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Oh, Baby! Beaverton Storage Units Saving Parents Money

As expectant parents, there are plenty of items your new baby will need. In addition to food and diapers, babies need clothing, a crib, a car seat, high chairs, bassinets, and other types of baby gear. At Iron Gate Storage, our Beaverton storage units can help parents save money by allowing them to store and reuse items that are used only for a brief period in your child’s life. Rather than taking up space in your home or your garage, a storage unit in Beaverton provides the convenience of a safe, clean, and cost-efficient location that is easily accessible until the next child comes along.   

Keeping Baby Clothes and Gear in A Beaverton Storage Unit

Providing all the items your baby will need during their first year is expensive. According to Babycenter.com, paying for just the basic supplies can cost new parents as much as $8,000 or more. The upside is that nearly half of this is for one-time costs. These supplies can be easily kept in a Beaverton storage unit once they are no longer needed and used again in the future. Types of items you may wish to consider storing include:  

  • Baby clothes, which children quickly grow out of during the first year;
  • Infant car seats and carriers;
  • Baby strollers, backpacks, and sling carriers;
  • Diaper bags and portable playpens for when visiting friends;
  • Playmats and activity centers;
  • Walkers, swings, and doorway jumpers;
  • Baby monitors and changing tables;
  • Bottles, brushes, breastfeeding pumps;
  • Bibs, blankets, and cloth diapers.

Additional items such as cribs, baby bedding, and other furniture can be easily added to your storage unit once they are outgrown. Even if you do not intend to have more children, keeping these items secure and free from damage in our Beaverton storage unit facility ensures they will be safe for use by friends and family members in the future.

Preparing Baby Items for Placement in A Beaverton Storage Unit

Before placing items in our Beaverton storage unit, you want to make sure that everything is clean, dry, and packed properly. You can clean wood furniture and plastic playpens or walkers with mild cleaners, being careful to remove any dried-on materials. For cleaning and packing baby clothes, blankets, and delicate items, follow these tips from The Spruce:

  • For baby clothes that are stained, pre-treat overnight, wash using detergent and a color-safe additive, then tumble dry;
  • For hand knitted blankets and delicate fabrics, hand wash and lay flat to dry;
  • Take baby bedding and jackets to the dry cleaners, being careful to point out any stains;
  • When packing, wrap each item with tissue to avoid creasing.

At Iron Gate Storage, our Beaverton storage unit facility offers boxes in all sizes, bubble wrap, wrapping paper, and moving pads for your convenience. Located at 4050 SW 160th Avenue, we offer a secure, gated entrance, on-site management, and units on the ground floor for easy, drive up access. Our units are clean, cost effective, and catered to suit your needs; call or visit our facility today to discuss which of our units might be right for you.

Iron Gate Storage
4050 SW 160th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-7531
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Avid Collector? Vancouver Storage Units Offer Solutions

If you are an avid collector, you may have closets, crawl spaces, or whole rooms in your home filled with packed boxes or items on display. In addition to taking up space, keeping potentially valuable items out and unprotected increases the risk of damage or loss. At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage units offer a clean, cost-efficient space to maintain the value of your collectibles. With the benefit of individual alarm codes and on-site security, you can trust that your items will be kept safe and easily accessible for when you want to inventory or add to your collection.

Keeping Collectibles In A Vancouver Storage Unit

Whether you have an established collection or are considering taking up collecting as a hobby, our Vancouver storage facility can help. Our units come in a variety of sizes to fit any budget. You can customize your unit to fit your needs, using temporary shelving, clear display boxes, and filing cabinets to organize and inventory the items you accumulate. Depending on what you collect, a storage unit in Vancouver can end up paying for itself, if you opt to sell the items you collect at antiques and collectible shows or via the internet. According to eBay, collectible items that are most in demand include:

  • Coins, which include both domestic and foreign currency;
  • Books, particularly first edition or out of print copies;
  • Vintage electronics, such as old telephones and record players;
  • Baseball cards, which can be sold as singles or in bulk;
  • Dolls and action figures, which increase in value if there are in the original box;
  • Antiques, which include glass, china, linens, and home décor items;
  • Stamps, which are enjoyed by over 2.5 million people throughout the world.  

Vancouver Storage Units Keep Collectible Safe

To maintain and get the most value out of your collection, it is important to store items properly. At our Vancouver storage facility, we provide the ideal environment, clean and secure, where you can drive up and unload your items directly. We offer all the supplies you need to pack items securely, including boxes in a variety of sizes, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, as well as moving pads to prevent scratches and breakage. The Spruce offers these tips on preparing collectibles for storage:

  • Make sure items are clean, dry, and dust free;
  • Store books upright, with pages unfolded, and in boxes to avoid fading;
  • Wrap china, glass, figures, and other delicate items in bubble wrap and label to avoid wrapping and unwrapping;
  • Avoid excessive handling of books, paper, fabrics, and metals, which can cause damage due to the oils on your skin;
  • As you collect items, be sure to note where and when you got them and their approximate age at the time of your purchase.

Visit Iron Gate Storage at Our Vancouver Storage Unit Facility

To find out more about our services and the types of storage units in Vancouver we offer, call or visit our facility. We are located at 802 NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver, WA. Our friendly staff and on-site management will be happy to provide a tour of our facility.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Outdoor Enthusiasts: Protect Your Gear With A Vancouver Storage Unit

Vancouver hosts an abundance of seasonal, outdoor activities. While you can rent the appropriate gear from local vendors, investing in your own saves money and allows more time for the activities you enjoy. At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage units help to protect your investment. We offer clean, secure spaces in a variety of sizes to suit every need and budget. Rather than storing off-season equipment in sheds or garages outside of your home, where they are subject to damage and theft, you can rest easy knowing your gear is easily accessible for your next adventure.  

Preparing Equipment Prior to Placing In Your Vancouver Storage Unit

The City of Vancouver offers activities to enjoy during every season of the year. During the summer months, area lakes and waterways are ideal for jet skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Over spring and fall, there are numerous places to hike, fish, and camp, while the slopes at area ski resorts spring to life over winter. Having a storage unit in Vancouver helps to keep up with the equipment used in each of these activities, without taking up space in your home or apartment. Prior to storage, follow these tips on how to clean and prepare your gear so it is ready for use next season:

  • Jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and other watersport equipment: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that in addition to causing warping and rot, not properly cleaning equipment after each use can spread a variety of invasive species. Drain completely, remove visible dirt and plant particles with a brush or vacuum, and allow a minimum of five days for the equipment to dry completely prior to placing it in a Vancouver storage unit.
  • Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment:  Backpacker recommends hosing off tents and backpacks and letting them air dry, while inspecting for any damage. Wash sleeping bags with a mild detergent and put in a dryer with tennis balls to prevent clumping. Make sure grills are clean and free from moisture, and remove propane tanks from camp stoves before placing in your Vancouver storage unit.   
  • Skis, poles, ski jackets, snowboards, and sleds:  Gore-Tex recommends washing ski jackets by hand, and reactivating waterproofing by placing in a dryer on medium heat. Prior to placing in a storage unit in Vancouver, wash skis and other gear thoroughly with a mild soap, dry completely with a soft cloth, and apply a thin coat of glide or grip wax.

Why Our Vancouver Storage Unit Facility Is The Right Choice

Whether you invest in new or second-hand equipment, you want to be sure it is protected. At our Vancouver storage unit facility, we offer gated access, secure user pin code entry, and 24-hour video recording, while each unit has its own, individual alarm system. Our knowledgeable staff and on-site management are available at any time to help assist your needs, and we also sell boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to make storage even easier. To find a unit that is right for you, call or visit our Vancouver storage unit facility at 7920 NE 117th Avenue today.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
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