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Common Storage Unit Myths Debunked


A sleuth investigating storage unit mythsThere are a lot of myths surrounding storage units. Some of them are entertaining, and some are downright terrifying. Although the truth may not be as entertaining as the myth, knowing the truth can make a storage unit rental much less scary.

Commons Myths About Storage Units

We decided to set the record straight about what a storage unit rental is really like. Below you will find some common storage myths that surround storage units as well as explanations as to why they are myths.

Storage Myth Number 1: A Storage Unit is Not Secure

This is simply not true. At Storage World, we take the security of your storage unit very seriously. Our storage facilities are surrounded by a gate that can only be accessed through a personal code. This not only keeps unauthorized personnel out, it ensures that the facility knows who has been inside any given day.

Storage Myth Number 2: A Storage Facility is Dark and Dreary

The storage units at Storage World have ample lighting. Properly lit storage units not only help deter crime, they also help reduce injury and provide an overall safe environment to our customers and workers.

Storage Myth Number 3: Storage Units are Gross and Dirty

We keep our storage units very clean to create an overall enjoyable storage experience. Clean storage units are not only beneficial to customers, our staff and business, they also help to deter vermin and the growth of mold and mildew.

Storage Myth Number 4: Storage Units are Expensive

At Storage World, we strive to offer competitive prices for our storage unit rentals. We also offer various promotions and even a free move in truck with a storage unit rental. We feel that offering competitive prices to our customers is a part of creating a good rental experience. Contact us with any questions about our storage rental promotions.

Storage Myth Number 5: A Storage Unit Rental is a Waste of Money

This is extremely circumstantial and not true in many instances. Sometimes you just need some extra storage space. Whether it’s during a move, to store seasonal or unneeded items, or because you want to use it for an unconventional reason a storage unit rental can be extremely beneficial. When a storage unit is used properly, it helps to create a more organized life. In many situations, the use of a storage unit reduced stress, saved time and improved daily organization.

Are You Looking for a Storage Unit Rental Near

Now that you understand what a storage unit is really like, you may be feeling a little different about a storage unit rental. Storage World has four storage locations throughout Georgia ready to meet your storage needs. If you still have additional questions regarding a storage unit rental, contact us to speak to one of our friendly representatives.


Unconventional Storage Unit Uses


A young band sits on the floor in their storage unit after a band rehearsalA storage unit is a great option for storing items when you’re moving, downsizing or just need a little extra space. Today, storage units aren’t just for storing items. Many people have benefited from some unconventional uses for a storage unit. This list only encompasses some of the unconventional uses for a storage unit.

Band Practice in Storage Unit

A band that is just starting out may have a hard time finding a place to rehearse. Whether the funds aren’t quite there to afford a rental hall, or you need a space away from a residential community to rock and roll to your optimal volume, a storage unit can be a smart choice. Our climate controlled storage units will not only help to keep you comfortable while you’re practicing, it will also keep the unit at a temperature safe for your instruments.

Art Storage Units

Artists require a level of peace and quiet to paint. This may not be possible in their current living situation, making a storage unit a viable alternative. A climate controlled storage unit will not only make it a more comfortable work atmosphere, it will also protect the artwork from being damaged by dangerous temperatures. A storage unit that is too hot or humid can cause paint to run, ruining the artwork.

Workout Room in a Storage Unit

It can sometimes be hard to find a gym you like and feel comfortable at. If you have your own workout equipment, consider turning a storage unit into a workout room. This is a great way to not only keep your workout equipment from cluttering your home, but to also get a quality workout without any personal distractions.

Storage Unit for Business

Office space can be expensive. Sometimes it may not be possible to fit all of your inventory, or employees, inside of an office space. If you work from home, or run a small business, consider moving your headquarters to a storage unit. A storage unit can also be a great storage option for office supplies, documents and inventory. If you are storing important documents or inventory that may be sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit.

Interested in Using a Storage Unit for an Unconventional Use

A storage unit is no longer just for storing items. Whether you’re looking to create your own gym, yoga or art studio or are simply looking for a place to rehearse with your bandmates, we’ve got you covered. Storage World has three locations throughout Georgia, ready to serve your needs, whatever they may be. Before using a storage unit for an unconventional use, talk to the manager at the storage location. Are you interested in learning more? Contact us and set up a tour today!


How to Store a Bicycle During the Winter or Off-Season


Dad and young son clean and prepare a bicycle for storage over the winterRiding a bike is not only a great form of exercise, it is also a great way to see the beautiful early fall foliage all throughout Georgia. The gorgeous leaves, corn fields and weather that fall brings is entirely unique from any other season. Unfortunately, fall is also the time to think about storing your bicycle during the winter months.
Follow these bicycle storage tips to keep your bicycle in the best shape for your next season of summer rides:

1. Clean Your Bike
2. Inspect Your Bike Frame
3. Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains
4. Inflate Your Tires
5. Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location

Bicycle Storage Solutions and Tips Even the Pros Can Use

  1. Clean Your Bike: Before storing your bike, it is important to ensure it is clean. Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt and dust from the frame. Next, take a cloth and run it over the frame of your bike removing any spots the brush may have missed.
  2. Inspect Your Bike Frame: If left untreated, a bike frame that is already damaged before going into storage, may have further damage after being removed from storage. Take the time to look for any rust, cracks or damage to the metal. If you notice signs of damage, take care of it before placing your bike into storage.
  3. Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains: Lubricate the cables on your bicycle to prevent any rust from forming during the winter months. Clean and lubricate your chain to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated during your long bike rides.
  4. Inflate Your Tires: If you are storing your bicycle standing on its wheels, be sure to properly inflate the tires before storage. Over time, the weight of the bike can cause dead spots to form on your tires, making them unusable. The best way to fight this is to ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  5. Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location: When storing your bicycle, take into account the items that are located around the bicycle. If you store your bicycle in your garage, is it possible that a shelf or heavy power tool may fall on it? Take care to store your bicycle away from potentially hazardous items. If you’re concerned about the hazardous items you have on the floor of your garage, consider hanging your bicycle from the ceiling using bike hooks. Another issue bicycle owners may come across is thieves. Bicycles can also be worth a great deal of money, and can be seen as an appealing snatch for a thief. When storing your bicycle, store it in a secure location and out of the eyes of thieves.

Are you Looking for Somewhere to Store Your Bike During the Off-Season?

If you’re in need of a place to store your bicycle during the off-season, consider renting a storage unit! Storage World has storage units ranging in sizes from 5X5 to 10X30, perfect for storing anywhere from one bike to a whole fleet of bikes. Our storage units are monitored using a 24/7 camera monitoring system, so you can rest easy knowing your bicycle is under surveillance. Find a Storage World location near you or contact us today!


DIY Cardboard Projects for a More Creative and Organized Home


A young dad completes a DIY cardboard project to turn an old cardboard box into a car.Cardboard boxes are a cost-efficient and sturdy way to transport items from one location to another. If you have recently moved, you may be living in a sea of cardboard boxes. Instead of tossing out those cardboard boxes, consider the following DIY cardboard projects to create fun toys for your kids or handy storage containers. This is an environmentally friendly way to save money and create memories with your family!

DIY Cardboard Organizer and Storage System

A problem faced by many homeowners and renters is the lack of storage space in their homes, leading to clutter and stress. Consider turning an old cardboard box into a DIY storage masterpiece.

DIY Cardboard Drawer Divider
There’s nothing more frustrating than when you can’t find something in a drawer. If it’s a drawer you use often, like a sock drawer, imagine how much time you would save by just organizing the drawer! Create this easy drawer divider and never have to dig for a pair of matching socks again!

DIY Cardboard Storage Shelves
If you’ve been trying to get your garage or basement organized to no avail, try creating this easy cardboard box storage system! This is a simple way to stay organized, and you can customize your storage system to be any size you need! Do you need storage in your living room or bedroom? Add a coat of faux wood grain paint and no one will ever know your storage system is made from cardboard!

DIY Cardboard Home Décor

Decorating every room in a new house is neither easy nor inexpensive. Create these unique cardboard home décor pieces and spend less time shopping, and more time with your family!

DIY Faux Cardboard Letters
Walls in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms across America are decorated with trendy letters spelling words such as “Love” and “Eat.” This gorgeous look is equally trendy as it is expensive– if you go the traditional route of buying your letters in a store. Instead, consider creating faux metal letters from old cardboard boxes, papier mache and paint!

DIY Cardboard Light Fixture
Light fixtures are necessary in a room to create a completed look, but can be expensive. Consider saving time and creating a unique look for your room by making a pendant light out of an old cardboard box! This will create a modern look for your room, without you having to pay the price for a unique light fixture!

DIY Cardboard Toys

Playtime is important for the cognitive growth of a child. However, toys can be expensive and it is surprising how quickly kids outgrow them. Instead of buying new toys, try creating these toys out of old cardboard boxes!

Cardboard Box Race Track
Do you have a little racecar lover in your life? Create this easy cardboard race track! Your kids will love customizing it with their name and favorite colors!

Cardboard Box Oven
Do you have a young, aspiring baker or chef living in your house? This DIY cardboard oven craft will be perfect for them! Your child will spend hours using their imagination to whip up creative feasts! And the best part is, many of the materials needed for this craft can be found around the house!

Do You Need Room to Empty Out Your Boxes?

Creating these wonderful cardboard box projects depends on having the room in your house to unload all your boxes! If you have moved recently and are tight on space, consider storing some of your items in a storage unit! A storage unit is a great place to store items you do not need right now, but still want to hold on to– like seasonal decorations or outdoor furniture. Find a self storage location close to home, or contact us with any questions regarding a storage unit rental!


Where to Take Used Toys to Declutter the Home


Toys in a box ready to be donated, sold or stored

If you have kids, you probably understand the toy struggle. Kids always want the new and exciting toys, sometimes unwilling to play with their older toys. If you have too many toys and are wondering what to do with used toys, consider selling, donating or storing them.

What to Do with Old Toys

Try not to Throw Out Used Toys: Unless a toy is broken or damaged, try not throw it out. While simply tossing out a toy may seem like a quick and let’s face it, tempting solution to get them out of your house, instead consider:

  • Storing Used Toys
  • Donating Used Toys
  • Selling Used Toys

Store Used Toys: Toys have sentimental memories. Instead of throwing them out, store them for the future generations. If you or someone you know is planning on having kids later on, consider storing your used toys. Storing toys is an environmentally friendly way to get the toys, and the clutter, out of your house. Also, depending on the cost and kind of toy, storing your toys for later on, as opposed to throwing them out, will save you a great deal of money. If you are planning on storing toys for a long period of time, or are storing expensive electronic or wooden toys, consider a climate controlled storage unit. Over time, the Georgia summer heat may wreak havoc!

Donate Used Toys: Kids need toys. Toys spark creativity and growth. Instead of throwing out old toys, consider donating used toys to a charity. Charities looking to help kids will give your used toys to kids in orphanages, foster care, or even just to families who can’t afford to buy toys. Donating items can also be written off on your taxes, provided that it’s a qualifying charity and you kept your receipts. Donating toys can also be a valuable lesson to kids, teaching them to be selfless whenever possible to help others.

Sell Used Toys: If your child has too many toys, consider selling the toys to make room and money to buy new toys. Have your kids help set up a garage sale and tell them they can use whatever money they make from the sale to buy new toys. This will not only help to declutter your home, as an added bonus it will also help teach your kids learn financial responsibility.

If You Aren’t Ready to Donate Used Toys Quite Yet, Store Them! 

If you are storing your toys for a long period of time, or are storing electronics or electrical toys, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit. Fluctuations in temperature can cause toys to rust, ruining the toy. Storage World has three locations in Georgia ready to help you with your storage needs. Contact us today!


Fourth of July Events in Atlanta, Georgia


Fourth of July weekend is drawing near, which means around the country people will be celebrating with friends and family at picnics, barbecues, pool parties, and of course, viewing some firework displays!

The tradition of celebrating our country’s independence dates all the way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, although it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1941. Today, the Fourth of July is considered one of our most important national holidays and is a symbol of patriotism.

Here’s a fun fact: it’s estimated that consumers spend over $600 million dollars on fireworks for the Fourth of July, with two-thirds of that going to backyard barbecues!

What to Do This Fourth of July in Atlanta

There are a wide variety of Fourth of July events in Atlanta to help you celebrate our country’s Independence Day. If you’re wondering how to spend the holiday in the area this year, here are a few ideas:
Fourth of July Events in Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration

On July 4, head to Centennial Olympic Park after 6pm for fun and entertainment for the whole family. This Fourth of July event in Atlanta features not only free music, but also the Southeast’s largest fireworks display!

East Pointe’s Salute to the Red, White & Blue Hometown Celebration

This fun-filled Fourth of July Atlanta event features activities the entire family will enjoy, with vendors and artist markets, a kids’ activity zone, entertainment, and delicious food and beverages. Plus, the evening is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display!

Red, White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Head to the Georgia Aquarium on July 3 for their Summer Beer Festival held in their magnificent OceansBallroom. You’ll enjoy unlimited beer, food, and live music while taking in over 500 aquatic species including beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. This event is for those 21 and over, and don’t forget to arrange for safe transportation home.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain
 From July 1-4, Stone Mountain Park will host their annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration, which was votedthe “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers. You’ll also get toexperience the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, an amazing show that features the base ofthe 825 foot mountain shining up like fingers of light.
 

Callaway Gardens 4th of July Beach Party Callaway Gardens holds a Fourth of July event in Atlanta that starts early in the day and lasts well into the evening hours at Robin Lake Beach. Wear your red, white and blue gear and get ready to enjoy anentire day’s worth of live music, beach activities and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza!

Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square

For over 50 years, Lenox Square has been celebrating the Fourth of July in Atlanta with activities for the whole family, including musical entertainment, food concessions and a 15 minute show featuring over 10,000 fireworks!

Happy Fourth of July from Storage World!

Storage World would like to take a moment to say Happy Fourth of July to all our tenants of the past,present and future! We hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend! Remember, Storage World has three Atlanta self storage locations that can serve any of your residential or business storage needs!


Photo Storage Tips


We still want to print our photos to display in frames or to keep in a scrapbook sometimes–even if our photography habits have gone almost exclusively digital as a society over the last couple of decades. But even now, every family still has boxes of old black and white photos which are beginning to fade due to improper picture storage techniques.

It would be great to preserve these treasures for generations to come, but it’s not easy. Photos that have been improperly stored in shoeboxes, taped in scrapbooks, stored in hot and humid basements or attics could be in trouble. How can you protect these precious family photos and keepsakes for future generations moving forward, you ask? Self-storage provides a solution.

Photos Stay Protected in Self Storage

Below is a list of the top photo storage options available.

Photo Boxes-

Store photos in “photograph safe” storage boxes which are specially designed to protect your photos while in storage. Do not store photographs in old shoeboxes or envelopes. These boxes can contain chemicals which over time will damage your photos. If you are placing loose photos in a box, always stick a piece of archival paper between the photos to prevent the photos from sticking together.

Photo Albums-

Photographs should be stored in acid free photo albums made with materials that pass an ANSI IT 9.16 Photographic Activity Test (PAT). Do not store photos in photo albums with sticky or magnetic pages. The chemicals in these albums can potentially yellow and fade the photographs over time. The sticky photo albums also can make the photographs tear when you are trying to remove them from the scrapbook. Also, do not put tape on the back of photos to put in photo album as this could also tear the photograph.

Film Negatives-

If you have a collection of old film negatives or slides, make sure that you properly clean these items before storage in an archival safe storage box.

Where to Store Photos

Depending on the amount of home storage available, framed photos, photos albums and photo storage boxes can be displayed on shelves in the home. If there is not enough room, or you need to remove photos due to a home staging project, photos can be stored in a storage unit. Photos should be kept in a mild temperature and low humidity environment.

Climate controlled storage units are kept at a constant temperature, which is an ideal location to store photos. Photo albums should be stacked flat in a box with filler material added to the top. Properly seal the boxes with packaging tape and label the boxes with the contents.

If you properly store your photos either at your home or in a self-storage unit, you will be able to enjoy them and share with your family and friends for years to come. Taking these extra steps will help prevent damage, warping and fading of the photographs.

Storage World offers photo storage solutions in each of our Atlanta area storage locations.  Stop by today to speak with our friendly professionals to learn more. 


How To Move and Store Your Kitchen Appliances


Preparing Refrigerators, Stoves, Dishwashers and Microwaves for Moving and Storage

Cleaning is the first step in moving or storing your kitchen appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and microwaves have particular cleaning and storage requirements identified by the manufacturer’s warrant.  Please review the manual and information for your appliance specifically.

Generally speaking, however, below are the tips you need to know for moving and storing appliances so they remain in great condition and extend the life of the product.

Appliance Storage

Self-storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term kitchen appliance storage. By properly preparing appliances for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. The important steps to consider are listed below.

  1. Turn Off Your Appliance
  2. Clean Your Appliance
  3. Defrost or Dethaw if Applicable (Refrigerator, Freezer, etc)
  4. Secure Doors with Straps
  5. Rent Moving Truck and Dollies
  6. Protect Appliance in Transport
  7. Continue to Protect Appliance in Storage
  8. Place in Rear of Storage Unit

Appliances should be placed on a moving truck first. Place them along the back wall and covered with a moving blanket. Load boxes and bags on top of the appliances during transit. If you are placing the appliance in a storage unit, place the appliance towards the back of the storage unit and allow a bit of space between the appliance and the wall.

Cover the appliances with a tarp for protection. Once the refrigerator, stove or dishwasher is placed in the storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up. Utilize the space inside of the appliances for additional storage space for kitchen appliances, comforters, linens and small boxes.

Storage World has a variety of storage units from climate controlled to non-climate controlled to fit appliances and more throughout the Atlanta area.

Speak with our friendly customer support team at any of our Atlanta area storage facilities to learn more. 


Self-Storage Tips for College Students


Make summer storage for college students easy with tips from Storage WorldCollege Student Storage

As final exams conclude and classes break for the summer, college students begin to pack up all of their textbooks, electronics, furniture and other items they’ve accumulated throughout the school year. But instead of hauling those boxes, couches and desks back home to their parent’s house—or directly into a new apartment—it’s worth considering self-storage. For college students and recent graduates, self-storage is a great option for staying organized and keeping your belongings safe during these transitional periods of your life.

College Student Storage Ideas

  • Month-to-month rentals available: Most self-storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals, which is a perfect option for summer storage for college students during the time between school years. Storing your personal items in a self-storage unit gives you peace-of-mind that your items will be safe while also eliminating the need to transport them back-and-forth.
  • Help keep your parent’s house organized: As a college student, it’s also worth considering that your parents may have redecorated your bedroom or turned that space into an in-home gym or office. Renting a storage unit can demonstrate your maturity and respect for these permanent upgrades while maximizing your residential storage space in the long run.
  • Storage solutions that fit your budget: When choosing a self-storage unit in your college town, make sure you are getting the right type of unit for what you plan to be storing. Since college students are usually on a limited budget, you want to make sure that you get all the space you need at the best price.
  • Climate controlled storage options: If you are storing multiple electronics, some antique furniture, documents or even mattresses, it’s a good idea to rent a climate-controlled storage unit to protect these items over a hot summer. If you are just storing clothes, linens and kitchen items, however, then a non-climate controlled storage unit will be sufficient.
  • Recent college graduates: Many of these storage tips for students are also applicable to those who are graduating in May or June, too. Many college graduates will be transitioning to their new lives after graduation and moving into smaller living spaces then they had before. If this is the case, then it would be a good idea to store your college belongings in a self-storage unit until you have found proper housing in the future.

College Student Storage Options

With summer break and the graduation season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to explore self-storage solutions that make this transitional period more efficient for students and their families. For the many college students throughout Atlanta, Storage World has three self-storage locations that can serve all of your storage needs. From standard storage units to climate control, Storage World has options that fit your budget and help keep students organized. Learn more by stopping by to check out one of our facilities today!


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