Self-Storage for Assisted Living

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

At one point or another, everyone finds themselves helping their elderly relative through the transition process as they begin life in an assisted-living facility. Whether that relative is your spouse, parent, or grandparent, inevitable concerns often arise from that person’s possessions. How do you deal with one person’s lifetime of belongings when senior living communities often do not have the space to make use of them? This is where self-storage can help.

Storage Units for Seniors

Canal Road Self Storage – located in Brunswick, GA – is happy to offer your family some peace of mind that the personal belongings of your elderly loved one are safe and secure. Enjoy a clean storage unit with complementary professional pest control when you store with us. Canal Road Self Storage also features extra wide driveways and free local use of our moving truck so your self-storage experience is as quick and convenient as possible.
It is important to select a self-storage facility that you can rely on. Canal Road Self-Storage features 24-hour video surveillance so you can rest easy that your belongings are well-monitored. Store with confidence so you can focus on supporting your loved one through their next phase of life. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns – we want to help your senior living transition go as smooth as possible.

Self-Storage Options for Seniors

To help ensure that you get the right unit for your needs (or the needs of your loved one) it is important that the storage facility you choose has a wide range of storage units. Getting the too large a unit can wind up costing you extra, but getting too small a unit will only lead you back to square one – looking for a solution to your storage problem.

Storage units at Canal Road Self Storage come in sizes ranging from 5’ x 5’ to 20’ x 20’, allowing you the utmost flexibility. It is a best practice to get a larger storage unit in the early stages of your transition, so that you can gradually decide which items are worth hanging onto. As you purge those non-essential items, you can move into smaller units and save yourself money without sacrificing any potentially important family heirlooms. Our staff at Canal Road Self Storage is happy to work with you through these difficult times, so please feel free to stop by or give us a call.

Make the Most of Your Storage Unit

Typically, items that are only used during certain times of the year, such as decorations, are perfect for self-storage. Other items that are infrequently used, including documents and old furniture, also make for good storage candidates. Our climate controlled storage units can help keep important items in their best condition. Family home video and photo collections are perfect for climate controlled self-storage.

Shoe Storage Tips and Ways to Organize Closet

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Designating an area for your shoes when you get into your house from the rain isn’t enough. Shoe organization is critical for those of us who need to get breakfast on the table for kids and get out the door for work everyday. This also becomes an issues for those who collect specific types of shoes from high heels to sneakers. Proper organization will help you not only find what you need, but also maximize your collection and keeping everything available.

Shoe Storage

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. For speciality or designer shoe options, refer to the product information on whether climate controlled storage is required.

Also, consider Racks, Boot Shapers or Boot Boxes for optimal storage. These items could be used in your closet, or in a self-storage unit that you use for shoe storage. To learn more, stop by Canal Road’s self-storage facility in Brunswick, GA after checking out this list below.

  • 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.

Self-Storage Units Near You in Brunswick, GA

Stop by Canal Road Self-Storage’s facility in Brunswick, GA for the best self-storage customer service in the area. Also feel free to call Canal Road Self-Storage and talk with our experts about your next storage experience or contact us by sending an email. Looking forward to talking with you soon!

Hat Storage Tips To Help Organize Your Closet

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

All household items cannot be stored the same way. Certain things, like wedding dresses, need to be preserved for future generations and kept free from wrinkles. Patio furniture and Holiday Decorations are examples of items that would be stored seasonally. But when following the storage tips for each specific piece of clothing or items around your house will help maximize space and save time.

The first step in proper hat storage is to identify what hats you need right now and what should be placed in storage. This could be in terms of a storage unit, alongside other larger items like couches or appliances, or event within your own closet. Maybe you have one or two really nice hats that only get used when you’re in your Sunday best. Or maybe you have an impressive collection of caps from your hometown team. Why not show them off with a wall display! It can be as simple as hanging a picture on the wall with the use of some nails or adhesive-backed hooks. Or, if you don’t want them directly on the walls, you could use a corkboard. A decorative coat rack can be another stylish piece to display your favorite head coverings while keeping them out of the way. These are just a few of the ways you can turn your hat collection into a conversation starter.

Storing Hats

If you would rather keep your hats in the closet until they’re part of your outfit, we have some ideas for you, too. The wall display might work in the closet. If your closet walls have some spare headroom, you can line the perimeter with hooks or nails for hat storage up high. For those of you with a variety of visors, caps, and other decorative headdress with adjustable bands, a coat hanger and some shower curtain rings can hold quite a few pieces. An over-the-door shoe organizer could be repurposed into hat storage for less bulky items like caps and winter hats. It’s not bad for gloves and mittens either if you want to make it more of a seasonal accessory organizer. When protecting the shape and more fragile elements of your dressier bowlers and bonnets is a concern, you will probably want to store those in a hatbox. Some nicer-looking hatboxes could work as home decor or in closet storage, so stack for style or space as you please!

Climate-Controlled Storage

Whether you’re storing hats in your home or in a self-storage unit, you will want to make sure the space is protected against extreme temperature and humidity. Don’t leave your prized headgear to fend for itself against the elements. Stop by Canal Road Self Storage to learn more about how to store your household items properly. Canal Road provides the all type of storage options, including climate controlled storage, as well as the best customer service in the industry. Learn how Canal Road Self-Storage can save you time and money today by calling or stopping by to visit our team of storage experts.

Organizing Your Storage Unit with Containers

Friday, December 30th, 2016

We’ve all been there: playing a real-life game of Tetris with a dozen objects and a finite amount of space. Unfortunately, life rarely works out as neatly as the game does. Today, we’re going to look at some tips to get you sorting, stacking and organizing your storage unit like a pro.

Plan Before You Try to Organize Your Storage Unit

One advantage you have here over the popular puzzle game is the ability to make a game plan based on the pieces you know you will have. Capitalize on that! Take an inventory of the items you will be storing. This will give you an opportunity to identify troublesome items that are too big, bulky or awkward to stack. Also, start thinking about items that fit well together based on shape and size.

If you have a lot of items that belong in a particular room, is there a way to keep those items in boxes or containers together? Organizing your storage unit into zones like “bedrooms,” “bathrooms” and “clothing” can streamline your move-in and move-out. Measuring groups of items and sketching out a rough diagram is a good way to firm up your plan of attack. You may want to leave that diagram in your unit after moving in so you have a guide handy when you return.

Maximize Space by Organizing Bins

For smaller items that can be packed together, check out our moving boxes and packing supplies . Keep track of what’s packed where by labeling your storage containers. You may also want to attach an itemized list to each box or bin.Some of your larger items can be used as containers, too. Refrigerators, bookcases and dressers all have real estate that you don’t want to overlook. Just be careful not to exceed recommended weight capacity, and keep labels and lists for any items stored within.

Stack Those Storage Containers

Arrange your storage unit so that items needed often are placed near the front. Always put heavier items in the bottoms of containers, and begin building your stacks with those sturdy foundations.

Sofas, loveseats, mattresses and the like can be a little trickier. Springy cushions don’t make for safe and sturdy stacking. Plus, you could damage the furniture if you load it up with heavy items and leave it for extended periods of time. You may want to stand sofas and loveseats on their ends in a corner, but check with the manufacturer first to ensure it’s okay for the item to be stored this way.

If you have an self-storage questions, don’t hesitate to ask a Canal Road Self Storage representative for some pro-tips or check out our self-storage FAQs. Our self-storage professionals are here to help! 

How to Clean Up After Your Holiday Parties

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

It’s not easy to clean up your home after the holidays conclude. But it’s something we all have to do. If you are looking to start the new year off organized, here are a some organization and storage tips to consider.

Save what’s wrapped. Many baked goods are safe to leave out if covered or wrapped. If you have food that needs to be refrigerated, store it quickly. Make the most of your limited fridge space by transferring leftovers to smaller, seal-able containers. If those aren’t available, cover your plates with foil or plastic wrap before stashing them in the refrigerator.

Grease goes in the garbage (maybe). If grease used for deep-frying is clear and free of odd odors, you can reuse it. Transfer it to a metal can or plastic jug with a tight-fitting cover and stash the container in the fridge. Recycling is another option in some areas, but you will generally have to take it to a drop-off center. If all else fails, seal it in a leak-proof container and place that within a bag before it goes in the bin to reduce leaky messes. In every case, make sure the grease has completely cooled first.

Soak and scrub. Depending on the level of caked-on crud stuck to your pots and pans, you might want to vary your approach. Squirt a little dishwashing soap in them, fill with water and let sit overnight if the situation is a little sticky. For those more stubborn burnt-in messes, you can let soda like Coke or Pepsi loosen things up for you. Just leave it in the pot for a few hours or overnight.

Storing Seasonal Items in Self Storage 

Once your guests are gone, you probably don’t want permanent reminders of the party on your floor or tablecloth. How do you get rid of those scuffs and stains? And what about all those decorations we no longer need? Tips for those final steps to your holiday clean in below.

Buff shoe scuffs. Polyurethane hardwood floors might pick up a few marks while you’re cuttin’ a rug. Don’t despair at your damaged dance floor. Rub the area for a bit with a soft cloth, and if that doesn’t do the trick, add a little floor cleaner as you rub.

Stop stains from setting. If wine ends up on the carpet, rug or tablecloth, you’ll need to act fast. Salt can help keep the stain from settling in for the long haul. Carpet cleaner might be required, but if you have club soda or white wine on hand, you might try those first. Whichever one you choose, pour it directly on the stain and blot the area. Avoid rubbing as that will make matters worse.

Store holiday decorations in a self-storage unit. As you take down all the party and holiday decorations, don’t forget that Canal Road has a self storage location near you . With units in an array of sizes, our self-storage professionals can help you find the perfect solution for your decoration storage needs. This could be great for all seasonal items, and provide a safe landing spot until your holiday decorations are needed once again next year.

Video Game Storage Best Practices

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The past few generations of video game consoles produce a fair amount of heat. So, first, always be sure to store any video game systems that still get play time in a well-ventilated area, and maintain as much separation as possible between all heat-generating electronics.

Another general storage tip is to keep your consoles and other electronics at least one-to-two inches away from surfaces that can seal off air vents. There are many entertainment stands and shelving options that allow for good airflow. You should also avoid operating your consoles on carpet or rugs.

Depending on just how vintage your systems are, you may be able to get away with storing them in closer quarters. Check the owner’s manual to be on the safe side. If your copy is lost (or just in another castle), don’t worry. A handy PDF version is at your fingertips with the help of your favorite search engine.

If you will be putting away the console for an extended period of time, you should think twice before stashing them in the basement or attic. Consoles of all generations struggle with extreme heat, cold and humidity. Consider a climate controlled storage unit at a storage facility near you.

Video Game Storage

While digital distribution is catching on with modern consoles, many people still enjoy having a physical collection of discs, cartridges, manuals and cases. If your collection is older, chances are you already have quite a few. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to keep them from cluttering up your room.

Shelves aren’t just for books. You can use them to showcase your prized gaming pieces. Or, consider custom-made storage cases, devices and shelving systems specifically made for video games and DVD or Blu-Ray style cases. If you have an entertainment center with closed off areas like cabinets, it’s better to reserve those for your cartridges and discs as they don’t need room to breathe.

Arcade Game Storage

Do you have an old Pac Man or Space Invaders arcade-style video game gathering dust in the basement? Or maybe an arcade version of NBA Jam or Mortal Kombat? You don’t want to throw away these iconic monstrosities, but you really don’t have any room for them, either. Consider moving your arcade game into your storage unit, as well, while also including your vintage consoles and games. If you need help transporting your arcade games in the Brunswick, GA area, contact Canal Road Self Storage. We offer a free moving truck that could help lighten your 8-bit load!

Long-Term Storage for Video Games and Consoles

Canal Road Self Storage offers climate controlled storage units in Georgia which would be great for your vintage video games or consoles. Stop by our facility to day to learn more about how to store video games, and other storage tips, that will steal back much-needed space around your home. Our expert staff can help identify the right unit for you, and make your storage experience extremely rewarding.

Shoe Storage Tips To Keep Your Home Organized

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Designating an area for shoes that see near-daily action can make those mornings where you’re rushing out the door less hectic. It’s also a great place to start when you begin the shoe organization process. You don’t have to spend precious minutes searching for your all-purpose footwear, while maximizing storage space in your closet. However, it’s also important to have a separate storage area within your home for wet or snowy shoes to dry out. This could be a spot in the garage, or a mat just inside the door – somewhere well-ventilated and dry.

Storing 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. As the seasons change, this is a great time to consider a self-storage unit. By placing your winter footwear in storage during the summer, you will open up your closet and feel more organized at home.

Below are some other ideas to consider.

  • 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 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 keep your sneakers organized and in great condition.

Do I Need Climate Control Storage for Shoes?

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, Canal Road Self Storage 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.

Self-Storage Near You

Canal Road offers Brunswick, GA self storage solutions, featuring an expert staff that can help answer any of your storage needs. Whether it’s shoes overflowing from your closet, seasonal or business needs, find out how we can help keep your home organized and clean by stopping by today to learn more.

Storage Tips: How to Choose a Storage Unit

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Choosing a Storage Unit Size that Fits Your Needs

Once you have determined the items you will need to place in a storage unit, it’s time to consider their sizes and weights. Some items can stack on top of each other, while others may be too heavy or awkward in shape, requiring their own space. One way to help with choosing a storage unit size is by actually packing your belongings and stacking them together. Without damaging any items inside the boxes, use a tape measure to see how much space you need. Try using different containers or boxes to figure out the most efficient way to store everything.

Consider How Long Your Items Will Need To Be Stored

Depending on how long you plan to store items, it may be important to provide space for ventilation and access. When storing belongings for short periods of time, it is usually okay to pack them closer together. When storing belongings for longer periods of time, however, providing extra space not only for ventilation, but also for a walkway so you can get to your items is also vital. For belongings that you may need to access regularly, consider leaving enough space in your unit for an aisle. Then, be sure to arrange those belongings along the aisle for easy access.

To help you determine how to choose a storage unit size that works for you, we summarized this process in the five easy steps below.

1. Make an inventory list of all the items you plan to store
2. Identify items you will need to access in storage
3. Measure and estimate the collective packing size of the items you plan to store
4. Be sure to account for extra space to provide ventilation
5. Reference these packing requirements with unit size details below

How Canal Road Self Storage Can Help

Determining the right size storage unit for your needs will prove to be your best value. Before making a final decision, visit your nearest Canal Road Self Storage facility and ask to see a unit that is the same size you are considering. Viewing the space may be easier than trying to picture it in your head. Also, our reputable and friendly staff is trained and experienced in helping tenants determine the proper storage space so bring your inventory list and packing estimate details to discuss and we will take it from there.

At Canal Road Self Storage, our goal is to provide you with the best value for your money. We want to rent you the size unit that fits your needs and nothing more. Stop by today for help choosing a storage unit that fits your needs at any of our self storage locations near you.

Photo Storage 101: Tips for Storing Print Photos

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Before we all became smartphone photographers we used to print photos on paper. Those printed photos would be used to fill albums, frames and portraits, and help inspire nostalgic trips down memory lane for the whole family to enjoy. Unfortunately, many of these photos have been improperly stored in shoeboxes, scrapbooks and hot and humid basements or attics that help to ruin these family treasures. So how can you protect these precious family photos and keepsakes for future generations moving forward, you ask? Self-storage provides a solution that is simple, safe, effective and affordable.

Photos Stay Protected in Self Storage: Top Photo Storage Options

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 storage boxes made with materials that pass an ANSI IT 9.16 Photographic Activity Test (PAT). Do not store photos in photo storage boxes with sticky or magnetic pages (or ones that are not acid free!). 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.

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.

Canal Road Self Storage offers photo storage solutions in each of our Georgia area storage locations. Stop by today to speak with our friendly professionals to learn more.

6 Things to Get Rid of in a Decluttering Project

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Learning how to declutter your home is an important aspect of maintaining a well-balanced life when it comes to organization. If the storage space within your home is already packed full, then it is time to place those household belongings in storage. Self-storage is a great place to store seasonal clothing, extra furniture, collections, or anything else that is cluttering up your home you do not plan on donating or selling.

Decluttering Tips: 6 Things to Get Rid of in a Decluttering Project

1. Mismatched storage containers: Match up lids to bottoms of storage containers throughout your kitchen. If you can’t find a match, recycle them or throw them away.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Clothes you don’t wear anymore: Go through your bedroom closets and pull out anything you don’t wear anymore. If it’s still in good shape, donate those items and take strides to decluttering.
5. 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.
6. 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. Everything is on the internet now, also.

Storage Tips From Local Professionals

If you have any questions for our friendly experts at any location near you, we’d be happy to help you begin and along the decluttering process. It starts with a plan, so if you’re readying this: congrats on step one!