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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. 

 

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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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. 
  • The New Year is finally upon us and it is the perfect time to get our home organized and in working order for the rest of the year. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami love to help you in all of your organization needs by providing you with a storage unit for the items you just don’t have space for. To help you kick start your organization resolutions we have provided some steps for you to try throughout the process.
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  • Downsize
  • The best and easiest way to get your home organized and have it stay that way is by downsizing the amount of items you are keeping in your home. Take it room by room and sort through all of your closets, dressers, cupboards, and drawers. Designate piles of items you are going to keep, donate, toss, or place in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. You will soon realize that you don’t need all of the items you have been holding onto for years.
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  • Label as you go
  • The best way to stay organized is by finding a place for everything that you have decided to keep after downsizing. Label your items new home so you know exactly where it goes after each time you use it. While you are at it, you will want to make sure you are properly labeling the boxes you are placing in storage as well. You never know when you might need to go back and retrieve a particular item.
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  • Give it a Deep Clean
  • As you finish decluttering each room you can give it the deep cleaning it desperately needs. After opening up all of the new closet or floor space from downsizing you will begin to notice unsightly dust and dirt. Starting off the New Year with a clean space is the best way to stay motivated in tidying up each day.
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  • Keep it Simple
  • Now that you have gone through the process of downsizing, labeling, and cleaning your home you don’t want to ruin all the progress by accumulating more items and complicating your organizational system. You can save money, time, and effort by buying just what you need. Try and keep your resolution intact throughout the whole year.
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  • Starting the year off with a clean and organized home will help you to accomplish more for the months to come. For the storage space you need for the items you just can’t seem to part with, you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Miami to find you a storage unit at the right size and price. Stop by our facility today to learn more about our units and the services we have to offer. 
  • 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. 
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