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What Fits in a Self Storage Unit?


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One of the first things that you need to decide upon when choosing a self storage facility is what size storage unit you will need to store your belongings. Before you rent a self storage unit, you will need to determine what you will be storing in the storage unit. Then, you will be able to see what size storage unit you will need to rent.  Another determining factor in your storage unit decision is if you need to have a climate controlled storage unit to protect your belongings from extreme temperatures and humidity.  If you are unsure of what storage unit size that you will need, ask to take a tour of the facility to see the different size storage units. This will allow you to visualize your belongings in a certain sized storage unit. Storage World has a Size Guide below that is a great reference to what can fit in a specific size storage unit. Storage World also has a handy storage space calculator which has a checklist of items that you might need to store and what size storage unit you will need.

Once you have finalized your storage unit decision, then it is important to correctly pack your storage unit to have the optimum space for your items. If you are storing for a longer time, leave space for ventilation and movement within the storage unit. If you need to access items more often, it is important to have these items at the front of the storage unit. If you are renting a storage unit for a business, it is important to have aisles in your storage unit and add shelving units to better organize your inventory or file boxes.

Storage World offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for your personal or business belongings. If you still are not sure if your items will fit in a certain sizes storage unit, the storage unit guide below can help!

5’x5’ (25 square feet)This is the smallest size storage unit available. The size is similar to a closet. This is a great size for personal items, clothes, skis, children’s toys, small furniture and a sales representative’s inventory samples.

5’x10’ (50 square feet)-This size will allow you to store a small amount of furniture, chest of drawers, mattress, boxes and other smaller items. You can put the contents of one room, such as a bedroom or office in this size storage unit.

10’x10’ (100 square feet)-This size unit can hold the contents of a one bedroom apartment including appliances (refrigerator or stove), furniture, mattresses and boxed items. Or the contents of a living room or 2 bedrooms can fit in this size storage unit.

10’x15’ (150 square feet)-This size unit can hold the contents of a two bedroom apartment or home including appliances, mattresses, furniture and boxed items. Larger items can fit in this storage unit.

10’x20’ (200 square feet)This size unit can hold the contents of a three bedroom apartment or home including appliances, furniture, mattresses and boxed items. This is also a great option for commercial storage for inventory and storage shelves.

10’x30’ (300 square feet)-This is the largest storage unit available at Storage World. It can hold the contents of a four to five bedroom home including multiple appliances, such as washer and dryer, stoves and refrigerators, furniture and boxed items. This is another great option for commercial business storage.

Stop by any of the 3 Atlanta area Storage World locations to take a tour of our storage facilities. Our friendly and experience staff will help you with any questions that you might have about renting a self storage unit.


Atlanta’s Farmers Markets


Atlanta's Farmers Markets

 

 

Thursday, March 20th is officially the first day of spring. After a long, cold and harsh winter, it is finally time to enjoy nature’s rebirth and the warmth of spring and summer! The growing season in the Atlanta area is usually year round, but the spring time is a time to harvest the winter crops and grow the spring and summer fruits and vegetables. There are many farmers markets in the Atlanta area that cater to people who enjoy everything from organic produce to hand-crafted items. There are many farmer markets in the area that are open for the entire year and others that will open their doors starting in April. The farmers markets, which come in all shapes and sizes from road-size stands to very large indoor and outdoor institutions, help to provide consumers in Atlanta with great fresh produce. Check out your local farmers market for the best in locally grown produce and goods.

Below is a list of just five of the farmers markets in the Atlanta area. There are many more to explore and share!

DeKalb Farmers Market-A World Market

The DeKalb Farmers Market is located at 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur, Georgia. The market, which has over 140,000 square feet of retail space and serves over 100,000 people per week, was the 1st private farmers market in Georgia. The market is open every day from 9am to 9pm.  The market specializes in produce that is organically grown and not GMO manufactured. They support small farms that employ environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods. You can take a virtual tour of the market via their website.

Decatur Farmers Market

The Decatur Farmers Market is open at two different locations. On Wednesday, the market, at 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, is open 3-6pm and on Saturday the market is at 498 McDonough St, Decatur and is open 10am to 1pm. The Decatur Farmers Market is open all year with a mission “to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact, with a focus on building a stronger local food system.” They host special events throughout the week at each location.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Peachtree Road Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from April to December at the Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Rd NW in Atlanta. This market is the largest producer-only market in Metro Atlanta. Everything that the Peachtree Road Farmers Market sells has been grown and raised by the seller ensuring fair prices for both the vendor and the customers. They have 50 weekly vendors that set up at the market. The vendors can change on a weekly basis. They also host special events and chef demonstrations throughout the season.

Morningside Farmers Market

Morningside Farmers Market  is open every Saturday morning from 7:30am to 11:30am at 1393 N. Highland Ave in Atlanta. The market offers fresh, local certified organic products, meats, bread, food, organic flowers and artisan crafts. The market has been thriving since it opened in 1995. This is the only farmers market in Atlanta that requires all produce to be certified organic. The produce is local, fresh and produced by the farmers who are at the market.

Atlanta Farmers Market

The Atlanta Farmers Market is run in conjuncture with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. It is located at 16 Forest Parkway in Forest Park, Georgia. There is 150 Acres of fresh produces and goods, which makes it one of the largest of its kind in the world. There is a garden center as well as wholesale and retail outlets. It is also the marketing hub and distribution point for fresh produce in the Southeast and the entire country. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is also a restaurant, welcome center and USDA federal and state office. There is also a 26,000 foot exhibition hall that can be rented out.

 

 


Atlanta Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day activities in Atlanta

St. Patrick’s Day, a day to celebrate Irish history, heritage and culture is Monday, March 17th. The day began as an Irish religious feast day honoring their patron saint, Patrick. Today, it is an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, food and music. March 17th is the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick in the late 5th century.  According to the History Channel, St. Patrick was actually not a native Irishman. He was born in a noble family in Britain and at the age of 16 was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders. After Patrick escaped from his captors a few years later, he returned to England and joined the church. He went back to Ireland to convert the Irish pagans to the Roman Catholic Church. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day since the 9th or 10th century as a religious holiday.

Irish immigrants brought their St. Patrick’s Day traditions to American in the 1700 and 1800’s. The first major St. Patrick’s parade was held in Savannah, Georgia in 1813 and is still held today. There are more than 100 parades held in cities around the world to honor St. Patrick’s Day. The largest parades in the United States are held in New York City, Boston and Savannah. New York City’s parade is the largest with over 150,000 participants and 3 million spectators. The Irish government joined in the joyous celebrations in 1995 with parades, concerts and fireworks including a big parade in Dublin’s city center.

There are many great events in the Atlanta area to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from celebrating with family at parades to more adult oriented events at local area restaurants and pubs. March 15th is the day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta. The day kicks off with the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race. The 5K walk or run starts at 8:30am at Piedmont Park. The proceeds for the race go to neighborhood charitable causes.

Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at noon in Midtown Atlanta. The parade starts at the Woodruff Arts Center on Peachtree Street and marches down to 16th Street. The parade dates back to 1858 and is one of the oldest parades in the country. It has been held continuously since that time only being cancelled during World War I and II. The parade is produced by Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Parade Inc. with representatives from various Irish organizations and communities. The parade has floats, pipe and drum corps, marching bands, dancers, drill teams and much more. The Budweiser Clydesdales are also participating in the parade this year. In 2013, there were over 2300 parade participants, 88 parade units and over 80,000 viewers of the parade. After the parade, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration continues at Atlantic Station’s “Shamrock the Station” until 6pm with family friendly fun activities including crafts, sand art, clogging music and more. For the older crowd, the Shamrock Music, Food and Art Fest is being held at the Masquerade Music Park. There will be tribute rock bands, food trucks, beverage tents, prizes and entertainment.

However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Atlanta area, have a safe and enjoyable time! Slainte!

 


Women’s History Month


Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. The origins of the celebration started with a Congressional resolution passed and signed by President Reagan in 1981 for a “Women’s History Week”. In 1987, Congress expanded the resolution by designating the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. Many national institutions such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institute are holding special events at their various locations throughout the month. You can also visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York, which was the epicenter for the struggle of women’s rights in the mid 1800’s. Teachers can put together lesson plans for their classes that share the stories of the many women in our past who have helped to shape our country.

 

The Theme of the 2014 Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment”. The honorees vary from a current member of Congress to African-American and Indian Rights Advocates. Some of the honorees include: Chipeta, an Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat who lived in the late 1800’s, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an African-American Author and Educator, Agatha Tregal Harrison, an Educator, Author and Advocate for the Deaf Community, Francis Oldham Kelsey, a Pharmacologist and Public Health Activist, and Tammy Buckworth, a current member of Congress and an Iraq War Veteran.

Atlanta’s Adamsville-Collier Heights Branch Library  is having a display honoring the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month from March 1st to March 31st.  There is also an event with the Women in Bio organization at the Atlanta Science Festival on March 29, 2014 for girls of all ages. The members of the group will conduct fun science labs specifically tailored for girls including candy chromatography, a brain demonstration, a lily dissection and introduction to women in history who are relevant to these events.

Women’s History Month is a relatively new designated celebration that will only grow in popularity over time. There have been many, many women who have played and are continuing to play roles in the shaping of our technology, political systems and everyday life.


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