Living in a small space can prove to be frustrating. The key to living in such a small space is to stay organized. By going through your belongings and determining what you can keep, donate, and store is the first step you can take to having a clutter free space. Having a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo will keep your valuables safe and secure while giving you the space you need. Below are some tips to make your small space seem just a little larger. 


Keep what you need

The hardest part about downsizing into a smaller place is determining what you should keep. When living in a small space you only have room for what you absolutely need. If there are some items you just can’t seem to part with and don’t have space for, a storage unit is the perfect solution. All American Self Storage in San Mateo has a variety of storage units available with a price to fit your budget. This way you can keep what you want and have those items when you move again in the future. 


Your color pallet 

Painting a small space can either make it seem larger or smaller. Expanding your color palette and being open to colors you haven’t considered before is often necessary. By picking light colors you can make a small space seem a lot larger. Painting dark cabinets a lighter color will also help enlarge your kitchens and bathrooms. 


Get rid of duplicates

Having multiples items such as dishes, cookware, and furniture pieces can take up space that could be used for the items you need in your home. Go back to the basics and keep what you use. These are the items that should be considered for donations or storage. 


Decorating tricks 

When decorating your home with family portraits and artwork, hang them just a little higher than you normally would. This will give the illusion of a larger wall and ceiling. By adding mirrors to your existing décor you can also create an illusion of more space within a room. 



While it may take some work to make your small living space feel large, it will be worth all the time and effort you put into your space. Don’t get discouraged when you feel like you don’t have enough room for all of your belongings. The storage units at All American Self Storage in San Mateo gives you the space your home can’t. Call one of our friendly customer service associates for more information on the units we have available. 


As life goes on we tend to accumulate a variety of furniture and items. A storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City is the perfect solution. If you are short on space and find yourself needing to store your bed and mattress there are some tips you should follow to make sure your items remain in pristine condition. 


Clean Everything

You never want to put something in storage without thoroughly cleaning it first. If there are existing dust, dirt, or even food particles left on the mattress or bed when placed in storage it could cause potential damage to your furniture. You can easily clean your mattress with an upholstery cleaner and wash the bed frame with soap and water. Taking the time to clean your bed and mattress before placing it in storage will keep its pristine quality no matter how long it is placed in storage. 



In order to maximize your storage space disassemble what you can on your bed. By breaking up the frame into smaller pieces it will be easier to move into storage and stack in an organized fashion within the storage unit. Keep all of your pieces together by placing them in the same area of your storage unit and putting all the screws, nuts, and bolts in a bag attached to the frame. 



Protect your bed and mattress by investing in some mattress covers and sheets to cover the bed frame. Placing mattress covers and sheets over your bed and mattress will protect it from dust, dirt, and moisture. If possible do not use plastic covers. These covers can trap moisture inside and create mold or mildew if left for extended periods of time. 


Lay the Mattress Flat

While it may seem best to store the mattress on its side for space saving purposes, this could cause potential damage to your mattress over time. The springs inside the mattress can reposition and warp making your mattress unusable. Placing items on top of the mattress is also not recommended. Heavy items sitting upon the mattress can warp the springs as well. 



When you are tight on space and find yourself needing to store your mattress, All American Self Storage in Redwood City can help. We can provide you with exact space you need and ensure the safety of what you store in our facility. For more information on the units we have available come by and see us 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. 



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. 



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. 



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.  


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.