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Celebrate Your Independence with Self Storage

Is it time to move out of your parents’ house to a new apartment or house? If so, you have several important tasks ahead of you before you can enjoy your coveted independence. Most young people find it is difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to find the right place to live and schedule a moving van or arrange to borrow a truck at the same time. Trying to do this adds stress to the process, but there is no need to go through that. Furthermore, your new place may not have room for all of your belongings, and surely your parents don’t want to keep your stuff forever! A simple solution is to arrange for self storage in Clackamas, Oregon ahead of time. There are several advantages with this option.

Self storage is affordable. 
Storage units vary in price depending on size, but you can often find a small one for less than your monthly cell phone bill. At some times during the year, you may also find promotional discounts.

Self storage takes the hassle out of coordinating a move. Most people focus on how to get items from point A to point B, but you can easily move your belongings to a self storage unit beforehand. Leave them there when you have to leave your dorm or parents’ house, and move them after finding the right place to live.

Self storage helps you keep important items. If you are making a move to a small apartment or house, you will want as much space as possible. To avoid purging wanted items or cluttering the home, you can store items you use less in your storage unit.

You may also be leaving Clackamas for college and want to keep your belongings out of your parents’ home. If you are getting ready to move, learn more about self storage in Clackamas, Oregon today.

Northwest Self Storage proudly serves the Pacific Northwest. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find out more about storage unit rates and availability.

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All You Need to Know about Craft Beer

July is Craft Beer Month in Portland. For 31 days in July, the town that some locals call Beervana will be host to hundreds of scheduled beer-themed events. From tastings to tappings, Portland in July will be all about the brew. Certainly a lot of folks who attend the grand finale Oregon Brewers Festival will become enthusiastic about making their own beer. If one of those newly-inspired brewers is you, there are a few things you’ll need to know.

Q: Is it legal to brew beer at home in Oregon?

A: Yes, it is. While Oregon has strict alcohol laws, the making of home brew is legal for adult Oregonians. There are stipulations, of course, most having to do with money. You may not sell your homemade beer. Nor may you sell homemade wine or fermented fruit juice. If you come up with an award-winning homebrew similar to the ones being shown at the Oregon Brewers Festival, you are legally entitled to keep any prize money.

Q: Is home beer making an expensive hobby?

A: Not really. DIY home brew kits can be acquired for less than $100. Start with one of these kits, and if you find yourself enjoying your new hobby, you can consider purchasing more high-end brewing gear.

Q: Where will I store my homemade craft beer?

A: Climate-controlled self storage in Portland, Oregon might be just the place to keep your tasty home brew. A secure self-storage facility with proper heating and air conditioning can provide a safe location where your new beer won’t be jostled, shaken or otherwise disturbed.

Self storage in Portland, Oregon is more affordable than building a beer cellar in your basement. A storage unit that never gets too hot or too cold is ideal. When you’re ready to know more about keeping your suds in self-storage, give Northwest Self Storage a call.

Northwest Self Storage specializes in the self storage industry in the Pacific Northwest. With storage facilities throughout Oregon, Northwest Self Storage is sure to have a storage facility near you. Contact Northwest Self Storage and start getting space ready for your new hobby!

 

 

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How to Organize your Storage Unit

The secret to stress-free Northwest Self Storage solutions is keeping everything organized. Just because you don’t live in your storage unit doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be neat. There are several ways to maximize the space in storage units that will make the trip to “get something out of storage” a breeze. Here are three self storage tips to streamline your storage unit:

1. Sort Items into Categories
Once you’ve decided what you need to put in storage, divide those items into categories like “seasonal” or “outdoor”. You can also categorize by room, such as “kitchen” or “bedroom.” Decide on a method that works best for you. Important things to consider when categorizing items are when you’ll need to retrieve things, how often you’ll need an item, and how long certain things will stay in storage. This will come in handy when organizing your unit because the things you rarely need access to can be in the back of the unit or on the bottom of the stacked storage boxes.

2. Label Everything
Whether you choose clear plastic boxes or solid cardboard, you should always label boxes by category. Take it one step further by cataloging each item using a spreadsheet, then implement a system of labeling that will allow you to know where every last item can be found. Although it sounds like a lot of work, it can be a lifesaver when your Great Aunt Martha comes to visit and you need to display that interesting painting she gifted you at your wedding 20 years ago.

3. Consider Shelving
Many people are hesitant to “invest” in furnishing their storage units, but when it comes to ease of use an organized space is the best space. A trip to your Northwest Self storage unit can be met with rainy, cold, overcast weather conditions that make standing outside with an open storage unit a hassle. A labeled, organized, shelved system will help optimize your time and get you back to the things you really want to do (like use that toy you just took out of storage).

Storage units are a great way to keep your home clutter-free while keeping your precious items or seasonal gear safe. Make the most of your Northwest Self Storage unit by getting organized! Find a storage unit near your with Northwest Self Storage!

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June is for Fishing

Did you know that June 18th is the official “Go Fishing Day”? Actually, the whole month of June is an ideal time to get out your fishing gear and enjoy this fun sport. Many people like to keep all their fishing tackle tucked away in storage units in Bend, Oregon, storage units in Portland, Oregon or storage units in Eugene, Oregon. Well, now’s the time to pull out all the necessary gear from storage to go fishing!

So where are the prime fishing areas in Oregon? If you’re close to Bend, then you can enjoy some excellent fly fishing spots on the Upper or Lower Deschutes Rivers, the Crooked River or the Fall River. There are rainbow, brown, brook or bull trout along these scenic rivers. For visitors and residents near Eugene, you have access to great fishing areas in eight rivers, 249 lakes and the Pacific Ocean. Here you’ll find bass, Sturgeon, Pacific Halibut, Chinook salmon, Rainbow trout and Steelhead. Of course, if you’re close to Portland, then the famous Columbia and Willamette Rivers are perfect for catching sizable Chinook salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon.

Now that you know where to go, what will you need to bring? While every fisherman has his own basic equipment, you should double check that you have these essentials packed and ready before you head out fishing. Obviously, you’ll need rods and reels, but also pack your tackle box with lures, extra line, hooks, wire cutters, and bait. Other things that you may want to have on hand are buckets, coolers and a first aid kit.

So break out the equipment from your Oregon storage units! Northwest Self Storage has storage units in Eugene, Oregon, storage units in Portland, Oregon and storage units in Bend, Oregon. Whether you plan on fishing with friends or family, Oregon is a great state to get outdoors and catch some delicious fish! Use Northwest Self Storage today to find a storage unit near you!

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What Items Need Climate Controlled Storage?

When you place your treasured belongings in self storage, you want to ensure that they will be top condition when you retrieve them. When choosing self storage in Beaverton, Oregon, you must select the right type of storage unit that can keep your items protected from the elements. Climate controlled self storage is essential for certain household goods.

Why Climate Controlled?

Oregon experiences a full range of seasonal weather patterns throughout the year. The changing local temperatures and air moisture content can contribute to the advanced degradation of items such as furniture and documents. If your self storage in Beaverton leaves these goods exposed to the elements, they could develop water spots, lose their original shapes or even play host to potentially severe health hazards, like mold colonies.

Climate controlled self storage in Beaverton, Oregon with Northwest Self Storage can mitigate these problems by maintaining constant temperatures and air quality conditions. By controlling the environment around clothing, furniture, documents and consumer electronics, it’s possible to reduce their susceptibility to deterioration. These facilities also make it less likely that destructive insects will infest your items.

Storing Vulnerable Possessions Properly

The way you store your items can help them retain their pristine condition. For instance, documents and clothing are often stored inside sealed plastic in addition to hard-walled cartons and boxes. Although your choice of self storage in Beaverton may reduce the need for this form of protection, it’s wise to take every precaution.

Climate control is also more effective when you’re careful about the things you store. For instance, placing silica gel desiccant packs inside your storage unit and draining machine fluids may reduce the moisture generated by the items themselves and prevent the development of odors. Before storing wood, plastic or metal items, you should acclimatize them to the storage unit temperatures to prevent warping. With the proper precautions, climate controlled self storage in Oregon is one of the best ways to keep your goods in mint condition.

Contact Northwest Self Storage to find a storage facility near you in Beaverton, Oregon.

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Eugene, Oregon is a Cyclist’s Dream

If you consider yourself a hardcore biking enthusiast, then Eugene, Oregon is your Heaven on Earth. The Cascades & Coast region offers some of the most breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, lakes, mountains, and forests. In addition to pedaling through natural and insanely beautiful geographies, you’ll get the opportunity to swing through charming towns that are full of life by taking one of many ravishing road routes.

Bike Trails to Try for an Unforgettable Experience

There are thousands of miles of trails in Eugene that are dedicated to cycling. Unfortunately, you won’t have the time to try them all during a single visit. Here are some of the most exciting trails to take if it’s your first time there.

> Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

This 132-mile bikeway is one of the most popular in the area. You’ll experience stunning views of agricultural scenery and historic towns while riding riverside and maneuvering various back roads and dedicated trails. At the end of the trek is the Armitage County Park, which offers cozy housing and other nice accommodations.

> McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway

If you adore wildlife, this trail was made for you. The 6.9-mile path gives you some of the most advantageous views of birds and other magnificent creatures in Oregon. You’ll begin your journey at Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead and head deep into the West Eugene Wetlands for more animal action.

Keeping Your Bike Safe and Secure During Wintertime

As warm weather begins to fade, cycling becomes less enjoyable and feasible. Winter in Eugene, Oregon can bring sub-zero temperatures and heavy precipitation, making outdoor biking virtually impossible. When it comes time to put your bike away for storage, here’s what you should do:

> Keep the tires fully inflated to avoid weakening the spot on the rubber that comes into contact with the ground.

> Clean the entire bike with a wet towel so that dirt and mud doesn’t cake onto it. Focus on the parts that affect function including the chain, wheels, and brake pads.

> Place the bike in a safe location such as self storage in Eugene, Oregon. Northwest Self Storage has 5 locations in which are sturdy, safe, convenient, and very affordable. Happy trails!

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Vancouver Home and Garden Fair

The Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair will provide the Clark County community with fun and interesting activities for the entire family from April 25-27. Demonstrations showing innovative ways to enhance your home and garden will also take place at this fun event, which attracts 20,000 people on an annual basis.

The Specialty Nursery Association of Clark County will be selling plants, and artisan goods, cut flowers and fresh produce will be provided by local farmer’s market vendors. There will also be displays that will show you how to reduce energy waste, and presentations by local home and garden experts. Interactive activities provided by Radio Disney’s Team Green will entertain the younger ones in your family.

Once you have picked up and used some of the latest and greatest gardening and home improvement items that will be available at this event, you may want to use Northwest Self Storage in Vancouver, Washington, to store your loot. You can store tools and rotate them seasonally as needed and free up space in your home or garage. Northwest Self storage in Vancouver is also an option for those who may want to use what they purchased later in the year.

The hours for the fair will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 25th and 26th and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27th. Admission is free, while parking at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington, will cost $6. Free shuttle buses will also be provided from the 99th Street and C-Tran’s Fisher’s Landing Transit Centers.

After the event, be sure to check out Northwest Self Storage in Vancouver, Washington for all of your home and garden storage needs. We have six area locations with 7-day-a-week access and a variety of sizes and amenities.

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Storage Safety

Northwest Self Storage makes every effort to provide the safest environment possible for you and your belongings, but there some proactive precautions you can take to be extra careful! Here are some tips for keeping your items secure.

Store Valuables Properly
You shouldn’t stow irreplaceable items, such as old photographs or family heirlooms, in self storage units. If circumstance leaves you without other options, put unique treasures and high-value items in the rear of the unit.

To prevent identity fraud, avoid keeping important documents such as birth certificates, bank account information or passports in a storage unit.

The Right Lock
We recommend you use a disc, cylinder or closed-shackle padlock for storage units. These locks require a lot of time, effort, and special tools to burgle, so thieves will likely bypass your storage unit in favor of those more easily looted.

Detailed List
When you first rent a storage unit, create a detailed list of everything placed inside, and update the list each time you add or remove items from the unit. This not only provides peace of mind, but it also gives you an already itemized list for insurance companies, the police and the storage company in case anything should happen; it’s easier to have the list than to create one from memory.

Insurance
Insurance is a great way to provide an extra layer of security for your possessions. As you follow tips to safely store your possessions, follow a golden rule of storage: If you insure items inside your home, insure them outside of your home. Check your homeowner’s or renter’s policy to see if your storage unit items are covered. If not, self storage insurance policies are available.

Protect yourself
Even in protected storage facilities, protect yourself. Only access your unit during daylight hours if possible, and try to make yourself acquainted with the facility manager and personnel.

Northwest Self Storage takes measures to provide a safe and secure environment.. We are committed to the security of your belongings, but fully protected storage depends upon us working together. Teamwork best prevents the loss or damage of your treasures.

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No More Soggy Stuff!

Washington never keeps you guessing about the weather. If it hasn’t rained in the last hour, give it another five minutes. When the water builds up enough, it leaks into basements and causes damage to books, clothing and other belongings. However, you can learn how to store your items safely at home and in a WA storage facility and protect them from Washington’s wet weather.

Self Storage Tips
Keep your items safely inside plastic containers with sealed lids. Practicing good storage safety ensures your belongings stay nice and dry in damp conditions.

Store your belongings on pallets to keep them off the floor. Wrap your belongings in plastic wrap to keep dust and water from ruining your clothes or books.

If you’ve been storing clothing in a basement or attic, you can get mildew smells out of your stored clothing with vinegar and water. Place your clothing in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar, and run the washer. Once the cycle ends, run the washer again with laundry soap. Afterward, place your clothing in the dryer using the highest heat setting.

Of course, climate controlled storage from Northwest Self Storage can help protect your items from these types of environmental factors.

Play it Safe with Storage Safety
Use these self storage tips to keep your belongings dry and protected from Washington’s wet climate. Storing your belongings in a WA storage facility also provides a great alternative when you need maximum protection against water damage. A storage unit reduces clutter in your basement, and you can rest assured that your items will be safe from the elements.

Find a Washington storage location near you.

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Combining Households: Keep the Peace and your Stuff with Northwest Self Storage

Have you finally found the love of your life? If, after a period of dating and getting to know each other, you’ve decided to take your relationship to the next level of co-habitation, you have a lot to look forward to. You’ll get to wake up and see your partner’s face every day. You’ll share meals together. If you have children, they’ll get to know each other better through play and family outings.

Maybe you’ve already booked the moving van and even plan to order a pizza for dinner on moving night because your kitchen stuff will be in boxes. You’ve thought of everything. When you mention to your partner that your favorite dining room set was given to you by your grandmother, however, she mentions that her table would fit into the space better.

You suddenly realize that your new household will have a lot of duplicate possessions – two toasters, for starters, and a large amount of lamps. There’s no need to argue over who has to give up their things; self storage could be the solution to ensure that this big step in your life goes smoothly.

Those who recently said “I do” may find themselves in a similar situation. Perhaps your families have given you a plethora of heirlooms and wedding gifts and they are cluttering up your apartment. Utilizing convenient self storage may also be ideal for newlyweds who haven’t yet found their dream home.

Northwest Self Storage provides units of varying sizes, in a secure and climate-controlled environment. As with any relationship, you may both have to compromise for the move to work. You could always volunteer to store your loveseat for a while so that he can fit his favorite armchair into the den.