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Going Green: How to Make Your Home More Earth Friendly

As a resident of the beautiful city of Gresham, Oregon, you know firsthand how important it is to the local government and your neighbors to remain a designated EPA Green Power Community. Using green resources to power your home and community is your city’s way of taking care of the environment. But there’s even more you can do to continue this noble effort. Northwest Self Storage Company is sharing tips on continuing to make your Gresham, Oregon home environmentally friendly, one room at a time! We’ll cover the small stuff, like knowing what goes into making the household items you buy, all the way to making your big renovations efficient money savers.

Sweat the Small Stuff

There are many small things you can do that, combined, make a big impact on your environmental footprint. You can start with the usual stuff, like keeping lights off, maintaining a consistent temperature in your house and switching out your current light bulbs for more a more energy efficient option.

But there are also some less thought of ways. Did you know that regular fireplace logs produce a considerable amount of tar and carbon monoxide? If you have an regularly used fireplace, it’s worth the extra expense to buy earth-friendly logs like Java Log, made from recycled coffee grounds. To update your insulation, consider using GreenFiber Cocoon, which uses recycled newspaper treated with fire retardant that can be blown through a small hole – making it much easier to use for already-built homes.

Large and Recharged

If you’re looking into updating a room or two in your home, now’s a great time to consider green choices. It’s also a good time to use storage units to keep your items out of the way while the renovations are taking place!

Living Room: Consider bamboo as a flooring option, as it’s very easily grown and it will last a lifetime in your home. New furniture is an exciting indulgence, but there is a wide range of gently used tables, chairs and decorations that you can consider when updating your space. Sometimes antique stores have already updated items, giving them an artistic, unique touch. Storage companies in and around Gresham are happy to store anything you find while the renovation is completed.

Bathroom: Toilets made prior to the 1990s use over three gallons of water per flush. Don’t skimp on a toilet – that will be the most water-saving source in your entire house. Just by upgrading your shower head to a water efficient option, you save enough energy in your house to power your television for almost a year! There are also a wide-range of bathtubs that keep your water warm without having to turn on the hot water faucet, saving your water heater from working overtime.

Kitchen: Appliances provide a great opportunity to save energy, but there’s even more energy-saving options to discover in the kitchen. Try locating workspaces near windows so you don’t even have to turn on the lights. Install task lighting so you only have to turn on lights where you need them. Cork flooring is becoming a viable and long-lasting option for kitchen floors. When replacing cabinets, if the interior is in good shape, only replace the exterior doors and look into formaldehyde-free options.

The city of Gresham, Oregon is truly a wonderful place to live, and most of that has to do with the natural surroundings that we are so lucky to have. Forests, mountains, and rivers all around make it obvious why we need to work hard to keep the earth just the way it is. At Northwest Self Storage units, we do what we can at home and work to “be green” and we’re always looking for suggestions to shrink our environmental footprint. Together, we can make an impact – one room at a time!

Thanksgiving dinner with family

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.

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Storage Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Self-Storage Tips for Effective Labeling

Whether you’re planning a move or trying to clear your home of seldom-used goods, careful packing and labeling helps get your household in order more efficiently and quickly. Consider using a storage unit to keep goods that you don’t use often out of your way while you tackle important items. Even if you have effective packing techniques, these labeling and self storage tips should make moving go smoothly.

Some people like to pack one room at a time. Items that must be kept aside for last-minute use in your old residence and be available for immediate use in the new place can be stowed in a dedicated area to make sure they don’t mistakenly get put into boxes while packing. Evaluate as you pack. If you haven’t used something in over a year, can you discard it? If you are not sure, put it in a self-storage unit for a few months. If some items are used seasonally (such as Christmas decorations), storage units keep them safe and out of the way.

Once you begin to pack, labelling identifies what is in the cartons. For general household goods like clothing or office materials, a descriptive tag may be enough. For other materials, specific labelling is helpful. Successful labeling and self storage tips include:

•           Use arrows to show which end is up.

•           Label all sides so you can easily identify what is inside even if it is in a stack of cartons.

•           Use a different color of label or marker for each room so that you can immediately identify where the box should go.

•           Use waterproof ink so the labelling doesn’t smudge.

•           Make computer-generated labels that identify the room and the contents of the box. Some moving companies provide these.

If you opt to store goods temporarily, consider a climate-controlled unit to ensure that changes in weather and humidity don’t affect your possessions. Northwest Self Storage offer units in a variety of sizes, so you can select one that best suits your needs.

Follow these tips for proper labelling, find a Northwest Self Storage unit near you, and make your next move your easiest move!



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

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

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

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

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

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