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.


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.


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.



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.


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!