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  • Does your home seem impossible to organize and maintain? This could be due to the amount of unnecessary junk you still have in your home. To help you in getting rid of your junk you can easily follow the tips below and rent a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport for the items you just can’t part with.
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  • • Old shoes can cause clutter and unpleasant odor in your closet. If you haven’t worn your old shoes in a while it may be time to throw them out. If your shoes are still in good shape consider donating them to a local goodwill.
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  • • Unworn clothing can also take up room in your closet that could easily be used to store the items you use every day. An easy way to tell if you haven’t worn clothing in a while is by starting a 3 or 6 month period with all of your hangers turned backwards. By the end of the set term you still have backwards hangers, take them out of your closet and toss, donate, or store them in your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport.
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  • • Wedding invitations, while sentimental and beautiful, are items that should be considered for tossing out. Unless you have plans for creating a scrap book or a gift for a loved one, they should be placed in the recycling bin.
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  • • Books can often take up a lot of space and collect a lot of dust. For avid readers, collecting books can be your decluttering downfall. Go through our books and see which ones you can donate, toss, or place in your storage unit. It is always best to keep what you are reading or plan to read and get rid of everything else.
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  • • Duplicate kitchen accessories can take up a lot of needed cupboard space in your kitchen. Go through all of your kitchen accessories and keep what you use most often. Consider donating or storing the rest. If it is deemed unusable go ahead and toss it.
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  • • Expired bills and coupons should be sorted through and thrown out. Piles of unused paper can easily clutter your office space or kitchen table. Sort through and keep only what is current.
  • While we may still have a few weeks of winter left to endure, that doesn’t mean we can’t start prepping our spring cleaning to-do list. One of the items on your list should be cleaning up your yard. Winter weather will have put its stamp on your yard and you will need to put in some effort to get it back to where it was last year. To help you with this process we at 1st Choice Storage in Miami have provided you with some steps you should take when you are cleaning up your yard this spring.
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  • Remove the Trash
  • Winter weather brings in fierce winds. The winds tend to carry various debris and trash that end up getting trapped in your yard. Once the snow and ice clear you will definitely notice how much has accumulated over the past few months. Once the trash is bagged and removed, take the time to pick up any fallen branches or twigs. You can save them for later when it’s time to gather around the summer fire pit.
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  • Trim and Prune your Plants
  • Trimming and pruning your worn bushes, trees, shrubbery, and plants that were left standing in the fall, as well as other winter-worn plants that need it will keep your landscape healthy and thriving for the warmer seasons. Be careful not to prune you plants too much and remove healthy growth.
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  • Tend to the Lawn
  • While most over seeding should be done in the fall, you can do thinner areas in the spring if you notice any rough spots in your lawn. This way your lawn should be lush and green when you are ready to enjoy the warmer season. Next, wait until the grass is at least 4-5 inches tall before you resume regular mowing. Doing this will ensure your grass to be green and thriving for the warmer months ahead.
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  • Bring out the Patio Storage
  • When the weather warms up enough for you to enjoy being outside in the fresh air, it is time to finally bring your patio furniture out of storage. Having them placed in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami guarantees that they will be ready for use when spring finally arrives. A good dusting and maybe a wash of the linens to your patio furniture will make them look pristine and ready for you to enjoy.
  • Trying to fit everything you need on a daily basis within your home can be difficult. Especially if you are like those who want their home to look like a showroom rather than a lived in house. This is the time you need to utilize all the available storage space you have. A storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland can help you in getting the items you don’t need every day out of the way, making room for the stuff you do need. We have gathered some under-utilized storage space in your home to be on the lookout for the next time you decide to reorganize.
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  • Adding Shelving above Doors
  • Try a floating shelf above your door trim above any door in your home, to put books, decorative storage boxes, or anything else you need to. You can buy a ready-made shelf from your local hardware store or create your own. This space is not often thought of or utilized. It is a great way to find a place for those little items you just can’t seem to find the space for.
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  • Behind your Couch
  • A sofa moved at least 18” from the wall allows for a console table to be placed behind it with storage both atop and underneath the table. Or, you can skip the table and stack boxes behind your sofa that can store clothes, office supplies, paperwork, books, etc. Having your couch moved at least a foot away from the wall gives your living room the feeling of comfort it has been lacking.
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  • Under your Bed
  • While you might have already thought of this storage solutions you may not be using it to its full potential. Try hiding slim, plastic storage boxes that can be used to store scarves, hats, bags, and anything else that you may need to store away for a while. You can also use the space under your bed to hide your extra blankets and other linens.
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  • The Linen Closet
  • Just because it is called the linen closet doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this space for other items. Go through your linens and keep only what you use the most. Place everything else in a storage unit at 1st Choice storage in Waveland for safe keeping. Keep it organized with totes and bins to contain the clutter.
  • After surviving the holiday season you are probably like most parents, wondering what the heck you are going to do with all of the toys your children have received as gifts this year. The best way is to part with the old to make room for the new. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport can help you with the purging process. We can not only provide you with the perfect storage unit for all of your storage needs, but we have also gathered some helpful tips to get you through the process of purging your child’s toys.
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  • Don’t Be More Sentimental than your Child
  • There are some toys that your child will love and cherish for many years. At the same time, there are toys that you have accumulated in your home that your child could easily forget about. If your child doesn’t seem to be sentimental towards specific toys then you know they are ok to go. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • $1Did someone we love gift this and is it sentimental to the giver?
  • $1Is this a toy that never gets played with?
  • $1Would the kids even notice if it was gone?
  • This will help you to determine whether the toy stays, gets stored, or is donated.
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  • Age Appropriate Toys
  • If you are like most, you probably still have those newborn toys laying around the house not getting played with. You may even have some toys that have been gifted to you that your child just isn’t ready to play with yet. While sorting through your child’s toys you can determine if this a toy that is appropriate for them to play with now. Everything else can be stored or donated.
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  • Get your Children Involved
  • While it might be easier to just go through and purge all of your child’s toys on your own, getting them involved can be very helpful to their development and understanding of why their toys are being stored or donated. Kids know which toys they want to play with and which ones they don’t. Depending on the ages of your children this may be a great opportunity to teach them about generosity. It feels good to give and bless others, and it’s never too early to start explaining that principle to your children.
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  • Doing a purge of your child’s toys may need to happen as much as every 3 months to even every year. It all depends on how much you accumulate with each birthday party and holiday. To help you in saving those sentimental toys you just can’t part with, 1st Choice Storage is a great option when it comes to keeping your items safe while keeping your home clutter free. Call us today for more information about our facility. 
  • Maintaining a clean home is often easier said than done. Our daily lives are hectic enough without worrying when you will regularly clean your home. We at 1st Choice Storage gathered some tips to help you in maintaining a clean home so you aren’t left with a huge mess to clean up at the end of the week.
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  • Clean Throughout the Day
  • The best way to maintain a clean home is by cleaning as you are going about your normal routine. If you get into the habit of immediately putting things back where they belong after you use them, then you save yourself the time and effort of having to clean it up later. For the chores that you don’t often get to, set aside 15 minutes a day to clean a specific area of the house. This way you aren’t overwhelmed with the amount that needs to be cleaned.
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  • Never End your Day with a Dirty Kitchen
  • The one room in your house that can easily get out of control is your kitchen. With the amount of meals you need to prepare and cook in your kitchen on a daily basis you are bound to create some clutter. Use the “clean as you go method” to stay on top of your mess. Always start your day with an empty dishwasher so you can fill it as you use dishes throughout the day. When you are preparing to go to bed, empty out the sink and start the dishwasher. You can wipe down counters and sweep the floor while you cook to save time.
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  • Designate a “To Storage” Box
  • While you are cleaning your home take note of the items you use most often. Are there items being stored in your various cupboards and drawers that aren’t being used? Place these items in a “to storage” box that you can keep in your closet or garage. When the box is full you can pack up the items and send them to your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. This will open up the storage space you need in your home that will help you in keeping it clean and organized.  
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  • The more organized your home is and free of the items you just don’t use every day, the easier it will be to maintain a clean home. You can rest easy knowing your items are safe in your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Call us today to learn more about our facility. 
  • Moving is often hard and stressful. Add in the unpredictability of winter and you have a lot more to worry about. To help you out in this stressful time you can easily rent a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. We have also provided you with some tips to help your move this winter a little easier.
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  • Start Early in the Day
  • With the time change your hours of daylight are limited. You will find yourself moving in the dark if you start too late in the day. Waking up early and getting as much done as you can in the early hours of the day will be the most beneficial. Temperatures won’t be as low and you won’t have to worry about navigating large boxes or furniture in the dark.
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  • Clear away Snow and Ice
  • For everyone’s safety you will want to make sure your walkways are clear of snow and ice on moving day. Nothing is worse that slipping on ice while carrying heavy furniture. You could end up in the hospital rather than enjoying your new home. Enlist in the help of some Salt to melt away the ice and plenty of snow shovels.
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  • Watch the Weather
  • While it is hard enough moving in the cold winter months, you need to try and plan your moving day around the weather. You don’t want to try moving when a blizzard is taking over your town. You may need to be flexible about changing your plans if there is particularly bad weather coming your way; in particularly bad weather, it could be dangerous to continue your move as planned.
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  • Protect your Home
  • Moving requires you to make a lot of trips in and out of the house. This means you could be tracking in unwanted water, ice, snow, and mud. Consider investing in carpet remnants to throw down in a path through each house. If you have extra cardboard boxes lying around, you can also bust them open and lay them flat on the floor. This will help keep some of the melted mess under control and will provide some traction for you, your family and your moving crew. 
  • With the cold weather seeming to have no end in sight you might want to think about taking some time out of your day to go and make sure your unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport is properly winter-proofed. Listed below are some tips and tricks to help you with the process. Winter-proofing your unit may not be necessary, but it guarantees the quality and safety of your items.
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  • Protecting your Temperature Sensitive Items
  • While the temperature may not fluctuate tremendously during the winter, it’s important to prepare temperature-sensitive items, such as art, musical instruments, and paper documents, for colder temperatures and the eventual change in weather that comes in the spring. You will want to make sure these item in particular have been properly packed and insulated. It is even worth the effort of going and checking on these items throughout this winter.
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  • Buy Water Tight Plastic Bins
  • Using water-tight plastic bins helps protect the contents within and doesn’t create waste. While cardboard boxes can normally be reused again, that option dissipates when the boxes become wet. Plastic bins help prevent water damage and can be used repeatedly over time. They are known to provide the best protection no matter what item you are storing within.
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  • Cover your Furniture
  • Covers can help protect wood furniture from the effects of drastic temperature changes. Using furniture covers, sheets, or blankets can help prevent low temperatures from having a negative effect on the wood. Also, consider using waterproof covers and tarps to protect furniture from moisture due to extreme winter weather. Try to mount your furniture up of the floor of your storage unit as well with the use of pallets or tarps.
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  • Your unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport is already giving your items the protection they need. With these added measure of protection, even your most sensitive of items can with stand the cold weather we have been experiencing lately. For more storage tips make sure you check out the rest of our blogs on our website.
  • As your child gets older they will soon be in charge of their own bathroom grooming responsibilities. To help them in the process of getting ready each morning you will want to provide them with a bathroom that is clean, organized, and easy for them to use. Starting out with a clean space may call for the use of a self-storage unit from 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. After you have a workable space you can follow the steps listed below.
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  • Lowered Towel Hooks
  • How often do you walk into your child’s bathroom to see a wet towel on the floor? You can easily get rid of this problem by installing hooks at a level close to your child’s height for them to hang their towel on. Get them motivated to use their new towel hook by personalizing their towel space with their name.
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  • Organize with Bins
  • The use of plastic bins in your child’s bathroom could get rid of the majority of the clutter. If you have younger children you are bound to have a large amount of bath toys. You can store the bath toys in a plastic bin while they are not in use. Put the bin on a shelf or in the cupboard to keep the floor space clear. Set aside a plastic bin for muddy or wet clothing that your child tends to leave on the bathroom floor. Tossing it in the bin is the easiest way to get it into the laundry room to be washed.
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  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Each bathroom in your home should have its own cleaning supplies. This will save you from having to tote around cleaning supplies to each room in your house. Keeping them in a small caddy for storage is easiest. If you have small children make sure to place the cleaning supplies in an area that they can’t get into.
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  • Personalize their Bathroom Supplies
  • If you have more than one child using this bathroom you can easily keep all of their own personal bathroom supplies together by giving them their own caddy or bag. They can keep their toothbrush, hair accessories, facewash, etc. in their bag without fear of someone else using it. Coordinate each bag by color to make it fun for each child.
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  • Maximize Available Storage
  • Bathrooms are known to be small and never have enough storage space. Installing shelving and cubbies in your child’s bathroom can help you to utilize the available wall space. Remember to take advantage of the space you have available behind your bathroom door as well by installing a towel rack or over the door hanging storage.
  • The holidays have finally come and gone, and now you given the opportunity to get back into your normal, everyday life routine. However, the holidays do have a tendency to make your once clean and organized home a cluttered mess. The accumulation of decorations and gifts have turned your house into a storage unit rather than a home. That is where 1st Choice Storage in Gautier can help. We can provide you with a variety of sizes and storage unit options for the stuff you just can’t seem to find a place for in your home. We have also provided you with some tips on how to organize your home after this hectic holiday season.
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  • Make a List
  • Looking around your home and seeing everything that needs to be cleaned and organized can be daunting. Instead of trying to focus on everything all at once, make a list. This will help you to focus on one task at a time and see the progression of your hard work. You also have the opportunity to delegate tasks to fellow family members now that you have a written plan of action.
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  • Sort then Store
  • When it comes to holiday decorations it seems easy just to take them down as fast as possible, throw them in a bin, and worry about it next year. To prevent a decorating disaster next year you should be sorting through your items before storing them. You may find that you have a lot of broken or outdated decorations that you don’t even use.
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  • The “Get One, Give Two” Rule
  • If you find yourself running out of storage space in your home due to the accumulation of gifts each year you should implement the “get one, give two” rule. Every time you receive one gift, consider donating two items you own. For instance, if your kids get new a new pair of pajamas or a toy, look for two that they have outgrown for donation. If you receive a kitchen gadget, go through your drawers and donate two that you have not used for a while.
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  • Implementing the tips above can get you on the right path of getting your home organized after the holidays. There is no better feeling than having your house back in order for the rest of the year and the holidays to come. For the storage space you need for those holiday decorations or sentimental items you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gautier to provide you with what you need. Call us today to learn more.
  • The holidays are known to be one of the busiest times of the year. You will have a variety of friends and family in and out of your home over the next few months. So trying to keep your home clean can be a challenge. To help you in this endeavor we at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport have gathered some tips to help you in keeping your home clean during the holidays.
  • By following the tips listed above you can keep your home clean throughout all of your holiday festivities. To help you further and help you in clearing out some much needed space in your home you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport to rent you the storage unit you need. Call us today to learn more about our facility.
  • Keep your cleaning supplies within reach. You never know when an unexpected mess can occur when you have friends and family around. Keep your cleaning supplies in a place that is easy and convenient for you to get to, but still out of reach for small children.
  • Spray down the shower after each use. It is a lot easier to wipe down the walls of your shower before you get out. This gets rid of the buildup of soap scum and hair.
  • Check your fridge. You will want to make sure your holiday left overs aren’t spoiling in your fridge. Keep track of your food and freeze what you can to make it last longer.
  • Always keep your sink clear of dishes. Try and get into the routine of loading your dishwasher throughout the day with any dishes that you may use. This way all you have to do is turn on the dishwasher at the end of the day.
  • Wipe down flat surfaces. Wiping down flat surfaces such as coffee tables and countertops at the end of each day will help you to put away any clutter that has accumulated and keep it your most used surfaces clean.
  • Be diligent when it comes to taking out the trash. Your smelly trash can ruin your holiday get together in a matter of minutes.
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