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Off to College? What To Do with Your Student’s Room

Bedroom and game room


With your student all moved out of the house to attend college, one of the big questions many parents have is, “What do we do with the extra room?” Some leave the room as is for when their child returns, while others turn it into a guest room. We thought we would give you some more ideas on what to do with the extBedroom and game roomra space.

  • Office: Create an office space that is both cozy and functional. Add a couch and bookshelf in the room to make it feel more like a comfortable, quiet place that you can relax in as well.
  • Game Room: Create a space that you can entertain guests in. A pool table, a built-in bar, and some TVs will make your room a neighborhood favorite.
  • Media Room: Are you a movie fanatic? Turn the bedroom into a personal movie theater with comfy chairs, a projector screen, and a popcorn machine.
  • Music Room: For the musicians out there, move your piano and musical instruments into the spare room to create a music room. Make the room soundproofed by adding vinyl-covered walls.
  • Guest Room: This might be the most common answer. Turn the room into a guest room. To make it unique, equip the room with towels and all of the necessary toiletries.
  • Fitness Room: If you enjoy working out this is the perfect idea for you! You can add large mirrors, rubber flooring, and then any exercise equipment you wish.

And if you need a place to store your student’s belongings while they’re away, we’re here to help!

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Labor Day Holiday Schedule

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

All A-1 Self Storage locations and our Corporate Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, 2016.

Normal access hours are available at most locations. Please check with your self storage location to confirm the schedule. For your convenience, we also offer a 24 hour rental/payment kiosk at 19 of our A-1 Self Storage locations!

Have a happy and safe Labor Day!

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How to Move Out of Your Storage Unit


A-1-Self-Storage-Summer-Storage-Tips-300x266Is it time to say goodbye? Do you have your move scheduled, but you’re not sure what to do next? We’re here to help! Follow these easy steps to help make the process of moving out of your storage unit as smooth as possible.

  • Notify Us of Your Move Ahead of Time.For your convenience, our contracts are month to month. Please be sure to let us know you’re leaving in advance. We recommend giving notice prior to paying your next month’s rent. This will help you save money, so you aren’t paying for more days than you are using as we do not offer refunds. If you happen to change your mind, or need a few extra days, just let us know!
  • Empty Your Space.Clear everything out of your storage unit so that we can close out your account. If you find something that you can no longer use, consider donating it to Serving Hands International to give it a new life.
  • Clean Your Storage Unit. Help us make the next customer’s stay a great experience just like yours.Sweep out your unit and clean up any spills.
  • Remove Your Lock. The lock on your storage unit belongs to you, so don’t forget to take it with you! You can use it again if you need to rent with us in the future. Because you have the only keys, if you leave your lock on, the space is still occupied by you even when it’s empty.
  • Fill Out a Vacate Form. After you’ve moved out, stop by the office and fill out a quick Vacate Form. It’s quick & painless, we promise!
  • Tell Us How We Did. Our goal is to make each customer’s stay convenient, safe, and enjoyable. If we have accomplished this, please let us know by writing a review! Ask an Associate for more details.
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Do You Need Climate Controlled Storage?

Regulator climate control. Vector image.

Regulator climate control. Vector image.Climate control storage units are extremely handy when it comes to storing your furniture, antiques, musical instruments, or any fine art. Climate controlled storage units keep items in a constant set temperature. If you are going to be placing valuable items in storage, you will want to consider a climate controlled unit.

  • Furniture – Wooden and leather furniture are sensitive to extreme climates and will want to be stored in climate controlled units. Wooden furniture (bed frames, tables, chairs, dressers, and more ) can be damaged when it is exposed to too much moisture.
  • Appliances – Your household appliances including washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerator all need climate control storage. Climate control protects electronic parts from cracking and rusting,
  • Musical Instruments-  Musical instruments are very delicate and need to be handled with great especially if storing for a long period of time. Humidity can dry out wood instruments such as guitars ans pianos. Climate control will reduce moisture and help eliminate dust which will preserve your musical instruments.
  • Photography & Artwork – When storing photos climate control is a must. If temperatures get too hot and humid and photos are stacked on top of one another, the prints can start to blend together.

Properly storing your items during the warm summer months will help protect your items from the heat. Climate control is offered at select A-1 Self Storage locations. Check with your facility to confirm.

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Moving Into A New Dorm Room?


iStock_000079174307_FullAugust is here again, and the new school year is right around the corner. As college move in day approaches it’s time to start planning and prepping for your move.  Here are some tips to help you successfully move into your college dorm.

Pack Only Essentials – If your belongings don’t fit into back of an average size car then you know you are bringing too much stuff. Dormitories supply all the basic furniture , but you will just need bring the basics; bed linens, towels and toiletries, school supplies and clothes.

Coordinate With Roommate- You’ll be living with your roommate for the school year so its important to involve them in your preparations. You and your roommate might to share certain items like microwave, mini fridge or television so its important to plan ahead.

Use Storage Bins- Packing clothing and supplies in plastic storage bins will ease packing the car and hauling your items up the stairs. If you invest in bed risers storage bins can be kept under the bed with out of season clothing.

Find Out Dimensions-  Talk to the residents services and find out what is provided in the dorm room. Also be sure to find out the dimensions. You will need to figure out how things must fit without overcrowding.

Need Extra Space – Dorms and apartments have limited space, especially when students are moving away from home and want to make sure they have everything they need. If you need additional space, we can help! We have many self storage locations throughout California and can help you find the perfect size storage unit for your needs.

Follow these steps to make sure your move goes smoothly! A-1 Self Storage is wishing you the best of luck this school year.

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