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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Self Storage Tips for Big Families

Large families don’t always have the convenience of living in a house with plenty of space for everyone. The lack of storage space can quickly show as toys pile up in the living room and clothes collect on the bedroom floors. However, you can make the most of your small home by taking advantage of every square foot with these storage tips and the help of Northwest Self Storage in Eugene, Oregon.

Declutter the living area with storage ottomans.

If you’re looking for more space to organize books, blankets and smaller items in the living room, consider storage ottomans. A storage ottoman comes in many different colors and styles to complement your furniture, and the top part lifts to reveal plenty of storage space for excess clutter.

Organize the bedroom with a storage bed.

A storage bed has several cubbyholes for organizing books, clothing, extra bedding and more. It prevents children from throwing their belongings under the bed and provides added storage space when you don’t have room for more shelves and dressers.

Arrange the bathroom with a floor cabinet.

For washcloths, soaps and other items, a bathroom floor cabinet provides extra storage space in a small room. Many floor cabinets fit conveniently around the toilet and create space for storing and organizing towels, body products and bathroom decor.

Find extra kitchen space with a wall-mounted pot rack.

If you lack room in the cabinets or in the stove drawer, a wall-mounted pot rack gives you a place to organize pots, pans and long-handled utensils. It attaches to any wall with just a few screws and creates an organized space for your cookware.

Invest in self storage in Eugene, Oregon for more space.

Northwest Self Storage units in Eugene, Oregon provide abundant space for storing excess clutter and items you don’t regularly use. Because many of the units have climate control, you don’t have to worry about heat and humidity damaging your photo albums, electronics and clothing. Storage units are available in a variety of sizes, so you can store as little or as much as you need. Our rental agreements are also on a month to month basis. Contact Northwest Self Storage today to find an affordable and convenient storage unit near you.

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Store Your Decor: Self Storage for Holiday Decorations and More!

Another holiday season has come and gone, which means you need to take down the lights and decorations and place them back in storage. If you lack sufficient storage space in your home, consider Northwest Self Storage facilities in Bend, Oregon for extra holiday decoration space. Self storage provides an affordable solution for decluttering your home and creating more space without emptying your wallet on costly renovations.

How to Organize Decorations in Self Storage

Storage units in Bend, Oregon come in many different sizes to accommodate your belongings. With the option to add shelving, you can make use of every square foot in the storage unit. When storing holiday decorations, it’s important to:

  • Label each box for easy identification
  • Place the largest boxes in first
  • Set the boxes containing fragile decorations on top
  • Store the most useful items in the front for easy access

It’s also important to keep the storage unit organized as you fill it with holiday boxes. If you store the boxes along each wall, you create a convenient path in the middle, making it easy to walk in and take what you need.

Store Your Holiday Decor in Self Storage

Using Northwest Self Storage in Bend, Oregon for holiday decorations gives you extra space in your closets, attic and garage. However, a storage unit comes in handy for more than just holiday decor. If you received new electronics and clothes for the holidays, store and organize all of your old possessions in your storage unit, and host a yard sale later in the spring. From holiday decorations to old clutter, contact Northwest Self Storage in Bend, Oregon to create more space in your home this year.

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Prepare for Garage Sale Season

As the holidays give way to a new year, many of the wonderful gifts you received leave older things parked on closet shelves. Move all your extra stuff to affordable Northwest Self Storage facilities in Corvallis, and turn potential household clutter into easy cash with a springtime garage sale.

Take Stock of Extras

Start with a post-holiday inventory, and list the things you won’t be using again. Last year’s laptop can join toys the kids don’t play with anymore. Make room in the kitchen for the new blender and microwave by adding old countertop appliances to your garage sale stock. From last season’s sweaters to retired fishing gear, convert those belongings into future earnings by stashing them in a nearby self storage unit.

Pack Up for Springtime

Chilly temperatures don’t bring out weekend bargain hunters, but you can afford to wait for warm weather with self storage in Corvallis, Oregon. Wrap electronic gadgets in bubble wrap, box fragile items with packing peanuts, and hang clothes in cardboard wardrobes. Leave pathways around boxes and shelves, and you’ll have plenty of room to move things when it’s time to stock your garage sale showroom.

Get Ready to Sell

A little pre-planning keeps you on top of the garage sale game, so grab a set of colored felt tip markers, and label boxes by categories. Park sales items at the front of your unit for easier access. Extra tables or shelves in storage make handy displays, so include them in your setup plans. Northwest Self Storage facilities in Corvallis feature drive-up units that keep all your loading and unloading manageable.

It’s easy to organize a successful springtime garage sale when you enjoy nearby self storage in Corvallis, Oregon. Have fun listening to that driveway cash register ring, and save room in your storage unit for next year’s holiday extras. Contact Northwest Self Storage to find an affordable storage unit for your garage sale stash.

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How to Stick with Your Resolution to Stay Organized

Most people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, but there is no reason for you to ditch your vow to get organized. De-cluttering your household to take better advantage of your space and transform your home into a functional one is a goal that is best achieved by using the right tools. Northwest Self Storage in Springfield is a valuable tool that will help you enjoy an organized, relaxing space.

The Right Tools for the Job

Getting your home organized can be an overwhelming task when the holiday decorations and gifts are still scattered about. Breaking the job into smaller pieces is a great way to get it done throughout the year. Shopping for supplies will help prevent any excuses to put your project on hold as you work through your home. Here are some supplies that will help you as you make positive changes.

• Storage bins are in ample supply in January. Head to the nearest store to take advantage of limited-time sales on bins in all sizes.

• Cube storage can add a stylish touch to a mudroom or play room while offering the storage space that is needed in these multi-function spaces.

• Filing cabinets give you the space necessary to keep your important paperwork in order. File folders and labels direct you to the paperwork that you need at any given time.

Northwest Self Storage Facilities in Springfield

In addition to the supplies listed above, self storage in Springfield can help you get organized and keep clutter out of your home. If you have a lot of seasonal items that pile up in home storage spaces and end up taking over your home, storage facilities in Springfield offer the perfect solution.

Storage units represent a cost-effective way to keep your personal belongings close at hand without losing space at home. Northwest Self Storage facilities offer security features like electronic gate entry, and climate controlled units ensure that the most delicate items are kept in pristine condition. Contact Northwest Self Storage today and start on your resolution to stay organized in the New Year!