Tips for Moving into an Apartment in the City


A woman on a balcony after moving into an apartment in the cityThere’s something exciting about living in a big city. But, the actual move into the city tends to less thrilling. If you are planning on moving to an apartment in a busy city, like Atlanta, GA, try out these moving tips!

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Get Rid of Unnecessary Items

The cost of living in a city is generally higher than living outside of the city. It is important to understand that you might not be able to afford the same size of apartment that you once had. Before moving into your new apartment, spend time sorting through your belongings to determine what you should bring to your new home. Be prepared to part with the items that will no longer fit in your home.

Look into the Your Moving Route and the Surrounding Areas

The last thing you want is to make a wrong turn and end up having to maneuver a large moving truck through narrow streets. Before your move in day, know what obstacles you may face on the commute to your new apartment. If the road is too narrow or there is a large hill, movers may charge you extra or refuse to make the move for fear of damage.

Know the Parking Rules

Parking in the city is no easy task. It is important to know parking rules as early as your move in day. The last thing you want is for you or one of your movers to get a ticket or towed while trying to move you into your new home. When you live in the city, it is a good idea to always have cash and change for parking.

Talk to Your Landlord

Before your move in day, ask the landlord if there is any recommended time of day for moving. If you live in an incredibly busy part of the city, it may be smart to move in the middle of the day so you won’t hit rush hour.

Have a Layout in Mind

Take advantage of the move-in help while you have it. Before moving into your apartment, have a general furniture layout in mind.

Know What Equipment You Will Need

If you have a lot of large items to move, rent a dolly to help with getting the items from the truck to your apartment. If you hired movers, give them a heads up of any other equipment you may need.

Storage World has Apartment Storage Options

If you are moving to an apartment in the city, consider using a storage unit to store some of your seasonal or hard-to-part-with items. If in the future you decide city living isn’t for you, your items will be waiting for you in your storage unit. Storage World has storage facilities in Decatur, GA and Panthersville, GA, close to Atlanta, GA. We have storage units ranging in a variety of sizes, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!


The Best Camping Storage Tips


A family enjoying a weekend of camping before storing their tent, sleeping bag and other camping itemsThere’s nothing like spending the weekend camping by the fire and under the stars. If you’re a camping enthusiast, you spend all year long awaiting the early spring to early fall months where your weekends are spent outdoors. But what do you do with your tent and other camping items between camping trips? Find out how to store a tent, sleeping bag and other camping supplies in this post.

The Top Tips for Storing a Tent

After your camping trip is over, keep your tent damage-free by following these tent storage tips!

  • Tip Number 1: Dry Your Tent: Before you can clean or store your tent, give it time to dry. If there is any moisture left on the tent, it can permanently damage the waterproof coating. If it is a hot and sunny day, leave your tent outside for a few hours to let it dry.
  • Tip Number 2: Clean Out the Tent: Clean the tent by using a solution of non-detergent soap and water. Rinse the tent well after to remove any leftover soap.
  • Tip Number 3: Keep the Tent in a Loose Bag: The bag the tent came in is a good option for transporting the tent from your home to the campsite, but it isn’t a good storage option. The tent needs to be stored in a bag that can breathe. Store the tent between uses in a pillowcase or mesh bag.
  • Tip Number 4: Store the Tent in A Climate Controlled Location: Tents are often times stored in the back of a car, garage or basement. Neither of these locations are suitable for long-term storage of a tent. These locations are prone to fluctuations in temperature and moisture, which can damage the coating of the tent and create mold and mildew.

The Top Tips for Storing a Sleeping Bag

  • Tip Number 1: Clear Out Sleeping Bag: Remove any loose items or dirt from inside of the sleeping bag by shaking them out.
  • Tip Number 2: Air Fluff the Sleeping Bag: Give the sleeping time to air out before placing it into storage. When airing out a sleeping bag, hang it upside down by a hanger.
  • Tip Number 3: Store the Sleeping Bag in a Loose Bag: Your sleeping bag needs to be able to breathe when it’s in storage. Just like storing a tent, store your sleeping bag in a loose mesh bag or pillow case.

Storing a Flashlight, Radio and Lantern

When storing a flashlight, radio, lantern and any other battery-operated item, it is important to remove the batteries. Store the empty flashlight, radio or lantern in a cool and dry location. The batteries for these devices can be stored close to them, but not inside.

Self Storage Can Help with Camping Storage

Unfortunately, with the trunk of a car, basement and garage not being viable storage solutions, it doesn’t leave you with many options. If you are unable to store your tent and camping items in your house, consider a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will maintain a range of temperatures safe for the storage of camping items. Storage World has storage facilities in the Jonesboro, GA, Stockbridge, GA, and Decatur, GA area. A 5×5 storage unit would be perfect for storing your tent, sleeping bag and other camping supplies. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!


Seniors Downsizing: 5 Tips for a Smoother Move


An old couple packs boxes into their self storage unit for downsizingMoving out of a home you have lived in your entire life can be very stressful. But, your kids have moved out a long time ago, and the general upkeep of your home has gotten to be too much. If you’ve decided that you’re ready to move into a downsized home or assisted living facility, there are steps you can take to make the move less stressful. Use these tips for an easier transition into your downsized home.

Downsizing Tips for Seniors

  1. Choose a Home You’ll Be Excited About: Whether you are moving into an assisted living facility or simply a smaller home, choosing a new home you’ll be excited about will make the process that much easier.
  2. Plan Ahead and Start Early: The easiest way to keep the downsizing stress to a minimum is to start early. As soon as you start to think about downsizing homes, take baby steps to prepare for the move. Whether it is sorting through your possessions, packing or simply starting to get rid of unneeded items, every little bit will help to make the process as pain-free as possible.
  3. Enlist Help: Sorting through a lifetime of belongings is an enormous task, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Ask your kids, friends or other relatives for help. Your kids may even enjoy helping you sort through all of your old memories. As a reward to whoever helps you, consider letting them keep any items they are interested in.
  4. Start with the Easiest Room: As we said, sorting through a home worth of belongings is a very difficult task. Instead of jumping right into the most difficult room, work your way into this project by starting with an easier room.
  5. Create Keep, Giveaway and Throw Out Piles: When going through the rooms in your home, sort your belongings into keep, giveaway and throw out piles. If you’re up to it, you can also create a fourth pile labeled “sell”. Items in this pile can be sold in a garage sale.

Self Storage for Seniors

Even after giving away, selling and throwing out some unneeded items, you may still be left with too many items to fit in your downsized home. If this is the case, consider utilizing a storage unit. A storage unit rental is a smart way to keep items that will not fit in your downsized home out, but still in a safe and secure location.

Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA, Stockbridge, GA and Decatur, GA. Our storage facilities have both traditional and climate controlled storage options. If you are storing more sensitive items, like pictures, leather or wooden furniture, musical instruments or collections, consider using a climate controlled storage unit. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!


2018 Memorial Day Events in Atlanta, Georgia


Memorial Day Atlanta

Memorial Day Weekend is considered the official start of the summer season. Around the country, people host parties or barbecues and get ready to welcome in the steamy, warmer weather. Plus, there are usually city ceremonies, festivals and other Memorial Day events taking place to celebrate the long weekend. Of course, you also can’t forget about all the big sales at retail stores and car dealerships!

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that Memorial Day is actually about more than barbecues and sales. It’s a day to honor those who have fallen while serving our country. Whatever your plans include this weekend, don’t forget to take part in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm, in which all Americans are asked to pause for a moment in an act of national unity.

How to Spend this Memorial Day in Atlanta

In Atlanta, there is no shortage of Memorial Day events and activities to keep you and your family busy throughout the entire long weekend! Here are just a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Atlanta this year:

Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the Troops – Stone Mountain Park

Coined as Atlanta’s Largest Four-Day Memorial Weekend event, head to Stone Mountain Park May 25th through the 28th for their special salute to the troops. Bring the family for a day full of fun and attractions like the Summit Skyride, Dinosaur Explore or SkyHike, one of the nation’s largest adventure rope courses, and top off the day with amazing fireworks and laser show.

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018 – Midtown

Established in 1978, The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase celebrating jazz legends and up-and-coming artists, culminating with show-stopping performances at Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend. This event takes play on May 26th and May 27th during Memorial Day weekend.

Roswell Remembers

Roswell Remembers is the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia, which has gone from attracting around 1,800 individuals to almost 7,000. This non-political, non-commercial event honors veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom. Held on the grounds of Roswell City Hall, displays open to the public at 10am, with the official ceremony starting at 11am.

Brew at the Zoo

On Saturday, May 26th, the Atlanta Zoo allows visitors to sample over 70 different beers and wine while enjoying nature, animals and live music. This event is adults-only; you must be 21 or older to purchase a ticket.

Decatur Arts Festival

Start your Memorial Day weekend off right at Artwalk! This event will take place at the Decatur Arts Festival Friday, May 25th from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Visitors are invited to walk around town and view exhibits while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.

Memorial Day at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens kicks off summer 2016 with their Memorial Day Weekend Festival, featuring the 59th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. Watch the greatest athletes in watersports compete on beautiful Robin Lake, and also enjoy a variety of beach activities, kid zones, live music and great food.

Happy Memorial Day from Storage World!

Storage World would like to take a moment to say Happy Memorial Day to all those currently serving in the military, veterans, and their families. Thank you for protecting our country’s freedom, and we hope you enjoy the long Memorial Weekend to the fullest extent! We’re proud to provide our active duty members, veterans, and their families with household and military storage solutions throughout Atlanta.


How to Store a Mattress and Box Spring Like A Pro: Tips from the Experts


A mattress being moved into a storage unitA good night’s rest can make all the difference in the world. What doesn’t help? Sleeping on a lumpy mattress that wasn’t stored correctly. Here’s how to store mattress the right way:

  1. Disassemble the Bed
  2. Clean the mattress
  3. Protect the mattress
  4. Choose the right spot

Of course, there’s a lot more to storing a mattress than you might think. Keep reading for the full story, and we’ll show you how to protect your bed and your beauty rest.

1. Disassemble the Bed Frame

A bed frame will be much easier to move if it is disassembled. Remove all of the screws, nuts and bolts and store them in a plastic bag. Tape the plastic bag to the headboard for safe keeping during your move.

2. Clean the Mattress

Over time, dust and debris can work its way into the fabric of your mattress. So, use a mild cleaner, such as an upholstery cleaner, to remove as much of this as possible. Here are two of the top-rated upholstery cleaners to use:

• Lysol
• Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Once the mattress has been cleaned, vacuum both sides to remove any leftover dirt, dust or hair.

3. Protect the Mattress

When moving and storing a mattress, it is important to utilize a mattress cover. A mattress cover will help to protect your mattress from dust, dirt and moisture during the move and while it is in storage.

4. Choose the Right Spot

Avoid keeping your mattress in any location that is damp. This means that the basement, attic and garage are not good storage locations for your mattress. In order to protect the springs and frame of your mattress during storage, store it flat. If you store it on its side, springs can shift and become warped. Never place items on top of your mattress while it is in storage. Overtime, the weight of those items can damage the springs.

How to Store a Box Spring

A box spring should be stored in a similar fashion as a mattress. Use a mattress cover to protect it during the move and while in storage. Avoid placing items on top of the box springs while it is being stored.

Storage World Has Storage Facilities in the Atlanta, GA Area!

Are you interested in renting a storage unit to store your mattress, box spring and bed? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA, Stockbridge, GA, Decatur, GA and Panthersville, GA, ready to meet your storage needs. Our self storage units range from the 5×10 storage unit to 15×30 storage unit. Contact us to rent a self storage unit today!


2018 Earth Day Events in the Atlanta, GA Area


Volunteers helping to plant a tree for Earth DaySince 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated every year on April 22nd. This day is designated to educating the public about environmental issues, as well as a day of service to better our environment. Are you interested in learning more about how you can get in on the Earth Day action in Atlanta, GA? Keep reading for five educational and fun Earth Day events you can get involved with in Atlanta!

Local Earth Day Events Near Atlanta, GA

Earth Day Celebration by Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Celebrate the Earth by spending the day outside at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve! This event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and feature yoga, planting events, forest walks, a local artist market, a honey bee hive inspection, trail tours and so much more! Don’t miss out, register today!

Earth Day Yoga: Mindfulness + Sustainability

On Sunday April 22nd from 11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Indigo Yoga will be hosting a special Earth Day yoga class! The class will be held on the patio at Kiwi Vintage. The focus of this meditation will be around living a sustainable life. Tickets are available online!

Earth Day Sunday Dinner

Celebrate Earth Day this year by having a full plant-based meal at The Family Vegan! The menu will include appetizers, entrees, side dishes, dessert and beverages and Earth Day conversation!

Earth Day Festival at Vine City Park

The Earth Day Festival at Vine City Park will take place on Sunday April 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The goal of this festival is to be inclusive, engaging and empowering. The festival will feature an educational exhibit from City of Atlanta Watershed, a renewable energy and home savings exhibit, a gardening and healthy eating exhibit, entertainment, vendors and so much more!

Georgia Tech Earth Day

On Friday April 20th, Georgia Tech will be throwing an Earth Day celebration of their own. This annual event is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the southeast and will feature over 70 exhibitors, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, live music and ecologically friendly giveaways!

Storage World in the Local Atlanta, GA Community

We strive to support the activities and events surrounding our local storage facilities. Storage World has storage facilities in Panthersville and Decatur, GA near Atlanta, GA. Our storage units range in sizes from the 5×5 storage unit, to the 5×10 storage unit and 10×10 storage unit. Are you interested in renting a storage unit with Storage World? Contact us to rent a storage unit today!


The Top Tips for Hosting an Airbnb in Atlanta, GA


Woman in Doorway Greeting her Airbnb GuestsHave you heard of Airbnb? Probably. It’s a way to travel around the world and stay in interesting and nice locations for cheap. So, what’s the concept? Well, if a homeowner or renter has an extra bedroom or set of bedrooms, they can rent them out to travelers for extra money. This is a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel and tends to give you more bang for your buck over staying in a motel.

For homeowners in Atlanta, GA who are looking to make a bit of cash while you’re away from home, Airbnb is for you. Atlanta, GA is home to the busiest airport in the world. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sees millions of passengers pass through its gates every year, and many Atlanta, GA Airbnb hosts have already reaped the benefits of hosting visitors. According to Lifestyle Management Group, a good Airbnb host in Atlanta, GA can expect to stay booked for 125-150 nights a year. With the average rate for a night in Atlanta costing between $96 and $466 dollars, an Airbnb host can expect to earn between $12,760 and $32,333 a year.

So, what does it take to be a good Airbnb host in Atlanta, GA? Keep reading and you will find out!

Airbnb Atlanta Tips

  1. Keep Your Home Clean: By no means do your guests expect to be staying in a 5-star hotel, but they do expect to have clean living quarters. It is essential that you either thoroughly clean between every stay or hire someone to do the cleaning. Bad reviews on your page can lead to a decrease in the amount of people looking to book your home.
  2. Be Hospitable: Personal touches go a long way. Leave a welcome basket out for your guests. In the basket put snacks, fruit, beverages and other small items.
  3. Be a Resource: Your guests are likely new to the area, or at the very least, not as familiar with it as a local is. Offer recommendations for restaurants, sites and other cool locations. Giving your travelers tips can go a long way to make their trip a successful one. In your initial contact, ask questions like, “what brings you to the city?” or “what are you looking forward to the most about the city?”. This way you’ll be able to offer them recommendations based on their interests.
  4. Be Honest: A sure way to get a negative guest review and experience is to embellish or not be honest when describing your home and neighborhood. Include a list of house rules on your profile. For example, if you allow guests, provide free Wi-Fi and state if smoking is permitted. Additionally, when communicating with and accepting money from a customer, only do it on the Airbnb app.

Nearby Storage Units for Airbnb in Decatur, GA

If your home is messy and cluttered, don’t be surprised if you receive negative reviews from guests. Decluttering for an Airbnb guest can be difficult because often times spare rooms are used to store seasonal or extra items. If you have some items you want to hold onto, but don’t necessarily have room for in your home, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental will allow you to hold onto your possessions, while still keeping your home clutter-free for your guests.

Storage World has a storage facility in Decatur, GA, only 20 minutes from Atlanta, GA. Our nearby Atlanta, GA, storage facility has storage units ranging from the 5×5 storage unit to the 15×30 storage unit, perfect for any sized storage need. If you are storing more sensitive items, consider a self storage unit that can control the climate. To learn more about our self storage unit rentals, contact us today!


Staging a House: 5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home


A living room area of a home staged for an open houseWhen done properly, home staging can help your home sell faster. Home staging involves arranging a home in a certain way to make it appealing to more buyers. Home staging can be a lot of work, but when you do it right, your hard work will pay off.

The Home Staging Tips You Should Follow

  1. Declutter Your Home: No matter how much work you put into staging your home, it won’t appeal to potential buyers if it is too cluttered. Taking the time to declutter your home will go a long way to make it look neater and more organized. When staging your home, you have to remind yourself that when someone moves to a new house, they are looking for a new start. If their new start looks like it’s going to be just as cluttered and disorganized as their last home, they will not be interested.
  2. Space Your Furniture Strategically Around the Room: While many people think that pushing the furniture up against the wall creates a more open layout, this isn’t always the best option. Your goal with home staging is to create a room and home that someone could see themselves living in. Put your furniture into groups so when a potential buyer enters the home they will clearly know where conversation will be held. Moving the furniture away from the walls also helps to create a clear flow of traffic throughout the room.
  3. Don’t be Afraid to Change Your Home: A color, design or decoration that worked for you may not work for the average home buyer. While it can be painful to change up your home, doing so can make it more attractive to potential buyers. When deciding what to change in a room, try to view it from the perspective of a potential buyer.
  4. Use Proper Lighting: Many homes do not have enough lighting in them. A proper amount of lighting creates a warm, welcome and happy environment. For best results, use both overhead and table or wall lighting.
  5. Finish Up all Unfinished Projects: As a homeowner, it’s easy to start a project that quickly falls off your priorities list. Has your bathroom been only half-renovated for the last three months? Take the time to finish it. Before staging a home, wrap up any unfinished projects. Any potential buyer will only see these projects as something they’ll have to invest in and complete later. Additionally, the potential buyer may also see it is an opportunity to negotiate for a lower price on your home.

Storage World is Your Home Staging Storage Solution

Decluttering a home with the intent of staging it is no easy task. Typical storage locations like closets, the basement and the garage are not good storage locations because the customer will be touring these areas. Instead, consider renting a storage unit to help with decluttering. A storage unit is a smart storage solution for decluttering your home because not only does it let you store your items out of sight of the potential buyers, it also lets you start moving items out of your house early. This can save you valuable time when you move out of your house.

Storage World has local storage units throughout Jonesboro, Stockbridge and Decatur, GA ready to meet your storage needs! We offer various self storage specials, making a storage unit rental with Storage World the clear choice! Are you interested in learning more about a self storage unit rental? Contact one of our storage facilities today!


Getting Rid of Clutter: Throw Out These 8 Items


A stressed-out woman looking at the clutter in her homeDecluttering isn’t an easy task. Part of the reason people hold onto the items they no longer need is because they’re scared they will need them again. To help with this concern, we put together a list of the items that you should definitely get rid of when decluttering.

How to Get Rid of Clutter: Start with These Items

  1. Old Clothes: It’s hard to throw out clothes. Clothing can be expensive, and no matter how outdated the piece is, you remind yourself that it would be perfect for one particular event. This is not a good mindset to have, though, because it can lead to a very cluttered closet. Taking the time to comb through your closet and remove any items you haven’t warn in a while will result in a more organized closet.
  2. Old Medicine: Everyone’s medicine cabinet is filled with old prescriptions and outdated over the counter drugs that are no longer needed. If your medicine has expired, or you no longer need it, get rid of it. Not only is it not safe to have old medicine lying around, it also can result in some serious clutter. Be sure to follow DEA instructions when throwing out old medications.
  3. Mismatched Containers: Is your pantry and cupboards filled with mismatched containers you just can’t seem to find the lid to? Get rid of them. Recycle all lids that are recyclable and throw out the rest.
  4. Herbs, Spices Cans and Mixes You Never Use: If you have had cans of sweet potatoes in your cupboard for the past year and have not managed to use them, get rid of them. Items that have not expired can be donated to a local donation center or shelter.
  5. Old Trophies and Awards: If the award or trophy means something to you, skip this tip. If you still have your participation trophy from your 3rd grade soccer team, consider getting rid of it.
  6. Old Baby Items: If you’re done having kids, get rid of any unsentimental old toys, clothes and other baby items. These items can also be donated to a donation center or shelter.
  7. Old Receipts: Do you still have old receipts lying around from items you kept? Unless the receipt is needed for taxation purposes, or contains a warranty, get rid of your old receipts.
  8. Old Technology: What do we do when we get new technology to replace old technology? Well we hold onto the old technology just in case something happens to the new item. If you have had your new device for a year and haven’t had any issues with the performance, get rid of the old technology. This will help to clear up extra storage space.

A Storage Unit Rental Can Help with Decluttering

Some items may not be as easy to get rid of as the items listed above. If there are a few items that you want out of your home but are unable to fully part with the quite yet, consider storing them in a self storage unit. Storage World has storage units in Stockbridge, Jonesboro and Decatur, ready to meet your storage needs. Our storage units range in sizes from small storage units to large storage units, perfect for any sized storage needs. Our self storage specials makes a storage rental with Storage World easy and affordable. Contact one of our self storage facilities today!


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