Has your DVD collection recently taken over not just your entertainment center but most areas of your living room and home as well? If you find it more and more difficult to find a place to keep your beloved movies in your home you need to come up with a new organizational plan. We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City love being able to help you in keeping your home clean and organized. Our variety of storage units can help you to keep the clutter at bay. We have come up with some DVD storage solutions for you to try when you just don’t have the necessary storage space available in your home. 


Store your DVD’s in Binders

Instead of keeping all of those DVD cases and trying to store them in every empty space left in your home, consolidate all of your DVDs into binders. Get a couple of binders in a color you like and add labels to their spines. Take the time to create a table of contents of all of your DVDs to make it easy to find the movie you want to watch.


DVD Slips in Bins or Drawers

DVD slips, or movie sleeves, are a great way to store your DVDs. They’re much less bulky than DVD cases, even though they can hold two DVDs per sleeve as well as cover art. Place the sleeves in a decorative bin or in one of the drawers of your entertainment center. You will be surprised at how much space you are saving when using this organizational method.


Build a DVD Shelving Unit

If you are lucky enough to be skilled at building your own storage you can create a custom DVD shelving unit. You can use your creativity to create a shelving unit that works best in your home. You might even want to consider building one that can easily hang on the back of a closet door. This will keep your DVDs out of sight and out of the way.


Digitally Convert your DVD’s onto a Portable Hard Drive

Are you more tech savvy than most? You may want to take the time to convert all of your DVDs digitally and have them saved onto a portable hard drive. So rather than having your DVDs take up space they are just taking up memory. You might need to do some research to see which software is best for converting DVDs to digital files and just how much memory you are going to need on your portable hard drive.


We at All American Self Storage in Redwood City hope that you found the above tips useful. If you are still searching for some much needed storage space you can stop by our facility and view the units we have available that will suite all of your storage needs.



If you are like most parents, you probably feel overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility that is placed on your shoulders when it comes to maintaining your home. All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help ease your burden by giving you a storage unit to alleviate some of the clutter in your home. A clutter free home is an easy home to keep clean and organized. And on that note, you can enlist in the help of your children to maintain the cleanliness of your home and take some of the burden you have been feeling. Below are just some of the reasons why you should get your children involved in the daily household chores.


Learn Valuable Life Skills

At some point in their life your children will be faced with moving out on their own and having a house they are responsible for caring for. Children love to copy their parents, and they love to learn. It’s only us that makes household chores a chore. If we teach them these life skills a little at a time while they are growing up, they will move out so much more confident and able to live by themselves without running into problems.


A Sense of Responsibility

Giving your child a specific job or a specific area in the house to look after will help them learn how to be responsible in later life – a skill again we all need to enable us to get through life more easily. Things that relate directly to them are a great place to start as they will see the benefit of keeping things organized, clean, tidy and also appreciate more what you do for them as they grow up.


Pride in Their Work

Giving your children the opportunity to help around the house will allow them to feel the pride of accomplishing a task, especially when they do it well. Their household chores will soon become something they want to do every day so they can feel accomplished and proud of their achievements.


Getting your children involved in household chores is beneficial for everyone involved. The chores must be tailored to their age and you can decide on a reward system, but it essentially teaches them what they don’t have the ability to learn just at school. To help them in getting started start off by giving your home a clean slate and storing all the unnecessary household items in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo.


As a parent to young children you know more than anyone how hard it is to keep their room and your home tidy. Their toys tend to spread throughout your home and make it difficult to create a clean and organized space. To help you with this dilemma we at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have come up with some creative toy storage solutions for you to try in your home.


Pencil Pouches for Puzzles

If your child loves to put together and take apart puzzles you know how difficult it is to keep all of the pieces organized and in one place. Using pencil pouches for each puzzle is a great way to keep all of the pieces together and organized.


Shoe Organizer for Small Toys

Over the door hanging shoe storage is a great organizing tool to keep those smaller action figures and/or dolls up and out of the way. Hang the storage in a way that your children can easily reach their toys to play with and then put away.


Wooden Crates

Wooden crates that you can buy at any craft or home goods store are a great way to store books and toys. These are easily customizable to fit the décor of your child’s bedroom. You can even add wheels or handles for ease of use for you and your children.


Recycled Jars

Using recycled pasta sauce jars or even peanut butter jars are a great way to hold smaller toys and crafting supplies. You can decorating and label the jars so your child can know which items go where.


Laundry Hampers for Larger Toys

Plastic Laundry hampers are an easy and cost effective way for getting the larger toys up and out of the way. These can be labeled and customized as well. You can even make a cloth hamper to go inside the laundry basket to hide the mess of the toys inside.


Getting control of the clutter that is your child’s toys can be easy with the creative storage tips listed above. Don’t be afraid to get creative and do what works best for you in your home. If you find that you just have too many toys in your home you can always store them in one of our storage units at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Call us today to learn more about our facility and the units we currently have available.


Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. There are a ton of ways to get you home ready for the Christmas festivities while still staying under budget and not wasting your valuable time. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo can help you in this endeavor by renting you a storage unit for the items you need to clear out of your home to make room for the guests and presents that will soon be arriving. Below are some cost effective decorating tips for you to try this holiday season.


Put up a Tree

No matter what kind of tree it is, you can easily had the Christmas spirit to your home. It can be big, small, silver, gold, made of paper, or just a tiny rosemary plant. Christmas ornaments can be made by hand like the star ornaments made from Popsicle sticks. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add personal touches to your tree.


Hang up a Wreath

You can easily do a DIY a spiffy red & green wreath by adding ornaments & other Christmas items or you can simply hang a plain pine needle wreath with a ribbon to give off the holiday vibe. Wreaths are a fun and easy way to bring the yuletide spirit to your home. You can hang them outside on your door to invite your guests into your home, or hang them inside. These are a cheap and beautiful way to add the holiday spirit in your home.


Decorate with Holiday Themed Pillows and Blankets

Adding cozy blankets & holiday pillows with pops of gold, green, red, or any other fun holiday colors is a great way to add warmth to your everyday home decor. Plaids, Christmas patterns, holiday colors, & even DIY’ing a Christmas themed pillow is the perfect way to bring the cozy decor in your home. Purchasing cheap fabric and looking up no-sew pillow covers is the best way to add comfort and Christmas cheer to your home.


Decorating your home for the Holidays doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. With the tips above and some creativity you can make your home feel festive in time for the holidays. To help you in freeing up some space for your holiday guests you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with the storage space you need. 



As the days become shorter and colder you are faced with the task of what to do with your dirt bikes and ATVs this winter. Placing them in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA will ensure their safety while leaving you with the space you need in your garage. Before placing your dirt bikes and/or ATVs in storage you need to make sure they are prepped for their stay.


Get the Oil Changed

Unless you've just changed the oil and filter, and your final ride day consisted of only a few laps, your engine will be coated in dirty oil which can be very damaging to your bike. Put fresh oil and a new filter in your ride. Run the engine briefly to coat the external parts with fresh lubricant. This way you can rest easy knowing that your dirt bikes and ATVs are ready to go for your next ride.


Drain the Gas or Add a Fuel Stabilizer

Having gasoline sit for a few months in a cold climate will make it gummy and ruin your fuel system. You have a couple of ways in which you can prevent this from happing. Drain the gas tank which can be done by letting the engine idle until the fuel runs out or add a fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil to a full tank of gas. The full tank mixed with Sta-bil eliminates any concern over moisture build-up in the tank and the stabilizer prevents gas from gumming. Just be sure to let the engine idle a few minutes to allow the mixture to penetrate the entire fuel system.


Change the Coolant/ Anti-Freeze

Just as you would maintain your car you will want to do the same with your dirt bike and ATV. Putting fresh anti-freeze in your dirt bike and ATV will protect it from the cold winter months that are ahead.


Put it on a Stand

Most riders tend to leave their dirt bike on a stand anyway but this is crucial for long term storage. It's not as crucial for the ATV (some use blocks or jacks regardless) but letting your dirt bike rest in one position over the long term often degrades the tires and can mess with the suspension.