For some, having a baby can be the most amazing addition to your life and you wouldn’t change it for the world. Some of the changes that come with having a baby aren’t always good but we think most parents can agree that they’re worth it. All American Self Storage in Redwood City has put together a list of ways your life just might change after having a baby.

Social Life

You’ve probably heard this one but maintaining a social life after having a baby isn’t always easy. You have to track down a babysitter, make sure it’s someone you trust, and staying out later into the night is no longer an option. If you want to go out with the baby, be prepared to push a stroller around and always have diapers and food on hand.

Your Schedule

If you thought you were busy before, you’re in for a big surprise. Taking care of a newborn baby is a full-time job and will probably be harder than any other job you’ve ever had. Your schedule will be packed and your sleep schedule may not be ideal for the first little bit but in the end it should all be worth it.

Your Budget

Paying for food, clothes, and everything else for another person is no small thing. You are going to have to take a good, hard look at your finances to make sure you are set. Sometimes this means making small lifestyle changes here and there to make sure your baby has a life where they never have to go without.

Your Space

You’re also going to be lacking the space you used to have. Things like a crib, diapers, and baby toys can take up quite a bit of space. All American Self Storage in Redwood City can provide you with a storage unit to help free up some of that space. Plus, once the baby outgrows the crib, you can always keep it in storage if you’re planning to have more kids down the road.

 

As you can see, life will change in many ways once a baby enters the picture. We’re here to help if you need storage in Redwood City.

 

Breakups are usually pretty tough for most people and trying to figure out what to do with your stuff if you live together can make the process even harder. There are ways to minimize the pain and work together to handle your belongings, even if it’s rough at first. Storage in Redwood City CA will play an important role for your possessions but there are also some other things to keep in mind when planning the next steps.

 

Keep the Breakup Out of It

If you try to discuss what to do with your home and belongings while talking about the breakup, emotions are sure to get in the way. Make sure to get some closure and set your emotions aside when it’s time to deal with planning. Emotions tend to take control and you may make decisions that you will later on regret.

Don’t Live Together

This might seem obvious but sometimes couples will continue to live together after a breakup because they own a home together, share rent, or just because it seems like the easiest thing at the time. Try to avoid this at all costs. Whether it means finding a new roommate, or selling a home to move somewhere smaller, there is always a better solution.

Leave the Bed

If you are planning on taking the bed with you, you may want to reconsider the idea. Taking the bed with you could just result in painful memories when you’re sleeping in it. Even if it’s a nice bed, we recommend giving it away or selling it. You can always get a new one and you may even find that the fresh start feels nice.

Get a Storage Unit

If you don’t already have a storage unit, All American Self Storage in Redwood City CA can provide you with a secure place for your belongings. This is a transition in your life and it may mean needing a place to put lots of your stuff until you find a permanent solution. Whatever the case, your belongings will be there when you’re ready.

Stay Positive

Lastly, stay positive! We know it can be hard and it might feel like the end of the world now but these feelings are only temporary. Move on with your life and take care of yourself. You may even find yourself happier in the long run.

 

All American Storage hopes you don’t have to go through a breakup but if you do, we hope these tips help you in some way. If you need a storage unit, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

A lot of people may not think that it’s very important to look at what kind of company takes care of your storage unit and your belongings in storage, in fact it’s probably something that most people rarely think about, but we do. After all, when you rent a storage unit from a company you’re placing a great deal of trust in that company.

You trust your storage company to protect and take good care of your belongings,

you trust them to run a quality business and keep well-maintained units, and you trust us to be there when you need us. Many of our customers have decided to trust us with their livelihoods, using our services to protect merchandise and other property safe while they go about their business. And we provide them with the satisfaction of knowing that that livelihood is in good hands.

So when you look for a company to take good care of things you depend on, you want to know what kind of company you’re dealing with, and we like to let our actions speak louder than our words. We’ve run our business in San Mateo for over twenty years, and in that time we’ve found ways to help local charities and school. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, which it is, giving to charity, but also because we want to invest in our community and make this a better place for everyone to live.

We want to show our company’s values in ways that are lasting and concrete, so we’ve provided local non-profits like Samaritan House, Peninsula Humane Society, and Toys for Tots with free and discounted storage rates. Because, to us, our business isn’t just a livelihood or an occupation, it’s an investment in people, and in a place, who are worth it. 

We at All American Self-Storage in San Mateoare happy to have served the bay area for over twenty years. We pride ourselves in providing quality service and consistent care, and offer the whole range of self-storage units for all needs and price ranges.

 

All American Storage is happy to provide you with self storage in San Mateo for your moving needs but we want to help you along every step of your journey. If you’re moving you may be looking into renting a moving truck. If you’ve never driven a moving truck before, you may be a little intimidated by the thought. In fact, a moving truck may be the largest vehicle you ever have to operate but we have some helpful tips to make it easier for you.

 

Double Check Everything

Before hitting the road, make sure everything is secure and ready to go. Check all mirrors, locks, and make sure that your belongings are secure. This is also a good time to make sure the weight in the truck is stable and evenly distributed. If using a padlock, make sure that it is locked and you have the key somewhere safe.

 

Familiarize Yourself With Controls

Get to know the truck so you won’t have any questions once out on the road. If it’s a stick shift and you’re only familiar with automatic, have someone else drive or make sure to give yourself time to learn it beforehand. Read the driver manual before leaving so that you have a basic understanding of all the controls such as the brakes, AC, and radio.

 

Learn Your Clearance

This is usually listed on the truck itself but make sure you learn the truck’s clearance beforehand in order to prevent any disasters. Trying to pull into an area that the truck simply won’t fit or going into a tunnel that is too small is going to cause some major damage and should be avoided at all costs for your safety and those around you.

 

Plan for Gas Stops

Plot out your route if you’re traveling far and make sure to locate gas stations ahead of time. It’s important to plan your gas stops beforehand so that you don’t end up stranded. Never let the tank get completely empty just in case of an emergency.

 

Back Into Unloading Zone

When you arrive to your destination, try to back into the unloading zone rather than pulling in headfirst. This will make unloading the truck easier and will also make your a life a lot less stressful when it comes time to return the truck because you won’t have to maneuver it around as much.

 

We hope these tips take some of the intimidation and stress out of driving a moving truck. If you need self storage in San Mateo, give us a call and let us find the perfect unit for you to make moving even easier!

 

 

Maybe you’re an entrepreneur who needs a place to store inventory, or maybe you’re office needs somewhere to store old monitors and computer equipment; chances are, with the inevitable march of technological progress, you have some old electronic equipment you don’t use but can’t get rid of. You may need it when your office opens a new branch, or maybe you’re just a collector or audiophile looking for a spot to hold curiosities. We at American self storage in San Mateo are here to help with a quick guide to properly storing your electronics so you can use them when you need them. 

As dry as things are the main concern, especially with electronics, is moisture. While bubble wrap can protect screens and other breakables, be sure to allow your items plenty of room to breathe and never wrap anything entirely in plastic. Plastic wrap will trap moisture and can lead to lasting damage even over a short period of time. To keep dust off your inventory and belongings use canvas, blankets, or cotton sheets instead of plastic sheeting. Breathable materials like these allow for the flow of air and evaporation of moisture, keeping your belongings dry and corrosion free.

Keep your electronics off the ground with wood pallets or another suitable platform. If possible, store electronic devices in their original packaging to prevent damage and confusion. Be careful if you intend to stack any of these boxes and make sure to use sturdy, clearly labeled containers to keep your most fragile items from ending up on the bottom of the stack.

It goes without saying that you should back up any data left on physical media you intend to store. Make sure to remove external storage devices and optical media from their drives before putting computers into storage.  If you store portable electronics make sure to remove any batteries to prevent corrosion. Use cardboard to protect screens from scratches and punctures and tape down any large moving parts (like the cover on a scanner or folding tray on a printer) to prevent damage during transport.