All posts by Admin

Beaverton, Oregon

City Spotlight: Beaverton, OR

Northwest Self Storage is proud to call Beaverton, Oregon home to one of our top-notch storage facilities, but as much as we love to brag – that’s not the only great thing about living in Beaverton. Not even close, in fact, and that’s saying a lot. Named Money Magazine’s 100 best places to live a few years ago, Beaverton has only gotten better. With a rich economic center, a diverse community and a growing family of sister cities across the world, Beaverton is by far the best city to live in Oregon. That’s a fact. Now check out these other fun facts about Beaverton, and when you’re ready to pack it up and move here, give Northwest Self Storage a call!

Beaverton, Oregon Fun Facts

Curling is kind of our thing. In fact, Beaverton was the very first city in Oregon to build an ice rink solely dedicated to the fascinating sport of curling. Considering the Beaverton Curling Club was originally built in 1897, you could say we’re sort of ahead of the trends. But we have more than just one rink, with the Evergreen Curling Club making waves to change the sport for those with disabilities.

We’re the city without the city. There are about 4,800 people per square mile in Beaverton, more than even Portland, and yet you won’t find a skyscraper anywhere in town. We leave that to Portland’s downtown area only eight miles away.

Travelers call Beaverton home. Actually, almost 20 percent of those who live around here weren’t even born in the country, but traveled here and found Beaverton to be the perfect place to settle down. It’s also a pretty diverse population, attracting folks from all different backgrounds.

That’s because there’s so many different types of jobs. Our claim to fame may be Nike’s headquarters, but we are also home to a wide range of technological positions in the Silicon Forest, all the way to experts who work at vineyards and orchards nearby. With a job growth outlook over the next ten years looking to be about 37 percent, it’s only getting better.

Or it’s because we have so many sister cities. The point behind sister cities is to grow connectedness, by building bridges to economic and cultural understanding. Plus it’s cool to say your sister lives in Germany, or Taiwan, or even France and Japan.

Yes, we are named after beavers. Oh, and our city seal is also a beaver. Apparently the original settlers weren’t very creative, and they named the town after the nearby bodies of water that were covered in beaver dams. But we’ll take it, because just like Northwest Self Storage units, those little guys really know how to build a solid structure.

We love our space. This is probably why we don’t have much of a typical “downtown” area, but it’s mainly because we like to walk around outside. Therefore, the city has over 1,000 acres of parks, resulting in a park being no more than a half a mile from every single home.

There’s so much more about Beaverton we could share, like how we have a growing arts district and we’re really invested in public transportation. But that would take away from actually experiencing this beautiful little city, something everyone needs to do at least once in their lives.

And if we’ve gone so far as to convince you it’s worth sticking around, Northwest storage units are a great place to start. We’ll not only get you set up with a storage unit to make your move easier, but we’ll give you a few pointers for the area. Such as stopping in for breakfast at Tom’s Pancake House, or how to wow your new neighbors with a cake that looks just like your house from the Beaverton Bakery. No matter, give us a call or reserve your unit online and we’ll get you ready for some Southwest Oregon fun in no time!

teacher and students

Celebrate World Teacher’s Day October 5th

Teaching is one of the most integral jobs in every city, from right here in Kelso, Washington, to the far reaches of the world. This World Teacher’s Day on October 5, there is much more you can do besides wholeheartedly thank the teacher that is making a difference in you and your child’s lives. You can help them do their job even better by putting together a school supplies drive! But it doesn’t have to be your run-of-the-mill school supplies. Kelso teachers would love help with the pricier items, like awesome classroom technology, interesting field trips and even educational guest speakers. To help you get started, Northwest Self Storage is sharing tips for starting a supplies drive that will keep your teacher – and kids – smiling all year long!

School Supplies Drive Ideas

New for the Old. There’s a free technology recycling company that will pick up old and broken electronics in Kelso and send it off for proper recycling, called Earth Friendly Recycling. Schedule a day for them to pick up items, and hold a recycling drive in your school parking lot (shoot for the weekend so it’s empty). Spread the word through social media, and give your PTO and teachers a flyer to place around the school. Parents can bring in their old computers, cables, batteries, televisions and more, and you can request a donation for specific new items like iPads, software, projectors, or smart boards. The more specific the items, the more likely people will donate to that particular technology. If Earth Friendly Recycling can’t immediately pick up the items, or is unable to pick up the entire load at once, just store them in a storage unit until it can all be gathered.

Works of Art. Instead of selling items like posters, t-shirts or calendars, get the students together and have them create something. It could be planters, canvases, dream catchers or wind chimes – whatever their hearts’ desire. Then sell those items online or through an art gallery like The Broadway Gallery in Longview. Work with your art teacher to reserve a day or two for the students to create the items, then speak with the gallery manager or owner to determine if they are willing to reserve space to sell the items, without taking a portion of the proceeds. If that’s not possible, work with the school to create or use a current social media account to hold the sale in the park or even at the school. You could easily create an “Event Page” that shows a photo of the item for sale, and a short bio on the student who made it. Again, storage units in Kelso are a great place to store all of the items prior to the event date. The proceeds earned could go toward giving away tickets to the Columbia Theatre Rainy Months series for parents to take their kids on Sundays during the rainy season.

Go Digital. Kelso Public Schools has a foundation listed on that allows you to create a fundraiser around anything. It could be as simple as paying for a guest speaker or as large as a new wave of technology. All you need to do is sign up, create the page, add pictures and a detailed description of your needs, set the fundraiser date and integrate it with social media. This tool allows any parent to make a big effort towards helping funds get raised, without having to do a ton of planning. All the funds will go straight into the Kelso Public Schools Foundation’s account, so once you set up the fundraiser, all you need to do is get the word out.

Northwest Self Storage in Kelso can help with any fundraising needs, by providing you with a storage unit that fits all your organizational needs – plus our storage companies offer convenient month-to-month leasing. That way when you’re all done raising the money and don’t need a storage unit anymore, you can pack up and head out until next time. Give us a call or reserve a unit online today, and get started thanking your teacher on World Teacher’s Day!

Person holding a card that says grand opening with people jumping in background

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Our Brand New Facility

Northwest Self Storage is very excited to announce an addition to our line-up of storage facilities, with a brand new location in Hillsboro, Oregon!

While we naturally think this is the biggest deal in the world, folks may be wondering why it should matter to them. Well, here’s a few fast facts to get others just as excited about this as we are.

  1. Skate World is Now Self Storage World

That’s right! We’ve converted the old Hillsboro, Oregon Skate World into a whopping two-story, indoor self storage facility that boasts a ton of new features. We took an aging building and made it beautiful again – upcycling at its best!

  1. The World Will Be Watching

Ok, so maybe not “the world” – but the self storage world will be, using our state of the art camera monitoring system designed to keep you and the items you store here safe from crime.

  1. Pick a Number Between 1 and 380

One of those numbers is going to be your new storage unit – and you’ll be the FIRST in! Yep, we have a whopping 380 units for you to choose from, but there’s more. Depending on your needs, you can pick indoor storage or parking, a small unit or a large one – it’s all up to you!

  1. We’re Both Steaming Hot and Cool as a Cucumber

How can we be both, you ask? Because at our Hillsboro, OR location we offer climate controlled self storage that keeps your items at room temperature all year round. We turn up the heat when the outside temperature gets cold, and crank it low when the summer sun kicks it up.

  1. Meet a New Local Rock Star

Our facility’s manager will be there each day during regular business hours, and they are going to be famous for their service. Helping you through the rental process, monitoring the security cameras, keeping up with the paperwork, and more – all with a friendly smile.

We know all of this exciting news can be overwhelming, so take a couple deep breaths. Because at Northwest, we bet that if you stop by to see us about a self storage facility, we’ll be sure to get your heart racing and your adrenaline glands pumping at the thought of storing your things at such a top of the line facility.

baby socks on top of crib

How to Create a Nursery That Will Grow With Your Baby

For the past few years, Eugene, Oregon home prices have been on the rise — and it’s only expected to increase with time. Knowing this, new parents are looking to make their current living situation work no matter what, even with a lack of space and self storage. Northwest is all too familiar with this situation, and has come up with a few tricks to help parents create a place for their child that will grow with them throughout the years.

Map it Out

Planning out the new nursery before you get started is important, but equally important is mapping out what the room is capable of holding beyond just the crib years. Will it accommodate a growing child, and what do you need to do to ensure it can? Whatever changes you make need to work for a child and a teenager, as well.


When deciding on paint colors and themes for the room, think ahead. Chances are, the child will quickly grow out of pastel colors and bubbly baby animal designs. Instead, opt for more mature, neutral color palettes that are still youthful and calming. Don’t negate the power of white walls, either. They provide a blank canvas for making simple changes to décor and adding any pop of color your child prefers as he grows.

If you want to include cute designs, look into easily removable vinyl wall decals. The options are endless, and when it’s time to change it up, just peel them off and start over.


Convertible cribs are a great solution for growing into. While they work great for your newborn, they quickly transform to provide the perfect place for your young child to snuggle up. The initial cost can be high, but remember that you’ll be keeping this for a long time to come.

Speaking of that, opting for durable furniture that doubles as self storage and can be updated with paint or vinyl decals, is a sure way to keep your overall costs down. Buying a good dresser now means that it doesn’t break down over the years. And that dresser can act as a changing table, too! Just purchase a removable changing table top and when the time comes to put it away, you’re not getting rid of an entire piece of furniture.

Follow the Rule of the Price Tag

There’s a simple rule to follow when designing your nursery: The cheaper the item, the more age-appropriate it can be. Things like pillows, wall décor, blankets and table lamps are usually inexpensive enough to continually change. For the more expensive items, make sure they’re able to grow with the child. Opt for more age-neutral colors and styles – and stay away from “trendy” touches.

Smart Storage

Self storage is a major issue for a lot of parents. Babies may be small, but they come with a lot of stuff. Consider outside-the-box self storage areas, like walls, closet hangers, doors and window sills. When you look into rocking chairs to add to the nursery, consider getting a storage ottoman that gives you a place to put up your feet, and put away your things.

It’s also helpful to think ahead. Remember to choose a wide variety of storage sizes that can accommodate different-sized items. When the room fills up and it’s time to make some space, storage facilities offer units ranging from a few feet to enough room to fit a car.

Buy Ahead

Your child may only be a certain age, but you might find great deals on items they will need in the future, like when it’s finally time to buy their growing bodies a bed that will fit them for years to come. This is another way storage facilities near your Eugene, Oregon home can come in handy. Just store it there until it’s ready to be used, and put your old furniture in until you’re ready to sell it.

As you go through this amazing, scary yet wonderful time in your life, planning ahead will always work to your benefit. By creating a space your child can easily grow into, your family stays put without the stress of encroaching clutter. And you always know that when it’s time to clear things out, Northwest Self Storage is right down the road – ready to help you move on to the next stage of your life.

Gavel with cash and toy cars

Amazing Storage Unit Auctions Finds

People have searched for lost treasures long before the show “Storage Wars” hit the air. Though not all Northwest Self Storage units contain hidden treasures worth thousands, some auction finds can yield a hefty return on your investment. If you’ve never thought about attending storage auctions in Vancouver, Washington before, these stories might just interest you.

Finding Treasure in Storage Units

There’s history in the making.

A storage auction in Virginia led to a significant find for Bob, a man who placed a successful $27,000 bid on two units. Inside the units, he found Civil War documents, Harry Truman’s cane and rare artwork. Because the bidders had a good idea of how valuable the units were, the starting bid was placed at $10,000.

It’s funny what you can find.

In 1997, Nicolas Cage bought a pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1 for $150,000. Three years later, it was stolen and remained missing for more than a decade until a storage auction in the San Fernando Valley took place. The winning bidder placed the comic on a collector site and sold it for more than two million dollars.

We take cash for gold.

A San Jose man paid $1,100 dollars for an abandoned storage unit and came out of the auction a richer man. Inside the unit, he found numerous rare coins and a few gold and silver bars in a plastic container. After getting it all appraised, his treasure was worth $500,000.

He scored at the buzzer.

Adrian Petrus attended a storage auction in Maryland and paid $300 for a unit hoping he didn’t just inherit a bunch of junk. On the contrary, he found Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia inside, such as autographed basketballs, shoes, trading cards and photos of Dikembe posing with Michael Jackson and other celebrities. Though Adrian reached out to Dikembe about the memorabilia, he never heard anything back. Adrian sold the items later on eBay.

Test Your Luck at Storage Auctions in Vancouver, Washington

People use self storage for numerous reasons, but when they can no longer pay, their items get sold at auctions. Whereas some units may contain video game consoles, priceless heirlooms and even cars, others contain old household goods and a mattress or two. You’ll never know what you’ll find at Northwest Self Storage in Vancouver until you get out there. Find an auction and test your luck in the storage wars!

Man taking picture while woman looks at map

Get Bitten by the Travel Bug

More and more people every day are saving their money, quitting their jobs and putting all their things in self storage to go travel the world. Why not you? A permanent vacation sounds like a dream come true, a life in which you have no worries and can go from place to place, meet new people and see wondrous things. Redmond, Oregon may have beautiful views and offer plenty to do, but there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you to experience it.

Going On a Permanent Vacation

Perhaps you dream about traveling along the Venice waterways, or maybe you just want to hit the highway and visit every major landmark in all 50 states. Before you can leave your old life behind, you’ll need to save enough money to support you during your trip. If you already have that covered, here are a few storage tips to get you ready for your long-term getaway.

Cover the basics before traveling.

Get a passport if you don’t already have one, and book your plane flights ahead of time. Book an appointment with your doctor to make sure you have a clean bill of health and to get your vaccinations up to date. Take care of these things at least three months before you travel.

Determine your living situation.

Where will you live when you travel? Are you planning to buy a recreational vehicle or rent hotel rooms? To continue making money during your travels, consider renting out your residence. Leave most of your furnishings in place for the new renters, and use self storage to protect your valuables. We have long-term storage facilities in Redmond, OR available to keep your belongings safe and secure during your trip.

Pack the right stuff.

It might be spring or summer when you leave Redmond, but it could be fall or winter in another part of the world. Pack appropriate clothing and accessories to cover all the seasons. Make sure you have your passports, driver’s license and other important documents on you at all times. Invest in a mobile phone that you can use in the U.S. and abroad.

Don’t Forget to Share Your Experiences

While you’re traveling, blog about your adventures, and share your experiences with the world. It’s an easy way to let your family back home know how much fun you’re having while you’re away. If you decide you’ve had enough traveling to last a lifetime, coming back is as easy as getting your stuff out of Northwest Self Storage and settling down once again.

covered boats stored in storage yard

Prepping Your Boat and RV for Summer Fun

As the weather warms up, owners of RVs and boats everywhere are rejoicing! It’s finally time to get the boat or RV out of Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro and get ready for fun in the sun, whether that be summer road trips through Oregon or a cruise on Henry Hagg Lake. As an RV or boat owner, you know that preparing your vehicle for storage facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon requires certain tasks – and so does taking it out!

Follow this de-wintering checklist to ensure that your RV or boat is in tip-top shape, and get ready to hit the road – or water – running!

Getting Your Boat Prepped for the Water

  • Give your boat a thorough once over. Clean the exterior and the interior, including running the vacuum and power washing the bottom. Apply a coat of wax to protect the boat’s surface from UV rays. Repair any small dings or scratches.
  • Electrical Components. Inspect your boat’s electronics for corrosion; use a wire brush to eliminate corrosion or replace components. Don’t forget to check your battery to see if it still holds a charge.
  • Belts, Hoses and Cables. Many belts, hoses and cables are made of rubber, which can crack over time. Inspect these parts for cracking and swelling and replace as needed. Make sure that the belts are tight.
  • Fuel System. Examine the fuel system for leaks, and look for visible damage to the fuel lines. These may be cracked or brittle, and need to be replaced. Make sure that the connection is secure to prevent leaks.
  • Fluid Levels. Check the fluid levels for oil, power steering and coolant. Change out your fluids if they weren’t changed when the boat was put in storage.
  • Safety Gear. Lastly, have a variety of life vests on board, as well as first aid kits, flares and a fire extinguisher.

De-Winterizing the Family RV

  • Inspection from the outside in. Check the exterior of the RV for any damage and give it a thorough wash. Check the tire inflation pressure and make sure your tires are still in good condition; inspect for damage like premature cracks. Look for signs of animal damage or leaks in the interior, as well as holes. You should have left your fridge cracked to avoid rotting smells, but wipe out your fridge with disinfectant anyway.
  • Reinstall the battery. The first order of business is re-installing the battery, which you should have removed when you placed your RV in storage. Top off the fluid, charge the battery and reconnect it. You can do a quick test to see if it’s working by turning on the lights.
  • Flushing the fluids. Flushing your plumbing system is essential to getting all the antifreeze out of the system. The best way to do this is to take your RV to a water hook-up area so you can dispose of these chemicals down the correct drain. While flushing the plumbing system, run the water pump and open all the faucets in the RV. Allow the water to flow until it runs clear. Don’t forget the water in the toilet and the shower as well.
  • Check the electrical systems. Test the electrical systems throughout the RV. This includes everything from appliances to lights. Check the batteries in your small appliances, and ensure that all the interior and exterior lights are working.
  • Take it for a test drive. After performing any necessary maintenance (and the above tips), it’s important to take your RV for a short test drive. Take a 10 to 20 mile trip and note anything unusual.

The de-winterizing care can vary depending on the location of your vehicle and the pre-storage preparation. Follow our basic tips and get ready to enjoy your favorite summer recreation. And remember, Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for RVs and boats. If you need self storage in Hillsboro, contact Northwest Self Storage today!

furniture sitting on driveway

3 Ways to Use Self Storage During Garage Sale Season

Located in the heart of Oregon’s farmlands, Canby overflows with small town charm and scenic views. Home to more than 15,000 people, this town is full of entertainment. And as the ideal place to raise a family, Canby isn’t short on activities. As winter weather disappears and temperatures start to rise, Canby residents start prepare for an even bigger season: Garage sale season. With temperatures averaging 70 degrees throughout the summer, Canby is the ideal city for hosting a garage sale. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to hit the road in hunt of great deals.

Whether you’re shopping or selling, Northwest Self Storage in Canby, Oregon can benefit you. Here are the top ways to use storage units during garage sale season.

Preparing for Your Sale

While garage sale season is upon us, you may not be garage sale ready. If that’s the case, don’t fret about taking up your valuable garage space while you wait for your slotted garage sale date. Transfer your for-sale items out of the house, and start your preparations with storage units in Canby, Oregon. A storage unit gives you plenty of space to plan and price your items. Choose one nearby and on the day of the sale, you can move your items back to the garage. Pack from back to front, and be sure to leave a path for easy access.

Making Space for Garage Sale Finds

Garage sale finds can be anything from gently used clothing to furniture you plan to refurbish. Small items don’t take up as much space, but the large pieces can make your home feel crowded fast. If you’re planning on replacing pieces of furniture with garage sale finds, then using convenient self storage in Canby, Oregon to store your replaced belongings is an easy fix to an overcrowded living space. Furthermore, if you have a project in mind for a garage sale find, then self storage is the ideal locale to work on your piece.

Keeping Clutter Out of the Home

When garage sale season comes to end, it’s very likely that you haven’t yet rid yourself of all your garage sale clutter. Don’t bring the clutter back into your home! Store unsold items in a storage unit. You can wait until the next garage sale season rolls around, find a place to donate your items to, or try your hand at selling belongings online.

Garage sale season is a great time to find bargain deals! Second-hand items aren’t the only deals available. Utilize affordable self storage units to save yourself money and space. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find a storage unit that fits your needs.

Pencils, papers, markers and other crafts on wood table

Making Your Perfect Craft Room

As a crafter, you know how tricky it can be to keep projects organized and under control. Arts and crafts are a lot of fun, but they typically involve lots of different supplies. Also, you need a decent-sized work area, and keeping it clear of various odds and ends can be a challenge. If you don’t have the luxury of having a dedicated room in the home where you can work on your crafts, you should consider using Northwest Self Storage in Portland, Oregon. Whether you rent a locker to store less frequently used supplies or if you rent a unit to use as your craft room away from home, storage units in Portland, Oregon can help you get a handle on your crafts.

Store Unneeded Supplies in Northwest Storage Units in Portland Oregon

Like many crafters, you’ve probably accumulated all kinds of supplies throughout the years. Chances are you hardly use many of them, but there they sit, taking up all kinds of space. Why not round them up, box them up and take them to Northwest Self Storage? By choosing a facility near you, your supplies will never be too far away. When you need them, you’ll just have a short drive there and back. In the meantime, your craft room will be much more organized.

Create a Craft Room at a Self Storage Facility

What if you don’t have a spare room or area in your home where you can work on your arts and crafts? If you’re tired of working on your projects at the kitchen table or in some other inconvenient place, renting a storage unit is the perfect solution. A small, climate controlled storage unit can easily double as a crafting room. Bring a big table, some chairs, a few shelves and/or cubbies, and you’ll have everything you need to create the perfect crafting area. By staying close to home with nearby self storage in Portland, Oregon, your arts and crafts room is your close get away, a chance for you to make a small escape to your own little world of creativity.

Northwest Self Storage would love to help you store your extra craft supplies, or even create your own craft room today! Check out unit sizes and rates now.

Storage boxes on shelves on wall

DIY Secret Household Storage Space

Running out of traditional storage spaces in your home? If your cupboards, attic, basement, cabinets and other storage areas are bursting at their seams, you have two main options: Get rid of some things, or start getting creative about where you store items. Many hidden, unused parts of the home can double as places to store small, easily concealed items.

One way to clear up space for the small stuff is by storing larger items like furniture in Northwest Self Storage units in Centralia, Washington. It’s the perfect way to make space without having to permanently get rid of belongings. Once you’ve moved your big items to a storage facility, you still have some great options for creating smart storage in your home.

Secret Storage Areas in the Home

So, where are the best, most secret places to store away small- and medium-sized items in the home? Here are a few ideas:

  • Look up! Install shelves that go all the way to the ceiling. You’ll be amazed by how many items you can sock away on high shelves and how unnoticeable they are once they’re safely packed away up there.
  • Look down! By investing in low-profile storage boxes, you can easily store away odds and ends beneath beds, sofas, tables and other large pieces of furniture.
  • Look behind! Try installing small shelves and/or hooks behind cupboard doors, cabinet doors and closet doors. Suddenly, you have a whole new place to store lightweight items, and your home becomes a lot less cluttered.
  • Look inside! Lots of furniture can double as storage space. A large trunk, for instance, can easily be used as a bench or table.

What to Do with the Rest?

If some of these options don’t work for you and you still need a place to put small- to medium-sized items, there’s plenty of room for that kind of stuff, too, in Northwest Self Storage facilities in Centralia, Washington. You can rent units as small as four feet by five feet, and as big as 24 feet by 30 feet. Whatever you need to store, big or small, Northwest will help you find the perfect solution. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find out about our unit rates and availability.