Monthly Archives: January 2014


Inclement Weather Hits the Atlanta Area


Atlanta area hit by snow and ice

Most of the eastern United States is getting hit with freezing rain, snow and cold this week. From -30 degree air temperature in Minnesota to up to 3 inches (and more) of snow expected in the Atlanta area, it seems like no one is spared from this cold spell. The southeastern United States is not prepared for this type of weather. We have a limited amount of plows and salt to melt the ice and snow on the streets and drivers are not used to driving in this type of weather. (The same could be said for drivers in the rest of the country.)

 

Being Prepared

It is very important to be prepared when this type of weather hits. The weather forecasters can usually start telling the public a few days in advance of these types of storms. This gives people the chance to be prepared for freezing weather and the cities a chance to prep the roads. To be ready for an impending cold weather storm, you should do the following:

  • Make sure that your gas tank is at least ½ full at all times. In the severe cold, if there is little fuel in the tank, there could be fuel line freeze up, not letting the car to start and eventually damaging the car. Also, it is good to keep at least that amount of gas in the car, because if there is a loss in power, you will not be able to get gas and be able to leave in an emergency.
  • Turn freezers and refrigerators to the lowest setting in preparation if you think that you could lose power. Doing so will keep the items cooler in the refrigerator longer. Eat perishable items first and conserve the non-perishable and canned items for later.
  • Prep your car for an impending emergency by having the proper anti-freeze level. Have a winter weather kit in the car including gloves, hats, blankets, jumper cables and a first aid kit.

 

During the Storm

When a storm hits, it is important to be ready for whatever can occur.  Power experts mention to turn down the thermostat in order to prevent an overload of power usage. Below are some things that you can do to keep your family safe when ice or snow causes a power outage at your home:

  • When the temperature drop to below freezing, there is a larger chance for the pipes in your home to freeze and burst. In order to prevent this from happening, keep water running in a trickle during the time of the storm. If the pipes do freeze, then use a hair dryer or a heat gun to warm the pipes. It is a long process, but it has to be done to prevent the pipes from bursting, which will cause huge damage to your home. If the pipes do burst, make sure to turn off the water supply at the shut off valve as soon as possible.
  • Operate generators safety and follow manufacturer instructions. Do not run the generators inside as they can produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes. Keep the generator in an open and ventilated area. Plug all necessary appliances directly into the generator.
  • Keep opening a refrigerator or freezer at a minimum. Do not put food outside to keep cold. The food could still thaw if exposed to the sun.
  • Unplug appliance and turn off all lights expect for one. Doing this will help prevent power surges when the power comes back on, which can damage your appliances, computers and electronics.

 

Don’t Forget Your Pets

During freezing temperatures, snow or freezing rain, it is vital to remember your pets. Keep the pets indoor and warm. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when they are outdoors. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and have lasting damage. Protect your pet’s paws from salt damage that can get into their paws. Wipe the paws with a damp towel after coming back inside. If the pets have to be outdoors, have a dry and draft free shelter set­­­­-up with a raised floor that is covered with straw and use waterproof burlap or heavy plastic covering for the door.

The best practice during inclement weather is to be prepared and to keep as calm as possible. Drive slow, but steady and don’t pump or slam on the brakes as that can cause you to skid. Have plenty of flashlights and candles on hand if your power goes out. Just doing some small things will help protect your family.


Home Improvement Show Season in Atlanta


Atlanta Home Show photos
One of the major Home Shows this season. Photos courtesy of @AtlantaHomeShow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winter months are a big time of year for home remodeling shows. During these cold months, it is great to escape out of the cold and get tips and ideas for spring and summer home remodeling and renovation projects. Before you know it, spring will be here and you will need to really start planning your organization and remodeling projects.

Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo

There are three big home and remodeling shows in the Atlanta area over the new few months. The first is this weekend, January 24th to 26th, at the Atlanta Exposition Center (North Building). The 15th Annual Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo has exhibits, seminars and demonstrations on the latest in home design, remodeling and renovation. The show features thousands of ways to be smart and cost-effective when you are taking on a big home project. The exhibits contain the latest information on kitchen cabinets and countertops, flooring, sunroom and additions, basement waterproofing, energy-efficient windows and much more. There are daily seminars taught by the experts throughout the 3 day event. One of the special events of the show is the Atlanta Designer’s Network “Designer Matchmaker” program. You can be paired with a local designer for a 15-30 minute free consultation to get advice and design ideas for home. It is encouraged to bring your design ideas and plans with your to the consultations.

North Atlanta Home Show

The second show of the season, the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show, is February 21st to 23rd at the Gwinnett Center. This show features more than 150 companies showcasing the latest in home improvement products and services. Tonya M. Williams, home décor expert from HGTV, will be sharing bathroom beautification tips. There will also be seminars and demonstrations throughout the show. There is also a special free trade day on February 21st, where members of the housing and building trades will get free admission to the show.

Spring Atlanta Home Show

The last show of the season is the 36th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show at the Cobb Center from March 21st to 23rd. Ahmed Hasson, from the DIY Network, will be one of the professionals sharing the latest in home renovation and design tips. They are still developing the schedule for the show, but you can find out some of the seminars on the website. The show also features a “See-Thru House”, which is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that shows you how a house is built and what goes on behind the walls of a home. There will also be a special exhibit on universal design, which is one of the hottest trends in home design and remodeling.

Home Improvement Projects and Self Storage

Once you have attended the shows and spoken with the experts about your spring and summer renovation project ideas, then it is time to start planning all that you will need to do for your project, such as deciding to hire a contractor and buying the supplies. When you are ready to start the project, it is important to completely clear the room that you are working on of furniture, knickknacks and other items to protect them from damage during the remodeling process. Renting a self storage unit or mobile storage container are great options for storing items during renovations projects. Storage World and Storage World on Wheels has 3 locations in the Atlanta area in Decatur, Jonesboro and Stockbridge to help with your storage needs. A mobile storage container can be delivered to your home and kept there during the remodeling project or can be stored at one of Storage World’s 3 locations. All facilities offer month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for short-term needs. Storage World also has a wide variety of moving and packing supplies so you can box up and protect your furniture and personal items during your home project. Stop by our locations to see how Storage World can help you with storage solutions during your spring and summer home improvement projects!


Martin Luther King Day Activities in Atlanta


Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Memorial. Photo courtesy of history.com

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated by President Ronald Regan in 1983 to be celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January. The day honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2013 was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. There were many commemorative services held in August for this anniversary. Every year, the King Center in Atlanta, hosts events to celebrate Dr. King. The King Center is “a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating a global network of allied individuals and organizations to use Dr. King’s philosophy and methods of non-violence to collectively create the “Beloved Community” that he envisioned.” The organization was established by his widow, Coretta Scott King, as a living memorial dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are over 1 million visitors to the King Center each year to see Dr. King’s personal memorabilia and visit the library and archives.

Ten days of events to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King started January 10th and runs through Monday, January 20th. The events include speakers, movie screenings and discussions on Dr. King’s non-violence philosophy. The events on January 20th will range from church services to rallies to a day of service. Organizations across the country will be sponsoring a day of civic service in honor of Dr. King. In the Atlanta area, Hands on Atlanta is sponsoring the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project. More than 3,000 volunteers will be in the Atlanta communities, schools and non-profits to help with community needs such as poverty alleviation and the beautification of civil rights historic sites. There will also be school based civic education programs with over 1000 members of AmeriCorps going into local elementary, middle and high schools to help moderate discussions about the Civil Rights Act and creating a better future.

The public events on January 20th include the Annual Commemorative Service starting at 8am at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is Reverend Raphael Warnock, the Senior Pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The service is free, but with limited seating. The King Week Holiday March and Rally starts at 1:45pm at Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area. The Rally runs to 4pm and is free and open to the public. You can also visit the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr for free and take a tour conducted by the National Park Service. Some local museums will also be free that day, including the Imagine It! Children’s Museum where there will be a special “In the Name of Love” program. Check with your local museums for Martin Luther King programs and information.


Getting Organized in the New Year


Reorganize for the New Year
Start working on your 2014 reorganization plan

 

Happy New Year! Have you started (and already ended) your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you know that according to a study, only 46% of people who make resolutions actually keep doing the resolutions through 6 months? A great and easy New Year’s Resolution that can be achieved is resolving to be more organized in 2014. The task might seem daunting, but actually once you have decluttered and reorganized a room or even the entire house, the sense of accomplishment is well worth the work. If you follow some of the simple tips listed below you can easily complete reorganization projects.

1. Create a goal for your reorganization project. Always keep that goal in sight as you are working. It is crucial to keep the goal realistic and achievable.

2. Work on small projects to accomplish the overall goal.  Give yourself a timeline and a start and finish date to complete your tasks. Check off the list of tasks as you work through them.

3. Break up the larger projects (such as reorganizing an entire room) into smaller projects. This will make the overall project easier to complete. Once you finish organizing a desk or shelving unit in a room, then move on to the next task and then the next task and before you know it, the room will be completely decluttered!

4. When starting a decluttering project, completely clear out the room. Then, sort the items into the following boxes: keep in room, put in storage, donate, sell, or throw away. Renting a self storage unit is a great place to store items that you no longer have the room for, but you can’t get rid of the object. These could be items such as exercise equipment, extra furniture or even sporting equipment. Storage World has a variety of storage unit sizes from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ that can fit all of your storage needs. It is important to remove the items that you want to store, sell, donate or throw out right away, so they don’t add to the clutter in a basement or garage.

5. In order to prevent future clutter, make sure that you have a home for any new items that you are purchasing. If you don’t, then ask yourself if you really need to have the item. Stop recreational or impulse buying as this adds more clutter to your home.

6. Sort paper mail right away. Recycle catalogs and magazines that you will not be reading as soon as you get the mail. Remember to contact the publishers to cancel your subscriptions if you just don’t have the time to read them. Have a designated place in your home to place bills and mail that have to be answered and/or paid.

7. Put away items that you use on a daily basis into their designated spots. Keep your kitchen counters clean of clutter each night before you go to bed.

8. Utilize storage bins, shelving units and other organizational tools to keep your stuff together, organized and easily manageable.

Being organized is a great New Year’s Resolution and can be easy to do. The project takes patience and planning, but it so worth the work. Good Luck with your organization goals! Stop by our 3 Atlanta area Storage World facilities in Decatur, Stockbridge and Jonesboro, for all of your storage needs from packing supplies to mobile storage containers.


Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations


Holiday Decoration Organization Tips
Keep your holiday decoration organized for storage

Happy New Year! The holidays are over and it is now time to think about taking down the holiday decorations and storing them for next year. Most people store holiday items in a closet, basement, garage or attic. Store all of your holiday items together in an out-of-the-way space in your home or your self storage unit. Segregate your decorations into different boxes, such as all ornaments stored together, all lights or candles stored together. Also, it is a good idea to create a holiday decoration inventory list, so you know what you currently have and what you will need to purchase during the next holiday season. Consider placing your stored holiday decorations in a self storage unit. Seasonal items can be stored in the back of your storage unit and then switched out throughout the year. Storage World has a variety of storage unit sizes that can meet all of your storage needs!

In order to protect your holiday items for use for many years to come, it is important to properly store the items. Check for broken ornaments, lights, or other decorations. If they can’t be fixed, then throw them away. It is a good idea to store holiday items in plastic bins with lids, rather than cardboard boxes. The plastic bins are very sturdy and can easily be stacked while in storage. There are many websites that have great tips on how to store holiday items:  www.babble.com, www.bhg.com, and www.home-storage-solutions-101.com just to name a few. Below are a few of these storage tips for your holiday decorations:

Holiday Lights

Store holiday lights neatly coiled to keep them from being tangled. There are many great DIY solutions for storing holiday lights. You can make your own light storage reel out of cardboard. Cut out grooves along the top and sides of the cardboard. Place the plug part of the lights in one of the slots and then start winding the lights around.

Christmas Ornaments

Storing ornaments can be a challenge, because ornaments can come in all shapes and sizes. Most ornaments were homemade by family members or are heirlooms, so we want to give them special treatment when we put them in storage. Many ornaments are extremely delicate and can easily break if you just throw them carelessly in a box.  There are specially made boxes that you can buy to store ornaments that you can find at your local home craft stores. Or you can be creative and use DIY solutions such as using a cardboard egg crate to store smaller ornaments. Keep the boxes for larger or oddly shaped ornaments. If you don’t have the boxes, then carefully wrap the ornaments in tissue paper.

 

Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree can take up a lot of space when you place it in storage. Store the tree in the original box if the box is in good condition. If that isn’t possible, take the tree apart and put the different branches in plastic bins for easy storage. There are also Christmas tree bag storage solutions that you can purchase.

Wrapping Paper

For convenience, keep everything that you need for wrapping together in a central spot. This would include: wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, scissors and tape. There are great storage products from plastic storage bins and boxes to hanging gift bag organizers that you can find at your local home store. Choose the one that best fits your storage space.

Candles

Store candles flat, out of direct light and in a fairly cool area. Sunlight can make the candles warp and lose their color.  A great place to store your candles is actually under a kitchen or bathroom sink. Wrap candles in cellophane to keep them from melting together.

 

 

 


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