Moving is known to be full of expenses. Not only have you spent money on your new dream home, but now you have to spend even more on relocating all of your belongings. All American Self Storage in San Mateo wants to help you prepare for the moving process. Below are some expenses to plan for and consider before you start packing up all of your belongings.

                                                                                                                                                        

Moving Trucks

If you are planning on doing a move on your own, there is always the cost of renting a moving truck. Depending on how much stuff you plan on moving will largely determine the cost of the truck. It is wise to do some research and retrieve quotes from several truck rental facilities to ensure you are getting a good deal on the size truck you need to acquire. Most truck rental companies will also provide you with other moving equipment needed for your larger items. This too comes at an additional cost.

 

Hiring Movers

Moving companies can ease your move, but for a cost. Most moving companies can average a cost of $100 per hour so this is an expense that should be calculated into your budget. In order to save time and money when using professional movers, have all of your belongings packed, labeled, and ready to be loaded into the truck before the movers arrive. It is also important to do extensive research on the moving company you wish to hire. Look at past reviews to see if the movers you are thinking about hiring are reliable and truly care for the belongings they will be moving to your home. 

 

Self Storage

For those items you just can’t seem to bring along or fit into your new home it is wise to consider renting a storage unit. All American Self Storage in San Mateo has the perfect storage unit to hold all of your belongings. We have storage units varying from the size of a closet to a large room so you only pay for what you need. You can rest easy knowing that your belongings are safe and secure in one of our storage units.

 

Packing Supplies

Moving means purchases large amounts of boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and even packing blankets. These packing supplies tend to add up quickly. Try and use what you have around the house first. By utilizing duffle bags, suit cases, and storage bins you have around the house can save you the money on purchasing even more boxes. It is also worth checking around your local grocery store to see if they have any produce boxes they are willing to give away. This saves you money and saves the grocer on recycling.

 

While moving can be stressful and expensive, we all have to experience this at least once in our life. All American Self Storage in San Mateo wants to help you ease the burden. For storage tips and more information on our variety of storage units available please call one of our friendly customer service representatives today.  

 

As our lives go on, our belongings tend to grow in amount. Soon you realize your home has become cluttered and disorganized. Now is the time to consider renting a storage unit for all of your precious belongings. But what exactly should you place in storage? We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have provided you with some ideas as to what will be most beneficial to store in one of our safe and secure storage units. 

 

Seasonal Items

This can include seasonal decorations, clothing, and sporting goods. Depending on what time of year it is, you will find that you are having a hard time finding a place to store all those seasonal items you just aren’t using at the moment. These items are perfect to store in your storage unit. The ease of access to our storage units and the variety of sizes available will allow you to store and remove seasonal items as you need them. 

 

Furniture 

As life goes on, children grow and eventually move out on their own. This leaves you with a lot of extra furniture that is not being put to use but you want to save in case your children will be needing it for their growing families in the future. By placing furniture in a storage unit you can save space in your home and ensure the safety and quality of the furniture. Before placing furniture in storage make sure it is clean, dissembled (if possible) and covered with sheets or packing blankets to protect it for possible dust and dirt accumulation over the years. 

 

Collectibles 

Depending on your collectible interests, you may be needing that extra bit of space your home doesn’t seem to provide. By storing your collectibles in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you can be assured your precious collectibles will be safe and kept in pristine quality. Make sure your items are packed in the appropriate storage bins to keep out moisture and dust in the changing seasons. 

 

Baby Items 

Babies are known to grow very rapidly. As a result they grow out of clothing and toys within a matter of months. Because these items are great to re-use and give to family friends it is ideal to place them in a storage unit while they are not being used. Make sure to remain organized when storing these items, especially when it comes to the clothing. Arranging them by size can help save you the trouble of digging through boxes and bags when you are looking for something specifically. 

 

 

Storage units are available to help you ensure the safety and quality of your items, while having a clean and organized home. All American Self Storage in San Mateo has a variety of sizes when it comes to storage units so you only pay for what you need. Call us today for more storage tips and how we can help you get organized. 

 

 

Are you having trouble making room for all of our fall clothes now that summer is over? Sure, living in California means not having to worry about winter parkas and snow boots but it can still be difficult to find room for your light jackets, sweaters, and other fall clothing. We’ve put together a guide to help you make room for your fall clothing.

 

Empty Your Closet

First things first, completely empty your closet. This might seem like a task that will just end up creating more work for you but it will be much easier to tackle a pile of clothes and start fresh rather than try to sort everything as you go. This helps to ensure you only put what you want back into your closet. It also gives you a chance to start fresh and go through those clothing items that you might have forgotten about.

Sort Everything

Now that all your clothes have been pulled out of your closet, start sorting them. We recommend the following categories: summer clothing, fall clothing, clothes to store, clothes to give away. The only thing that should go back into your closet is fall clothing. Summer clothing and other things you don’t currently wear can all go into storage units in San Mateo to free up some space. Clothing you don’t want anymore can be donated to charity or passed on to a friend.

Take Inventory

Now is a good time to take inventory of your fall wardrobe. Go through pants, sweaters, and other shirts to make sure everything fits properly. Take note of what you’ll need to go purchase if you are short on certain items. Make a mental note of how many new items you’ll be buying to ensure there will be room for it once purchased.

 

Take a Trip to Storage

All American Self Storage has storage units in San Mateo for everything you don’t have room for in your closet. Our storage units are safe, clean, and always under security surveillance. We have many sizes of units so it’s easy to find the right one for you. Reserve online or drop in for assistance.

 

We hope these tips help you organize your fall closet. When spring rolls around, you can do the very same thing with all of your summer clothes while you store your fall clothing for the months ahead.

 

Throwing a yard sale is a great way to get rid of a bunch of things that you don’t use and free up some space in your home. It’s always a good way to make some extra cash on the side. Yard sales can be fun but you should take some additional steps to make sure it’s a success. If you find things you want to keep while going through stuff to sell but don’t have room, just store it in San Mateo storage for the time being. Here are some of our favorite tips for a successful yard sale.

 

Spread the Word

The best way to get people to come to your yard sale is to really market it. Post on all of your social media sites that you use so that your friends and family can see and even share your posts with their followers. If you have a local newspaper, considering putting an ad in the paper. You can also make signs using strong, bold print before hanging them up around your neighborhood with the date and time of the sale and an arrow pointing in the right direction.

Enlist Help

It’s pretty much impossible to throw a yard sale all by yourself. It can get tricky once multiple people start showing up. Enlist help from friends, neighbors, and family members to make the job easier. They can also play a big role in helping you set everything up and take it all down. They can also help you by cleaning and prepping everything before the day of the sale.

Organize Your Layout

Nobody wants to rummage through a pile of stuff without any organization. We recommend planning your layout beforehand and dividing things by type. For example, put all of your clothing on one side of your lawn and all of the electronics on another. Having tables will help keep things organized. Putting labels next to things will also help a great deal.

Set Prices

If you don’t set prices beforehand, you might have to deal with some haggling. We recommend setting a price for everything before the sale to avoid any potential confusion. If you can, set out labels with all of the pricing so that people don’t have to track you down for a price on every single item.

Have Fun With It

Make your yard sale a fun place for people to stop by. Rather than just having people shop in silence, play some light background music to really set some ambiance. Have water and other refreshments on hand to keep everybody happy. Just make sure to have a garbage can nearby so you can easily keep things clean.

 

We hope these tips help you throw the perfect yard sale. If you find that you still have belongings left over afterwards, just put them into San Mateo storage and hold onto them until your next big yard sale.

 

 

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.