Articles posted under: Why storage?

Sep 21

Decluttering is Key to Selling your Home

Posted by into Gainesville, Organization, Why storage?

Have you decided to sell your home and want to make it look its best? One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to declutter each and every room. From too much furniture to knickknacks, to personal photographs, it all has to go. Well, not all, but most…

Is most of your furniture pushed up against walls? Consider grouping a sofa and a couple of chairs around a coffee table away from the walls creating a nice conversation area as well as an easily distinguishable traffic flow which will make the room seem larger.

Is the floor in each room predominately covered by furniture, baskets, shoes and daily discarded items? Get everything up off the floor so the eye can make it from one side of the room to the next without obstruction. Be sure the furniture is proportional to the size of the room or eliminate it while it’s on the market.

Are your walls, shelves and mantelpiece completely covered with pictures? Select a few of your favorites and temporarily pack away the rest. Home buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space and it may difficult to do that with all the family pictures and knickknacks collecting dust.

According to HGTV, to make a room appear to be bigger than it is, “paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.” Another design trick: “If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.”

Now, what do you do with all furniture, pictures, and cherished heirlooms you need to temporarily move safely out of your home? If you’re thinking, move them into your closet, I wouldn’t recommend it. Closets, or lack of closet space, can make or break the sale of a home. If your next guess would be the garage, it’s probably not the best idea as potential buyers also like to see the additional work space and can’t if it’s stacked to the ceiling with boxes, plastic bins and furniture.

Renting a storage unit can be the perfect solution. It eliminates having to part with your belongings while keeping them protected in a climate controlled location. With various sized storage units available, you can find the perfect size to suit your needs. Stop by 34th Street Mini Storage today to reserve your unit.

5 × 5 – $48 per month, plus tax
5 × 10 – $70 per month, plus tax
10 × 5 – $70 per month, plus tax
10 × 10 $105 per month, plus tax
10 X 15 – $149 per month, plus tax

34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to I75 at two different exits located at Williston and Archer Roads. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property and kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue to reserve your unit today!

Jun 7

Clear Your Clutter & Calm Your Mind

Posted by into Apartments, Why storage?

Do you notice that inside your apartment or home that every closet is packed? Or is it reasonable to say that every nook and cranny in your residence has something in it?

This is the normal accumulation of “stuff”. Some are collectors of this stuff, and others just can’t pass up a sale or maybe an auction event.

With children we say, “they are growing and this sale is for next year’s school wardrobe?” Or better yet, “ I need to keep these clothes because I love them and I am going to lose weight!” Does that sound familiar?

Whatever your circumstance may be, the answer can be to rent a conditioned storage unit. We say conditioned because it is important that your belongings be at a temperature that is appropriate year around for the maintenance and well-being of these possessions.

When you have tax records or documents that you must store for 7 years, this is a perfect venue to get it out of the house and to some place safe and secure. These conditioned spaces are secure and come in different sizes. If you have a roommate or a close friend, one space can even be shared.

34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to UF Campus. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property with a kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue.

Jan 16

Storage for a growing family

Posted by into Why storage?

I was reading a post over at Adore Your Place a few weeks ago (you can read that post here) about playroom storage and design for kids. It got me thinking about my nieces. When my first niece was born, we showered her with gifts. She had every toy imaginable. She also got so much clothing she didn’t even get to wear some of it, which is a shame because it was all adorable.

The truth is, babies grow fast. And because they grow fast, they also outgrow things fast. And that means there’s a lot of stuff to either store or get rid of when they outgrow it. A lot. By the time my niece was 1, the attic at my brother’s house was brimming with clothes, toys, small furniture, bottles, blankets, and everything else she no longer needed.

My brother and his wife were planning on having another baby in the next few years, and they didn’t want to get rid of all of these barely used things, but their attic was absolutely full (they did store other things in there, too). The items were also getting a little wear and tear being up in the attic. It was hot and humid and not the best place to store everything.

The solution became apparent as my brother tried to fit a few more boxes up there one day: They needed a better storage solution. So my sister-in-law and I packed several giant plastic storage bins (more than I think either of us would like to admit to) and we brought it all over to 34th Street Mini Storage. It’s air conditioned and secure, and when my second niece finally did come around, she had all sorts of brand new things to wear and play with.

Anyways, my point is this: Sometimes you need to make room for the things you’re currently using, but you don’t want to throw away the nice things you already have. They can be used again. And with the extra stuff in storage, there’s much more room to play!


Dec 19

Storage units make great warehouse space

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As the costs of running a business continue to increase, small business owners are forced to get creative with how they operate in order to save money. A growing trend is to use self storage rentals as a replacement for warehouse space. Many retailers and small business owners that rely on storage in warehouses to hold their inventory are looking to storage units because of their affordability, security, climate control and accessibility.

A recent article in The Straits Times interviews the owner of an online gourmet food store that turned to storage units for this very reason. You can read his interview here.


Sep 20

Why use 34th Street Mini Storage?

Posted by into Organization, Why storage?

Gone are the days when storage units meant a dark creepy cell inside a barbed wire fence. Welcome to the future with 34th Street Mini Storage. Often mistaken for an office building, 34th Street Mini Storage is a four-story building with conditioned space and huge elevators designed to make ‘grabbing something from your storage’ a pleasant experience instead of a dreaded nightmare. There is even terrific lighting in all common areas. For an extra charge you can have your unit wired for lighting with your own switch.

By conditioned space we mean it is comfortable year around; nice and cool in the summer and very comfortable in the winter months. Your valuables will have stable temperature and humidity to ensure they remain valuable. Oh and yes, we have a sprinkler system which only recently is a requirement of the building code for fire protection. We have it all!

34th Street Mini Storage offers not only these new-age features but the greatest convenience of any storage company in Gainesville. You don’t have to wait until business hours to access the units. Find out for yourself! 34th Street Mini storage is open and accessible 24/7 and has live security cameras at every entrance and exit. These 12 cameras record all activity in the common areas of the building. Is safety and security important to most of our customers? 100% of them have responded yes to this very question.

Finding time to rent and getting access to your unit between 9 to 5 is difficult when you have to work, so we make it easy with 24 hour access and the ability to reserve a unit and pay online. You can complete the whole process of viewing and renting a unit at 34th Street Mini storage by phone or your mobile phone or computer. Look at our unit sizes and prices, sign up and bring your stuff! We will leave the light on for you!

May 17

Benefits of secure self storage

Posted by into Organization, Why storage?

Storage units are all around you. You’ve heard about them, considered one and are intrigued by the benefits. But you are still left wondering if they are worth the money.

Today, I have your answer. Below are my top reasons for why renting a storage unit is the way to go whether you are a college student on the go or simply someone looking to de-clutter your home a little bit.

Enjoy your home again- You know it’s been years since you saw the entire floor of your garage, the walls of your “guest room” or effectively used that closet on the hallway. You have spent plenty of money on your home, so why waste it on things you don’t need at the moment. Get your home back and find enjoyment in its simplicity and organization once again by storing all your unneeded items in a unit.

For your own well-being- It’s proven that clutter causes stress, which in turn causes all sorts of other medical complications. So why risk it? Feel better all-around by getting all that extra junk out of your home for good.

Convenient- You may be worried about not being able to access your things once you ship them away to a storage unit. But this is rarely the case. Most storage units offer easy 24-hour access to all the units so you have piece of mind that your personal processions are always at your fingertips.

Cheap- A unit is probably a lot cheaper than you imagine. According to how much stuff you have, you may need a small, medium or large unit. Prices range according to size. You might be surprised at how affordable a unit can be.

Safety- If your home is not very secured against hurricanes or tornadoes, a unit might be your solution to this problem. Keeping your processions in a unit is extremely safe, perhaps even safer than your own home, as most of them are highly protected against any natural disaster. Be at ease knowing your valuables are at their safest.

Ease of traveling- If you move around a lot, go abroad for long period of time or tend to get temporary jobs away from town, a storage unit is made for your lifestyle. Keep your items safe while you are on the go. Units are also perfect for students who go home for summer and come back into time for fall classes.

Worry-free- Storage units are often rented on a month to month basis. So you will never feel trapped in a contract. This is a great deal for students who are looking to store their left-over furniture or extra items during the summer.

Overall, I find great use in getting a storage unit. It allows me to keep my processions safe and my home stress free. Try it out, and you might fall in love!

Dec 10

Turn your trash into treasure while de-cluttering your space

Posted by into Organization, Why storage?

If you are like most Americans, you probably have a garage, guest room or even a closet filled with junk. Let’s be honest, nothing in there has been used in years. So why do you continue to store it as if you will magically start needing that old bike seat you saved two years ago?

Here is the good news: you can take most of your old junk and turn it into something you need with these DIY tips and recommendations, and in the process, you might just give your garage or guest room that clean-up its been needing for quite a while.

Evaluate
Look at everything you have first and throw out all the real trash. I’m talking about old plastic bags, used up papers and dirt-like things just sitting around for no other reason than your lack of effort to throw them out. Taking all the useless junk out first will give you a real feeling of how much stuff you have and will also be a great start to the cleaning process.

Keep an open mind
If you are new to DIY-ing, chances are you won’t see the potential behind most things at first glance. But believe it or not, almost anything can be turned into something fresh and useful. An old luggage can become a unique cat bed, and old antique cameras can serve as great book ends that give your room a nice vintage look. There are tons more ideas where that came from. Here is a great place to start.

Put in the time
Don’t just say you are going to keep it all and make things with it later. If you give it that much time, you won’t! Actually put in the time to repurpose. If you put it off, you will never do it. Clutter is like a circle; if you start cleaning and don’t finish, you will be back to square one in no time. Instead, take the time immediately, and I promise it will be well worth it.

Assign
After you repurpose your stuff, place it where you want it to go. Don’t just let it lying around your garage. If you make a new bookshelf, place it where you want to store your books and automatically organize your books in it. That way, you will have no time to get lazy and put it off ‘till later.

Give others a chance
When you think you absolutely cannot make anything out of what you have left, let others decide for themselves by having a garage sale. This way, you will turn your trash into treasure (cash) and let other make practical use of it as well. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.