The Top Tips for Renovating an Attic into Living Space


A man renovating attic space installs insulation into the ceiling Most homeowners are not taking full advantage of their attic space. This area is often used as a catch-all for old paint cans, tools, old yearbooks and other long-forgotten items. But with a little work, your attic can be more than just a drop spot for unwanted items.

The Atlanta, GA area is a hotspot for tourists. Extra rooms in your home can easily be rented on Airbnb or another rental site and help give you extra income. Before renovating your attic into a new room, check out these 5 tips!

How to Turn an Attic into a Room

  1. Check with the Building Codes
    Before going full-force on attic renovations, it is important to determine if your attic can handle being renovated. Some areas in your attic may not be able to support weight. Additionally, it is important to understand which walls are weight bearing. Before renovating your attic, have a professional inspect the structure to determine if it is safe.
  2. Have a Plan
    When it comes to renovating an obtusely shaped room, the last thing you want to do is to start renovating without putting a plan into place. Have a rough estimate of where you want the bed, bathroom, cupboards and any other large items to go.
  3. Extend Systems into Your Attic
    This step is optional, based on your intent with the attic space. If you want the space to be livable, you’ll have to extend the electrical, plumbing and HVAC system into the attic. When adding in these systems, it is best to contact a professional. A professional can help to determine any limitations of the system.
  4. Make Best Use of Space
    You will more than likely be short on space in this renovation. Additionally, finding furniture that will fit the room will be a very difficult task and will ultimately take up too much room. The best way to make use of all space is to build storage into the walls. Conserve space by building closets, cupboards and drawers into the wall.
  5. Make the Space Look Bigger with Windows
    According to most building codes, every room has to have at least one easily accessible window. When renovating your attic, consider adding more windows. This will help to open the space and make it appear bigger.

Storage World Has Attic and Household Storage Solutions

Now that you have decided to renovate your attic and put the space to use, you’re tasked with the problem of finding a location to store the items that were once stored there. If the items were initially stored in your attic, you most likely don’t need or want them cluttering your home. If the items have sentimental value or you simply are not ready to part with them, consider a storage unit rental with Storage World. Storage World has 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 traditional and climate controlled storage unit rentals in the Atlanta, GA area. Reserve your storage unit rental today!


Atlanta Oktoberfest and Fall Festivals


Kids enjoy a 2018 Atlanta fall festivalFall is the season for enjoying apple cider, picking pumpkins, spooky Halloween costumes and spending the day at fall festivals. If you’re looking for fall festivals and Oktoberfest celebrations in the Atlanta area, look no further! We compiled a list of some of the best fall festivals and Oktoberfest celebrations in the Atlanta area. Check them out!

Atlanta Oktoberfest 2018

Der Biergarten

October 6th
Prior to all of the Oktoberfest festivities, there will be a 5K Oktoberfest fun run! Participants will receive a t-shirt, refreshments and a certificate. Stick around after the race for an Oktoberfest party in the heart of downtown Atlanta! This Oktoberfest celebration will include 18 different German beers, bratwursts and live music and entertainment.

Oktoberfest Atlanta

October 12th – October 14th
Oktoberfest Atlanta is Atlanta’s biggest German-themed party. This event will feature 4 Oktoberfest style tents, beer, bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels, German polka music, games and entertainment. Tickets to the festival include a souvenir beer stein.

2018 Atlanta Fall Festivals

Fall Fest in Candler Park

September 29th-30th
The Fall Fest in Candler Park is a can’t-miss two-day event. The festival will include an Artist Market with work from over 200 artists and vendors and food from popular food trucks. There will a special section for kids at this event, called Kidlandia. Kidlandia will have a carnival-like atmosphere with rides, live shows and yummy treats. The Fall Fest will also include a 5K, Fun Run and live entertainment.

Fall Folklife Festival

September 22nd
The Fall Folklife Festival focuses on the barbecue traditions of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans. There will be hands on demonstrations exploring traditional Southern crafts, like corn husk dolls, blacksmithing, pottery and candle dipping. Visitors can also take in the sounds of Georgia folk music and enjoy the fall foliage at the Goizueta Gardens.

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

October 20th
The Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade puts a wacky spin on a traditional Halloween festival. It includes live entertainment, an artist market, food vendors and a parade. If you attend the event, you will see outrageous costumes, over-the-top floats and a Halloween-themed marching band.

Storage World Has Seasonal Storage Solutions

There’s nothing like decorating your home for fall. Festive lights, leaf décor and Halloween decorations add a nice seasonal touch to the home. But, what do you do with your items once fall is over? When you rent a storage unit for seasonal storage, you can easily store your fall items until they are needed next year. A storage unit rental for seasonal items also allows you to seamlessly transition through the seasons. Storage World has 5×5 and 5×10 storage units near Atlanta in Jonesboro, GA, Stockbridge, GA, Decatur, GA and Panthersville, GA, perfect for seasonal storage. Reserve your storage unit today!


Hiking Near Atlanta, GA


A family enjoys a trip hiking near AtlantaThere are many awesome things to do in Atlanta, GA. But, there may be some days where you want to get out of the city and spend the day outdoors. Read this post for some of the best hiking spots near Atlanta, GA!

The 5 Best Hiking Spots in Atlanta, GA

Whether you’re looking to get away from the city for a few hours, or spend a weekend outdoors, these hiking trails near Atlanta, GA are sure to please. Check them out!

1. Arabia Mountain Top Trail

Arabia Mountain Top Trail is located just 30 minutes from Midtown Atlanta. When you hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail, you will see both the Arabia Lake and Arabia Mountain’s scenic summit. This trail is safe for both beginners and kids.

2. Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Trail

The Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Trail is a relatively moderate 4-mile trek. The summit of Sawnee Mountain has one of the best views in North Georgia, overlooking the North Georgia mountains. This trail is only part of the 900-acre stretch of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve.

3. Sope Creek Trail

Sope Creek Trail is one of the most popular parks in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. On this hike, you will see the ruins of a stacked stone paper mill from the Civil War era. The once functioning paper-mill now looks like the ruins of an ancient castle.

4. East Palisades Trail at the Chattahoochee River

When you hike the East Palisades Trail at the Chattahoochee River, you will be treated to some of the most scenic views of the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta area! The trail follows along the Chattahoochee River and leads you through a bamboo forest. This area is also popular for kayakers.

5. Pine Mountain Trail near Cartersville, Georgia

Not only is the hike along the Pine Mountain Trail breathtaking, so is the drive up. The trail offers a gorgeous view of Lake Allatoona, Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain. The trail is around 4.5 miles long and is rated as relatively moderate. Along this trail, you can expect to see forests, streams and large granite outcrops. This trail is also dog-friendly.

Storage World Has Outdoor Storage Solutions

Storage World has storage facilities in Stockbridge, Jonesboro and Decatur, GA, nearby Atlanta, GA. If you live in Atlanta, GA, you may not have the space you need to store your outdoor items, like tents, hiking equipment and kayaks. If this is the case, consider a storage unit rental with Storage World. Storage World has 5×5 and 5×10 storage units, ideal for the storage of outdoor items. Stop by one of our storage facilities or contact us to rent a storage unit today!


Georgia Campgrounds: Camping Near Atlanta


A family enjoys camping near Atlanta, GAThere are many great campsites around the Atlanta area. A camping weekend is a great way to get a breath of fresh air away from the city. Camping near Atlanta, GA is also a smart way for tourists to see the city while minimizing the expenses of finding a place to sleep. Whether you are an Atlanta local looking to escape the city, or an Atlanta tourist planning to see the city, check out these campgrounds nearby Atlanta, GA!

Camping Near Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park has many camping options. Visitors can rent the tent sites, safari tent sites, RV sites and yurt sites. There are even RV rental sites available, for those that want to enjoy the pleasures of RV camping without having to own a RV. Stone Mountain Park has a large number of attractive amenities, including grills, free Wi-Fi and cable, a general store, swimming pool, playground and volleyball court. There are a variety of campground packages available, making camping at Stone Mountain Park an affordable family vacation.

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park has both campsites and yurts available. Amenities in and around the campground include: boat rentals, canoeing, fishing, hikes and a nature overlook. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is also near Sweetwater Creek State Park. Campsite reservations can be done online or by contacting the park.

Atlanta RV Parks

Atlanta South RV Resort
The Atlanta South RV Resort has more than just an RV campsite, it also has tent and cabin camping. This campsite has a pool, recreation room, playground and internet access. It also in conveniently located nearby Six Flags and Downtown Atlanta.

The Beautiful Rock Campground, RV and Music Park
The Beautiful Rock, RV and Music Park has tent camping, cabin camping and RV camping options. The tent and RV camping options have electric hook-up options for the convenience of visitors. This campsite is different from traditional campgrounds, and is also the home of Bluegrass festivals, events and weddings. The well-known “Silver Comet Trail” is a favorite of hikers and cyclists alike.

Storage World Has Storage Facilities Near Atlanta, GA

Once your big camping trip is over, it is important to properly store your camping gear to keep it in the best shape possible for your next trip. If you’re looking for a location to store your camping gear, consider a storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit rental will maintain a steady temperature ideal for storing camping supplies. Storage World has storage facilities near Atlanta, GA, in Jonesboro, GA, Stockbridge, GA, Decatur, GA and Panthersville, GA. Our Jonesboro and Stockbridge storage facilities also have RV storage options. Stop by or contact one of our storage facilities today!


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!

Moving into an Apartment Checklist

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!


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