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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
24 Jan

Downsizing your Home

Published in Blog
  • 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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • To try and make your move to your new home or storage unit a little easier you may enlist in the help of a moving truck. While it seems like a good time saver you need to know how to properly drive a moving truck before you set out on the road. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami want you to get to your destination safely, so we have provided some tips for you to try when you are ready to hit the road in your moving truck.
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  • Use your Mirrors
  • As with any car you want to constantly use your mirrors. Using your side-mirrors is especially important when driving a moving truck because you won’t have use of a rear-view mirror above the dash. Use your side mirrors to pay close attention to what and who is around you at all times. While driving on the road you will want to make sure you are leaving enough space between you and fellow drivers.
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  • Use Caution while Stopping and Turning
  • You will want to take special care when driving a moving truck. Your driving will greatly affect how the items you stored in the truck will arrive. Don’t make any sudden stops or sharp turns, as this will cause your items to shift and fall. You could also cause damage to the people driving around you by taking a turn too sharp or stopping abruptly.
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  • Plan your Trip
  • Nothing is worse than trying to drive a truck that you aren’t familiar with and getting lost. To avoid a lot of stress and potential of difficult driving situations you will want to plan out your trip. Find a route that will be easiest for you to navigate a truck in. It is also good to plan on driving at a time where traffic isn’t heavy. Practice your route a couple times in your own car so you can easily navigate it in the moving truck.
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  • Be Aware of your Truck’s Size
  • Driving a moving truck is a lot different compared to your everyday driver. You will want to take note of how tall and wide your moving truck is and prepare accordingly. Make sure there aren’t any low bridges or tight roadways that you will have to take on the way to your destination. You also want to give yourself enough room between you and fellow drivers on the road.
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  • A moving truck can save you time and a lot of hassle by giving you a large moving capacity. To get the most use out of your truck you need to make sure you are ready and confident in your truck driving skills. Following the tips above will help. For more information about moving or storage make sure you check out 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Our facility is happy to assist you in all of your moving and storage needs. 
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