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  • 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. 
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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 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. 
  • Now that the time has come to empty out your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport you should know how to go about cleaning out your unit the right way. Below are some helpful tips to aide you in cleaning out your storage unit.
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  • Set a Deadline
  • A lot of times it is hard to find the motivation to clean out your unit. To help you when it comes to making a plan and holding yourself accountable, you will want to create a deadline. Make the deadline reasonable to accomplish and plan for any unexpected events that might occur before your set deadline. Creating a goal always helps you when it comes to completing a task.
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  • Create Small Tasks
  • Trying to clean out your storage unit in one day is hard and stressful. Instead of trying to accomplish a lot in a little amount of time, break up your clean out process into small and manageable tasks over a period of time. This will make the process easier and stress free.
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  • Avoid Throwing Items Away
  • As you are cleaning out your unit you may come across items you just don’t want or need anymore. Instead of just throwing it away you will want to try and find it another home. You can donate your items to your local Goodwill or even try and sell a few online. If the item is beyond repair then it is acceptable to toss it in the trash.
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  • Avoid Storing in your Home
  • The whole point of your storage unit was to reduce the clutter in your home and give you the needed storage space. When cleaning out your unit you will want to avoid turning your home into a makeshift storage unit. Find a home for all the items you wish to keep and donate or sell the rest.
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  • Get Some Help
  • Trying to clean out your unit on your own can be difficult. If possible, enlist the help of your family and friends. The more help you have the faster the cleaning and moving process will be. They can even help you when it comes to selling or donating the items you just don’t need anymore.
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  • We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport are sad to see you go, but now you have the tips above to help you in the moving out process. For more information regarding our facility and monthly rent please feel free to give us a call. 

 

  • Trying to clean a home with growing children is like trying to shovel snow while it is still snowing. It almost seems impossible. 1st Choice Storage in Waveland can help you with your home organization and cleanliness dilemmas with the storage space you are currently lacking. We have also gathered some tips when it comes to keeping a clean home with growing children. 
  • Purge your Items
  • The reason you can’t seem to keep up with the messes your children create is largely due to the fact that you just have too much stuff in your home. This is especially true when it comes to children’s toys, books, and clothing. Children will outgrow large amounts of toys and clothing within a few months. Take the time to sort through what you have been holding on to and see what you can get rid of. If you just can’t seem to part with those items or you are saving them for a future child, a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland is the perfect solution. Placing the items you child doesn’t need in a storage unit can help you to lessen the amount of items you have to clean up and give you the storage space you need for the items you and your children use everyday. 
  • Contain the Clutter
  • Once you have purged yourself of the majority of toys, books, clothing, and other household items you just don’t need, you can now begin to contain what you have. Enlisting in the help of decorative bins or hidden storage solutions can help you in finding a place for each item. When it comes time to clean up you have a specific place for each item and you are then left with a clean home. 
  • Have your Children Help
  • Getting your children to help you in the daily clean-up will help you while giving them a sense of responsibility. Encourage them in cleaning up their toys by making it into a game or by giving prizes. Your children will often jump at the opportunity to help you with a grown-up activity. 
  • Stay on Top of the Organization
  • While it may take work, you will want to stay on top of the clutter and clean a little each day. If you find yourself accruing a lot of items again then it is time to perform another purge. Have your children help you in sorting through the things they don’t use any more. 
  • Keeping a clean home while your children are still growing doesn’t need to be hard. By following the steps above and getting the additional storage space you need from 1st Choice Storage in Waveland, you are well on your way to having a clean and organized home. Call or stop by today to learn more about our facility and how we can help you in 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.
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. 
  • 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 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. 

 

  • 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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