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  • Babies have a tendency to grow faster than we can possibly imagine. Because of this they will outgrow clothes, toys, and other accessories within a few months. Rather than trying to store all of these items in your home, a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport is the perfect solution. Below are some of the preparations you will need to make to your baby items before placing them in storage.
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  • Baby Clothing
  • Before placing your child’s outgrown clothing you will want to make sure you wash and dry them. When throwing them in the washer, try not to use scented laundry detergents. Scented laundry detergents are known to attract unwanted guests into your storage units. Once the clothes are cleaned and completely dry you can organize them by gender and size. This will save you time later on when it is time to retrieve the clothing for your next child or child of a friend. Place the clothing in plastic containers with sealable lids. These are known to be the best when it comes to protecting the clothing from moisture and bugs. Label the container and place in an area in your storage unit that will be easily accessible later on.
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  • Baby Swings
  • Before you know it, your little one will no longer fit in their beloved swing or rocker. You can keep these items safe in a storage unit with a little preparation. If the swing or rocker has removable cloth pieces, toss those in the wash and thoroughly dry them. For the parts that aren’t machine washable you will want to wipe down with a child-safe cleaner. Let what you wiped down air dry in the sun. To keep these items from getting dirty in storage you can place them in a large plastic container with a sealable lid.
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  • Storing your Crib
  • Your child’s crib will most likely be the biggest piece of baby equipment you will need to store. The best way to prepare your crib for storage is by first taking a picture of the crib. This will help you to remember where each piece is supposed to go before you begin to disassemble it. As you take it apart you may want to label each piece with where it is supposed to go when the crib is assembled. Keep all the parts in a plastic bag and attached to the crib frame itself. Next you will want to prepare the crib mattress by wiping it down as best as you can and placing it in a mattress cover.
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  • Placing your outgrown baby accessories in storage will help you in keeping storage open for the items you need every day in your home. For all your extra items that you just can’t seem to find the space for you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport to provide you with a self-storage unit that is perfect in size and price. 
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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. 
  • When renting a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier you want to make sure you are getting the most out of the space you have rented. To help you in getting the most out of your new storage unit we have provided you with some tips and tricks to help you in having an organized storage unit.
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  • Create Zones
  • The best way to find what you are looking for as you go back to your storage unit from time to time is by creating zones. You can create zones in a way that works best for you, but we suggest doing it by the room of your house. This way you know exactly where an item is when you need it.
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  • Plan it Out
  • Before you even start placing your items in your storage unit it might be a good idea to draw a layout. Include the dimensions of your unit along with any shelving that you may use for keeping your smaller items up and out of the way. Map out your zones along with enough room for a walkway to each area of your unit. You can even go as far as labeling and numbering your boxes on the drawing of you layout so you know exactly where each box will be.
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  • Label Everything
  • Once you have gathered all the items you will be placing in storage you will want to make sure they are properly packed and labeled. We suggest only using plastic bins with sealable lids or thicker moving boxes in order to better protect all of your items. Label each box or container with its contents. Get as detailed as you can in order to save you time when you are looking for that item later.
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  • Maximize Space
  • To maximize the space, you have available in your unit you will want to enlist in the help of shelving and plan on placing items on top of or inside other items. While doing this, make sure you don’t cause any harm to the items you are storing. Use available space around large furniture items or within the drawers of a dresser.
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  • Now that you have the tips you need to organize your new unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier you can place all of your items in your unit and rest easy knowing it is clean and organized. For more tips and tricks when it comes to storage units you can check out our website. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • Moving can often be stressful and very tiring. Packing up and sorting all of your belongings can often take up the most time in your move. While this is a stressful time it is also a great opportunity to sort out what you want to take with you and what you want to store. 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport has a variety of storage units to protect the belongings you can’t take with you to your new home. We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers, so we have listed some tips and tricks to help make the move a little easier. 
  • Pack an overnight bag 
  • To help ease the transition in moving from one home to another, it will help to pack an overnight bag. Make sure to pack enough clothing and essentials to last you a few days while you unpack all of your belongings in your new home. If moving to an apartment or a rental it might be worth keeping a few cleaning supplies with you. This way you can ensure your living space is up to your standards in cleanliness. 
  • Use what you have 
  • To save on money on packing supplies it is smart to use what you have. By utilizing luggage and duffle bags you can pack a large amount of your belongings. By rolling up clothing and placing them between fragile items you can save on purchasing bubble wrap. 
  • Pack in order
  • In order to save time and remain organized it is important to pack by room. Doing this will make it easier when you have unpack in your new home. Be precise and take the time to label all of your boxes. While it may take more time to pack, you will be thankful you took the time to be so organized. 
  • Purge as you pack 
  • Packing and moving is the best time to go through your all of your belongings and get rid of what you don’t use or want anymore. You will be surprised how much you actually don’t use every day. By storing your items at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport or throwing away your belongings you can make your move just that much easier. 
  • While moving can be exciting it can also be very tiring. By taking the time to organize your belongings, labeling your boxes, and get rid of what you don’t need, it will make your move just that much easier. Our storage units at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport are perfect for the belongings you want to keep but just don’t have the room for. If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service associates.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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. 
  • 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.
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