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 Clothing can be expensive, and no matter how outdated the piece is, you remind yourself that it would be perfect for one particular event.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 Old Medicine: Everyone’s medicine cabinet is filled with old prescriptions and outdated over the counter drugs that are no longer needed.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!

What Do I Need to File Taxes in 2018?

A woman gets ready to file her taxes Although it may seem hard to believe right now, soon enough spring will be here. With spring comes flowers, green grass, and unfortunately, tax season. Tax season can be a brutal time of the year even for the most organized and on-the-ball type person.

It is never too early to start preparing for tax season. Stay with us and you will learn what documents are needed to file your taxes as well as other need-to-know tax information!

What Documents Do I Need to File Taxes?

  1. W-2 Form: Your employer is required to give you a W-2 form that will show your wages and the taxes you paid throughout the year. If you had multiple employers, you will receive multiple W-2 forms.
  2. Social Security Number: When filing your taxes, you will have to have your social security number as well as the social security number of your spouse and dependents.
  3. Tax Credit Forms: There are some situations and expenses that can qualify for a tax credit. For example, education costs, childcare costs, adoption costs, medical expenses and charitable contributions may qualify you for a tax credit.
  4. 1099 Form: 1099 forms are filled out when you receive income from someone other than your employer. For example, someone who works as an independent contractor for a business would have to fill out a 1099 form. 1099 forms are also filled out when you withdraw from a taxable retirement account, receive a government payout or unemployment.
  5. The Tax Return from Your Previous Year: It may be helpful to have your tax return from your previous year in front of you when filing your taxes. This will not only help you save time, it can also help keep you from making mistakes. Don’t forget to update your current year tax return with any big events, like getting married, moving or having a kid.

Who Needs to File a Tax Return?

When determining if you need to file a tax return, there are a few factors you should take into account. These factors are your filing status, your age and your gross income. Before deciding not to file your taxes, consider consulting with a tax professional.

When is the Last Day to File Taxes?

This year, Tax Day falls on April 17th. Due to April 15th falling on a Sunday, and April 16th being a holiday, this is two days later than normal. To avoid getting charged a late penalty by the IRS, it is important to have your taxes filed before April 17th.

Storage World is Your Organization Expert

We strive to offer you the best tips for a more organized life. Are you tired of misplacing important personal papers and files needed for tax season? Consider renting a climate controlled storage unit for the storage of your personal documents. This is a great way to keep your items all in one secure location. Contact us today for more organization tips or to learn more about a storage unit rental with Storage World!

The Top Tips for Moving a Table

A dining room table before it is movedThere may come a time in your life when you are tasked with the project of moving or storing a dining room table. This can be a large project because dining room tables tend to be large, heavy and very expensive. Understanding how to properly move a dining room table will help to mitigate the chance of damage occurring during the move.

Moving a Table in 6 Simple Steps

Follow these tips to properly move your table!

  1. Clean the Table: Ensure the table and chairs are clean. Before you move your dining room table, be sure to dust and clean it with a manufacturer approved cleaner. This is especially important if you will be storing your table after moving it, as any leftover food or moisture on the table can turn to mold or mildew while it is in storage.
  2. Remove the Legs from the Table: Spread a blanket down on the floor and place the table upside down on top of it. The legs will either be attached to your table by bolts, screws or glue. If the legs are bolted or screwed to the table, use a tool to remove the legs. Place any loose parts like screws or bolts in a bag and tape them under the table. If the legs are attached to the table with glue, try to use a putty knife to break the bond. If you are unable to remove the legs from the table, thoroughly wrap them in bubble wrap to protect them during the transit.
  3. Wrap the Legs in a Protective Material: In order to prevent the legs of the table from getting dinged up during the transit, wrap them in a protective material. Secure the protective wrap using tape to prevent the wrapping from coming loose during the move.
  4. Remove the Table Extension: If the table has a leaf or table extension, remove it before moving the table. Wrap the extension in a moving blanket and secure it using tape. Use packing tape to secure the underside of the table and prevent it from opening while the table is being moved.
  5. Cover the Corners of the Table: Prevent the corners of the table from getting dinged up by folding cardboard around the corners of the table.
  6. Use a Dining Table Protector: Use blankets to protect the surface of the table. Make sure the entire surface is covered then secure it using tape.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Table

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 rental with Storage World the clear choice! Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental? Contact one of our storage facilities today!

2018 Home Organization New Year’s Resolutions

A young woman organizes her wardrobe for a more organized New YearDuring the early months of the New Year, is isn’t uncommon to make goals about the things you want to change in your life. Maybe they are wellness, fitness or financial goals, or maybe they are organization goals around the home. Try out these home organization tips for a more organized New Year!

Achieve Your 2018 Home Organization New Year’s Resolutions Using these Tips

  1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter! If you have too many items in your home, it can be impossible to organize it. Items that you no longer use should be given away, sold or thrown out. While items that aren’t used often, or are seasonal, should be stored somewhere out of sight. To prevent your home from becoming too cluttered in the future, try implementing a 1:1 rule. For every item you bring into your home, get rid of one item.
  2. Get Your Family in on the Fun: It can be hard to stay motivated when you are the only person trying to achieve the goal. Even worse than that, when it comes to organization goals, if your family members aren’t involved, they may make things worse by not doing their part to put items away. Motivate your family to help you achieve your home organization goals. Something as simple as a special dinner after each room gets organized can go a long way.
  3. Break Large Goals into Smaller Steps: When you view a large goal as a whole, it can be extremely overwhelming. You may also be more likely to give up your goal because you think there’s just no way you’re going to accomplish it. Taking the time to break down a goal will make it feel more manageable. For example, if your goal is to have a more organized home in 2018, view each room as its own project. Tackling the project room by room will make it seem like a much less of a daunting task, and can be more rewarding with each room you finish.
  4. Set Timely Goals: When your goal doesn’t have a timeline, it’s easy to put off making the changes. Setting a timely goal ensures you won’t put off making the necessary changes and can help you to stay motivated. For example, as an extension of the goal above, decide you want to organize one room in your household every month.
  5. Make Sure Your Goals are Realistic: Ideally, you may want to have your entire home organized by the end of January, but that just isn’t practical. Setting unrealistic goals can hinder your ability to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions. To increase your chances of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions, set realistic goals.

Do You Just Need More Space?

Sometimes we just need more space. If your home is too cluttered, it can prevent your organization goals from going as planned. At Storage World, we have a variety of storage unit sizes, ranging from the 5×5 storage rental to the 15×30 storage rental. Is cutting back on extra expenses another part of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? Storage World also has storage unit specials and promotions! Contact us today!

Wine Storage Tips to Safely Age Your Wine

Wine bottles stored on a wine rack The wildfires in California have resulted in a shortage in the supply of wine. In order to ensure their supply doesn’t run dry, many wine lovers have resorted to stocking up on their favorite selections. This means that it is now more important than ever to ensure you are storing your wine properly. If you are looking to store your wine temporarily or long-term in order to age it, follow these wine storage tips!

Why is it Necessary to Properly Store Wine?

Imagine spending time picking out the perfect bottle of wine, aging it in order to improve the flavor, and then discovering that at some point during the storage process, the wine had gone bad. The best way to prevent your wine from going bad is to ensure you are taking the necessary precautionary steps when storing it. Try out these wine storage tips!

Always Store Your Wine in the Dark

Any exposure of light to your wine will degrade the quality of your wine and can cause it to age prematurely. Store your wine in a dark room away from any sunlight, ultraviolet rays or windows. While it is equally as important to protect both your red and white wines from light, white wines are more susceptible to damage caused by light. Over time, red wines will also see a degradation in quality when they are exposed to light but it will take longer than white wines.

Consider Using a Wine Rack

When wine is exposed to air, it will oxidize. It is extremely important to keep the wine cork damp in order to prevent it from drying out and cracking, which can let air in. A wine rack or wine holder will angle a wine bottle on its side and keep the cork damp enough to prevent cracking. If the wine bottle does not have a cork and instead has a screw cap, plastic cork or glass top, it will not be necessary to store your wine bottle on its side.

Store Your Wine in a Dark Location

In order to prevent damage from occurring to your wine, it is important not to store it in a location that is too hot or too cold. Wine that is stored in a location that is too hot will age prematurely. The cork on a wine bottle that is stored in an area that is too cold will dry out which can result in the wine becoming exposed to air. To keep your wine from becoming damaged, ensure it is stored within a safe range of temperature.

Are You In Need of a Location to Store Your Wine?

If you’re in need of a location to store your wine, consider a storage unit that will control the environment. Storage World has locations in Stockbridge, Jonesboro and Decatur that are capable of controlling the environment in your storage unit. Additionally, all of our storage units are dark, creating the optimal condition for wine storage. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental at one of our storage facilities? Contact us today!

The Top Musical Instrument Storage Ideas

A man plays a musical instrument before placing it into storage in a storage unitMusical instruments can be extremely valuable, both monetarily and sentimentally. If you have to store your musical instrument, it is important to do so with care to avoid any damage coming to the instrument. Follow these tips for safe musical instrument storage!

The Best Tips for Storing a Musical Instrument

  1. Follow Manufacturer Approved Instructions: If the manufacturer specified any care or storage instructions, be sure to follow them. It is important to understand that all instruments require a different kind and level of care.
  2. Break Instruments Apart: Any instrument that can be broken down should be broken down. This will help to reduce pressure on the joints of the instrument and prevent it from cracking or breaking.
  3. Clean and Condition the Instrument: Before storing your musical instrument, make sure it is clean and ready to be stored. Take advantage of the musical instrument being broken down and clean all of the joints and parts that you aren’t normally attainable. To avoid scratching the instrument, only use a cloth that is intended to clean musical instruments. Be cautious to never use oil or rubbing alcohol on wooden instruments because it can damage the instrument. If you’re storing a guitar, violin or other stringed instrument, be sure to release the tension in the strings to prevent the instrument from cracking during storage. It is not necessary to adjust the strings in a piano, but after carefully cleaning it, be sure to apply a polish.
  4. Place Tissue Paper Between the Instrument’s Pads: In order to prevent moisture from causing the pads to stick to the instrument, place tissue paper between the instrument and pads. Over time, a pad that is stuck to an instrument can rip
  5. Store Instrument in Original Case: No matter what kind of instrument it is, make sure to store it in its original case. This will be the best way to prevent your instrument from becoming damaged.
  6. Be Cautious of Where You Store Your Instrument: It is important to store your instrument in a location free from moisture and fluctuations in temperature or humidity. An instrument that is exposed to fluctuations in temperature and humidity can crack or the finish can peel.
  7. Check on Your Instrument: If you are storing your instrument long term, make sure you check on it periodically. This will help to mitigate the chances of damage occurring to your instrument.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Musical Instrument?

A climate controlled storage unit is an ideal location for the storage of a musical instrument. Not only will storing your instrument in a climate controlled storage facility unit keep your instrument away from the dangers in fluctuation and humidity, it will also keep your instrument in a secure and out of the way location. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental at one of our storage facilities? Contact us today!

Common Storage Unit Myths Debunked

A sleuth investigating storage unit mythsThere are a lot of myths surrounding storage units. Some of them are entertaining, and some are downright terrifying. Although the truth may not be as entertaining as the myth, knowing the truth can make a storage unit rental much less scary.

Commons Myths About Storage Units

We decided to set the record straight about what a storage unit rental is really like. Below you will find some common storage myths that surround storage units as well as explanations as to why they are myths.

Storage Myth Number 1: A Storage Unit is Not Secure

This is simply not true. At Storage World, we take the security of your storage unit very seriously. Our storage facilities are surrounded by a gate that can only be accessed through a personal code. This not only keeps unauthorized personnel out, it ensures that the facility knows who has been inside any given day.

Storage Myth Number 2: A Storage Facility is Dark and Dreary

The storage units at Storage World have ample lighting. Properly lit storage units not only help deter crime, they also help reduce injury and provide an overall safe environment to our customers and workers.

Storage Myth Number 3: Storage Units are Gross and Dirty

We keep our storage units very clean to create an overall enjoyable storage experience. Clean storage units are not only beneficial to customers, our staff and business, they also help to deter vermin and the growth of mold and mildew.

Storage Myth Number 4: Storage Units are Expensive

At Storage World, we strive to offer competitive prices for our storage unit rentals. We also offer various promotions and even a free move in truck with a storage unit rental. We feel that offering competitive prices to our customers is a part of creating a good rental experience. Contact us with any questions about our storage rental promotions.

Storage Myth Number 5: A Storage Unit Rental is a Waste of Money

This is extremely circumstantial and not true in many instances. Sometimes you just need some extra storage space. Whether it’s during a move, to store seasonal or unneeded items, or because you want to use it for an unconventional reason a storage unit rental can be extremely beneficial. When a storage unit is used properly, it helps to create a more organized life. In many situations, the use of a storage unit reduced stress, saved time and improved daily organization.

Are You Looking for a Storage Unit Rental Near

Now that you understand what a storage unit is really like, you may be feeling a little different about a storage unit rental. Storage World has four storage locations throughout Georgia ready to meet your storage needs. If you still have additional questions regarding a storage unit rental, contact us to speak to one of our friendly representatives.

How to Store Antique Furniture

A business selling antique itemsTo someone who owns a piece of antique furniture, it most likely means more to them than a traditional piece of furniture. Antiques are commonly passed along generation to generation in a family and contain a rich history. If you are moving soon, making renovations or remodeling your home, you may be in a situation where you need to store your antique furniture. Safely store your antique furniture using these tips!

The Best Ways to Store Antique Furniture

  1. Disassemble all Removable Pieces: Before storing your antique furniture, disassemble any removable pieces. This is extremely important with long-term storage. Antique furniture is often weaker than normal furniture and overtime, the weight of heavy pieces can cause lower pieces to collapse.
  2. Do not Stack Your Furniture: As stated in the previous tip, antique furniture is normally far weaker than normal furniture. While it may seem like a smart space-saving solution, stacking antique furniture on top of other furniture can result in the furniture falling or getting crushed under the weight.
  3. Don’t Go Overboard on the Plastic Wrap: Plastic wrap is a good solution to protect furniture from damage caused by dust settling on it. It is important to use plastic wrap sparingly though, as it can prevent furniture from breathing. If moisture gets trapped inside of the plastic wrap, it can result in the formation of mold or mildew on the furniture.
  4. Spray a Protectant: Leather and wooden furniture should be sprayed with a protectant to keep it from drying out during storage. Wooden furniture should be sprayed with an antique furniture polish and leather furniture with a leather conditioner. This should be done regardless of how long you plan to store your antique furniture.
  5. Store Your Antique Items in a Location Safe from Fluctuations in Temperature: When storing items as sensitive as antique furniture, it is extremely important to store them in a location free from fluctuations in temperature. Over time, fluctuations in temperature can cause wooden or leather furniture to crack or become warped.

Are You Looking for a Place to Store Antique Furniture?

If you’re looking for a location to store your antique furniture, consider utilizing a storage unit. A storage unit is also a smart way to keep your antique furniture out of the way during home renovations, a move or remodeling. When choosing a storage facility, choose one that has a climate controlled storage option. No matter what the temperature is like outside of the storage unit, a climate controlled storage unit will keep your unit within a range of temperatures that is safe for sensitive items.

Storage World has three locations throughout Georgia, perfect for storing your antique furniture. Our storage facilities are monitored 24/7 and well lit, so you can rest assured that when you rent with Storage World, you’re renting with the best. Do you have questions regarding a storage rental? Contact us today!

Make Your Move Easy by Using this Moving Day Checklist

A young couple moves boxes into their new home after completing a moving day checklistMoving is stressful, there’s no denying it. Packing, determining the moving timeline, hiring movers, finding new stores and pharmacies… it seems like the work is never done. The day of your move doesn’t have to be stressful though, if you’re prepared. Create a moving day checklist to stay organized the day of your move!

Top Moving Day Tips to Help the Day Run Smoothly

  1. Dress Accordingly: The day of the move is going to be an exhausting and strenuous day. Wearing the right clothing will help you be more comfortable. Make sure to wear clothes you can easily move in and comfortable shoes, even if you hired movers. You may still end up moving smaller boxes, and the last thing you want is to slow down the moving process, or get injured, due to your attire.
  2. Eat a Good Breakfast: Along with dressing accordingly comes eating a nutritious breakfast. It will be impossible to deal with the stress of moving day if you are hungry, and you don’t want to feel nauseous or weak while you’re trying to move. Take the time to have a proper breakfast to help you maintain your strength throughout the day.
  3.  Make a Moving Day To-Do List: More likely than not, little things will come up that you need to remember to do. On a day as stressful and busy as moving day, it would be easy to forget to do something. Making a list of things that need to be done the day of your move will keep you organized and mitigate stress.
  4. Pack a First Night Bag: After a long day of moving, you will not want to dig through your boxes in search of items you need before bed. Pack a bag for your first night at your home filled with any important items you will need. This box should include things like toiletries, medicine, a shower curtain and towels, clothes and chargers.
  5. Enlist Help: Don’t underestimate the amount of help you will need. Consider having a moving party and offering to provide the pizza if your friends help you move. If you have a lot of heavy items, save those for the movers and concentrate on moving light and delicate items yourself.

Get a Head Start with Self Storage

If you have items that you want at your new home but are not using at your current house, consider storing them in a storage unit. A storage unit is a smart way to get a head start on packing for your move, while giving yourself more self to pack boxes. Seasonal decorations, clothes and other items can easily be stored in a storage unit and not missed for a few months. Storage World has various sized storage units available, perfect for storing a few miscellaneous items all the way up to the contents of multiple rooms. Contact us with any questions or to set up a tour!

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