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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

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

Common Items Vancouver Residents Store When Moving

Unknown to many, there is an actually a fairly large population of Marshallese who live in Vancouver. In fact, people with Marshall Island heritage currently living in Vancouver comprise the highest demographic of non-white people within the population. Iron Gate Storage is here to support anyone moving to Vancouver. We provide the community with optimal storage units in Vancouver to keep their personal effects. Everyone moving to the area generally has different things to store, but check out the following common items you would find in a storage unit of a person who is moving the great city.


Anyone moving to Vancouver generally ends up with extra luggage that they need to store. Whether luggage is used to store clothing or books, once a family is settled into their new Vancouver home, luggage is large and bulky and it takes up a lot of room. There are not great spaces within a home or apartment that don’t take up a lot of closet space or room in the garage. Those who have recently moved to the area consider our Vancouver storage units because they know their luggage and other spare items can be stored carefully and remain well-protected (which is important for luggage, as it isn’t cheap to replace if it has been damaged).

Items of Personal Heritage

Families moving to Vancouver, Marshallese or otherwise, always bring items of personal significance with them. These historical items of heritage whether heirlooms or antiques, represent the traditions and customs of the past and are usually of great value. As important as these items are, you may be wondering why anyone would store them in a storage unit. There are actually two reasons why people moving to Vancouver would consider this option: 1) to save space and 2) to maintain the items’ integrity. Heirlooms can sometimes take up a lot of room in a new space, especially apartments that don’t allow for a lot of extra space. The items, despite their sentimental and actual value, are also not necessary to have around all the time. Our self-storage units in Vancouver also help to protect these precious items. You don’t have to worry about water damage, weathering, or children when they are kept in a storage unit. There is also increased security on our site that homes generally don’t maintain, decreasing the potential for theft or vandalism.


It isn’t uncommon that a family moving into the city will have furniture that they are unable to keep in an apartment. Many people who move to Vancouver for work or other jobs will end up in a smaller living space than they came from. During the temporary interim between moving and finding a house or bigger place to live, furniture that doesn’t fit can conveniently be kept in a storage unit. Consider keeping desks, dressers, or chairs in your unit. Washing machines and dryers also store nicely until you move into a place that has hookups.

Vancouver Storage

There are several things you can keep in your storage unit if you are moving to Vancouver. Call us today and reserve a unit to make your move easier.

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

Storing Your Vehicle in Vancouver Over the Winter

Many people decide to store excess vehicles or their boats in storage during the winter in order to protect them from the cold weather. In preparing your vehicle to be stored, there are some important considerations to make (in addition to choosing the right storage location):

Pest prevention

Plug any exhaust pipes and intake valves in order to keep small animals out (using socks typically work). Also be sure to throw out any trash that has accumulated and could draw in pests. If you are worried about small animals making their way into the vehicle, placing drier sheets or mothballs inside the car can also serve as a deterrent. Avoid using mouse traps or anything else that could result in a dead animal being stored in your vehicle all winter long.

If you plan to steam clean the inside of the car, make sure you don’t do this right before storing it, as this can cause moisture buildup and mildew. If you are worried about moisture, leaving desiccant in the vehicle can help.


Cleaning and waxing your vehicle before storing it is very important in order to ensure that it stays protected for the winter. By getting rid of dirt and any tree sap, you help ensure that the paint is protected. It can also be helpful to use rubberized undercoating and spray a protective coat on any unpainted metal parts under your car, but make sure you do not use these materials near any exhaust pipes because they are flammable. It’s also a good idea to remove the windshield wipers so that they do not stick to the windshield, as well as invest in a quality car cover.


Do not use the emergency or parking brake during storage so as to avoid placing too much pressure to the brake pads and rotors. The parking brake could also end up freezing. Wedging wood blocks near the wheels can help if you are concerned about your vehicle rolling while in storage.

Fluids and Ventilation

It is important to top off all fluids, especially the gas tank, so that moisture does not build up while the vehicle is in storage. It’s also a good idea to change the engine oil before storing it and use fluid stabilizer to help prevent corrosion in the fuel lines and engine. It may also be wise to leave the window slightly cracked to allow for fresh air to circulate while the vehicle is in storage.

Tires and Battery

Make sure you increase the air pressure in your tires before you start the car, as tires lose pressure over time and due to temperature change. If you can get your car on a jack stand to take the pressure off the tires while it is in storage, that is ideal. Remember also to take the battery out before storing the vehicle so that it stays charged during the winter when the vehicle isn’t in use.

Storage in Vancouver Washington

If you need to store your vehicle, boat, or personal belongings, we are here to help. Our facility offers several benefits to our customers, including a sterling reputation, covered space for RV and boat storage, competitive prices, and other amenities. Contact us today and find out how we can help.

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

Storing Books? Think Twice Before Choosing a Basement

Today’s modern reality has most of us moving around from city to city; perhaps first to college, then onto somewhere else (for work, graduate school,etc.), then maybe across the country for the perfect job, etc. For many people graduating from college, the books that they purchased are extremely significant, since they act as proof that they did all the work and developed an expertise in a particular subject. For others, holding onto their books may be directly relevant for their next step in life, especially if they need to refer to those textbooks in their professions.

If you do have to move back home, or move across the country or into a smaller space, your first thought might be: Perhaps I’ll ask my family members to store my books under the house in the crawl space—or in the basement—just until I move into a semi-permanent location where there’s room to store them. But what’s the problem with this? This could result in your precious book collection being absolutely destroyed by mildew, mice, rats, insects or all of the above. If your books are important to you, instead, think about storing them in a temperature and pest-controlled storage unit.

Important Storage Factors

According to the experts, the most important factor when storing books is to ensure that they are in a pest-free location with ventilation that isn’t subject to drastic temperature changes. Any dampness will result in mold and serious damage. Similarly, storing your books in plastic bags or other packaging (not bins) should be avoided because plastic bags allow moisture to get in.

Before you store books, you want to ensure that there’s no evidence of mice or insects where you plan to store them. This includes ensuring that there are no boxes nearby that may have, at one time, stored food.

Some people also find that wrapping each book in a material like bubble wrap or paper can be helpful in providing that extra protection for any particularly special books. Books should also be stored lying down or standing upright with the paper edges facing upward and the heaviest books at the bottom of the bin or box. It is also wise to pack paperbacks tightly and seal all of your boxes or containers.

Other Items That Do Not Belong At Your Childhood Home

Other items that shouldn’t be stored in a random location inside your family’s home, where they could be subject to moisture, temperature problems, or pests, include:

  • Delicate fabrics (this includes wedding dresses, baby clothes, Halloween costumes, etc.);
  • Any furniture or decorations that are made out of natural materials, such as wood;
  • Any important documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, medical records, photographs, etc.;
  • Electronics;
  • Candles; and
  • Cleaning supplies, art materials, paint, etc.

Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Can Help

Vancouver, Washington gets its fair share of moisture. Don’t risk losing evidence of all your hard work by storing your books in just any random location. Storage facilities are temperature and pest controlled, allowing you to safely store your books until you want them with you. Contact us today and find out how we can help you with your next steps.

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

3 Signs that You Need a Vancouver Storage Unit at Mill Plain

Many people throughout the Vancouver region are in desperate need of additional storage space. At the same time, no one wants to spend extra money. This leads many people to put off renting a storage unit for far too long. The bottom line is that if you are running out of space, you should take action and rent a storage unit now. The long-term advantages will far outweigh the costs. In fact, in some cases, renting a storage unit could even save you some money in the future. This is because it could stop things from getting broken, lost or thrown away. The following is a list of three warning signs that strongly suggest that it is time for you to get yourself some extra storage space.

  1. Your Garage is Cluttered Mess

The garage often becomes the first dumping ground for all of the extra things we have around the house. Over time, this often results in garages becoming so full of items that there is barely room to get inside. In some cases, people even run out of room to fit a vehicle. You should avoid ending up in this predicament. By overfilling your garage, you will have a very difficult time finding the things you need. Further, your belongings risk becoming lost or damaged. Ultimately, when your garage is completely full, it is time to rent storage space.

  1. Your Closets are All Full

Similarly, you should take a look at your closets. Are they well organized? Can you easily find everything you need? For many people, the answer to both questions is ‘no’. Messy closets can quickly spiral out of control. If your closets are all completely full, you likely have things inside that you will not need in the near future. Still, you might not want to throw these things away. This is where a storage unit can help.

  1. You Wish You Still Had Things You Threw Away

Finally, another warning sign that you need a storage unit is when you throw away things only to find out in the future that you actually needed them all along. Some people are pack-rats by nature; they save almost everything. Others are exactly the opposite. They get rid of clutter at the first opportunity. Unfortunately, this can lead to the frustrating realization that you tossed out something that you very much need. This will result in you spending time and money getting a replacement item. Who wants to deal with that hassle? A storage unit can be the perfect way to eliminate this problem.

Do You Need Storage Space in Vancouver?

The experienced storage professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. Our Mill Plain storage facility offers many different sized units at very competitive rates. To learn more about what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to give our team a call today. We are looking forward to assisting you!

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

4 Tips for Storing Tools in a Vancouver, Mill Plain Storage Unit

Let’s face it: tools can take up a lot of space. It is very common for people to run out of room to keep them in the garage or the basement. Furthermore, tools are also expensive. When you purchase tools, you are making an investment for many years to come. It is especially important to take care of your tools if you are hoping to use them in the long-run. While some tools may be used infrequently, you still will want to have them ready for whatever project might eventually come up. A storage unit in Vancouver can be a simple and cost effective way to help you safely store your tools. Before moving tools into storage, however, please consider the following list of four tips to help you keep everything safe and well-organized.

Protect Tools from Moisture

Even a small amount of water is a major threat to the integrity of your tools. You must ensure that your tools are kept free from any water or grime before putting them in long-term storage. If standing water comes in contact with a metal tool, you risk damaging it. The good news is that this problem can easily be avoided by taking the time to store your tools with care.

Use Pegboards

A pegboard is an excellent way to store tools and keep them organized. Pegboards are inexpensive and they allow for the efficient use of space. You may even be able to put up a pegboard within your storage unit.

Velcro Strips or Magnets Can Help

Beyond pegboards, you may also want to get creative inside of  your storage unit by using velcro strips or magnetic strips to store your tools. You may be able to put a velcro stip along a wall within your unit to keep tools properly organized. The same concept applies to magnetic strips. These can both be especially useful if you are storing a cabinet within your unit as you may be able to safely hang your tools directly on that cabinet. This is a great way to maximize your available space.

Make an Inventory List

This is especially important if you are someone who needs to store a large amount of tools. The last thing you want is to lose a tool, or any other item, during the moving and storage process. A simple inventory list can help prevent this from happening. The best thing you can do is to make a quick list which tells you what exactly what is in your unit and approximately where in the unit each item is located. Be sure that you continually update your inventory list as you move things in and out of your unit. This will ensure that you never need to dig through boxes looking for that one tool that you desperately need.

Contact Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Today

If you are looking for storage space for your tools, the experienced storage professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. For additional information about our Mill Plain storage units, please do not hesitate to call our team today. We are looking forward to assisting you!

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

Spruce Up Your Home Office with a Mill Plain Storage Unit

Increasingly, many people throughout the country are working from home. In fact, according to Gallup’s telecommuting survey, 37 percent of Americans now work from home on a regular basis. Additionally, the Gallup survey found that 22 percent of Americans work from home at least half of the time. Home offices are just as common in the Vancouver region. While working from home is a great option for many people, it does also present some unique challenges. Just like a traditional office, a home office can quickly become a cluttered mess. Fortunately, there is an easy and cost effective solution to this problem: a Mill Plain storage unit can help you keep your home office well organized.

Treat Your Home Office Well

Ultimately, your home office should be a place that encourages productivity. An organized office can go a long way towards achieving this goal. It is well worth it to take the time to set your home office up right. Some useful tips that will help you keep your home office in great condition include:


  • Always keep your desk clear: Many studies have shown that a clean and accessible desk promotes productivity.
  • Be wary of using ‘catch-all’ junk drawers: All too often people put things into these drawers and never see them again.
  • Be sure to install the proper lighting: Poor lighting will do long-term damage to your eyesight.  
  • Take the time to keep your papers under control: Documents and files can quickly stack up and become a huge mess.

A Storage Unit Can Be a Great Place to Keep Files and Documents

When it comes to maintaining a home office, documents and files present one of the biggest challenges. Even people who telecommute often end up with many boxes of important hard copy files. These papers can take up a tremendous amount of space. For most people, there is simply not enough room to keep all of these boxes within a home office. There is where a small self storage unit can be an excellent organizational tool. If you are considering putting paper documents into storage, you need to take the time to do it the right way. Specifically, please consider the following list of our five most important tips:

  1. Take a comprehensive inventory of your files: You need to know exactly what you are putting into your storage unit.
  2. Always use strong and reliable boxes: You should never store loose documents.
  3. Fill every box: Half full boxes tend to shift around and cause a mess.
  4. Make sure that each box is thoroughly labelled: Proper labelling will save you a lot of time in the future.
  5. Use a climate controlled unit: This type of unit will protect your important files from the risk of damage.

Do You Need Storage Space in Vancouver?

We can help. At Iron Gate Storage, our team of dedicated professionals has extensive experience helping our clients find their ideal storage solutions. If you are looking to spruce up your home office, or have any other storage-related questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to helping you.

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

Mill Plain Storage: Four Headaches You Want to Avoid

Renting a storage unit can be a great way to help you organize your home or business. At Iron Gate Storage, we want to help ensure that your storage rental experience goes as smoothly as possible. There are some mistakes people make when putting their belongings into storage which can cause major headaches down the road. The good news is that they are easily avoidable. If you are planning on renting storage unit space in Mill Plain, consider the following list of four common problems along with our advice on how to avoid them.

1. Water Damage

While in storage, water is one of the biggest threats that your items could face. If you have ever stored anything in a basement, you are probably aware of the mustiness that can develop with even the slightest exposure to water. This type of moisture in a storage unit can potentially cause a lot of damage to your belongings. You need to make sure that all of your items are completely dry before you put them into storage. Further, you need to select a storage facility that is in excellent condition. The absolute last thing you want is a leak allowing water into your unit.

2. Pests

Beyond water, pests are also a major threat to the your items. Once again, you need to select the right facility. When visiting a facility, always look for any signs of a pest problem. If you see signs of any infestation, such as droppings or reptile skins, this is a red flag against that facility. Further, be sure to avoid storing any food or soiled items inside your unit. Water, food and dirt will likely attract all of the pests from the surrounding area into your unit.

3. Disorganization

Disorganization is also an issue that could ruin your storage experience. Ultimately, you are renting a storage unit to make your life easier and more organized. If you let your unit become a dumping ground, this could create potential problems for your when you need to access your stuff. When moving items into your unit, you should always plan ahead as much as possible. Please take the time to store your items neatly. After all, eventually, you are going to want to retrieve your things. With a well-organized unit, you will be able to show up, get your items, and go home. You will not have to worry about digging through layers of stuff looking for that one missing item.

4. Overpaying:

Finally, no one wants to overpay for storage space. By investing a little time on the front-end to pack up your stuff neatly, you may be able to fit it all into a smaller space. If you make a list of your items and bring it to a storage professional, he or she can help you assess your needs and determine exactly how much space you require.

Do You Need Storage Space in Vancouver?

The dedicated storage professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. We have many excellent locations available that could be perfect for you, including in Mill Plain. To learn more about what our team has to offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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