of the following items in your unit.
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  • Cash should be placed in a bank account or safely in your home. Having cash placed in your storage unit causes too much risk of a break in or a loss in money if the cash were to be destroyed by acts of nature.
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  • Plants will not survive in a storage unit. They need fresh air and sunlight in order to thrive and grow. Additionally they could attract unwanted guests, such as bugs and rodents, which can cause damage to the other items you are storing in your unit.
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  • Living or kenneling in a storage unit is not allowed or recommended. While a storage unit may be cheaper than room and board for you or your pets, it is not suitable for living in. It can be hazardous to the health and the well-being of your pets.  If you do place your animal in a storage unit you may be charged with animal cruelty.
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  • Firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives are also not allowed. The probability of something going wrong with any of these items is too high for them to be placed in storage. If an accident does occur it can cause harm to your items as well as others who have units in the facility.
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  • Most foods are also prohibited in storage units. When food is placed in a storage unit it can attract unwanted guests and have the potential to rot. It can cause extensive damage to the items in your storage unit as well as the units next to yours. One exception to this rule is canned goods.
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  • Hazardous material and waste storage should not be placed in your storage unit. If it’s corrosive, chemical, odorous, noxious or toxic, it can’t go in storage either. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials as defined in several federal acts and state statutes.
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  • If you want more information on what you can and cannot place in your storage unit feel free to call us at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. We can give you all the information you need regarding our facility and the storage units that are available to you. 
  • When it comes to keeping your jewelry organized you might be at a loss. With such small and delicate items you will want to organize your jewelry in a way that is easy to access and keeps them in pristine condition. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami have gathered some creative ways you can try and to organize your jewelry.
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  • Sort and Organize
  • The first step in organizing your jewelry is to sort, untangle, and store. Sort through those pieces you have had over the years and decide if you will keep wearing them. If the answer is no you have two options. You can either donate your old jewelry items or place them in storage to give away at a later time. Having a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami will give you the space and security needed to protect those memorable jewelry pieces.
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  • Creative Storage Ideas
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  • Hang necklaces from doorknobs. Not the current doorknobs you see today, but the older more stylish options. These can often be found at any antique or craft store. By attaching the variety of collected door knobs to a recycled piece of wood you can create the perfect piece for hanging and displaying your necklaces.
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  • Hanging dangling earrings in an old picture frame is a cute and easy way to store your jewelry. By using an old frame and attaching metal wire across the interior you can create a custom line to hang your earrings off of.
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  • If you prefer to hide your jewelry, a mirrored armoire is a perfect solution. Most armoires come with hidden storage already installed. These small nooks and crannies are perfect for storing rings, bracelets, and earrings. If needed you can screw in hooks or use command hooks and attach them to the side of the armoire to hold necklaces and keep them from getting tangled.
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  • Use glass bottles to store your bracelets. These bottles can be painted and used as a creative piece of décor while acting as a storage solution for a variety of bracelets you may own. Placing them on a table or shelf will add to the décor of your living space while providing a nice personal touch.
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  • Organizing and storing the small stuff can often be difficult. By placing small earrings and earring backs in an ice cube tray you can store those cute little accessories without losing any of them. You can keep the tray out of view by easily storing them in a drawer, cupboard, or closet.
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  • While organizing your jewelry you will want to do so in a way that will work best for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Having your jewelry organized will allow you to actually wear your favorite pieces more often. For more creative storage and home organization tips you can check out our blog monthly. Call us at 1st Choice Storage in Miami to learn more about our facility.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • After the many years of raising your children in your home you have finally reached the point of having your home all to yourself again. After so many years you may be wondering where to start when making your newly empty nest your own again. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami can help you throughout the process with the help of one of our storage units and the tips listed below.
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  • Get the Family Involved
  • A lot of what you will be organizing had once belonged to your child/children. By having them over to help you organize you not only can sort through a large amount of belongings, but you can have some quality family time as well. Your children are the perfect ones to help you decide what you can and cannot use in the future, and they might even be willing to take some items to their own homes.
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  • The 3-pile Organization Method
  • When going through your items it is suggested you sort them into 3 specific piles: Keep, Donate, or Throw Away. If you notice your Keep pile is growing larger in size compared to the other piles you might want to consider renting a storage unit. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami will help you in keeping those items you can’t seem to part with. Take your time with the organization process and make sure you are taking the steps you need to make your home your own.
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  • Room Options
  • Now that those extra bedrooms are empty you can get creative what to do with this new space. Now is the opportunity to have an at home office, craft room, or in home gym. You can use some of the existing furniture you already own to make the space you own and save on redecorating costs.
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  • Children’s Items on Display
  • While you will always love your children, and often miss them being in your home, it is important to not display too much of your children’s items in your home. This helps with the transition of the empty nester process and allows you to have that much more space to make your own. Offer to give those sentimental items to your children or place them in storage. This way you can still have those special items in your life.
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  • As your life progresses into this portion of your life you can embrace this change and make your home exactly the way you have always dreamed. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami will help you in keeping your most beloved family items safe, secure, and out of the way. For more information on the units we have available make sure you call us or visit our website. 

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  • 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. 

 

  • 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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