Monthly Archives: April 2017


Spring Cleaning: A Better Bedroom


Now that we’ve taken care of the kitchen and garage, it’s time to head to the bedroom. Don’t get too comfy, though. We’re not going to take a nap! First, we have to clean out the closet, declutter your drawers and transform this messy nightmare into a gleaming clean dream.

Check out our spring cleaning tips to clean your messy bedroom.

Cleaning Your Bedroom

Before you get started, map out your spring cleaning plan. Our tips below will get you going in the right direction, but you’ll want to customize your list to make the most of this spring cleaning adventure. Now, let’s clean up your act and get organized!

Closets

Banish the mess monster from your closet first. Start by removing everything. This will give you an opportunity to take a full inventory of what you have, what you’ll keep and what you’ll discard. Once the closet is empty, wipe down any shelves or racks, and vacuum the floor. Then, return the clothing, accessories and other items you plan to keep to the closet—organizing as you go. Arrange like items together so they’re easier to find. Place lesser-used things towards the back.

Now, you can sort through the castoffs. You might donate or sell some items. Take anything that’s beyond repair or too worn and toss those in a garbage bag. Don’t cart these piles away just yet!

Drawers

Take the fight to the dresser, nightstand and anything else with drawers next. Empty each piece of furniture completely as you did with the closet. Go ahead and sort the items you remove—utilizing your existing piles for discarding. Dust and wipe down the furniture inside and out while it’s empty. Then, return the “keepers” in an organized fashion. Now, remove the various discard piles so you can thoroughly clean the remaining areas of the bedroom.

Ceiling Fan and Light Fixtures

Don’t forget the ceiling fan and light fixtures. These areas collect a lot of dust and cobwebs if you don’t stay up to date on your cleaning routine. You may need a ladder or an extendable duster. Take care of this before you clean the floor. Otherwise, you’ll just have to do the floors again afterwards.

Windows

Turn your attention to the windows. If you have blinds, they’ve probably accumulated a fair amount of dust. Wipe those down. Curtains should be taken down and cleaned, too. Check the label for proper cleaning instructions or you may end up having to toss these in the discard pile. Don’t forget to clean the glass!

Carpet

Wrap things up with the floor. If you can’t remember the last time you had your carpet shampooed, it’s probably time. A professional cleaning service can handle this for you, or you can rent equipment to do it yourself.

Storage for Seasonal Clothing

If your closet and drawers are still cramped for space, consider self-storage! At Storage World, we offer storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. One way you can save on space at home is to store your winter clothing. Once the colder weather is gone, you won’t need the heavy gear again for several months. Get it outta there, and enjoy the extra flexibility in arranging your closet and bedroom. If you want to learn more about storing your belongings, stop by for a tour of the facilities, or give us a call! Our experienced professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Spring Cleaning: The Garage


Take back your garage with our spring cleaning guide. If your garage looks more like garbage, let’s do something about it. Our guide below can help you reclaim that valuable space and put it to good use.

Cleaning the Garage

The first step is to get rid of everything. Relax. This is only temporary. However, if you want to make sure you’ve cleaned every nook and cranny, it will be much easier if the space is empty. As an added bonus, this will help immensely with organizing the space and eliminating some of the junk. So move everything to the porch, driveway or some other convenient area.

Once the garage has been cleared out, break out the broom. Knock down any cobwebs and dust off any permanent shelving or other surfaces. Then, you can turn the broom the other direction and sweep the floor. Afterwards, spray the floor with the water hose or put your mop to work. If any stubborn stains (like oil) stick around, you might be able to soak them up with sawdust or kitty litter.

Organizing the Garage

Don’t toss everything back in there when the floor dries. While you have the contents of your garage out in the open, sort through them. Toss broken items. Set aside things you want to sell or donate.

Now, you can take the remaining items and begin arranging them in your garage. Group things by themes so it’s easier to find those various lawn care products or tools next time you need them.
Take note of any seasonal items—particularly the things you only need 2-4 months out of the year. You may want to consider off-site storage for these during their downtime. You’ll appreciate the extra freedom in arranging your remaining most frequently used items, and who knows? You might even be able to park in there when you’re finished!

Once everything is squared away, try to commit to a regular cleaning plan. If you stay on top of your maintenance schedule, the big annual clean-up won’t be such a big deal.

Self-Storage for Seasonal Items and More

If you want to learn more about storing your seasonal items, entire households or even boats and RVs, Storage World has you covered! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any questions you may have. Our self-storage facilities in the Atlanta area offer a number of amenities including state-of-the-art security, climate-controlled storage units and even a free move-in truck! Whether you’re looking for temporary or long-term storage, we will work with you to find the solution that fits your needs. Stop by any of our Storage World facilities today!


Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Edition


Keeping the house clean is a never-ending job, and the kitchen is easily one of the toughest spots. Most of us make several messes in the room throughout the day. That’s why we’re targeting the kitchen first in our series on spring cleaning.

A mother of two toddlers stresses over her messy kitchen.

Cleaning the Kitchen

The first tools you should reach for are a pen and paper. Proper planning is one of the keys to success, and that’s no different here. Use the following tips to structure your to-do list for the kitchen. Customize it to fit your needs, and check items off as you complete them. It will help keep you focused and efficient. The visual aid of checking off items can help you stay motivated, too.

  • Break it down into areas and categories. Starting in one area and cleaning it thoroughly before moving onto the next will prevent you from going in circles. You don’t want to clean it twice, do you? You might start with cabinets and drawers, move onto the appliances next and wrap things up with surfaces like counter tops and floors.
  • Get that stuff outta here. Remove the contents of anything you’re cleaning. In the end, you’ll save more time taking everything out, cleaning thoroughly and returning the items than if you just shuffled things around as you work. With the refrigerator, once all the food and drinks are removed, take out any removable shelves and drawers and give them a good scrub in the sink. Take the time to check for any expired food and toss it. Now that the fridge is completely empty, you can clean the inside from top to bottom. Follow the same basic steps for any other appliances, cabinets, drawers, and pantries.
  • Soak away the stains. If items like knobs and burners on the oven have some caked-on gunk, you can remove and soak them in a vinegar solution. It should loosen the clingy crud. You’ll also be able to clean the stove top much more thoroughly without those in place. Give everything a rinse with warm to hot water before you return it all to its rightful home.
  • Save the sink, clean the counters and finish with the floor. You’ll be using the sink to clean other items as you go, so don’t worry about cleaning it until all washable items have been addressed. The counters will serve as your temporary staging areas when cleaning and sorting. When you’re finished with all that, make sure you wipe the counters down. Finish everything off by sweeping and mopping the floor.

Organizing the Kitchen

As you move from area to area, consider how things are organized. Group like items together so you don’t have to hunt for that herb or spice next time you try a new recipe. If all your plates are stacked together, you’ll maximize cabinet space and make putting away clean dishes more efficient. Keep all your cleaning supplies under the sink (and under lock and key if little ones are running about). Once you know where everything is, you’ll be zipping around the kitchen like the star of your own cooking show! You could do it blindfolded! (Actually, don’t try this.)

Additional Storage Needs?

As you’re cleaning, you might come across some items that you want to keep, but you lack adequate space. Let us help. At Storage World, you’ll find state-of-the-art security, a wide range of self-storage unit sizes, easy access seven days a week and a professional, knowledgeable staff ready to assist you. We know that people need self-storage solutions for a variety of reasons. Our goal is to provide some stability through stellar service designed to satisfy your storage needs whether temporary or long-term. Call or visit a Storage World location near you so we can answer your questions!


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