Monthly Archives: July 2017


Vancouver Storage Units: Store Books, Documents, and Family Photos

Are you a bookworm but running out of space in your at home library? A keeper of family photos and documents that help trace your family tree? Keeping delicate leather bound books, old parchment papers, and vintage photos at home on shelves and in closets or drawers takes up space, but keeping them in your attic or garage can subject them to damage. At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage units offer the perfect solution, enabling you to keep them safe and secure so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Vancouver Storage Units Keep Family Memories Safe

Preserving family pictures and old documents can present challenges, but provided you take the appropriate care in packing, our Vancouver storage units will keep these treasures safe. When storing delicate items such as vintage photos, birth certificates, marriage licenses, and citizenship papers, follow these tips from the pros at the U.S. National Archives:

For Storing Documents

  • Keep documents in folders with each page laying flat;
  • Smooth to avoid creasing and folded or curled edges;
  • Use document sleeves so papers do not stick together;
  • Keep folders in boxes that fit to allow just enough space;
  • Use spacer boards to fill up any extra space in the box or folder;
  • Roll oversized documents and maps and store in cardboard tubes.

For Storing Photos

  • Keep photos organized in albums;
  • Be sure to label and date each photo;
  • Mount on acid free photo pages;
  • Avoid overstuffing albums or overloading pages.

When working with old photos and documents prior to storage, be sure your hands are clean and dry, and avoid over handling before placing in your Vancouver storage unit.

Preserving Old Books In Vancouver Storage Units

Rather than keeping books in your attic or garage where they will be subject to damage from pests and weather, our Vancouver storage units offer a safe, budget-friendly solution. When storing, follow these tips from Real Simple:

  • Clean book jackets, bindings, and page edges with a dry cloth;
  • Carefully smooth out any crinkled, folded, or torn pages;
  • Place books in small or medium sized boxes so they are easier to lift and move;
  • Sort books by subject, then arrange alphabetically by author;
  • For similar sized books, stand upright in boxes;
  • For odd sized books, put large, heavier volumes at the bottom and stack paperbacks on top;
  • Seal each box securely, and label as to the subject matter and contents.

Best Facility and Staff Providing Vancouver Storage Units

At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage units feature friendly, professional staff and on site management so that your items are kept secure, yet easily accessible. We can answer your questions regarding the size of unit you need, and we offer boxes and packing materials onsite to make moving in easier. Call or stop by our centrally located facility at 12420 SE 5th Street to see how we can help you reduce clutter and reclaim space in your home.

Iron Gate Storage
12420 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 882-9100

Excess Furniture In the Way? Vancouver Storage Units Offer A Solution

Quality furniture is a major investment. If you are in the process of moving, or building, buying, or selling a home, our Vancouver storage units can help protect it. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer clean, affordable spaces in a variety of sizes, at a secure facility where your belongings will be protected. Whether you intend to reuse these items in a new home or simply wish to hang on to them so they can be used and enjoyed by family and friends, by following a few simple tips you can help ensure your furnishings remain in top condition.

Vancouver Storage Units for Homeowners

When it comes to home furnishings, our Vancouver storage units offer benefits to those who own their own home, as well as to home renters and those who live in apartments. Our units are suitable for storing everything from complete furniture sets to miscellaneous items. Furnishing pieces you may want to consider for storage include:

  • Sofas, loveseats, and recliners;
  • Dining room tables, chairs, and hutches;
  • Bedroom furniture, including children’s items such as cribs and junior size mattresses;
  • Guest room furniture, such as rollaway beds;
  • Patio and outdoor furniture;
  • Home furnishings, such as lamps, nightstands, and end tables.

At Iron Gate Storage, we offer units to use temporarily while you move or until a home remodeling project is completed, as well as those for long-terms arrangements, such as when downsizing your living space. According to the home decorating website Houzz, it can cost upwards of $15,000 or more to furnish an average size home. In addition to knowing your investment will be kept safe, you benefit by not having to sell furnishings for far less than they are worth, only to have to rebuy them again, further down the line.

Tips For Keeping Furniture In Our Vancouver Storage Units

At our Vancouver storage unit facility located on 12406 SE 5th Street, we feature climate controlled spaces with individual security alarms, Our onsite management team is available when you need assistance, and individual pin codes ensure your belongings are easily accessible when you need them. When keeping furniture in storage, Angie’s List provides the following tips:

  • Make sure all items are thoroughly clean and dry before placing in your Vancouver storage unit. For larger items, use a cleaning service, and spot treat any stains.
  • Carefully look over your furnishings and make any needed repairs. Fill in chips, mend tears in fabric, and adjust loose fixtures.
  • If you disassemble items, make sure to keep all loose bolts, screws, and parts together, and jot down directions for reassembly.
  • Wrap delicate and fragile items in bubble wrap or packing material, which we have available at our storage facility, and use padding to protect corners of couches, bed posts, and tables.
  • Make the most of your Vancouver storage unit space by considering alternate placement arrangements, such as storing coffee tables, couches, and mattress on their ends.

To find out more about how a Vancouver storage unit can meet your needs, call or visit our facility and speak to one of our friendly staff members today.

Iron Gate Storage
12406 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 799-5100

Downsizing? Keep Your Belongings in a Vancouver Storage Unit

As the trend towards downsizing continues to increase among both millennials and retirees, it makes sense to use one of our Vancouver storage units to store belongings you do not use regularly. At Iron Gate Storage, we provide clean, secure spaces to suit any budget, allowing you to preserve furnishings, mementos, and keepsakes, rather than donating or selling them at a loss.   

A Vancouver Storage Unit Can Help Downsize Living Space

According to, downsizing continues to be a priority among home buyers. While investing in a property with less square footage or opting for a smaller apartment can help save you money in terms of mortgage or rent and utilities, it can also mean downsizing your furnishings and sacrificing storage space. Fortunately, our Vancouver storage units offer the perfect solution.

With convenient, clean indoor units that come in a variety of sizes, you can hold onto household goods and furnishings, which have low resale value, for future use. Our units also help you preserve personal mementos and family heirlooms so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Items that can be easily stored at our Vancouver storage unit facility include:   

  • Sectional sofas, couches, loveseats, and recliners,
  • Formal dining room furniture and china;
  • Dressers, oversized headboards, and mattresses;
  • Books, bookcases, and home décor items;
  • Antiques, including home furnishings, paintings, and collectible items;
  • Sports or recreational equipment and hobby supplies.
  • Patio or lawn furnishings and yard maintenance tools.


Vancouver Storage Units: A Cost-Effective Way to Save Space

Once the decision to downsize is made, a Vancouver storage unit can help you make the best use of the space you do have. Rather than cluttering closets or cabinets, you can select a unit from a variety of sizes to store items you do not use regularly, including:

  • Holiday décor, such as lights, ornaments, table centerpieces, and door wreaths;
  • Entertaining supplies, such as extra linens, serving dishes, and glassware;
  • Off-season clothing, particularly bulky winter boots, sweaters, and jackets;
  • Home office supplies, product warranties, past tax returns, and other important documents.

With current housing costs, renting a storage unit in Vancouver to get the space you need makes good financial sense. Trulia advises that in the Vancouver area, two bedroom apartments average $1,300 per month or more, while the average cost per square foot of homes is $192. For less than this price, you can get a spacious, secure indoor unit at our Vancouver storage unit facility that is easily accessible, and still have money left over each month.  

Visit Iron Gate Storage at Our Vancouver Facility Today

To see for yourself the many amenities we offer, visit Iron Gate Storage at our Vancouver storage unit facility today. Our office is located at 2410 E. 5th Street, near Route 14 and Interstate 5, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday. Our helpful staff will be happy to give you a tour of the facilities, and can help you select the unit that best fits your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030

Tips and Tricks for Packing Items In Vancouver Storage Units

At Iron Gate Storage, renting one of our Vancouver storage units is easy and cost effective. For less than the cost of the square footage it typically takes to store items in your home, you can keep these items handy and ready for use when you need them at our clean, centrally located storage facility.

With a variety of different sizes from which to choose, our friendly staff and on-site management team can advise on the storage unit that best suits your purposes. Whether you are storing furniture, sporting goods, out-of-season clothing, books, or family mementos, the following are tips and tricks designed to help you pack and get the most out of your space.

Vancouver Storage Units Make Organizing Easy

Instead of dealing with clutter in your attic, closets, or garage, Vancouver storage units can help free up valuable space and simplify the process of organizing your home. When selecting objects to put into storage, follow this organizing strategy from All You:

  • Clear space in the kitchen: Storage space is usually at a premium in kitchen cabinets. Try removing everything from shelving and sorting out what you use every day. While packing specialty items, such as holiday and formal occasion serving dishes, china, and glassware, keep your essentials in bubble wrap or packing paper to store in your Vancouver storage unit.
  • Cut down on closet chaos: Vancouver storage units are excellent for reclaiming valuable closet space. Go through and remove any clothing items that do not fit or are out of style. Decide what you want to donate and what is worth saving. Gather these items along with all out-of-season clothing, and pack them in boxes for safekeeping prior to placing in storage.
  • Reclaim home office/guest room space: If you have been using your guest room or home office to keep old books, extra linens, or excess office supplies, it is time to reclaim this your space by using one of our storage units instead.
  • Declutter common areas: Do a final sweep throughout all common areas of your home and collect anything cluttering up your living space. Excess furniture, lamps, artwork, and other items can all be kept in your Vancouver storage unit until you or a family member needs them.  

Tips for Maximizing  Space In Vancouver Storage Units

Once everything is packed, you can maximize your Vancouver storage unit space with these tips from Apartment Therapy:

  • Use old wooden pallets to keep fragile items from sitting on the floor.
  • Use shelving and stack boxes to get the most out of vertical space.
  • Clearly and carefully label each item according to the contents and the area of your home in which it belongs.  
  • Think out of the box and experiment with bulky items, such as couches, coffee tables, and mattresses. Instead of laying them flat, you may be able to save space by standing them on end.

Our friendly, professional staff is available to help you choose which of our Vancouver storage units best suits your needs. Call or stop by our 1200 West Fourth Plain Street facility today.

Iron Gate Storage
1200 West Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 419-4200

Vancouver Storage Units – Helping You Enjoy the Great Outdoors

At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage unit facility can help you enjoy the natural attractions our area offers by providing a clean, secure space to store trailer campers, recreational vehicles, boats, and other types of outdoor equipment. Investing in these items lets you get up and go whenever time allows, but storage is often an issue. We help solve this dilemma and eliminate the hassles of keeping these items on your home or property by providing large, covered spaces that are easily accessible, at a price that is affordable.

Keeping Your Camper or RV In A Vancouver Storage Unit

RVs and campers are a major investment. They make up for the initial cost by allowing you to experience the great outdoors while saving you the money of having to get a hotel room on each trip. Unfortunately, when you get back from your travels, storage is often an issue. A Vancouver storage unit that is covered and in a gated area provides the safety and security you need to protect your investment while eliminating the need for taking up valuable space in your driveway or yard.

After each use and prior to storing in your storage unit, it is important to clean your RV or camper to keep it looking its best. Follow these tips from

  • Clean the roof with a bleach-based cleaner.
  • For the exterior, use a cleaner designed specifically for RVs or campers.
  • Clean the inside with an all-purpose cleaner, the same as you would your home.
  • Flush drains with bleach to prevent odors and mildew.
  • Vacuum the inside thoroughly, including curtains and around benches and beds.

Once placed in our Vancouver storage facility, you can rest easy knowing your RV or camper is secure. In addition to individual alarms on each storage unit, we provide a gated facility, on-site management, and 24-hour video monitoring for your protection.

Keeping Your Boat In A Vancouver Storage Unit

In addition to RVs and campers, we have outdoor Vancouver storage units to accommodate boats in a variety of sizes. Our closed gate facilities offer protection against vandalism and theft, while covered units ensure your boat will not be damaged by falling branches, rain, or hail. The US Boat Owners Association recommends taking the following steps when storing:

  • Make sure your boat is clean and tighten the cover securely.
  • Tie the drain plug to the ignition key to prevent loss.
  • Keep both the boat and the trailer raised in a slight bow up position.

Contact Iron Gate Storage Today

Located at 2900 NE 57th Ave, our Vancouver storage unit office is open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Our friendly, professional staff is here to answer any questions you have and can help select the right type and size of storage unit to best suit your needs. To find out more about how we can help protect and preserve your outdoor gear, contact Iron Gate Storage today.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779

Garage, Attic, or Vancouver Storage Unit?

Even if your home has an attic or garage, there are certain types of items you should keep in a Vancouver storage unit instead. Attics and crawl spaces accumulate dust and are hard to access, while items kept in garages can get damaged or stolen. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer clean, easily accessible units in a facility that is both affordable and more secure than most homes. Featuring on-site management, individual alarm codes, and 24-hour video recording, we also offer the use of a free 15-foot truck to help make your move in easier.    

Vancouver Storage Unit vs. Garage

Using a garage for storage rather than a Vancouver storage unit exposes your belongings to dirt and debris, as well as to theft. While some areas of Vancouver are safer than others, NeighborhoodScout reports that over 5,000 property crimes occur in our area each year.

You can avoid these problems by selecting a storage unit in Vancouver in a size that fits your needs and budget. We offer safe, secure indoor units perfect for holding the following types of items:

  • Old furniture
  • Household goods and decor
  • Toolboxes and home improvement supplies
  • Outdoor furnishings and lawn or pool maintenance equipment
  • Seasonal items and decorations
  • Sports and recreational equipment

If you do not have a garage or have concerns about safety, our Vancouver storage unit facility also offers outdoor units that are perfect for storing campers, jet skis, motorcycles, cars, pickup trucks, work vans, and trailers.

From Attic to Storage Unit

If you have been storing items in your attic or in crawl spaces around your home, you may be subjecting them to damage caused by mold, mildew, and pests. A Vancouver storage unit is a budget friendly solution to this problem, offering clean, safe units in a variety of sizes, making your items more easily accessible when you need them. According to the experts at Attic Care USA, mold is one of the most common problems people experience in attic spaces. It can affect items commonly stored in these spaces, such as:

  • Holiday décor;
  • Old or off seasons clothes, shoes, and jackets;
  • Bills, warranties, past tax returns, and home office receipts;
  • Antiques and other collectible items.

Damage from mold can render these items unusable and could potentially cause the spread of mold spores in your home. In addition, boxes, paper, and packing materials provide excellent nesting materials for rats, bats, and other types of rodents. These problems can all be avoided by using a Vancouver storage unit instead.

Contact Iron Gate Storage

For all your storage needs, contact Iron Gate Storage at our Vancouver storage unit facility, which is conveniently located at 2225 E. 5th Street, on the Northeast corner of Pearson Field Airport. Our office is open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and our helpful staff will be happy to help select the unit that is right for you.

Iron Gate Storage
12406 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 799-5100