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Self-Storage for Electronics

by NW Storages on 01/15/18




Self-storage is a great solution for many storage needs. One thing self-storage can help with is keeping your electronics safe and protected when you move, remodel, or go on vacation.


Here is the information you need to properly prepare your electronics for storage and to keep them safe and protected while they are in your self-storage unit. Storing your electronics right will keep them in good condition while they’re out of your home and ensure that they work correctly when you put everything back online later.


You’ll Need Supplies


You’ll need several items to be sure you’re ready to properly prepare, pack, and store your electronics items.  Everything from your e-reader to your video game console to that giant, flat-screen television all needs to be stored carefully in order to protect it.


Before you get started, you’ll need the following:


  • Boxes.  If you have the original packaging for your items, that is the best thing to use. If you don’t have boxes, foam blocks, and bags your items came in, then get yourself some boxes specifically designed for electronics. Your local electronics store or self storage office may sell these, and they are worth the money to protect your expensive electronics.

  • Protective materials. You’ll need plenty of things like bubble wrap, anti-static foam, and fabric for covering your items. You won’t want to wrap anything in plastic, because this can actually encourage moisture to accumulate,  which will damage your electronics.

  • Plastic storage bags. The gallon size will  probably work best for storing your cables, cords, and power bars; bag the items for each device together and store them taped or tied to their host so they don’t get separated or lost.

  • Silica Gel. You can find this in hardware and trailer supply stores, among other places, and it’s great for keeping your electronics from getting damp or wet. Get plenty of silica gel and put it everywhere in your storage unit to absorb moisture.


Other things you’ll need include:


  • Color coding materials. Whether you choose to use different colored dots, tapes, wires, or cable ties, matching cords and cables and even peripherals to the devices they belong to will make setting up much easier when you’re ready. Bagging items together is a good precaution, but accidents happen; color coding will ensure that nothing gets lost.

  • Camera.  You can save a lot of time and frustration by taking photos of the backs of your devices before you disassemble them. When you’re connecting everything later, you’ll know exactly what goes where.


Prepare


When storing your electronics, proper preparation is vital for the best protection. The most important thing to do is to clean everything thoroughly before putting it into your storage space. You won’t want a bunch of dirt and dust, crumbs, and other debris in storage with your devices; these things can attract moisture, cause scratches and other damage, and even attract bugs! Clean your electronic devices with canned air, screen cleaner, and anti-static cloths to remove any foreign materials you can.


It’s also vital to keep in mind that stacking your devices is not a good idea. If you’ll be storing a lot of electronics, bring or rent shelving to hold your items. Stacking electronic items can cause damage, so make sure to avoid doing it.


Be sure to backup all  data on your computers, tablets, and other devices you’ll be storing. It’s not likely that data will be lost during storage, but it’s possible. Be sure to have all of your data stored someplace safe, just in case.


Separate everything you’ll be storing. Don’t leave your printer connected to your laptop, remove external hard drives and pack them separately.  Don’t leave your devices attached to one another, and remove all cords and cables and store them as discussed above.


Box and package your items carefully, using as much foam, bubble wrap, or paper as necessary to keep things safe and secure. Old towels and t-shirts are especially good for this purpose. Mark your boxes with their contents so that you know which items need careful handling.


Find Storage


Ask your self-storage professional about the best space for your electronics.   Some things to consider are:


  • Is the facility heated or climate controlled? When storing electronics, extreme cold and condensation are to be avoided; if you can get a space that is heated or climate controlled, you’ll be reducing the chances of damage to your costly items.

  • What kind of security does the facility offer? Video surveillance is good, as are gates and fences, but ask about things like managers that live on-site, individually alarmed units, motion detection, and other security precautions.  The more security measures in place, the more you’ll be able to relax, knowing your property is safe.

  • If you don’t have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, ask if insurance is available for purchase. Insurance is usually required by self-storage companies, so be sure your computer, television, stereo, and everything else is covered.

  • Look  at any unit you are considering and make sure that it’s secure. Do the walls go all  the way to  the ceiling, or are the tops of the units open? Do the walls and doors go to the floor? Does the storage space have inside or outside access, or both? Is it in a well-lit area. Making sure your space is secure will help keep your property safe.

  • Is the self-storage facility in a safe and convenient location? You won’t be comfortable with storing your belongings if you aren’t comfortable with the location they’re being stored in.


Your electronics will weather storage well if you prepare them carefully, package them well, and use a secure storage facility with a professional staff and outstanding features. By making sure you’ve protected your expensive electronics, and that you’ve put them in the best, safest place you can find, you’ll have a great storage experience and your property will come out of it in proper working order!

Store Your Vehicle the Right Way!

by NW Storages on 01/08/18



Self-storage is a great option for your possessions, but it’s not just boxes and beds you can store! Let us show you why and how to store a car or truck when it’s not in use.


Why store your vehicle?


Storing your car, truck, or even golf cart, can be a great choice for various reasons.  Perhaps your vehicle is collector’s item or a classic; keeping it safe and out of the weather, off the streets, is protecting your investment while keeping it safe from damage.


If your car is just a spare, that you don’t drive often (perhaps you’re saving it for your teen!), storing it will save garage or curbside space, help prevent accidental damage, and possibly lower your insurance rates.


You may need just a short-term bit of storage while you’re away on an extended vacation or business trip. Self-storage can usually be used for a few weeks to a few months; many facilities offer the flexibility to pay for storage only as long as you need it, rather than insisting on a long-term contract.


But aside from weather, insurance, space, and protection, storing an unused, or rarely used, vehicle can bring you peace of mind by keeping it safe and secure.


What to look for in vehicle storage.


When you decide to store your car or truck, there are an abundance of storage facilities that can accommodate you. However, you want the best storage facility for your particular vehicle and circumstances. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about storing a vehicle.


  1. Security: In general, you’ll want to carefully check the security at every place you  tour; fences, alarms, gated access, video surveillance, and other protection measures are all worth noting. It’s not just weather and traffic that can cause damage to your vehicles, either; unprotected storage can allow for vandalism and even theft. The more security in place, the better. Even you old “beater” deserves great protection.

  2. Access: You may need access to your car at times. Make sure the facility’s hours are compatible with your own. You may prefer 24-hour access if you can get it, but just be sure that you’ll be able to use your car when you need to. If you plan on leaving the vehicle for a long period of time, you may still want to check on it from time to time to start the motor or just check things out.

  3. Climate: There is much to consider here. Indoor or outdoors? Heated or not? Open or covered? If  you’re storing a classic car or a collector’s vehicle, or if you’re going to leave your truck in storage for an extended period of time, a heated or climate-controlled storage space can prevent rust, corrosion, and other damage. For short-term or intermittent storage, heated storage can still be worthwhile but, at the very least, look for a covered space that will provide protection from the elements.


How to prepare your vehicle for storage.


Putting your car, truck, or other vehicle in storage requires a certain amount of preparation in order for the best outcome. Making sure your vehicle is ready for storage will ensure she’ll be ready to roar down the road when you're ready to drive her again.


  1. Change the oil.  This will ensure that your motor is protected with clean lubricant and a fresh filter. Acids and other damaging by-products of combustion can build up in dirty or old oil and cause problems for your engine, even when it’s not being driven. Knowing your oil and filter are clean will let you relax while your car is in storage.

  2. Wash and wax it. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s often overlooked. Even your older car will  do better in storage if it’s clean and the paint protected with a good coat of wax. Besides, when you’re ready to pull  your car out of storage, it’ll look great rolling down the road.

  3. Use a car cover. Even if your car is being kept indoors in a climate controlled unit, a fabric car cover will  keep dust and debris from accumulating on, and possibly damaging, your vehicle’s surface. Breathable fabric will also help prevent mildew, rust, and other consequences of moisture.

  4. Invest in a set of jack stands. Unless you plan on driving your stored vehicle regularly, getting the tires up off the ground is definitely a must. Cars left sitting for any length of time can develop flat spots on their tires, which will result in a bumpy ride when you retrieve the vehicle. In many cases, particularly low-profile, high-performance, or speed rated tires can develop permanent flat spots that will require an expensive tire replacement. Save the headache, and the money, but jacking your car up and putting it on jack stands during storage.

  5. Use a fuel stabilizer. It’s recommended that you store your car fully fueled, however your storage facility may prefer that you don’t. Either way, it’s impossible to completely empty the fuel tank, so a fuel stabilizer is a good idea. This will help keep moisture  from invading your fuel lines, among other things.


When you’re done storing.

Upon retrieving your vehicle, check it over. Make sure it starts properly and check to see that no warning lights are on.  If you’ve stored for a long time, you might want to have a mechanic look your car over to be sure everything is in good condition. If there was fuel in the tank when you stored, it’s likely a good idea to drain it and get fresh gas.


When storing your vehicle, the best results are obtained with the best preparation. Take your time, notice details, and make sure your vehicle is ready to be stored for a month or for a year or even longer. These steps will  help protect your car or truck and let you take the car out of storage in the best possible condition.



A New Year Means Resolutions!

by NW Storages on 12/23/17



New Year’s is a time to consider our lives and adjust our path in the world; here are some suggestions to help you rethink your goals and aims and adjust your course if you wish.


It’s so tempting to set lofty goals and high-flying resolutions each New Year; humans are nothing if not hopeful  that they can make changes in themselves and the world around them. The good news is that we can all do exactly that. The bad news is that we often set such unrealistic and unattainable objectives that we often get discouraged, give up, and never see the positive impact we could make on ourselves, our families, or our surroundings.


Below, you’ll  find some concrete suggestions for improving yourself and your world in the new year. The good news is that these are all so simple and easy to stick with that you’ll find yourself still doing them come next year!


IMPROVE YOUR DAY


By making small changes in the way you live each day, you establish habits that can make big, positive changes in your life. Try one - or all - of these new habits and see what they can do for your physical, mental, and intellectual health.


Take a walk every day.

Even a short walk of just 20 minutes a day has amazing benefits for you. Multiple studies have shown how much good a daily walk can do for you. For instance, daily walking has been proven to improve your overall mood and outlook.. In addition, walking can:


  • Reduce your risk of diabetes

  • Help prevent heart disease

  • Help you lose weight

  • Increase your lifespan

  • Improve your memory


Pay one compliment each day.

You can literally improve someone’s day, week, and even year with one kind word. “You have a beautiful smile,” when said sincerely, will keep that smile in place long after you’re gone. Plus, paying a sincere compliment to someone pulls you out of your own head and puts your focus on someone else. It’s been said, too, that giving compliments will spark your recipient’s creativity and put a smile on their face. If none of this will convince you to say nice things to others, then think on this: Smiling burns calories!


Read an article each day.

We are inundated with bits and bytes of information all day long. Whether it’s crawling across the bottom of the television screen or popping up while we browse the web, or being shared on social media, there’s a lot going on in the world around us. Taking the time to read one in-depth, researched, professionally written article on just about any topic can give us a better understanding of our world, while educating and informing us as well. Whether it’s an analysis of world politics or an exploration of a new medical procedure, improve your mind and understanding by reading a relevant article every day.



IMPROVE YOUR OUTLOOK


Life is big.  It comes at you fast and furious. Consider making an effort to shift your world view a little by engaging a little more.


Start a blog.

Your opinion, skills, talents, and creative efforts matter. A blog is a chance to showcase you, or to support causes and ideas you believe in. Whether you feature your own artwork, write rambling thought-pieces on your daily life, or draw attention to a situation or problem in the world, a blog lets you show the world who you are. It can also be a way to effect change, or to get things off your chest. That feeling of being part of the bigger picture can do wonders for your outlook!


Start a garden.

Gardening is relaxing and rejuvenating; it’s a forced slow-down to give you a break in the midst of your hectic life. Choose to grow flowers in a window box, beets in a big pot, or tomatoes in the backyard; any of these will help you get in touch with the natural world. Many plants, from carrots to miniature roses, can be grown indoors. Because there are plants that thrive in all kinds of weather, you can keep a garden most of the year, giving you an escape whenever you need it. While a large plot of food is an attractive idea, you can get the same benefit with a couple of houseplants or a window-box herb garden.


Start a journal.

A little self-reflection can be a wonderful  thing for improving mood and mindset. Whether you choose to record your daily activities, observations on your world, or just random thoughts and ideas, your journal can give you a place to vent your frustrations or record your happiness, frustrations, and accomplishments. A journal doesn’t need to be written, either; you can make video or audio recordings.. As a means of connecting with future generations, a .journal is a great, lasting representation of you, while providing you with a way to express yourself privately but preserve your thoughts for the future.



IMPROVE YOUR MIND


Read more books.

Reading the classics, contemporary best sellers, biographies, non-fiction, or anything else is god for you.  Great for you!  Reading helps reduce stress, encourages relaxation, improves memory, builds vocabulary, and improves critical thinking, writing, focus, and concentration. Books are a great way to escape daily life, learn new skills, or explore ideas and concepts that interest you. Even if you only read a few pages each day, taking time out to read a little is doing good for yourself.


Learn a new skill.

Once you have learned a skill, no one can take it from you. Whether you learn to tie a fishing fly or to write computer code, your skills can keep you employed, entertained, and engaged in something outside yourself. It needn’t be expensive to learn something new, either.  Yes, you can take a course at your local college or university, but you can also look into community education courses, free classes at local businesses, and even online instructional videos. And here’s a hidden benefit: The process of learning something new increases the amount of white matter, called myelin, in the brain; higher levels of myelin improve learning in all areas of your life!


Watch more documentaries.

There’s a documentary out there on just about any topic you can think of. To really investigate a topic or event, a documentary is researched thoroughly and explained clearly; you’ll learn a lot in a small bit of time, and gain a new perspective. Whether you’re interested in the history of baseball or the Civil War, a documentary a week will increase your knowledge and shift your outlook.


IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH


We tend to associate New Year’s resolutions with improving our health. Whether your stated goal is to lose weight, manage your conditions more effectively, or beef up your athleticism, you’re likely looking to make yourself healthier and stronger in the new year.


Eat fewer calories.

It seems obvious, but it’s so good for you! In addition to helping you drop weight, reducing your caloric intake has many other benefits. Eating more vegetables, which tend to be low in calories, is highly beneficial for your body as they impart vitamins and fiber into your diet. In addition, studies have shown that reducing calories will help you live longer, and be healthier while you do it.


Schedule a check up.

Going to the doctor is no one’s idea of a good time, but it’s got to be done. Stop putting off  your check up and preventive tests and make your health a priority. Besides catching potential problems early, and managing or fixing them, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in good health. Make this the year that you see a doctor regularly and follow his advice.


Destress daily.

Meditate. Cook. Craft. Take up yoga. Any focused activity that relaxes your mind and gives you pleasure can help you fight stress and its negative effects. Find at least one activity to enjoy every day so that you can let go of the tensions and worries of life. De-stressing will improve your blood pressure and mental health, reduce digestive problems, and help with all manner of health problems. You don’t need to spend hours at your chosen activity, either.  Even half an hour of relaxation a day will do you a world of good. If your New Year’s resolution is to make yourself a priority, you can’t do better than to de-stress yourself regularly.



While reveling in the new year, and celebrating all the promise and hope that it holds, take a moment to consider a few ways to make 2018 a year of self-improvement!




Fun for Your Family: Holiday Events in the Seattle Area

by NW Storages on 12/09/17



Seattle

Holiday Party and Barter Fair

December 10

 

Organized by Sustainable Ballard, this is a great event that lets you shop not with cash, but with goods, crafts, and services you can offer.  Maybe you’ll trade a homemade pie for a piece of handmade jewelry, or pick up a handmade scarf in exchange for some dog walking!  The possibilities are endless, admission is free, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Check out the website for more information on this unique and fun market experience.

 

Renegade Craft Fair

December 16 & 17

 

Once again, Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park welcomes the Renegade Craft Fair. Here you’ll find unique gifts for your loved ones, created by top talents nationwide, in addition to great local food vendors, workshops, cocktails, entertainment, and more. This event supports CERF+, which is helping to provide relief for artists and craftspeople affected by the fires and storms of this past year. PLUS!  There’s a giveaway you can enter online or in person!

 

Snowflake Lane

November 24 - December 24

 

Nightly parades, falling snow, holiday music and more combine to create a fantastic holiday experience for the family.  Food abounds here, with over 80 vendors offering a huge variety of snacks, meals, and beverages. Children will enjoy the holiday characters at this event, and Santa will lead the parade every night! Be aware that this is an outdoor event, and parade viewing is from the sidewalks from Bellevue Square to Lincoln Square.

 

Seattle Secular Solstice

December 16

 

Come enjoy food, song, and friendship at this celebration of human accomplishment where the past, present, and future come together in light and hope. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

 

Art Under $100

December 16

 

While you can buy a VIP ticket that admits you to this show an hour early, general admission to Southpark Arts’ show is actually free, as is the parking.  There will also be food vendors on site, and a raffle to enter, plus The Makery, and all ages art lab to participate in. Featuring over 60 artists working in mediums from painting to textile to glass, metal, ceramics, and more, the art here is incredible, affordable, and local.



Spokane

 

The Gingerbread House at the RL Hotel

November 24 - January 1


A life-size gingerbread house that you can actually explore?  Yes! In the RL Hotel in Spokane, the hotel’s corporate executive chef, has created an incredible, fairy-tale abode. There will be some gingerbread decorating classes available for children, as well as picture taking opportunities with giant Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread cutouts. Treats are available for purchase, as well as drinks, and $1 from each sale will go to Blessings Under the Bridge, a charity that feeds Spokane’s homeless.


 

Holiday Lights at the Gaiser Observatory

December 7 - 18


Every day from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can visit the Gaiser Observatory to view their amazing holiday light display. Parking for this event is available off of Takoa Street, as the area around the observatory is reserved for pedestrians during nightly show times.


The holidays are a time for family and fun, for celebrating and appreciating life. Enjoy these wonderful events meant to add to your season by helping you make memories that will last for years to come.


Time to Kick-Off Your Holiday Season!

by NW Storages on 11/17/17




As we are a storage blog, you might be surprised to find that we often write about places, people, and events that are unrelated to self-storage in any way. We do this because we want our blog to be helpful to you, whether you are storing your seasonal items, shopping for moving boxes, or looking for something fun to do with your family. This week, as Thanksgiving is upon us, we’ve got great ideas to help you to kick off your winter holiday season!


There are plenty of activities in Seattle and surrounding environs, as well as across the state. Here, we  present you with a sampling of some of the best, many of them free!  Many of these attractions begin in November and occur regularly right up to New Year’s, and some are one-time only opportunities, but all of them will light up your holiday season; some literally!


Family Events - Seattle / Tacoma

Village at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel

November 21, 2017 - January 1, 2018.

 

A 25 year tradition, the Sheraton Seattle’s Gingerbread Village benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year’s silver anniversary theme for the village is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle.  The creations here are not your usual kitchen-table gingerbread constructions, either; architects, engineers, master builders, the Sheraton’s own culinary experts have joined forces to create a vision of Seattle you won’t soon forget.  While admission is free, donations for the JDRF will be accepted both onsite and online.  


Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration

Saturday, November 25


Free to attend, this event will allow you to get pictures with Santa, see the lighting of the Market’s tree and shops, watch glass blowing demonstrations, and enjoy live musical entertainment and cookie decorating - all for free! In addition, you’ll be able to purchase food and drink, including fresh cider, from merchants and farmers present, shop for a tree, a wreath, seasonal foods, or the perfect gift made by a local artisan. This is a one day only event, beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the tree lighting at 5:00 p.m.


Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair

November 24 & 25


Start your holiday shopping off right purchasing gifts directly from Native American artists who made them. In addition, food booths will be available so you can nosh happily while perusing the various items for sale. Admission and parking at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center are both free during this two-day Thanksgiving weekend event.


Snowflake Lane

November 24 - December 24


Nightly parades, falling snow, holiday music and more combine to create a fantastic holiday experience for the family.  Food abounds here, with over 80 vendors offering a huge variety of snacks, meals, and beverages. Children will enjoy the holiday characters at this event, and Santa will lead the parade every night! Be aware that this is an outdoor event, and parade viewing is from the sidewalks from Bellevue Square to Lincoln Square.


Seattle Turkey Trot

November 23


If you’re looking for something a little more active for your holiday kick-off, how about a 5K run/jog/walk competition? The Seattle Turkey Trot is an 11-year-old Ballard tradition taking place on Thanksgiving day. Children (and dogs!) are welcome and t-shirts are given to all paid participants. Proceeds go to the Ballard Food Bank, to help families in need during the holiday season and beyond. Oh, and good news! If you forget to register in advance, you can sign up on the day of the run.


The Kitsap County and Olympic Peninsula


Fathoms O’Fun Breakfast with Santa

November 25


You and your children can have breakfast with Santa, participate in raffles for gift items and wreaths, and even get a portrait taken with Santa for a separate charge.  Kids under four can attend at no charge! There will also be a kid’s craft area, face painting, and balloon twisting!


Poulsbo Tree Lighting

November 24


Visit beautiful Poulsbo, also known as Little Norway, and enjoy the annual lighting of the city’s Holiday tree. Food and drinks will be sold, and the sights will be worth the trip!


Jingle Fest Holiday Craft and Gift Show

November 25


Come out to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and check out the wide variety of gifts and personal items presented by local exhibitors and crafters. Parking is free! This event benefits Meals on Wheels, too.


Spokane / Eastern Washington


The Gingerbread House at the RL Hotel

November 24 - January 1


Imagine a life-size gingerbread house that you can actually explore! Now, go see it in the RL Hotel in Spokane. Crafted by the hotel’s corporate executive chef, this fairy-tale abode is a sweet treat, indeed. There will be some gingerbread decorating classes available for children, as well as picture taking opportunities with giant Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread cutouts. Treats are available for purchase, as well as drinks, and $1 from each sale will go to Blessings Under the Bridge, a charity that feeds Spokane’s homeless.


Dayton Lighted Christmas Parade and Fireworks Spectacular

November 24 & 25


If you’ve never been to historic Dayton - or even if you have! - there’s no better time to visit than Thanksgiving weekend. The Dayton Lighted Christmas Parade lights up Main Street with an inviting, festive glow, and mule-drawn hayrides at the train depot, decorated cars, trucks, tractors, and even animals, and more, make this an event not to be missed. Artisans and artists will be offering gift items for sale, and food will be sold, as well. There’s more, too, so check out the website for this holiday celebration and plan to attend.


Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

December 1 & 2


An annual event for over 50 years, the Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is a sight to behold! Decorated vessels of every kind make their way from the Cable Bridge at Clover Island, to Howard Amon Park in Richland, and back to Clover Island again. The  Clover Island Inn offers dinner and room packages for this event, which includes viewing the parade. You can also watch from various points along the route, as well. Columbia and Howard Amon Parks offer excellent views. During the day, while you’re waiting for the parade to start, you can check out the Centennial Plaza Skating Rink in historic downtown Kennewick.


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