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Winter: Time to Walk It Off!

by NW Storages on 03/14/17

Spring approaches!

The first day of spring is just a few days away, and we’re all itching for that warm, wonderful, sunny spring weather the northwest is known for. Yes, there will be some April showers, but, oh, the May flowers! Spring in the Pacific northwest is a great time to shake off the winter’s boredom and get out and do something fun!

What’s fun?  How about a nice long walk?  Or a jog, run, or even bike trip. Washington is filled with amazing scenery, miles of trails, and everything from desert to rainforest, all there for you to enjoy this spring. So, strap on your hiking boots, jogging shoes, or comfy walkers, and take a stroll through whatever area interests you.

Trails abound!

City, beach, or mountain, you’ll find hiking and biking trails galore in the greater Puget Sound area.

Maybe a leisurely stroll or roll on Alki Beach would be a good place to start. Fantastic views,  protected sidewalks and bike lanes, and even the opportunity to bring Fido along with you, all make Alki’s trails a good choice for a local venture into the sunshine.   

If you’re into nature photography, the Arboretum Waterfront trail is a good option. Full of flora and fauna, the opportunity to snap that once in a lifetime pic is right here! For a gentle walk, the half-mile trail is flat and easy; if you prefer a challenge, additional trails are available as well. Due to the fragile nature of the bog itself, no dogs, joggers, or cycles are permitted here.

For a great walk in the city, check out the Burke-Gilman Trail.  Stretching from Gas Works Park to Fremont, this 2.8 mile trail offers incredible views of the Seattle skyline and the occasional peek into the workings of the city’s seafaring world, while linking multiple neighborhoods together, for a unique look at the city. Walkers, hikers, joggers, and bikers are all welcome.  

If you’re up for a bigger challenge, consider the Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point trail, a two mile looped trail that’s pretty popular.  The starting point for this trek is near Anacortes, just a ninety minute drive from Seattle. Featuring incredible scenery and various activities along your way, this trail welcomes dogs as well as people.  

Another place to try, also a bit out of your way, is the Snoqualmie Pass. The trails around here offer great views you can’t see anywhere else, and multiple trails of varying difficulty. Take a look at the list of these trails, along with information on what they offer. It’s a couple of hours of driving to get there, of course, but well worth the time and effort.  

Looking for a weekend trip to explore the kind of beauty only found in Washington? Then load up your gear and head for the Olympic National Parks on the spectacular Olympic Peninsula, just a couple of hours north of Seattle. From beach to mountain to forest primeval, and featuring all level of difficulty for you to choose from, the trails in the Olympic National Park are well worth the drive. The area offers sufficient accommodations for overnighting it, enabling you to take to the trails for a rewarding weekend of nature loving. Be sure to read up on the trails here, and to pick the ones that best match your skill and endurance levels.

And that’s not all, folks!

Just about anywhere you look in Seattle, there’s a park, beach, or neighborhood worth checking out. You don’t need to drive across the state, or even across town, to enjoy the beauty of western Washington, Seattle, and Puget Sound. There’s a lot for you to see and love wherever you are!

Obviously, our suggestions don’t even begin to resemble a comprehensive list of places to walk, hike, jog, or bike, either. For more opportunities to stretch your legs this spring, take a look at the All Trails website.

Spring Cleaning for a Clutter Free Home!

by NW Storages on 02/22/17

Spring is imminent, and we’re all excited to have sunshine and warmer, longer days ahead. Soon, we’ll be planting our gardens, planning vacations, and working on our tans. At this time, people everywhere dig in to the annual tradition of spring cleaning, too.

Winter makes a clean home hard to maintain. Dirt, mud, and snow get tracked in daily, moisture hides in corners and crevices, windows are filmed with water spots and dirt, and our garages are full of winter equipment like shovels and snowblowers, sleds and skis. Your house is a filled with bulky coats, loads of warm, heavy clothing, and boots and galoshes galore. With spring just around the corner, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs, sweep out the dirt and dust, and lighten our loads in preparation for a clutter-free, carefree summer.

Spring cleaning basics are easy: Move the furniture and vacuum under it. Sweep and mop and maybe even wax the floors. Launder the heavy winter bedding and replace it with lighter linens for the warmer weather. Wash the windows, hose down the sidewalk and driveway. But there’s more to spring cleaning.

Here is our guide to letting spring cleaning become Spring Decluttering. Get rid of what’s broken, outdated or outgrown, or not immediately needed. Donate items you’re not using and clothing you’re never going to wear. Get all that winter gear out of your garage and off your patio to make room for summer fun!

  1. Organize. Set aside a box or other container for items you’ll throw away, and one for items to be donated. A third container is needed for things you want to keep but won’t be using the next few months. A list with headings will help you determine what to do with larger items.

  2. When cleaning out your closet, a good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn something in the past year, you should probably get rid of it. Damaged clothing, torn or stained, can be thrown away or used as cleaning rags. But, there are items you haven’t worn but don’t want to get rid of. A fancy dress or Halloween costumes, for example. These items can be put into self storage and taken out when you need them. In addition, coats and boots that will be outgrown before their next use can also be donated as part of your spring cleaning; if you’re going to keep them, storage is a good way to prevent them from taking up your whole closet all year long.

  3. Winter equipment, like sleds, skis, snowmobiles and the like can be put in storage, freeing up garage, shed, and patio space for the summer. This goes for shovels and snow blowers, too. Just be sure that any fuel tanks are empty before storing them. Make room for these items in your storage unit by removing your grill, above ground pool, and sporting equipment when you’re putting winter items in.

  4. All that Christmas stuff you just put in the garage at New Year’s? It can go into storage, too.  Be sure to put it where you can find it next December!

  5. Spring cleaning applies to furniture, too. If you’ve ever considered going minimalist in your home, now is a good time to decide which furnishings you’d like to try living without. Anything you don’t think you’ll miss can be put into storage until you’re sure!

  6. While you’re at it, think about furniture that you don’t need now but might need later. Cribs, toddler beds, and other age or situation specific furniture can be stored until it is needed, while remaining easily accessible.

  7. Clean up your art and decor this spring! Now is a good time to shift your home to a lighter, brighter appearance. Heavy drapes, wintery landscapes, and darker textiles can all be donated or stored to make way for softer curtains and light sheers, cheery throw pillows, and brightly colored paintings and drawings. After all, spring and summer are more than just a time of year, they’re an attitude!

Spring cleaning is a great way to signal your mind that winter is over and fun times are ahead. Decluttering is shown to reduce stress levels, as well as to make your home feel lighter and more spacious. Once you’ve thrown out what is unusable, donated what is unwanted, and stored what you won’t be using for a while, you’ll be amazed at the change in your mood and outlook!

Doing Good in 2017

by NW Storages on 01/18/17

Do Good in the new year, and beyond.

Did you resolve that 2017 would be the year you give back more to your community?  Did you promise yourself that the next twelve months would be all about making the world a better place?  Are you looking for opportunities to help people while making your community, your city, or just one life, easier and more secure?  Are you committed to Doing Good? Then we’ve got the list you need! Below, you’ll find multiple opportunities to express your charitable self and make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe even lots of someones.

Do Good by volunteering.

If you’re looking to make the world a better place, there is no better opportunity than volunteering.  There are so many programs and charities that need your help, you’d be hard put not to find something you can do to help. Consider one of these for carrying out your resolutions.

YouthCare, in Seattle, was the first homeless youth shelter on the west side of the country. You can donate money and food or clothes, but they also need folks to cook, tutor, do yard work, and much, much more.

In Tacoma, the Rescue Mission is there for the homeless and needy in Pierce County.You can be there, too, by volunteering or donating to help.

In Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Shoreline and Carnation, consider helping Hopelink, a group that serves the disabled, children, seniors, and low-income families.

The Salvation Army is just about everywhere, and they do good all year long. You can help.

Seattle’s homeless women, children, and families can find help at Mary’s Place, a wonderful volunteer opportunity. One of their greatest outreaches is the No Child Sleeps Outside project.

Treehouse is an organization providing services and resources for foster children, helping them to have both a childhood and a future.

Youth Eastside Services – YES – provides help and services to children, teens, and families affected by poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more. YES offers opportunities to volunteer or donate, and make someone’s life a little easier.  

Do Good for your neighbors!

Do you know a single parent who deserves a night out, an unaccompanied trip to the grocery store, or even just a nap?  Every neighborhood has at least one mom or dad who raises their family alone and who could use a helping hand. You can help by giving of your time. Offer to babysit while that parent shops for groceries or goes to the doctor. Invite the family, or even just the kids, to dinner one evening. Anonymously pay the family’s electric bank or mail an unsigned gift card (food, gas, movies, whatever) or make a needed repair to their home or car. Single parenting is hard, but you can make it a little easier for someone. If your resolution was to “give back,” helping one family is a good way to do it.

Do you have older neighbors? You can rake leaves, shovel snow, sort recycling, haul off yard debris, and so much more. You can drive a senior citizen to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, or even provide a professional service (heater repair, auto maintenance, lawn work) for free. Again, if you’re looking to make the world a better place, you can start with just one person in your sphere.

A Little Free Library is a good way to improve your neighborhood, too. Or maybe you’d like to get your friends together to pick up trash in your streets, or to collect bikes, exercise equipment, household appliances, or other bigger items and deliver them all to a thrift store. You could organize a neighborhood food drive for your local food bank, donate your children’s outgrown clothing and coats, or choose one home that needs some TLC and organize a work crew.

You Can Help End Hunger!

For volunteer opportunities, consider Operation Sack Lunch, where you can help prepare and distrinute lunches for the homeless.

Food banks always need volunteers, cash, and food donations. And what could be better for the world and for the  human spirit than to help feed families and children? Here’s a list of some food banks in the greater Seattle area where your time, money, and donations will be welome.

University District Food Bank in Seattle

West Seattle Food Bank in Seattle

Salt of the Earth in Everett

Rainier Valley Food Bank in Seattle

Issaquah Food Bank in Issaquah

Ballard Food Bank in Seattle

Thurston County Food Bank in Olympia

Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe

St. Leo Food Connection in Tacoma

Renewal Food Bank in Bellevue

Lynnwood Food Bank in Lynnwood

St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

Greenwood Food Bank, Seattle

Food Lifeline, Shoreline

Emergency Feeding Program, Seattle

Do Good anywhere, any time.

The idea of volunteering and donating and working for those less fortunate is all about giving back to the world we live in, and about sharing our blessings with others. We do it to help, and because the warmth of heart and joy of spirit that results from making the world a better place are their own reward.

Whether you give your time, your expertise, your money, or donate needed items, charitable works are always the right thing to do. You can keep the spirit of the recent holidays, and the hope of the new year, alive for the next 12 months by helping out in your own corner of the world.

There are more opportunities than we’ve listed here, of course. Find a cause that interests you and make it your New Year’s resolution to work to make the world  better place, even if it’s just for one person.  

Six Seattle Secrets for a Sensational Season

by NW Storages on 12/12/16

So, here you are, in or near one of the best cities in America.  It’s the holiday season and, what with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and all other manner of celebrations, there seems to be an abundance of things to do. Unfortunately, you’ve already done them, and so has everyone else! Are there any new, fun, different, family-friendly holiday events in the great Northwest?

The answer to that question is: Yep. There are a number of lesser-known events and goings-on in the area that you may never have tried. You might consider checking out some of these in the next few weeks, for some fantastic and festive family fun! 

  1. The Icon Grill, located on  Seattle’s 5th Avenue, hosts a Santa Brunch every weekend in December, through the 24th. Santa arrives at 11:00 a.m. and leaves at 1:00 p.m. so he can be back at the North Pole in time for dinner. The brunch menu at the Icon offers a great variety, and includes some cheery grown-up beverages for Mom and Dad.  This event is so much fun, you might want to call for reservations.
  2. Head on over to Poulsbo for the Gingerbread House Party at the Farm Kitchen. Wait.  Don’t.  All sessions of this fun family activity have been filled!  Don’t despair, though; you can host your own Gingerbread House Party by ordering kits and gathering the family around the table.  There’s even an instructional video for creating your holiday masterpiece!
  3. Hot chocolate is a seasonal staple, and there’s no better place to get a great mug of this sweet, delicious libation than at Chocolopolis. Home to a large variety of drinking chocolate, as well as all kinds of edible treats, Chocolopolis also offers holiday gift baskets that can be customized and ordered online. After you’ve taken in some of the other activities on this list, a trip to the Chocolopolis shop on Queen Anne Avenue North is a great way to cap off the day.
  4. Bright, colorful light displays are an integral aspect of the holiday season. You can enjoy over a million lights blazing in the night at the Lights of Christmas show in Stanwood, along with a holiday themed dinner or Sunday dessert theater. Admission to this grand spectacle isn’t free (unless you’re under four years old) but they do have Pay What You Can Night, which is exactly what it sounds like. Pay What You Can Nights for this year are December 1, 8, 27,  and 28. Get more information on the Lights of Christmas website.
  5. Would your family enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Seattle? Well, who wouldn’t! Sealth Horse Carriages offers just such a ride in downtown Seattle, from their location on Pine Street.
  6. Children love making gifts for the ones they love. You can always find a great craft online at places like and  Of course, you’ll have to clean up the mess when they’re done, which sort of sucks all the fun out of it for you! You can always check out one of many kid-friendly craft centers in the Seattle area, though. Imagine, they make the crafts and you don’t have to clean up!  Find a place near you on this ParentMap list.  

For a wonderful, festive, enjoyable winter, Seattle and the surrounding area can’t be beat. Check out some of these great events and activities with your family, and make this holiday season the best one yet.

Kick Off the Holidays with These Seattle Area Events

by NW Storages on 11/16/16

Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to great food and the first celebrations of the holiday season, most communities offer many great, fun events to take part in. Seattle is no exception.

In the greater Seattle area, you’re likely to find something for everyone, including the out of town guests so many of us will be hosting for the Thanksgiving holiday. After you get done storing extra household items to make room for family and friends, you might want to take them out to see the holiday sights of Seattle and the surrounding area.  Here is a list of some events you might like to check out; some of these are even free!

1.       Like a parade? Admission to the Macy’s Parade is free. The event will be held on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. The parade route will start from Pine Street and 7th, and run along 5th, University, and 4th, then finish up at Pine again.  For additional information, check out Macy’s website. 

2.       Magic in the Market, on Pike Street, offers all kinds of fun activities for you and your family. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25. There will be live musical performances under the Market clock, free pictures with Santa and cookie decorating for the kids, plenty of food and drink items to purchase and, at 5:00 p.m., Santa and the crowd will count down the lighting of the Market holiday tree, and the lights of the Market.  

3.       Admittance is free to the Bizarre Bazaar. Located at the Sole Repair shop, 1001 E. Pike Street, the Bizarre Bazaar is an art market filled with a diverse selection of gift items to fill your holiday shopping list. Offerings range from clothes to food to art, and more.  If giving interesting, one-of-a-kind gifts is your holiday goal, this is the place to go!  

4.       Sing-Along-a-Sound of Music is being held on Saturday, November 26 in Tacoma’s Theater District. The sing-along gets underway at Broadway Center at 2:30 p.m. with a showing of the classic movie which includes audience participation with interactive musical numbers. Dress like a Von Trapp, and enter the costume contest!  Admission ranges from $12 to $29.  Find out more and get tickets:  This event precedes the annual tree lighting event, below.

5.       The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event has been a Tacoma tradition since World War II.  This free community event gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in the Pantages Theater lobby.  A celebration kicks off the festivities, along with the singing of carols. There will also be photos with Santa along with the lighting of the tree.  You can get more information here:

6.       Tickets for the Santa Train are $24 and can be bought online.  This even includes a 2-hour trip from North Bend to the festively decorated Snoqualmie station, refreshments, a visit with Santa and a small gift for each child.  

7.       Viewing the Seattle Festival of Trees is free for the family.  Gorgeous designer Christmas trees will be on display in the lobby and motor entrance of the Fairmont Hotel at 411 University Street in Seattle. The event runs from November 19 through 30.  There are various related events that will take place during this time, as well, including a gala dinner and the raffle of one of the designer trees; these events benefit local organizations. 

Life in Seattle is always good, and it gets even better during the holiday season.  We hope you check out one or more of these great events this month. 

If you’re looking for self-storage at this time, we’ve got one more event for you to take note of.  Local self-storage companies are offering Thanksgiving Gift Basket Giveaways when you rent a space.  Go to our home page to find a storage office near you; if you rent before the 22nd of November, you can enter to win a gift basket that includes $50 in free groceries, as well as other gift items.

photo credit: LuminaryPhotoProject <a href="">Thanksgiving dinner table served with turkey, decorated with bright autumn leaves</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">(license)</a>

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