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Latern in Winter

Transitioning Your Home Into Colder Weather

Canby, Oregon is no stranger to snow, ice and great skiing opportunities. But even the most prepared have a hard time transitioning to the cold. And so does your house. Getting ready for winter isn’t just about exchanging swimsuits for flannel shirts. Your home’s interior and exterior both require a little time and attention to prepare them for the drop in temperature. Here are a few tips from Northwest Self Storage to help you get started.

Indoor Winter Preparation Tips

First, check all weather-stripping and caulk around your doors and windows to keep out the cold air and help you save money on energy bills. To stay warm and toasty, make sure your heating unit is working properly and its filters are clean. If you have a fireplace, you’ll need to stock up on fire logs, and make sure the area around the fireplace is safe and uncluttered. You’ll also need to ensure the chimney is obstruction-free.

Before the first freeze hits, be sure your bedrooms are dressed for winter with your heavier comforters, electric blankets and flannel sheets. If your nose and skin tend to become dry in winter, set up your humidifier to stop the discomfort before it starts. Pack your summer clothes to make room in your closet for your sweaters and boots.

Outdoor Winter Preparation Tips

To get ready for winter storms, stock up on salt to melt ice. Check the exterior of your house for weaknesses that could become serious problems in severe weather. For example, inspect your roof for leaks and damaged shingles. Cover exterior pipes, and prepare supplies needed to protect vulnerable plants from freezing. Ensure that your car is equipped with winter emergency items.

Self Storage Is a Winter Lifesaver

Outdoor summer items like pool floats and toys, outdoor sports and fishing equipment, kiddie pools, lawn and garden equipment and barbecue grills can take up room and leave your yard cramped and cluttered. Instead of trying to cover them or simply letting them accumulate snow, find them a safe, warm temporary home in a self storage unit. You can also store unused indoor items and your entire summer wardrobe to leave your home neat and organized. If you need to access stored items, they are always conveniently within reach. Check out Northwest Self Storage’s local storage facilities for information about climate-controlled storage units that protect your belongings from freezing temperatures and moisture. With your home prepped for the cold weather, you can focus on making the most of the winter season.

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September Is National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety month. Whether you have a baby on the way, or you’ve already been blessed with the laughter of little ones, it’s important to make sure your Gladstone, Oregon home is a safe environment. With a little help from your local storage facilities, the following tips can help you de-clutter, organize and optimize your home with your baby’s safety in mind.

Household Baby Safety Tips

  • Be sure that items made from glass and other fragile materials are out of your baby’s reach.
  • Tape back or tuck away cords on blinds and curtains.
  • Move your baby’s crib, playpen and other furniture away from windows.
  • Check all screws and bolts in children’s furniture to be sure they are tight.
  • Place plug protectors in all unused electrical outlets.
  • If you need to increase humidity in your baby’s room, use a cool mist humidifier instead of a vaporizer that could leak or spill hot water.
  • Place window guards to prevent accidental falls.
  • Be sure your baby doesn’t have access to medications, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.
  • Place a non-skid rug or carpet beneath your changing table.
  • When your baby is capable of getting up onto his or her hands and knees, it’s time to remove hanging crib gyms, toys and decorations.
  • Check baby toys for small, potentially removable parts these can present a choking hazard.
  • Make sure there is a working smoke alarm and fire extinguisher on each level of your home.
  • Set your water heater’s thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Relocate large collections of fragile or sharp items.
  • Store electric gardening equipment and power tools outside your home.
  • Don’t let clutter build up; keep walkways and play areas neat and organized.

Storage Units Help Optimize Your Home for Safety

Some items you own may present a safety hazard, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye forever. Renting self-storage units is a great way to keep your belongings out of reach until your baby is old enough to be exposed to them safely. Climate-controlled units are available, so you don’t have to worry about bugs, mold growth or temperature extremes ruining your prized items. Check out all the options from Northwest Self Storage throughout your area!

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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.

classic cars lined up in a row

Tips to Fixing Up a Classic Car

The 26th annual Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show is taking place June 12-13. If it gets you in the spirit to buy and fix up your own car, we can help! Here are some tips on how to find the perfect classic car for fixing up and how to keep it safe in Northwest storage units.

5 Tips on Buying a Classic Car in Hillsboro Oregon

  1. If you see rust, walk the other way. Don’t spend your money on a car with rust holes in the trunk and floors. You’ll end up spending more on repairs than you would buying a nicer car. A few bubbles and rust spots aren’t a big deal, just avoid buying a car lacking any hope at all.
  1. Check the production numbers. Always check the production numbers before buying. Look for cars that manufacturers didn’t produce in mass amounts. A car with a lower production number will have a higher value, which has the potential to bring you more money if you decide to sell it in the future.
  1. Pick a car from the 80s. If you’re looking for an investment, buy an 80s performance car like a Buick Grand National or a Camaro IROC-Z. You can even buy a Mazda RX-7 FC3S and fix it up with aftermarket parts that will make it stand out and outperform many of the cars on the road today.
  1. Don’t buy what you don’t want to drive. Just because a car is a classic doesn’t mean you’ll want to drive it. Instead, choose something that you’re itching to drive. If you decide to fix it up and sell it, you’ll get just as many people wanting to buy the car and drive it for themselves.
  1. Upgrade a classic with modern features. Buy a car from the 50s, 60s or 70s, and upgrade it with power windows, door locks and other modern features. Adding these features will not only make the car exhilarating to drive but also increase its value. Upgraded features on a car that normally wouldn’t have them provide something to show off at the Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show.

Storing Your Classic Car in Hillsboro, Oregon

Protect your investment by storing it at Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro. We have storage facilities that shield your classic car from the sun’s rays and rescue it from the dreaded humidity. You can also use the storage facilities to store tools, parts and other items while working on your car. After the car show, park your classic in a Northwest Self Storage unit, and have peace of mind knowing that it’s safe and secure 24 hours a day.

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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.

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.

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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.