Storage Tips

Choose the Right Storage Company: Do you need Air-Conditioned storage to protect your belongings from humidity or regular Non- A/C storage? Do you need ground floor drive-up access to get in and out of your storage unit easily? Do you need Car-Boat-RV storage? Then contact A1A STOW-A-WAY STORAGE that offers gate code access, well lighted and well-kept grounds, moving supplies, easy access and so much more. Our expert storage managers will assist with getting you the right size storage unit.

  1. Start Your Search Early to ensure you have a storage unit to rent and call your Insurance Agent to obtain coverage.
  2. Begin Gathering Supplies of well-made boxes with lids and packing materials such as markers, labels, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newsprint paper, mattress covers, wardrobe boxes, old clean sheets and large towels.
  3. Before Storing, clean all your belongings to remove stains, bugs, or mold, especially for upholstered furniture, before bringing to storage.
  4. Plan Ahead to prevent backaches. Pack heavy items on the bottom of boxes with lighter ones on top. The things you are least likely to need while in storage should be packed and stored first.
  5. Inventory All Items: Inventory each item you place in a box. Use labels and a numbering system with a brief description of contents in each box and mark which room it belongs in on the box. Be sure you have enough wrap and padding around each item to avoid breakage.
  6. Cushion Between Layers with extra paper, towels, placemats, bathmats, small rugs, etc.
  7. Pack By Category for kitchen things, bath things, dish and table ware, cookware, linens, bedding, etc. Sort items based on size, function, and fragility. Remember to put heavy things on the bottom and lighter things on top.
  8. Wrap Fragile Items in bubble wrap, newspaper, or both materials to prevent damage. You can also pack smaller fragile items among clothes or other soft belongings for added cushioning.
  9. Take things apart that can be easily disassembled like bookshelves, tables, bed frames or things with removable legs. Store mattresses on their edge and cover with protection.
  10. Store Brooms, Mops, Squeegees, etc. upside down or on their sides to avoid damage.
  11. Putting Your Items in Storage: Put the least needed items in first starting at wall sides and moving inward. Leave a path to get to items easily, especially things needed frequently. Cover furniture with blankets or moving pads.
  12. Stacking: Heavy and durable items go on the bottom with lighter items graduating in layers according to weight on top. Avoid boxes crushing into ones below.

Things Not Allowed In Storage

  • Flammable or Combustible Items
  • Toxic Materials
  • Stolen Goods
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Weapons, Ammunition, and Bombs
  • Perishables or Aromatics
  • Live Plants
  • Wet Items
  • You, People or Animals
  • Non-Operating, Unregistered, and Uninsured Vehicles

Things Not Advised To Store

  • Heirlooms
  • Paintings & Photos
  • High Value Items
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