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.



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.



We all have those rooms in our house we wish were just a little bit bigger. Instead of moving out and starting all over you can easily make your small room feel larger with the tips listed below. Make sure you start the process by placing all unused and unnecessary items in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA.


•Painting the ceiling is an easy trick to make a small room feel larger than it actually is. Adding paint or wallpaper to a ceiling will draw your eye upwards making your space feel larger. 


•Painting a room with light colors and installing light flooring can also help to make a small space feel bigger. 


•Place furniture away from the wall. When furniture is pushed up against the wall it makes a space feel smaller. Placing them a few feet away from the wall and adding a console table behind it can give the illusion of a larger space. 


•Invest in furniture pieces that have hidden storage. Ottomans can easily have a dual purpose when using them to store blankets or electronics that aren’t used as often. 


•Hang shelves up higher towards the ceiling. This will draw your eye upwards and allow you space to feel and look larger than it actually is. 


•The use of vertical stripes can elongate a room. Adding a striped rug or adding stripes to a wall can also give the illusion of a larger living space. 


•By skipping the window coverings you can actually have your space appear to have more depth. The more natural light the better. Natural light will allow your space to feel large as it opens up the room to the world outside. 


•Have one large statement piece rather than a whole bunch of little ones. For example, having just one large couch in your small room will create more space rather than having multiple small couches. 


•Purchase floor and table lamps when trying to provide light to smaller space. Overhead lighting will pool light into one spot and make the room appear cramped. By placing floor and table lamps strategically around the room you can draw your eye around the room and give the illusion of space. 


•Strategically placed mirrors will also provide the illusion of more space. Have the mirrors placed across from a window so the light will reflect off the mirror and make the room feel larger. 


Throughout the years you are bound to collect a lot of photos of your family and friends. When you find yourself in need of storage for your precious photos you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to give you a safe and secure place. We want to ensure the quality and longevity of your photos so we have provided you with some steps of preparation for your photos.



Before placing your photos in storage you will want to make sure you are properly preparing them for their stay. Preservation experts say to look for paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper (buffered or unbuffered) made from cotton or highly purified wood pulps. You should also avoid using envelopes with a center seam due to the adhesive that could damage your photos. If you are storing photo albums make sure they are placed on acid-free adhesive paper and protected with a sheet protector.


The Storage Unit

When consider what kind of storage unit you should rent, it is always wise to go with a temperature controlled storage unit. To keep your photos in pristine condition it is recommended that you store them in a unit that is well ventilated and doesn’t have fluctuation in temperature. Extreme temperatures tend to alter the condition of photos making them fade or become discolored.



To provide the best protection for you photos you will want to invest in some plastic bins to store them in. Plastic bins with sealable tops are the best when it comes to storing a variety of valuables in a storage unit. This will keep you photos away from any hazardous spills or unwanted guests. Make sure you don’t over pack your bins. Heavy boxes and bins are difficult to move and can cause damage to the items inside if they are filled to the brim.


Placing your photos in storage will give you the storage space you need in your home. You will always have access to your beloved photos in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We will work with you in finding the unit that suits all of your storage needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility and what we can offer you.


We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City want you to get the most use out of your storage unit in our facility. To do this we have provided you with some tips and tricks to maintain an organized storage unit.


Create Organized Zones

The best way to find what you are looking for as you go back to your storage unit from time to time is by creating zones. You can create zones in a way that works best for you, but we suggest doing it by the room of your house. This way you know exactly where an item is when you need it. Group like items together to make it even easier to find a specific item.


Plan it Out

Before you even start placing your items in your storage unit it might be a good idea to draw a layout. Include the dimensions of your unit along with any shelving that you may use for keeping your smaller items up and out of the way. Map out your zones along with enough room for a walkway to each area of your unit. You can even go as far as labeling and numbering your boxes on the drawing of you layout so you know exactly where each box will be.


Label Everything

Once you have gathered all the items you will be placing in storage you will want to make sure they are properly packed and labeled. We suggest only using plastic bins with sealable lids or thicker moving boxes in order to better protect all of your items. Label each box or container with its contents. Get as detailed as you can in order to save you time when you are looking for that item later.


Maximize Space

To maximize the space you have available in your unit you will want to enlist in the help of shelving and plan on placing items on top of or inside other items. While doing this, make sure you don’t cause any harm to the items you are storing. Use available space around large furniture items or within the drawers of a dresser.


Having an organized storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City is essential if you plan on rotating items in and out of your unit or if you plan on having your unit for an extended amount of time. Being organized from the beginning will help you in maintaining a clutter free and organized space. For more information on our units and our facility make sure you check out our website.


Jewelry can be a hassle to organize due to their fragility and all of their small parts. If it seems like you can never find the specific piece of jewelry you are looking for then it may be time for you to conquer the jewelry clutter and come up with a create way to organize your jewelry. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA can help you during the process with the jewelry organization tips we have gathered below.


Creative Storage Ideas

·       Hang necklaces from doorknobs. Not the current doorknobs you see today, but the older more stylish options. These can often be found at any antique or craft store. By attaching the variety of collected door knobs to a recycled piece of wood you can create the perfect piece for hanging and displaying your necklaces.


·       Hanging dangling earrings in an old picture frame is a cute and easy way to store your jewelry. By using an old frame and attaching metal wire across the interior you can create a custom line to hang your earrings off of.


·       If you prefer to hide your jewelry, a mirrored armoire is a perfect solution. Most armoires come with hidden storage already installed. These small nooks and crannies are perfect for storing rings, bracelets, and earrings. If needed you can screw in hooks or use command hooks and attach them to the side of the armoire to hold necklaces and keep them from getting tangled.


·       Use glass bottles to store your bracelets. These bottles can be painted and used as a creative piece of décor while acting as a storage solution for a variety of bracelets you may own. Placing them on a table or shelf will add to the décor of your living space while providing a nice personal touch.


·       Organizing and storing the small stuff can often be difficult. By placing small earrings and earring backs in an ice cube tray you can store those cute little accessories without losing any of them. You can keep the tray out of view by easily storing them in a drawer, cupboard, or closet.


Sort and Organize

The first step in organizing your jewelry is to sort, untangle, and store. Sort through those pieces you have had over the years and decide if you will keep wearing them. If the answer is no, you have two options. You can either donate your old jewelry items or place them in storage to give away at a later time. Having a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA will give you the space and security needed to protect those memorable jewelry pieces.