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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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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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In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1st. Normal access hours apply. For your convenience, our 24 rental/payment kiosk is available, even on holidays! 
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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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It's not too late to get summer #storageunits  near #UCSD!  Reserve your space today!
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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. 

For your convenience our 24 rental/payment kiosk is available, even on holidays!  
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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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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In observance of Independence Day, our office will be closed on Friday, July 4th.  Normal access hours apply.  For your convenience our 24 rental/payment kiosk is available, even on holidays!  

Have a safe & happy 4th of July!
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9701 Camino Ruiz San Diego, CA 92126
9701 Camino RuizUSCaliforniaSan Diego92126
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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 our 24 hour rental/payment kiosk, convenient online bill payment, and 24 hour surveillance cameras. Our professional management staff will be glad to assist you -- we are here to help!

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"Have great access hours and are open on Sundays."
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twinkylovable
2 months ago
Kim was very friendly and sweet, Great costumer service. She got me in and out fast. Very clean place. They do have military discount, which is awesome! my sister told me about this place, she had her things here for over a year.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Great to hear! We really love referrals.
Betsy Lee
3 months ago
So far so good. The interior and exterior of the storage buildings were clean. Kim was very helpful and showed me two units and she was able to make changes to the reservation I made online (I realized that the one I reserved wasn't big enough for all our belongings). I like the fact that each customer has their own specialized code which connects to their specific storage unit. We are moving in this weekend and I look forward to the convenience and ease of putting my stuff in storage with the over-sized dollies and hospital-like elevators.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
We can't wait to see you this weekend, Betsy. Thank you for taking the time to share!
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Myles Childs
a month ago
I was able to get the perfect storage unit in less than 15 mins. The Kiosk was perfect help, especially with the live help on the line. Thank you Kim
Response from the owner - a month ago
Welcome to A-1, Myles!
Shalon Evans
a month ago
Kim was extremely helpful and friendly. She went above and beyond to make sure I received the best deal and she made sure that I was comfortable with the storage location I received.Thank you so much Kim for your help!
Response from the owner - a month ago
You're welcome, Shalon!
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Christine Michel Lentz
a week ago
Kim and Karen were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a refreshing, fast, and very easy move-in process! The grounds and the particular unit I chose to rent were clean and well-maintained. There are carts available for loading and unloading items from the storage, which is convenient, and I feel like my belongings are secure!
Response from the owner - a week ago
Welcome to A-1, Christine!
Bob Turner
a month ago
My whole experience in opening my account was very quick and easy including looking at the unit. Kim was great and the whole place is very nice, clean and professional. Keep up the good work! Thanks Bob
Response from the owner - a month ago
Welcome to A-1, Bob!
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Sriram Gopalaratnam
5 months ago
When I wanted to rent a storage at San Diego for my daughter (who is going to UC San Diego) back in 2012 I looked at various companies who provided storage services. I also read reviews about A1 self storage and made the decision quickly based on the rates, services offered, reviews etc. We have used it both in 2012-2013 and very recently for 2013-2014 over the summer time frames in both occasions. I am extremely satisfied with the team at A-1 self storage and their customer service. They are so polite, very helpful and very responsive to emails. The facility is absolutely clean and easy to access. I like the way they set up the codes for entry to the premise, elevator and the unit. The payment method is also flawless and I used the online facility to do it every month. Whenever I had a question I send an email and within minutes I get a clear response for their team. Overall I recommend anyone who is looking for renting storage units, to consider A-1 self storage and especially if you want it in San Diego, the one on 9701 Camino Ruiz, San Diego is the place to go
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Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Great to hear Sriram! One of the highest compliments we can receive is to earn your repeat business. Glad we could help out!
Anand Arunachalam
2 months ago
excellent service with elevator and pretty clean. Definitely the best in the area.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you, Anand!