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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!

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Store Your Boat During Colder Months

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

Preparing Your Boat for Winter Storage

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

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

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

Why Northwest Storage Units in Hillsboro, Oregon?

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

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Give the Gift of Extra Space this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Extended Trip Self Storage Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creating Space for Family this Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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