Category Archives: Downtown/Westside


Leaving Vancouver for a Temporarily? What to Do With Your Stuff

These days, many people find themselves having to leave home for a temporary work assignment. In fact, many of the new jobs created since the financial crisis eight years ago are in the form of contract or temporary employment. Whether you’re in the military, or your job otherwise requires travel on a regular basis, what to do with all your things, especially your valuable possessions, when you have to leave Vancouver can be perplexing.

If you have to leave Vancouver for a work assignment, placing your important belongings in a storage unit can provide you with peace of mind and security when you’re out of town. Not only will your belongings be safe, but being stored in a temperature- and pest-controlled unit will also prevent damage to sensitive items such as photographs, sensitive documents, antiques, etc.

Important Features for Your Storage Unit

When choosing a storage facility to store your belongings in while you are away for work, there are several features you will first want to ensure are in place, such as:

  • Security: video surveillance, a locked gate surrounding the facility, perhaps the option of individually alarmed storage units, on-site management, etc.
  • Short-term lease agreements: the length of time you may be on your work assignment varies and may not last a full year, etc.
  • Unit size: you will need a particular type of storage unit if you are looking to store a car, RV, boat, etc. People who live in heavily-populated cities often have no choice but to store their car when they go out of town because it could otherwise be towed if it is parked on the street for too long.

For many, a temporary work assignment means they only plan to take a suitcase that includes the bare necessities with them, so a larger storage unit—housing most-all of their belongings—is necessary (especially if that unit has to serve as a family storage unit for all the other members in your family).

If That Temporary Assignment Turns Permanent…

Even individuals who end up moving for a permanent work assignment often find that storing a lot of their possessions and only bringing the necessities with them initially can be helpful when they first get to their new location so that they can choose the perfect home before undertaking the move.

Storage Units in Downtown/Westside Vancouver

If you are getting ready to leave town for a work assignment, you likely have a lot on your mind. Making sure that your home isn’t vandalized should not be something you have to worry about. Come check out our storage units at your convenience—we offer the very best amenities to busy people who don’t have the time to worry about their belongings.

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

Tips for Decluttering Your Vancouver Home Over the Holidays

Many families invite relatives and friends to visit over the holidays, and sometimes this forces us to take a look at our homes and figure out how we can declutter the space in which we live. Furthermore, this may even prompt us to perhaps do something new with them, such as setup holiday decorations or turn a storage room into a study. But where do you begin? How do you decide what you can and cannot throw out, especially if you are storing belongings for family members who no longer live there, such as kids who have gone off to college?

Figuring out where to start can be challenging. But there are some tips out there offered by professionals, and one of the most important initial choices you should make in deciding to declutter your home is to rent a storage unit. Indeed, this will ensure that you can easily clear spaces without first taking time to figure out what you can throw away.

Organizing Comes First

If you organize your belongings first before purchasing containers, this can be helpful in planning out your space and ensuring that you aren’t stuck with a bunch of unused containers when you’re finished.

Don’t Do It All At Once

It can be beyond overwhelming trying to tackle an entire room or house in one day. Rather than aiming to spend eight hours decluttering, instead try to do two or three hours at a time..

In addition, once you’ve decided that a particular item is going to the storage unit, take it there. Do not keep boxes and bags lying around your house with the intention of taking them at a later date. By completing the process and following through to completion, it will help you continue to work on decluttering your spaces.

Be Prepared For Upkeep

Keep in mind that decluttering is a lifelong process, which is why renting a storage space makes sense. In a month, that beautiful, decorated space may very well be cluttered with items again. By having a storage space continually available to you, you always have a place to put the extra items that you don’t use every day, but can’t toss.

Contact Us to Rent a Storage Unit in Vancouver

If you live in or near Vancouver, we are here to meet your storage needs with one of our numerous storage units available to you today. Spaces in your home can be decluttered and turned into game rooms, playrooms, offices, or even family gathering spaces for the holidays. Come visit our storage location today and find out how we can help you get started remaking your home as you have always wanted it.

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

Storing Baby Related Items in Downtown Vancouver

Having a new baby is a very exciting time for any family. Of course, with a baby also comes the need for a ton of new stuff. Not only will you need to baby-proof your home, but you will need purchase baby supplies such as clothing, toys and new furniture items. All too quickly, your new baby will grow out of these items. This leads to a conundrum for many parents: Should you just get rid of all that baby stuff? You can sell it or give it away to a friend. However, in many cases, that is not a desirable option. You may want to keep all of that baby stuff for the future, but it will take up a lot of space in your house. Fortunately, this is where Downtown/Westside Vancouver storage unit can offer a cost effective solution. By keeping your baby items in a storage unit, you can save them for the future without cluttering up your home.

Storing Baby Clothes

It is amazing how quickly young children grow out of clothes. In fact, a new baby will need bigger clothes every few months. Many parents want to save all of those unneeded baby clothes. This is particularly useful for couples who anticipate having another child in the future. In those cases, baby clothing can be reused, saving a lot of money. A storage unit is the perfect place to keep all of those outgrown baby clothes that are beginning to pile up. When storing baby clothes, or any other type of clothing, please consider the following storage four tips:

  • Only store clean clothing;
  • Make sure clothing is dry and protect all clothing from moisture within the storage unit;
  • Store clothing in well-labelled boxes or bins; and
  • Consider using a climate-controlled storage unit, as this is where clothing will store best.

Storing Infant-Related Furniture

Infants also require specialized furniture. Much like clothing, babies will quickly grow out of this furniture. Some examples of commonly used baby furniture includes:

  • Cribs;
  • Bassinets;
  • Changing tables;
  • Playpens;
  • Booster seats; and
  • Nursery chairs.

All of these items can take up a considerable amount of space in your home. Most likely you will not want to keep a changing table or crib in your house or apartment after it is no longer in use. Still, you might not wish to get rid of these furniture pieces yet either. A Vancouver storage unit is the perfect place to keep infant-related furniture pieces. As in your home, these items can take up a lot space in storage. Therefore, when possible, it is usually best to disassemble the infant furniture before placing it into storage. This will allow you hold a lot more in your storage unit. Please be very careful when taking apartment any furniture items and take care to ensure that you do not lose any small pieces.   

Contact Iron Gate Storage Today

Whether you are looking to store baby clothes, a crib, toys or any other items, our team is ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer competitively priced storage units throughout the Vancouver region. Please do not hesitate to contact our storage professionals today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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

3 Tips for First Time Storage Renters in Vancouver


Renting a storage unit for the first time can be stressful and intimidating. After all, moving your belongings into a storage unit is a big task and you do not want to pick the wrong unit. As a first time renter, the best way to protect yourself is to gather as much information about storage as is possible. If you are looking for storage space in Downtown Vancouver, please consider the following list of three tips for first time renters.

1. Know the Facility

Every storage facility is different. It is important that you select a the facility that truly offers what you desire. When selecting a storage facility, some of the issues that you should consider include:

  • Location;
  • Company reputation;
  • The variety of different units available;
  • Cost;
  • Security;
  • Access hours; and
  • Customer service

Ultimately, you are making an investment in the facility. By definition, storage is a medium or long-term activity. The last thing you need is the hassle of moving all of your belongings into a separate facility because your initial pick was not up to the job.


2. Plan Ahead

Moving things into storage can be a complicated task. The good news is that you can dramatically simplify this process with some basic planning. Before you move your belongings, you should consider the following four questions:

  • Do you know how much space you need?
  • Do you have a basic plan for organizing your unit?
  • Do you have all of the necessary moving and packing supplies?
  • Do you have enough time and manpower to get the job done?

Having a plan will save you a lot of time. If you have any questions about packing materials, or any other part of the moving process, the experienced professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. We also offer a free move-in truck to new customers who are renting a storage facility that is 7.5X10 or larger.


3. Find the Right Size Storage Unit

No one wants to pay for space that they will not actually use. On the other hand, you also want to avoid renting a space that is too small. It is very difficult to retrieve items from and overstuffed storage unit. Further, overfilling a unit can cause your things to become lost or damaged. You need to find the ‘Goldilocks’ storage space. Of course, determining exactly how much space you need can be challenging for first time renters. Let our professional managers help. Simply bring us a list of the items that you are looking to move into your unit and we can determine how much space you need. Most first time customers are surprised to learn just how much stuff they can fit into our storage units with proper packing and organization.

Contact Iron Gate Storage Today

Whether you are a first time storage renter or merely looking for a new space, Iron Gate Storage can help. We have many different facilities throughout the Vancouver region. Please do not hesitate to call our team today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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

5 Tips for Storing Wood Furniture in a Vancouver Storage Unit

Many people throughout the Vancouver region have wood furniture pieces that they do not currently have space for. A storage unit can be a perfect solution for dealing with your lack of extra space. Of course, wood furniture items are also often antiques, and as such they can be quite  valuable. Additionally, these items are usually very delicate. It is critical that they are are treated with care and stored in the right type of environment.

1. Clean Your Furniture

Before putting your furniture into a Downtown/Westside storage unit, you need to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, it will save you a lot of headaches in the future. When it comes time to take your item out of storage, you will want a clean item. Even more important, dirty furniture items risks damage. Any debris that is left on a wood furniture piece for a long period of time may cause the item to rot.

2. Treat the Wood

Many wood furniture pieces should be treated before being placed into a storage unit. While this is not necessary in every case, it is worth considering. Treating wood will help preserve its structural integrity. By doing this, you could dramatically extend the life of your furniture piece.

3. Protect Your Furniture from Moisture

Moisture is the number one threat to wooden products. If your wood furniture is exposed to even a small amount of water, for any extended period of time, very serious damage could result. You need to protect your belongings. Make sure that your wood furniture piece is completely dry before you put it into storage. When you do put it into your unit, it is best to cover your item with a light cloth. A light cloth will allow your item to breathe while also providing it with adequate protection.

4. Use a Climate Controlled Unit

Many items do better in a climate controlled unit. Anything made of wood or paper should be stored in this type of unit. A climate regulated storage unit will keep both the temperature and the humidity within a set range. This is important because extreme temperatures and high humidity can damage wood products. The climate controlled units at Iron Gate Storage are competitively priced and will provide your valuable furniture pieces with the protective environment that they require.

5. Disassemble the Furniture

Whenever possible, it is best to disassemble large furniture pieces before putting them into a storage unit. By doing this, you will be able to maximize the space available within your unit. Remember to be very careful when taking wooden furniture apart. Take the time to note how the item will go back together. Further, be sure that you do not misplace any of the small pieces.

Do You Need Storage Space in Vancouver?

The experienced storage professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. We have many conveniently located self storage locations throughout the region, including at Downtown/Westside. If you are looking to store wood furniture, or any other items, please do not hesitate to contact our team today to learn more about what we can do for you.  

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

Downtown/Westside Storage Unit: Cleaning Out Your Garage

Five Tips to Help You Organize the Garage

1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Cleaning out a garage can be a labor intensive and time-consuming project. It is not a project that you should rush your way through. Whether it takes a whole day or a whole weekend, you need to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete your organization project. After all, if you are going to invest the time to clean out your garage, it is worth doing it the right way. The last thing you want is to have to quit halfway through, forcing you to simply stuff everything back into your garage.

2. Remove All Items from the Garage

If you are just tidying up your garage, removing all items is likely unnecessary. However, if you are beginning a major de-cluttering project, your first step should probably be to remove everything or almost everything from your garage. By doing this, you will be to make a plan that will help you best utilize your space.

3. Work the Perimeter

When moving things back into your garage, you need to focus on organization. The best way to do this is to start by working on the perimeter. This is especially important if you are going to park a vehicle in your garage. Even if you are not planning to use any space for a car, you should still start from the perimeter and work towards the middle.

4. Use Your Vertical Space

Your garage likely has a lot of vertical space that can be used to help keep it well-organized. Vertical space can be used in a number of different ways. You may want to set up some shelves on the back or side walls of the garage, you may want to set up space to stack up boxes, or you may be able to hang some items, such as tools, along the walls. Regardless, do not underestimate the value of vertical space.

5. Do Not Overfill Your Garage

Finally, you need to be sure to avoid overfilling your garage. After all, by overstuffing the garage you will soon end up with a cluttered mess again. When cleaning, you may find some items that you can simply throw away. However, most of your belongings you will likely wish to keep. This is where a  storage can help. A self storage unit can be the ideal supplemental tool to help keep your garage and home well organized.

The Benefits of a Downtown/Westside Storage Unit

If you are looking for self storage space in Vancouver, the experienced professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. Our Downtown/Westside self storage facility offers many key benefits, including:

  • A convenient location, just off of Fourth Plain Boulevard;
  • A wide variety of different sized units;
  • A free 10-foot move-in truck;
  • Fully secured units, including a 24 hour surveillance video and individual alarms;
  • A clean, well-maintained facility; and
  • Highly professional managers with extensive storage experience.

To learn more about what we have to offer, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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