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Food Storage Tips

filled refrigeratorRefrigerator and freezer storage can be limited and frustrating. Here are some tips to maximize your food storage space, as well as how to properly store various food items to maximize their shelf life.

Create More Space & Get Organized

Plastic bins are a great way to group common types of food and help get the refrigerator organized. Having an organized fridge and freezer will help use the best of the space available. Lazy Susans not only help organize the fridge, but help you access items without taking a bunch of things out. Stacking plastic magazine holders placed on their side will help create makeshift shelving and will allow for more space. It is also a good idea to date leftovers, so they can be thrown away in a timely manner, which will help the refrigerator stay clean and open up space.

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How to Store Common Household Items

Properly Packed Box for StorageWhen storing items in your house, or in a storage unit, it is important to properly store the item to make sure it is preserved and remains damage-free. Here are some tips on how to properly store common household to make sure the items are not ruined.

  • Vinyl Records

Vinyl records should be stored in a record sleeve standing vertically. Records should be stored indoor on a shelf or bookcase. For storage, records should be packed loosely and vertically away from moisture. Failing to properly store vinyl records can cause them to get scratched or warped.

  • Electronics

If available, electronics should always be stored in their original packaging. If not, they should be stored in a cardboard box sitting upright, surrounded by packing peanuts or padding. Batteries should be removed from all devices. Electronics should be stored in a cool dry place to avoid damage.

  • Makeup

Makeup should be storage in a dry cabinet or drawer, or air tight container. Liquid products, like mascara or foundation should only be stored for three months. Powdered makeup and lipstick are good for up to 18 months. All makeup brushes should be kept in a clean dry location. If makeup is not properly stored, there is a risk of melting, discoloration, and bacterial growth.

  • Jewelry

To avoid scratching or tangling jewelry, items should be stored in an individual compartment of a jewelry box or container, or wrapped in tissue paper to separate each piece. Jewelry should be stored in velvet or silk lined containers to prevent scratching. Store in a cool dry place to prevent gems from losing their shine and metals from tarnishing.

  • Furniture

Furniture should be disassembled when being stored to avoid damage. It is important to keep all hardware in a labeled plastic bag for easy location when it is time to put furniture back together. Before storage, furniture should always be cleaned and dry to avoid moisture. It is also a good idea to wrap furniture in plastic wrap to help protect the pieces.

Following these simple tips will help ensure that your stored items are safe and sound while being stored.

You Might Have a Valentine’s Day Gift in Your Storage Unit

Heart shaped ribbonValentine’s Day is about telling those who mean the most to you how much you love them, usually through a small token or gift. Have you checked your storage unit for items to re-purpose to make a gift for your special someone? Here are some ideas of items you can turn into great gifts for your Valentine.

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Simple Packing Tips to Make Your Move Easier

girl holding moving box with A-1 Self Storage logoMoving isn’t easy, is it? At A-1 Self Storage, we understand that packing can be a long and tiring task. Let us make your move a little easier by offering these simple tips to help you stay organized and ensure your items stay protected. If you are storing your items, proper packing techniques will also help you save space and money.

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Get Organized by Giving Back

Donation Box LargeMany new items enter our homes during the holidays. But what do you do with all that new stuff? Now is a great time to organize your current inventory, and donate unwanted items. There are many charities that will accept gently used items and give them to those in need. Or, you may know of a family in need that you can donate to as well. Below is a list of frequently needed items that are perfect to donate this time of year. Out with the old, in with the new!

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Holiday Decoration Storage Tips

The holiday season is in full swing! Here are some helpful storage tips to keep in mind now to make unpacking your holiday decorations quick and easy next year!

ornaments in compartment box

 

  1. Clearly mark boxes on all sides to easily identify its contents.
  2. Label everything to make things easier to find next season.
  3. Pack related items together so you won’t have to hunt for them:
    • Tree stand, topper, and skirt
    • Electrical cords with tree lights
    • Stockings, hangers, and other mantle items
  4. christmas lights wrapped around cardboard for storageBe resourceful and reuse wrapping paper, tissue paper, and gift boxes to safely pack your decorations.
  5. Keep strand lights untangled by wrapping them around pieces of cardboard.

If you follow these simple tips, decorating next season will be a well organized event.

 

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