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How To Make Your Pumpkin Last Longer!

holidays, halloween, decoration and people concept - close up of woman with pumpkins at home


holidays, halloween, decoration and people concept - close up of woman with pumpkins at home

Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to transform your pumpkin into a masterpiece!The biggest challenge year after year is, how to keep pumpkins from rotting and molding before Halloween arrives. Here are some tips to help ensure that your pumpkin lasts as long as possible:

Pick the Right Pumpkin – Choose a pumpkin that is fresh, with a sturdy stem and that has no bruises. Also make sure to find one that has a flat bottom so it does’t roll.

Scoop Out The Pulp – When prepping your pumpkin make sure to scrape out as much as the pulp possible.  The cleaner and drier of the inside of the pumpkin, the slower the rotting process will take.

Use Bleach – Give your fresh and carved pumpkin a bleach bath.  You will want to use one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. This is a great way to hydrate your pumpkin and also eliminate any bacteria.

Refrigerate Pumpkin Overnight – If you live in warmer climate area it is recommended that you place carved pumpkins in fridge at night instead of keeping them on the porch. This will help to re hydrate your pumpkin.

Use A Fly Trap –  There is doubt that Pumpkins attract fruit flies. Fruit flies will enhance the rotting process of a pumpkin therefore it is essential to keep a fly trap near by.

Let us know if you have any tips tricks you would like to share for this Halloween season.

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Traffic Impact – Annual Pumpkin Run & Festival in Alhambra, CA

Pumpkin running. 5K

Pumpkin running. 5KThe City of Alhambra is holding their third annual Pumpkin Run & Festival on Saturday, October 1st.

As the 5K & 10K route will require road closures, traffic around our A-1 Self Storage location in Alhambra, CA will be impacted. Be aware of the road closures and detours between 4 AM and noon.

When traveling in the area, please follow all detours and traffic control. Allow for extra travel time due to the delays expected.

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Traffic Impact – La Mesa Oktoberfest

Oompah. Oktober fest

Oompah. Oktober festThe City of La Mesa is holding their annual Oktoberfest on September 30th through October 2nd. This event brings vendors and visitors from all over to La Mesa for a weekend devoted to friends, family, food, and great entertainment.

The festivities will take place in downtown La Mesa Village, and traffic around our A-1 Self Storage location in La Mesa on Spring Street may be delayed.

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Fall Is Upon Us

Label with the Words Hello Autumn and Autumn Leaves in the Background

Label with the Words Hello Autumn and Autumn Leaves in the Background

Fall is almost here! As we transition into fall, this calls for the opportunity to organize and tidy up our houses to prepare for the next season. While you can take advantage of a storage unit at any time of the year, with winter (and the holidays) around the corner it makes it especially important to gear up and protect your belongings. In case you are wondering how to store your seasonal items safely we have some tips to help better prepare you.

  • Store your yard equipment – There is no need to take up extra space in your garage if you aren’t mowing your lawn or gardening. Make sure to drain all the liquids from your lawnmower and other tools as this will help prevent corrosion. Are you planning on storing any outdoor furniture? Remember to clean your furniture items to avoid damage and also use a climate controlled storage unit for extra protection.
  • Store Season Outdoor Toys –  It’s time to secure your boat, bikes and any recreational vehicles. The winter holiday season can be hectic with all of the family and guests arriving. To provide you with more space in your driveway for holiday guests, keeping your summer toys in storage can guarantee extra protection from theft and damage.
  • Switch out seasonal clothing items – One easy way to free up a jam-packed closet or dresser is to swap out your summer wardrobe for warmer items. Pack away your swimsuits and shorts. Take the opportunity to sort through your clothing items and decide if it’s time to donate them. You may find that some of your clothes are either too small, worn out or out of style. Consider doing this in your entryway coat closet as well.
  • Don’t forget about the grill- Give your BBQ grill a deep clean before covering and storing it. Be sure to scrape down the grates and, wipe down the inside as well.
  • Clean Out Gutters – While the weather is still nice it’s recommended to  clean out your gutters. Cleaning gutters for winter will mean less work when spring rolls back around.

How do you store your seasonal items? Leave a Comment below. We would love to hear of your tips on how you prepare for the upcoming seasons.

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Bathroom Organization Tips



Is your bathroom an unorganized mess? Learn how to clear bathroom clutter with a few simple tricks and ideas.

  • Organize medicine cabinet – Start by responsibly disposing of  outdated medicines. A smart way to keep your medicine cabinet organized is to magnetize all your small objects. Keep bobby pins, tweezers, and nail tools in tact with a stick on metal strip.
  • Hair Product Clutter – Gels, sprays, and hot irons take up a lot of space in the bathroom. For a quick way to organize you can plastic containers for under sink. If you are feeling crafty attach PVC pipes to the inside of cabinets and use them as holsters for
  • Drawer dividers – Bathroom drawers are always messy and unorganized.. Use wooden or plastic trays to help categorize your items so you will no longer have to deal with cluttered drawers.
  • Use Stickers –  For a simple way to track how long you have had a product, write the month and year on a small sticker and put it on the bottom of the jar or tube. If the item starts to look old or tired you can refer to sticker and see if you are in the clear or not.
  • Create more towel storage – If your towel rack isn’t big enough to hang all the towels you need, add hooks to the bathroom. Towel hooks are easy and inexpensive!

How do you organize your bathroom? Leave us a comment and let us know if you have any tips or tricks

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