How to Combat Loneliness When Moving to a New City

For many people, there’s nothing more daunting than moving to a new city—even if the thrill of change, a new experience, or a better job beckons. One way to combat this difficulty is to focus on hobbies and meet other people who share those passions. Here’s how to use hobbies, skills, and, recreation to fight loneliness after a move.

Be Realistic

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Making a big move is complicated on many levels, and everyone could use some moving tips. On top of the packing, organization, and storage required for a move, it may also mean moving away from dear friends. But when making a transition, it’s important to be realistic about forging a social life in a new city. It may take weeks or even months before hitting a social life stride, so try not to get discouraged. Take in the small victories, such as a casual acquaintance met on a commute, and know that there is time to cultivate acquaintances into friendships.

Turn Hobbies Into Socializing

Packed up years of collectibles, art tools, sports equipment, or other hobby-related gear in a storage unit? It may be the first thing to bust out after a move. One of the easiest ways to meet like-minded people is to attend groups, conventions, or meetups related to a specific hobby or passion. Even if one feels out of practice with their hobby, it’s a great time to dust off old gear and meet those with similar interests.

Get Out of the “Comfort Zone”

For many people, what they want to do after a long day of work or unloading boxes during a move is to kick off their shoes and binge a TV show. Even though it may be difficult, it’s necessary to get out of the comfort zone to develop a social life after a big move. Initiate lunch with new co-workers or strike up a conversation at the coffee shop or a workout class. Try to follow up after to show interest in hanging out again. In the beginning, making friends may feel like a second job; over time it will become much more natural and rewarding when true bonds are formed.

From storage solutions to making new friends, Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage understands that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to moving. For more information or to get a quote, call us today at 1-866-466-4647!

Downsizing Tips for Empty Nesters

Once their kids have grown up and moved away from home, parents face a number of challenges as they adjust to a quieter, emptier house. With all the clutter to tame, rooms to paint, and furniture to replace or get rid of, new empty-nesters could use a little guidance as they downsize.

Start Downsizing Early

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Whether empty nesters are planning to move to a new home or will remain in their current one for a while, the best time to start downsizing is as soon as possible. Everyone sets out with good intentions, but the longer downsizing efforts are put off, the less likely they’ll get done. Plus, it’s better to be one step ahead of unexpected events like illness, career changes, or significant family milestones.

Take It Room By Room

Being faced with a big downsizing job or a move to a new house can quickly feel overwhelming, especially for new empty nesters. Simplify the process by taking it on slowly, preferably one room at a time. When broken down into small, manageable pieces, even a major downsizing won’t seem so daunting. If the de-cluttering process seems unmanageable, empty nesters should consider hiring a professional organizer or a professional estate sales company to help streamline the process.

Categorize Every Item

Begin tackling each room by dividing up its contents into three categories: keep, sell or donate, and throw away. Once everything has been sorted, it’s easy to immediately get rid of items in the “throw away” category. Then simply relocate or put into storage everything in the “keep” category before finding a new home for everything labeled “sell and donate.”

Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage provides homeowners and businesses with a variety of portable storage containers designed to protect, store, and transport the things that matter most. Fill out Go Mini’s® online form or call 1-866-466-4647 to learn more about our moving and storage options.

Why Go Mini’s® Exceeds Pods® in Portable Storage Containers and Performance

Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage customers rely on the company’s convenient containers to move, for storage solutions, or to conduct home renovation projects. The company welcomes opportunities to showcase its superiority in comparison to PODS® and other competitors. Read on to learn more from data-driven facts addressing the differences.

Extra Space, Everywhere

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Go Mini’s® largest container presents 29 percent more cubic feet of space than the biggest unit offered by PODS®. Go Mini’s® is also the only national portable storage franchise that offers 20-foot containers. In some cases, two PODS® containers would be necessary to move a load identical to one transported by one Go Mini’s® unit. In fact, most Go Mini’s® customers need only one 20-foot container to complete a move. Even the company’s 12- and 16-foot containers contribute more cubic space than any of its competitors.

Saving in Storage Fees

Go Mini’s® storage solutions can help customers save money. Arranging for a single 20-foot container will cost less per square foot than renting two 16-footers from PODS®. This difference alone saves significant money in storage rental and delivery fees.

More Tie-Down Points

Compared to those of a PODS® 16-foot unit, a Go Mini’s® 16-footer offers a 25 percent increase in tie-down points to secure valuables and items during loading, transit, and unloading. The exclusive use of Go Mini’s® drivers also ensures safe travel and precise delivery of valuables at the relocation site.

Steel Interior Storage, Not Wood

PODS® units contain walls and support beams made from treated, porous wood. Go Mini’s® containers are made of powder-coated steel that does not splinter and rejects the mold and mildew that causes odors. Some Go Mini’s® locations even offer containers that are ventilated to reduce moisture and humidity.

Go Mini’s® insists that its 200 franchises and dealerships be responsive to its customers. As a result, each is locally or regionally owned and eager to address any problems or concerns about its performance, equipment, moving, and storage solutions. For more information, please call 1-866-466-4647 or fill out our contact form so that we may assist you.

Summer Storage Tips for College Students

When late May and June arrive, graduation ceremonies dominate college campuses across the U.S. So, also, does the exodus of students heading home for the summer. Read on to learn more about summer storage for students’ possessions until their return in the fall.

Select a Place of Storage

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Start small and figure accordingly. Exactly how much space will be required to store books, computers, bedding, winter clothes, furniture, and kitchenware? It is worth considering a self-storage facility like Go Mini’s®, which offers monthly rentals ideal for college students on limited budgets with short-term needs.

Separate Unnecessary Items From Summer Staples

When packing to leave campus, be sure to bring home all spring and summer clothes, accessories, and jewelry. The same is true of any computers, printers, and devices that may be needed at home. Meanwhile, decide on the method of summer storage for all large items and extras, including furniture, bedding, and kitchenware.

Organize Books, Clothing, and Kitchen Items Carefully

Store books flat in boxes to avoid damaging their spines. Pack clothing in clear plastic or new cardboard boxes. Place winter coats, heavy blankets, and quilts in wardrobe boxes. Use bubble wrap for kitchen plates, dishes, and glasses, with filler material between spaces when stacking in boxes. Use filler material for the final inch at the top of a filled box, then seal firmly with packing tape.

Clean All Appliances First

Make sure to properly clean all appliances before placing them in the summer storage unit. Leave the door of a mini-refrigerator open for airflow. Each box should be labeled on its top and all four sides with its contents to prevent mishandling during transport or heavy stacking while in storage. Also, make an inventory list of all items, the box in which they are stored, and the location of each box in the storage unit so that when summer is over, they’ll be easy to find.

Choose Monthly Storage With Go Mini’s®

Go Mini’s® portable storage containers are routinely used for moving, renovating, and storage. These are steel, ventilated containers that come in 12′, 16′, and 20′ sizes that are available at more than 200 locations throughout the U.S. State-of-the-art security ensures that the contents of each are safe and secure, all summer long. Please call Go Mini’s® at 1-866-466-4647 or fill out our contact form for more information.

Four Quick Tips for Yard Sale Success

As spring approaches, yard sale season is in full swing. Those who are spring cleaning in preparation for a move or simply to declutter can make some quick cash by selling unused items to neighborhood bargain hunters. Before posting those flyers, try these yard sale tips to ensure a successful day.

1. Choose the Right Location

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Homeowners who live on secluded streets or in areas where it’s tough to pull over should consider partnering with a friend who lives in a more well-traveled area. After all, more foot and vehicle traffic means more opportunities to unload the family heirlooms taking up valuable garage space. As a bonus, multi-family sales are more likely to draw customers.

2. Pick a Date

Selecting the right day and time of year for the event is one of the most important yard sale tips. This will depend on the local climate, but in most areas of the U.S., late spring and early fall are safe bets. Saturday sales tend to be the biggest money-makers, but those with lots of inventory can even opt for a multi-day Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday sale.

3. Start Early

While 8 a.m. on a Saturday might sound early enough, yard sale pros tend to head out at the crack of dawn. Capture these early birds by opening for business no later than 6 a.m. The early rise will be worth the early buys!

4. Price Correctly

The most valuable yard sale tips are those that emphasize the importance of the right price. Everything at the sale should be a bargain. Many yard sale pros swear by the 50-30-10 rule of thumb: new items should be priced at half their original cost, slightly used items at 30 percent of the retail price, and used items at 10 percent.

 

Preparing for a yard sale can be arduous, but a portable storage container from Go Mini’s® is a great resource. Whether it’s used to store items that need to be moved or to organize sale items so they can be sorted and priced, our containers come in three sizes that are perfect for yard sale use. Call us at 1-866-466-4647 and simply decide when the container should be dropped off, and our local team will bring it to your location.

Got a Green Thumb? Here’s How to Successfully Move Your Houseplants

Image of plants in potsHouseplants require an investment of money, time, and the care for another living thing. Homeowners with houseplant collections often wouldn’t dream of leaving their greenery behind in a move, but common moving tips typically don’t cover how to transport plants across the region or nation safely. Here’s what those with a green thumb need to know about moving with houseplants.

Plant Preparation and Planning

Make sure plants are in their best health a few weeks before the move by pruning dead branches and leaves. In the final week, remove dust, pests, and weeds that are present. Plants that have pests should be quarantined and treated before bringing them to a new location. Plants in heavy pots should be transferred to lightweight plastic planters for the move. When moving to a new state, make sure that the houseplants in question can be transported across state lines, since some areas have bans on specific plant species.

Specific Travel Conditions

When possible, it’s best to move plants in a climate-controlled environment, such as an air-conditioned vehicle. Water plants well throughout the journey and bring them inside the hotel or motel if an overnight stop is planned. When flying to a new destination, avoid relying on a moving company to transport plants. In fact, many movers refuse to do so. Instead, many moving tips recommend shipping unpotted plants through the mail. Wrap the roots in a wet towel, then with plastic, and pack tightly with newspaper and bubble wrap in a box labeled as “fragile.” Choose a separate size-appropriate box for each plant. Pack plants last and unpack them first when you arrive at the new destination.

 
Visit Go Mini’s® online to learn more about our convenient moving services. We have everything homeowners need for a successful relocation, from moving and packing supplies to portable containers to a wealth of moving tips. Our easy process makes it simple to move down the street or across the country.

Five Ways to Take the Stress Out of a DIY Home Remodel

Whether it’s to keep things fresh or in preparation for a move, there’s nothing more invigorating than a DIY home remodel. But, there’s also nothing more exhausting. Here’s what to do if the process becomes too overwhelming.

Prioritize and Itemize

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Instead of trying to do everything at once, write down everything that needs to be done and then prioritize tasks by what needs accomplishing first. To keep it as simple as possible, remove anything irrelevant from the space, putting unnecessary items into temporary storage.

Ask for Help

For some people, asking for a helping hand is a difficult task in and of itself. It’s important to ask friends and loved ones for support where they shine, especially if they’re experts at certain remodeling tasks. It can even help to have someone over for emotional support to keep the mood light.

Use the Latest Technology

DIY projects have come a long way in recent years, and that’s due in part to technology. DIY tech includes helpful apps that can organize tasks, assist in budgeting, and even differentiate specific screw sizes. Use technology to track purchases, take notes, and remember small details like the names of paint colors. If technology isn’t the right fit, a good old-fashioned binder will do.

Keep It Light

DIY projects can be enjoyable. But unfortunately, there will always be moments when the desire to give up is overwhelming. When those moments come, remember what the end goal is and why the project is being done in the first place. If that doesn’t work, turn up some tunes, listen to a stand-up comedian, and keep family and friends around to keep morale high.

Start Small on DIY Projects

No one wakes up able to complete DIY projects with no practice. Try starting small on DIY projects, focusing on simpler tasks before working up to bigger goals. For example, focus on remodeling projects like sanding and refinishing before attempting to move on to more difficult projects like building things from scratch.

There’s nothing like a DIY home remodeling project, but the process can be draining. To declutter in advance of a project, check out Go Mini’s® storage solutions or give us a call at 1-866-466-4647 today.

Decluttering Tips for Putting Your Home on the Market

For a house to sell quickly, it has to be looking its best. It can be frustrating to live in a house and try to sell it simultaneously, but there’s never a better time to declutter a home than during a move. Here’s how to break it down, room by room.

Kitchen

A clean living room

Kitchens are often a substantial focal point for prospective buyers, but they can’t be a selling point if they’re full of clutter. To start, be sure to clear all small appliances off of counters and remove towels and potholders that may be hanging from hooks or racks. Similarly, pot racks and utensils hanging from walls can often detract from the kitchen’s features and should be removed and placed into moving containers. Finally, wipe down the kitchen and wax the floor to give it that just-like-new shine.

Bathrooms

While modern, clean bathrooms can push a buyer to make an offer, they can often be home for some very unsightly items. Any cleaning equipment should be out of sight—after it’s used to make sure that the bathroom is clean! Anything too personal or unpleasant should be placed into storage or packed and prepared for a move itself.

Living Spaces

For living spaces like living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms, it’s important that homes look lived in, but not messy. For example, any books or movies on display should be edited down to a few tasteful volumes. This is also an excellent time to ensure that the lighting in these rooms provides a bright, open appearance. If there are any chips or dirt on walls from hangings, consider repainting in small swatches.

Staging Tips

It’s vital for a house to feel like a home to prospective buyers. Try to consider the view of a room from every doorway, as a short glance may be all it takes for a buyer to make a judgment. Consider adding elements like additional lighting and fresh flowers, and sequester outdated or worn furniture into storage solutions until the showing is over.

Decluttering can be stressful, but it can be the difference between a home sitting on the market and a quick sale. To get started with Go Mini’s Storage options, give us a call at 1-866-466-4647 today.

Homeowners, Try These Three Instant Curb Appeal Upgrades

While interior updates certainly factor into a home’s value, a report from the National Association of Realtors indicates that outdoor projects designed to improve curb appeal have an even bigger impact. In fact, certain upgrades can also increase value by up to four times the cost of the initial investment. Try these three exterior improvement ideas to make any home turn heads.

1. Exterior Paint

At the price of about $30 a gallon, this project is affordable for most homeowners. Although painting the entire home is a big project best suited for professionals, those who want to go the DIY route can make a significant impact by painting the door, trim, and shutters. Choose a bold color that distinguishes the property from neighboring homes for best results.

2. Outdoor Lighting

Not only do outdoor lights improve curb appeal, but they also make the home’s exterior safer and more functional. The improved visibility prevents family members and guests from falling, while a bright front yard at night can deter would-be intruders. Opt for either low-voltage landscape lights or solar fixtures that don’t need wiring, and use them to illuminate a walkway, emphasize landscaping elements, or brighten the porch.

3. Flower Boxes

Image of a front doorBright, blooming flowers are an affordable method to effortlessly add seasonal color to a home’s exterior. Purchase or build window boxes, then fill them with soil and flowers that provide a bright pop of color. Maintaining the boxes is an essential part of keeping the outside of the home looking scenic. A low-maintenance alternative is a container garden on the porch. Use a collection of colorful vases and pots to plant your favorite flowers and group them together in an appealing way.


Homeowners who want to boost their curb appeal in hopes of selling their home can ease the moving process with portable storage containers from Go Mini’s®. With more than 200 nationwide locations and containers in three sizes, it couldn’t be easier to pack your belongings and hit the road.

Three Tips for Moving During Bad Weather

In bad weather, a move can be downright awful unless the mover takes the proper precautions. Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage containers offer a number of advantages over traditional moving companies in any weather, but the self-loaded containers truly shine in the rain or snow. Here are three moving tips for bad weather that highlight why Go Mini’s® containers are preferable to other moving options.

Take Your Time

A house against a dark, stormy sky

One of the most important moving tips is to not rush the move, especially in bad weather. Rain, sleet, or snow lead to dangerous, slippery conditions. It may be tempting to hurry the move, especially with truck rentals or moving companies that charge by the hour. Go Mini’s® containers work differently, giving people time to work at their own pace. Depending on the mover’s schedule, they could even choose to wait for the weather to clear.

Minimize Carrying Distance

File this under good general moving tips for all weather, but it’s even more helpful in the rain. The shorter the distance the items are exposed to the elements, the less the weather will damage them. Go Mini’s® containers are engineered with padded wheels, meaning they can be slid all the way up to the house without damaging the driveway. This allows the mover to get the items from the garage or front door into the weatherproof container with little or no rain, sleet, or snow exposure.

Invest in the Right Supplies

Nobody protects an item like its owner. In bad weather, the best protection is the attention and care of the one invested in the suede couch or flat screen TV. Couches and other furniture that shouldn’t get wet can be wrapped with stretch plastic wrap to provide water-resistant protection, while the flat screen can be bubble-wrapped inside a box specially designed for TVs. Go Mini’s® has all the moving supplies necessary to protect the items that matter most.

Make the right move with your next move and go with Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage. Call us today at 1-866-GOMINIS or get a free quote online.