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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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Types of Tech in Vancouver Storage Units

We live in a digital age, and Vancouver residents are no exception to this. It is highly uncommon that families and individuals as young as five years old are found without cell phones nowadays. Whether you believe this is a good thing or a bad thing, Iron Gate Storage is here to provide the city with superior storage units in Vancouver to make sure they have a space to keep their electronics and other types of digital media.

Why Store Technological Devices

It may seem weird that we suggest keeping your technology in a storage unit, especially when you intend on using your electronic devices as frequently as you do. What we are suggesting, however, is not putting your iPhone in a box and haul it into a unit. Technology storage is highly useful for people who are moving, experiencing newlywed life, are expecting a baby, or who are going through a hard time such as a divorce, loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one. During these times in life, our Vancouver self-storage units come in very helpful. We can help you if you are experiencing a significant life change by offering storage for your technological devices.


Televisions can take up a lot of space, especially if you are moving. It is common that Vancouver residents will store their televisions in our units during a move because they know that the television won’t get broken, stolen, or ruined by outside elements. It is also common to see older, analog televisions, ones that used to stick out 5 feet from the wall, in our storage units. Many elderly loved ones who pass away leave their belongings behind for families to take care of, which is why it can be beneficial for those who are helping after the death of a family member to have a place to keep their belongings until other affairs are set in order.

Stereo Systems

Stereo systems are great additions to storage units. Many people who are expecting a new addition to the family, for example, are interested in baby-proofing their homes, which means that big speakers and sound systems are usually the first things that need to be packed away. Stereos are common items to see packed away in a storage unit because it allows parents to access them again once their children are a little older and loud music is less detrimental to their sensitive ears.

Old Technology

There is something nostalgic about old technology, especially if the old technology still works. The only problem is that older pieces of technology take up much more space than our iHomes, smartphones, or Kindles. People generally store some of the following older technological items in their storage units when they are newly married or going through a separation because they know the value and integrity of these items will be kept intact:

  • Record players
  • Cassette players,
  • CD players
  • Boom boxes
  • Typewriters
  • Rotary telephones
  • Flip phones
  • VCRs
  • Books

You may not agree the last one is technology as we have come to know it today, but they regardless make great items to store in your unit.

Getting Vancouver Storage Units Today

Don’t be a luddite! Think about all the reasons why technology storage in Vancouver is right for you! Call us today and secure your own self-storage unit.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Did You Inherit Property? An Orchards Storage Unit Can Help

It is always incredibly difficult to lose a loved one. Unfortunately, it is a difficult part of life that we all go through at some point. When it happens, it is time to focus on yourself, your family and your friends. The psychological health and emotional well being of everyone comes first. Of course, at this time, there are often some complex logistical issues that you will need to address. For example, you may have inherited a considerable amount of property from your loved one. An Orchards Vancouver storage unit can help you manage this complicated situation.

It Can Take a Long Time to Go Through Inherited Items

If you have inherited a large amount of property, you likely feel extremely overwhelmed. Do not worry; this is normal. In fact, many people report having similar feelings. The fact is, you will already have a lot to deal with at this time and you may not feel like you have enough time or space to sort through all that property. By renting a storage unit, you will give yourself all of the time or space that you need to give your loved one’s possessions the full attention they that truly deserve. If you have inherited many items, such as a parent’s entire estate, the things you inherited will likely fit into one of three categories.

  • Things to keep;
  • Things to sell; and
  • Things to throw out.

Without a storage unit, you may not have enough time to go through the estate to determine exactly which category each item belongs in.

How to Choose the Right Storage Unit for Inherited Property: The Two Questions to Ask Yourself


  • How Much Space Do You Need? Self storage units come in a wide variety of different sizes. At our Orchards facility, we will have a space available that fits your unique needs. When selecting a space, you need to find the perfect size. You should avoid overstuffing your unit, as that is how items get lost or damaged. At the same time, you do not want to pay for more space than you will actually need. Our experienced storage managers will be able to comprehensively assess your individual situation and can help you find your ideal storage unit.
  • Does the Storage Facility Have a Good Reputation? You should always pick a facility that has developed a good reputation within the Vancouver community. This means selecting a facility that offers proper security and well-maintained grounds and offers their services at a reasonable price. At Iron Gate Storage we operate many different facilities within the region and we have a proven track record of success.


Contact Our Vancouver Team Today

At Iron Gate Storage, we have extensive experience helping people solve their storage problems. If you have inherited property, or you need storage space for any other reason, our team is ready to help. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Planning a Wedding in Orchards? A Storage Unit Can Help

Weddings are unforgettable. Whether you are planning your own wedding, or getting ready for the wedding of a child or close friend or family member, there is going to be a lot of work involved. You will want to make sure that everything goes exactly as planned. In the event that you are actually involved in planning the wedding, you may quickly find yourself running out of space to keep all of those wedding-related items. Further, it can be a real challenge to keep everything well organized and in good condition. This just adds one more layer of stress to an already hectic time. Fortunately, there is a solution. An Orchards storage unit can be the perfect tool to help with planning a wedding.

Storage for Wedding Planning

If you are planning a wedding for the first time, you will likely soon realize that a wedding involves far more stuff than you anticipated. For example, a short of list of items that you might need to obtain for the wedding includes:

  • Dresses or other clothing;
  • Supplies for invitations and thank you cards;
  • Wedding decorations;
  • Plates and other food serving items; and
  • Tables and chairs.

Now imagine that dozens (or even hundreds) of people are coming, and all this stuff can add up quickly. A storage unit can be the perfect place to keep these items until the big day.

Post-Wedding Storage

The need for wedding-related storage does not necessarily end on the day of the wedding. If it is your own wedding, you may have a large amount of keepsakes that you want, but do not currently have room for at home. Additionally, many people receive numerous gifts at their wedding. Of course, soon after the wedding the couple may want to head off on their honeymoon or on another trip. It can take quite some time to actually get a chance to deal with all of the wedding gifts. In the meantime, a storage unit can be the perfect place to keep those items. This is especially true if you are moving into a new house or apartment soon after your ceremony.  

Consider a Climate Controlled Unit

A lot of delicate and valuable items are needed for a wedding. The last thing you want is to have anything damaged or degraded. This is a particularly important issue when it comes to the bride’s wedding dress. Many brides intend to keep their wedding dress for the rest of their lives. A storage unit can be a great place to keep a dress. Of course, you must keep in mind the fragility of the dress. Delicate clothing should always be stored in a climate controlled space. A climate controlled unit will regulate heat and humidity. High temperatures and humid conditions both present a serious threat to the long-term integrity of a wedding dress. By renting a climate controlled space, you will be able to ensure that your dress, and any other delicate wedding keepsakes, are fully protected over the long-term.

Do You Need Orchards Storage Assistance?

If you are looking for storage space for a wedding or any other type of large event, we can help. At Iron Gate Storage, we have helped many people throughout the Orchards region find the perfect storage unit. Please feel free to contact one of our storage managers today if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Using Home Organizers in Your Orchards Storage Unit

Many people think that they can only use boxes and containers – and sometimes even garbage bags – to pack their belongings in their Orchards storage unit. However, organizing your storage unit so you can access whatever you need whenever you need it is a crucial part of utilizing a storage unit. There are so many great home organizers that can be used in your Orchards storage unit, it would almost be a crime if you weren’t to use them to help you keep your storage unit nice and neat. Sometimes, you just have to take the time to think outside of the box.

Here are some ideas:


Since there is typically more vertical space in a storage unit than floor space, you should take as much advantage of the vertical space as possible. One way to do this is with shelves. Whether you repurpose something such as a bookshelf or create shelves from items you no longer need at the house, they will certainly help you take advantage of the vertical space you should be using. You can’t alter the storage units by installing shelves, but you can definitely create more room by utilizing space up to the roof.


Imagine all of things you can do with hooks in your storage unit. Rather than packing them together and leaving them to chance of scraping against each other, you can hang your expensive tools on hooks. They will also be easily accessible if you need them while they are stored. You may need quick access to your expensive ties as well, so just hang them on hooks in your storage unit and you can grab them next time you come by to store more items or to get something out of your storage.

Hat Boxes

It may feel wrong for some to pack jewelry and makeup in plain, brown cardboard boxes. Not only that, all of those boxes make it difficult to figure out exactly where these items are. If you pack them in hat boxes, not only will you feel better about how they are packaged in your storage, you will also be able to find them easier. In addition, you can put hat boxes on the shelves you are using.

Bicycle & Clothing Racks

Bicycle and clothing racks offer more ways to utilize that vertical space in your storage unit. You can use them the same way you would in your garage or closet, again, as long as you don’t alter the unit. Remember, if you are going to use clothing racks in your storage unit to only store freshly washed clothing, and do not use improper hangers to keep your clothes hung for long periods of time. You do not want your clothes to be misshapen when you come back to get them out of your Orchards storage unit.

Iron Gate Storage in Orchards

Come visit us at Iron Gate Storage, where we like to think outside of the box and come up with helpful storage ideas for you. If you have any questions about storing your items, feel free to contact us to discuss any of your storage concerns.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Preparing Your Treasured Collections for Your Orchards Storage

If you are a collector of anything that you treasure, renting an Orchards storage unit is a perfect storage solution for your collections that have grown to enviable, albeit space-absorbing sizes. Renting a storage unit in Vancouver means that you can keep your entire treasured collection in pristine condition without turning your living space into a museum or risking your collection being damaged by storing it in an attic, a basement, or a garage.

Keeping Your Collectibles Pristine

You have spent endless hours, days, weeks, and most likely even years collecting your treasured items.  The last thing you want is for anything to happen to them. Children or pets may get their paws on your collectibles, or an unexpected weather tragedy, like a flood or tornado, could sweep through your area, wiping out not only most of what is in your home, but also ruining your treasured collection.

Even when you are storing your treasured collection in a contained unit, you must pay close attention to how to properly store your valuables in order to preserve their value. The following are some helpful tips for storing popular collectible items in a storage unit.

Stamps, Cards, Books, and Other Paper Collectibles

  • Make sure you dust any paper collectibles and, of course, check to make sure they are dry;
  • Use plastic sleeves, albums, and top loaders for items like sports cards;
  • Stamps should be stored in glassine acid-free envelopes or albums that are made for stamps; and
  • Use sandwich bags or PVC-free plastic sleeves for photos; layer your photos between acid-free paper or sheets so they do not stick together. Peel-and stick albums should be avoided if you want to keep your photos pristine.


Advice for keeping your coins in the best condition possible is fairly simple. Get a coin folder, holder, or another container that is specifically designed for coin collections. If you use something that does not protect your coins, they could be harmed by chemicals, acids, and humidity. Obviously, you want your coin collection to remain shiny.

Glassware, China, Figurines, Dolls, Toys

  • Wrap anything that is fragile in bubble wrap, fabric, or paper. Use two different types of wrap to be sure your fragile wares are protected;
  • When packing in boxes, be sure to pack the heavier wares on the bottom of the box, then add a protective layer of bubble wrap or fabric; then add lighter wares on top;
  • Use foam filler, paper, or packing popcorn to fill in all empty spaces in each box; and
  • Use acid-free tissue paper to wrap soft dolls and toys;

Storing Collectibles in Your Orchards, Vancouver Storage Unit

The best way to protect your treasured collectibles when you cannot keep them in your home is to rent a storage unit. You can come to our facility and visit your collectibles whenever you want. With our self-serve access, you do not have to ask for assistance when you come to see your valuables. At Iron Gate Storage, we take pride in helping you keep your treasured collectibles safe, sound, and in perfect condition.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Orchards Storage Units: Choosing the Right Storage Facility

Preparing to move creates plenty of stress and confusion. You already have enough decisions to make without adding anything else on your plate. So, when you realize that you are going to need an Orchards storage unit during your move, it’s nice to know that your choices are simple and few. Here are some pointers to help you get started.

Temporary or Long-Term?

Knowing whether you will need a storage unit temporarily, for just the amount of time it takes you to move out of one home and get settled into the new home, or if you will want to keep the storage for the long-term, will help you decide which items should go to the storage and which ones should go straight to the new home. Of course, you can always change your mind if you think you need a storage unit for a shorter amount of time and end up needing it for much longer, because you do not have to sign a lease. Storage units are rented on a month-to-month basis; you can keep yours as long as you need it.

What Size Do You Need?

Once you decide whether you are planning to use the storage unit temporarily or for the long-run, you will probably have a good idea which belongings you will be storing in it. At this point, you will need to determine what size unit you will need. We have created a couple of tools for our customers to help them figure out what sized unit they will need. Check out our handy size guide and our space estimator to get a good idea of what size unit you should rent.  


There are certainly other aspects of a storage unit that you want to look into besides the length of time you will need it and the size unit you will need. For instance, you will probably want to ask the storage facility how secure their storage units and facility are. Do they have security cameras rolling 24/7? Do they have a gate around the entire storage facility? What do you need them to have to feel like your belongings are secure? Do you need a climate-controlled unit? Would it be convenient if they offered moving trucks on-site?

Use a Master List

Okay, you have settled on a storage facility and the storage unit that you are going to rent. Now, you need to make a master list of everything that you plan to put into the storage unit. As daunting as packing and moving is, there is a good chance you are going to forget that you put certain smaller items in storage. A master list is easy to reference back to and it can be easily modified when you take things out of storage by just crossing the items off the list.

Taking Advantage of a Vancouver Storage Unit at Orchards

At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver, we want your move to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. If there is anything we can do to make your move or your storage rental easier, feel free to contact us and let us know.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Orchards Storage Units: Finding a Good Storage-Mate

Many of us find that we do not need an entire storage unit to ourselves. Whether you are a college student storing your stuff for the summer while you are running off to an internship, or a new Etsy store owner who is just starting up, you may find that sharing an Orchards storage unit with someone else is in your best interest. To be sure, splitting a storage unit with someone else will reduce the amount that you have to pay each month.

A Win-Win Situation

Additionally, if you are planning to go somewhere far away from your storage unit, such as a dream internship overseas, you will have someone who can look after your stored items while you are gone. It’s a win-win for the both of you. But, before you split a storage unit with someone else, there are some things that you should consider.


Trust is probably by far the biggest issue of all. If you are planning to share a storage unit with someone else, you are also putting your belongings in their possession, so to speak. We would never advise you to share a storage unit with someone you do not know personally. Otherwise, you may go to get some of your stuff one day and find that the entire unit has been completely cleared out. Bottom line: be sure you only share storage units with someone you know and trust.

Pet Peeves & Deal Breakers

Too many people enter into roommate situations or business agreements and end up being enemies because of trivial pet peeves and deal breakers that should have been discussed ahead of time. If you are someone who is neat and clean and you like to have everything packed and stored in a perfect, organized manner, you may not get along with someone who plans to throw everything in black trash bags and pile them into the storage unit. You want to discuss your pet peeves and deal breakers before you sign any storage agreements so that these issues do not tarnish the relationship you currently have.

Determine Space Needed

The last thing you want is to sign a storage agreement, only to find out that your storage mate will be taking up 95 percent of the space. Figure out what the both of you plan to store, from furniture to little boxes of trinkets. It is often helpful to make a list of items that you plan to store. Encourage your storage mate to make a list, too. Then, use our handy space estimator or our size guide to determine what each one of you will need to ensure that space is not an issue.

Orchards Storage Units are Right For You

Of course, at Iron Gate Storage in Orchards, our friendly staff is here to help you figure out what you need, as well. Feel free to come in and visit our facility and meet our staff. While you are here, you can ask any questions that you and your storage mate have to ensure that your experience with us is hassle-free.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Kids Moving Back In? Orachards Storage Units Can Help

If your child just graduated from college or is returning back to your home after being away in the service, it may be because they cannot save or make enough money to live on their own yet. You may have already changed their bedroom into a home office or an extra room, and, in that case, you may find that you need a Vancouver storage unit to make things work. Regardless, when your grown-up kids move back into your house, it’s crucial to remember the following tips.

Set Rules Before They Move Back In

Things can become complicated when your kids move back home with the intentions of eventually moving back out into their own place. You need to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with them before they move back in. Explain how things have changed since they moved out. Discuss any chores or other tasks you will expect them to do. Consider whether or not you will expect them to contribute to the household bills or save up their money in a savings account. Even if you are ecstatic that your child is moving back in, you need to set ground rules to ensure things go smoothly.

Establish a Timeline

Do you want your children to live with you the rest of their lives? If not, you will want to discuss and establish a timeline, as well as ensure that your son or daughter understands that moving back in is not a “forever” arrangement. By creating a timeline, you are setting a goal for your son or daughter to look forward to moving out at some point in time in the future. They will be able to plan their finances and save accordingly, and, of course, if things change, you can always adjust the timeline.

Make Room

Now might be the right time for you and your child to get storage units. You have had the time to emotionally “let go” of your child, and now they are back home. This means that you have to adjust emotionally again, as well as make space for their belongings. If you both store the items that you do not need, it will not feel as cluttered in your house when your child comes back home. You are both going to have to make some sacrifices, but space does not have to be one of them.

Enjoy This Time

Remember that feeling you had in the pit of your stomach and the bottom of your heart when your child first left home? Now that you have a second chance to spend time together, make it count. Sure, there will be some sacrifices and adjustments; indeed, you have both become used to living apart. But when you start to feel upset or stressed out about the new living arrangement, remind yourself how you felt when your child first moved out and how much you missed them when they were gone.

Get Your Own Orchards Storage Unit in Vancouver

At Iron Gate Storage in Orchards, we would love to meet you and your children and help you get organized so that your living space is more conducive to enjoying each other. Contact us if we can help you with choosing a storage unit that will best suit your – or your child’s – needs.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

Spring Cleaning in the Fall: Using an Orchards Storage Unit

With the fall rushing quickly toward us, we are all starting to – reluctantly – think about back-to-school preparation. Most of us are trying to get back into a normal routine after the lazy, yet often fun-in-the-sun filled, days of summer. Of course, many of us typically think of spring as the right time to get everything clean, and we may even get the storage spaces organized. However, if you do your spring cleaning in the fall, as you are preparing for the back-to-school hustle, you will find that it makes everything so much smoother and easier.

Good Intentions & Hoarding Problems

Most good intentions regarding getting organized before school starts end up being just temporary fixes to the real problem. We tend to organize our living spaces by shifting our unnecessary belongings to areas of the house that are not being used. Areas like basements and garages are the typical dumping grounds for everything that we use only seasonally – or may never use at all.  Unless we organize completely and properly, our good intentions will eventually be undermined.

Organizing Correctly

Rather than continuing these bad habits that eventually lead to being back in the same spot you started at, you can declutter and make your house more spacious and organized. This is especially true if you have children. Items that you thought you stored away in the garage will soon enough pop back up and be in your living room, haunting you.

Ultimately, you should focus on keeping only the things that you use in your house. Everything else – summertime seasonal items, summer clothes, that sewing machine that you promised yourself you would use one day – should be packed in your storage unit. As you go through your items, ask yourself if you are going to use the item within the next three months. If not, pack it into your storage unit. Remember to label all of your boxes so you can find stuff when you need it and feel free to check out our size guide if you are not sure what size storage unit you will need.

How Your Storage Unit Will Change Your Life

Once you have accomplished your fall “spring cleaning,” and all of your excess belongings have been hauled off to your storage unit, you will start to notice your life change. With the clutter gone and items organized and in their places, getting up in the morning and getting the kids ready for school should be a breeze. Their closets and drawers will not be stuffed with excess clothes that are out of season and there will be no way for them to pull out their summer clothes just to play with them if they are packed away in a storage unit.   

Tips for Back-to-School Success

Here are a few more tips for back-to-school success:

  • Create a School Gear Area – Every day, you and the kids need to grab certain specific things, like backpacks, shoes, books, your purse, and your keys. Make a space in your house using decorative hooks and cubbies where this stuff is kept to reduce the morning hustle even more.
  • Post a Calendar The best place for this is usually on the refrigerator, but if you have a kitchen wall that can be used, post a calendar and a daily list of to-dos or tasks that need to be accomplished, both for you and your kids. This will help establish more organized routines each day.
  • Clean up Behind Yourself – It is even better to teach your children to clean up after themselves. But, we all know that children mimic our behaviors. If you are cooking in the kitchen, clean up spills and messes as they occur.
  • Prepare/plan meals in advance – One way to make your weeks much easier is to plan your meals in advance. By doing this, you can create your grocery shopping list according to the meals you plan to make. Then, pre-cook your meals over the weekend and freeze them. Another way to make a quick and easy meal is to pop some meat and veggies in a crock pot in the morning and let it simmer while you are at work and the kids are at school. It will be ready to eat and smelling amazing when you come home.  

Getting an Orchards Storage Unit

At Iron Gate Storage, we want you to have a great start for back-to-school this fall. Let us know how we can help you with your storage needs.  

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082