Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Take Advantage of a Storage Rental Unit Near Lafayette And Keep Your Holiday Christmas Finds a Secret

It happens every year. You buy the perfect gift and then struggle to find a place to hide it inside the home. It is too early to wrap it for placing under the Tree, and you need to keep it secret. Even when you think you have found the perfect, obscure little hiding spot, somehow the recipient finds the gift anyway.

·      This year, instead of hassling with stashing presents in nooks and corners of the house, consider a storage rental unit near Lafayette.

       Buying the kids new bicycles for the holidays? Hiding a tricycle may be easy, but hiding a full-size bike is not; and if you have more than one, you will be limited on premium hiding space. Even smaller gifts can take up valuable “hiding” storage throughout your home. 
       What Type of Storage Unit Should You Look For?
       If your home is tight on space, consider a short-term storage unit rental. However, before you select a unit, there are a few things you will want to consider for your Christmas presents:
       1. Security - Visit the facility and make sure they have a gate system, cameras, and inquire about the precautions they take to protect valuables stored on-site. You have spent hundreds to perhaps thousands on Christmas gifts. You should have peace of mind that your items in the storage unit are safe; whether those gifts have a monetary or emotional value, or both. 

       2. Building Maintenance - The condition of the storage property is important, especially during the wet winter months. Fragile gifts or those that have been wrapped can become soggy and moisture in the air can lead to mildew. You will want a unit that seals well and does not allow water and moisture to enter, and a place where the property manager takes good care of the storage facility.

       3. Convenience - You are storing your items, but not long-term. You need a unit that is close enough to your home that you can drop by and add a few gifts or even retrieve some for wrapping right before it is time for giving. 

     Lastly, do not forget the long-term option with a storage unit. While you may be renting it for holiday presents, consider keeping that unit to store all of the holiday decorations until next year. That means instead of struggling to scrunch those decorations into the garage, attic or basement, you can move them straight to storage.

       Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2038* to learn more about our storage rental units near Lafayette.  You can also reserve your unit online. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your household items, use our online “Space Calculator”. 

A Storage Unit Near San Mateo Could Be Your Silent Business Partner

Smart businesses have their “silent partners” for good reason: they offer benefits to the company. From providing financial assistance to offering business consulting and manpower support, you can establish a variety of strategic partnerships in order to stabilize your operations, increase efficiency and achieve sustainable growth. 

     One partnership you may have overlooked is the rental of a storage unit for your business. A storage unit near San Mateo has numerous uses and you can choose from a wide array of sizes. According to your needs, you can select one as small as a walk-in closet or as large as a conference room.
      Why seek a Storage Rental Unit Near San Mateo as Your Silent Partner? 

      There are numerous benefits of using a storage facility, which include:
           1. More efficient use of your in-office space. As a business owner, you have no choice but to be cost-conscious. That means you want to make sure every penny you spend enhances operational efficiency and delivers return on investment. To maximize your space and boost employee productivity, you may need to free up space inside your existing office. To do so, you need a storage unit for files and documents that are not frequently required, extra office supplies, spare equipment, office automation, unused furniture, etc. 
           2. Inventory control - If your business requires stocking different types of inventory through the year, a storage unit can hold seasonal merchandise until you need them on your showroom floor. A storage rental unit can help you with non-seasonal inventory as well, such as allowing you the space to efficiently organize for faster, more efficient product retrieval. You can also minimize inventory shrinkage by giving the access key only to employees who have a legitimate reason to be in your storage unit, and tracking what they retrieve.

           3. Cleaner, more accessible showrooms. By moving out unwanted displays and clutter, your showroom floor can have a fresh, more professional appearance. Also, by decluttering, you make your office and showroom areas more easily accessible. With inventory just a short distance away in storage, you can still fulfill orders without having to overcrowd the in-house stockroom or showroom with items.

           4. Business remodeling made easier. As you remodel your office or entire business, you do not have to relocate. Instead, you can rotate furniture items in and out of storage as the renovation process continues in areas throughout the company premises.

             5. Small businesses can benefit too. You do not need a big office or even a showroom to use a storage unit as a silent partner. If you work from home, you can maximize your residential space and free up your garage by storing work-related items in a storage unit.

Most importantly, storage facilities can grant discounts when you have multiple unit rentals. With the right strategic partner, you can ensure that your stored items remain safe and you have peace of mind to focus on other important aspects of your business.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0062* to learn more about how a storage rental unit near San Mateo can truly become your silent business partner.  Read our FAQs to learn more about storing business inventory and other office supplies. You can also reserve your unit online now. If you are not sure how much space you will need, use our online “Space Calculator”.

The Beginner's Guide to Packing a Storage Unit

When storing your personal belongings in a self-storage unit, you want to maximize your space as much as possible.  It’s important to have the correct tools to assist you in the packing and storing process. Here are several tips to help you pack your belongings into a storage unit for maximum efficiency.

· Use boxes specific to types of items you are storing. If you have clothing that needs to be hung, use wardrobe boxes. If you have dinnerware that needs to be stored, use boxes and wrapping sleeves/dividers specifically for plates, dishes, etc. These will allow you to pack items in a space saving manner. This will protect them from damage while they are stored.
·Think about purchasing several wire racks or shelving units that allow for you to stack boxes at different levels off the floor. This will help you keep things organized while allowing you room to walk into your unit.
·Stack larger boxes on the bottom of the unit and smaller boxes up top. Also think about putting boxes of items you won’t use as often towards the back of the unit. Keep items used more frequently towards the front of the unit.
· Utilize the cubic feet in your storage unite, don’t pay for wasted space. Ask your Storage Counselor at the storage facility questions about how to store your belongings. They’re trained in maximum storage use and can give you great tips.

For more tips and storage unit resources, see our Self Storage Board on Pinterest.
To rent a storage unit at our Foster City, Moraga or Lahaina Facilities, please visit our website at

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Value of an Invisible Holiday Assistant: 3 Easy Tips for a Stress Free Holiday

The Holiday Season is one of the busiest times of the year. Frequently we don't know how we’re going to get everything done in time. Creating a plan and organizational strategy will help ease the stress during this busy season. Let a storage facility like 5A Rent-A-Space be your “Invisible Holiday Assistant.” How can we help during the holidays? Read the tips below to see how we can assist you this winter. For more useful Holiday Storage Unit tips, visit our website ( and Pinterest ( page for more helpful tips and tricks.

Making Room for House Guests: If relatives are coming to stay with you over the next two months, and you need space for them to sleep, think about taking extra furniture, boxes, clothes and sports equipment to a storage unit. All 5A Rent-A-Space facilities have security systems to protect your valuables. Our knowledgeable staff members will assist you in choosing the correct size unit for the amount of items you are storing.

Making Room for Holiday Décor: If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, you can keep your holiday decorations in storage during the bulk of the year. When the holiday season approaches you can bring your decorations out of storage in move any items such as easy chairs, foot stools, end tables, etc. that might be in the way of a beautiful tree. You can also keep Christmas gifts away from curious eyes (of all ages – even the grown up ones) until the “Big Day.”

Making Room for a Holiday Gatherings: If you are planning any large gatherings during the holiday season and need extra room in your home, think about storing extra furniture temporarily in a storage unit. This will create a larger area for guests to flow during the party. When the festivities are over, you can bring your furniture back into your home undamaged by party goers.

Be The Star You Are - Helping to support a worthy cause in the Bay Area

Helping to support a worthy cause in the Bay Area

Be the Star You Are is a local Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing library books to young people in need. Be The Star You Are fundraises in many different ways including hosting a Book Bash 5A Rent-A-Space in Moraga. CA. When participants spent $19.99 or more, they received a free book and donated books to local schools, libraries and organizations in need. During the holiday season they are looking to raise funds for their non-profit through the completion of a 2-3 minute survey. If you purchased a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Television or computer screen between 1995 and 2007, you may be eligible for money obtained from a settlement.  If you would like to donate that money, take the following survey ( and it will go directly to Be The Star You Are. You will receive a tax receipt following your donation.  Follow the links below to assist an organization promoting literacy to youth in need in the Bay Area.

You may also support Be The Star you are through the following online retailers:

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases
4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores,. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too! 
5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE:
6. BTSYA Logo Store:

Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

During the holiday season it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of gift buying and parties surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas. We often let the stress of large crowds in shopping malls and parking lots affect our overall happiness. We lose sight of how this time of year is actually about being grateful for not only what we have but the people in our lives.

In an article written on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth website, they reviewed the relationship that gratitude has on our overall health. New research conducted by Wendy Berry Mendes from the University of California, San Francisco showed that “people with high levels of gratitude show lower resting blood pressure and are less reactive to stressful events.” Another study conducted by Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough showed a link between gratitude to health and mental well-being including higher levels of alertness, determination, energy, sleep quality, and lower levels of depression and stress. All the researches stated that gratitude was something that needed to be cultivated.

If you’re looking for simple ways to cultivate gratitude in your life, try our suggestions below.

Keep a gratitude journal. A study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California Davis and Mike McCullough at the University of Miami showed that after 10 weeks, participants that kept a journal of 5 things they were grateful for felt 25% happier. They also reported fewer health complaints, exercised an average of 1.5 hours more and felt better about their lives as a whole.

Practice Gratitude in your relationships. When you express your appreciation or gratitude to someone for what they’ve done for you, you let that person know their actions don’t go unnoticed. It could be something small like your spouse unloading the dishwasher, your kids giving you a hug or a friend making you dinner. By acknowledging and appreciating our loved ones, we are reinforcing seeing the positive in others as well as ourselves. This reminds us to be grateful for what we have in life.

Pay It Forward. During the holiday season, many people choose to volunteer at a soup kitchen, collect toys for the Toys for Tots program, or donate to their local Food Bank. Paying it forward doesn’t have to be limited to this time of year. Paying it forward can be practiced all year round in a variety of ways. It may mean dropping a handwritten thank you note, bringing a meal to a sick friend, or helping an elderly neighbor with yard work. It’s important to remember that when we practice giving selflessly to others we are helping others and reinforcing gratefulness in our own lives.

For more resources on how to cultivate gratefulness, click on the links below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall Home Décor inspired by Fall Fashion

Fall Home Décor inspired by Fall Fashion

Are you looking for a few ideas to decorate your home for fall? Take a page out of Fashion’s book and apply the same strategies to your home. Here are a few easy tips to follow when decorating your home this season.

Think of layering your items at home. In fashion, we often think of layering as adding texture, pattern, and complimentary colors, to an outfit through different pieces. The same principle can be used in decorating your home. Add texture and pattern through drapes, blankets, pillows or rugs. You can even layer textures through place settings on a fall table with placemats and napkins.

Be inspired by the colors of fall. You can find these colors in nature such as browns, oranges, greys, golds, taupe, etc. Those earthy and warm colors can be brought in through table settings or items placed on a mantle (add candles, leaves, fall flowers, etc.).

Don’t forget your accessories. You can add seasonal touches through decorative items such as a rustic bowl, frames, framed mirrors or pieces of art. These items can be in complementary colors to add depth and visual interest to the room. Also think of scented candles and diffusers with fall scents such as vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin. Certain scents can evoke memories of fun seasonal activities or special meals from the past for you and your guests.

For more home & seasonal decorating ideas, check out our Home Décor and Seasons Greetings boards on our Pinterest Account.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

During the month of October, organizations throughout the nation are bringing awareness to help stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault among women, as well as assist those who have been abused.  One such organization is Women Helping Women in West Maui.  Our 5A Rent-A-Space Lahaina Team have been dedicated supporters of this organization, and helped sponsor their 4th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser.  The fundraiser was a huge success in large thanks to the community support surrounding this wonderful organization.

To support Women Helping Women, please follow one of the links below.

To make a donation of clothing, shoes, home items, etc. for the women living at the Women Helping Women shelter, stop by our 5A Rent-A-Space Lahaina location and drop them off in the front office. Our address and the link to our website are below.  All donations are tax deductible.

5A Rent-A-Space
3600 Lwr. Honoapiilani Highway
Lahaina, HI 96761

If you are a Domestic Abuse survivor looking for help in the San Francisco Bay Area, or are looking to support a local organization, visit the links below.
Shepards Gate

Here are a few photos from the day of the event.

The 5A Rent-A-Space Lahaina Team was honored at the Women Helping Women Walk a Mile in her Shoes event. Our business sponsored this local event to help end domestic violence. Employees: Scott Matovich, Maria Terra, Liz May.

Liz May of 5A Rent-A-Space Lahaina, Maui at the Walk a Mile in her Shoes fundraiser on 10/3/15. This goes to support the Women Helping Women organization on Maui.

5A Lahaina Assistant Manager Maria Terra & General Manager Liz May at the Women Helping Women Walk a Mile in her shoes fundraiser. This goes to support women who are victims of Domestic Abuse.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What Conveniences and Services Does Your Storage Facility Near Lafayette Offer?

What Conveniences and Services Does Your Storage Facility Near Lafayette Offer?

Certain services and conveniences are critical when planning to rent a storage facility near Lafayette, and you want to have those services without having to pay a lot extra. It is important, therefore, to thoroughly examine a storage facility before signing a contract and make sure you are getting maximum services for every dollar you spend.

Conveniences and Services You Can Expect from Your 5A Rent-A-Space Storage Facility near Lafayette

At 5A in Moraga, we have numerous conveniences, perks and services that make storing your personal belongings with us much more desirable. These include:

  • 24/7 Kiosks for Rental Payments - Instead of waiting for the office to open, you can use the automated kiosk to rent and/or pay for rental units 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also look up your account status.
  • Free Rental Van - When moving into your storage unit, you do not have to rent a van to haul your stuff. Instead, you get direct access to a facility-owned moving van for your first-time move-in with 5A. 
  • Free Gift - When you visit the 5A facility and take a tour, you will receive a free gift, which can include a recyclable tote bag for groceries and traveling. 
  • E-Waste Events - When you have items you need to dispose of, specifically electronics, you can enjoy periodical e-waste collection days at 5A. These allow you to dispose of items that cannot be placed in landfills, such as televisions, computers, peripherals, and even smartphones, without paying a charge.
  • Packing Supplies on Hand - Enjoy the convenience of picking up everything you need to store or move with boxes, tape, bubble wrap and even specialty boxes for transporting televisions, mirrors and artwork. 5A also has several types of padlocks, even the case hardened round lock. 
  • Insurance Coverage - Avoid the hassle of calling several providers and sign up for unit insurance coverage right at your storage facility. Insurance is required when you store on the premises, so if your homeowner’s policy does not cover storage units, 5A can help.
  • Dedicated Members of the Community - Managers of 5A in Moraga, Gloria Noggle and Sean Bartels, have worked hard to become respected members in the community. The 5A facility is a member of the Lions Club as well as the Moraga Chamber of Commerce and they work with other local businesses in the city and surrounding areas to ensure town growth. They are also proud sponsors of local organizations, events and even the Saint Mary’s Gaels.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-631-7000 to learn more about the features of our storage facility near Lafayette. Review our FAQs for a full list of services and conveniences you can find here. You can also reserve your unit online now. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your storing needs, use our online “Space Calculator”.

“We Are Retiring and Need More Space at Home” —Rent a Storage Unit Near San Mateo

“We Are Retiring and Need More Space at Home”

—Rent a Storage Unit Near San Mateo

Retiring is a pivotal moment in a senior’s life and definitely one that requires adjustment. Most senior citizens find storage units helpful after retirement for a multitude of reasons. If you have recently retired or are making preparations to retire this year, you too may find that renting a storage unit is beneficial.

Why Rent a Storage Unit Near San Mateo when Retiring?

A storage unit offers numerous advantages to retirees. Here are some important ones:

  • An opportunity to de-clutter your space. You have gathered a lifetime of belongings, but after retirement, you may feel it is time to sort through everything you have collected and de-clutter your home. A lot of these items may carry sentimental value, making it impossible to sell or simply discard them. However, they take up space in your home where you will now spend a lot more time each day. A storage unit will give you the opportunity to de-clutter and move those collections that you treasure somewhere safe, but out of the way and give you more livable space. These items can include photo albums, books, documents, artwork, furniture, china, and even special memorabilia. Before storing, organize and document what you are storing; listing the contents on each box, that way your things are easier to find and also to insure.
  • Time to downsize your space. Plenty of seniors will downsize their living space post-retirement. A smaller house is not only economically feasible, but easier to manage. There may be furniture items you want to hand down to family or hold on to until their value increases enough to sell. These can be carefully wrapped and stored in a storage unit.
  • An opportunity to travel more and be home less. Many seniors use retirement as an opportunity to travel the world that they could not see while working hard at their careers and raising families. If you will be traveling for long periods after retirement, you may want to place your belongings in a secure storage unit rather than leave them at home for months unsupervised. Everything from artwork to musical instruments to collectibles can be wrapped and stored temporarily.

Starting on the adventure of retirement is exciting, but it can also be challenging. To make it a little easier, consider the idea of renting a storage unit. By putting away the extra stuff you don’t need every day, you can rest assured that life’s treasures will be safe and secure while you enjoy your space and time at home in your leisure years.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-341-2964 to learn more about renting a storage unit near San Mateo for your retirement needs. Read our FAQs to learn more about storing valuables. You can also reserve your unit online now. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your household items, use our online “Space Calculator”.

Preparing your Home for Fall

Preparing your Home for Fall

  As the seasons change, it is important to pay attention to the health of your home. Paying attention to the small fixes and safeguarding your home during on seasonal weather changes, can preserve the longevity of your home. Here is a checklist of items that are important to complete during the Fall Season.

Pay attention to your Gutters: Make sure all gutters and downspouts are clean, free of leaves and are undamaged. As the rainy season approaches you want to make sure water is directed away from your home so as to not cause problems with your roof, foundation, etc.
·         Check all windows and doors for gaps: Seal all gaps in windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulking. You want to protect the interior of your home from the elements as well as keep your energy bill low. 
·         Inspect your roof: Get on top of your roof and inspect for any leaks, corrosion or damage to shingles. The last thing you want is a leak in the roof causing damage outside as well as inside your home.
·         Inspect all walkways and driveways: Make sure you fix loose pavers and cracks in walkways and driveways so that as the slippery weather approaches you can eliminate people tripping or falling.

·        Prune/Trim large tree branches and shrubs in your garden/lawn:  When windy weather occurs you want to prevent damage done to your home as much as possible from the nature in your own backyard.

For more tips on Home Maintenance, please refer to our Home Improvement board on our Pinterest account.

You may also refer to the following articles for more information on How to prepare your Home for Fall.

Fall Fun Activities to do with the Family

Fall Fun Activities to do with the Family

   During the fall, many families are looking for fun and safe activities to participate in with their families. Below are links to activities, Trick or Treating, and Festivals in our 5A Communities that all members of the family will enjoy.

·         Boo at the Zoo – Oakland Zoo, on October 24th & 25th from 10am – 3pm.

·         Howl-OOO-Ween at the Lindsey Wildlife Experience on Thursday October 29th from 5:30 – 8pm.
8th Annual Downtown Walnut Creek Trick or Treat – Friday, October 23rd from 2-5pm

·         Family Halloween Concert at Canada College Main Theatre – Redwood City on October 25th at 3pm

·         Halloween at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto – on October 25th from 10:30am – 12:00pm

·         Halloween Spooktakular Saturday October 24th from 12pm – 3pm at Red Morton Community Center in Redwood City

·         Lahaina Plantation Days – October 16th – 17th from 5:30 – 10:30 celebrating with good food and live music.
·         Starry Night Cinema Hotel Transylvania – October 30th at 5:30pm. Family movie night in the park with food vendors.

·         Halloween in Lahaina - October 31st There will be a children’s parade, live entertainment and an adult costume contest.

Join us for some family fun!