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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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. 
  • 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. 
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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. 
  • 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 it comes to keeping your jewelry organized you might be at a loss. With such small and delicate items you will want to organize your jewelry in a way that is easy to access and keeps them in pristine condition. We at 1st Choice Storage in Miami have gathered some creative ways you can try and to organize your jewelry.
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  • Sort and Organize
  • The first step in organizing your jewelry is to sort, untangle, and store. Sort through those pieces you have had over the years and decide if you will keep wearing them. If the answer is no you have two options. You can either donate your old jewelry items or place them in storage to give away at a later time. Having a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami will give you the space and security needed to protect those memorable jewelry pieces.
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  • Creative Storage Ideas
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  • Hang necklaces from doorknobs. Not the current doorknobs you see today, but the older more stylish options. These can often be found at any antique or craft store. By attaching the variety of collected door knobs to a recycled piece of wood you can create the perfect piece for hanging and displaying your necklaces.
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  • Hanging dangling earrings in an old picture frame is a cute and easy way to store your jewelry. By using an old frame and attaching metal wire across the interior you can create a custom line to hang your earrings off of.
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  • If you prefer to hide your jewelry, a mirrored armoire is a perfect solution. Most armoires come with hidden storage already installed. These small nooks and crannies are perfect for storing rings, bracelets, and earrings. If needed you can screw in hooks or use command hooks and attach them to the side of the armoire to hold necklaces and keep them from getting tangled.
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  • Use glass bottles to store your bracelets. These bottles can be painted and used as a creative piece of décor while acting as a storage solution for a variety of bracelets you may own. Placing them on a table or shelf will add to the décor of your living space while providing a nice personal touch.
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  • Organizing and storing the small stuff can often be difficult. By placing small earrings and earring backs in an ice cube tray you can store those cute little accessories without losing any of them. You can keep the tray out of view by easily storing them in a drawer, cupboard, or closet.
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  • While organizing your jewelry you will want to do so in a way that will work best for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Having your jewelry organized will allow you to actually wear your favorite pieces more often. For more creative storage and home organization tips you can check out our blog monthly. Call us at 1st Choice Storage in Miami to learn more about our facility.
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