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 Clothing can be expensive, and no matter how outdated the piece is, you remind yourself that it would be perfect for one particular event.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 Old Medicine: Everyone’s medicine cabinet is filled with old prescriptions and outdated over the counter drugs that are no longer needed.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


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!


Spring Cleaning: Boost Your Business


A frustrated businessman seated at a cluttered deskMost spring cleaning guides (including our previous three) are focused on the home. The practice can also greatly benefit the workplace. Many offices have a cleaning crew come through regularly, so there’s less focus on wiping and scrubbing when we talk about spring cleaning for businesses. However, organization plays a major role in all spring cleaning projects, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Organizing Your Office or Workspace

Many (if not most) office jobs today revolve around a computer, so not only do you have a physical desktop area to maintain, but you also have a virtual one that needs special attention. Let’s start with the more traditional space first.

Surface

If your desktop is covered with sticky notes, papers, folders and more, sort through those first. Toss any outdated items. Arrange the remaining things according to priority so you can focus on the appropriate projects first once you’ve finished cleaning. Keep frequently used items close at hand (like a pen or two and a notepad), but consider stashing away things like staplers and sticky notes if you only use them occasionally. Don’t throw them into drawers just yet, though. We’ll be cleaning those out shortly.

Try to place your phone on the same side of your desk as your dominant hand. This will prevent you from having to drape the cord across any items you’re working on while talking on the phone and potentially disrupting your organized structure. It should also help keep the phone cord from getting kinked and knotted. Family pictures, knick-knacks and other personal items can help make your space more comfortable, but don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get distracted, and if you spend all day reminiscing about that vacation, you won’t be getting much work done. Position your computer monitor directly in front of you—preferably at eye level. This can help with screen visibility, and it may prevent you from straining your neck.

Drawers

Once the top of your desk is clean, it’s time to see what’s been hiding in the drawers. Empty them completely so you can take a thorough inventory. Toss any garbage like stale or expired snacks, paper scraps and sticky notes containing information that’s already been processed and anything else that’s just cluttering up the area. Sort and organize any remaining objects, and return them to the drawers neatly. Make sure any items you need frequently are at the front of the drawer so you don’t have to rummage around every time you open it.

Email

With the physical space organized, here are a few tips to help you manage the virtual counterpart. Set aside regular time in the morning and afternoon for checking email, but plan on staying focused on tasks and projects for the rest of the day. It’s easy to get distracted by incoming messages, and it can be difficult to get back into a good working groove once you’ve been interrupted. If the incoming notifications prove too tempting to resist, try turning them off.

You can also reduce the amount of email needed with some follow-up phone calls, meetings or office visits when there is any confusion about a subject. It might be easier to hash out the details with a form of communication that’s a little more give and take than the one-sidedness of an email conversation.

Off-site Storage For Businesses

You might have equipment, office furniture, documents or other items that need to be kept off site and out of the way. Those needs could be temporary or long-term. Either way, Storage World can help! We offer month-to-month self-storage solutions with no long-term commitment. Our storage units come in a variety of sizes and feature state-of-the-art security. Talk to one of our self-storage pros today to learn more about finding a storage unit that’s the right fit for your business.


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!


Handy Shoe Storage Tips for Max Mileage


Shoe Organization Ideas for Your Daily Shoes or Sneakers in Atlanta, GA

Designating an area for shoes that see near-daily action can make those mornings where you’re rushing out the door less hectic. You don’t have to spend precious minutes searching for your work/school/all-purpose footwear.

However, it’s a good idea to have a separate area for wet shoes to dry out. That could be a spot in the garage or a mat just inside the door – somewhere well-ventilated and dry. Make sure any wet items are completely dry before storing them to avoid issues with mold or unpleasant smells.

How to Store Your Seasonal Shoes

Divide and conquer that unruly pile of shoes in your closet. Tossing them all together on the floor can lead to scuffs and scrapes. Rotate your winter boots from the back of the closet to the front when the weather makes them your frequent footwear. Your flip flops won’t mind lounging in the back.

Bent Boots (and Other Form Factors)

Like us, when shoes are inactive for a while, they can get out of shape. Longer boots will fold over on themselves, and if they’re left that way, permanent lines or creases can form. Fortunately, you have a number of options to help those boots battle their self-destructive tendencies.

Racks: If you have more than a couple of pairs of boots, a boot rack can keep them off the ground and in great shape. Plus, you can save storage space. Simply hang the boot rack in a standard closet and place your boots in the rack and you’re done.

Boot Shapers: When you have one or two pairs or you want to keep them grounded, boot shapers are a popular choice. You can purchase boot shapers online, in-store, or you could opt to DIY in a variety of ways. Pool noodles or wine bottles are just a few ways to help keep your boots in shape.

Boot Boxes: A number of retailers carry a wide range of solutions like clear boot boxes that make it easy to stack, store, and see which pair is where.

Other shoes like flip flops and sandals are pretty resilient, but there are still tons of fun ways to corral your collection. Consider plate racks or hangers to help organize your summer footwear.
For sneakers and shoes of similar shapes and sizes, consider a shoe rack or cabinet that can be found at most local retailers. Shoe racks are usually affordable and a great way to help your sneakers organized and on point.

Do I Need Climate Control Storage?

If you will be storing your shoes or other delicate items when temperatures may fluctuate or reach extremes, it’s important to choose the right location. Those changes can damage fabric, leather and other items, making an attic or a basement a poor choice.
Thankfully, Storage World can help! Our climate-controlled self-storage units are perfect for maintaining the ideal temperature range to keep your shoe collection in tip-top shape. They also come in a variety of sizes ranging from smaller units all the way up to those Kardashian-sized shoe collections.

Find a Self-Storage Unit Near You

Find a Storage World location near you in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Our self-storage professionals are knowledgeable and can assist you in finding a unit that fits like your favorite pair of shoes.


Decluttering Your Home and How Storage Can Help


Are you enjoying your home to its fullest potential? Is the sun room really sunny? Is the living room livable? Have the items that your family has amassed been met with no vacancies at your nearest closet? If so, sounds like you have a decluttering issue.

Decluttering is the process of removing items you are not currently using into a storage area outside of your home to create more livable space. Storage facilities are frequented used in a decluttering project, for example, providing space to place seasonal items, sports equipment, patio furniture, bikes and other items you won’t need for a few months. A detailed list of top items are below.

Decluttering Tips: 10 Things to Get Rid of in a Decluttering Project

1. Old or unused kitchen equipment: Throw out old and unused kitchen equipment. If it’s gathering dust, it’s taking space you could better use for something else.

2. Outdated bathroom items: Throw away old and outdated cosmetics, medicine and first aid items. Check the expiration date and clear out space for anything past its prime.

3. Throw out old office equipment: Do you still have a fax machine in your home office? Throw out any office equipment you are no longer using to increase storage space around your home; this include old office supplies like pens, pencils, empty tape dispensers, etc.

4. Stacks of magazines, newspapers and unread books: Maybe you’re holding on to those magazines because there’s a recipe you wanted to try out, or you just haven’t had time to read that paperback. If several months have passed and you still aren’t getting around to reading them, recycle them or consider donating them to a hospital, school or senior center.

For any other storage questions or tips for how to declutter your home, stop by any of our Atlanta area storage facilities to learn more. 


Storing a Pool or Billiards Table? Follow These Tips!


Once your pool or billiards table is completely disassembled, it is ready to begin being moved. Check with your manufacturers requirements for each individual table. But, typically, this process includes wrapping up the larger pieces in their own moving blankets. Individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame, while also keeping each piece organized and secured with packing tape.

It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board. Then, once you arrive, following the tips below will help ensure a rewarding storage experience.

How to Store a Pool Table

You should consider renting a climate controlled self storage unit for your pool table, as the constant temperature will ensure the wood will not warp or buckle. Contact any of our Atlanta area storage facilities for more questions on that. From there, following the steps below will help you store a pool table properly.

1. Place plastic sheeting on the floor of your storage unit:

Lay the slate on top of it, covering each individual piece with more plastic adhered with packing tape before stacking the next piece on top (if there was more than one piece of slate).

2. Keep the other elements of the pool table wrapped in the moving blankets and set them on top of the slate:

The frame, legs, pockets, felt and other pieces of your pool or billiards table should be kept folded neatly in a sealed plastic bag to protect it from damage.

3. Keep the bags of screws, nuts and bolts with the table parts so you’ll have everything ready to go for reassembly:

If you need to store a pool table or other larger items, consider Storage World for all your household storage needs. We offer a variety of storage unit sizes perfect for all your sports equipment storage large or small, throughout the ATL.


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