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  • It would be so nice if everyone had living spaces that were perfectly sized. I know I’d love more space in my kitchen, for example, and wouldn’t say no to a bathroom that was larger than a moderately sized box. Unfortunately, most of us probably don’t have that luxury. In fact, almost everyone I know has either lived or is currently living in a space that’s way too small for their needs. Sometimes the budget just doesn’t match our lifestyle needs, and concessions have to be made. That doesn’t mean you should be miserable, though! At 1st Choice Storage, we understand how frustrating living in a small space can be. Take a look at our tips to help minimize the stress! 
  • Designate Your Space
  • One of the first tips is to create defined areas of living space. This might seem like a difficult task, but in reality it can be easier than it sounds. Consider using area rugs, for example, to help you transition from a living room to a dining room. The rugs will help you define those areas without the need for bulky dividers or actual walls. You can also use strategically placed furniture to help keep different living areas separate.
  • Be Versatile 
  • What happens if your space is too small for even the above tip? I’ve lived in spaces where there wasn’t room for separate living areas, no matter how small the rugs. In these instances, my living room often doubled as the dining room and office. This is especially true in studio apartments or dorm rooms, which are notoriously tiny. In order to help make the most of the space you do have, consider investing in furniture that has more than one use! Consider a table that converts into a desk or even a bench, for example, which can help you transform a space from dining to work in a few short minutes! 
  • Make Smart Use of Storage
  • When you’re living in a small space, you don’t really have the luxury of investing in big, stand alone pieces of furniture. Instead, you should be selecting items that have hidden storage in them – and that goes for your couch, your ottoman, or your desk. You need that sleek storage to help keep your space tidy and give the illusion of space. 
  • Are you living in a tiny space? I hope the above information helps! If you find yourself with more items than you know what to do with, make sure to take a look at Waveland storage options and judiciously downsize the items that you keep in your apartment. 
  • Cleaning out your closet is not a fun activity. In fact, it’s one that the vast majority of us tend to avoid as long as possible. This ensures that by the time we do force ourselves to the task, the closet will be nearly overrun with clothing and accessories. And while throwing out (or giving away) the things that you’ve spent your hard earned money on is not necessarily a pleasant prospect, the truth is that most of us have too much stuff in our closets. At 1st Choice Storage, we want to help you clean out your closet and stay organized! That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to cleaning out your closet.
  • Be Ruthless
  • Don’t waffle! If you hesitate when cleaning out your closet, you will get nowhere. To begin, start by creating four separate piles. You should have a pile each for the things you love and definitely want to keep, the things you’re not sure if you really want to hold on to, the things you’re going to donate, and things you’re going to toss. It’s highly likely that the first two piles will be the largest by far – at least at first.

  • Take a Few Rounds
  • Go over your clothing several times. The first round, be as ruthless as possible! If you don’t immediately love it, then it goes into another pile. Being honest with yourself the first time around will help to greatly diminish the frustration of the later rounds – but, if you’re like most of us, you’ll find it pretty difficult to willingly toss all of you clothes into the “donate” or “throw away” piles so quickly. That’s where later rounds come in.
  • Go through the “love it” and the “maybe” piles several times! Think about whether or not you’ve worn something and how likely you are to do so in the future. This should dictate whether or not you keep an item. It’s a good idea to take a break at some point and completely disengage, and then come back with a fresh mind and new outlook. Go through those two piles again, and transfer clothing accordingly.
  • Don’t Go From “Love” to “Maybe”
  • If you don’t love an item by the time you go over everything a few times, don’t move it down to “maybe”! If you don’t love it enough to keep in in the love pile, then you don’t love it enough to keep it, period.

    

  • There are many ways to save cash when packing your items away to place inside a storage unit. You can consider these ways, decide if they provide you with the right insight, and then save some cash. This is something that you do not want to spend all day and night on, and it is something that you want to make sure you get done. By using these packing tips, you can, not only save yourself some money in the process, but you can also save yourself some time, which are two things you cannot afford to lose this day and age.
  • Tips for Packing Smarter
    • 1.    Use blankets, sweaters, towels and other soft items to pack up any of the breakable items such as dishes and glasses. Packing peanuts and paper can become expensive, so skip needing to have that and go with something you already have. This also helps to pack these softer items away, as well.
    • 2.    Garbage bags, instead of boxes, work wonders when youre moving. Use them for items that are not breakable, and not going to tear through the bag. This will allow you to have much more flexibility with what you can put inside the boxes that you do have.
    • 3.    Grab the boxes from nearby stores or recycling bins. You can also look online, since many times, free boxes are just being given away to those in need. You do not want to spend a thousand or so dollars just on these boxes youre going to recycle anyway.
    • 4.    Make sure to go through all of your items ahead of time. If you can weed through the items you no longer use or need, that will cut down the amount of items you need to pack up and move with you. This can be a money and a space saver.
    • 5.    Make sure that you have a budget for the moving that youre doing. You do not want to go over this amount, since moving can become expensive between buying the food you need, and any extras along the way. Using the tips above, along with your budget can keep you on track to saving cash.

1st Choice Storage can provide affordable storage solutions that youre in need of. Through the use of the many units, you can choose the exact size that you need, pack up the unit and feel more confident than ever about being able to keep your items safely tucked away with a company you can trust until you come back to get them again

  • Sometimes we don’t have room for all of our stuff – and clothing, surprisingly, tends to take up the most room aside from furniture. When you end up needing a place to keep your clothing for the long haul, it can be tempting to just toss it all in a few cardboard boxes and call it a day – but there are better ways! At 1st Choice Storage, we understand that it can be difficult to organize this kind of process – that’s why we’ve taken the time to write a quick guide for you to follow! Find out some of our best tips when it comes to storing your clothes for the long-term. 
  • Ditch the Cardboard 
  • While the standard go-to for packing tends to be cardboard boxes, the truth is that these are less than ideal when storing clothing for a long time. Not only can the cardboard break down over time, but it can also let unwanted visitors like insects into your clothing! Instead, take the time to find some nice plastic storage containers. You can even consider using something like the plastic containers that house comforters! Those are especially great when you’re trying to organize clothing within containers. 
  • Let the Clothing Breathe 
  • It’s tempting to just toss everything in a vacuum-sealed bag and just suck the air out until your clothing occupies a tiny amount of space. While this might be helpful for a move, it is not a great idea for the long term. Your clothing needs air circulation to keep things like mold and bacteria from forming. For this reason, it’s a good idea to not use vacuum-sealed bags on clothing that will be stored for a long time. 
  • Wash Your Clothes
  • Your clothing should be nice and clean before you pack it. I know that this might seem like a weird tip, but there’s a good reason for it! Cleaning your clothes before you pack them helps ensure that they’re free of odors or bacteria that could both break down the clothing as well as attract insects or animals to them. So take the time to wash them thoroughly before you toss them into those storage containers and haul them to your unit. 
  • Are you in need of Gautier Storage? Give 1st Choice Storage a call today and discuss your storage options!
  • Moving is a stressful time – no one know would argue that. Cramming what seems like your entire life into a truck and then dealing with the pleasure of unloading it at your new place is daunting at best, and and completely overwhelming at worst. This holds true whether you’ve hired movers or opt to do all of the packing and moving on your own. In either case, there are certain packing tips that can help make the experience a more pleasant one that is less prone to unfortunate spills or label confusion. Keep reading for 1st Choice Storage’s favorite packing tips!
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  • Label, Label, Label!
  • Let me paint a picture for you: you’ve finally moved all of the boxes into your new home, and the moving van is back with its company. You’re exhausted and just want to put as much away as possible before passing out in a corner – unfortunately, all of your boxes are jumbled together in the dining room, and you have no idea which boxes should go where. Now you have the luxury of opening up these boxes, identifying their contents, and then dragging them to the correct room of the house. Wouldn’t it be easier if they were set down in the right place to begin with?
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  • This is what labeling can help you avoid. Pick your favorite sharpie and clearly mark – at the very least – which room of the house the box should go. It’s even better if you have the time to mark what items are contained within, but it’s okay if you can’t spare it. Make sure to market both the top and the side of the box so that people don’t have to strain to find the label while lugging it around!
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  • Heavy First
  • The last thing you want to do is create a mess of boxes that are top heavy and falling all over the place. That’s a great way to break some of your favorite items! Instead, make sure that you’re packing heavy stuff on the bottom of the boxes, with lighter things on top. This helps create a more balanced box that is less prone to shifting.
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  • Keep Breakables Together
  • Wrap your breakable items together. Not only does this help you get everything to the right room (if all of the cups are wrapped together, for example, it will be easy to ensure they all make it to the kitchen), but it also helps avoid any tragic crashes that leave you with a lot of class to clean up. Make sure to use plenty of padding, and place dishes on their sides, not flat.
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  • Are you on the move? Miami storage can help! 1st Choice Storage is a great choice for storage both during, before, and after a move. 

  • Movers are sometimes necessary for some of the larger moves when youre a busy person. However, what if youre moving a smaller apartment or house? Do you need someone that is able to provide these services? Would you be better off doing them yourself? There are many considerations to make regarding movers and whether or not you should hire them. Before you get worked up, ask yourself some questions and sit down and consider all of the options and benefits that come from hiring movers to move your items from your old home and into the self storage unit that you choose.
  • Should You or Should You Not Hire Movers?
  • That is the question. It is a question you have probably asked yourself time and time again, with almost every move. However, in truth, they can save you time and this time can be valuable, but how valuable is it to you? Paying for movers is not a cheap thing to do. They cost a lot of money, and they can be a bit difficult to work with sometimes. This, however, is up to your moving budget, and whether or not it is something youre willing to take on.
  • Movers do come with benefits when you hire them. You can allow them to take all of the boxes and put them in their truck. No truck rental is needed on your behalf. You then give them the address of the storage unit that youre going to be using, and you can meet them there. The items can then be neatly sorted and stacked into the unit. You can watch, without having to lift a finger if you choose. This is the number one reason why so many people choose to hire movers. Not having to do back breaking labor is a definite plus during any move.
  • Movers however, are not all rated the same. It is essential that you do your research on which company to hire first and foremost. From there, you should speak with them and set up a time to meet. Feel confident and comfortable with who you hire should you find that time is more valuable, and that you do have a larger moving budget to use.

1st Choice Storage provides the user with everything and anything that they need to make the most of the unit given. Through the use of the unit, youre able to easily show the movers where to place the items and have them neatly stacked until they need to be brought to the new place.

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