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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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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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Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed on 11/27 in observance of the holiday. 
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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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In observance of Independence Day, our office will be closed on Friday, July 4th.  Normal access hours apply.  

Have a safe & happy 4th of July!
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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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One of our customer's recently shared his "A-1 Story" with us! We love when we can turn our customers into fans. Read Keith's story here:
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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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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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How much storage do you need?!  
It is important estimate the amount of storage space you will need for your belongings before purchasing a rental unit. Take inventory of the items headed into storage and write it down. Be sure to measure the dimensions of large bulky items like appliances and furniture. Take note of what is stackable and what is not. Plan for needing extra space so you have room to make a walkway to get to the back of your unit. Give us a call for more #storagetips, or comment with your own! 
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2245 Hotel Cir S San Diego, CA 92108
2245 Hotel Circle SouthUSCaliforniaSan Diego92108
(619) 365-4393a1storage.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 San Diego, 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 climate controlled 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, storing your college dorm room for the summer, or even making space in your garage, A-1 Self Storage is here to help you along the way.

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  • Rent your Storage Unit Online!
  • Climate Controlled Units
  • 24-Hour Surveillance Cameras
  • Open 7 Days a Week
  • Longest Access Hours in the Area
  • Se Habla Español
  • Student Storage
  • Business & Personal Storage
  • Commercial Deliveries Accepted
  • We Sell Boxes, Locks & Moving Supplies
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"Everytime I called to pay the monthly rent , Darlene was very nice and helpful."
"Such a pleasant experience and nice access hours."
"It's also climate controlled."
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Ann Foster
2 months ago
Where do I start? Well first of all let me say that I am currently on deployment and due to a living situation back in San Diego, I had to move all my belongings into storage including a motorcycle. From the get-go Darlene was there to answer all my questions from "which size should I use" to military discounts to organizing a time for my sister to drop my belongings off. Not only that, when I had accidentally ordered a "pizza shaped" unit, they changed it to a regular one with no fuss at all because they wanted my stuff to fit better. My sister, who moved everything, said that Darlene and the rest were absolutely amazing and extremely helpful. You guys took so much stress out of a very stressful situation for me since my deployment made it difficult to organize all the details. Thank you thank you!!
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
We're so glad we were able to help, Ann. We'll be sure to share your comments with Darlene, it will really make her day!
Eddie Banks
6 months ago
I have used A1 Storage many times over the years and each time I left a very satisfied customer. My most recent experience was with the A1 Storage at Hotel Circle. The staff at this facility was always pleasant and helpfu and the facility was always cleanl. Every time I entered the office Darlene always greeted me with a smile and called me by name. She always made me laugh and smile! A1 is very lucky to have Darlene on their staff! Should I ever need a storage unit in the future I will definitely return to A1!!! I would also HIGHLY recommend them to anyone in need of storage!
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
We're so happy to hear we've earned your repeat business, Eddie. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.
ted waayers
6 months ago
This is the best place to get a storage unit in San Diego! I rented a unit here a few yaers ago and had such a great experience that when I needed a storage unit again I came all the way from Rancho Bernardo to store my stuff here. Darlene who works there was very friendly and accommodating. She helped me save money by selling me a used lock when I didn't have one, and when I was paying for a climate controlled unit(which I need to store my guitars that will get damaged in the heat) she told me that there was a unit available that was cheaper in part of the building that wasn't climate controlled, but because it's such a nice building, that part of the building doesn't get hot. .The building itself is new and clean. It doesn't get hot like many storage buildings because it is made from steel and concrete instead of wood. It's also climate controlled. They made It easy to leave when I wanted to and gave me some money back when I left before the last month was over that I already paid for. I cant think of how my experience could have been better. You wont find another place this affordable that is also this nice with great staff.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thank you so much for reviewing us, Ted! One of the highest compliments we can receive is to earn your repeat business. We'll be sure to share your comments with Darlene.
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John Schneider
5 months ago
After many hours on the road I arrived at the A1 in Hotel Circle, only to find out that the unit I had rented online was at a different location. Darlene found me an available unit at her location and arranged for me to receive a refund for the money I'd mistakenly spent on the other unit. Darlene and Jennifer were both so warm and welcoming. The unit and facility were very clean. I absolutely recommend A-1 Storage!
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Welcome to A-1, John. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!
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Ishmael Corral
a month ago
The facilities are the cleanest I've ever seen, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the accessibility for loading and unloading our belongings is great. We will definitely recommend them to people we know:-)
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you, Ishmael! Be sure to check with Darlene or Maira about our referral bonus program.
Mark Seegmiller
3 weeks ago
Best customer service i have experienced in a long time. We have shipments go in and out of our storage unit and They accommodate our every need! They exceed our expectations on every level! Thank You!!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
You're welcome, Mark!
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Michael Corrigan
8 months ago
I was changing storage from the other big storage place. Emma over at the A-1 site on Frazee didn't have the unit size I needed but kindly found one for me over at the Hotel Circle South A-1 location. I was met there by the delightfully cherrful Darlene. It was a pleasant experience signing up with her. Furthermore the facility is spotless and modern. I was very pleased with my experience !!
Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Welcome to A-1, Michael.
rjrobelen
11 months ago
My wife and I first used this A-1 facility back in August of 2012 shortly after it opened. I had used other storage facilities in the past and was never impressed with the people in charge or the cleanliness. My experience with this facility was a most pleasant surprise. Darlene, who is there most of the time, is a joy to work with. She is always upbeat and pleasant and went out of way to accommodate an upgrade in unit size for us. The facility is clean and has a good supply of carts all of which work. We could not be happier with the service which we have used on four different occasions. In our opinion Darlene is the key to the quality of the facility.
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Response from the owner - 11 months ago
Thank you for sharing your experience. Earning your repeat business is the highest compliment we can receive.