Throughout the years you are bound to collect a lot of photos of your family and friends. When you find yourself in need of storage for your precious photos you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to give you a safe and secure place. We want to ensure the quality and longevity of your photos so we have provided you with some steps of preparation for your photos.



Before placing your photos in storage you will want to make sure you are properly preparing them for their stay. Preservation experts say to look for paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper (buffered or unbuffered) made from cotton or highly purified wood pulps. You should also avoid using envelopes with a center seam due to the adhesive that could damage your photos. If you are storing photo albums make sure they are placed on acid-free adhesive paper and protected with a sheet protector.


The Storage Unit

When consider what kind of storage unit you should rent, it is always wise to go with a temperature controlled storage unit. To keep your photos in pristine condition it is recommended that you store them in a unit that is well ventilated and doesn’t have fluctuation in temperature. Extreme temperatures tend to alter the condition of photos making them fade or become discolored.



To provide the best protection for you photos you will want to invest in some plastic bins to store them in. Plastic bins with sealable tops are the best when it comes to storing a variety of valuables in a storage unit. This will keep you photos away from any hazardous spills or unwanted guests. Make sure you don’t over pack your bins. Heavy boxes and bins are difficult to move and can cause damage to the items inside if they are filled to the brim.


Placing your photos in storage will give you the storage space you need in your home. You will always have access to your beloved photos in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We will work with you in finding the unit that suits all of your storage needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility and what we can offer you.


Jewelry can be a hassle to organize due to their fragility and all of their small parts. If it seems like you can never find the specific piece of jewelry you are looking for then it may be time for you to conquer the jewelry clutter and come up with a create way to organize your jewelry. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA can help you during the process with the jewelry organization tips we have gathered below.


Creative Storage Ideas

·       Hang necklaces from doorknobs. Not the current doorknobs you see today, but the older more stylish options. These can often be found at any antique or craft store. By attaching the variety of collected door knobs to a recycled piece of wood you can create the perfect piece for hanging and displaying your necklaces.


·       Hanging dangling earrings in an old picture frame is a cute and easy way to store your jewelry. By using an old frame and attaching metal wire across the interior you can create a custom line to hang your earrings off of.


·       If you prefer to hide your jewelry, a mirrored armoire is a perfect solution. Most armoires come with hidden storage already installed. These small nooks and crannies are perfect for storing rings, bracelets, and earrings. If needed you can screw in hooks or use command hooks and attach them to the side of the armoire to hold necklaces and keep them from getting tangled.


·       Use glass bottles to store your bracelets. These bottles can be painted and used as a creative piece of décor while acting as a storage solution for a variety of bracelets you may own. Placing them on a table or shelf will add to the décor of your living space while providing a nice personal touch.


·       Organizing and storing the small stuff can often be difficult. By placing small earrings and earring backs in an ice cube tray you can store those cute little accessories without losing any of them. You can keep the tray out of view by easily storing them in a drawer, cupboard, or closet.


Sort and Organize

The first step in organizing your jewelry is to sort, untangle, and store. Sort through those pieces you have had over the years and decide if you will keep wearing them. If the answer is no, you have two options. You can either donate your old jewelry items or place them in storage to give away at a later time. Having a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA will give you the space and security needed to protect those memorable jewelry pieces.




If you have kids of your own you are well aware of the messes they cause. Our little tornados can ruin a clean house in seconds. As they grow you will want to give them an opportunity to learn how to pick up and organize their belongings. All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help in the organization process with one of our self-storage units. Below are some suggestions when it comes to helping your child in creating an organized home.


Toy Boxes

Toy boxes are the best storage when it comes to the toys your child plays with the most. Having the ease of access to the toys will also help your child learn the process of getting out and putting away their toys. To get your child involved in the cleanup process, have them help you create a fun and interesting toy box. Decorating it with either a favorite movie character or even their favorite animal will get them excited to use the toy box as it was intended.


Art Gallery

Children produce large amounts of fantastic pieces of art. Often time they produce more art then you can display. Creating a personalized art gallery for all of their pieces of art work will decrease the clutter around the home. You can create this gallery from either mounting corkboard, magnetic strips, or string with clothes pins. Place the gallery in a space that is easy to get to and low enough so your child can hang up their own artwork. This is a simple way to display your child’s masterpieces for your visitors to see.


Storage Jars and Bins

For all those little toys and art accessories that can easily get lost, create your own storage jars or bins. You can do this in a variety of ways so your storage will still correlate with your home décor. One way you can do this is by personalizing mason jars. Keeping the Mason Jar clear will allow you to easily see what is stored inside, and you can decorate the lids with your child. Adding small toys to the top of the jars such as plastic dinosaurs or animals can help your child open the jars with ease. Recovering old diaper boxes with fabric of your choice is a cheap and easy way to create storage bins for your child’s larger toys.


Getting your child involved and excited in the organization process will give them the motivation they need when it comes to keeping your home clean. Minimizing the amount of items they have in your home will help. You can easily place these items in a self-storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. For more information regarding our facility feel free to give us a call today.



You have probably heard of the term “spring cleaning” before. It is called this due to the fact that the long, cold winter months have turned your home into a dirty and cluttered mess. Freshen up your home this spring with the help of a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Placing the items you just don’t need in a storage unit at our facility will help you in the process of giving your home the spring clean feel you need. Below are some steps to follow when you begin the spring cleaning process.


Divide the Work Evenly

Trying to conquer your whole house in one go can be difficult and overwhelming to do. Instead you will want to focus on working your way down through your house. Start at the top of your house and work your way through. Tidying can be followed by dusting and then by thoroughly cleaning specific areas. Pace yourself and set small goals rather than trying to finish it all at once.


Get Rid of Junk

The reason your house is a cluttered mess is most likely due to the amount of unnecessary items you are keeping in your home. While you are tidying up your home you can go through all of your items and decide what you can keep, donate or place in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Items you haven’t used in a while can easily cleared from your home to give you the space you need for the items you actually use.


Clean what you Usually Don’t

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to clean the areas of your house that don’t often get cleaned. Make sure you pay special attention to your curtains and carpets. Cleaning all the textiles in your home will allow it to smell fresh and clean for a lot longer. Don’t forget to flip your mattresses while you are at it.


Call in Help

Cleaning the entire house is a huge task to tackle on your own. Get the help of your family members and friends. Bribing with yummy treats is often acceptable. Splitting up the tasks needing to get done can make the spring cleaning process easier for everyone involved.


As the weather warms up you can easily take the opportunity to clean your home and make it a wonderful place to live in for the rest of the year. Utilize your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo to conquer some of the clutter that has accumulated in your home. Check out our website to learn more about our facility.



Having that extra room in your home will give you the opportunity to create space for your visiting family or friends to stay. Creating the perfect guest bedroom is easier than you think with the help of a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. You can get rid of the junk that has been taking up space in your spare room and create the perfect guest bedroom with the tips listed below.


Declutter and Organize

The key to creating a peaceful space is by having an organized space. It’s time to clear out all that extra stuff you have acquired and stored in your guest bedroom. Go through your belongings and decide what you want to incorporate into the new guest bedroom, place in storage, or donate. For the items you do decide to store you can find the perfect size storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. We have a variety storage units to choose from to fit your specific storage needs. Once the guest bedroom is cleared out of any unnecessary items it is time to clean every nook and cranny.



Natural light provides a tranquil atmosphere. Get full use of your guest bedroom windows by adding curtains that allow in light during the day. If you are dealing with a smaller window you can hang curtains higher up on the wall to create the illusion of a larger window. Adding table lamps with soft light lightbulbs will provide a relaxing atmosphere for your guests as they prepare for bed.



Decide on a certain style or theme for your guest bedroom. Many choose to go for a more relaxing, retreat like décor in order for their guests to feel at ease while they are on vacation. Simple and light colors can help you achieve this look. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls will help brighten up the room. You can even paint pieces of furniture to help have cohesiveness in your décor. Remember to keep it simple. Overloading a room on décor accessories can make it feel cramped and uninviting.



After having successfully put together your guest bedroom, it is now time to add the necessary touches to make it feel like home. Add some interesting reading material for your guests during their down time before bed. Provide extra towels and blankets for their use. Hang pictures of your family and friends to add the extra personal touch of love.