When you are renting a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you should be aware of some of the rules and regulations we keep at our facility. These rules are set in place for the protection of your items as well as our other customer’s items. While you are able to store most of our valuables at our facility, we have provided a list of items you should avoid placing in your unit. 


  • Living or kenneling in a storage unit is not allowed or recommended. While a storage unit may be cheaper than room and board for you or your pets, it is not suitable for living in. It can be hazardous to the health and the well-being of your pets.  If you do place your animal in a storage unit you may be charged with animal cruelty.


  • Plants will not survive in a storage unit. They need fresh air and sunlight in order to thrive and grow. Additionally they could attract unwanted guests, such as bugs and rodents, which can cause damage to the other items you are storing in your unit.


  • Firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives are also not allowed. The probability of something going wrong with any of these items is too high for them to be placed in storage. If an accident does occur it can cause harm to your items as well as others who have units in the facility.


  • Most foods are also prohibited in storage units. When food is placed in a storage unit it can attract unwanted guests and have the potential to rot. It can cause extensive damage to the items in your storage unit as well as the units next to yours. One exception to this rule is canned goods.


  • Hazardous material and waste storage should not be placed in your storage unit. If it’s corrosive, chemical, odorous, noxious or toxic, it can’t go in storage, either. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials as defined in several federal acts and state statutes.


  • Cash should be placed in a bank account or safely in your home. Having cash placed in your storage unit causes too much risk of a break in or a loss in money if the cash were to be destroyed by acts of nature. 



As you can see there are just a few items we don’t want you to place in your storage unit, but there are so many more items you can have stored here at our facility. If you have any questions regarding the items that are allowed to be stored at our facility, feel free to call us. We are happy to help you in all of your self-storage needs at All American Self Storage in San Mateo


Knowing how to properly store any piece of furniture you own is vital to ensure its integrity during its stay in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. We want to make sure your items are safe and secure during their stay so we have provided you with some preparations you should take before placing your couch in storage.


Clean It

Before placing anything in storage you will want to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Buildup of dust and dirt can damage the integrity of the couch, especially its fabric. Do some research and find the best way to clean the fabric of your couch. Vacuum out any food crumbs or dirt you can find. Any leftover food particles could attract unwanted guests to your storage unit. After cleaning make sure your couch is completely dry before placing it into a storage unit.


Find the Right Storage Unit

The size of your storage unit will matter when it comes to storing larger pieces of furniture. Measure your couch to gather the appropriate dimensions you will need in a storage unit. You will want to make sure you have enough room in the unit to place the couch flat on its feet. Make sure you give yourself enough room for additional padding or covering that may be placed over the couch as well. All American Self Storage in Redwood City has a variety of sizes when it comes to self-storage units and we can easily find you one that will suit all of your storage needs.


Protect your Couch

You will want to protect quality of your couch while it is placed in storage. To protect your couch during its travel to your new storage unit, dismantle all the parts you can to help you for easier lifting and moving. Before leaving it in storage you will want to protect your couch by covering it with a sheet or drop cloth to protect it from accruing dust, dirt, or moisture. Never use plastic couch coverings. These just cause a build-up of moisture thus causing the growth of mildew.


Store it Off the Ground

While you need to place the couch flat in your storage unit, it is still wise to find a way to lift it off the storage room floor. Placing your couch on pallets or on a tarp can protect it from any harm that may occur from an unexpected spill. Try to avoid placing or storing anything on the couch as it may cause indentations on the frame or cushions.


Following the steps above will help you in keeping your couch in tip top shape during its stay, no matter how long. For more storage tips give All American Self Storage in Redwood City a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.


Nothing is worse than having a cluttered mess of a closet. It makes finding anything that you may want or need in that closet nearly impossible. Make the commitment to conquer that closet clutter today! All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA can help you with the organization process of your cluttered closet by providing you with the storage space you need for those items that are just taking up too much room. We have also providing you with some steps to follow when you are bound and determined to have the organized closet of your dreams. 


Completely Empty your Closet

The best way to start any organization project is by emptying out all of the items you have in your closet. Designate a space in your home to place all of your items. Once you have everything removed you can go through your belongings and decide what you will keep, donate, or place in storage. You can create a lot more storage space in your closet by switching out seasonal clothing and placing the out of season clothing in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA. To help you with the sorting process you can use bins and/or a hanging rack to help you to get a better idea of exactly what you will be keeping. 


Eliminate Items

If you are using your closet as an in home storage unit you will want to find them a new home. Every item should go in the room it coincides with. If you are still unable to find the space you need, your new storage unit will help you to free up some storage space throughout your home. 


Clean your Closet

When we say clean, we mean it. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your closet a good scrub before placing all of your clothing back on its shelves. Wipe down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or wet wash cloth. You will be surprised at how much dust has accumulated throughout the use of your closet. If you have carpet on the floor of your closet you will want to give that a good vacuuming as well. 


Put Away and Enjoy

Now you can begin placing the items and clothing you decided to keep back in your closet. You will begin to notice how much room you have. Stay organized by using bins to contain your smaller wardrobe accessories. Purchasing a shoe rack or organizer is also a must.



Conquering the clutter in your closet isn’t as hard as it seems. Before you know it you will have a closet that is organized and works for you. Let us at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA help you with all of your storage needs with one of the many units we have available at our facility. Call or stop by today to learn more. 



As the weather turns for the worst, you will start to take the necessary precautions when it comes to your recreational vehicles. The best option to keep your motorcycle in pristine condition is to store it in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. To help you in preparing your bike for storage we have gathered some preparations you should take in order to better protect your bike for its stay.


Prepping your Tires

It is not recommended storing your bike so that the weight of the bike is resting on the tires for long periods of time as this can damage them. A rack works well for this but if you are unable to use one, just make sure to rotate the front tires every so often and make sure the tires are completely full before bringing in. Check the integrity of your tires every so often to make sure there aren’t any new formed leaks or cracks that could cause the tires to deflate.


Service the Engine

Before you place your motorcycle in storage you will want to get it serviced by a trusted mechanic to make sure all of your parts are functioning as they should. Replace anything that is leaking or could cause damage to your bike later on. A leaking motorcycle will not only harm your bikes engine, but it could also spill over to your other belongings you may be keeping in your storage unit


Give it a Wax

It is always a good idea to be proactive and give your bike a good wax before placing it in storage. This will help with rust protection and is especially important if you plan on keeping your bike in storage for more than a few months. Make sure there isn’t any accumulation of dirt or water that could cause damage to your bike.


Change the Oil

Oil in your motorcycle can get old and thick after just sitting around, even if it’s just for the winter. Make sure to change your oil beforehand so that it’s as fresh as possible when it’s time to take it out of storage.


Protect the Exhaust Pipes

Spray down your exhaust pipes with some WD-40 to keep them in pristine condition. Once you’ve done this, find some small, clean towels and shove them into the pipes to protect them from accumulating moisture.

While it is sad to store your motorcycle away during the cold winter months, you can rest easy knowing it is safe and secure in your new storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Call us today for additional storage tips and our current rates.


Has your garage become a mess of boxes, old furniture, and unused items? If so, now is the time to get your garage back before the cold winter weather takes over. To get your garage back in working order you may need the help of a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We can safely store the items that have been taking up space in your garage. We have also gathered some tips and tricks for you to try while you are organizing your garage. 


Use Vertical and Ceiling Space

If you are like most, you will want to save room on the garage floor for your car, truck, or off-road vehicles. You can easily store the other items you are keeping in your garage on the wall or up in the ceiling space you have available. To help you do this you will want to install organizational peg boards for your tools, hooks for your larger gardening tools, and shelving for the rest of your items. Organize in a way that will work best for you and your needs. 


Empty it Out

Before you start on the process of organizing your garage you will want to get it completely emptied out. This will give you a better idea of what you have in your garage. After you have all of your items out of the garage you can properly sort through what you have and decide what you should keep, toss, or place in a storage unit at All American Storage in San Mateo. Keep only what you use most often or what you prefer to have close by. Place any out of season items in your storage unit to make room for the items you need most often. 


Clean it Up

After you have completely emptied out your garage you will want to give it a good cleaning. Sweep out any dirt or debris that has accumulated over time. Wipe down any flat surfaces and clear out any unwelcome pests. You will want to have a clean space to place all of your items in. 


Plan it Out

As you are beginning to put away items you will want to go in with a plan. Create specific zones for each item and decide how you will organize it. Do you need a tool bench and peg board for your tools? How about wire racks for items you need to store off the floor of the garage? Going in with a plan will help you to complete the organization process of your garage. 



Before the cold winter weather hits you will want to take the time to give yourself the organized garage you have always wanted. All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help you complete your goal while providing you with the safe and secure storage unit you need. Call us today to learn more about the sizes of storage units we have available.