When faced with the decision of what to do with one’s boat during winter, the first option that runs through the minds of many is how to find a storage facility. It normally seems like a straightforward procedure, but before taking the boat out of the water, here are some absolute necessities.


The first thing one should do is make sure their boat is in good shape. If not, they must at least know how close it is to being perfect. Take it for one last spin to note everything that requires maintenance and repair. This is especially important because for many people, winter storage is much more than just looking for extra space. It is the time when they most likely do the boat repairs and maintenance. Those who do not want to spend all spring fiddling with boat parts might want to do this during winter.

When one finds the San Mateo storage facility for their boat, the next best thing should be to have the boat cleaned. Give the hull a thorough scrubbing, removing all the debris and slime that might have settled. Remember to give it enough time to dry out before it goes into storage. The interior not be forgotten, with things like refrigerator cabinets cleaned.

Depending on how long one plans to have the boat in storage, it is important to take care of the engine. Have the gas tank full and add a fuel stabilizer to reduce instances of stabilization. A clever trick after doing this is to have the boat engine running for a few minutes in order to make sure the fuel and the additives have gone all the way through the system, through the fuel lines and the engine. Also, replace filters and change the engine oil, check the clamps, belts and hoses. If possible, also flush the coolant system with water and add anti-freeze.

After the removal of the engine, clean out the head and other areas. Also, it is recommended that boat owners remove all electronics, like batteries, and store them in a warm and dry place. For the battery, the terminals should be cleaned to remove corrosion, then greased lightly. It should also be given a full charge and all fluid levels checked before use. 


Only experts understand what it takes to store a boat. At the All American Self-storage, our resident experts will go through all this with the boat owner to make sure their boat and all its components are safe through the winter. Contact us today for a quotation today!


Most of the time, when one finds their hose full, one of the first things they think about getting rid of are the pieces of furniture. Still, what happens if that couch or chair one wishes to get rid of is an old classic, or a piece with historical  significance that they do not want to get rid of at a yard sale? This is where a reputable San Mateo Self-Storage facility will come in handy. Given the nature of such old furniture and the need to keep them in shape until space is available, look at the following conditions when choosing furniture storage.


Furniture comes in different shapes and sizes, so do storage units. To get the best deal, it is important to know just how big the furniture is, and how much space is required to store it. Remember that no matter the size of the furniture, there is always a storage unit available that can accommodate it. Most companies often have units of different sizes, so knowing the dimensions of the furniture makes the process of choosing much smoother and easier for everyone.

Type of storage

Self-storage companies offer much more than just the closed container type storage. There are open ended units flexible enough to store big items, and the smaller units, which although enclosed are well fitted. The size of the furniture will determine the size of storage facility, but the nature should also be an important consideration. For leather, for instance, choose a facility that is temperature controlled to avoid the accumulation of moisture, or the air getting too dry.


Storing old pieces of furniture should not be too costly. Still, nobody wants to have their furniture stored in a less than suitable facility because they chose the cheaper option. With this in mind, it is important to find the cheapest possible company that offers the required service. When making a choice, visit several facilities and ask for quotations. Most will likely need a little information from the client, often asking them to fill in forms. Visit or contact at least three companies before making a final decision.

Needless to say, choose a facility that has a strong security presence and features, one that can be easily accessed and one whose staff are friendly and helpful.


At the All American Self-Storage, our staff will provide the space needed for any customer storage needs, with a guarantee of quality and safety. Do not hesitate to call us with any storage related needs.


Most laundry rooms are known as the king of all cluttered rooms. This room has gained a toss and go reputation when it comes to dirty clothes, clean clothes, and even laundry accessories. A cluttered laundry room can cause more stress then is needed in your already hectic life. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo want to help you in conquering the clutter that has overtaken your laundry room. Below are some steps you can take to having a more organized laundry room.


Maximize the Storage Potential

Laundry rooms are definitely not the biggest rooms of the house. We are often forced to deal with what little space this room provides. Take advantage of the space you do have by creating organized storage to keep all of your necessary laundry accessories and clothing. Use all the wall space you have available for shelving and cupboards to store all the necessities you may need while doing your laundry. You can even create little nooks for separate laundry baskets to help you in the process of completing a load of laundry.


Have Help

Teaching children how to do laundry when they are of the right age can actually help them in the long run and lessen the burden of this chore for you. Walk them through the fundamentals of this chore so they don’t have any laundry mishaps. Explain the importance of sorting your lights from darks and how much laundry detergent is acceptable to use in a single load of laundry. Once the have the fundamentals in place they can be in charge of doing their own laundry to completion thus giving you a clean and organized laundry room.


Scheduling is a Must

Now that you have little helpers doing laundry you will want to set up a schedule for each person’s laundry day. This will reduce the fighting as well as the clutter in the laundry room.


Smaller Loads

Doing a small load to completion each day will help you to stay on top of the clothing that could easily pile up and get out of hand. To help you do this you can purchase a few laundry baskets to help you in the sorting process. As you gather the dirty clothing you plan to wash you can easily separate and toss them into their proper laundry baskets. Do just one basket at a time to completion and you will never have a huge mess of clothes to deal with.


Just because laundry isn’t something we all look forward to doing doesn’t mean it has to be miserable and create a mess in the process. Organizing your laundry room can help you ease the stress of this mundane task. If you find that you are short on space when organizing your laundry room you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with the perfect storage unit. Call us today to learn more about our units and our facility.


Moving is daunting, and it is definitely a process. It might be one that you are not too excited about doing. Through the use of the tips and tricks out there, there are many ways for you to have a smoother, more beneficial move without the hassle and struggles that you might have gone through before. With these tips, you can ensure that your move is one of the best that youve had in quite some time.


Moving does not have to be a constant struggle, and it can go as smoothly as you would ever hope it would. Feel good about the choice that you made to move forward with the right moving tips, as well as the right storage in San Mateo.


Smoother Moving Means a More Comfortable You


  Make a To-Do list and stick with it

  Make sure to organize everything and get rid of items ahead of time, room by room

  Clearly mark up all of the boxes that you pack up, so you know what is in them and which room they belong to

  Keep a box or overnight bags with a few nights worth of items that youre going to need when the items in the new home are not yet ready and unpacked

  Dont forget to empty and clean out the fridge. You want to move these items last, since they can go bad if theyre forgotten about

  Pack all valuables and memories inside your car, and not inside a truck or storage unit. You cannot replace these and you shouldnt have to

  Pack heavier items inside smaller boxes, and lighter items inside larger boxes

  Make sure to give your kids jobs during the move. This keeps them busy and makes them feel useful during the transition

  Enjoy any and all help that is provided to you. When someone asks, take the offer. The less you have to do on your own, the better


Finding the Ideal Storage in San Mateo


Speak with us at All American Self Storage, where youre able to choose the right storage unit for the needs that you have. Having storage in San Mateo can provide you with an easy way to unload, load up and head to the new home knowing that your items are in safe hands throughout the time that you choose to store with them. Make the most of it, and give us a call today to set up a storage unit of your own.


Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to open up the windows and give your home a breath of fresh air after such a long winter. Spring time means it’s time to tackle the clutter that has accumulated in your home after the long winter months. At All American Self Storage in San Mateo you can find the space you need to store the valuables you just can’t seem to find the space for. We want to help you in the organization process of your home so we have provided some spring cleaning tips for you below.


The Bedroom

After such a cold winter you can now say goodbye to those flannel sheets and trade them in for something that breathes. Light sheets and comforters are best for the summer months that are ahead. When it comes to your closet you will need to rotate your wardrobe from winter season clothes to spring and summer. Storing your winter clothes at All American Self Storage in San Mateo until next season can open up a lot of much needed storage space in your closet.


The Kitchen

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to give your kitchen the deep clean it needs. Go through all the items in your fridge and remove anything that has expired. While you are at it go ahead and wipe down the shelves and drawers in your fridge as well. Give your kitchen counters, floors, and stove a good wipe down. We often don’t have the time to clean these properly so doing it now can give you a fresh start for the warm months ahead.


The Living Room

Being cooped up throughout the winter means you have probably accumulated a lot of dust in your living room. Wipe down all of the surfaces in your living room including baseboards and window sills. While you are at it, you can take this time to refresh some of your décor. Brighten up your living room with interesting thrift store finds or colorful couch pillows. Your carpets should be vacuumed and cleaned as well due to the amount of dirt and mud that has been trekked through your house throughout the winter.


Spring cleaning can give your home the breath of fresh air it needs after such a long and cold winter. When you are organizing and cleaning your home and find that you just don’t have the storage space you need, you can count on All American Self Storage in San Mateo to help. Call us today to learn more about our facility and the units we have available.