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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. 
  • 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. 
  • At some point in your life you may be faced with having to place your couch in a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. To protect the integrity and quality of your couch during its stay in storage you need to make sure you are taking the necessary preparations. Below are the steps you should follow in order to properly store your couch.
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  • Clean your Couch
  • Our couches encounter a lot of dirt and grime when in our houses. Constant use, food particles, and pets all have a part in the deterioration of your couch. Before storing your couch for a period of time it is important to make sure you clean off anything that may be harmful to your couch in the long run. Remember to use water-based or synthetic-based cleaners with most couches. These cleaning products will protect the fabric of your couch and still give you the cleanliness it needs. If you have a leather couch, a small dab of olive oil on a microfiber cloth will clean and protect the leather. Make sure your couch is completely dry before storing.
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  • The Storage Unit
  • Depending on the size of your couch, you will need a storage unit that will fit your couch. It is not recommended renting a storage unit smaller than your couch. Shoving a couch into a space that is too small will cause damage to the structure of the couch as well as cause potentials tears in the fabric. 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport has self-storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs.
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  • Protect your Couch
  • To make sure the quality of you couch remains the same in the storing process it is important to protect your couch on the way to storage and in storage as well. Protect your couch during the transportation process. Make sure your couch is covered and protected from dirt and potential harm from other furniture being moved. When in the storage unit you will want to invest in sheets or drop cloths to protect it from dust and moisture. Stay away from plastic couch covers. These can trap in moisture and cause mildew to form on your couch.
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  • Lift it up
  • The best way to store a couch is to store it off of the ground. This will protect your couch from potential spills or accidents. You can easily place your couch on a tarp or on wood pallets to keep it from getting damaged on the ground.
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  • Storing your couch and making sure that it stays in the best possible quality is easier than you think. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport can make sure you are getting the best possible self-storage unit for all of your storage needs. Check out our website for more information about our facility. 
  • 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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  • 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. 
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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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