Thursday, January 30, 2020

How to Store Your Christmas Tree for Next Year

Green Plant With Red Ornament Planted in White Ceramic Pot

Once the sugar cookies have been eaten, and the unwanted gifts returned, it is time to pull down the decorations and put them away for next season. As you spend time packing the ornaments with care, do you have a plan for packing and storing your artificial Christmas tree? Most of the time, we do not consider how stuffing a tree back into its box can shorten its lifespan. Just like you handle your glass ornaments with care, you need to do the same with your tree.

You’re doing early prep work for the next holiday season when you proactively pack and store your artificial tree. Storing it at 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City is a perfect place to keep it protected from developing mold and collecting dust. If you do not have enough supplies for proper storage and protection, call us for moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape. We have a large selection to choose from.

6 Steps to Store Your Christmas Tree

It’s simple to get years of use out of your Christmas tree if you follow these tips:

  1. Remove all ornaments: You will probably have a few decorations broken if you have pets or children around. Who can resist the shiny orbs? It might make it easier to decorate next year with ornaments still attached, but packed with the tree, and not individually wrapped, they are often broken! Don’t let that be the case.
  2. Inspect the lights before you put them away in boxes: Nothing is more frustrating than turning on the lights, and discovering one is burned-out. To avoid this, check for burned-out ones before you store them. Replace any before you put them away.
  3. Separate the parts of the tree: Start from the top and work your way down, removing each section as you go. If you have a pre-lit tree, you will want to take care to unplug the lights first.
  4. Gently fold in the branches: Just as you fluffed each branch carefully when you pulled it out, now you will need to compact each section carefully. Start at the top of each section with the smallest branches and then work your way to the larger ones. Be careful with any built-in lights and cords.
  5. Place your tree into an appropriate box or bag: Many choose to return their tree to the box from which it came. That may make sense, but in reality, cardboard breaks down over time, and some pests love it. Cardboard cartons also soak up moisture which in turn encourages mold growth. Instead, choose to use a durable box or specifically designed bag for your tree. Or purchase a new box that your tree will fit into, from 5A Rent-A-Space. We have a large selection of different sized boxes.
  6. Put your tree away in an appropriate location: Find a place where it is dry and clean. Ideally, you will want to store it horizontally. If you need to store it vertically, then try to tuck it into a corner. An ideal spot is in your self-storage unit at 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City.
Enjoy Your Tree Each Season for Years to Come – 5A Rent-A-Space Can Help

You won’t dread getting the tree out next holiday season when you take steps to pack it properly and store it in a rental unit at 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City. Not only can you stow away holiday decorations, but you can also place seasonal sports equipment or other rarely used items in your space. We offer a range of unit sizes to fit your needs. Not sure how you will transport your belongings? We can move you in with our free van when you rent from us. Check our promotions page from time to time for specials!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Tips to Load a Storage Unit for Speed, Convenience, and Safety

Men Going Around a Warehouse

People use self-storage units for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is to store seasonal items. Other uses include putting school stuff back between semesters, cleaning out a garage, and storing items between moves. Whatever the reason, we all face the same perplexing question. What is the best way to load all my stuff so I can get to it when I need it? Finding the answer to this one question can save you time, energy, and maybe keep you a little safer when entering your unit.

Pack your self-storage unit expertly, and you will not dread pulling things out later when you need them. Start with the right size storage unit. At 5A Rent-A-Space, we have a wide range of sizes to fit your needs. We also sell packing supplies and drive-up storage spaces to make unloading a breeze. There is no need to dread “going to the storage unit” for items when you rent from us.

6 Tips to Effectively Load Your Storage Unit

Utilize these tips to ensure you can find your stuff quickly, easily, and without the worry of tumbling boxes when you open the door:
  1. Label Each Box with its Contents: It is best if you use a heavy black marker to identify what is in each container. You may want to label each side so that no matter how it is stacked, you can easily tell what it contains. For your breakables, add “Fragile” or “Glassware,” as well as which end is up. These steps can save you hours of searching when you want your summer clothes or Christmas decorations.
  2. Wrap Fragile Items Including Mirrors and artwork in Padding: You never know when things might shift. By enclosing fragile items in padding or bubble wrap, you reduce the odds of finding broken glass. If you need packing supplies, visit our 5A Rent-A-Space location near Maui, where we have a wide variety of boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape, and monthly specials from time to time. 
  3. Disassemble What You Can: Some pieces of furniture do not need to be kept fully assembled. To save space, breakdown bedframes, tables, and chairs if you can.
  4. Load Your Unit Around the Edges and Leave a Path in the Middle: Nothing is more frustrating than climbing over “Mt. Boxmore” to grab something from the back! A simple fix is to stack items around the sides and leave the center clear. 
  5. Use Heavy Boxes as Your Base: A container full of books can crush a cardboard box full of expensive china. As you stack boxes, consider the weight of each one and place the heavy ones on the bottom.
  6. Be Creative on Using Up Space: Use drawers and refrigerators to store items like books and videos. If using a refrigerator, be sure to leave the door wedged open to allow airflow, so you do not get mold growing inside.
Pack Your 5A Storage Unit Right

You can feel secure that your things are safe, when you properly load your 5A self-storage unit. We can assist you in finding the right size to meet your requirements and your budget, and we have a large assortment of packing supplies available. Call us today and free up space while decluttering, transitioning, or any other reason you need more room in your home or office. Check our promotions page from time to time for specials!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

4 Ways to Make a Fresh Start in 2020

Black and White Scrabble Resolution Illustration

January is a great time to make significant changes to how you have been doing things. The categories you can focus on are many, such as school, work, relationships, hobbies, community service, and your home. Taking the steps necessary to reboot your life is not hard, though it may take deliberation on your part. For example, if you want to lose weight, you may want to start a food and exercise journal to track your progress. What about your home? How can you make it tidier, cleaner, and more attractive? It may start with decluttering and storing seasonal items in a self-storage unit.

Make more room in your house and garage when you utilize a 5A-Rent-A-Space unit near Maui. We offer a variety of sizes to accommodate your temporary or long-term storage needs, including monthly auto parking. Give us a call at (808)669-5200 for details. Get a new lease on your goals!

Simple Tips for a Fresh Start this New Year

If it seems like it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and hard to make needed changes to attain your goals. Here are a few tips to help you begin the process:
  1. Take a moment to assess what your life looks like currently: Look at different aspects of your life. How are you doing? Are you satisfied with all areas – relationships, living quarters, health, etc.? Is there a specific area you wish to change? Are you caught up in too many activities to devote adequate attention to those categories of your life you are dissatisfied with?
  2. Decide on an area you would like to work on first: It is easier to begin if you start on one goal, rather than disbursing your limited energies on ten different goals. So, pick one and work toward that goal. For example, if you want a tidier home, then focus on that, even if you also want to read more. You may find that as you get going on one goal, the others fall into place.
  3. Break down that goal into smaller steps: Having the grand idea of a picture-perfect house is fantastic, but just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, having that ideal home will take some work. Visualize what your end game looks like and then work your way through the needed steps to get there. For instance, you will probably want to tackle one room at a time. You may need a storage rental unit to stash seasonal items or as a temporary holding place of items to donate as you declutter.
  4. Schedule time to work on your goals: It is all well and good to establish what you want to accomplish over the next year, but you cannot stop there. It would help if you made consistent progress. That is where scheduling time helps. If you are cleaning out the garage, schedule a Saturday to do it. If you want to exercise, put it on your calendar. Make your goals a priority, just like you do with brushing your teeth. 

Accomplish Your Fresh Start with a 5A Storage Unit
Don’t let another year go by without accomplishing your goals. If you are ready to rid your home of clutter so you can set up an exercise or yoga room, or accommodate an aging parent, then call 5A Rent-A-Space today. Free up space, lose weight, or house your surfboard for your new hobby when you take advantage of our self-storage units. Check our promotions page from time to time for specials!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Top 10 New Year Resolutions

Black and White Scrabble Resolution Illustration
In a few short weeks, millions of Americans will turn their attention to Times Square and other public gathering places to watch the dropping of the ball ushering in the New Year. Not only will 2020 be upon us, but many of us will make resolutions to make our lives better. Gyms will be packed as people take advantage of weights and spin classes. Others will choose to solidify relationships, or get out of debt. For those trying to get more control of the chaos at home, decluttering and getting rid of belongings may be on the agenda.

Why not add the convenience of self-storage units near your Lafayette home to your New Year’s resolutions? When you rent from 5A Rent-A-Space, you enjoy two worlds, having your belongings conveniently located, and a clutter-free home. Think of all the parties you can have when friends do not trip over your skis or craft supplies! We even offer the services of a free moving van to help you get your stuff removed and delivered to your new rental unit.

10 New Year Resolutions

Making a New Year’s resolution has been around for thousands of years. It is suggested that the ancient Babylonians are the first to make them. They made promises to their Gods, and if they kept them, they would expect favors for the coming year. Since that time, people have been making promises to themselves and others. Here are the top ten resolutions from 2019:
  1. Exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier
  2. Save more and spend less
  3. Learn a new skill or hobby
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Read more
  6. Find a new job
  7. Drink less alcohol
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Get organized
Why Renting a Storage Unit Should be No. 11

Most people will give up on their promises shortly at the beginning of the year. The reasons vary, but many times, we give up and then start all over the next year. If you want to get organized this year, what is stopping you? A storage unit is an excellent solution.

As you turn your attention to getting more organized, consider renting a self-storage unit to house those items you need, but are taking up space in your home. Consider how you can use it to clean, declutter, and organize your place:

  • As you clean out the garage, move seasonal sports equipment out without having to tuck it in an attic or another cranny.
  • Pull out your holiday decorations, sort through them, place them in clear totes, and stow them on shelves in your unit.
  • Sort through your clothes. Donate what you no longer need or want and store the rest until you need them.
Keep Your Resolutions this Year with a Self-Storage Unit Near Lafayette

Be one of the few people to meet their resolution to get organized this year. Rent a 5A Rent-A-Space unit and enjoy the benefits of a decluttered and reorganized home. You, your family and friends will love having a comfortable place to gather together. We make it simpler to transport items with our free moving van. Contact us today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2024 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Holiday Festivities Minus the Clutter and Stress

Snowman and Drum Decor

Is the clutter around your house stopping you from having family and friends over for the holiday festivities? Do you struggle to get the Christmas tree up because too much stuff is sitting in your living room? The holidays are for making cherished moments with those you love. A cluttered home or apartment prevents this from happening and causes undue stress. However, you can make an immediate change to enhance your life and your holiday season now.

Make memories this holiday in a tidy and clutter-free home by renting a self-storage unit near San Mateo. 5A Rent-A-Space has a variety of sizes to fit your storage needs. Grab your seasonal clothes and sports equipment, your record collection, Halloween decorations, and stow them conveniently away. No need to stuff everything into your family van to make multiple trips. We provide a free moving van when you rent a unit from us.

3 Benefits of Renting a Storage Unit during the Holidays
You might think that renting a storage unit is unnecessary. After all, you do have a garage and a crawl space, right? However, you can benefit from the extra room throughout the year, not just during the holiday season. Consider these three benefits of storage rental:
  1. You can find a place for visiting family to sleep: Not all homes or apartments have guest rooms waiting on people to stop in and rest. Sometimes they are converted into offices, craft rooms, or gaming rooms. Most of the time, they are places to catch all the clutter from the rest of the house. When you clear out those items you don’t need immediately, you can set up a lovely area for your parents, in-laws, aunts, or cousins to sleep in while visiting.
  2. You can effectively store seasonal items: Closet space can be at a premium, no matter what time of year it is. When you have guests coming over for dinner, where do you hang their jackets and coats? In the front closet? Only if it is free of the water skis, baseball bats, and tennis rackets. Your rental unit can be the holding place you need to keep your favorite seasonal items, such as sports equipment, ready for your next adventure, and not cluttered in your closet.
  3. You can organize your decorations for each holiday easily: If you love decorating, then you will love having it all neatly tucked away in color-coded totes. Even if you do not go overboard on your organization, some shelves in your unit will allow for quick and easy access for each holiday, year-round. All you have to do is a rapid change out from Christmas to Valentine’s Day, and your home will keep looking festive.

Keep the Holidays Clutter and Stress-Free with a 5A Storage Unit

Invite all your family over for great fun, food, and plenty of room when you utilize a 5A Rent-A-Space unit. Enjoy a clutter-free home as you start early on New Year’s resolutions and create an inviting space for family and friends alike to gather this holiday season. Call us today to learn more about using our free moving van, so you will find it much easier to transport your items.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Stuffing Is for Turkey, Not Your Home and Garage!

White And Orange Pumpkins On Table


As soon as the last bit of Halloween candy has been eaten, it is time to turn your mind towards that festive holiday called Thanksgiving. Just the word can conjure up images of laughing families gathered around a table full of yummy food. Center stage sits the golden basted turkey. Just to the left, Grandma and Little Tommy pull the wishbone to see who gets to make a wish. Little Susie helps herself to creamy mashed potatoes and gravy. Along with all the festivity, over in the corner sets a stack of totes holding papers and summer clothes. For some people, their homes are stuffed to the gills with items they either do not need or have no room for.

You can make plenty of room for visiting family when you utilize a storage rental unit from 5A Rent-A-Space near Lafayette. Our self-storage rentals come in a variety of sizes to house what you need so that you can have a perfect Thanksgiving celebration without fear that a stack of stuff will fall on guests. You don’t even have to stuff your family van. Instead, we provide a free moving van to transport your belongings.

3 Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit during the Holidays


Many homeowners will stuff their houses with items they don’t need. It causes clutter and can make it very difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Here’s why you may want to consider a storage rental near you:
  1. It frees up space for guests: When it is your turn to host the annual Thanksgiving banquet, you need enough room for guests to come in, mingle, and eat. When you have seasonal wear and unnecessary items cluttering up your house, there is no place for them.
  2. It makes your place look clean and tidy: It is much easier to clean when you are not fighting piles of belongings everywhere. By moving stuff into a rental unit, you can finally get the vacuum down the hallway and into the spare room.
  3. It helps you prepare for a big move: Just because it is holiday season doesn’t mean you may not be preparing to move. Why not use a storage rental to tuck away those packed boxes that are in the way? If you rent a space, you can take your time sorting through your belongings in preparation for your move, and still be able to enjoy the cheerful spirit of the season.

Declutter for the Holidays - Keep Your Belongings in a 5A Storage Unit

Keep the stuffing where it belongs – in the turkey! Put your extra and seasonal items in a 5A Rent-A-Space unit near Lafayette. You can quickly free up space for guests, alleviate the drudgery of cluttered space, or prepare for a big move. You don’t even need to use your own vehicle. We provide a free moving van to shuttle your stuff from your home to your rental. We also have a wide range of packing supplies and different sizes of units to suit your needs.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2024 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

9 Ideas for Organizing Your Home Storage and Décor for the Holidays


Stack of Books in Shelf

It’s time to get your home ready for the holiday season by pulling out the decorations and putting away any items you don’t need for a few months. For many, this may result in a tug-of-war with mounds of tennis rackets, clothes, and totes. If your closet is packed full, you know that getting the Christmas tree out could be challenging. Instead of dreading decorating, why not take this time to conduct some decluttering while you put up the mistletoe? Not only will your home be inviting for the holidays, but it can look great well into the New Year.

Organizing and decluttering is simple when you choose to rent a self-storage unit near Lafayette from 5A Rent-A-Space. Our spaces are ready to hold your seasonal and rarely used items so that your home can be a welcoming and inviting place for family and friends year-round. Check us out today.

Easy Ideas for Holiday Organizing

You can get your house ready for the family to visit you, including Grandma coming for a visit from the retirement home. Here are a few solutions that can help you get prepared and declutter:
  1. Storage Chest: You can use a wooden storage chest in your living room to tuck away extra books, throw blankets, and family games.
  2. Storage Ottoman: These handy pieces of furniture double as a footstool and storage unit. Get additional seating, too, when you add this to your room.
  3. Garden Bench: Use an outdoor bench for your garden snips and to sit down while you remove your shoes outside.
  4. Pretty Baskets: Display your guest towels in cute baskets on your bathroom counter or nail the basket to the wall. 
  5. Hanging Pot Rack: Free up space in your cabinets when you display your cooking pots using a pot rack.
  6. Small Bookcase: Display your favorite books and décor using a small shelving system. 
  7. Laundry Room Cabinets: If you have the room, put up cabinets in your laundry room and use it to store detergents, simple tool kits, rarely used bulky, small kitchen appliances.
  8. Ceiling Storage: The garage is probably the most common place for storage. Put seasonal storage in systems that slide in and out at the ceiling level.
  9. Rent a Self-Storage Unit: There will always be items that require more space than you have available. When that happens, a self-storage unit is an ideal solution. You can tuck away those bulky seasonal items that hold you back from an enjoyable, clutter-free home.
Free Up Space for the Holidays with a Self-Storage Unit Near Lafayette

Ensure you have plenty of space for decorating and visiting family when you utilize home storage solutions that blend, complement, and boost your décor. For everything that you don’t need over the holidays, rent a self-storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space. Mom, Dad, and Grandma will be much more comfortable in a decluttered home with room to move about. We have a variety of sizes to meet your needs.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2024 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.