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  • 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. 
  • The holidays have finally come and gone, and now you given the opportunity to get back into your normal, everyday life routine. However, the holidays do have a tendency to make your once clean and organized home a cluttered mess. The accumulation of decorations and gifts have turned your house into a storage unit rather than a home. That is where 1st Choice Storage in Gautier can help. We can provide you with a variety of sizes and storage unit options for the stuff you just can’t seem to find a place for in your home. We have also provided you with some tips on how to organize your home after this hectic holiday season.
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  • Make a List
  • Looking around your home and seeing everything that needs to be cleaned and organized can be daunting. Instead of trying to focus on everything all at once, make a list. This will help you to focus on one task at a time and see the progression of your hard work. You also have the opportunity to delegate tasks to fellow family members now that you have a written plan of action.
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  • Sort then Store
  • When it comes to holiday decorations it seems easy just to take them down as fast as possible, throw them in a bin, and worry about it next year. To prevent a decorating disaster next year you should be sorting through your items before storing them. You may find that you have a lot of broken or outdated decorations that you don’t even use.
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  • The “Get One, Give Two” Rule
  • If you find yourself running out of storage space in your home due to the accumulation of gifts each year you should implement the “get one, give two” rule. Every time you receive one gift, consider donating two items you own. For instance, if your kids get new a new pair of pajamas or a toy, look for two that they have outgrown for donation. If you receive a kitchen gadget, go through your drawers and donate two that you have not used for a while.
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  • Implementing the tips above can get you on the right path of getting your home organized after the holidays. There is no better feeling than having your house back in order for the rest of the year and the holidays to come. For the storage space you need for those holiday decorations or sentimental items you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gautier to provide you with what you need. Call us today to learn more.
  • 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.
  • The holidays are known to be one of the busiest times of the year. You will have a variety of friends and family in and out of your home over the next few months. So trying to keep your home clean can be a challenge. To help you in this endeavor we at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport have gathered some tips to help you in keeping your home clean during the holidays.
  • By following the tips listed above you can keep your home clean throughout all of your holiday festivities. To help you further and help you in clearing out some much needed space in your home you can trust 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport to rent you the storage unit you need. Call us today to learn more about our facility.
  • Keep your cleaning supplies within reach. You never know when an unexpected mess can occur when you have friends and family around. Keep your cleaning supplies in a place that is easy and convenient for you to get to, but still out of reach for small children.
  • Spray down the shower after each use. It is a lot easier to wipe down the walls of your shower before you get out. This gets rid of the buildup of soap scum and hair.
  • Check your fridge. You will want to make sure your holiday left overs aren’t spoiling in your fridge. Keep track of your food and freeze what you can to make it last longer.
  • Always keep your sink clear of dishes. Try and get into the routine of loading your dishwasher throughout the day with any dishes that you may use. This way all you have to do is turn on the dishwasher at the end of the day.
  • Wipe down flat surfaces. Wiping down flat surfaces such as coffee tables and countertops at the end of each day will help you to put away any clutter that has accumulated and keep it your most used surfaces clean.
  • Be diligent when it comes to taking out the trash. Your smelly trash can ruin your holiday get together in a matter of minutes.
  • With the cold weather seeming to have no end in sight you might want to think about taking some time out of your day to go and make sure your unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport is properly winter-proofed. Listed below are some tips and tricks to help you with the process. Winter-proofing your unit may not be necessary, but it guarantees the quality and safety of your items.
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  • Protecting your Temperature Sensitive Items
  • While the temperature may not fluctuate tremendously during the winter, it’s important to prepare temperature-sensitive items, such as art, musical instruments, and paper documents, for colder temperatures and the eventual change in weather that comes in the spring. You will want to make sure these item in particular have been properly packed and insulated. It is even worth the effort of going and checking on these items throughout this winter.
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  • Buy Water Tight Plastic Bins
  • Using water-tight plastic bins helps protect the contents within and doesn’t create waste. While cardboard boxes can normally be reused again, that option dissipates when the boxes become wet. Plastic bins help prevent water damage and can be used repeatedly over time. They are known to provide the best protection no matter what item you are storing within.
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  • Cover your Furniture
  • Covers can help protect wood furniture from the effects of drastic temperature changes. Using furniture covers, sheets, or blankets can help prevent low temperatures from having a negative effect on the wood. Also, consider using waterproof covers and tarps to protect furniture from moisture due to extreme winter weather. Try to mount your furniture up of the floor of your storage unit as well with the use of pallets or tarps.
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  • Your unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport is already giving your items the protection they need. With these added measure of protection, even your most sensitive of items can with stand the cold weather we have been experiencing lately. For more storage tips make sure you check out the rest of our blogs on our website.
13 Jul

Organizing your Garage

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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • After surviving the holiday season you are probably like most parents, wondering what the heck you are going to do with all of the toys your children have received as gifts this year. The best way is to part with the old to make room for the new. We at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport can help you with the purging process. We can not only provide you with the perfect storage unit for all of your storage needs, but we have also gathered some helpful tips to get you through the process of purging your child’s toys.
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  • Don’t Be More Sentimental than your Child
  • There are some toys that your child will love and cherish for many years. At the same time, there are toys that you have accumulated in your home that your child could easily forget about. If your child doesn’t seem to be sentimental towards specific toys then you know they are ok to go. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • $1Did someone we love gift this and is it sentimental to the giver?
  • $1Is this a toy that never gets played with?
  • $1Would the kids even notice if it was gone?
  • This will help you to determine whether the toy stays, gets stored, or is donated.
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  • Age Appropriate Toys
  • If you are like most, you probably still have those newborn toys laying around the house not getting played with. You may even have some toys that have been gifted to you that your child just isn’t ready to play with yet. While sorting through your child’s toys you can determine if this a toy that is appropriate for them to play with now. Everything else can be stored or donated.
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  • Get your Children Involved
  • While it might be easier to just go through and purge all of your child’s toys on your own, getting them involved can be very helpful to their development and understanding of why their toys are being stored or donated. Kids know which toys they want to play with and which ones they don’t. Depending on the ages of your children this may be a great opportunity to teach them about generosity. It feels good to give and bless others, and it’s never too early to start explaining that principle to your children.
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  • Doing a purge of your child’s toys may need to happen as much as every 3 months to even every year. It all depends on how much you accumulate with each birthday party and holiday. To help you in saving those sentimental toys you just can’t part with, 1st Choice Storage is a great option when it comes to keeping your items safe while keeping your home clutter free. Call us today for more information about our facility. 
  • 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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