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How Much Stuff Can Fit Into a Vancouver Storage Rental Unit?

Are you an inexperienced or first-time storage renter? If so, you may have questions about how much space you will need. This is a common problem as visualizing storage space is not an intuitive process. Of course, it is important to rent the correct amount of space. If you rent a unit that is too small, your things will quickly become cluttered and disorganized. On the other hand, if you rent a unit that is too large, you will be wasting money. Who wants to spend more than they need to? Fortunately, our team has the skills and experience necessary to help avoid either of these issues. We can help you determine the appropriate storage unit size for your belongings. To help you get started, we have provided a quick guide on some of the unit sizes available at our Vancouver storage facility.

5X5

A 5×5 storage unit is similar in size to a small walk-in closet. While this is one of the smallest units that we offer, it may be all of the space you need. In fact, many people are shocked to learn just how much stuff can fit into a 5×5 unit with proper planning and organization. For example, you may be able to fit a couple of disassembled furniture pieces, a mattress and a few standard sized boxes in this type of storage unit.

5X10

Our 5×10 storage rental units are similar in size to a large walk-in closet. Once again, with well thought out planning and packing, a considerable amount of stuff can potentially fit into this type of unit. Often, most or all of the contents of a small apartment will fit in a 5×10 unit. These units are usually perfect for college students, young professionals and newly married couples.

8×8

An 8×8 unit offers more square footage than a 5×10 unit and it also offers a different shape. Depending on the size and shape of your items, a square shape may be more desirable for you. The contents of a large apartment should be able to fit into an 8×8 storage unit.

9×20

Finally, a 9×20 storage rental unit is the largest size offered at our 57th Avenue location. Most of the contents of an ordinary house can usually fit into a unit of this size. If you are storing a large amount of items for your home or business, this unit may be the right one for you. Additionally, if you are in the process of moving or you are going through an extensive home renovation, you should consider renting a 9×20 unit.

Iron Gate Storage Can Help

If you need storage space in Vancouver, Iron Gate Storage offers solutions. Provide a list of your items to one of our dedicated storage professionals and he or she will help you assess your needs so that you can find your ideal storage space. To learn more about how we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our team today.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Vancouver Storage Units Can Help You Declutter Your Kitchen

Are you a foodie who loves to cook at home? If so, you have probably developed an impressive collection of kitchenware. Whether you live in a small apartment or a larger home, all of this kitchenware can quickly add up. This can create some problems, as there is only a limited amount of cabinets, drawers and shelf space in your kitchen. Many people want to keep their collection of kitchenware, but they simply do not have the space. Fortunately, there is a solution. If you find yourself running out of space in your kitchen, a Vancouver storage unit can help. By renting storage space, you will be able to declutter your kitchen while still keeping your collection intact.

Our Top Three Tips for Storing Kitchenware

  • Wrap Your Fragile Items in Protective Packaging

Most kitchen items are fragile. Whether you are storing glassware, plates or even pots and pans, you need to take extreme care when moving these things in and out of your storage unit. Fragile items should always be individually wrapped in the proper protective packing material. The material that should be used depends on the specific item in question. For example, if you are storing some sturdy old plates, you can feel confident wrapping them in newspaper. On the other hand, if you are storing antique glasses that were handed down by your grandmother, you may want to use the best bubble wrap on the market. If you have any questions about storing fragile items and selecting packing material, the storage experts at Iron Gate Storage would be happy to help.  

  • Use Boxes

When possible, kitchen items should always be kept inside of a box or a bin. This is important for a couple of different reasons. Ultimately, this provides an extra level of protection for your items. You do not want anything getting lost or damaged. Additionally, boxes also make it much easier to keep your storage rental unit well organized. By neatly stacking your boxes on top of one another, you can maximize your space.

  • Know What’s in Your Unit

Finally, it is always recommended that you keep an inventory list of the items in your storage unit. Remembering every little item in your unit is difficult task. Why even bother trying? Instead, simply create a master inventory list. This will be an incredibly useful tool, and in the long run, it will probably save you money. After all, if you forget what is in your unit, you may buy something you do not even need.

Do You Need Storage Assistance?

If you need storage space to help clean out your cluttered kitchen, our team is ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage we offer secured storage space at a very reasonable rates. To learn more about our Vancouver units, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our experienced storage managers today. We can’t wait to start working with you!

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Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Renting Out Your Home in Vancouver? You Need Storage Space

Many people in Vancouver rent out their home for large portions of the year. This may be because you have travel plans, because you need to temporarily relocate for work or school or because you simply live in another house or apartment in the area. Regardless, if you are renting out your house, you may find that you have a lot more stuff than you can handle. This is where one of our Vancouver storage units can help. A storage unit is a cost effective solution to your space problems.  

There are Drawbacks to Leaving Belongings In Your Home

If you decide to rent out your home, you may wish to leave some of your belongings within your house. While this can certainly be tempting, you need to consider the drawbacks of such an arrangement. First, depending on your prospective tenants this could make your property more difficult to rent. This means you could be left without a tenant for weeks or months longer than you expected. Alternatively, it might mean that you are forced to rent out your home for a lower rate. In this scenario, renting a storage unit may have actually saved you money. Further, leaving your belongings in your home is inherently risky. Of course you want to trust your tenant, but ultimately you will never know what happens when you are not there. You may not be able to get adequate insurance on all of the items you leave behind. It simply makes far more sense to rent storage space.

How to Select the Right Storage Facility?

There are many different storage facilities in the Vancouver area, and it is common to have trouble deciding which one is right you. When it comes time to select a facility, you need to ask yourself the following six important questions:

  1. Does the storage company have a good reputation?
  2. Is the location of the facility convenient for you?
  3. Does the facility offer the right size storage unit?
  4. How is the security at the facility?
  5. What are the facility’s access hours?
  6. Are the prices reasonable?

Why Should You Choose One of Our 57th Street Storage Units?

When conducting your storage facility search, you may find that our 57th Street facility can’t be beat. Our facility offers many important advantages and we always keep our customers coming back. A few of the key benefits of our facility include:

  • A sterling reputation as a reliable and honest business within the Vancouver community;
  • A convenient location, right near Vancouver Grocery Outlet;
  • A variety of different units offered, including 5×5, 10×10, 10×15 and 10×30;
  • Covered space available for RV and boat storage;
  • Top-notch security, including full fencing and individual unit security alarms;
  • Access hours seven days per week; and
  • Reasonable prices.

Contact Our Storage Professionals in Vancouver Today

If you are renting our your primary home or your are downsizing in Vancouver, our storage professionals are ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer a wide array of storage units all at a competitive rate. Please get in touch with one of our experienced managers today and we will find the ideal storage unit for your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Vancouver Storage Units Unravel – Getting Boxes to Move?

You are planning to move. If you have ever moved before, you know that it takes a large amount of cardboard to transport all of your belongings from the old home to the new one. Whether you are getting a Vancouver storage unit or moving directly from one home to the next, with no pit-stops, you probably want to have a good idea of how many boxes you will need to get from point A (old home) to point B (new home).

How Do You Get Your Boxes?

Many tenants have gone above and beyond trying to save money on buying cardboard boxes to move with, only to turn around and end up buying the boxes at our Vancouver storage unit facility when they struck out. Some may have gone from commercial trash can to commercial trash can, peeking in to try to find the sized boxes they needed. Others might have asked businesses if they could pick up boxes on their regular delivery day. Then, there are others who may have done a ton of running around, only to find out that buying the boxes they needed was the only way they were going to get those that were in good enough shape to keep their belongings safe and sound.

Double Up Boxes

Have you ever tried doubling up boxes for fragile items? Obviously, you cannot pack the same sized box into another box. Instead, you can pack bubble wrap or paper inside of the bigger box to line the outside of the smaller box that will fit inside. Pack bubble wrap or paper tightly around the smaller box to ensure that it will not shake around or move while you are transporting the box to your new home. Mark FRAGILE on the outside of the box to remind you that the box has fragile items inside of it. Essentially, the reason you would do this is to cushion the box in the event someone drops it on moving day.

Better Safe than Sorry!

It is better to have more boxes than you need. Of course, you may feel like you spent money you did not need to spend on boxes, but that is usually better than getting to moving day and realizing at the last minute that you need five more boxes for your trinkets and other smaller items. As such, overestimate the amount of boxes you will need and you will not have any issues arise on moving day.

Vancouver Storage on 57th

Contact us at Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver to discuss your storage needs. We are here to help you experience a smooth moving day, so if there is anything we can do to help, feel free to contact us and let us know.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Make the Best of Your Vancouver Storage Unit

For some people, organizing your Vancouver storage unit is common sense. However, if you take a look at many people’s garages or basements, you will immediately realize that most of us do not keep our storage areas even remotely organized. The best way to take advantage of a Vancouver storage unit does not mean piling it to the ceiling with as much stuff as you can jam in it. On the contrary, just like a garage, basement, closet, or any other storage area, you want to create an area that allows you to easily access and find whatever you need.

For a lot of people, this is easier said than done, especially when working with an area that often provides more vertical space than horizontal space. However, when you take advantage of every bit of space your Vancouver storage unit offers, you will be able to better organize it, as well as be able to find your stuff when you need it.

Consider these Tips

Here are some tips to ensure you make the best of your self-storage:

  • Never use cardboard boxes to store your belongings. Our Vancouver self-storage units may be safe from the elements of weather like rain, wind, snow, and sun, but that does not mean that you should rely on cardboard, which is flimsy, at best, to contain your property. Invest in plastic storage containers that are clear so you can see what you have packed in each box, no matter how low it is in the pile.
  • Be sure to label your storage containers. Create master lists for containers that have many smaller items in them. Specify what is in the containers, rather than labeling the box “bathroom stuff.” That way, you know exactly what is inside. Four containers of “bathroom stuff” could get confusing. Put each master list in an envelope and affix the envelopes to each containers.
  • Try to create space around each stack of containers so that you can maneuver around them and access whatever you need, when you need it. Create hallways or corridors, so to speak, between the piles of containers, so you can move them around, if needed. Keep the containers that you will need to access the most near the front of the storage unit for quick and easy access.
  • Use any organizational tools that you may need. For example, you can hang hooks and pegboards or use clothing or bike racks to properly store your items. Vancouver storage units have quite a bit of vertical space; you should find ways to take advantage of every bit of the space you have.

Getting a Vancouver Storage Unit at Iron Gate Storage

When it comes to organizing and storing your items in a Vancouver storage unit, there is nothing wrong with getting creative! In fact, we find that the more creative renters take advantage of the space in their storage units the best, so feel free to take advantage of every inch of your storage unit here at Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver. Your storage unit is a like a blank canvas – it is not only flexible, but it can also be designed to fit your storage needs perfectly, as well.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Preparing Your Home for Your Senior Parent with a Vancouver Storage Unit

Nobody is ever prepared to face the fact that their parent – or parents – are getting elderly. It is even more difficult to come to the realization that your mother or father – or both – can no longer live independently and need to either be moved into a senior residential facility or move in with you. If you do happen to move your senior mother or father in with you, you may want to consider a Vancouver storage unit. But, before we get to that, let’s take a look at how things are changing in this realm in our country.

Americans are Pre-Planning to Move Parents In

With the scary stories that we hear about residential facilities for the elderly, it is not surprising that many of us are leery about signing our parents into one. It seems that America is becoming a country of multi-generational living situations because of this issue. In fact, 44 percent of people shopping for houses say that they are interested in finding a home that would accommodate their parents, according to a John Burns Real Estate Consulting survey that was recently released. Preparation is the key to ensure that all family members are not stressed or overwhelmed when a senior is moved into the home.

Preparing Your Home

The following tips will help you, your spouse, and your children get your home prepared for your senior parent – or parents – to move in:

  • Give them their own space – You may be able to adapt a couple of rooms and a bathroom in one area of your home into a suite for your parents. The best place for seniors is the ground floor, to avoid them having to use stairs to get to their area of the house.
  • Be sure to declutter – More people means less space to move around in the home. Therefore, this is not enough room in the house for clutter. By decluttering, you will find that your home is more organized and comfortable for everyone living in the house. Additionally, decluttering will ensure that your senior parent does not trip and fall in cluttered areas.
  • Get a storage unit for extra belongings – Getting a storage unit can help to kill two birds with one stone. Your senior parent – or parents – will likely to want to keep most of their belongings. Seniors often find it difficult to part with their belongings, and your parents will not have to if you get them a storage unit. While you are decluttering your home, if you come across items that you do not want to part with, but have no space for, you can pack those items in the storage unit, as well.

A Vancouver Storage Unit for You

Everyone is going to have to adjust to the new living situation, but it can work, especially if you pre plan for the change. At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver, we want to help you and your senior parent – or parents – enjoy a smooth transition. Contact us when you are ready to rent a Vancouver storage unit and we will do everything we can to accommodate you and your family.

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

There are a variety of different reasons people need to rent storage units in the Vancouver area. Some people rent storage units to store all of their summer belongings during the winter and protect them from the bitter weather. Others rent storage units to hold their inventory or unused business furniture. Regardless what the reason to rent a Vancouver storage unit, more than likely, you are worried about how to keep your belongings secure.

When it comes to renting storage units, security and safety are usually in the forefront of people’s’ minds. This is obviously because you are storing items that have some type of financial value or at least sentimental meaning, and sentimental items are often worth more to us than items we purchased with our hard-earned money. Packing them away in a storage unit absolutely does not mean that you no longer want those items. On the contrary, you are putting your items in a place that you hope is safe to keep them.

Keeping Your Unit Secure

The following are three simple ways you can ensure your items remain secure while they are in your storage unit:

  1. Research – Before you rent a storage unit, research the storage facilities in your area, just like you would research a product that you are planning on purchasing, a restaurant at which you want to have dinner, or a hotel at which you are thinking about staying in another part of the country. It is always a smart idea to visit the property, as well, and make sure that you see plenty of security cameras at the entrances and exits of the property on which the storage units are placed. Another thing you want to see is a fence that surrounds the perimeter of the property. Some quick things to remember to check include:
    • Security cameras;
    • Security guards;
    • On-site management;
    • Adequate lighting (for those night-time jaunts to grab something out of your unit); and
    • Fence around perimeter.
  2. Locks – Typically, the person renting the storage unit is required to purchase a lock for the unit. Sure, you can purchase a cheap lock, but why do that when you can put the most powerful lock on your valuable belongings? Some of the best are not only tricky to pick, but also difficult to cut. Round, disc detainer padlocks are excellent choices for securing your storage unit.
  3. Value Items First – While you may want to keep your most valuable items close to the door so that you can just reach in and get them when you come back, savvy storage renters know to keep their most valuable items in the back of the storage unit. That way, in case a thief were to make it through the security and your lock, they would also have to dig to the back of your storage to find anything of value.

Getting a Vancouver Storage Unit

At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver, we are invested in keeping your valuable belongings safe and secure. Contact us to discuss our security measures and how we can help you get moved into your new storage unit today.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Tips for Using Storage While Moving to and from Vancouver

Moving can be overwhelmingly stressful and emotional for any family. In some cases, the family members have to say goodbye to close friends they have known for a long time, as well as schools, churches, and other parts of the community they have grown close to. While it will not diminish the emotional stress of the situation, getting a Vancouver storage unit can help to relieve some of the other stress that people often experience when moving.

When Storage Isn’t a Choice

Often, there is no other choice but to get a storage unit. Maybe moving or closing dates are not coming together as planned. Maybe it simply is not practical to move everything from one house to the other at the same time, or during the same week or weekend. Maybe you have to spread out moving over the course of several months. Maybe you have to be out of the old house before you can officially move into the new home. Whatever your moving quandary might be, integrating a storage unit into your move is not as difficult as it may seem.

What Should You Store?

Anytime you are incorporating a storage unit into the process of moving, you will want to determine which items you should store and which items need to stay with you. A good rule of thumb is to only pack things in storage if you can live without them during the entire move. For example, if you have an abundance of bath towels and linens, pack just the bare minimum to take to the new house and store away the rest.

What Will Fit Into the Storage Unit?

Most people have trouble estimating and visualizing what size unit they will need and what will actually fit into their storage unit. Check out our useful tools, our size guide and our space calculator, to help you figure out what you will need. Then, once you have chosen the size you will require, measure out and stage an area in your home, marked off with tape, where you can strategize what you want to pack in the storage unit.

To Keep or Not to Keep

Whenever anyone moves, they often have to make difficult decisions regarding their belongings. If anything you are packing has seen better days and does not have any sentimental value, consider throwing it away or donating it. Moving should also be a time when you clean out the very old and start anew. Another good rule of thumb is if it hasn’t been used in over six months, it’s not seasonal, and it’s not sentimental, it should be thrown away or donated. Usually, if you haven’t used something in six months, you probably don’t have any reason to keep it.

Vancouver Storage Units Right for You

At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver on 57th Avenue, we want your move to be as stress-free as possible. Let us know what we can do to make your move proceed smoothly. We can offer plenty of storage tips and tricks if you need them.

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