Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. There are a ton of ways to get you home ready for the Christmas festivities while still staying under budget and not wasting your valuable time. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help you in this endeavor by renting you a storage unit for the items you need to clear out of your home to make room for the guests and presents that will soon be arriving. Below are some cost effective decorating tips for you to try this holiday season.


Put up a Tree

No matter what kind of tree it is, you can easily had the Christmas spirit to your home. It can be big, small, silver, gold, made of paper, or just a tiny rosemary plant. Christmas ornaments can be made by hand like the star ornaments made from Popsicle sticks. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add personal touches to your tree.


Hang up a Wreath

You can easily do a DIY a spiffy red & green wreath by adding ornaments & other Christmas items or you can simply hang a plain pine needle wreath with a ribbon to give off the holiday vibe. Wreaths are a fun and easy way to bring the yuletide spirit to your home. You can hang them outside on your door to invite your guests into your home, or hang them inside. These are a cheap and beautiful way to add the holiday spirit in your home.


Decorate with Holiday Themed Pillows and Blankets

Adding cozy blankets & holiday pillows with pops of gold, green, red, or any other fun holiday colors is a great way to add warmth to your everyday home decor. Plaids, Christmas patterns, holiday colors, & even DIY’ing a Christmas themed pillow is the perfect way to bring the cozy decor in your home. Purchasing cheap fabric and looking up no-sew pillow covers is the best way to add comfort and Christmas cheer to your home.


Decorating your home for the Holidays doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. With the tips above and some creativity you can make your home feel festive in time for the holidays. To help you in freeing up some space for your holiday guests you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with the storage space you need. 


As a parent to young children you know more than anyone how hard it is to keep their room and your home tidy. Their toys tend to spread throughout your home and make it difficult to create a clean and organized space. To help you with this dilemma we at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have come up with some creative toy storage solutions for you to try in your home.


Pencil Pouches for Puzzles

If your child loves to put together and take apart puzzles you know how difficult it is to keep all of the pieces organized and in one place. Using pencil pouches for each puzzle is a great way to keep all of the pieces together and organized.


Shoe Organizer for Small Toys

Over the door hanging shoe storage is a great organizing tool to keep those smaller action figures and/or dolls up and out of the way. Hang the storage in a way that your children can easily reach their toys to play with and then put away.


Wooden Crates

Wooden crates that you can buy at any craft or home goods store are a great way to store books and toys. These are easily customizable to fit the décor of your child’s bedroom. You can even add wheels or handles for ease of use for you and your children.


Recycled Jars

Using recycled pasta sauce jars or even peanut butter jars are a great way to hold smaller toys and crafting supplies. You can decorating and label the jars so your child can know which items go where.


Laundry Hampers for Larger Toys

Plastic Laundry hampers are an easy and cost effective way for getting the larger toys up and out of the way. These can be labeled and customized as well. You can even make a cloth hamper to go inside the laundry basket to hide the mess of the toys inside.


Getting control of the clutter that is your child’s toys can be easy with the creative storage tips listed above. Don’t be afraid to get creative and do what works best for you in your home. If you find that you just have too many toys in your home you can always store them in one of our storage units at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Call us today to learn more about our facility and the units we currently have available.



Now is the perfect time to sort through your clothing and make the switch from your summer clothing to your warm winter clothing. To help you in storing all of your summer clothing you won’t be using over the next few months you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with the perfect storage unit. To help you in the process of switching out your seasonal clothing we have provided you with some tips below.


Sort While Switching

Rotating wardrobes is the perfect opportunity to sort through the clothing you have had in your closet all summer. You might notice that you haven’t worn a few outfits in quite some time or that a few articles of clothing just don’t fit anymore. Instead of placing those clothes in storage you can take them and donate them.


Clean your Closet

Now that you have emptied out your closet of your summer wardrobe you will want to take the opportunity to give your closet the cleaning it needs. Vacuuming the floor and dusting the shelves will help to keep your clothes fresh. Make sure you keep an eye out for any pesky insects that need to be removed as well.


Clean your Clothing

Making sure all of your clothing is clean is a must. Your clothing must be clean before placing it in storage or placing it in your closet for the winter. This just helps you in making sure your clothing is fresh and its quality is preserved.


Don’t use Cardboard Boxes for Storing

Cardboard boxes are too penetrable for storing clothing for months at a time. You will want to invest in the help of plastic storage totes to store your clothing in. Make sure the lid seals and you label it with a description of the clothing inside.


Storing your out of season clothing at All American Self Storage in San Mateo will provide you with the perfect amount of storage space you need. Call our facility today to learn more about the storage units we have available.



As the days become shorter and colder you are faced with the task of what to do with your dirt bikes and ATVs this winter. Placing them in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA will ensure their safety while leaving you with the space you need in your garage. Before placing your dirt bikes and/or ATVs in storage you need to make sure they are prepped for their stay.


Get the Oil Changed

Unless you've just changed the oil and filter, and your final ride day consisted of only a few laps, your engine will be coated in dirty oil which can be very damaging to your bike. Put fresh oil and a new filter in your ride. Run the engine briefly to coat the external parts with fresh lubricant. This way you can rest easy knowing that your dirt bikes and ATVs are ready to go for your next ride.


Drain the Gas or Add a Fuel Stabilizer

Having gasoline sit for a few months in a cold climate will make it gummy and ruin your fuel system. You have a couple of ways in which you can prevent this from happing. Drain the gas tank which can be done by letting the engine idle until the fuel runs out or add a fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil to a full tank of gas. The full tank mixed with Sta-bil eliminates any concern over moisture build-up in the tank and the stabilizer prevents gas from gumming. Just be sure to let the engine idle a few minutes to allow the mixture to penetrate the entire fuel system.


Change the Coolant/ Anti-Freeze

Just as you would maintain your car you will want to do the same with your dirt bike and ATV. Putting fresh anti-freeze in your dirt bike and ATV will protect it from the cold winter months that are ahead.


Put it on a Stand

Most riders tend to leave their dirt bike on a stand anyway but this is crucial for long term storage. It's not as crucial for the ATV (some use blocks or jacks regardless) but letting your dirt bike rest in one position over the long term often degrades the tires and can mess with the suspension.



When it comes to driving a larger vehicle there are bound to be some differences when it comes to drivability. When that vehicle is full of your precious items you will want to take extra care. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo want to make sure your items get to their destination safely. Below we have listed some tips to help you in driving your moving truck properly.


Use your Mirrors Often

As with any car you want to constantly use your mirrors. Using your side-mirrors is especially important when driving a moving truck because you won’t have use of a rear-view mirror above the dash. Use your side mirrors to pay close attention to what and who is around you at all times. While driving on the road you will want to make sure you are leaving enough space between you and fellow drivers.


Use Caution while Stopping and Turning

You will want to take special care when driving a moving truck. Your driving will greatly affect how the items you stored in the truck will arrive. Don’t make any sudden stops or sharp turns, as this will cause your items to shift and fall. You could also cause damage to the people driving around you by taking a turn too sharp or stopping abruptly.


Plan your Trip Ahead of Time

Nothing is worse than trying to drive a truck that you aren’t familiar with and getting lost. To avoid a lot of stress and potential of difficult driving situations you will want to plan out your trip. Find a route that will be easiest for you to navigate a truck in. It is also good to plan on driving at a time where traffic isn’t heavy. Practice your route a couple times in your own car so you can easily navigate it in the moving truck.


Be Aware of your Truck’s Size

Driving a moving truck is a lot different compared to your everyday driver. You will want to take note of how tall and wide your moving truck is and prepare accordingly. Make sure there aren’t any low bridges or tight roadways that you will have to take on the way to your destination. You also want to give yourself enough room between you and fellow drivers on the road.