Friday, August 28, 2020

Back to School in the Year of COVID-19 – Everything is Different

 Mother Helping her Daughter with Homework

Back to School in the Year of COVID-19 – Everything is Different 


Back to school shopping time is here, but this year, many things are different. Schools across the country are shifting gears to have students learn from home via the Internet instead of showing up in person. Parents have been figuring out new ways to adjust their schedules, with working from home and having their children at home. Not only do they have to squeeze in time but also space.

Make room for your kids to learn from home this year. Prepare your home by making it a clear, uncluttered space. A 5A Rent-A-Space self-storage unit near San Mateo is the perfect place for storing those extra items that are hampering your children’s learning environment. Free up your home and get ready for learning.

6 Suggestions to Make a Better Home School 

Make this school year a great one! Avoid the stress and inconvenience for adults and children alike. Take these simple steps to plan for a better learning environment in your home:

  1. Understand What is Expected for Distance Learning. Reach out to your child’s teacher to understand how lessons will be conducted and how much screen time you may expect your student to engage in. This may include Zoom meetings and other activities on the computer.

  2. Encourage Your Child to Get Up and Move. Being chained to a desk as an adult is frustrating. Imagine what it does to your kids! Allow for regular breaks where your son or daughter can stretch their legs or allow them to stand up to do some of their assignments.

  3. Keep a Flexible Schedule. Be willing to change things up based on how your student’s day is going. If you find they are too distracted or feeling restless, let them take a break to regain their focus. If they are having a great time focusing, let them continue. Also, keep in mind the time of day in which they get the most done, when they are the most alert and engaged.

  4. Utilize Checklists. This year will be very different from anything students were used to  in their past routine. Help your children focus by using checklists. This can assist them in ensuring they follow each step that is required in an assignment.

  5. Give Positive Feedback. There will be days that are difficult to get through. Use stars and stickers or check marks to encourage your child and be sure to give them the occasional, “Way to go!”

  6. Declutter Your Home. Clearing out your home of rarely used or no longer needed items helps clear the space, clear the mind and makes learning easier. Provide the best learning environment with a self-storage unit near San Mateo. Put away those items that you need but are not used on a daily basis. This leaves your home less cluttered and makes room for learning in a positive, uplifting space.

5A Rent-A-Space Helps Make this School Year Easier

Take proactive steps to encourage learning at home during the pandemic. 5A Rent-A Space has a variety of storage unit sizes near San Mateo to meet your needs. We will even move your stuff with our free van when you rent a space from us. See how much more your family can accomplish this school year with a clutter-free home.

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. 


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Give Your Old Stored Furniture New Life

A Classic Design Of Living Room

Give Your Old Stored Furniture New Life

Most often, we buy furniture with a certain purpose. For instance, years ago you needed a sofa sleeper for out-of-town visits from your family. Other times, you may have purchased chairs, tables, end tables, and couches to furnish your new home. Moving from one apartment or home to another, reveals what we can use and what may need to be stored or sold. When you have a favorite chair in storage, but you don’t like the 1950s hot pink and black latex paint, you hesitate to put it in your current home. While that is understandable, why not do something about it, so you can get the enjoyment you deserve from it? 

Refashion and renew your old stored furniture with simple ideas that are easy on the budget. Your self-storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City, is the best place to house infrequently used and seasonal items. It’s also the perfect solution for housing that thrift store find until you have a moment to work some makeover magic. Not only do we have the right sized unit for your needs, but we also sell moving boxes and packing supplies to keep things protected, neat and tidy.

8 Tips to Bring Back the Pizazz in Your Old, Stored Furniture 

You don’t need to throw out favorite pieces of furniture just because it looks old. If the joints are sound, why not revamp and breathe new life into them? Here are eight ways to get you started:

  1. Strip Painted Pieces: What do you do with a wooden table that was painted 1970s gold? What about that old bookcase you took out of your spare bedroom? Try stripping off all the paint to uncover the wood grains underneath. Once you have completed this, you can choose to repaint or stain based on your tastes.

  2. Stain Wooden Tables, Chairs, or Dressers: Sometimes the beauty of a piece of furniture lies underneath layers of paint. Once removed, you may be reluctant to repaint. Instead, let the lovely grains show through by staining the piece. The choice of colors is expansive so it will not be too difficult to find the right product for your furniture redo.

  3. Try Basic Reupholstering of Furniture or Re-covering Cushions: Revamp those old, derelict-looking dining room chairs by re-covering the existing cushions with fun, classy, or whimsical material and colors. You can take an old ottoman and reupholster it to match your newly painted living room. You can easily find instructions on basic upholstery techniques on the Internet.

  4. Use Whitewashing, Liming, or Pickling: For a faded look, try whitewashing your furniture. The technique lightens wood yet still allows the grain to show through. It can give your piece an antique look without the years of waiting. Different techniques include using a liming solution and pickling. Internet and YouTube instructions can be your guides.

  5. Test Out Milk Paint: When you want a truly unique and natural type of paint, look for milk paint. You buy it in powder form and mix it up yourself. You can even customize the colors. Imagine the possibilities when you update your old desk with customized milk paint.

  6. Stick with Tried and True Latex or Oil Paint: If you are not in love with the look of wood but love a certain piece of furniture, nothing beats the tried and tested latex and oil paint. You can quickly uplift a desk or table with bright, vibrant colors that easily become a focal point of the room.

  7. Refresh Outdoor Pieces with Spray Paint: Do you have an old outdoor wicker patio set tucked in your storage unit that you would love to use again? You can! After hosing down the pieces with water and letting them dry, add a few coats of spray paint and newly re-covered cushions. Your morning coffee will taste even better sitting on your deck in your revamped settee!  Even rusted and weathered wrought iron tables and chairs can shine and come back to life with a couple of coats of Rustoleum.

  8. Start with a Decluttered Home: This may seem like an odd way to breathe life into old, stored furniture, but it helps to see the new purpose it can have when you remove those items that clutter your home. Take some time to box up rarely used, but treasured, items into moving boxes, label them and put them away into a self-storage unit. Later, when you feel like redecorating, you will have handy access to your beloved belongings.

Redecorating is a Snap with 5A Rent-A-Space 

Reinvigorate and reuse old furniture now, and when you are ready for a change, tuck it away in your Foster City storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space. You can easily access all your belongings through convenient hours, so redecorating or storing new finds is a breeze. We will even move your things with our free van when you rent a unit from us. If you need moving boxes and other packing supplies, we have those too.

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, August 17, 2020

Strategic Storage Ideas for Small Apartments and Homes

 white couch beside brown wooden table

Strategic Storage Ideas for Small Apartments and Homes

Television shows about building tiny homes are fun to watch but are they practical to live in? The reality may be much different than what is presented for viewers. You understand this if you’ve ever lived in a small home or apartment where space is at a premium. What can you do to make the most of your space without feeling cramped?

Utilize your creativity by finding new solutions for your storage needs. For those items that you cannot tuck away, rent a drive-up storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space near Maui. We have many units and a size that’s right for you to place your occasionally used belongings into and leaving your home clutter-free.

9 Tricks and Hacks to Store More in Less Space 

Don’t let the lack of storage in your small home discourage you. Instead, check out these tips to make the most of your available space:

  1. Think Outside the Closet. Smaller homes and apartments often lack adequate closet space. If you do not have a closet near your front door, hanging up jackets and hats can be a challenge. Consider how to use hooks and open shelving with baskets near the front door for dropping in keys, wallets, or other items.

  2. Use Simple Add-ons. When you need a tiny bit of extra room, consider adding narrow shelves slightly above counter space that are just big enough to hold glass canisters for regularly used items. 

  3. Mount Open Cube Shelves by Your Bed. The bedroom can often be the smallest area in your apartment. Instead of using a regular nightstand, put up floating shelves or cubes. They not only store items near your bed, but the floor space beneath is clear, giving you that open feeling.

  4. Think of Different Options in the Bathroom. Use a piece of furniture like a three-shelf unit to hold towels and hygiene products. You can do the same thing when you want an extra seat by choosing one that has a drawer underneath.

  5. Store in Plain Sight. Sometimes you may not have the space to tuck things away. You can use a mesh magazine holder screwed into the side of a cabinet to hold kitchen papers like parchment paper, foil, and plastic wrap.

  6. Store Things Vertically. Behind-the-door storage can be a blessing when space is limited. A shoe pouch can hold shoes in your bedroom or lids in your kitchen. An over-the-door rack of the wire variety is handy for crafts, wrapping paper, or other items you want to be able to see easily.

  7. Make Art with Unique Jewelry Storage. Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces can be hard to store. Take an empty frame, add cork or a metal sheet with decorative holes, and then hook your jewelry on pins placed on it.

  8. Tuck Electronics Away in Drawers. Keeping your printer sitting out on the dining room table or your counter only takes up precious space. Find a drawer that is the same size and put your electronics away when not in use.

  9. Pare Down Your Belongings. Decluttering may be the best step you can take to keep your small living quarters from closing in on you. Get rid of the items you no longer need and place seasonal or occasionally used things in a drive-up storage unit near Maui. You can easily access your belongings when you need them and keep your home clutter-free.

Enjoy More Area in Your Small Home or Apartment

Save precious real estate within your home with unique storage options. Choose 5A Rent-A-Space to tuck away the items you need infrequently. For those pieces that need to be kept offsite, choose a storage unit you can quickly drive up to near your Maui apartment or home. 

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. 


Friday, August 14, 2020

How to set up a work-from-home office for a Student or Professional

Man in Red Crew Neck T-shirt Using Laptop

With September fast approaching, and many students starting school online rather than in person, now is the time to optimize the available space that you have for a work-from-home office. Kids from as early as elementary school all the way through college are going to have to receive their education via Zoom and other similar softwares. While the heads of the household may be used to the work-from-home environment by now, it will be a new challenge to share the space with their kids.

How to make your work-from-home space friendly for multiple family members


Making room for two or more to work-from-home can be quite the undertaking. Here are a few tips on how to optimize your space to make it as conducive as possible to working and/or learning.


  1. Set Aside A Few Different Areas to Work In: As fun as it sounds to have your whole family working side by side, it isn’t ideal to be in too close of proximity all of the time. An important meeting for a parent may disrupt an online class for a college student, or vice versa. For this reason, if possible try to section off your household to provide some needed space.

  2. Set up Your Workspaces to be Comfortable: If you are going to be spending 8 or more hours working from home per day, plus more for leisure time once you are off the clock, then it is paramount to make your setup as comfortable as possible. An ergonomic chair with lumbar support is a sound investment to prevent cumulative back problems from cropping up in the future.

  3. Organize the Surrounding Area: The negative effects of a cluttered workspace have been studied and proven quite detrimental to both our mental health and effectiveness. To minimize this, effective use of home storage such as cabinets or drawers will have a tangible effect on your work-from-home wellbeing.

  4. Focus on Lighting: With the rest of your work from home space changed for the better, it is crucial not to forget about how the area is lit as well. Lighting has been found to directly affect concentration, mood, even appetite. Having a dimmable light source is ideal for maximizing productivity during the day without disrupting your circadian rhythm once nighttime comes.


What to do when you have used up all available space in your home?


Despite our best efforts, it is practically impossible to be perfectly clean and organized all of the time, especially during this time of our lives. Most of us are living in closer proximity to our families than ever before, and with more people living under the same roof, there inevitably comes more stuff to keep safe. Rather than resorting to selling off or throwing away precious items, why not store them in a storage unit. Finding the right sized storage unit for you and your
family means that you can both optimize your household for a work-from-home environment as well as keep your things safe.

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.