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Appliance Moving and Storage Tips


How to Prepare and Move Kitchen Appliances.

The hardest items to prepare for storage or moving in the home are appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and dishwashers. If you are moving appliances to a new home or to a storage unit, it is very important to properly prepare the appliances, so they can be easily set-up and used again in the future. Appliances can be either placed first or last on a moving truck depending on which items are needed to be moved set-up first into the new home.

How to Prepare and Move Kitchen Appliances

Check manufacturer’s instructions for specific storage/moving information for each appliance before you start the packing process. For any appliance, the most important thing that has to be done before moving is to do a thorough cleaning, which includes removing all food and cleaning the appliance inside and out. By following the moving appliance and storage tips below, you can easily get your new kitchen running in no time.

Preparing for Moving a Refrigerator

  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer at least 3 days before moving.
  • Drain icemakers and water supplies and allow them to thoroughly dry.
  • Thoroughly clean the inside of the refrigerator. Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean with a mild detergent.
  • After unplugging, dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  • Wrap the refrigerator in blankets and place upright on a moving dolly. Do not move a refrigerator on its side as it could cause damage to the refrigeration coils.
  • Tape the doors shut while in transit. When it is placed in a storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.

Tips for Moving a Gas or Electric Stove

  • Before cleaning, remove any pans (broiler pans) from the inside of the stove. Then, clean the stove inside and out.
  • If you are moving a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Then, have the professional set up the stove in your new home.
  • Electric stoves can just be unplugged when they are ready to be moved.
  • Tape down the knobs and the plug on the stove to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.
  • Wrap the stove in a moving blanket for extra protection from dents and scratches.

Moving a Dishwasher

  • Run an empty dishwasher one last time before preparing to move.
  • Unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before moving.
  • Disconnect and clean the dishwasher hoses. Once these are dry, wrap them in towels or newsprint and place inside the dishwasher for future access.
  • Tape the cord onto the side of the dishwasher and wrap in blankets for transport.

How to Move a Microwave

  • Remove and clean the glass turntable from the microwave and then clean the microwave inside and out. A tip for hard to remove stains is to place a damp sponge with vinegar in the microwave oven and run for a minute. This will help loosen the food particles inside the microwave allowing for easier cleaning.
  • Place the microwave in its original packaging whenever possible. If the original packaging is not available, the microwave can be moved and stored in a very sturdy cardboard box. Make sure to add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap, or linens) for extra protection.
  • Tape the glass door shut during transport with the cords taped on the side of the appliance.

Self storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term appliance storage. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. Storage World has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit every household storage need. Stop by our three Atlanta self storage locations to find out more information about our climate controlled storage units, state-of-the-art secure storage systems and our easily accessible storage units.


Getting Organized in the New Year

Home Organization Ideas


Every year, people make resolutions to get healthy, lose weight, get more organized and save money. According to a recent survey by Statistic Brain, the second most popular New Year’s resolution for 2015 was to get organized! January is a good time to begin creating goals to get your home organized for the New Year. After the chaos of the holiday season, putting away holiday decorations is a great start to getting the house back in order.

Initiate Home Organization Ideas

One of the challenges of starting an organization project is finding motivation. To kick off your home organization and stay on track for 2016, follow these three simple steps listed below.

  1. Start with a goal in mind for your organizing and decluttering project. Use photos of organized rooms for inspiration.
  2. After you decide on your goal, create a list of what you need to do, what moving or packing supplies and what storage solutions, such as shelving, bins or baskets, you will need for your project.
  3. Split up the decluttering projects into smaller tasks, which will be then be easier to accomplish. Consider breaking down your decluttering project into rooms, it can help make the task less daunting.

Tips for How to DeClutter and Organize Your Home<

After preparing for the home organization project, the next step is to jump right into work. Each room that you work on will have different organization requirements. The goal is to take your time, remove what you will no longer use and stick to your task! Below are six tips for how to declutter and organize your home and tips for keeping it organized going forward:

  1. The first step of any reorganization project is to remove all items from the room (or area) that you want to reorganize.
  2. Once you have removed the items and cleared out the room, then it is time to sort the items into the following piles (or boxes): keep in the room, store, donate, sell or throw away. This is the hardest step to any home organization project as we can be very emotionally attached to our things; which in turn causes more clutter to gather in our homes.
  3. Rent a storage unit for items that you can’t part with, but no longer have a place for in the newly organized room.
  4. Donate the items that you don’t need any more to organizations that could use them. Donate books to a library or school. Donate clothing to local shelters and donations centers, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  5. Once, you have created a clutter free environment, it is important to keep it organized going forward by doing daily cleaning, such as cleaning the kitchen or putting away toys in their proper location. If your home becomes cluttered again, start the project all over.
  6. Sort your mail right away. Place magazines and catalogs that you won’t read directly into the recycle bin and place bills and other mail that have to be answered in a specially designated spot.

With proper planning and a goal in mind, you can declutter and reorganize your home and keep it organized going into the New Year. Storage World has a variety of storage options, including climate and non-climate controlled, available for every storage need from storing holiday decorations, unused exercise equipment, family heirlooms or toy collections.

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