Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Moving between Homes during COVID-19

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Moving is stressful in good times. It is much harder during a worldwide pandemic. With all the different guidelines and restrictions in place, do you know what steps you need to take to make your transition? All it takes is some careful planning and preparation, and before you know it, you will be enjoying your new home or apartment.

At 5A Rent-A-Space, we make it our mission to keep you safer by taking extra precautions to keep our facilities clean. When you reserve your space at our storage facility near Maui, we will have it cleaned and ready for you to move in. 

6 Suggestions for Moving Safely during a Pandemic 

Besides having your sanitizer, mask, and disinfecting wipes handy, utilize these six tips to keep safe while moving during a pandemic:

  1. Talk about logistics with your moving company. Businesses are doing much to make things safer for their employees and customers. They may carry disinfectant spray and hand sanitizers or reschedule appointments if you or a family member is feeling ill. Feel free to ask questions and work out the best way to handle your move, including social distancing.

  2. Feel free to rent a truck. Rental truck companies are also working hard and taking steps to up their vehicle cleaning procedures. If you rent a truck to haul your belongings, take time to wipe down the steering wheel, gear shifter, and door handles before you get in. When you rent from 5A Rent-A-Space, we will move your items to your self-storage unit for free! You load it up, we drive, you unload, and we can keep social distancing.

  3. Limit the number of people helping. This will be hard when you want all hands on deck. It is vital to limit how many helpers you have, to ensure you can practice active social distancing. It may mean you work in shifts or some stay outside unloading while others are carrying items into the house. 

  4. Buy moving boxes. You will want to buy moving boxes instead of heading to your local liquor store or grocery for freebies, to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. You can purchase all types of moving boxes from 5A Rent-A-Space, including specialty boxes for your television and other odd-shaped and fragile goods.

  5. At your new address, deliver your belongings to the garage and a storage unit. Consider placing your belongings in your garage and rental space. Then you can leave items for a few days before unpacking. Additionally, it allows you to clean your home and then each item that you bring into it.

  6. Clean your new home. Take the time while you quarantine your stuff to do a deep clean of the walls, floorboards, cabinets, bathrooms, light switches, and doorknobs. Ideally, you will want to clean everything first, and then follow up with a disinfectant.

Use a Storage Unit for Your Move during the Pandemic and Beyond

Take advantage of the extra space to allow you to thoroughly clean your items before unpacking when you rent a self-storage unit near Maui from 5A Rent-A-Space. You can impose a “quarantine” of items handled by others and feel confident that you are keeping your family safe. Give us a call and let us help you through this transition.

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. 


How to Choose the Right Storage Unit for You

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Finding the best storage unit for you doesn’t have to be hard. It pays to do a little investigation and locate the self-storage company that meets all your needs. Where do you start? Start with 5A Rent-A-Space!

Choose a company that offers convenient self-storage solutions for your needs – personal and business. At 5A Rent-A-Space, you can choose from a wide range of unit sizes. When you rent from 5A in the Lafayette area, we will move your stuff to your unit with our free moving van. Need some packing supplies? We have you covered! Come by for a visit and see what we have available for you.

4 Tips to Find the Perfect Storage Space 

Start your search for a convenient storage unit with these useful suggestions:

  1. Decide the type of storage you need. Your first step is more than just finding the perfect size of unit. The kind of storage facilities available include indoor, outdoor, and specialty. For example, you may want the ease of being able to organize your area even if it is raining outside. If so, an indoor space is a better choice. However, outdoor spaces are great for driving right up and unloading or loading. Another option is a specialty facility for those that have wine collections or antiques. These facilities are tailored for the delicate nature of goods to be stored inside.

  2. Research the facilities in your area. The easiest decision may not be the best choice. It is easy to go to your nearest self-storage facility and sign your name on the dotted line. Resist the urge. First, take inventory of all locations near your home. Then check reviews and look at the ones that have the highest ratings. Look at their gate hours vs. their office hours. It doesn’t pay to rent a unit near your home if their office hours are not convenient for you. It may pay to drive ten more minutes to get what you want.

  3. Visit and ask questions. Go to your shortlisted site for a visit. Ask to see a unit in the size you would like to rent. You can ask about any specials, what happens if you miss or are late on a payment, the facility hours and any unique stipulations. 

  4. Make notes and then make your decision. Gather all your research and look over what you have. Which facility fits your needs in convenience and access? Once you make the determination, reach out to the best facility for you and sign up!

Make the Best Decision for Your Storage Needs with 5A Rent-A-Space 

The right decisions require reliable information. Give the team at 5A Rent-A-Space a call. We’ll help you find the best storage unit for your needs, be they seasonal items, household goods, business furniture, and more. We offer you many options to ensure you get what you need. We sell boxes and packing supplies and even move your items right to your storage unit for free!

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. 


What To Store and What Not to Store? A Handy Guide for Proper Storage

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People use storage units for a variety of reasons. Maybe you are moving and need a place to put your belongings while in between houses. You could be downsizing after your children moved out. If you are running out of space at your office, placing items in off-site storage can free up space so your employees move and work more easily. The reasons are many, but if you don’t follow a few rules-of-thumb, you may find that you end up with more damaged goods than you expected.

Make the most of your self-storage facility near San Mateo when you choose 5A Rent-A-Space. We offer a wide range of sizes to fit your needs. We also sell packing supplies, so you lessen the chance of damage to your fragile items. When you rent from 5A, we will even move your belongings with our free moving van.

What to Store in Your Unit and What to Avoid 

Determining what is suitable for your rental unit and what should be left out can be a little overwhelming. Here is a handy guide to help you:

These Items Are OK to Store: 

Seasonal Items – Do you have a closet full of decorations bulging out every time you try to hang up a jacket? Tucking them in a storage unit is a better idea. The same goes for your camping gear, sports gear, and even your lawnmower after it is drained of flammable fluids.

Household Goods – This is where storage rentals shine! Put away extra books, furniture, toys, clothing, linens, kitchen items, and office supplies. You can take out what you need when you need it and know everything is nice and tidy in your unit.

Business Goods and Furniture – Consider utilizing off-site storage to stow away extra office chairs, desks, and unused filing cabinets. You might be able to place some of your inventory in there as well – be sure it is not perishable, living, or hazardous.

Electronics – A storage rental is not always the best place for electronics unless it is in a climate-controlled facility. However, if you need to store your TV, DVD player, and stereo for a short time, it may be worth it. A storage unit inside a building or hallway often escapes extreme temperature changes and is a safer bet for electronics.

Appliances – You can store appliances as long as you ensure they are wiped clean and dry. You also do not want to have one plugged in while it is in your unit. Types of appliances include refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, washers, dryers, freezers, toasters, coffee makers, vacuums, and paper shredders. Clean appliances can have other things stored inside them, as long as it’s not perishable.  In fact, it’s a good idea to prop doors and lids of appliances open so they won’t mold. 

 

These Items Are Not OK to Put into Storage:

Hazardous Materials – This category includes flammable items such as gasoline, propane, oil, grease, chemicals, cleaners, paint, fireworks, and explosives. Also, remember that toxic materials like fertilizer, asbestos, biological waste, and anything radioactive, are not allowed. Finally, any illegal substance should not be on the premises.

Unregistered Vehicles – Not all self-storage facilities near San Mateo allow vehicle storage, but for the ones that do, they must be registered, insured, and operable. Additionally, they must be registered to the person renting the space. This includes boats, RVs, trailers, motorcycles, cars, and trucks. Fuels must be drained and all batteries disconnected and removed.

Weapons – It is against the law to store your guns and ammunition at a storage facility. If you need a place to tuck your handguns, rifles, or shotguns, a local gun store is a better option. You can even get them serviced at the same time. A locked gun vault at home is also a good option.

Living Things – A storage unit is not the best place to put your pet gerbil or houseplants. Humans should not be residing in a unit either. If you are trying to consider if you can put your cockatoo in your rental space, remember that anything that requires light, food, or water is not allowed in storage.

Perishables – We all like to eat, including mice, rats, and bugs. That is why food and other perishables are not to be tucked away in your storage space. That box of stale cereal you tossed in is like putting up an “Eat at Joe’s” sign inviting all types of vermin that can also wreak havoc on your stored items and your neighbor’s.

Storage Solutions Made Easy with 5A Rent-A-Space 

Utilizing a self-storage space efficiently begins with knowing what you can and cannot place in your unit. Reach out to your 5A Rent-A-Space team with any questions. We are glad to help you make the most of your self-storage facility near San Mateo. Call us today to learn more!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call us at 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. You can even rent on line at our website 5aspace.com



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Clear Your Head by Clearing Your Space

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While Americans are spending more time in their homes than ever before, the state of our household is something easily neglected yet of paramount importance. It is no secret that our surroundings greatly impact our mental well-being, with characteristics like prominent colors and open space completely changing how we feel. Neutral colors and Earth tones such as greens have been linked to lowering stress. Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow inspire passion, but can also heighten feelings of anger

In addition to design choices such as color, cleanliness must not be forgotten due to its impact on our mental health. For many of us, both the act of cleaning itself and the end result of living in a tidy home can go a long way towards easing our minds. As evidenced by several studies, a clear connection has been determined between individuals' feelings of how cluttered their homes are and their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

How to Maximize Perceived Space by Minimizing Clutter

  1. Consider High Spaces: One often overlooked area of space in our homes is right over our heads. Either by installing new shelving entirely, or reorganizing some of our less-used possessions, we can remove obvious clutter from our eye-line, thus reducing the impact it has on the overall level of clutter.
  2. Wall Storage to Show Off: Contrasting the idea of hiding clutter away above us, we can also use wall mounts to both store and show off some of our most visually appealing belongings. A stylish bicycle or key ring can be mounted on a wall to both clear up space on other surfaces as well as add a touch of personality to the space.
  3. Use Baskets: Often made from wicker or other woven fabrics, the increasing popularity of baskets in modern home design exemplify the importance of both form and function. They can serve as an eye catching touch to a room while also storing items that would otherwise clutter and complicate the space.

Consider Self-Storage for Your Less Used Items

It is no secret that we often hold on to items for a variety of reasons besides them coming of daily use. Whether it is due to sentimentality or perhaps them having only seasonal use, we as a species enjoy having the right tools for specific occasions when they arise. For this reason, self-storage is a reliable and rewarding option to keep some items available to us when we need them, while also keeping our household free of clutter. A snowboard takes up just as much space in the summer as a kayak does in the winter, so why not store each in a storage unit and use them at your leisure. 

By minimizing clutter through these techniques, as well as renting out a storage unit, any household can be turned into place of rest and relaxation instead of a place of stress. As long as we are spending this much time in our own homes, we may as well make them as conducive to mental well-being as possible. Doing these seemingly small acts will have a tremendous impact on how we feel, how efficient we can be while working from home, and how well we can get through this time together.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Moving 101: Less Stress, More Organization

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Moving day sets most people on edge. The hassle of locating a new home or apartment, signing a lease or purchase, finding boxes, and securing help just to end up sweaty and exhausted, is not a welcome feeling. Packing and transporting a house full of belongings is a task few look forward to. It feels complicated and often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Ease the stress of moving when you plan ahead and lease storage space from 5A Rent-A-Space. Not only will you have the extra room you need to stay organized, but we also sell packing supplies like moving boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. We will even move you in with our free moving van when you rent a unit from us near Foster City.

6 Tips to Make Moving a Stress-Free and Organized Experience 

Are you ready to feel excited rather than stressed about your upcoming move? Check out these tips:

  1. Decide where you want to live and tell your family. Take some time to explore the areas where you want to move. Check them out at various times of the day. Do some research on the school system and access to the places you need and want. Once you have chosen an area, sit your kids down, and explain what is going on. The more you can prepare them, the more time they have to say good-bye to friends and look forward to their new adventure.

  2. Decide how you are going to move your belongings. This is a decision based on a few factors, namely, money, time, location, and access to help. If you are moving across town and have friends to assist you, then renting a moving truck for a day or two may make sense. However, if you are moving across the country, hiring a long-distance mover who can handle the logistics would make things much easier for you. Each has its pros and cons. Taking time to weigh each will ease your move later.

  3. Start organizing your move at least six weeks out or longer. Once you know where you are going to move to and how you will get your stuff there, start organizing the logistics. For instance, reserve a truck or hire a moving company. Gather packing supplies, including totes, cardboard moving boxes, tape, markers, and bubble wrap. Don’t forget specialty boxes for TV, artwork and mirrors.  You will learn quickly that lists are your friend, so grab a notebook and get busy planning.

  4. Rent an off-site storage unit. When you start packing, you will find that there are some items you want to keep but are currently in the way. A rental storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space gives you the extra room to tuck things out of the way until you are settled into your new place. Consider how putting seasonal sports equipment, Christmas decorations and other things you won’t need right away in your new home in storage, eases your mind and potentially keeps tempers and stress in check on moving day.

  5. Sort and pack room-by-room. Pick a lesser-used room to work in first. As you view each item, decide if you really need it, or can it be stored, sold or donated. Pack it if you want to keep it. Set it aside if you don’t. Once you are done with one room, head to the next one. When you start early enough in the process, you can spend 30 minutes each evening packing and still have it all done before moving day. 

  6. Have a yard sale or donate unwanted stuff. Now that you have a stack of unwanted items, have a yard sale to make some additional money. You can also give away your things and enjoy knowing you have helped someone in need. To move less, you need to pack less, it’s simple!  

5A Rent-A-Space Alleviates Stress When Moving 

You can rest easier by preparing early for your move and by renting a storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space near Foster City. Our locations are convenient, and we sell all the packing supplies you need, including moving boxes. We make moving less stressful. Contact us today!

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. 


Continuing Home Hygiene & Safety during & after COVID-19

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If hindsight is 20/20, then this year 2020 is leaving us with much to remember. The COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, leaving us all stunned and scrambling to find essentials like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. While the pandemic is still a threat, we can take a moment to assess the lessons from this terrible and extremely contagious virus. We can take stock of the new cleanliness habits we’ve made and make our homes a much safer place.

Give yourself a leg up on the cleaning when you declutter and use a storage unit to tuck away those lesser-used items. We have the moving boxes and extra supplies you need to remove unwanted belongings and store them away. When you rent from us, we will even move your stuff to your unit!

6 Habits to Keep after COVID-19 

The pandemic may be subsiding, but that does not mean we should lessen our vigilance. Here are some cleaning habits we need to keep in place to maintain a healthy home environment:

  1. Keep washing your hands. Your best defense against the spread of COVID-19 is by washing your hands. This includes using soap, water, and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. You should wash your hands before cooking, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing or coughing. Use hand sanitizer if you’re outside and always carry some with you, even in your car.

  2. Use protective gear as needed. When it is time to disinfect, utilize the proper protective equipment based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. For example, you may want to wear a mask to buffer out fumes or safety glasses to ward off splashes. Gloves may be needed, especially for caustic disinfectants like bleach. Even the use of a rubber, or construction apron will help avoid damage to your clothes.

  3. Understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. We sometimes use the terms interchangeably, but they are different. As noted by the CDC, cleaning refers to removing dirt, grime, germs, and impurities from surfaces. Disinfecting is killing bacteria and viruses on surfaces with chemicals, but not necessarily eliminating dirt. By disinfecting after cleaning, you stand a better chance of stopping the spread of infections, including COVID-19.

  4. Disinfect high-traffic spots daily. The studies are still out, but it appears COVID-19 can live on some surfaces from a few hours to a few days. That means you may want to wipe down handles, doorknobs, keys, cellphones, tablets, and light switches. If you have several people touching common areas, wipe them down frequently.

  5. Use disinfectants approved to eliminate SARS-CoV-2. As mentioned above, cleaning and disinfecting are two different actions. For a better idea of what disinfectants and will kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, check out this list from the EPA.

  6. Keep clutter to a minimum. Ramping up your cleaning routine will be much simpler when you don’t have a pile of clutter to work around. Utilizing moving boxes and a storage rental unit to house infrequently used items will save you time and energy, and leave you with a much cleaner home.

Keep Cleaning Simple – Use a Storage Unit for Occasionally Used Items

Simplify your cleaning routine by decluttering your home. Use a storage unit for those seasonal items and know you are keeping your family safer from the likes of the COVID bug. Our spaces offer you the opportunity to make your home a haven from the outside world. Give us a call, and let’s get your items moved! Stay organized with quality moving boxes to pack your belongings.

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. 


How to Prepare Your Home for Short-Term Renting

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Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has helped homeowners earn supplementary and even fulltime income by renting out a room or their entire house. However, there is more to cleaning out a room and posting a few pictures. If you want to take full advantage of the opportunity, you’ll find that the owners who make the most money are the ones who do the “little” things that add up to a big payoff in repeat business and sound reputation.

Make the most of the short-term rental opportunity by preparing your home and making it guest friendly. 5A Rent-A-Space helps by providing off-site storage units near your Maui home. Remove the extra clutter and leave a spacious area for your guests to enjoy during their stay. You may even enjoy more 5-star ratings.

5 Tips to Make Your Home Short-Term Rental Friendly

Before you put out the vacancy sign, use these tips to make your home more appealing to renters:
  1. Think about safety. Guests want to stay in safe places, not just in terms of geography, but also within the home. Take a moment to walk around and look with a critical eye for things that may not be safe. For example, are there exposed wires or loose steps? Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Place fire extinguishers in the appropriate areas. Leave your phone number and email address, so your guests can contact you easily, if needed.
  2. Deep clean and declutter. No one wants to walk into a rented, unkempt home or room. Take time to do a deep clean. You may even want to invest in a professional cleaning service. Remove personal items such as family pictures, jewelry, financial and legal paperwork, and anything else important to you. Remember to clear out the closets and remove all the stuff stashed in them. Rent a storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space to make it easier to store all those cleared out belongings.
  3. Make the bedroom a welcoming place. This is the one room your guests will probably spend the most time in. Consider investing in a new mattress or at least a memory foam mattress top. Add extra pillows and don’t skimp on the quality of sheets. You may want to add some earplugs, sleep mask, a small fan, and a universal charging station to the bedroom as well. Look at the decorator magazines to get good ideas on how to make your guest bedroom welcoming and comfortable.
  4. Place basic toiletries in the bathroom. Inevitably, we leave something at home when traveling. Gather up all those extra hotel shampoos, lotions, soaps, and travel tubes of toothpaste you have collected and put them in a basket for your guests. Do check to see that none of these are past their “best before” dates! You can pick up some inexpensive toothbrushes to have on hand as well. Don’t forget the extra towels.
  5. Put the basics in the kitchen. Guests choose to rent an Airbnb so they can save money on other things like eating out. Purchase a set of pots and pans for them to use. Place matching (and extra) towels and dishcloths in the kitchen, as well as add trivets and potholders. You don’t need to be fancy, just practical. Your guests will appreciate the convenience. You might consider coffee “K” cups for a Keurig, sugar, salt & pepper and a few other spices. Make sure there is a toaster or toaster oven and dishes, glasses and utensils.

5A Rent-A-Space Helps Make Room for a Welcoming Place

Enjoy more profit and fewer headaches when you make an effort to create a place that guests will rave about. Your convenient 5A Rent-A-Space storage units near Maui give you the extra support you need to keep your short-term rental decluttered and traveler-ready. We also offer packing supplies and will transport your belongings to your space with our free moving van. We aim to make life easier for you. Check us out today!

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Small Space

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The ‘tiny home movement’ has done much to help people rethink how much stuff they have. All it takes is a quick look across the Internet to find gorgeous yet functional houses of less than 500 square feet. Tiny house owners are not the only ones that benefit from some strategic storage measures. Homeowners and apartment dwellers can enjoy more space when they maximize their storage options. Your only limit is your imagination.

For the times when you do run out of room, utilize the convenience and flexibility of self-storage units. You’ll find what you are looking for at 5A Rent-A-Space near San Mateo. We also sell packing supplies including specialty boxes, tape, and bubble wrap. Need a lock? We have several types to help you secure your unit. You don’t need to worry about leasing a moving truck. When you rent from us, we have a free moving van to move your belongings to your space. Give us a call to find out more.

Small House Hacks and Furniture Ideas to Save Space

Get the most mileage out of your space when you utilize these hacks and tips:
  1. Go Ahead and Use that Corner: Some of the least used, and often most awkward spaces are corners. Use standing corner bookshelves or install floating corner shelves on the wall. Place a corner desk in an unused area and turn it into a small office space.
  2. Look Up for Space: Yes, we mean the ceiling. Install shelves close to the ceiling for lesser-used items and books. Place a shelf above your bathroom door for extra towels. String some wire across your closet ceiling to store wrapping paper.
  3. Floating Is for More than Magic Carpets: From nightstands to desks to shelves, floating furniture is in! This option leaves floor space available for other items to give your room an open feel.
  4. Foldable Furniture: For areas of your home where real estate is at a premium, why not use foldable chairs or Murphy desks? You unfold the piece when you need it, and put it back up when you don’t. A saucer chair is another item that can easily be stowed away when you need the room.
  5. Use a Bed for More than Sleeping: A daybed acts as both a bed and a couch, so you can count sheep at night and have a comfortable place for guests during the day. Another option is a bed with drawers underneath, sometimes called a captain’s bed. For a standard bed with space under it, purchase those long, flat contains with lids to store things underneath. Some containers even have wheels to move easily.
Small Spaces Never Felt So Big – a Rental Storage Unit Helps

Just because you have a tiny living area doesn’t mean you have to live in clutter. Use some creativity to tuck your belongings away. For those items that still don’t fit, rent a 5A Rent-A-Space self-storage unit. It is also the perfect spot for your seasonal decorations, sports gear, and stuff that you don’t need all year round. With our convenient location near San Mateo, accessing your stored items when you need them has never been easier.

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.

Why Sell When You Can Store? 3 Benefits of Storage vs. Selling

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Why keep a ton of stuff you don’t need? Television shows are touting the benefits of getting rid of those items you don’t want any more. The logic may seem sound, but there is another side of the coin to consider. Instead of selling or donating belongings, why not keep them and find other ways to house them? We are not suggesting that you hold onto things that are not useful or are simply high on sentimental value. You can sort through and keep what your children may need in the future or things that you don’t have time to use currently but will enjoy during retirement.

Keep your belongings where you can have them when you need them. Enjoy an uncluttered home when you rent a self-storage unit near San Mateo. Our units can house your lesser-used items until you are ready to use them again. We will even move your stuff with our free moving van when you lease from us. It is possible to have the best of both worlds!

Weigh the Benefits of Storing Belongings Instead of Selling
Are you sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to keep or sell your stuff? Consider these benefits of storing instead of selling:
  1. You can keep what you want. It stands to reason, if you want to keep it all, you can. Of course, the goal is not to have so many belongings that you are overwhelmed. As you sort through your items, you’ll discover different categories that are useful during different times of the year. For example, you love kayaking but have no more room to keep the gear at home for the entire year. A storage unit allows you to keep your equipment handy until you want it, without cluttering your garage.
  2. You can switch things up. For those who love to decorate, it can get expensive. If you up-cycle, you may have many projects that you love but cannot display all at once. Consider your storage space as a zero-priced store where you can tuck decorations away for different holidays or the changing of the seasons. When it’s time to redecorate, you don’t have to head to the pricey department store. You can head to your personal treasure trove!
  3. You don’t have to repurchase an item. This may be the biggest reason to put things away instead of selling them. How many times have you moved that old weed eater around because you wanted a backup, but then decided to sell it? The moment it leaves your property, your other weed eater stops working. Now you have to go out and buy a new one. When you keep those higher-priced items in storage, you can save money later.
Keep More When You Store at 5A Rent-A-Space

Free up much-needed space without selling your stuff when you choose to store your belongings in a rental unit. We have a variety of sizes to fit your needs and will even transport your items to your unit using our free moving van. Now is a great time to rent a storage unit. Give us a call and discover the convenience of our location near San Mateo.

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.

When Empty Nest Nirvana Ends…How to Manage Your Boomerang Kid!

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The season of being an empty nester is bittersweet. You watch with pride as your children spread their wings and go off to college. Then you wander around the house, wondering what’s next for you and your spouse. Just as you are settling into new habits and rediscovering your better half, your kid’s four-year stint at university is up, and they are moving back home. Your son or daughter is not the only one doing this. Called the “Boomerang Generation”. Many Millennials and Generation Z adults plan to move back home after college. How do you handle this new dynamic of a grown child taking up residence in their old bedroom? What do you do with all their stuff?

Take proactive steps to make the transition smoother with open conversation and storage units near your San Mateo home. At 5A Rent-A-Space, we offer a variety of differently sized units to house the extra stuff your kid brings back with them. We will even move their goods to their rental space with our free moving van. Renew your relationship with your child; don’t let stuff get in the way!

How to Manage Your Children Moving Back Home after College
Welcoming your child to live at home before moving out into the big world? There are many reasons it may be a necessity, for example, a lack of employment or hefty student loan debt, but it will probably put a strain on your relationship. Here are some tips that make things easier for you both:
  1. Treat them like an adult. This means that you can expect the courtesy of knowing where they are going, but you cannot demand they come home at a particular time. Instead, expect them to act like a grown-up by treating them like one. Respect their independence since you did raise them to leave the nest ultimately.
  2. Discuss the expectations of both parties. Consider what you think having your adult son or daughter living back home looks like. Sit down and talk about what you each expect. Do you want them to pay rent? What about helping with household chores? It is even okay to set a few house rules to keep the peace.
  3. Set an end date. It doesn’t have to be a hard and fast date for your son or daughter to move out, but it shouldn’t be an open-ended affair. Talk with each other and agree on what makes sense. You both will be glad that there is a timeline, especially when things get tough down the road.
  4. Rent a storage unit. It does seem an odd suggestion, but it will save a lot of frustration. Remember, they have been away for four years or more. While home for the holidays, they may have brought some stuff, but they always took it back, and now they have probably collected much more. Keep the clutter at bay when you rent a storage space for those items that are seasonal and not needed at this time.
Limit the Stress of Your Child Moving Back Home – Rent a Storage Unit

Enjoy this new season of life with your college graduate. One day, they will move out for good, and you will be glad to have this last bit of time with them. Ease the tension at home with storage units near San Mateo to ensure your new situation is pleasant. Get started today and give us a call.

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, April 13, 2020

Take Your Spring Cleaning Up a Notch

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Springtime means many things to different people. It may mean more barbecues on the deck. Maybe it is the chance to catch up on unfinished projects in the garage. For several, it is the best opportunity to do some spring cleaning. Instead of your basic tasks of shaking the sand off your throw rugs and calling it good, why not kick it up a notch? Even in our tropical paradise, the changing of the calendar and seasons offer new opportunities by getting rid of the old and sprucing up your home.

Kick off a new season with a fresh start by tidying and organizing your space. A storage unit near Maui is the perfect solution to help revamp your abode. At 5A Rent-A-Space, we offer a wide range of sizes to ensure you have enough storage room to make your house the haven of which you dream.

Tips to Clean, Organize, and Create Comfort in Your Maui Home

Don’t let summer sneak up on you and not be ready for it! Here are a few tips to get you started and revitalize your home this spring:
  1. Start with a clean canvas: The best way to conduct a deep clean is by removing all furniture and other items from the room. A storage unit serves as the perfect spot to put things while you move onto the next step.
  2. Do a deep clean: By removing all the clutter, you have an opportunity to get to all the nooks and crannies to eradicate the dust bunnies. Remember to wipe down walls and baseboards. A good idea is to dust first and then vacuum.
  3. Look at each room and determine its function: You cook in your kitchen, take showers in the bathroom, and sleep in the bedroom. Why put back items that don’t belong in the room? Now is also the best time to consider your organizational options by using bins, baskets, ottomans, and even self-storage units, so every item is in its right place.
  4. Don’t forget the garage: This often, overlooked area often bulges with items that would be better off donated or placed in a rented storage unit. If your goal is to park your vehicles in the garage, then take an afternoon to purge items or properly store them.
  5. Turn your mattress: Get longer wear out of your bed by turning it at least twice a year. Wash or spot clean the pad and place fresh linens on it. 
  6. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry: Remove those expired and forgotten foods. Wipe down shelves and replace them with foods that are fresh and well organized. Consider creating a master grocery list for items based on what you regularly use. 
  7. Create a regular cleaning habit: Once your home is spic-n-span, consider developing a daily practice of cleaning. Just by wiping down surfaces and putting things back in the place where they belong, you keep cleaner and organized. The next time you do a major seasonal clear out and clean up, you may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is because you have already been doing it all year long. 
Take Spring Cleaning to a Whole New Level with a 5A Rent-A-Space Storage Unit

Cleaning and clearing the clutter brings a new, refreshing perspective on life at home. Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed. Take it one room at a time and utilize a storage unit near Maui to ease the process. You can place all your seasonal items out of the way while you reorganize and revitalize your house. Home never felt so good!

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.

Tips to Make Your Home Allergen-Free and Eco-Friendly




Spring is a beautiful time of year when flowers and trees bloom. The birds even seem to sing sweeter songs. Unfortunately, allergy season is in full swing too. If you or a loved one suffer from the effects of dust, dander, pollen, or a myriad of other allergens, you may struggle to breathe among all the beauty. Taking over-the-counter medicines may help alleviate some of your symptoms, but you can do even more to ease the suffering throughout the season.

Take steps to control spring allergens within your home. There are several options, and the 5A-Rent-A-Space storage facility near San Mateo is a significant first step. We offer a wide variety of sizes to cover your needs and store those seasonal and other items that quickly clutter your home. We can even help move you with our free moving van when you rent from us.

8 Easy Steps to Control Spring Allergens within Your Home

Get the rest and comfort you seek when you make your home allergen-free and eco-friendly with these steps:
  1. Invest in an air purifier: By removing most of the pollen within your home, you breathe and sleep better. There are many on the market, so do some research and find the right fit for your needs.
  2. Declutter your home: No, you don’t have to get rid of everything, but excess clutter and furniture attract dust. Instead, tuck these items away in a storage unit and swap them out when you are ready for a change. You will keep the allergens down and have your own d├ęcor stash readily available.
  3. Reduce your use of cleaning chemicals: All it takes is a tour around Pinterest or the Internet to find alternative, natural cleaners that are safer for the environment and you.
  4. Remove drapes from your windows: Again, fabric attracts dust. Instead of fabric curtains, put up bamboo or wood blinds. 
  5. Throw out the carpeting: This is a huge culprit for holding in many allergens. If you can, get rid of the carpet throughout your home. If you must have carpet, consider 100% wool and a seasonal deep cleaning.
  6. Buy a good vacuum and use it: Regular vacuuming of your floors and window treatments helps cut down on dust, dander, and pollen that gets stirred up when you walk through a room. Remember to change the vacuum filter and bag frequently.
  7. Develop a regular cleaning schedule: A tidy home is helpful for your mental health, but it is also vital for your physical health. Design a plan that ensures you clean your home from top to bottom regularly. You can cut down on mold, mildew, dust, pollen, and dander with weekly cleaning.
  8. Talk to your doctor: When you know the exact enemy you are fighting, you are better equipped to implement the right strategies and find relief.
Breathe Easier in Your Clean and Tidy Home

Take your health in your hands by eliminating the allergens in your home. Soon your house will be a haven where you can breathe easy and relax. Remember that clutter is a big culprit, so choose to rent a storage unit near San Mateo to house extra items that you only occasionally utilize. Your lungs and sinuses will thank you for it!

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.