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Spring has arrived which means it is time to start organizing your things. 

As the season changes to warmer weather you will need to start the annual rotation of your gardening tools, outdoor gear and other equipment from your storage unit.

Spring is the perfect time to remove the extra stuff from your garage that you may not need in the summer months to come, which provides more space for the things that you do need.

Spring is also the perfect time to remove your patio furniture and the family BBQ from storage so you are prepared for backyard grilling and other fun summer activities.

What items are you excited to pull out of storage to use this summer?
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How to Organize & Optimize Your Storage Space

One of the best ways to make your storage experience convenient and enjoyable is to plan ahead when packing your storage space. 

Here are few helpful tips to consider.

1. Keep a detailed list of all items - You should know exactly which items are going to be stored and keep a list so that you can refer to it whenever you need something. 

2. Consider using protective covering - Depending on the climate you may want to lay down moisture absorbers, a tarp, or other protective fabrics both on the floor and around valuable items.

3. Make sure you you can access items out of reach - Keep a fold-up step ladder in your storage unit so that you can easily and safely reach items that may otherwise be too high. 

4. Know which items you’ll need the most often. - Understanding which items you will use most often allows you to plan ahead and pack those things near the entrance of your storage unit for easy access. 

5. Create an aisle of space to access everything. - Pack things along the walls and leave the middle open or simply leave an aisle of space so that nothing will be out of reach. 

What storage tips do you have for organizing and optimizing your space? Let us know in the comments below!
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Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Please be sure to make note of our schedule for the Christmas holiday.
A-1 Self Storage locations will be closed to celebrate Christmas Day on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2014. We wish you a happy and safe holiday!
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Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed on 11/27 in observance of the holiday. 
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Storing in the #Summer:

Moving out of your apartment or dorm for the summer? Self-storage is the perfect solution for this time of year! Keep your things in one place ready to go for your next move. What’s the trick to finding the best spot for your stuff? Here are some starter ideas:

1) What size of unit do you need? - Most students find that a 5x5 unit is ideal for storing everything that won’t fit in the back of your car, but check with our storage experts for your perfect fit.
2) What amenities are useful? - Check out our access hours so you know when you can swing by to drop off or pick up a few boxes!
3) Preparing your stuff - Remember to defrost, clean, and dry your mini fridge. It’s also a great idea to clean your microwave to prevent mold. Never store any food or drink items, no matter how non-perishable!
4) Packing your stuff - Store books in multiple smaller boxes so they don’t get too heavy. 
5) Keep in touch - Keep a business card with our phone number,  your storage unit number, and gate access code. And always call with questions!

Share with your friends to spread the word about storage during the summer! 
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Please be sure to note our schedule for the New Year's Holiday. 
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Why you should declutter your self-storage unit this holiday season.

Chances are, you’ll be making multiple trips to your storage facility this holiday season.  To save time, it’s important to keep it clean and organized so you can spend more time with your family and less time sorting through boxes and bed frames.  Here are some reasons you may want to reorganize your self-storage unit this holiday season.

Holiday decorations  You’ll find it much easier to retrieve and restore your holiday decorations if you keep your space clean.  It’s likely been a year since you’ve accessed your holiday decor and if your storage unit isn’t clean, it probably means these items have found their way to the bottom of the pile.  Decorating is hard enough, don’t waste your time digging for decor.

Create space for household items  If you plan on being festive this holiday season, you’ll likely need to make room in your home for family and friends.  Declutter your home this holiday season to create space. An organized home helps to reduce stress and clear the mind, just what many of us need before the family arrives for dinner.

Make room for your favorite toys  It may be time to store your RV or boat.  If your storage unit is cluttered, you’ll likely waste a lot of time trying to make room for these larger items.  If you’ve acquired lots of things over the past year, it may be time to upgrade to a larger unit or rent a separate unit altogether.

Can you think of any other reasons to declutter your self storage unit this holiday season?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Tips on choosing a self-storage facility that’s right for you.

There are several things you need to consider when choosing a self-storage facility. 
Choose a facility that is secure. Facilities with security features can help reduce crime. It’s also important to consider the security of the property overall. Is it well-lit? Is it located in a safe neighborhood? Is there a fence around the property?
Make sure the accessibility hours work for you. It’s important to ensure you will be able to access your belongings at a time that works with your schedule. It’s also important to note the access policy to see if it’s possible to have a family member or friend access your unit if needed.
Consider your needs and budget before beginning your search. It’s helpful to understand what your needs are before beginning your search. For example, if you have a lot of large, valuable furniture that you need stored for a short amount of time it may be worth considering paying extra for a larger space. If you need a place you can access often then you’ll want to prioritize on the location and proximity from your home or work.

Let us know if you have any other tips when searching for a self-storage facility in the comments below!
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Are you planning on making a move anytime soon?

Get enough supplies - plan on needing extra boxes, tape and bubble wrap. Running out of supplies will only slow your move down. If your move requires dollies and hand trucks make sure they are available. 

Label everything - Make sure to label every box with its contents. This will speed up your unpacking process. 

Plan your move on a weekday when banks, utilities and other offices are open.

Reach out for help - No one enjoys the chore of moving, recruit family and friends to help with the move and make it fun. 

Let us know how the move goes and if you have any tips to share!
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In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1st. Normal access hours apply.
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8328 Center Dr La Mesa, CA 91942
8328 Center DriveUSCaliforniaLa Mesa91942
(619) 567-3103a1storage.com
Self-Storage Facility, Moving Supply Store
Self-Storage Facility
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Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
At A-1 Self Storage in La Mesa, CA we are dedicated to providing you with the best in self storage. We offer month to month rentals in a clean, secure environment. Our state-of-the-art facility features 24-hour surveillance cameras, convenient online bill payment, and individually alarmed units. Our professional management staff will be glad to assist you -- we are here to help! Whether you are moving into a new home, expanding your business, going away to college, or even making space in your garage, A-1 Self Storage is here to help you along the way.

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"I would definitely rent from this location again when I move back into the area."
"We rented a 5x10 storage space and the service was terrific."
"The staff here is very knowledgeable."
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Randall Smith
a month ago
Could not be happier with the service I received, very friendly and professional! Storage spaces are clean and accessible. I would definitely recommend A-1 Self Storage.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you so much, Randall.
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Sindi Somers
11 months ago
After my Grandma passed away in 2012, I was in need of a place to store the belongings of hers that I wanted keep. This needed to happen quickly, as her house was going to be sold soon. It was an emotional time for me. I was happy to find A-1 Storage on Center Drive in La Mesa. The facility was safe, secure and well maintained. It was close to where my Grandma had lived, so it was a convenient location for me. I also liked that I could access my storage unit seven days a week. However, regardless of its wonderful attributes, I always make my business decisions based on how I am treated. It was because of the friendly people that greeted me, on the phone and in person, that I chose A-1. My main interactions have been with Tara and Kiara and I can not say enough kind things about those two! They are so welcoming and whenever I call or stop in, they always have time for me. I never feel rushed. I know how busy they must be, but no matter what, they give me 100% of their attention. I highly recommend A-1 Self Storage on Center Drive and most importantly, Tara and Kiara! Thank you, Tara and Kiara for all of your help, smiles and for providing such high quality customer service!
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Response from the owner - 11 months ago
We're so happy to hear about your experience, Sindi. We can't wait to share your kind comments with Tara and Kiara!
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Rachel Benson
8 months ago
It is always a pleasure working with Tara. A repeat customer, Tara treated my boyfriend and I with respect and the office provided a welcoming customer service experience. The units themselves have always been great for what we need them for. The La Mesa location offers gated entry and exit, with each unit being individually alarmed. We have never had any issues with bugs or other critters getting into our units; and the unit is very clean and spacious. The carts provided also help!!
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Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Welcome back, Rachel! The highest compliment we can receive is to earn your repeat business. Thank you.
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Leonard Butters
a year ago
The staff are very nice, and courteous, but the facilities, are behind the times. I am disappointed that there is no lighting inside the units, unless you bring your own (battery operated) portable light. Additionally when we first got our storage unit they provided us with carts in every building. It seems now, that even that luxury has been removed. I can say that it is clean. I have seen postings about rodents, I have not experienced that my self, but then again, lighting is very limited even with my portable lamp that I bring in. I feel that the amount that we pay for a 10 x 12 for $225/ month is premium rent for a lack of some amenities that should be available. I would not recommend this place due to the lack of lighting, and carts to anyone especially for the price that they would pay.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you for your feedback, Leonard. If you ever have difficulty locating a cart on the grounds, please stop by the office. Our staff is always happy to help track a cart down for your use.
Kate Bennett
10 months ago
Experience? Absolutely wonderful. I came in from out of town thinking I was moving an aunt to a new apartment. Instead I needed to find a storage unit and was able to do so in minutes, at 9 on a Sunday morning. Kiara was fantastic and helped me secure the proper sized storage unit and purchase exactly the right number of boxes, rolls of tape, wrapping paper, etc. I visited the storage unit several times over the next few days and every time it was as if I were their best friend. Friendly, knowledgable, good listeners (lots of sad stories), and access/transport of goods/security were great. Only thing to note is the value of having a strong flashlight for the dark corners of the unit. But other than that, the 'Directors of First Impressions' job title perfectly fit.
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Response from the owner - 10 months ago
Welcome to A-1, Kate! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
Kate Durbin
a year ago
Wow! Not only does A-1 offer state of the art, clean, and fairly priced facilities, but it also offers extremely helpful and kind staffers in Kiara and Tara! You won't find anyone as helpful and cheerful as them at any other storage facility. They made me glad that I had to store my lifetime's collection of Disney paraphenalia and comic books in a safe and secure location. Thanks, Kiara and Tara! I know my treasures are safe with you.
Response from the owner - a year ago
Great to hear, Kate! I know your comments with brighten Tara and Kiara's day!
Victoria Perez
9 months ago
I have been storing with the Center Dr. A-1 location for 2 years and I just wanted to say that they are the BEST in customer service. The two girls that are there on a regular basis are always so friendly and helpful it makes you feel good about the state of customer service. They are always fast with processing payments especially when I am in a hurry sometimes. I would definitely rent from this location again when I move back into the area. Thanks again A-1 for the great A+ service!!
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Response from the owner - 9 months ago
Awesome to hear, Victoria! One of the highest compliments we can receive is to earn your repeat business. We hope to see you again.
Lynda Becksmith
a year ago
My experience with Kiara and Tara at the A-1 location on Center Street in La Mesa was GREAT! My first contact was via phone and Kiara was more than helpful. She directed me to Stella at the Corporate office since I was inquiring as to whether A-1 gave any discounts to non-profit charitable organizations, and they do. We rented a 5x10 storage space and the service was terrific. I would wholeheartedly recommend A-1 Storage to ANYONE! Lynda Beck-Smith
Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you for sharing, Lynda! We're glad we could help.