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  • Maintaining a clean home is often easier said than done. Our daily lives are hectic enough without worrying when you will regularly clean your home. We at 1st Choice Storage gathered some tips to help you in maintaining a clean home so you aren’t left with a huge mess to clean up at the end of the week.
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  • Clean Throughout the Day
  • The best way to maintain a clean home is by cleaning as you are going about your normal routine. If you get into the habit of immediately putting things back where they belong after you use them, then you save yourself the time and effort of having to clean it up later. For the chores that you don’t often get to, set aside 15 minutes a day to clean a specific area of the house. This way you aren’t overwhelmed with the amount that needs to be cleaned.
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  • Never End your Day with a Dirty Kitchen
  • The one room in your house that can easily get out of control is your kitchen. With the amount of meals you need to prepare and cook in your kitchen on a daily basis you are bound to create some clutter. Use the “clean as you go method” to stay on top of your mess. Always start your day with an empty dishwasher so you can fill it as you use dishes throughout the day. When you are preparing to go to bed, empty out the sink and start the dishwasher. You can wipe down counters and sweep the floor while you cook to save time.
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  • Designate a “To Storage” Box
  • While you are cleaning your home take note of the items you use most often. Are there items being stored in your various cupboards and drawers that aren’t being used? Place these items in a “to storage” box that you can keep in your closet or garage. When the box is full you can pack up the items and send them to your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. This will open up the storage space you need in your home that will help you in keeping it clean and organized.  
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  • The more organized your home is and free of the items you just don’t use every day, the easier it will be to maintain a clean home. You can rest easy knowing your items are safe in your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. Call us today to learn more about our facility. 
  • Has your child been struggling when it comes to the adjustment of college and living in their dorm room? The problem could be in the way that their dorm room is organized. Organization is key when it comes to having a successful study space. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier have gathered some dorm room organization tips for success below.
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  • Add much Needed Floor Space
  • Dorm rooms are limited when it comes to square footage. You can make more floor space available to you by using bed risers. Bed risers create enough room under your bed to store totes that can carry extra school supplies, clothing, and accessories. Bed risers can easily be purchased at most home goods stores.
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  • Temporary and Removable Wall Storage
  • Most dorm rooms come with a bed, desk, and a dresser. This doesn’t give you a lot to work with when it comes to storage. Removable wall storage can help you organize your smaller accessories. Stick on Pods are made to hold small things like make-up and toiletries. You can easily put these on the inside of bathroom cabinets or next to your vanity. Command Hooks are perfect for hanging anything from clothing accessories to wall art.
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  • Hidden Storage
  • The trick to keeping your dorm room organized is to have a variety of hidden storage options. Over-the-door organizers are a great solution when it comes to storing the smaller accessories you need in your dorm room. Ottomans are great for lounging and storing extra blankets or larger accessories within them.
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  • Dresser Organization
  • Most dorm rooms only give you a small dresser to fit the majority of your clothing in. Don’t let your clothing storage situation get out of hand. Making your own or buying drawer dividers are a great way to organize all of the clothing you plan on storing in your dresser.
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  • With a clean and organized dorm room your child can focus and feel comfortable while they are away at college. For all of the other items that just couldn’t fit into the small space of their dorm room, use a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gautier. We have a variety of storage options that fit every budget. 
  • Trying to fit everything you need on a daily basis within your home can be difficult. Especially if you are like those who want their home to look like a showroom rather than a lived in house. This is the time you need to utilize all the available storage space you have. A storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland can help you in getting the items you don’t need every day out of the way, making room for the stuff you do need. We have gathered some under-utilized storage space in your home to be on the lookout for the next time you decide to reorganize.
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  • Adding Shelving above Doors
  • Try a floating shelf above your door trim above any door in your home, to put books, decorative storage boxes, or anything else you need to. You can buy a ready-made shelf from your local hardware store or create your own. This space is not often thought of or utilized. It is a great way to find a place for those little items you just can’t seem to find the space for.
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  • Behind your Couch
  • A sofa moved at least 18” from the wall allows for a console table to be placed behind it with storage both atop and underneath the table. Or, you can skip the table and stack boxes behind your sofa that can store clothes, office supplies, paperwork, books, etc. Having your couch moved at least a foot away from the wall gives your living room the feeling of comfort it has been lacking.
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  • Under your Bed
  • While you might have already thought of this storage solutions you may not be using it to its full potential. Try hiding slim, plastic storage boxes that can be used to store scarves, hats, bags, and anything else that you may need to store away for a while. You can also use the space under your bed to hide your extra blankets and other linens.
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  • The Linen Closet
  • Just because it is called the linen closet doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this space for other items. Go through your linens and keep only what you use the most. Place everything else in a storage unit at 1st Choice storage in Waveland for safe keeping. Keep it organized with totes and bins to contain the clutter.
  • The winter months are well upon us and now is the time to prepare our home for the colder weather. Winter proofing your home has proven to help you in saving on heating and energy costs as well as your home maintenance. To help you further in winter proofing your home you can rely on 1st Choice Storage in Miami to give you the storage space you need and the tips to help you in the winter proofing process.
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  • Install Door Sweeps
  • Door sweeps are an easy and very cost effective way from letting cold air into your home. A sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that’s held to the door’s lower edge by a strip of aluminum. This will keep the cold air from coming in underneath the exterior doors.
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  • Seal your Attic
  • As most know, warm air rises, and it could be rises and leaving your home through leaks in your attic. To really keep the heat in you will have to do some dirty work and find the leaks in your attic. You can do this by pulling back the insulation and sealing up any cut-outs that were put there for electrical purposes. Also check wiring, chimneys, flues, vent stacks and ducts, and seal them on the inside. Use caulk to fill smaller gaps and pressurized expanding foam for bigger openings.
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  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
  • Having a thermostat that you can program at a certain temperature will help you in keeping you home warm and regulating the temperature. The thermostat can save fuel by automatically lowering (or raising) your home’s temperature while you’re away. So you never have to come home to a cold house or waste a lot of fuel or energy.
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  • All of the tips listed above are easy and cost effective ways to make sure your home stays warm and protected from the cold winter weather. To help you with the maintenance of your home you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Miami to give you the storage space you need. Call us today for more information regarding our facility. 
  • Now that you have found the perfect storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland, you can begin to move in all of your items. We want to help you in making sure the quality of your items stays intact during its stay. That is why we have gathered some preparation and storage tips for you to try when it comes to storing your furniture.
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  • Purchase Furniture Protectors
  • In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.
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  • Disassemble Larger Furniture
  • Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.
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  • Protect your Fragile Items
  • Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.
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  • Practice Strategic Storing
  • Putting all of your items in storage can be a little hard to figure out. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit. You can even place them with coinciding object or rooms that they are from to help you in remembering where you placed a particular item in your new storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Waveland
  • Now that the winter months are well upon us we won’t be using our tools as often. Instead of having them take up space in your home or garage you should consider placing them in one of our many secure units at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. To help to in ensuring the quality of your tools we have gathered some tips for you when it comes to storing your tools this winter.
  • Hand Tools
  • Freezing temperatures can make many metal or plastic parts brittle and particularly susceptible to breakage if you use them at very cold temperatures. To avoid this, get into the habit of taking hand tools out of the cold before use; let them sit inside the house for an hour or more. Keep in mind that metal tools can rust if left out. Make sure you have them stored in a place that moisture from the air can’t get to the tools.
  • Power Tools
  • Any kind of power tools should be cared for throughout the cold winter months. Keeping them away from moisture is key. Have them elevated off of the storage unit floor to reduce the risk of damage. Make sure you allow your power tools to adjust to a warmer temperature before using. Using your power tools when they are still cold could cause extensive damage. Make sure your power tools are properly lubricated according to their user manual.
  • Gas Powered Tools
  • You need to take special care of your tools that are gas powered such as your lawn mower and chainsaw. If not properly winterized, gasoline left in an engine can gum up the carburetor or other parts, unlubricated engine parts can corrode, and moisture may affect the ignition system. A standard winterizing procedure includes:
  • Drain the gasoline (or add a gasoline stabilizer). Gas that stands in the tank for more than one month can form a layer of varnish on the inside of the fuel components, and draining the gas reduces this problem. Or, you can add a can of gasoline stabilizer to the tank.
  • Change the oil on 4-stroke engines. This will keep dirt and other particles in the oil from sticking to parts of the engine.
  • Seal the fuel cap. Engines emit small amounts of fumes even when they aren't running. Cover a vented fuel cap with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent evaporation.
  • Spring is just around the corner, which means we will have the opportunity to give our home the proper cleaning it needs. Instead of feeling overwhelmed this spring cleaning season you can use the help of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami and the tips listed below to help you in completing this much needed task.
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  • Schedule your Spring Cleaning Days
  • The warm weather brings outdoor activities and added chaos to our schedules. You will want to make it a point to schedule specific cleaning days on your calendar. This way you are sure you have the time available to really give your home the cleaning it needs. Breaking it up into a few days within the month will make sure you don’t burn yourself out but still get what you need to done.
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  • Create a List
  • Not only is this a great way to get your thoughts organized, it can keep you accountable. Add all the items you can think of to your list and reward yourself each time you check one off the list. You can even divide the list and enlist the help of your fellow family members to lighten your spring cleaning load.
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  • Stock up on Spring Cleaning Supplies
  • Before you begin the spring cleaning process you will want to make sure you have enough in regards to cleaning supplies. You may need to buy a few new gadgets for those special cleaning projects as well. Buying your cleaning supplies ahead of time gives you the time to shop around for the best deal.
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  • Start the Decluttering Process Early
  • It is hard to clean a cluttered home. You might want to start the decluttering process now before you begin spring cleaning. Remove any items in your home that are just taking up space or that need to go in the trash. Renting a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami will help by giving you the space you need in your home and by giving them a safe place to stay.
  • Living rooms are the main living space in your home. That is where the most foot traffic is and where you will keep the majority of your entertainment items. Keeping your living room clean and organized might be easier said than done. But with the help of a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami and the tips listed below you can easily maintain a clean and organized living room.
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  • Control the Trash
  • If you are like most, then you like to snack in front of the television while binge watching your favorite shows. Doing this can often lead to a buildup of trash in your living room. To control the clutter of trash you can place a wastebasket in your living room. Choose one that is more decorative and won’t draw your eye. Having a wastebasket in your living room will make it easier when you tidy up the space each day. Just make sure you don’t forget to take the trash out.
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  • Clean Flat Surfaces
  • Sometimes it is just too easy to toss everything we come into contact with onto the coffee table or side table and forget about it. In order to maintain the organization of your living room you will need to make a pact with yourself to keep the flat surfaces clutter free. Creating a household information center can help you keep the daily clutter organized. Create spaces for incoming and out-going mail as well as a space for your keys. Get into the routine of putting things away right as you walk in the door rather than throwing them on the nearest flat surface.
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  • Control the Toys
  • When raising small children in your home it will seem nearly impossible to get the toy clutter under control. There is a way to have your own clean space and still have a space for your children to play as well. You can designate a zone in your living room to serve as a play area. This is where all the toys will be kept and put away when play time is over. Have your children help you in the clean-up process to lighten your load.
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  • Create Storage
  • To help you in the organization process you are going to need to enlist in some storage help. Bookshelves, bins, shelving, and ottomans with hidden storage are all great furniture pieces to add to your living room. Having a designated place to put your daily items will make it easier when it is time to clean up.
13 Jul

Organizing your Garage

Published in Blog
  • Have you been tripping your way in and out of your garage lately? Before the warm weather comes to a close you should consider taking this opportunity to give your garage a thorough cleaning. 1st Choice Storage in Miami can help you accomplish this task with the use of one of our storage units. Store all the belongings you won’t need during the winter months and free up the space you need in your garage. We have provided some tips for you to try while you get rid of the clutter in your garage. 
  • Start Over
  • The best way to clean and organize a garage is to empty it out completely and start over. Leave nothing untouched. Empty out all the cabinets, drawers, and shelving you have. Doing this will help you start the organization process as well as giving you the ability to thoroughly clean the garage. 
  • Sort your Belongings
  • Now that you have everything pulled out of your garage you can create 4 separate piles of what to keep, store, toss, or donate. Stick to your goals and get rid of anything you don’t absolutely need or haven’t used in the past few years. Placing seasonal items in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami can give you the extra space you have been looking for in your garage. 
  • Get it Off the Floor
  • After sorting your items and deciding what it is you are going to keep, you can now start placing it back into your garage. Your goal should be to find a place to store all of your belongings off of the floor. This will keep your garage organized and free from trip hazards. Add shelving, peg boards, and any other useful storage to give all of your belongings an organized place to reside. 
  • Create Zones
  • Garages hold a variety of items, from tools to Christmas décor. Creating zones in your garage for each category of items can help you when it comes to finding that particular item later. Keeping your items as visible as possible will help as well. Hanging tools on peg boards on labeling drawers are sure to make your life easier later on. 
  • Clean-up often
  • After taking the time to clean out and organize your garage you will want to ensure its cleanliness in the months to follow. Creating a cleaning system after using something in your garage. Make sure everything has its own place so it’s easier to put that particular item away. Staying on top of the cleanliness in your garage will keep it in pristine order. 
  • Our garages are too often the dumping grounds of what we can’t fit in our homes. To save your garage from becoming a cluttered mess you can follow the tips above and rent a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. We have a variety of storage units that will fit your needs. Stop by our office today to learn more about the units we have to offer. 
  • As your child gets older they will soon be in charge of their own bathroom grooming responsibilities. To help them in the process of getting ready each morning you will want to provide them with a bathroom that is clean, organized, and easy for them to use. Starting out with a clean space may call for the use of a self-storage unit from 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. After you have a workable space you can follow the steps listed below.
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  • Lowered Towel Hooks
  • How often do you walk into your child’s bathroom to see a wet towel on the floor? You can easily get rid of this problem by installing hooks at a level close to your child’s height for them to hang their towel on. Get them motivated to use their new towel hook by personalizing their towel space with their name.
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  • Organize with Bins
  • The use of plastic bins in your child’s bathroom could get rid of the majority of the clutter. If you have younger children you are bound to have a large amount of bath toys. You can store the bath toys in a plastic bin while they are not in use. Put the bin on a shelf or in the cupboard to keep the floor space clear. Set aside a plastic bin for muddy or wet clothing that your child tends to leave on the bathroom floor. Tossing it in the bin is the easiest way to get it into the laundry room to be washed.
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  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Each bathroom in your home should have its own cleaning supplies. This will save you from having to tote around cleaning supplies to each room in your house. Keeping them in a small caddy for storage is easiest. If you have small children make sure to place the cleaning supplies in an area that they can’t get into.
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  • Personalize their Bathroom Supplies
  • If you have more than one child using this bathroom you can easily keep all of their own personal bathroom supplies together by giving them their own caddy or bag. They can keep their toothbrush, hair accessories, facewash, etc. in their bag without fear of someone else using it. Coordinate each bag by color to make it fun for each child.
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  • Maximize Available Storage
  • Bathrooms are known to be small and never have enough storage space. Installing shelving and cubbies in your child’s bathroom can help you to utilize the available wall space. Remember to take advantage of the space you have available behind your bathroom door as well by installing a towel rack or over the door hanging storage.
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