Summer is well upon us and is the perfect opportunity to take a trip. No matter where your adventures bring you, you need to know how to pack efficiently for every trip you may take this summer. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have gathered some clothing packing tips to help you in all of your packing needs.


Stuff Shoes

Shoes often take up more room than anything else in a box or suitcase but they have lots of empty space inside. Stuff smaller items such as underwear and socks inside your shoes. This especially comes in handy when traveling. You can also put small accessories such as jewelry inside of your shoes.


Roll Your Clothing

Clothing takes up much less space when it’s tightly rolled rather than being folded. Tightly roll all of the clothes that are small enough to roll such as t-shirts and other non-stiff clothing items. Then lay them out in rows squeezed against each other. This also helps your clothing stay wrinkle-free. Stiffer items such as blazers and dress pants will need to be folded instead and placed above your rolled clothing.


Pack in Layers

Think of your suitcase or storage box as a layered cake by packing different items on different layers. Put your heaviest items such as shoes or winter coats on the very bottom layer. Layer two can be all of your rolled clothing. Layer three can be all of the remaining folded clothing stacked by alternating waists and hems. All of your other personal items can go on the very top layer. You can even use an empty garbage bag to put between your clean and dirty clothes during your travels.


Put Fragile Items in Center

Anything that can easily be broken shouldn’t be just thrown into a box or suitcase without any thought. We suggest putting fragile items in the very center and on the very top of rolled clothing. Other folded clothing can be placed on top of your fragile items (as long as they aren’t too heavy) for that extra layer of protection. Make sure everything is packed in tight so the fragile items don’t roll around while traveling.


Now that you are proficient in packing you can be well on your way when it comes to traveling this summer. If you need to store some items while you are away there is no better place than All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We can give you the peace of mind you need while you are away.


Is your home feeling cold and unwelcoming? This could be due to the lack of décor you have on display on the walls of your home. All you need is a little creativity and some help from All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to create the home you have always wanted. Below are some creative decorating tips for you to try when making your home your own.


·       Headboards create the perfect statement piece for your bedroom. If you don’t have a headboard you can always create your own. This easily done by hanging curtains or a tapestry behind your bed. You can show off your creativity by creating a foe headboard by framing your bed with art pieces and memorabilia. A sheer curtain and lights can add a romantic look to your bedroom.


·       Just frames can add a pop of color to your blank walls while working as the perfect statement piece you have been looking for in your home. You can gather a variety of frames from any goodwill or thrift store for fairly cheap. Spray paint the empty frames with a color that goes along with your décor.


·       Floating shelves can have multiple uses in your home. While they provide sophistication to a room, they can also be used as needed storage space. You can place a variety of items on your newly installed shelves, from books to eclectic art pieces.


·       Wall decals have gained popularity over the past year. These fun art pieces are easy to put up and are perfect for adding a personal statement to your walls. Wall decals can come in a variety of sayings or patterns. You can even make customized wall decals. These are perfect for those who are renting since the wall decals remove easily without causing damage to the walls.


·       DIY Artwork is a fun and creative way to spruce up your walls. Even if you aren’t very artistic you can easily create colorful abstract pieces to brighten up your living space. You can look up tutorials online or create an artistic piece all on your own.


With the tips above you are well on your way to creating a welcoming and comfortable home that is all your own. If you find that you need a place to store some of your items that just don’t seem to belong anymore, you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to provide you with the perfect storage unit for all of your storage needs. Call us today for more information about our facility.



We all have those rooms in our house we wish were just a little bit bigger. Instead of moving out and starting all over you can easily make your small room feel larger with the tips listed below. Make sure you start the process by placing all unused and unnecessary items in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA.


•Painting the ceiling is an easy trick to make a small room feel larger than it actually is. Adding paint or wallpaper to a ceiling will draw your eye upwards making your space feel larger. 


•Painting a room with light colors and installing light flooring can also help to make a small space feel bigger. 


•Place furniture away from the wall. When furniture is pushed up against the wall it makes a space feel smaller. Placing them a few feet away from the wall and adding a console table behind it can give the illusion of a larger space. 


•Invest in furniture pieces that have hidden storage. Ottomans can easily have a dual purpose when using them to store blankets or electronics that aren’t used as often. 


•Hang shelves up higher towards the ceiling. This will draw your eye upwards and allow you space to feel and look larger than it actually is. 


•The use of vertical stripes can elongate a room. Adding a striped rug or adding stripes to a wall can also give the illusion of a larger living space. 


•By skipping the window coverings you can actually have your space appear to have more depth. The more natural light the better. Natural light will allow your space to feel large as it opens up the room to the world outside. 


•Have one large statement piece rather than a whole bunch of little ones. For example, having just one large couch in your small room will create more space rather than having multiple small couches. 


•Purchase floor and table lamps when trying to provide light to smaller space. Overhead lighting will pool light into one spot and make the room appear cramped. By placing floor and table lamps strategically around the room you can draw your eye around the room and give the illusion of space. 


•Strategically placed mirrors will also provide the illusion of more space. Have the mirrors placed across from a window so the light will reflect off the mirror and make the room feel larger. 



After a long winter it is finally time to pull your boat out of your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We want you to enjoy the time you have out on the lake with your family so we have provided you with some safe boating tips for you to follow to make sure your summer is a long and enjoyable one.


Watch the Weather

Getting caught in a storm while out on your boat can prove to be hazardous. If the conditions are bad enough they can cause harm to yourself and your boat. Make sure you keep up to date on the weather forecast before heading out to go boating.


Look over your Boat

Making sure your boat is in tip top shape before you head out on the water will ensure your safety. Make sure everything is in working order. Check all the fluids needed in the engine and double check for any cracks or leaks within the body of the boat.


Bring a Friend

It is always best to go boating with a friend or family member. This way if something does occur they can help you out in an emergency. If you prefer to go out on your own make sure you let someone know you route and how long you plan on being out on the water. This way they can notify the proper authorities if you are stuck and unable to call for help.



Make sure you use a lifejacket while out on your boat at all times. The majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets. When purchasing your life jacket make sure you buy the right size and fit for you and all of the members that will be out on your boat with you.


Learn to Swim

It is always wise to be prepared for any situation. If a boating accident does occur you will want to know how to swim. Knowing the proper swimming techniques could save your life in a dire situation.


Take a Boating Course

For beginning boaters it is always a good idea to take a boating course. This will teach you the basics of operating your boat while on the open water and what safety measures to take in case of an emergency. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.


We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City want you to get the most use out of your storage unit in our facility. To do this we have provided you with some tips and tricks to maintain an organized storage unit.


Create Organized Zones

The best way to find what you are looking for as you go back to your storage unit from time to time is by creating zones. You can create zones in a way that works best for you, but we suggest doing it by the room of your house. This way you know exactly where an item is when you need it. Group like items together to make it even easier to find a specific item.


Plan it Out

Before you even start placing your items in your storage unit it might be a good idea to draw a layout. Include the dimensions of your unit along with any shelving that you may use for keeping your smaller items up and out of the way. Map out your zones along with enough room for a walkway to each area of your unit. You can even go as far as labeling and numbering your boxes on the drawing of you layout so you know exactly where each box will be.


Label Everything

Once you have gathered all the items you will be placing in storage you will want to make sure they are properly packed and labeled. We suggest only using plastic bins with sealable lids or thicker moving boxes in order to better protect all of your items. Label each box or container with its contents. Get as detailed as you can in order to save you time when you are looking for that item later.


Maximize Space

To maximize the space you have available in your unit you will want to enlist in the help of shelving and plan on placing items on top of or inside other items. While doing this, make sure you don’t cause any harm to the items you are storing. Use available space around large furniture items or within the drawers of a dresser.


Having an organized storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City is essential if you plan on rotating items in and out of your unit or if you plan on having your unit for an extended amount of time. Being organized from the beginning will help you in maintaining a clutter free and organized space. For more information on our units and our facility make sure you check out our website.