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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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

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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. 
  • 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 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.
  • Has the mess in your home gotten out of control lately? This could be due to the fact that you just don’t have workable storage solutions in your home. By storing what you just don’t use anymore in a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Miami and taking advantage of the tips listed below, you can get your home clean and organized in a way that works for you.
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  • Soda Tabs to Create Cascading Hangers
  • Rather than spending an extra $20 or $30 dollars on specially made cascading hangers you can create your own by using soda tabs off of soda cans. Attaching a soda tab to a hanger is the cheapest and easiest way to create your own cascading hangers. By creating these hangers you can open up space in your closet that wasn’t available to you before.
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  • Use your Shoeboxes
  • Rather than buying shoe bins or shoe closet organizers, you can use the original shoe box your shoes come in when you purchase them. There are ways to spruce up those existing shoe boxes so your closet doesn’t start looking like a shoe store. By taking fabric, paint, or scrapbook paper, you can recover your shoe boxes with a design that fits your existing décor. If you want to get really organized, take pictures of your shoes and print them to place on your shoe box as labels.
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  • Reusing Empty Glass Jars
  • When you are trying to organize your kitchen you might be tempted to go and buy plastic containers to store pasta, herbs, beans, etc. in. These bins can easily be replaced with the empty glass jars you can get from eating jams, jellies, and pasta sauces. These jars are just as nice as the plastic ones you can buy at the store and can easily be cleaned.
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  • Scrap Wood
  • Rather than buying various types of plastic containers you can easily create your own with any scrap wood you have around your house. If wood is a material you prefer not to work with, cardboard can easily be substituted. This way you can create storage containers that are specific to your needs. These often work best when you are needing to organize your drawers in your bathroom or kitchen.
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  • For more home storage tips and tricks make sure you visit our 1st Choice Storage in Miami website for updated blogs each month. 
  • Moving is often hard and stressful. Add in the unpredictability of winter and you have a lot more to worry about. To help you out in this stressful time you can easily rent a self-storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport. We have also provided you with some tips to help your move this winter a little easier.
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  • Start Early in the Day
  • With the time change your hours of daylight are limited. You will find yourself moving in the dark if you start too late in the day. Waking up early and getting as much done as you can in the early hours of the day will be the most beneficial. Temperatures won’t be as low and you won’t have to worry about navigating large boxes or furniture in the dark.
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  • Clear away Snow and Ice
  • For everyone’s safety you will want to make sure your walkways are clear of snow and ice on moving day. Nothing is worse that slipping on ice while carrying heavy furniture. You could end up in the hospital rather than enjoying your new home. Enlist in the help of some Salt to melt away the ice and plenty of snow shovels.
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  • Watch the Weather
  • While it is hard enough moving in the cold winter months, you need to try and plan your moving day around the weather. You don’t want to try moving when a blizzard is taking over your town. You may need to be flexible about changing your plans if there is particularly bad weather coming your way; in particularly bad weather, it could be dangerous to continue your move as planned.
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  • Protect your Home
  • Moving requires you to make a lot of trips in and out of the house. This means you could be tracking in unwanted water, ice, snow, and mud. Consider investing in carpet remnants to throw down in a path through each house. If you have extra cardboard boxes lying around, you can also bust them open and lay them flat on the floor. This will help keep some of the melted mess under control and will provide some traction for you, your family and your moving crew. 
  • 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.
  • Does your home seem impossible to organize and maintain? This could be due to the amount of unnecessary junk you still have in your home. To help you in getting rid of your junk you can easily follow the tips below and rent a storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport for the items you just can’t part with.
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  • • Old shoes can cause clutter and unpleasant odor in your closet. If you haven’t worn your old shoes in a while it may be time to throw them out. If your shoes are still in good shape consider donating them to a local goodwill.
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  • • Unworn clothing can also take up room in your closet that could easily be used to store the items you use every day. An easy way to tell if you haven’t worn clothing in a while is by starting a 3 or 6 month period with all of your hangers turned backwards. By the end of the set term you still have backwards hangers, take them out of your closet and toss, donate, or store them in your storage unit at 1st Choice Storage in Gulfport.
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  • • Wedding invitations, while sentimental and beautiful, are items that should be considered for tossing out. Unless you have plans for creating a scrap book or a gift for a loved one, they should be placed in the recycling bin.
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  • • Books can often take up a lot of space and collect a lot of dust. For avid readers, collecting books can be your decluttering downfall. Go through our books and see which ones you can donate, toss, or place in your storage unit. It is always best to keep what you are reading or plan to read and get rid of everything else.
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  • • Duplicate kitchen accessories can take up a lot of needed cupboard space in your kitchen. Go through all of your kitchen accessories and keep what you use most often. Consider donating or storing the rest. If it is deemed unusable go ahead and toss it.
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  • • Expired bills and coupons should be sorted through and thrown out. Piles of unused paper can easily clutter your office space or kitchen table. Sort through and keep only what is current.
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