Our Mini Checklist to Make Small Spaces Look Larger

Today, more and more Americans are eschewing large homes in favor of small, efficient spaces. Recent national data from realtor.com found that the values of homes less than 500 square feet are appreciating twice as fast as the overall market. With increased interest in urban living, people in cities across the country are realizing that bigger isn’t always better. Small spaces don’t need to feel small. These three design tips will help open up any room. For more decluttering, opt for Go Mini’s® storage at home or at one of our facilities.

Avoid Dark Colors

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Dark colors trap light and make walls and other surfaces seem closer and more constrained. White walls provide the most space, but other light tones like periwinkle or beige can also work well. If there’s a favorite dark shade that absolutely has to be included in the design, try using it as an accent trim or painting a single wall in the desired color for a little contrast.

Incorporate Mirrors and Polished Surfaces

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces give the room a depth that draws the eye past the surface itself. It may be an optical illusion, but it can make a huge difference. By reflecting the light, mirrored surfaces can also help make the room feel bright and open.

Take Advantage of Natural Light

There’s no space bigger than the great outdoors, and ample natural light and vistas take advantage by drawing the eye outward. Skylights or high windows do a wonderful job of amplifying the open feel of a room. Stay away from dark, heavy fabrics when choosing drapes and curtains and opt for something translucent, or use blinds that can be kept up for most of the day.

Of course, the easiest way to free up room in any small space is to get rid of the clutter. Excess furniture and accessories can be affordably stored in an easy-to-use Go Mini’s® storage container. We deliver it directly to your home, let you load it on your own time, and give you easy access to your things, so you can use them when you want without eating up space in your home or apartment. Contact Go Mini’s® to open up your small space today.

What to Put in Storage Now That Summer Is Over

As warm summer days come to an end, it’s a good idea to store outdoor items in a safe, out-of-the-way place. Instead of cluttering the garage or basement, consider portable storage options.

Protect Outdoor Equipment & Furniture

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Before it becomes too cold to be outside, pack up those seasonal items. Outdoor furniture will last longer when it’s protected against heavy snows, brutal winds, and subfreezing temperatures. In particular, sets made of wood, teak, wicker, and fabric are susceptible to damage when exposed to prolonged cold-weather conditions.

Lawn care equipment can also be put away for the season. These items include mowers, edgers, and trimmers. Watersport vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and ATVs also can be safely stowed in a portable storage unit until they’re ready to be used again next year. Be sure to store barbecue grills, too. Consider storing pool items, outdoor play sets, and even summer clothes. Containers come in different sizes to meet each household’s needs. A storage calculator can help determine the optimum container size.

A Great Solution When Space Is Tight

When living in an apartment, town home, or condo, space can be tight. There may be no room to spare in the attic, garage, or closets for summertime gear. There’s no need to live in a cluttered environment when safe, secure storage containers are available. Rather than overstuffing closets or leaving items outside, opt for the convenience of portable storage.

Prepare Items for Storage

Weatherproof containers are designed to protect what’s inside. However, a little preparation before storing items will provide even more protection. Thoroughly clean equipment and furniture. Grills and gardening tools could use a good scrubbing after a long season of use. Cushions can be placed in plastic bags. Wrap items with moving blankets to keep them from getting scratched or dented. These measures will keep stored items in great condition and ready to go when the warm days of summer return.

Looking for a container to store those seasonal items? At Go Mini’s®, our portable containers come in three convenient sizes: 12, 16, and 20 ft. Find a location nearest to you. We can help you select the right size container for your storage needs and can also store your container at one of our secure locations.

Moving Across the Country? Don’t Forget These Important Steps

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Once all the papers have been signed and the family is ready to go, it’s time to make that big move across the country. Relocating belongings to a new place that’s hundreds or even thousands of miles away is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Follow these important moving tips to ensure an easier, safer transition.

Deciding What Stays and What Goes

The best first step for a big move is to clean, organize, and de-clutter. After all, why take the time and energy to pack up and move things you don’t want or need in the first place?

Start by putting valuables—things like keys, important documents, and electronics—somewhere separate and safe. Then begin getting rid of unwanted or unneeded items. You may be surprised how much trash, old clothing, broken furniture, and more build up over the years. For items that can be salvaged, consider having a yard sale before your big move, or donate them to a charity.

Choosing a Moving Storage Container

Choosing the right moving storage container to handle all your belongings is another critical step. Go Mini’s® portable storage containers are available in three sizes: 12 ft. (for moving a couple of rooms), 16 ft. (for moving three to four rooms), and 20 ft. (for moving five to six rooms). Deciding which one is right for you will depend on how much you will be moving.

Packing Up

Once the storage container is ready to go, it’s time to start packing and loading everything.

Packing supplies such as sturdy boxes, packing paper, and labels are must-haves. Be generous with packing paper in boxes containing fragile items, and write instructions on boxes such as FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP. Cover furniture with plastic to keep it clean and dry throughout the moving process. For especially heavy or valuable antique furniture, it might be a good idea to hire loading assistance.

For more information regarding Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage or the moving process, contact us today. With locations across the country, we’re The New Way To Move.

How to Organize Your Garage

In theory, a garage is a place to park a car. In reality, many Americans don’t even have space to store their car in the garage. That’s because the typical garage is crammed full of holiday decorations, sports equipment, winter gear, and anything else that needs to be stored at home but not necessarily inside the home. There’s no need to expose a valuable vehicle to the elements, however. A little decluttering and organizing can help free up plenty of space. For even more space, try Go Mini’s® for convenient portable storage available at your home or one of Go Mini’s® locations.

Get Rid of Excess

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Anyone who has moved homes knows that it takes packing everything up to truly appreciate how much stuff is in the house. Most of us even have things that we only see when moving. The first step in decluttering and freeing up space in the garage is to honestly assess whether you need that extra Christmas stand, that box of magazines, or those toys the kids don’t play with. If it hasn’t been used in two years, it’s time to pass it along to someone who will use it.

Invest in Shelves, Totes, and Pegboards

One of the biggest obstacles to a clutter-free garage is, well, obstacles. Placing items haphazardly on the floor in disorganized piles makes it hard to find needed items. Worse, those piles have a habit of growing as more items are added to them. Invest in shelving and peg boards to keep items off the floor. Keep the shelves organized with totes. Simply elevating everything off the floor will go a long way to making the garage appear more organized.

If there’s still a lack of space after decluttering and organizing, consider a portable storage unit. The GoMini’s® advantage makes it easy and affordable to hold on to heirlooms, collector’s items, seasonal equipment, and more. Find a Go Mini’s® location near you today.

Six Life Moments That Are Easier With Portable Storage Containers

Go Mini’s® moving & portable storage units have redefined moving day, but their purpose doesn’t end there. Many people never think about renting convenient, weatherproof, portable storage containers to simplify these special occasions.

1. Weddings

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From decorations and favors to bridal party gifts and dresses, there’s a lot of stuff to keep up with as the big day approaches. Mobile storage units keep these essentials within reach without taking up valuable home space. With 8-foot ceilings and ample natural lighting, these containers also provide plenty of space to keep DIY wedding crafts and projects in order.

2. New Babies

Storage containers provide expectant parents with the extra space they need to prepare for their new additions. Small units are ideal locations to keep cribs, changing tables, and other nursery essentials out of the way while the baby’s room is being prepared.

3. Parties and Fundraisers

Whether it’s a sweet 16 party or an annual yard sale, the right Go Mini’s® unit keeps supplies organized and close at hand throughout the event. Several sizes are available to suit a variety of needs, and all units feature locking doors to keep the items inside safe and secure. Store tables, chairs, decorations, and props until they’re needed, or use a container to facilitate catering during the special occasion.

4. Kids in College

Portable storage containers can make life easier for college students and their parents. Instead of transporting furniture and school essentials back and forth between semesters, students can store their belongings in a weatherproof unit until they return to their dorm rooms. At home, parents can gain extra space by housing their child’s bedroom contents in a container.

5. Extreme Weather Storage

When severe weather is in the forecast, a container provides a safe haven for outdoor furniture, equipment, and valuables. Rent a unit with 8-inch ground clearance to protect family heirlooms from water damage during heavy rain or hurricanes. Containers also provide secure storage for lawnmowers, grills, and seasonal gear during winter.

6. New Business Startups

Mobile containers are cost-efficient tools for new and existing businesses. They provide affordable, convenient, and transportable storage space for supplies and inventory, and climate-controlled units are available to protect sensitive materials. Home-based business owners can keep their products on hand without renting warehouse space. Also, portable units are especially convenient for trade shows and conventions.

Go Mini’s® moving & portable storage units make life’s special occasions easier, from weddings to relocations to business ventures. Find one of our convenient locations to experience the Go Mini’s® advantage today.

To Store, or Not to Store: Tips for Deciding What to Keep and What to Throw Out

When moving, renovating, or simply decluttering, a portable storage container is a great tool for staying organized and protecting belongings. But which items should be stored, and which should be sold, donated, or thrown away? The fate of each item depends on several factors, such as sentimental value, frequency of use, and size. The following tips should make deciding whether something stays or goes a little easier.

Just Getting Rid of It

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It wouldn’t be smart to throw out Grandma’s old jewelry box, the bed, or the toaster everyone uses at breakfast each morning. Items like these are obvious keepers. But what about that lamp that’s on the fritz or the radio that hasn’t been used since before the kids were born?

An easy way to determine if it’s time to let something go is to ask a few questions. Has it been used in the last three months? Does it hold sentimental value? Will it need repair or replacement soon? If the answers don’t inspire a desire to put the item into a portable storage container, it can probably be sold online or at a yard sale, donated, or thrown on the pile for the garbage collector.

Storing It Instead

Items destined for storing are a little easier to pick out. Storage containers are perfect for things that need to stay but are too large or awkward to comfortably keep in the house—think bicycles, boxes of collectibles, or decorative items that aren’t in season.

Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage containers are designed to keep contents secure and guarded against the elements, so homeowners can rest easy knowing their belongings, even the more expensive or sentimental pieces, are out of the way and protected.

Take the first step toward decluttering by visiting our website or getting in touch with us today.

Staying Put During Home Renovation? Four Essential Survival Tips

Renovating a home can improve a family’s quality of life by expanding available living space, adding new features, and updating outdated fixtures. During the home renovation process, though, living in a construction site can be challenging. Families planning a renovation should consider these tips to ease the transitional period.

1. Be Present

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Remaining on site can be a blessing in disguise when it comes to helping the process go smoothly. Homeowner availability to answer contractor questions and give approval will keep the project moving, even when it seems there’s still a long way to go. When issues arise, the property owners will be able to give feedback right away if they are living in the home.

2. Get Creative

Set up temporary spaces in the home where family members can stick to their routines. For example, if the kitchen is under renovation, plug in a mini-fridge, microwave, and toaster oven in a spare bedroom or dining room. When a bathroom is unusable because of construction, schedule shower times so morning routines aren’t disrupted.

3. Designate Construction-Free Zones

Family members should primarily spend time in areas that are free of dust and noise, so set boundaries with contractors in advance to make sure there’s still some private space to escape the chaos. Keeping kids and pets away from the areas where construction is happening is important for their safety and helps prevent delays.

4. Pack Up Valuables

Irreplaceable items should be kept far away from a home renovation. Fragile vases, priceless heirlooms, favorite works of art, and other breakables should be safely packed away and put in storage for the duration of construction. Homeowners can safely and simply store their belongings in portable storage containers from Go Mini’s®. These steel ventilated containers are specifically designed to protect valuables and come in 12, 16, and 20-foot sizes.

With preparation, a home renovation doesn’t have to be a headache, and you can get to enjoying your new space faster.

Ease Unpacking with this Three-Step Strategy

When a family moves into a new home, it can be difficult to know where to start unpacking. With some simple planning, homeowners can stay organized during this process by going room by room. Implement these tips before opening those boxes to get settled sooner rather than later.

1. Pack Accordingly

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Those who plan to use a room-based method for unpacking should start by packing their belongings in boxes that pertain to each room in the new home. Label these boxes carefully and place them in the correct room in the new home during the moving process. Consider numbering each box and creating a checklist to ensure that nothing has been left behind.

Pro tip: Order boxes online for specialty items like TVs or lamps.

2. Create “Survival” Bags

Simply put, these are bags or boxes that include everything the family will need to survive the first few days after a move. Think clothes, toothbrushes, electronics and chargers, bathing supplies, cleaning supplies, sheets and bedding, and toilet paper. These should be packed separately from other belongings and also labeled.

3. Prioritize Unpacking

Now that each box is sorted into the correct room and large items like furniture have been placed, it’s time to decide which room to set up first. While this will vary based on each family’s priorities, most experts recommend starting with the kitchen so that groceries can be purchased and meals prepared, reducing the need for expensive and unhealthy takeout. Since most bathroom items will be in the survival bags, unpacking the bedrooms is the natural next step so everyone can get a good night’s rest. Common areas like the living room are usually last to be unpacked.

Families who are in the process of moving can seek assistance from Go Mini’s®. Our portable storage containers can protect belongings during relocation from one home to the next. We’ll even deliver the containers to the new location.