As the summer is coming to a close you will need to figure out what to do with all of your camping gear this winter. Instead of just tossing it in your garage and creating a cluttered mess, you can rent a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. Our facility can keep your camping gear safe and out of the way until next camping season. To make sure your gear is properly stored we have provided you with some preparations you will want to take before leaving your gear in storage.

 

Prepping your Tents

In order to keep your tent in working order, it is important to make sure your tent in clean and dry before letting it sit in storage. If weather permits, set up your tent at home to make sure every surface, inside and out, is dry. Once the tent is dry, clean out the tent of any remaining dirt or plant life. By taking the time to make sure your tent is clean and dry you prevent the growth of unwanted mold and mildew.

 

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags can easily get dirty and trap unwanted materials in its folds. After your camping trip, shake out your sleeping bag and undo all the zippers and folds to make sure all the dirt is out of it. Washing your sleeping bag in a front loading washing machine before storing it is highly recommended. Hang it to dry on a hanger or lying flat. Make sure the sleeping bag is completely dry and placed in its sack before storing.

 

Camping Accessories

Camping accessories can be anything from electronics to cooking utensils. You want to ensure the cleanliness of these items as well. Removing batteries from flashlights, GPS devices, or other battery powered electronics will help protect them from potential corrosion. You can store all the batteries together in a plastic bag near your camping electronics to have them ready for your next camping adventure. When it comes to cooking utensils make sure they are scrubbed clean and don’t have any remaining food particles. By placing all cooking gear in a duffle bag or storage bins will not only keep it safe in storage, but will allow for easiness in preparing for your next adventure.

 

 

If the time has finally come for you to clean out your unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, we want to help you through the process. Below we have provided you with some tips to help you in cleaning out your storage unit.

 

Set a Reasonable Deadline

A lot of times it is hard to find the motivation to clean out your unit. To help you when it comes to making a plan and holding yourself accountable, you will want to create a deadline. Make the deadline reasonable to accomplish and plan for any unexpected events that might occur before your set deadline. Creating a goal always helps you when it comes to completing a task.

 

Create Small Tasks

Trying to clean out your storage unit in one day is hard and stressful. Instead of trying to accomplish a lot in a little amount of time, break up your clean out process into small and manageable tasks over a period of time. This will make the process easier and stress free.

 

Avoid Throwing Valuable Items Away

As you are cleaning out your unit you may come across items you just don’t want or need anymore. Instead of just throwing it away you will want to try and find it another home. You can donate your items to your local Goodwill or even try and sell a few online. If the item is beyond repair then it is acceptable to toss it in the trash.

 

Avoid Storing in your Home

The whole point of your storage unit was to reduce the clutter in your home and give you the needed storage space. When cleaning out your unit you will want to avoid turning your home into a makeshift storage unit. Find a home for all the items you wish to keep and donate or sell the rest.

 

Get Some Help

Trying to clean out your unit on your own can be difficult. If possible, enlist the help of your family and friends. The more help you have the faster the cleaning and moving process will be. They can even help you when it comes to selling or donating the items you just don’t need anymore.

 

For more storage and organization tips make sure you check in with us, All American Self Storage in San Mateo, along with our website. We look forward to serving you and fulfilling all of your storage needs.

 

Is your home feeling cold and unwelcoming? This could be due to the lack of décor you have on display on the walls of your home. All you need is a little creativity and some help from All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to create the home you have always wanted. Below are some creative decorating tips for you to try when making your home your own.

 

·       Headboards create the perfect statement piece for your bedroom. If you don’t have a headboard you can always create your own. This easily done by hanging curtains or a tapestry behind your bed. You can show off your creativity by creating a foe headboard by framing your bed with art pieces and memorabilia. A sheer curtain and lights can add a romantic look to your bedroom.

 

·       Just frames can add a pop of color to your blank walls while working as the perfect statement piece you have been looking for in your home. You can gather a variety of frames from any goodwill or thrift store for fairly cheap. Spray paint the empty frames with a color that goes along with your décor.

 

·       Floating shelves can have multiple uses in your home. While they provide sophistication to a room, they can also be used as needed storage space. You can place a variety of items on your newly installed shelves, from books to eclectic art pieces.

 

·       Wall decals have gained popularity over the past year. These fun art pieces are easy to put up and are perfect for adding a personal statement to your walls. Wall decals can come in a variety of sayings or patterns. You can even make customized wall decals. These are perfect for those who are renting since the wall decals remove easily without causing damage to the walls.

 

·       DIY Artwork is a fun and creative way to spruce up your walls. Even if you aren’t very artistic you can easily create colorful abstract pieces to brighten up your living space. You can look up tutorials online or create an artistic piece all on your own.

 

With the tips above you are well on your way to creating a welcoming and comfortable home that is all your own. If you find that you need a place to store some of your items that just don’t seem to belong anymore, you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to provide you with the perfect storage unit for all of your storage needs. Call us today for more information about our facility.

 

Summer is well upon us and is the perfect opportunity to take a trip. No matter where your adventures bring you, you need to know how to pack efficiently for every trip you may take this summer. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have gathered some clothing packing tips to help you in all of your packing needs.

 

Stuff Shoes

Shoes often take up more room than anything else in a box or suitcase but they have lots of empty space inside. Stuff smaller items such as underwear and socks inside your shoes. This especially comes in handy when traveling. You can also put small accessories such as jewelry inside of your shoes.

 

Roll Your Clothing

Clothing takes up much less space when it’s tightly rolled rather than being folded. Tightly roll all of the clothes that are small enough to roll such as t-shirts and other non-stiff clothing items. Then lay them out in rows squeezed against each other. This also helps your clothing stay wrinkle-free. Stiffer items such as blazers and dress pants will need to be folded instead and placed above your rolled clothing.

 

Pack in Layers

Think of your suitcase or storage box as a layered cake by packing different items on different layers. Put your heaviest items such as shoes or winter coats on the very bottom layer. Layer two can be all of your rolled clothing. Layer three can be all of the remaining folded clothing stacked by alternating waists and hems. All of your other personal items can go on the very top layer. You can even use an empty garbage bag to put between your clean and dirty clothes during your travels.

 

Put Fragile Items in Center

Anything that can easily be broken shouldn’t be just thrown into a box or suitcase without any thought. We suggest putting fragile items in the very center and on the very top of rolled clothing. Other folded clothing can be placed on top of your fragile items (as long as they aren’t too heavy) for that extra layer of protection. Make sure everything is packed in tight so the fragile items don’t roll around while traveling.

 

Now that you are proficient in packing you can be well on your way when it comes to traveling this summer. If you need to store some items while you are away there is no better place than All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We can give you the peace of mind you need while you are away.

 

 

After a long winter it is finally time to pull your boat out of your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We want you to enjoy the time you have out on the lake with your family so we have provided you with some safe boating tips for you to follow to make sure your summer is a long and enjoyable one.

 

Watch the Weather

Getting caught in a storm while out on your boat can prove to be hazardous. If the conditions are bad enough they can cause harm to yourself and your boat. Make sure you keep up to date on the weather forecast before heading out to go boating.

 

Look over your Boat

Making sure your boat is in tip top shape before you head out on the water will ensure your safety. Make sure everything is in working order. Check all the fluids needed in the engine and double check for any cracks or leaks within the body of the boat.

 

Bring a Friend

It is always best to go boating with a friend or family member. This way if something does occur they can help you out in an emergency. If you prefer to go out on your own make sure you let someone know you route and how long you plan on being out on the water. This way they can notify the proper authorities if you are stuck and unable to call for help.

 

Lifejackets

Make sure you use a lifejacket while out on your boat at all times. The majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets. When purchasing your life jacket make sure you buy the right size and fit for you and all of the members that will be out on your boat with you.

 

Learn to Swim

It is always wise to be prepared for any situation. If a boating accident does occur you will want to know how to swim. Knowing the proper swimming techniques could save your life in a dire situation.

 

Take a Boating Course

For beginning boaters it is always a good idea to take a boating course. This will teach you the basics of operating your boat while on the open water and what safety measures to take in case of an emergency. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.