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Packing Smart for Spring Break

Full suitcase.

Full suitcase.Can you believe it,  spring break is just around the corner! I’m sure you’ve already planned every detail of the trip all that’s left is to worry about what to bring? If you are like me I tend to over-pack and end up bringing way more clothes than needed. Below we will provide you with simple packing guidelines to pack effectively. You will be ready in no time for your spring break vacation.

  • Roll Your Clothes, Don’t Fold – By rolling your clothes you will not only will save your space but it also helps prevent creases in your clothing! Roll your t- shirts, shorts and stick them side by side in your suitcase. You can also invest in travel compression bags, that increase luggage space.
  • Be Realistic – Don’t forget you are just going on vacation, not moving. Leave your laptop and other unnecessary items at home. You also don’t need every pair of shoes you own. Bring a few neutral pairs and you will be just fine!
  • Utilize Your Carry On – If you are bringing a carry on or a tote to keep next you in the car, utilize the space! If needed you can stick a few pairs of shoes in their as well as your cosmetic bag.
  • Pack Outside Your Suitcase –  Before piling everything into your suitcase collect everything you have in mind, also it’s a good idea to plan your outfits ahead!  Place all the items around your suitcase so then you can start limiting certain items. If you are trying to pack lightly you should focus more on neutral colors. The more versatile, the easier to mix and match your outfit.

Follow these simple tips to help you pack stress-free! Leave us a comment and share some your handy tricks when packing for a vacation getaway.  You’ll be soaking up the sun in no time!

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Now Hiring! Full-Time Construction Assistant Needed

Architecture plans

Architecture plans

Our Construction Department has an immediate opening for a Construction Assistant with experience working for a construction company or a builder.

A-1 Self Storage currently owns and operates 51 self storage facilities throughout California & Texas. A-1 Self Storage is a 60 year old family-owned company headquartered in San Diego, and is one of California’s premier self storage companies.

WE OFFER YOU THE FOLLOWING:

  • Full-Time – 40 hours per week schedule
  • Competitive Hourly Pay – commensurate with experience
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • 401K Program w/Employer Matching
  • Paid Vacation & Holidays

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have experience working with a builder or construction company
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Understanding of job costing and reporting
  • Advanced computer skills: Excel, Word, Adobe
  • Must be a team player, yet able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to successfully pass alcohol/drug screening & background check
  • College degree preferred or equivalent work history required

Only candidates who meet the above qualifications will be considered for this Construction Assistant position. Please do not apply if you do not meet all qualifications.

*** No phone calls about this position, please.

How to Apply:

E-mail jobs@a1storage.com. Resumes must be submitted in PDF or Word format only for consideration of this position. Only apply if you meet our qualifications. Be sure to include your email address on resume!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

variety of cleaning products in a bucket

variety of cleaning products in a bucket

Spring is almost here! You know that that means, it’s time to start your spring cleaning check list! Don’t know where to start? If you are unsure on what needs to be done, we’ve got a few tips just for you.

  • Purge The Fridge. Dump old lingering leftovers, spoiled food, and open bottles of condiments. It’s a good idea to remove glass shelves and bins and wash them. If there is a strong odor in your fridge from spoiled food a fresh box of baking soda absorbs odor.
  • Manage Microwave Messes. I don’t know about you but sometimes I forget to cover my food before I heat it up in the microwave. Which means, you are left with your soup splattered all over the inside of the microwave. If this happens to you,  cut up fresh lemons and put them in a bowl with water, cook on high for two minutes. The steam will soften hardened food inside as well as eliminate odor.
  • Toss Old Toiletries. In the bathroom check to  see if your toothbrushes or your loofah needs replacing. You should get a new tooth brush every three months and new scrubber every 30 days. Don’t forget to check your medicine cabinet for any expired medicines.
  • Oven Spill Cleanup– Burned blobs on the bottom of your oven can cause odor and smoke. It is recommended that you run a self- cleaning cycle. If you don’t have time you  can try taking a metal spatula and chip off any loose burned blobs.
  • Deep Clean Your Carpets – As we start to transition into spring that calls for a detailed vacuum in all the nooks and crannies throughout your home. Carpets that have absorbed winters worth are in need of a deep cleaning.

Don’t forget to make your check list! Leave us a comment and let us know what’s your number one thing on your spring cleaning checklist.

 

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Job Opening! Full-Time Sales Associate for East County – San Diego Location

A-1 employees

Join the A-1 Self Storage TeamA-1 Self Storage is looking for a full-time SALES ASSOCIATE for our East County San Diego area self storage facilities. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, outgoing, highly motivated, great at customer service and have a strong retail sales background. This position involves providing superior customer service in-person and over the telephone. It also includes ensuring the property is clean, well-maintained and meets company standards. All positions require some janitorial duties and weekend scheduling.

A-1 Self Storage currently owns and operates 48 self storage facilities throughout California & Texas. A-1 Self Storage is a 60 year old family-owned company headquartered in San Diego, and is one of California’s premier self storage companies.

WE OFFER YOU THE FOLLOWING:

  • Full-Time – up to 40 hours per week schedule
  • Competitive Hourly Pay – commensurate with experience
  • Bonus Incentives-Award Recognition Programs
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • 401K Program w/Employer Matching
  • Paid Vacation & Holidays
  • No Late Night Shifts! Store Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6 & Sat – Sun 9-5
  • Company Shirts Are Provided – Wear Your Own Jeans & Sneakers to Work!

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to work weekends
  • Excellent customer service skills in-person and on the telephone
  • At least 1-2 years of retail sales experience required
  • Must be willing and able to perform routine janitorial duties
  • Able to work independently & with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be detail oriented, have great organizational & multi-tasking skills
  • Must be a team player, yet able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Computer literate w/ basic proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must have valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, car insurance coverage & clean DMV record
  • Must be able to successfully pass alcohol/drug screening & background check
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week, any day of the week without restrictions, all positions require weekend work

Only candidates who meet the above qualifications will be considered for this Sales Associate position. Please do not apply if you do not meet all qualifications.

*** No phone calls about this position, please.

How to Apply:

E-mail jobs@a1storage.com. Resumes must be submitted in PDF or Word format only for consideration of this position. Only apply if you meet our qualifications and area available 7 days per week. Be sure to include your email address on resume!

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Facility of the Year Award Winners

Blue Ribbon Square

Each year in mid-January, we award one of our A-1 Self Storage locations the prestigious title of the Facility of the Year. The winner is selected for outstanding overall performance and exceeding company goals for the year. The competition is fierce, and the reward is handsome. For the first time in our nearly 60 year company history, we had a tie!

Our winning teams for 2015 Facility of the Year are:

WINNERS!

Marisol, Maribel, and Anna at A-1 Self Storage – Oakland AND Stephanie, Patricia, Paul, and Mary at A-1 Self Storage – Paramount!

Congratulations! Our team members have worked very hard to earn this award by offering the very best service to our customers. Your dedication and team work are unrivaled. Enjoy your prizes & keep up the great work! With 48 locations (and more on the way) vying for the honors, the competition gets pretty heated. We’re looking forward to seeing who wins in 2016!

We also recognize top-notch facilities that perform above and beyond in their respective districts.

Our 2015 District Distinction Award winners are:

District Distinction
A-1 Self Storage – Fullerton – Dania, Brittni, and Melissa
A-1 Self Storage – Mission Valley – Kristina, Chris, and Matt
A-1 Self Storage – Hotel Circle – Darlene and Maira

Thank you all for your hard work & dedication to making A-1 Self Storage the very best!

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