Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to transform your pumpkin into a masterpiece! The biggest challenge year after year is how to keep jack-o-lanterns from rotting and molding before Halloween arrives. Here are some tips to help ensure that your pumpkin lasts as long as possible:
Pick the Right Pumpkin – Choose a pumpkin that is fresh, with a sturdy stem and that has no bruises. Also make sure to find one that has a flat bottom so it does’t roll.
Scoop Out the Pulp – When prepping your pumpkin make sure to scrape out as much as the pulp possible. The cleaner and drier of the inside of the pumpkin, the slower the rotting process will take.
Use Bleach – Give your fresh and carved pumpkin a bleach bath. You will want to use one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. This is a great way to hydrate your pumpkin and also eliminate any bacteria.
Refrigerate Pumpkin Overnight – If you live in warmer climate area it is recommended that you place carved pumpkins in fridge at night instead of keeping them on the porch. This will help to re-hydrate your pumpkin.
Use a Fly Trap – There is no doubt that pumpkins attract fruit flies. Fruit flies will enhance the rotting process of a pumpkin therefore it is essential to keep a fly trap near by.
Let us know if you have any tips tricks you would like to share for this Halloween season.
At the urging of the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, our A-1 Self Storage location at 556 W. Main Street in El Cajon, CA is closed as of 2 pm today. You can read their press release at http://downtownelcajon.com/
A-1 Self Storage is looking for a full-time SALES ASSOCIATE for our East County San Diego area self storage facilities. 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.
Updated 9/29/16 2:45 pm – the line has been secured and full access has been restored to our Bell Gardens, CA location.
There is a downed power line blocking access to our A-1 Self Storage facility in Bell Gardens, CA. We do not recommend trying to enter the property at this time, as access is extremely limited. The power company and fire department are on scene.
We appreciate your patience during this time. We will post an update when the power line has been repaired, and access has been restored.
The City of La Mesa is holding their annual Oktoberfest on September 30th through October 2nd. This event brings vendors and visitors from all over to La Mesa for a weekend devoted to friends, family, food, and great entertainment.
The festivities will take place in downtown La Mesa Village, and traffic around our A-1 Self Storage location in La Mesa on Spring Street may be delayed.
For more information visit http://www.thelamesaoktoberfest.com/.
We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our newest self storage location in the Downtown area of San Jose, CA!
Our 61,108 sq. ft. state-of-the-art self storage facility offers 665 storage units and is located at 401 Santa Ana Avenue. Featuring 24 hour video surveillance, coded keypad entry, and cylinder locks, our brand new facility offers the very best in security. Access is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; some of the longest access hours in the area. Wide loading/unloading areas with easy building access were designed to make moving quick and convenient.
Fall is almost here! As we transition into fall, this calls for the opportunity to organize and tidy up our houses to prepare for the next season. While you can take advantage of a storage unit at any time of the year, with winter (and the holidays) around the corner it makes it especially important to gear up and protect your belongings. In case you are wondering how to store your seasonal items safely we have some tips to help better prepare you.
Store your yard equipment – There is no need to take up extra space in your garage if you aren’t mowing your lawn or gardening. Make sure to drain all the liquids from your lawnmower and other tools as this will help prevent corrosion. Are you planning on storing any outdoor furniture? Remember to clean your furniture items to avoid damage and also use a climate controlled storage unit for extra protection.
Store Season Outdoor Toys – It’s time to secure your boat, bikes and any recreational vehicles. The winter holiday season can be hectic with all of the family and guests arriving. To provide you with more space in your driveway for holiday guests, keeping your summer toys in storage can guarantee extra protection from theft and damage.
Switch out seasonal clothing items – One easy way to free up a jam-packed closet or dresser is to swap out your summer wardrobe for warmer items. Pack away your swimsuits and shorts. Take the opportunity to sort through your clothing items and decide if it’s time to donate them. You may find that some of your clothes are either too small, worn out or out of style. Consider doing this in your entryway coat closet as well.
Don’t forget about the grill- Give your BBQ grill a deep clean before covering and storing it. Be sure to scrape down the grates and, wipe down the inside as well.
Clean Out Gutters – While the weather is still nice it’s recommended to clean out your gutters. Cleaning gutters for winter will mean less work when spring rolls back around.
How do you store your seasonal items? Leave a Comment below. We would love to hear of your tips on how you prepare for the upcoming seasons.
Due to server maintenance, our Pay Online system will be temporarily unavailable. The maintenance is scheduled from 11 PM on 9/14 to 6 AM on 9/15. Customers will not be able to pay online at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.