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.

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

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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.

Four Easy Steps for Organizing and Storing Holiday Decorations

The holidays are over, and alas, the decorations await return to their eleven annual months in storage. But where to begin? Holiday organization might seem a daunting task, but a few easy steps can simplify the process.

Start Sorting

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One of the simplest ways to start is by taking the decorations and placing them all on one surface. Then, start sorting. This can be done by color, theme, or sentimental value—whatever works best. Once everything has been divided up, cheap organization tools like plastic sandwich bags and zip ties can keep things in one place.

Invest in Ornament Boxes

Most ornaments and decorations come with boxes that can be used for storage, but if these aren’t available or are too flimsy, then hard plastic boxes with dividers can be purchased for safe storage. For smaller ornaments, egg cartons are an easy (and eco-friendly) solution. For large or awkwardly shaped ornaments, leftover tissue paper from gift wrapping works well to prevent breakage. Used wrapping paper can be used, as well. Then, the items can be packed into cardboard boxes or small containers with lids.

Tote It

Large plastic totes are a holiday organization pro’s best friend. Ornament boxes, lights, packaged decorations, and everything else that has been sorted and boxed can be organized neatly into bigger totes. That way, there are significantly fewer containers to store, and the sturdiness of plastic tote boxes provides extra protection. Additionally, plastic totes fit neatly into portable storage containers.

Store It Safely

Now that everything is packed up, it’s time to talk about safe, secure storage. Containers from Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage serve as the perfect solution. With many advantages over traditional storage, the climate-controlled containers come in three convenient sizes, so there’s a container for every need (and every holiday). Valued customers have the option of keeping the weatherproof containers at home or at a convenient Go Mini’s® location.

Holiday organization doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is starting with the basics and relying on safe, long-term storage. Go Mini’s® is the perfect option for the final step. It’s not just organization and storage; it’s convenience in the form of a container. Contact us for a quote!

Four No-Fail Home Organization Resolutions

Want to get organized in 2018? Setting a New Year’s resolution is a great way to stay on track by creating specific goals. These are our four favorite home organization related resolutions. Borrow the ones that strike a chord to get on the path to an orderly lifestyle.

1. Downsize Belongings

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The fewer unused items in a home, the more organized the space will be. Some organizing experts swear by the rule of three: for every new item brought into the home, three old things must be removed. This guideline can create an especially powerful effect during the holiday season when we’re beset with gifted candles and body lotions. The items that are kept should have a specific spot within the home and be put away when not in use. Items you want to keep but don’t regularly need can be moved to a storage container so that they are not underfoot and creating clutter.

2. Create a System

Breaking home organization into daily, weekly, and monthly checklists can help make sense of a daunting task. Getting into the routine of doing certain chores at a certain time keeps the home cleaner overall and prevents a backlog of laundry or a sinkful of dishes from developing.

3. Label Everything

It’s much easier to decorate the home for Christmas or get summer sports equipment out of storage when boxes are labeled. This year, take time to put things away thoughtfully, labeling each box so it can easily be located. Tech-savvy homeowners might even create a searchable spreadsheet with instructions like, “Christmas decorations, three boxes in the basement.”

4. Develop a Family Calendar

Whether digital or on paper, resolve to keep better track of social commitments. Families who feel like they’re always rushing around might be surprised at how much they actually do when it’s written down. Just as downsizing belongings can assist with organization, carving out time for family and relaxation is an excellent way to feel more refreshed and improve quality of life.

Those who need additional storage as they begin to organize should consult with Go Mini’s® by calling 1-866-GOMINIS. Our storage solutions include convenient, portable containers, storage at one of our locations, and even indoor, climate-controlled storage.

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.