How to Store a Bicycle During the Winter or Off-Season


Dad and young son clean and prepare a bicycle for storage over the winterRiding a bike is not only a great form of exercise, it is also a great way to see the beautiful early fall foliage all throughout Georgia. The gorgeous leaves, corn fields and weather that fall brings is entirely unique from any other season. Unfortunately, fall is also the time to think about storing your bicycle during the winter months.
Follow these bicycle storage tips to keep your bicycle in the best shape for your next season of summer rides:

1. Clean Your Bike
2. Inspect Your Bike Frame
3. Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains
4. Inflate Your Tires
5. Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location

Bicycle Storage Solutions and Tips Even the Pros Can Use

  1. Clean Your Bike: Before storing your bike, it is important to ensure it is clean. Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt and dust from the frame. Next, take a cloth and run it over the frame of your bike removing any spots the brush may have missed.
  2. Inspect Your Bike Frame: If left untreated, a bike frame that is already damaged before going into storage, may have further damage after being removed from storage. Take the time to look for any rust, cracks or damage to the metal. If you notice signs of damage, take care of it before placing your bike into storage.
  3. Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains: Lubricate the cables on your bicycle to prevent any rust from forming during the winter months. Clean and lubricate your chain to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated during your long bike rides.
  4. Inflate Your Tires: If you are storing your bicycle standing on its wheels, be sure to properly inflate the tires before storage. Over time, the weight of the bike can cause dead spots to form on your tires, making them unusable. The best way to fight this is to ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  5. Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location: When storing your bicycle, take into account the items that are located around the bicycle. If you store your bicycle in your garage, is it possible that a shelf or heavy power tool may fall on it? Take care to store your bicycle away from potentially hazardous items. If you’re concerned about the hazardous items you have on the floor of your garage, consider hanging your bicycle from the ceiling using bike hooks. Another issue bicycle owners may come across is thieves. Bicycles can also be worth a great deal of money, and can be seen as an appealing snatch for a thief. When storing your bicycle, store it in a secure location and out of the eyes of thieves.

Are you Looking for Somewhere to Store Your Bike During the Off-Season?

If you’re in need of a place to store your bicycle during the off-season, consider renting a storage unit! Storage World has storage units ranging in sizes from 5X5 to 10X30, perfect for storing anywhere from one bike to a whole fleet of bikes. Our storage units are monitored using a 24/7 camera monitoring system, so you can rest easy knowing your bicycle is under surveillance. Find a Storage World location near you or contact us today!


DIY Cardboard Projects for a More Creative and Organized Home


A young dad completes a DIY cardboard project to turn an old cardboard box into a car.Cardboard boxes are a cost-efficient and sturdy way to transport items from one location to another. If you have recently moved, you may be living in a sea of cardboard boxes. Instead of tossing out those cardboard boxes, consider the following DIY cardboard projects to create fun toys for your kids or handy storage containers. This is an environmentally friendly way to save money and create memories with your family!

DIY Cardboard Organizer and Storage System

A problem faced by many homeowners and renters is the lack of storage space in their homes, leading to clutter and stress. Consider turning an old cardboard box into a DIY storage masterpiece.

DIY Cardboard Drawer Divider
There’s nothing more frustrating than when you can’t find something in a drawer. If it’s a drawer you use often, like a sock drawer, imagine how much time you would save by just organizing the drawer! Create this easy drawer divider and never have to dig for a pair of matching socks again!

DIY Cardboard Storage Shelves
If you’ve been trying to get your garage or basement organized to no avail, try creating this easy cardboard box storage system! This is a simple way to stay organized, and you can customize your storage system to be any size you need! Do you need storage in your living room or bedroom? Add a coat of faux wood grain paint and no one will ever know your storage system is made from cardboard!

DIY Cardboard Home Décor

Decorating every room in a new house is neither easy nor inexpensive. Create these unique cardboard home décor pieces and spend less time shopping, and more time with your family!

DIY Faux Cardboard Letters
Walls in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms across America are decorated with trendy letters spelling words such as “Love” and “Eat.” This gorgeous look is equally trendy as it is expensive– if you go the traditional route of buying your letters in a store. Instead, consider creating faux metal letters from old cardboard boxes, papier mache and paint!

DIY Cardboard Light Fixture
Light fixtures are necessary in a room to create a completed look, but can be expensive. Consider saving time and creating a unique look for your room by making a pendant light out of an old cardboard box! This will create a modern look for your room, without you having to pay the price for a unique light fixture!

DIY Cardboard Toys

Playtime is important for the cognitive growth of a child. However, toys can be expensive and it is surprising how quickly kids outgrow them. Instead of buying new toys, try creating these toys out of old cardboard boxes!

Cardboard Box Race Track
Do you have a little racecar lover in your life? Create this easy cardboard race track! Your kids will love customizing it with their name and favorite colors!

Cardboard Box Oven
Do you have a young, aspiring baker or chef living in your house? This DIY cardboard oven craft will be perfect for them! Your child will spend hours using their imagination to whip up creative feasts! And the best part is, many of the materials needed for this craft can be found around the house!

Do You Need Room to Empty Out Your Boxes?

Creating these wonderful cardboard box projects depends on having the room in your house to unload all your boxes! If you have moved recently and are tight on space, consider storing some of your items in a storage unit! A storage unit is a great place to store items you do not need right now, but still want to hold on to– like seasonal decorations or outdoor furniture. Find a self storage location close to home, or contact us with any questions regarding a storage unit rental!


What to Store and What Not to Store in a Storage Unit


A man lovingly holds up the pet snake he is unable to store in a storage unitWhile we will happily store most items, there are a few particular items we are unable to store. Whether for your own safety, the safety of your items or the safety of the storage units around you, becoming familiar with our list of storage prohibited items will result in a better storage experience for everyone.

Storage Prohibited Items

Can I Store My Pet Snake?

We will gladly store any stuffed-animal snakes laying around your home, but we are unable to store the living snake that grew too big to live in your apartment. Besides, it would be cruel to store any living creature in a storage unit for a variety of reasons that should be obvious to most people. Not to mention, living animals and plants will also attract pests and vermin, which could result in damage to the other items in your storage unit, as well as the storage units surrounding you.

Can I Store My Leftover Fireworks from the Fourth of July?

We are unable to store any explosives, flammables or toxic/hazardous materials. Examples of materials that can’t be stored in a storage unit are fertilizers, paint, gas, kerosene lamps, chemicals and grease. These items require special storage considerations that may not be possible in a standard self storage unit. For your safety as well as the safety of those around you, it is prohibited to store these dangerous items in a storage unit. And yes, that even means your awesome stockpile of fireworks.

Can I Store Food in Case of a Zombie Apocalypse?

Food is prohibited from being stored in a storage unit. This goes for pet food, rawhides and treats as well. These food items may attract rodents and other pests, not only ruining the food itself but possibly your other belongings. Storing food in your storage unit isn’t just bad news for you, it may even be bad for your neighbors. Especially if those pests decide to infiltrate nearby units. Might we suggest storing your zombie apocalypse survival kit somewhere in your home?

Is Storing Guns in a Storage Unit Prohibited?

Guns and gun powder are prohibited from being stored in a storage unit. Due to the fact that gun powder is an explosive, it would not be safe to store it in your storage unit.

Can I Stash my Stolen Goods?

This should go without saying, but it is illegal to store stolen goods in a storage unit. If an item stored in a storage unit is found to be a stolen item, Storage World is not responsible for that item.

What Items to Store in a Storage Unit

While there are some items that are prohibited from being stored in a storage unit, there are far more items that are allowed to be stored. Items commonly stored in storage units include clothes, toys, seasonal decorations, office supplies and appliances. If you need storage for delicate items, such as wine, leather wooden furniture, electronics or musical instruments, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit.

Are Your Items Safe to be Stored in a Storage Unit?

Do you have further questions about what items are allowed to be stored in a storage unit? Contact us! Our friendly staff is always available to answer questions. An understanding of the items that are allowed to be stored in a storage unit, as well as the items that aren’t allowed, is mutually beneficial for everyone.


First Time Storage Rental Tips and Storage Advice


Desperate women standing by messy couch considers renting a storage unit for the first time.As with anything new, renting a storage unit for the first time may seem intimidating. Once you know what to expect, the process will seem much less daunting. Before renting a storage unit, check out these tips to help you get the most out of your investment!

What is the Cost of a Storage Unit?

The price of a storage unit rental is dependent on both the size and type of the storage unit you decide to get. A small, regular storage unit is less expensive than a small, climate controlled storage unit. As the size of the storage unit increases, the price also increases.

How Much Storage is Needed?

The first step in renting a storage unit is determining how much storage space you need. To make space estimates as accurate as possible, we offer a storage unit calculator to assist you. If you later decide that more storage is needed, you can rest easy knowing we offer month-to-month rental options so you are not locked into a long-term contract.

How to Choose Your Storage Unit Facility

Once you determine how much storage space you needed, it’s time to decide what type of storage unit makes the most sense. Depending on the items you are storing as well as the length of time you plan to rent, you may benefit from choosing a climate controlled storage unit. If you are storing items that could be damaged by fluctuations in temperature, a climate controlled storage unit is recommended. Examples of items put in a climate controlled unit include wooden or leather furniture, wine, pictures and electronics.
Over time, the humid and muggy Georgia air can damage the items stored in a regular storage unit. If you are storing your items for an extended period, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will be your best defense in combatting fluctuations in temperature.

What Safety and Security Features Should You Look for?

As someone who has never rented a storage unit before, we understand your concerns about the safety of your storage unit. At Storage World, we take pride in offering secure storage units to our customers. Every facility is encompassed by a security gate that can only be entered by punching in a personal code. We have 24/7 surveillance cameras, weather-proof disk locks, ample lighting and an alarm system that will send out an immediate alert if a storage unit is entered without permission. For additional questions regarding the safety of your storage units and security options available, contact us.

Do you Have Further Questions Regarding Renting a Storage Unit?

With three locations throughout Georgia, Storage World is ready to assist you with any storage needs. We offer various sized moving boxes and packing supplies, along with a storage solution fit for your unique situation. Contact us! Our expert storage team is ready to help answer your questions today.


Why are People Moving to Georgia?


The Atlanta skyline at nightGeorgia’s population has been growing. According to AJC, in 2016 Georgia’s population increased by the 7th highest amount in the United States. Whether you move to Georgia for the beaches, unique cities or weather, Georgia has something for everyone.

Top 7 Reasons to Move to Georgia 

  1. Weather: Mild winters and hot, tropical summers make Georgia an attractive place to live. The state sees an above average rainfall every year, resulting in gorgeous parks and flora throughout the state.
  2. Beaches: Partly encompassed by the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia is outlined with gorgeous beaches. Georgia is the home to Tybee Island, St. Simons, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island. Tybee Island is a popular film location, as Baywatch and the Last Song were shot on this beautiful island.
  3. Low Cost of Living: According to Sperling’s Best Places, Georgia has a relatively low cost of living as compared to average states in the United States. A one-bedroom apartment in Georgia would cost on average $716, while elsewhere in the United States it would cost about $825.
  4. History: Georgia is dripping with American history. Anderson Prison, Battle of Pickett’s Mill Fort McAllister, Fort Pulaski and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus are all located in Georgia. Thousands of tourists and history buffs alike enjoy visiting these historic sites to learn more about our American history.
  5. Savannah, GA: Millions of visitors flock to Savannah every year to experience this historic city. Whether you are coming for the food, the aquarium, beer tasting or sites, Savannah is sure to have something to please you. As one of the most haunted places in America, Savannah offers various ghost tours to tourists. Savannah is also the home of a 1920’s style speakeasy. To get into Mata Hari’s you must have a key.
  6. Atlanta: The city of Atlanta is booming. According to Penske Top Moving Destinations, Atlanta, Georgia was the number 1 moving destination of 2016. Within recent years thousands of people have flocked to Atlanta to live. The city has a low cost of living making it a very desirable location. Atlanta, GA is home to many attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Fox Theater.
  7. Fortune 500 Companies: According to Atlanta Patch, in 2017, 17 Fortune 500 companies have called Georgia home. Seeing the opportunity for jobs, people have clustered in Georgia, or mainly Atlanta, to get a chance to work for one of these ginormous powerhouse companies.

Have you Recently Moved to Georgia or are Planning to Move?

Whether you moved to Georgia for the weather, low cost of living or to be close to a unique city, Storage World has a storage solution to help you. Stop in and visit one of our locations today!


Where to Take Used Toys to Declutter the Home


Toys in a box ready to be donated, sold or stored

If you have kids, you probably understand the toy struggle. Kids always want the new and exciting toys, sometimes unwilling to play with their older toys. If you have too many toys and are wondering what to do with used toys, consider selling, donating or storing them.

What to Do with Old Toys

Try not to Throw Out Used Toys: Unless a toy is broken or damaged, try not throw it out. While simply tossing out a toy may seem like a quick and let’s face it, tempting solution to get them out of your house, instead consider:

  • Storing Used Toys
  • Donating Used Toys
  • Selling Used Toys

Store Used Toys: Toys have sentimental memories. Instead of throwing them out, store them for the future generations. If you or someone you know is planning on having kids later on, consider storing your used toys. Storing toys is an environmentally friendly way to get the toys, and the clutter, out of your house. Also, depending on the cost and kind of toy, storing your toys for later on, as opposed to throwing them out, will save you a great deal of money. If you are planning on storing toys for a long period of time, or are storing expensive electronic or wooden toys, consider a climate controlled storage unit. Over time, the Georgia summer heat may wreak havoc!

Donate Used Toys: Kids need toys. Toys spark creativity and growth. Instead of throwing out old toys, consider donating used toys to a charity. Charities looking to help kids will give your used toys to kids in orphanages, foster care, or even just to families who can’t afford to buy toys. Donating items can also be written off on your taxes, provided that it’s a qualifying charity and you kept your receipts. Donating toys can also be a valuable lesson to kids, teaching them to be selfless whenever possible to help others.

Sell Used Toys: If your child has too many toys, consider selling the toys to make room and money to buy new toys. Have your kids help set up a garage sale and tell them they can use whatever money they make from the sale to buy new toys. This will not only help to declutter your home, as an added bonus it will also help teach your kids learn financial responsibility.

If You Aren’t Ready to Donate Used Toys Quite Yet, Store Them! 

If you are storing your toys for a long period of time, or are storing electronics or electrical toys, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit. Fluctuations in temperature can cause toys to rust, ruining the toy. Storage World has three locations in Georgia ready to help you with your storage needs. Contact us today!


Fourth of July Events in Atlanta, Georgia


Fourth of July weekend is drawing near, which means around the country people will be celebrating with friends and family at picnics, barbecues, pool parties, and of course, viewing some firework displays!

The tradition of celebrating our country’s independence dates all the way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, although it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1941. Today, the Fourth of July is considered one of our most important national holidays and is a symbol of patriotism.

Here’s a fun fact: it’s estimated that consumers spend over $600 million dollars on fireworks for the Fourth of July, with two-thirds of that going to backyard barbecues!

What to Do This Fourth of July in Atlanta

There are a wide variety of Fourth of July events in Atlanta to help you celebrate our country’s Independence Day. If you’re wondering how to spend the holiday in the area this year, here are a few ideas:
Fourth of July Events in Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration

On July 4, head to Centennial Olympic Park after 6pm for fun and entertainment for the whole family. This Fourth of July event in Atlanta features not only free music, but also the Southeast’s largest fireworks display!

East Pointe’s Salute to the Red, White & Blue Hometown Celebration

This fun-filled Fourth of July Atlanta event features activities the entire family will enjoy, with vendors and artist markets, a kids’ activity zone, entertainment, and delicious food and beverages. Plus, the evening is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display!

Red, White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Head to the Georgia Aquarium on July 3 for their Summer Beer Festival held in their magnificent OceansBallroom. You’ll enjoy unlimited beer, food, and live music while taking in over 500 aquatic species including beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. This event is for those 21 and over, and don’t forget to arrange for safe transportation home.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain
 From July 1-4, Stone Mountain Park will host their annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration, which was votedthe “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers. You’ll also get toexperience the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, an amazing show that features the base ofthe 825 foot mountain shining up like fingers of light.
 

Callaway Gardens 4th of July Beach Party Callaway Gardens holds a Fourth of July event in Atlanta that starts early in the day and lasts well into the evening hours at Robin Lake Beach. Wear your red, white and blue gear and get ready to enjoy anentire day’s worth of live music, beach activities and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza!

Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square

For over 50 years, Lenox Square has been celebrating the Fourth of July in Atlanta with activities for the whole family, including musical entertainment, food concessions and a 15 minute show featuring over 10,000 fireworks!

Happy Fourth of July from Storage World!

Storage World would like to take a moment to say Happy Fourth of July to all our tenants of the past,present and future! We hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend! Remember, Storage World has three Atlanta self storage locations that can serve any of your residential or business storage needs!


Best Atlanta Bike Trails for Cycling Enthusiasts to Explore this Summer


This is the time of year for bicycles to be taken out of bike storage and prepared to ride through the many amazing bike trails in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Featured below are four bike riding destinations in Atlanta that many cyclists will be exploring this summer. The four Atlanta bike trails of focus for today are Silver Comet Trail, Big Creek Greenway, Stone Mountain PATH and Suwanee Greenway.

Atlanta Bike Trails

Silver Comet Trail

The Sliver Comet Trail begins at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East-West Connector in Smyrna, Georgia and runs all the way to the Alabama border. There, it meets the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama. A former rail line, the trail runs more than 60 miles through Atlanta forest, farmland, ravines and more before extending into Alabama. It features a gentle grade and scenic views all along the way and is a great destination for bike riding in Atlanta.

Big Creek Greenway

The Big Creek Greenway is a flat, winding trail with plenty of shade and is divided into two sections. The southern portion (Roswell/Alpharetta section) runs parallel to North Point Parkway. The northern portion, which begins north of Webb bridge, extends south 8.6 miles to a parking lot at Big Creek Park off Old Alabama Road near Holcomb Bridge Road in Fulton County. It is one of the best bike paths Atlanta offers, and with YMCA facilities along the way it can be a great pick for the whole family.

Stone Mountain PATH

The Stone Mountain Trail begins with the John Portman Cycle Track at Centennial Olympic Park. Then, this Atlanta bike trail continues across Piedmont Ave in downtown Atlanta, along the Freedom Parkway trail and ends at the loop around Stone Mountain. The 19-mile-long trail does require on-street travel for almost four miles, in Candler Park and through Clarkston. The trail connects downtown Atlanta to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Historic site, the Carter Center, Fernbank History Center, downtown Decatur, Stone Mountain Village, and Stone Mountain Memorial Park.

Suwanee Greenway

The multi-use Suwanee Creek Greenway offers a great bike riding experience in Atlanta. This bike path extends four miles along Suwanee Creek through forest and wetlands, with bike paths offering mostly solid surface for cyclists throughout. The greenway connects 400 acres of parkland with residential and commercial areas. Bike Riders in Atlanta can begin this trail at George Pierce Park on the northern end of Suwanee Creek Park at the southern end and pass through Martin Farm Park.

Store Your Bicycles with Storage World

Storage World is a self-storage company with storage locations throughout the Atlanta, GA area. We are ready to meet any of your bike storage, household or business storage needs! Visit your nearest Storage World location today or contact us for more information.


Bicycle Storage Tips for Atlanta Cyclists


Bicycle storage best practices will keep your bike in excellent condition throughout the year. To kick-start your bicycle storage, we’re offering the top bike storage tips that cycling enthusiasts need to ensure their bikes are safe, secure and peddling further through Atlanta this summer. Those bicycle storage tips include cleaning your bicycle before storing, avoiding garage storage, storing bicycles together and placing your bikes in a self-storage unit.

Clean Bicycles Before Storage

Before placing a bike in storage, it’s important to thoroughly clean the bicycle. Take a few minutes to wipe and polish the frame, reflectors, handle bars and seat. Use a brush to remove any mud and grit from the wheels, joints and brakes, and then you’re ready for bike storage. This will also help you prepare your bike for riding as soon as its removed from storage, and prevent the build-up of rust and grime.

Beware of Bike Storage Near Cars and Tools

Cars, snow blowers, shovels and tools that occupy the garage could become a damaging combination of items when stored with a bicycle. It only takes a simple bump from your car door to knock a nearby bicycle over, causing damage to any number of items. If you must use your garage for bicycle storage, consider hanging them from the ceiling with manufacturer-approved bike hooks. But if this can be avoided, we recommend keeping your bicycles out of the way of everyday items, and storing them in a shed. Or, if the riding seasons is over, there are a variety of self-storage units that could help during the winter months.

Keep Your Bicycles Stored Together

True biking enthusiasts have a stable of bicycles. From mountain bikes, to touring bikes and everything in between, there are specific bicycles designed for specific terrains. To help stay organized and get you on the road quicker, it’s best to store all bicycles together. Whether in a basement, shed, or self-storage unit, keeping all bikes together helps maintain their condition and prevents damage to the bike or other items while in storage.

Self-Storage Units for Bike Storage

Storing your bicycles in a self-storage unit will keep the chains and tires out of the elements, preventing rust or cracking. It will also help keep your garage organized. At Storage World, our storage facilities throughout Atlanta offer 24/7 access to your unit. This means that you will have the ability to grab your bike for that early morning ride as well as that late-night trek after work. Self-storage units also provide a more secure storage option, remaining locked at our storage facility until they need to be accessed.

Storage World offers self-storage specials, as well as household storage solutions, business, car and bicycle storage along with everything else that you need. Stop by one of our self-storage facilities in Atlanta today and speak with our customer service team to find the storage unit that’s right for you.


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