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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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We Proudly Support Serving Hands International

Serving Hands International LogoA-1 Self Storage is a proud sponsor of Serving Hands International. With your help, we are able to raise funds for local and national charities. Simply donate your quality unwanted items at any A-1 Self Storage facility, and we’ll give you a tax deductible receipt. Items collected will be placed in our charity storage unit and sold at our next storage auction.

Serving Hands International is not-for-profit charity that provides aid to individuals in need. Proceeds go to fund educational scholarships, portable classrooms, medical services, and food & blankets.

Each A-1 Self Storage customer and Associate helps to make the work of Serving Hands International possible each and every day. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.servinghands.org.

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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Donation to Support Thomas Aquinas College

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We are proud to announce our support Thomas Aquinas College!

Founded in 1969, Thomas Aquinas College is dedicated to renewing what is best in the Western intellectual heritage and to conducting liberal education under the guiding light of the Catholic faith. Four decades later, the College’s ranks have swelled to the maximum capacity of 350 students, and a roster of distinguished faculty has expanded accordingly. While holding true to its founding vision, the College has earned a national reputation for academic and spiritual vigor, becoming a model for the many new, faithful Catholic schools that have followed. The College must raise $4 million each year to meet students’ financial aid needs.

We are honored to contribute to Thomas Aquinas College. We want to continue help make this unique form of Catholic liberal education available to as many students as possible.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas Aquinas College and their mission, please visit their website at http://thomasquinas.edu.

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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2014 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive Results

Toys for Tots collage v2Thank you for making our annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive a success!

Due to the overwhelming generosity of customers in our local communities, we were able to collect over 1,500 new toys to distribute to underprivileged children for Christmas. A-1 Self Storage is proud to participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Toys program each year, and the support this year was simply amazing! All 41 of our A-1 Self Storage locations participated as a local toy drop-off location.

We hope the toys collected brought smiles and joy to the children who received them this Christmas.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which each campaign is conducted.  For more information about the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, please visit:  http://www.toysfortots.org/

New Year’s Holiday Schedule

Wishing you a new year filled with peace, prosperity, love, and laughter. Happy New Year!

Please make note of our upcoming holiday schedule:

  • New Year’s Eve – Wed, Dec 31st – our offices will close at 4 PM
  • New Year’s Day – Thur, Jan 1st – our offices will be CLOSED

Normal access hours are available at most A-1 Self Storage locations. Please check with your local facility to confirm the schedule. For your convenience, we also offer a 24 hour rental/payment kiosk at 18 of our A-1 Self Storage locations! 

We will reopen on Friday, January 2nd.

 

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