Basements can be a lifesaver when it comes to the stuff you need to store close at hand. If you are lucky enough to have a basement in your home you will want to make sure you are taking full advantage of what it has to offer. Whether you need a more organized storage space or are planning on using it as a living space, you need to have a game plan regarding its organization. We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, Ca can help you through the process. Below are some steps you should consider following when it comes time to overhaul your basement. 


Start by Sorting

Before you can have your basement transformed into the space you have always wanted, you will need to empty out its contents and sort through all of the items you have been storing. Creating piles of items that you will keep, toss, donate, or store. Be picky when it comes to the things you are thinking about keeping. For your sentimental items you just can’t seem to part with but don’t have the space for, you can trust All American Self Storage in Redwood City, Ca to keep them out of harm’s way. 


Create Workable Zones

Before you embark on putting everything back into your basement in an organized manner, you will need to create zones. Each zone should have a function and/or have similar items being stored together. For example, if you are using your basement primarily for storage you will want to keep all of your camping gear in one area, tools in another, and kitchen accessories in an area that is easy to reach. 


Contain your Items

To achieve ultimate organization you will want to invest in containers for the majority of your items. Not only will these containers keep everything together, it will also protect them from unexpected spills, dust, and dirt. Plastic bins with sealable lids are the best for storing the majority of your items. Remember to label and place your bins in an organized fashion. Buying and installing shelving is a great way to keep your bins organized and off of the floor. 


Now that you have achieved your goal of organizing your basement you are able to use it for any type of room or activity you have been dreaming of. If you are still in need of some extra storage space you can rely on All American Self Storage in Redwood City, Ca to give you the space you need. Call us today to learn more about our facility and how we can help you in achieving your organization goals.


Whether you are renting a home or own your own, you might be faced with a smaller living room than what you would like. Instead of packing up and leaving, you can easily make your small living room feel more spacious. Start by storing what you don’t need on a day to day basis in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. When it comes to the rest of your items, we have gathered some tips for you to try in order to make your small living room feel large. 


Contain Clutter

The reason most living rooms feel small is due to the amount of items you are keeping in your living space. For the majority of smaller items you need to store in your living room you can purchase bins to contain the clutter. Use bins that will fit on shelving or bookshelves and will look good when it comes to your décor. Think vertical when it comes to finding storage space. Use whatever wall space you can to install shelving, cubbies, and bookshelves. 


Reflect Natural Light 

One useful trick to make your living room feel larger is with the use of natural light and mirrors. Install a mirror of your choosing directly across from the window in your living room. The mirror will reflect all the natural light from the window around the room making it feel larger than it actually is. Avoid using heavy drapes and window coverings on your windows. These can make a room feel smaller. 


Add Height

One easy trick to give your living room some much needed height is by installing wall décor or shelving higher up on the wall. This will trick your eye into thinking your ceilings are higher than they actually are. Consider the option of painting or adding wallpaper to the ceiling to add even more height. 


Choosing Paint Color

When deciding on a paint color for your living room you will want to try and keep it light. Lighter hues will keep your living room feeling airy and spacious. You can add depth to your space by adding accent colors that pop with small items or areas such as a wall radiator or the insides of bookshelves. You can still have the color you have always dreamed of, just used in a way that will make your living space feel larger than it actually is. 


With a little creativity you can make any space exactly how you want it to look and feel. Following the tips above will give your small living room the feeling of space that it needs. If you find yourself struggling to find the necessary storage space, you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with a storage unit. Our facility prides itself on the safety and security of your belongings. Call us today to learn more about our available storage units. 


As the summer months come to a close it will be time to switch out your warm summer outfits for something a little more cozy. To get the most out of your closet space you can transfer seasonal clothing from your home to a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Before placing your clothing in storage for the season there are some steps of preparation you should take. 


Clean Everything

Before placing anything into storage you will want to make sure that it is properly cleaned. Machine wash or dry clean all of your clothing according to the directions on their tags. Storing dirty clothes could attract unwanted guests and/or cause damage to the clothing during its stay in your storage unit. If your clothing needs to be repaired take the time to do it now. Sew anything that has ripped and remove any unsightly stains. 



Preparing shoes for storage is just as important as preparing your clothing. You will want to clean your shoes as best as you can. Polish shoes that require it. This way when you are ready for your summer wardrobe again they will be ready to wear.



Now is the perfect time to sort through your summer wardrobe and see if you can toss or donate the clothing you don’t wear. When it comes to donations you have a few options. You can ask your friends if they are interested in any items you are getting rid of. You also have the option of selling your clothing to consignment shops, hosting a garage sale, or donating it to a local Goodwill. 



Now that you have washed, dried, and sorted through all of you clothing it is time to pack it up and place it in storage. The best packing option for you clothes is to fold and place them in sealable plastic bins. This will protect your clothes from any unwanted damage during their stay. For larger clothing items you will want to consider buying garment bags, hangers, and a rollaway clothing rack. Hang the larger piece of clothing and cover with the garment bag to protect it from any dirt or dust that may accumulate. 



Regularly switching seasonal clothing in and out of your closet is the best way to stay organized and give yourself the most storage space available in your closet. If you find that you closet is still overflowing with a variety of items you can always place those items in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Our facility works hard to protect your items during their stay. For more information about our storage units and our facility give us a call today. 


Has your bedroom become drab and unorganized lately? It is a lot easier than you think to give your bedroom the refresh it needs. Storing the unnecessary items that have accumulated in your bedroom in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City is a great way to start. We have also gathered some steps you can take to get your bedroom back to where you want it to be. 


Do ALL the Laundry

The main culprit of a messy and disorganized room is laundry. Gather up all the dirty clothes that have accumulated on your floor and dresser and toss them in the laundry basket. Follow up with gathering your sheets, pillow cases, and comforter. As you start the laundry make sure you complete each load by folding and putting away your clothing and making your bed. Doing the laundry and having clean sheets is a great start to giving your bedroom the refresh it needs. 



Looking around the room you are bound to notice the piles of clutter that have accumulated on all of the flat surfaces. Remove piles of paper and toss them in the recycling bin. Gather any dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Go through the piles of miscellaneous items and decide what you should keep, donate, or store in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City


Clean the Surfaces

Now that you have cleared all the clutter off of your surfaces you can properly clean them. Grab a rag and cleaning products to help you dust and wipe off all the surfaces in your room. Picking a cleaning product with a fresh sent can help give a cleaner feel to the room. 


Organize your Dresser and Nightstands

If you find it hard to clothes the drawers and your dresser and nightstands, it may be time to go through them and organize the mess. Making or purchasing dividers for your drawers can help you to keep your drawers organized and in working order. 



Your bedroom should be a place in which you can relax in a serene atmosphere. Remove the clutter that is causing unnecessary stress in your life. Try not to decorate with an overabundance of small accessories. Add a cozy rug or a few decorative pillows to bring a sense of comfort to your newly refreshed room.   



We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City care about the safety and security of your items in our facility. We can also provide you with a variety of sized storage units to suit your particular storage needs. Give us a call or stop by our facility for more information today. 


The movement in the direction of energy efficiency – going “green” – is very important to many Californians. Protecting the environment via recycling and not littering, as well as water conservation, are focuses of many of the people who live in the state. More and more businesses are doing their part to create a better environment for their neighbors and residents as well as to remain mindful of the waste that may be adding to the overall environmental problems. There is even a storage facility in San Mateo that is utilizing a green program that they have created for themselves. Here are some things you can look for to see if the company you are thinking about doing business with believes in going green.


Energy Efficient Lighting


Back before companies and individuals were going “green”, one of the first things environmental conservationist told people to do was check and see if they were using energy efficient light bulbs. If they were not, they recommended changing them out to keep electricity usage down and bills low. Now these light bulbs are a part of any green plan. Replacing burned out bulbs with lower energy consumption light bulbs keeps the energy cost of the whole facility down. If there is a burned out bulb in your unit, it will be replaced with one of the same type of light bulbs.


Cardboard Recycling


Everyone knows after you move you have several packing boxes that need to be discarded. Most of the time, those boxes end up in the dumpster with all of the other garbage, but cardboard is something that can be and should be recycled. For those who don’t have time to cut up the boxes as some require, being able to take the boxes to their storage facility for them to recycle is a major convenience. Clients can get rid of their boxes and help the environment.


Turf Replacement


Water usage has been a big issue for California, so any company willing to do what they can to conserve water is one who cares about their community and the betterment of their environment as a whole. Replacing grass with artificial turf to reduce the water used is a great example of how a company can go green. 



Not every company is going to change the way it does things to help out the environment. You can be confident your San Mateo storage company cares about protecting you and the planet.