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Store Your Boat During Colder Months

With the weather changing, trips on the water become fewer and farther between, and it’s time to store your boat for winter. During the boating season, it’s convenient to have your boat at home for those impromptu outings, but in the winter, consider storage units in Hillsboro, Oregon. Using Northwest Self Storage protects your boat from the elements, and it frees up room in your garage or driveway.

Preparing Your Boat for Winter Storage

Before your store your boat for winter, it’s important to prepare it properly. Winterizing your boat isn’t difficult, and it’s well worth the time. First, clean your boat and trailer thoroughly to remove all the dirt leftover from the season, so your boat will be shiny and clean when spring comes. Next, remove the boat’s drain plug and raise the bow above the stern. This will ensure any water drains out so you won’t have to worry about it freezing and cracking the hull.

Check the boat for any missing or damaged items. This lets you use those winter months to schedule repair work or buy replacement parts at your convenience, rather than rushing out in spring when you’d rather be on the water.

Remove the battery and clean the terminals with baking soda and water, then apply grease or petroleum jelly after drying. Fully charge the battery now and periodically throughout the winter. Check the spark plugs to see if they’ll need to be replaced in spring, but keep the old ones installed for winter storage. Finally, fill your motor completely with gas to prevent moisture buildup and add a fuel stabilizer to ensure it stays fresh until spring.

Why Northwest Storage Units in Hillsboro, Oregon?

Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro, Oregon is specifically suited for boat and RV storage. Boat and RV storage comes in a variety of sizes and options; outdoor parking spaces range from 50 square feet (10×5) to 660 square feet (12×55). Our fully enclosed indoor RV and boat storage spaces range from 250 square feet (10×25) to 450 square feet (10×45); a large commercial inside space is also available. The facility is accessible 7 days a week and features 24-hour security monitoring. Northwest Self Storage units in Hillsboro, Oregon are a convenient, affordable option to keep your boat safe and secure all winter. Contact Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro, Oregon today to find out about unit availability and rates for storing your boat this winter.

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Give the Gift of Extra Space this Christmas

If you live in the Portland area and are looking for a helpful but unique gift to give someone for Christmas, what about a self storage unit? As the holiday season nears, de-cluttering and organizing makes room for not only decorations, but new household goods that may come with the celebrations.

There are several types and sizes of self storage facilities in Beaverton, tailored to the kinds of items that need to be stored. Compact units are convenient for office files, sports equipment or boxes of miscellaneous items that you may not need frequently. Gradations in size range from as small as 5 by 5 feet to units as large as 10 by 20 feet that hold the contents of six rooms. If children are planning an extended visit, why not clear out a room for their stay? Short-term self storage lets you temporarily store extra furniture, out-of-season clothing or other household goods that take up precious space.

To protect valuables in the humid climate of the northwest, consider climate controlled Northwest Self Storage in Beaverton, Oregon. Climate controlled units regulate humidity and temperature to protect electronic equipment, appliances, books, clothing or other goods that require a stable environment.

Business self storage facilities in Beaverton let busy executives and sales representatives keep business documents, unused office furniture or product supplies in a convenient and easily accessible location. Metal shelving and palettes can be used to organize files and keep boxes off the floor. Climate controlled units ensure that stored items don’t deteriorate from fluctuations in weather.

Vehicle self storage in Beaverton, Oregon, offers a safe and convenient way to store boats, motorhomes, motorcycles or off-road vehicles used seasonally or occasionally. Think how nice it would be to have a clean, uncluttered driveway and know that your extra vehicle is safe in a monitored storage facility.

No matter what you choose to use your new storage unit for, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are safely out of the way. Northwest Self Storage in Beaverton, Oregon has a top of the line security system that keeps your valuables protected. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find out how you can give the gift of extra space!

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Extended Trip Self Storage Tips

Are you leaving home for an extended period of time and don’t want to leave valuables in an unguarded home? Perhaps you’re leaving the country for an extended vacation, or receiving a temporary work assignment in another state. Usually, your best option for long-term storage is to rent a self storage unit.

Northwest Self Storage in Salem, Oregon provides a safe place to keep your belongings when you aren’t around to watch them yourself. In addition, if you don’t want to pay costly rent on an unlived in apartment, you can cut costs effectively by transferring your belongings to an affordable storage unit. Below are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on using storage companies in Salem, Oregon.

• Decide what you want to put in storage. This might be a good opportunity to unburden yourself from excess belongings by selling or donating them. This leaves more space for what’s really important.

• Before renting a space, decide whether or not you need a climate controlled unit. Electronic equipment, glass, clothes, books, CDs, artwork, wood and clothing are among the items that are especially sensitive to climate conditions.

• Organize! Don’t wait until you’re about to unload your stuff from your truck to plan how you’re going to put it all into the unit. Know what you’re going to do ahead of time.

• Keep your boxes light, and try to use boxes of the same size—it makes stacking them a lot easier.

• Label everything. Since you’re going to be away for a long time, this will help you remember where you put everything when you get back. Be as specific as you can (e.g., “silverware” and “dishes,” rather than “kitchen stuff”). You’ll thank yourself later.

If you’re looking for self storage companies in Salem, Oregon to protect your things while you’re away from home, you’re already on the right path. Renting a storage unit from Northwest Self Storage in Salem is affordable and easy, and if you follow the tips above, you’ll be much more likely to find your belongings safe and in good condition when you come back home. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find an affordable storage unit near you!

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Creating Space for Family this Thanksgiving

The holidays are a welcomed time of the year when families can reunite and spend time together while enjoying good food and conversation. However, your anticipation for Thanksgiving this year may be tempered by the lack of space in your home. When you need to make room for your loved ones quickly, you may not have time to stash everything in your closets, attic, and basement. Gain the space you need and know that your belongings are stored safely when you store extra belongings in Northwest Self Storage in Eugene, Oregon during Thanksgiving this year.

When you use Northwest Self Storage, you can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your items will be kept safe, dry, and protected while you enjoy the holidays. Your belongings are easily accessible during and after the holidays because Northwest storage companies in Eugene, Oregon allow you access 7 days a week. You can use Northwest Self Storage in Eugene, Oregon throughout the long Thanksgiving weekend and into the next month’s holiday season and rest easy knowing your belongings are protected from the cold winter weather. When you are ready to bring your items back home after your loved ones leave, they will be dry and in the same condition as when you took them to the storage facility.

Renting a storage unit shouldn’t break your holiday budget. Using a Northwest self storage unit can be very affordable, even when you are pressed for time to get your house ready for the rush of company that will soon visit you. The gift of space in your own home can be a treasure that you will be thankful for this holiday season.

If you have visitors coming to call this Thanksgiving, contact Northwest Self Storage to reserve your unit today! Find the perfect storage unit to fit your needs at Northwest Self Storage.

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City Spotlight: Portland, Oregon

As the largest city in Oregon, Portland has an eclectic variety of attractions and entertainment. Home to approximately 600,000 residents, Portland has many amenities and an impressive music and arts scene. While some might think that this large city would have a fast-paced environment, Portland actually has a more laid-back vibe. As Portland continues to grow, congestion and high cost of living could mean sacrificing comfort for cost. If you’re planning on moving to Portland or already call this beautiful city home, consider looking into storage facilities in Portland, Oregon. From bike storage to book storage, Northwest Self Storage facilities in Portland, Oregon serve a variety of needs. Whether you’re visiting or moving in, check out some of the great attractions that Portland has to offer.

Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books is the flagship shop of the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world. When you visit this store – covering an entire city block – you’ll literally need a map to find your way around. Containing more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 sections, Powell’s size and popularity is a great indicator of how much Portlanders love books. If you have an overwhelming book collection, consider turning a storage unit into your own personal library. Northwest Self Storage has a variety of storage facilities in Portland, Oregon, many of which also have climate controlled storage for keeping your sensitive items in pristine condition.

Portland Saturday Market

The nation’s largest open-air arts and crafts weekly market is located in Portland, Oregon. Live music, international snacks and unique creations make this event an interesting experience for locals and tourists alike. The Portland Saturday Market is located in Waterfront Park. Are you a crafter yourself? Storage facilities in Portland, Oregon are the ideal place to keep your crafting gear localized in one spot. Store your crafts securely and out of the way with self storage.

Forest Park

Oregon has a reputation for being covered in greenery, and Portland is a home for tree huggers. One of the best places to enjoy these trees is in a place aptly known as Forest Park. Just 10 minutes away from downtown, Forest Park is filled with more than 70 miles of trails perfect for running, biking or walking the dog. If you call this beautiful city home, but feel cramped in your apartment, storing your bike might be the perfect solution for increasing living space. Forest Park is the largest wooded urban park in the United States, and is definitely a sight worth seeing for visitors and new residents.

These are just a few of the attractions Portland has to offer its residents and tourists. Environmentally friendly, this livable metropolis maintains a friendly, small-town atmosphere. As it continues to grow and increase in popularity among tourists, space may be limited. Make your move and visit Portland! If we’ve convinced you to make a permanent move, contact Northwest Self Storage for all of your storage needs. We have 9 storage facilities in Portland, Oregon.

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Get Your Wardrobe Fall Ready

The crisp, cooler days of fall offer a welcome break from the heat of summer. However, the changes in the weather also signal the time to break out your fall wardrobe and pack away your summer clothes. Taking the time to make sure your summer clothes are packed up properly before taking them to one of the Northwest Self Storage facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon means that they will be in great shape when you retrieve them next year.

The best way to store clothes is in airtight plastic containers. The see-through style let you easily identify the contents. Cardboard boxes are not sufficient to keep pests and dust out, and they actually attract certain insects. While you are shopping for containers, it would be a good idea to pick up some cedar sachets and a few sheets of acid-free tissue paper.

Take everything out of your closet and evaluate each piece. You probably have at least a few items that you never wear. Perhaps you dislike the way a top fits, or you decided that salmon is not your most flattering color. Instead of storing these items, get rid of them. Donate them or trash them, depending on their condition. Once you know which items you definitely want to keep, wash them or have them cleaned. Do not starch them and never store items that are not completely dry. Do not store dry-cleaned clothes in the plastic bags placed over them by the cleaners.

Make sure containers are clean, and then place a sheet of tissue paper on the bottom. Roll clothing rather than fold it and place in the container. Do not overfill the container; you want to make sure that the lid will fit securely. Place another sheet of tissue over the top of the clothes and add a cedar sachet. Taping the lid in place with packing tape or duct tape adds another layer of protection. You are now ready to take the containers to one of the storage facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon, where they will remain safe – but accessible – until next year.

As you unpack your fall wardrobe, apply the same test that you used to determine which summer items to store. Dispose of ill-fitting or disliked items. Pieces that can be paired with a variety of options and classic basics are good wardrobe builders that let you streamline your wardrobe without sacrificing style. Basic shades, such as black, brown, navy and gray, coordinate well with virtually any color. Items that lend themselves to layering, such as a well-fitting tee shirt in a solid color, or that offer numerous options for accessorizing, such as a simple black dress, can help you create even more looks.

To find a storage facility near you, contact Northwest Self Storage today. Several of our storage facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon also offer climate controlled units for extra protection from temperature changes. Call today to find out more about our unit rates and availability.

 

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Three Tips for Streamlining Document Storage in the Business World

Managing your corporate documents effectively can provide you with easy access to necessary information, and ensure that your office remains uncluttered and easy to navigate. Depending on your industry, you may be required to maintain several years of business records to comply with federal and state regulations. Organizing your business documents can allow you to respond to regulatory demands and ensure frequently used items are easily accessible. Here are three tips for streamlining your business document storage process:

Maintaining Security

Choosing a storage solution that provides optimal safety for confidential documents can help you manage compliance issues and increase space in your working environment. Secure Northwest Self Storage units in Bend, Oregon are ideal for maintaining the safety of confidential documents. Employment and tax records, medical information and sensitive financial data must be protected against unauthorized access.

Ensuring Clarity

Storing your documents in boxes clearly labeled with their contents can help you retrieve necessary items quickly and efficiently. Typically, boxes should be organized according to record type and year. This can allow you to weed through documents more efficiently while maintaining required documentation. Storing newer documents toward the front of your storage unit can also save time in retrieving these items when necessary.

Optimizing Space

Metal shelving units and pallets can help you to make the most of the vertical space inside your storage unit and can allow greater organization of key materials. By moving paper boxes and documents off the ground, you can improve air circulation around these items.

Available in a wide range of sizes and configurations, Northwest Self Storage units in Bend, Oregon are ideal for managing paperwork overload and can provide added space for organizing all of your necessary documentation. By choosing a facility close to your place of business, you can enjoy optimal efficiency when storing and retrieving your company’s confidential records.

Contact Northwest Self Storage to find a storage facility near you and learn more about unit rates and availability.

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Storage Tips for Dorm Room Living

One of the first things you’re likely to say upon stepping into your first dorm room is, “How is all my stuff supposed to fit in here?” The problem is exacerbated by having to share that limited space with a roommate. By keeping a few creative storage and space-saving tips in mind, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised by how uncrowded and uncluttered dorm living can actually be.

1. Store Large, Bulky Items Elsewhere. There’s no sense in allowing large, bulky items to monopolize the precious little space you have. Store such items in a storage unit instead. If you’ll be attending Centralia College, you can easily find affordable Northwest Self Storage in Centralia, Washington. In fact, make a point of checking out storage units in Centralia, Washington before moving in. By storing these items, you’ll free up a ton of space and can retrieve your belongings when you’re ready to move into roomier digs.

2. Invest in Closet Organizers. Closets never seem big enough. Maximum this space with closet organizers. Hanging shelves, double-hang clothing rods, locker shelves and drawers can effectively double or triple the storage space you have at your disposal.

3. Use the Space Above and Below Your Bed. If your bed is really low to the ground, use bed lifts to create more room. Next, take measurements, invest in storage tubs and bins, and store various things under the bed. Install a shelf or two above your bed to take advantage of the vertical space too, and consider adding a few hooks to the shelves for even more storage options.

If possible, also consider investing in corner shelves, extra hooks and storage furniture – like ottomans that open up into storage bins – to keep various odds and ends. Meanwhile, take larger pieces of furniture and other big, bulky items and keep them in storage units in Centralia, Washington. Finding self storage in Centralia, Washington is easy enough, and it’s nice to know that your things are nearby and ready for you whenever you need them!

Contact Northwest Self Storage to find an affordable storage facility near you and start maximizing your space!

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RV Storage in Corvallis, OR

With the end of summer, you may be ready to put your RV in storage for a few months. Northwest Self Storage offers self storage in Corvallis, Oregon for all RVs that need a winter home. By using a storage facility, you can keep your RV safe from the elements and free up space in your own driveway or yard. Our parking units provide plenty of space for your RV at a reasonable price and allow you access to your vehicle 7 days a week.

Below are some helpful tips for preparing your RV for storage.

•           If you have any recurring monthly charges related to your RV, such as satellite TV, don’t forget to suspend that account for the duration of the storage.

•           Remove the batteries. If you leave them in and unused for a long period of time, they may get damaged. A battery should be kept indoors somewhere, like a garage, and connected to a maintenance charger.

•           Top off the gas tank before you put the RV away. Why fill up on gas when you’re not going anywhere for a while? Limiting the amount of air in the tank reduces moisture, which can cause damage. Also, make use of fuel additives that keep the gas from losing its potency over time.

•           Fully inflate and cover the tires. You might want to remove them; if not, you should check every now and then to make sure they haven’t gone flat.

•           Use a lubricant on all hinges and locks.

•           Carefully inspect the RV for any openings that might allow pests inside. Seal them before putting them into storage.

If you’re looking for RV self storage in Corvallis, Oregon, please contact us today at (541) 752-4303 or visit our website and let us know how we can help you.

 

 

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Golf Storage Year-round in Vancouver, Washington

During August, golfers can honor National Golf Month by learning how to properly care for and store golf gear. Celebrate this month by checking out one of the top courses in Vancouver, Washington. Most Vancouver golf courses are open to the public year-round, so golfers of all ages have ample opportunity to enjoy a game. The mild climate and picturesque views draw golfers from across the country – lugging their gear along too. Storage facilities in Vancouver, Washington are a safe and secure place to store clubs, and a convenient option for frequent golfers who don’t want to lug their gear from home to course.

Northwest Self Storage facilities in Vancouver, Washington offer the proper place to store clubs when they are not in use, but golfers need to provide daily care on the course as well. Nicks in the responsive metal on fairway clubs and irons can alter the flight of a ball and ruin an otherwise perfect shot. Using a dry towel after each shot to remove dirt and moisture takes only a few moments, and it prepares the club for the next hole. Clubs that have their own head cover avoid dings from jostling against other clubs in the bag, and they make no noise.

Storing clubs in a climate controlled facility protects them from damage that can occur in a home garage or the trunk of a car. Grips contain compounds that can cause them to crack or break when exposed to high heat, requiring replacement and a period of adjusting to using new grips.

Storage facilities in Vancouver, Washington offer secure and convenient locations that let golfers access equipment at any hour of the day or night. In a storage facility, clubs receive protection from heat and dings, while also being secure from theft. Northwest Self Storage facilities in Vancouver, Washington offer 24-hour security surveillance and electronic gate access.

If you’re looking for a great golf location, Vancouver, Washington is the place! Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find a storage facility near you for golf gear.