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Holiday Organization Tips

Holiday StressThe holidays can be a hectic time. Between the parties, family, shopping, and decorating,  there’s a lot going on! Holiday stress can be avoided when you are organized. Here are some simple tips to help keep your sanity during this busy holiday season:

  • Make To-Do Lists. Creating lists will ensure all tasks are completed and nothing is forgotten. They prevent you from having to running out to the grocery store at the last minute, fighting crowds to grab the one item you forgot. Instead of making one to-do list, make multiple lists to help you stay focused and not forget a single thing. The lists can be broken down into tasks such as grocery shopping, things to do around the house, and gifts to buy.
  • Take inventory. If you are an early shopper, it is a great idea to inventory your items and have a list so no gifts go forgotten in the closet or purchased twice. Also take inventory of supplies you might need for the holidays for cooking, baking, wrapping, decorating, hosting, etc. You may find you have left over things from the previous year to reuse and save money.
  • Declutter. This time of year is a great time to look around and declutter cabinets, closets, and rooms. If you have kids, now is the time to go through their clothes and toys to make room for new items coming in. If you are expecting guests for the holidays and your guest room has turned into your junk and storage room, get a head start on preparing for holiday by sorting through your items. If you find you need extra space for items consider using a self storage unit for the overflow.
  • Organize Holiday Decor. As you pull out your holiday decorations, it is a great time to throw out anything that might be broken or donate pieces that have been packed away for a few years. Like how you set up your holiday decor? Snap a picture of your display and save it for next year to remind you how to decorate.

Following these simple tips can reduce your holiday stress & help you enjoy the season! What is the one thing you suggest to make your holidays more organized? Share in a Comment below!

Looking for Part-Time Work? Join our Sales Center Team!

Customer Service Representative sitting at deskWe are currently seeking a part-time Customer Service Representative for our Sales Center in Mission Valley. The position involves handling inbound telephone sales calls, consulting, booking reservations, accepting credit card payments, and providing superior customer service. Other duties include handling online inquiries & reservations via e-mail and “live” chat, assisting our rental/payment kiosk customers remotely, meeting individual & team sales goals, and maintaining accurate records. The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, detail oriented with great organizational & multi-tasking skills.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

iStock_000010487217_SmallAll A-1 Self Storage locations will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

Normal access hours are available at most locations. Please check with your 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! We will reopen on Friday, November 27th.

Our sincerest thanks and best wishes to you & your family for a happy Thanksgiving Day! 


Traffic Impact – Mother Goose Parade

We wanted to alert you to an event that will impact access to our El Cajon self storage facility on West Main Street.

The 69th Annual Mother Goose Parade will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 10 a.m. Considered the largest parade West of the Mississippi, it includes over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries, such as floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons, clowns, eloquent equestrians, special guests, and of course Santa Claus at the end of the parade.

As the parade route runs along Main Street El Cajon, traffic around our A-1 Self Storage location will be impacted. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic at 9 am on Saturday, and re-opened sometime after 2 PM. You will be able to access our facility by foot during this time, so our office will remain open for business normal hours.

For information regarding the exact parade route, please visit the City of El Cajon’s website at :

Mother Goose Parade Route

Do You Need a Storage Unit This Holiday Season?

Christmas GiftsThe holidays are approaching rather quickly, now is the time to start planning.  With Christmas being just around the corner, that means it’s time to start figuring out what gifts to give! It can be overwhelming with all the bags and boxes that start to pile up. You might catch yourself wondering where you should store all the presents for your family and loved ones. The answer is a storage unit! Storage units make an excellent hiding spot for gifts. Storing your gifts can keep the magic of the holiday season in your house! Many kids around the the holidays become anxious to see what gifts they got. In order prevent them from snooping around the house to find their presents putting presents as well as other holiday items in a storage unit is a great idea. Using self storage during the holiday season can help make things less stressful. When looking for a a storage unit this winter here are some general guidelines to follow:

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Toys for Tots 2015

A-1 Self Storage is proud to participate as local toy drop site for the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program!

Toys for Tots collage

The goal for the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children in our local communities. This is a wonderful cause to help children throughout the U.S. to experience the joy of Christmas. All California A-1 Self Storage locations are collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 15th.*

For more information about the Toys for Tots program, visit:

*Dates may vary by location – contact your closest facility to confirm

Store Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Festive desserts for thanksgivingThanksgiving is just about here! For some of us, the best part about Thanksgiving are the leftovers. Depending on how many family members and guests attend your feast, you may find yourself with a huge amount of leftover food. Do not let the leftovers go to waste! Below we are providing you with storage tips on how to store your leftover Thanksgiving  feast.

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Important Notice Regarding Automatic Payments

close-up credit card. blue toneHave you recently activated your new chip-enabled credit or debit card? If you are a current A-1 Self Storage customer set up for automatic payments, you may need to update your credit card authorization with us.

Most new chip-and-PIN credit and debit cards have a new expiration date. This change requires a new authorization form to be completed. Please contact your local A-1 Self Storage facility for more information.

Two Job Openings in Los Angeles & Orange County Areas

A-1 Self Storage Associate assisting male customer with boxesUpdated 11/1/15 – both positions have been filled.

A-1 Self Storage  is looking for a full-time SALES ASSOCIATE for our Fullerton, CA self storage facility & a FLOATER for the Los Angeles and Orange County area. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, outgoing, highly motivated, great at customer service, and have a strong retail sales background. This position involves providing superior customer service in-person and over the telephone. It also includes ensuring the property is clean, well-maintained, and meets company standards. All positions require some janitorial duties and weekend scheduling.

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Need Help Getting Your Garage Organized?

unable to park car due to too many boxesIs your garage a full of clutter? The garage tends to be the place where we toss our dirty shoes and pile mass amounts of yard tools on top of each other. Cleaning your garage can be a very tedious and a time consuming task, especially if you have been using your garage space as place to throw excess stuff you don’t want in your home. To make the process of organizing your garage efficiently it’s advised that you go through and get rid of what you don’t need. Listed below are tips to help you get your garage in order. 

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