If you have kids of your own you are well aware of the messes they cause. Our little tornados can ruin a clean house in seconds. As they grow you will want to give them an opportunity to learn how to pick up and organize their belongings. All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help in the organization process with one of our self-storage units. Below are some suggestions when it comes to helping your child in creating an organized home.


Toy Boxes

Toy boxes are the best storage when it comes to the toys your child plays with the most. Having the ease of access to the toys will also help your child learn the process of getting out and putting away their toys. To get your child involved in the cleanup process, have them help you create a fun and interesting toy box. Decorating it with either a favorite movie character or even their favorite animal will get them excited to use the toy box as it was intended.


Art Gallery

Children produce large amounts of fantastic pieces of art. Often time they produce more art then you can display. Creating a personalized art gallery for all of their pieces of art work will decrease the clutter around the home. You can create this gallery from either mounting corkboard, magnetic strips, or string with clothes pins. Place the gallery in a space that is easy to get to and low enough so your child can hang up their own artwork. This is a simple way to display your child’s masterpieces for your visitors to see.


Storage Jars and Bins

For all those little toys and art accessories that can easily get lost, create your own storage jars or bins. You can do this in a variety of ways so your storage will still correlate with your home décor. One way you can do this is by personalizing mason jars. Keeping the Mason Jar clear will allow you to easily see what is stored inside, and you can decorate the lids with your child. Adding small toys to the top of the jars such as plastic dinosaurs or animals can help your child open the jars with ease. Recovering old diaper boxes with fabric of your choice is a cheap and easy way to create storage bins for your child’s larger toys.


Getting your child involved and excited in the organization process will give them the motivation they need when it comes to keeping your home clean. Minimizing the amount of items they have in your home will help. You can easily place these items in a self-storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. For more information regarding our facility feel free to give us a call today.



Having that extra room in your home will give you the opportunity to create space for your visiting family or friends to stay. Creating the perfect guest bedroom is easier than you think with the help of a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. You can get rid of the junk that has been taking up space in your spare room and create the perfect guest bedroom with the tips listed below.


Declutter and Organize

The key to creating a peaceful space is by having an organized space. It’s time to clear out all that extra stuff you have acquired and stored in your guest bedroom. Go through your belongings and decide what you want to incorporate into the new guest bedroom, place in storage, or donate. For the items you do decide to store you can find the perfect size storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. We have a variety storage units to choose from to fit your specific storage needs. Once the guest bedroom is cleared out of any unnecessary items it is time to clean every nook and cranny.



Natural light provides a tranquil atmosphere. Get full use of your guest bedroom windows by adding curtains that allow in light during the day. If you are dealing with a smaller window you can hang curtains higher up on the wall to create the illusion of a larger window. Adding table lamps with soft light lightbulbs will provide a relaxing atmosphere for your guests as they prepare for bed.



Decide on a certain style or theme for your guest bedroom. Many choose to go for a more relaxing, retreat like décor in order for their guests to feel at ease while they are on vacation. Simple and light colors can help you achieve this look. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls will help brighten up the room. You can even paint pieces of furniture to help have cohesiveness in your décor. Remember to keep it simple. Overloading a room on décor accessories can make it feel cramped and uninviting.



After having successfully put together your guest bedroom, it is now time to add the necessary touches to make it feel like home. Add some interesting reading material for your guests during their down time before bed. Provide extra towels and blankets for their use. Hang pictures of your family and friends to add the extra personal touch of love.


As a parent you will quickly discover how fast your babies outgrow their clothing and toys. Rather than having it take up much needed space in your home, you can place all the outgrown items in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. Our units will keep all of your baby essentials safe and secure until you are ready to use them once again. We have provided a list of preparations you should take before placing your baby’s items in storage.


Prepping Baby Clothing

Before placing your child’s outgrown clothing you will want to make sure you wash and dry them. When throwing them in the washer, try not to use scented laundry detergents. Scented laundry detergents are known to attract unwanted guests, such as bugs, into your storage units. Once the clothes are cleaned and completely dry you can organize them by gender and size. This will save you time later on when it is time to retrieve the clothing for your next child. Place the clothing in plastic containers with sealable lids. These are known to be the best when it comes to protecting the clothing from moisture and bugs. Label the container and place in an area in your storage unit that will be easily accessible later on.


Baby Swings and Rockers

Before you know it, your little one will no longer fit in their beloved swing or rocker. You can keep these items safe in a storage unit with a little preparation. If the swing or rocker has removable cloth pieces, toss those in the wash and thoroughly dry them. For the parts that aren’t machine washable you will want to wipe down with a child-safe cleaner. Let what you wiped down air dry in the sun. To keep these items from getting dirty in storage you can place them in a large plastic container with a sealable lid. Don’t forget to label your containers!


Storing your Crib

Your child’s crib will most likely be the biggest piece of baby equipment you will need to store. The best way to prepare your crib for storage is by first taking a picture of the crib. This will help you to remember where each piece is supposed to go before you begin to disassemble it. As you take it apart you may want to label each piece with where it is supposed to go when the crib is assembled. Keep all the parts in a plastic bag and attached to the crib frame itself. Next you will want to prepare the crib mattress by wiping it down as best as you can and placing it in a mattress cover. If possible store all the pieces in a box or cover it with a packing blanket. Place it off of the floor in your unit to avoid any damage from dirt or water.


Instead of tossing and repurchasing large amounts of baby clothing and supplies, you can keep all that you need in a unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. Call us today for more information regarding our units.


Whether you are moving or have an extra car on hand, a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo can provide the perfect unit to store your car in. To make sure your car stays in the best shape during its stay in one of our units, we have provided a list of preparations you should be taking before leaving your car.


Check all of your Fluids

Before placing your car in storage you will want to make sure all of its fluids are clean and full. Change your oil and check your transmission and coolant fluids to make sure your car is in the best shape for the duration of its stay. It is also a good idea to fill your car with premium gasoline to avoid any empty space where water can accumulate.


Clean it

When you are preparing your car for storage you will want to make sure it is cleaned inside and out. Remove any remnants of dirt or food particles. Give the outside of your car a good wax to help deter dirt and dust accumulation. It may also be a good idea to use a car cover for an added layer of protection.


Exterior Automotive Care

There a few things you will want to check off your to-do list before leaving your car in storage. Make sure your tire pressure is at the level it should be. Check your tires for any tears or holes to make sure you don’t get a flat during its stay. Place a rag in the exhaust pipe to protect your car from any unwanted guests making a home. You will also want to replace your battery with a battery maintainer if you are planning to leave it in your unit for more than a month.


Double Check

As you finish your preparations you will want to do a walk around the car and make sure everything is in order. If you are worried about the inner workings of your car or you find that you have any fluids leaking, it is a good idea to take your car into a mechanic you trust. Get any of the repairs now before you place your car in storage for an extended amount of time.


Having your car placed in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo will give you the peace of mind you need knowing that it is safe and secure for the duration of its stay. For more information about the necessary preparations you should be taking before placing your car in storage feel free to call us today!



When placing your belongings in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you will want to do everything you can to make sure your items are safe and secure. While our facility can give you the security you need, it is up to you to make sure your items are prepped and placed in your storage unit properly. Below we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to protecting your furniture in storage.


Furniture Protectors

In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.


Disassemble, If Possible

Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.


Protect Your Fragile Items

Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to pad and protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.


Store Strategically

Putting all of your items in storage can be difficult. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit.


Taking the time to prepare your furniture for its stay in storage will help you in guaranteeing its quality throughout the years. By using the tips above, you can rest easy knowing your valuable furniture pieces are safe and secure in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Stop by our facility today to see what units are currently available.