Bedroom Spring Cleaning Ideas

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

A messy bedroomThe poor, poor bedroom. It’s where all the messes get tossed when company pops in for a surprise visit. Dirty clothes may end up on the floor here more often than the laundry room—particularly if you live with teenagers. If clumps of clothing and cluttered closets are cramping your bedroom style, we have some ideas that can help get your spring cleaning mission off to a great start.

Cleaning and Organizing Your Bedroom

It’s a good idea to set your order of operations so you don’t have to clean any areas twice. In general, start at the top and work your way down when taking on a massive cleaning project. When you clean ceiling fans and light fixtures, some of the dust will rain down, so start with the ceiling and finish with the floor. Before you get to that point, though, let’s clear out some of the clutter.

  • Empty the closet. Sort clothing and other items into a few different categories. You may want to consider storing seasonal clothing and accessories offsite. The extra space can come in handy. Are there any clothes that just don’t fit anymore (and probably won’t anytime soon)? Think about donating or selling them. If any of your threads are looking frayed, it might be time to throw them away.
  • Dust and vacuum while the closet’s clear. It will be much easier to get into the corners and other hard to reach places while the closet’s empty.
  • Organize as you go. When you start returning the clothing and accessories you’ll be keeping to the closet, think about which items you need most often. Make sure they’re easy to access.
  • Repeat with the drawers. Follow all the steps above for any drawers in your bedroom. Empty, sort, clean and reorganize.
  • Don’t forget the drapes, curtains and carpets! Window dressing often gets overlooked in the cleaning department. Take these down and wash according to the labels, or you may want to have a cleaning crew come in to help. They can also help with deep cleaning the carpet if it’s been a while since the floor has seen more than just a vacuum cleaner.
  • Check under the bed. There aren’t any monsters under there, but you may have some dust bunnies, lost socks or other things hiding beneath the bed. If this area serves as additional storage space, take the time to sort items, toss what you don’t need and reorganize the rest.

Self-Storage For Household Items

When you’re ready to move some of your belongings to a storage space away from home, give us a call at Canal Road Self Storage. Our smallest self-storage units are great for keeping seasonal clothing and a few small items out of your way. If you need something larger, we can accommodate needs up to and including entire households! The facility includes state of the art security measures and other features like climate-controlled storage units to keep your belongings safe and sound. Stop by for a tour today!

Moving and Storing Your Pool Table

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

If you find yourself needing to move and store a pool table, this guide will help make your experience as smooth and painless as possible while helping to keep your pool table undamaged through the process. For those going alone in their pool table move, these steps will prove vital.

The Fundamentals of Pool Table Moving

There are two major facets to moving a pool table:

  1. Disassembly
  2. Muscle Power

We highly recommend you enlist the help of friends or hired hands to deal with the “muscle power” part of this equation. For disassembly, you will need a staple puller, a set of flathead screwdrivers, a socket wrench, power drill, and safety goggles. Always make sure to follow proper procedures as outlined by your pool table’s manual, as each brand and style of table has its own set of specifications.

First, make sure to remove all pockets from the pool table. The six side pockets will be attached with staples or screws, so use the staple puller or screwdriver to unfasten them. Make sure you are wearing your safety goggles to protect your eyes from potentially flying small parts.

Second, loosen the bolts holding in the rails to disengage them. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding in the rails, then slide them out gently with some assistance from friends, placing the rails on a moving blanket for safe transport. Keep all the bolts, screws, nuts and other small pieces sealed together in a plastic bag.

Third, (gently!) remove the felt. Removing the felt is a very delicate process, unless you’ll be replacing it after the move. The felt will either be stapled to the pool table or glued in place. Carefully remove the staples to release it, or pull the felt up very gently in a backward motion if it’s glued on. Try not to stretch it or pull on it, as it will lose its shape easily. Fold the felt carefully once you have gotten it up off the table.

Fourth, remove your table’s slate. Removing the slate is where your helpers will really come into play. The slate may be in one to three pieces and can weigh a total of around 800 pounds! The slate will be screwed down and needs to be removed with a power drill. Again, keep all the screws and pieces together in a plastic bag. Once the screws have been removed, use the combined strength of your helpers to lift the slate off the frame and set it down on a moving blanket.

Finally, remove the frame and legs from your pool table by flipping it over to remove each leg from the frame, as well as any other detachable pieces.

Once the pool table is completely disassembled, it is ready to be moved. Wrap up all the larger pieces in the moving blankets, individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame and secure them 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.

Hiring a Moving Company or Moving on Your Own

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The biggest question before every moving day is whether or not you should hire a moving company to help with the transition. Moving companies can save time, provide moving supplies, and make the relocation process more manageable, but that service doesn’t come without a price. When you consider the fact that Canal Road Self Storage offers free local use of a moving truck when moving items into our facility, it might be more beneficial to save those moving fees and execute the move yourself. But if you’re relocating from across the country, or not moving items into a storage unit, it could be worth exploring the benefit of hiring movers. The tips for choosing a moving company highlighted below are designed to help with that process.

Questions to Ask a Moving Company

Do you have a license? There are a series of questions to ask a moving company but checking for their license is the best place to start. By law, all professional moving companies are required to be licensed by local, state, or federal regulation. Being a licensed moving company means that the company has met the requirements for operating a moving company. Ask the moving company for their Department of Transportation (DOT) license number and then search the DOT website to check if they are a licensed interstate moving company. Always remember to check the license before hiring a moving company. Other finding a moving company tips and best practices are listed below.

Research Online Reputations

What kind of reputation does the moving company that you are looking at have? This is an important question to ask when determining how to select a moving company. Conduct online searches for reviews, testimonials or consumer complaints about the moving companies you are considering. Another good tip for choosing a moving company that is reputable is to check your local Better Business Bureau for online consumer feedback.

Are Estimates Binding?

After asking about their license, finding out whether or not the moving quotes offered by the company you are interested in hiring are binding is critically important. One of the top concerns is the estimated cost for moving your belongings. Know whether your estimate is binding or non-binding. A binding estimate is a written agreement made in advance with the moving company. It means that the moving quotes will be the total amount that you will have to pay—even if the shipment weighs more or less than the estimated amount. Whether or not the company provides moving and packing supplies or if you need to provide your own is also worth asking before signing a contract.

Find Out About Moving Insurance Options

What type of moving insurance is offered by the moving company you are talking with? And at what cost? Damage to your belongings is not likely, but it can happen and you need to know how your items can be protected. All moving companies are required by law to assume liability for the value of the goods they carry. There are two different types of liability insurance coverage that moving companies can offer: Full Value Protection and Alternative Level of Liability.

Request a List of References

The last step in how to select the right moving company for your move is to ask for a list of references. Do not be afraid to call these customers and ask them questions about the moving company. It’s better to be safe than sorry. This would be the final step in confirming a decision you believe you already made. It would be incredibly inefficient to begin calling references on multiple moving companies. But once you have narrowed your choices down to one, a couple calls to former customers could help reinforce a positive feeling about the decision you made before officially hiring a moving company.

Stop by Canal Road Self Storage to learn more about the moving and packing supplies we have available, how you can reserve local use of our moving truck and other self-storage tips prior to making your next move. Our industry leading staff is standing by to answer any questions you have.

How to Unload a Moving Truck

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Full length of young male movers carrying sofa outside truck on streetProper planning for your next moving day begins well before the moving truck arrives. While you can start packing up items in your home around two months prior to your move to ensure everything is ready to go, one of the most crucial steps for saving time on moving day includes determining how to pack a moving truck effectively.

By ensuring that you are utilizing every square inch of the truck in an efficient manner, you will not only save time on making multiple trips, but you will also protect your items while in transit. If you also consider the boxes and moving supplies you need, and which items should be moved into your new home first, you can begin to save time unloading a moving truck before you ever arrive.

Packing a Moving Truck: Identify What Goes in First

To properly pack a moving truck, it’s important to load your large appliances in first. Once these items are securely placed into the back of the truck, furniture would be the next item to follow. Be sure to evenly distribute your furniture throughout both sides of the truck, and cover these items with moving blankets for protection in transit. Then, your boxes go in next, placing the heavier ones on the bottom. Loading a moving truck should conclude with fragile items packed last, and empty spaces filled with buffers like bags of clothing, linens, pillows or cushions to avoid items shifting around during the move.

Unloading a Moving Truck: Step-By-Step Best Practices

1. Map out rooms before unloading. Before you begin unpacking the moving truck, go into your new home and make a list of where items need to be placed. This way you’ll be able to easily direct your helpers to the right spot and track what has been moved.

2. Place boxes in the proper rooms immediately. Before packing a moving truck, label all your boxes with the area of the new home or room where they belong. This way, everything can get set down in the right place immediately, helping you stay organized and able to find the things you need without any problems.

3. Keep a clear pathway. Make sure there’s an open pathway clear of debris and boxes from the moving truck into the home. Protect your flooring with carpet remnants or taped-down plastic.

4. Set up larger items first. Place boxes out of the way of furniture so you can set up beds, put together tables and dressers, etc.

5. Install the appliances. Make sure your appliances weren’t dinged up in the move, then get them into their proper places and hooked up. If any appliances are gas-powered, let the professionals handle those later.

6. An “Open First” Box. Pack a box with essential items like toiletries, paper products and utensils, a change of clothing and bedding. Label this box as “open first” to make sure you have everything you need during your first night at the new house.

Consider Self-Storage in Advance of Your Next Move

Self-storage is a valuable household storage option for items that will not fit in your new home, or equipment you may not need until the following season. If you’re planning a move, Canal Road Self Storage has five self-storage locations in the Georgia area that can serve all of your storage needs. From standard storage units to climate control, Canal Road has options that will keep your belongings safe and secure until you need to access them. We also offer free local use of a moving truck. Learn more by stopping by to check out one of our facilities today!