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Moving Information You Need, and Can Actually Use!

by NW Storages on 06/15/17

Moving.  Whether it’s across the street, across town, or across the country, moving is a stressful time. No matter how much you organize your move, no matter how much effort you put into minimizing the stress and confusion of moving, the fact remains that a move is a disruptive,  unsettling life event. And the single biggest problem with moving? Time. There’s not enough time to pack, there’s not enough time to make lists, there’s a delay between the time you leave your current home and the day you move into your new house. Always at a premium, time becomes a matter of vital importance when you’re  moving.  Just like planning a wedding, planning your move means making sure things are done on time, and that each task is done on schedule, so the next job can be completed when it needs to be.


But how can you know what needs to be done, and when? Should you put in your change of address before or after you leave your old place? How much lead time does the moving company or truck rental place need to accommodate you? Who is going to tell you what to do and when to do it?


We are!


Below, you’ll find a list of things that need to be done when you move, and when they need to happen. While you can’t always stick to the timeline religiously, it’s certainly a handy guide to keeping track of your moving progress.


Eight Weeks Before Your Move


  • Purge anything and everything you can. Discard what’s broken, unwearable, or unusable. Donate the rest.

    • TIP: Many thrift and secondhand stores will pick up your donations, particularly if they involve large items like furniture and appliances.

  • Rent a self storage unit to store things to make room for major cleaning, or to stage your home for selling.

    • TIP: Check to see if your storage facility offers hand trucks, moving trolleys, elevators, and roll up doors, so you can more easily store larger items.

  • Pack and label belongings you won’t be needing before the move.

    • TIP: If you’re having difficulty finding strong, appropriately sized boxes for packing, check with your storage facility. Many offer discounted moving supplies, including boxes and tape.


Four Weeks Before Your Move


  • Notify your utility company, water, sewer, garbage, telephone, cable, satellite, and internet provider of your new address and date of your move. Arrange disconnect and reconnect services.

    • TIP: If you’re not sure when you’ll be in your new home, or if you don’t have a place arranged yet, check with your self storage company to see if they offer mail and/or forwarding services. Some do.

  • Make a home inventory list of your items in storage, items still in the house, and personal belongings you’ll be packing later.


Two Weeks Before Your Move


  • Create a “survival” box, filling it with items you’ll need while between homes and until your belongings are delivered to your new place.

  • If you’re using movers to relocate, confirm dates and times with them now.

  • Arrange child and pet care for moving day, if necessary.

    • TIP: It’s a huge relief to be able to supervise the movers, or load your truck and/or car, without worrying where the kids are or if the dog has run off!

  • Begin deep cleaning your house, and making needed repairs.


Two Days Before Your Move

  • Finish the laundry, so you won’t have to do it while you’re trying to move into your new home.

  • Time to do final cleaning of windows, cabinets, and closets.

    • TIP: If you run across an item you may have missed in earlier cleaning and packing, don’t panic! Take a moment to add it to items in self storage, so you don’t leave it behind.


Moving Day

  • Final cleaning of floors and things you may have missed.

  • Turn down (or off!)  the thermostat on your heating/cooling system, as well as the refrigerator and freezer.

    • TIP: Leave a full, opened box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer to absorb any remaining odors and prevent new ones while not in use.

  • Do a last minute walk through of all rooms, and outside, checking for uncleaned areas and possessions you may have missed.


For more information, download a free, printable moving guide filled with information, tips, and ideas to make your move easier, less stressful, and maybe even fun!

FIVE Things to Get Out of Your House to Improve Your Health

by NW Storages on 05/27/17


We all know that clutter creates stress within our bodies. Study after study has shown that too much stuff, too much visual noise, too much to see and hear and do, overloads our  brains and creates the stress that can lead to physical and psychological exhaustion, weight gain, health problems, and mental fatigue. We need to unclutter our homes, our desks, our very lives, to be healthier, stress-free, and enjoying life.


Self storage can help you de-clutter your home, relax your brain and body, and improve your health, and not just by keeping your furniture and sporting goods safe! Here are a few other things to store, so you can reduce clutter.


  1. Art, bric-a-brac, and tchotchkes: You can have too much stuff, particularly when it comes to things that do nothing but look nice. We aren’t talking no decoration at all, or even getting rid of anything, but consider sorting your art and other household decor by color, style, or any other category, and limit your displays to one of these categories at a time. Box the others up, still sorted by categories, and store them at your local self storage facility, where they’ll be kept safe and sound until you’re ready to swap displays! Even too much art on the walls can be a stressor. Once again, consider themes, colors, artist, or style as the premise for sorting artwork. A few pieces, based on a theme of some sort,  will have a greater impact on a room than too much, and the visual clutter of too many colors and pictures, or walls too filled with art, will be resolved. You can swap out the stored art for the displayed art at any time, maybe opting for certain paintings or hangings based on season or something similar. Maybe every couple of months, one person gets to pick the pieces they like best! Storing your art can be tricky, so be sure to ask your storage professional for advice on how to wrap, pack, and stack your paintings, sculptures, wall hangings, and other pieces for storage.

  2. Books: If  you’re an avid reader, even an e-reader, you probably have books - stacks and piles and shelves of books - in your house. This isn’t a bad thing, but it certainly contributes to the clutter in your home. Self storage is a wonderful way to keep your books without having them in your way. Sort by author, genre, publication date, whatever you like. Put the books you want to keep but probably won’t reread any time soon into storage. Box them carefully, stack them flat, include some silica packets to add protection against moisture, and store your treasured tomes where you know they’ll be safe.

  3. Collections:  Whether you collect glass animals, seashells, or antique tools, your collection creates visual noise when it’s on display. Visual noise is just another way of saying “clutter,” and with clutter comes stress and distraction. Solution? Display a few of your favorites, and box the rest up and store them. Find a storage facility with quality security to ensure that your extensive collection of disco shoes is protected while it’s out of your sight.

  4. Clothing: You want to get your favorite sundress out of the closet, but there are three down coats, a ski suit, and last fall’s sweater collection in the way. All of it is necessary, but it’s not necessary right now. Excess clothing is clutter in your closet, and reducing clutter includes eliminating the stress of hunting for what you want. Store whatever you’re not wearing, and you’ll be able to lay your hands on exactly the item you want, without having to move half your wardrobe out of the way. Clothing to be stored should be clean, fully dry, wrapped in towels or sheets, and placed in boxes. When the time comes to swap wardrobes, your turtlenecks and sweaters will be ready to go, and you can store your summer togs the same way. Less closet clutter means less hassle, less time, less stress, and less mess for you.

  5. Toys: Do your kids have too many toys? Are you constantly tripping over bicycles, stepping on plastic blocks (OUCH!), and finding puzzle pieces in every nook and cranny of your house? We tend to think that more toys will keep our children happier and busier, but clutter stress affects small humans, too. Too many toys, too much stuff all over their rooms and on the patio, makes it hard for kids  to focus on any one activity. It contributes to the dreaded cry of “Mom, I’m bored!” They’ve looked at their toys for so long, nothing seems new or exciting. Our solution is a great one: Box up half their toys (the ones they’ve played with recently is a good place to start) and put them in storage. Out of sight, out of mind! Your children will rediscover toys they’d previously lost interest in, they’ll have less trouble keeping their rooms tidy, and they’re likely going to sleep better because the clutter of toys will not be distracting their minds. In a few months, pack up the current toys and take them to storage, then bring back some of the toys you locked up earlier. The RC car that sat idle in your son’s room is suddenly “new” and interesting. Your daughter’s doll house is in storage, making room for her drawing easel, and new art will be produced. In addition to reducing stress and mess, storing toys extends their usefulness, because they’re constantly being rediscovered and enjoyed!


We’d like to leave you with one more suggestion for decluttering:


What do you have that’s taking up space and mental bandwidth that you can live without? Which of your treasured items are you certain you will  never need to use again? That extra bicycle, the unused waffle iron, even last season’s trendier or outgrown clothes, can find new life in new homes. Donate to a worthy charity or a thrift store and know that your discarded items are no longer clutter, no  longer causing you stress, but are needed, wanted, and being used by someone else. And that kind of feeling, of knowing you’ve done a good deed? Is also a great de-stressing tool.


For more information on how self storage can help de-stress your life and improve your health (stress contributes to all kinds of health problems, of course) contact a local self storage facility and ask one of their knowledgeable staff members for more tips, size and pricing information, and extras that might be helpful to you.  

Secrets to Finding the BEST Self Storage Unit!

by NW Storages on 05/19/17

Finding the best self storage options for your exact needs can be a daunting task. There are dozens of self storage facilities in most areas, and each one purports to be the best for everyone. Big units, small units, heated, unheated, indoor, outdoor, gated, local, chain … But there are all sorts of things to consider when looking for a self storage unit, and multiple things to consider to get the perfect self storage unit for you. How can you make the best choice for YOU with so many options out there?  Well, you can start by taking a look at our suggestions, below, before you go on your search to find the best self storage.


Price is often the first, most  important consideration when renting storage. And price is important, of course. Self storage does nothing for you if you can’t  afford the monthly fee. Besides, you don’t want to overpay for a unit that doesn’t suit your needs, and a low price isn’t a good deal if you don’t have the exact unit you need.

On the other hand, is it worth paying a little more for better security, a more experienced staff, or a safer location?  Yes, it is. If you qualify for a senior, student, or military discount, be sure to see if the facility offers these and how to get them. Multiple space discounts are another benefit to check into, as are referral incentives, coupons, and available move-in specials.

You’ll also want to factor in any free items the facility might offer. Many places offer free months of rental, free move-in trucks, free locks, gifts on your first visit, and even giveaways and referral bonuses. All of these items can be counted as value-adds and increase the buying power of your storage dollar. Ask about free items and special offers before signing on the dotted line.

When it comes to price, self storage facilities can vary widely, even within a neighborhood. Be sure to look at any unit before you rent it, and consult a guide to storage unit sizes to ensure you’re not paying for more, or less, than you need.


Do you need a very large, or very small space? Will you be storing a car, truck, or RV, and would you prefer to keep it inside or outside? Are you looking to store a houseful of furniture or just business files? Does the facility offer both roll-up and hinged-door access, so you can store larger items easily, if necessary? There’s no point in paying for a lot of space you don’t need, or for cramming things into a smaller space than is optimal, or in not being able to make full use of your storage unit. Make certain that the facility you choose has exactly the storage unit you need.

Most companies offer units ranging from small lockers to double-garage sized units. Some places offer even smaller, and larger, options. It’s a good idea to make a list of the things you’ll be storing (types of furniture, number of boxes, specific large items, for example) and bring it with you when looking at spaces. Be sure the facility you choose has the storage space you need, and options for changes in your circumstance. For instance, if you decide to store additional items, is there a larger space available or would you need to go to a different storage company?

Make sure that the variety of spaces offered at any storage facility will meet your needs and will be able to meet any future needs you may be able to anticipate; you won’t want to have to vacate a space, pack up your trucks and cars, and move on down the road just a few months after you move in!


Of course you want a convenient location, however, the closest unit may not be the best for you. An extra mile or two in distance may offer a much better situation for your self storage needs. For instance, a facility located very near the ocean might not be the best place for outdoor storage, and driving a little further inland may be worth the time and trouble. You may not want to drive twenty miles to your storage unit, but would ten be worth it to save money or to get the size of space you need? These are things to consider.

Consider, too, whether a few extra miles are worth traveling for better security and safety. If you’ve found a space in a questionable neighborhood, or in an area given to burglaries and break-ins, convenience may not be worth the risk to your stored items.

Another aspect of location is the proximity of your storage location to other services you make use of. If you can stop by the storage unit, check your mail box, fill up your gas tank, pick up a pizza, all in the same area, you’ve just saved yourself a lot of time, which is a total win!


Of course you have a lock on your unit, but what other security features should you be  looking for? Self-storage facilities offer a variety of security precautions, and the more the better! Yes, more security - especially high tech measures - may increase the price of storage slightly, but a few extra dollars can mean more peace of mind for you.

Look for off-site recording of video cameras, well-lit properties, gates with computerized access and personalized codes, regular security patrols, and a willingness to keep illegal activities off the premises. High fences, razor wire, individually alarmed units, and active, involved management are signs that a facility takes the security of your property seriously.

Realize, of course, that more, better security can result in slightly higher pricing for self storage, but a little more money now is better than having to replace losses later! Look around the facility you’re considering and ask questions; you want to be able to relax, knowing your belongings are safe in your storage unit.


In addition to security, you need to consider safety. Is your prospective storage unit located in a floodplain? Is the neighborhood a high crime one, given to various crimes against people and property?  Do weather and climate often create slippery, icy, or otherwise dangerous conditions for people  accessing their units? Trees may look nice, but are they well maintained or are they likely to fall on your car while you’re on the property? These are valid questions to help you determine if you will feel safe while you’re at the storage facility. Look for well maintained grounds, flat, even walkways, and equipment in good repair, before renting.


All the convenience, security, and low prices in the world won’t mean much for your self storage experience if you can’t get to your belongings. Check that the facility’s access hours will work for you. If you work all week, and your storage unit doesn’t  allow access on Sundays,  you might want to look elsewhere. If your unit is available every day, even holidays, are the hours workable for you?  If the hours are extremely limited, or occur during normal working hours for you, the benefits of self storage are also going to be limited for you. If 24-hour access to your property is important to you, be sure to ask if it’s offered; some places can accommodate this and some cannot. Just be careful to find out when you can get to your property and ensure that those hours and days work for you.


Do you need a mailbox to go with your storage? Are you a business and need to have deliveries made to your storage facility? Do you have enough boxes to hold the belongings you’ll be storing? Many self storage facilities offer services and good beyond just a unit and a lock. Some amenities and merchandise you might look for include:

Sales of storage and/or banker boxes

Commercial delivery acceptance

Shelving sales and assembly

Mail boxes

Fax service

Copy service

Moving supplies such as bubble wrap and tape

Storage advice and problem solving

Most self-storage facilities today offer a great many amenities, security measures, and unit sizes. Asking the right questions, and knowing what answers to look for, can help you get the most for your storage dollar. Self storage can make your life easier, less cluttered, and more enjoyable, if you’re sure to get the unit you need at the right price and in the right location.


by NW Storages on 05/12/17

Self storage is a great option for everyone. Storage can  serve to declutter your home, make moving easier, or provide a place to keep things you want but aren’t using at the moment. The right sized storage unit, at the right price, with the right security and amenities, can make a big difference in your day-to-day life; an affordable self storage facility, secure, local, and well-managed, is a great way to keep the items you want while you’re not using them.

But how do you store these items? Some things we want to store, such as furniture and books, are special to us. How do we pack and house these items to maximize their safety, and ensure that they are in the same condition when we remove them that they are today?

Everyone knows the basics,  of course.  Boxes, tape, labels for the boxes. Protective coverings for furniture and beds. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, tissue paper. But what else might you need to keep your self-storage items clean, dry, and protected?  

Well, at Northwest Storages, self storage is all we do, so we know all the tricks of the trade! Our experience has given us the edge, and we have a few suggestions to give you the edge, too.


First and foremost, you want your items to be kept dry; wet weather, floods, and public works accidents can all cause damage to your items in storage, especially if they are stored directly on the floor.  Even if  your storage unit is on higher ground, or has never flooded before, it can happen without warning, and just a small amount of water can do big damage.  For instance, do you get ice on the ground in the winter? If your storage unit has outside access, that ice could melt and leak into the room. Now you’ve got, mold and mildew threatening your belongings, not to mention regular old water damage and moisture induced rot.

What  to do?  Store with pallets! Now, you’re likely to be able to find free pallets just about anywhere. Internet sites like Craigslist usually have them listed, and local grocery and merchandise stores usually have a pallet or twenty laying around, too. So, go get them! And then, lay them out in your storage unit to keep your boxes and furniture and sporting equipment and more up  off the floor. Yes, you lose a couple of inches of vertical storage, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind you’ll have, knowing that your belongings are off the ground and protected against water.

In addition to getting your items up off the floor, you can control ambient humidity in your storage unit, as well. If the facility is not heated or climate controlled to avoid moisture, place a few silica gel containers around the unit to draw the dampness from the air. You can buy silica gel in many forms, and it’s quite helpful at keeping things dry.


Much of your furniture is actually several pieces, assembled. When storing, you will save space and increase your unit-packing options by breaking these pieces down to their parts. Remove legs from sofas, tables, dressers, and chairs whenever possible; store the parts and the screws in large plastic bags and tape these to the underside of the item. Now our table can be stored up against a wall rather than flat. Your dresser can be laid down on its side or back, and the sofa and chairs can be stacked worrying about damage from the legs.  

If your furniture cannot be broken down or taken apart, be sure to cover it with sheets or packing blankets before stacking things on top of it. Using your larger items to stack smaller containers on is a great way to maximize your storage space.


A well managed self storage facility, properly maintained, will tend to have very few problems with pests. The occasional moth, for instance, may find its way into a unit; an ant or bee might hitch a ride, undiscovered, in some garden items. The real problem with pests is that you can’t control what other people do. Or store.

Even the absolute best storage unit has neighbors on either side, who may be doing things to attract pests, despite warnings and prohibitions. You don’t know if the guy next door has a gross of Twinkies stashed in his unit, or if someone stored a piece of yard equipment that had a few ants attached. No matter how careful you are, or how well you’ve cleaned, wrapped, and sealed your belongings, you have no way of preventing others from introducing insects and vermin into your storage environment.

For your own peace of mind, and for the safety of your property, you’ll want to do some preventive pest management of your own. Mothballs, for instance, are effective at keeping moths, ants, and even mice, at bay. Yes, they smell terrible, but airing out your belongings before bringing them back into your house will help with that, as will a deodorizing fabric spray; the extra effort is worth it to keep bugs out of your things, though. And, BONUS! You can often find mothballs at your local dollar store!

Other low cost pest control options include fabric softener dryer sheets stuffed in boxes and drawers, ammonia (either in small jars or bowls, set near openings, or used to mop the floor of the unit prior to  move in), and inexpensive glue-type bug traps set out near entries and in corners; again, these solutions are available for very little money at dollar stores, discount stores, and even your favorite grocery store. They are a minimal investment for maximum protection.

If you do notice a pest problem on one of your visits to your storage unit, be sure to let the facility managers know as soon as possible. It’s easier to address such problems before they become mass infestations. And remember: Clean everything before you store it, don’t store food, and employ a little economical preventive maintenance!


When packing your boxes, be sure to label them. You can write directly on the box, or use a large sticker to number the box and list its contents. Even if you just write “Kitchen” on the box, it’s helpful to know what’s inside when it comes time to unpack. But, even those born without the organizing gene, it’s possible to know what’s in each box and where each box is, if you just invest a small amount of time and effort in packing and storing.

All you need is a pack of markers, some large label stickers if you want, and a piece of paper to list items and their locations on. You could, of course, also diagram your unit and not locations there, too, but it’s not really necessary. Your list will tell you everything you need to know.

Obviously,  heavy items, furniture, and appliances will create your bottom layer of storage. Once you put them in, you will pack boxes and bags and smaller appliances (air conditioners, for example) around and above them. Using some basic concepts of self storage (heavy on the bottom, lighter as you go up,  keep things you’ll want more access to nearer the front and easily reachable, label each box on the top and one or two sides and be sure at least one of those sides is visible to you, ask about shelving, wall hooks, and other items your facility might make available) and then write down everything you’ve placed. Like this:

Box # Holds: Location:

1 Baby clothes Far right corner, very top

2 Woodworking Tools Lower left corner, above washer

3 Cloak of Invisibility First box on top, to your right, at the door

When you’re all done, you’ll be able to find exactly what you need, whenever you need it, as well as making unpacking much faster and easier.


If you’re going to be storing a lot of furniture and appliances, you can maximize your space and minimize your workload by using those items as containers for other things you’ll be storing.

Say you’re selling your house. You’ll be storing as much of your home’s contents as possible, of course, both to appeal to prospective buyers and to make moving much quicker once you’ve sold. But, you’ve got small things - photos in frames and albums, decor items, seasonal clothing you’re not using, the good china, and more - that you’re dreading putting in boxes and tubs and lugging to your storage unit. Well, here’s an idea.

Take those seasonal clothes, make sure they’re clean and dry, and wrap them in folded piles in a sheet or towel. Now, put them in the drawers of the dresser you’re taking to storage. Those photo albums and framed pictures? Wrap them up and put them … in the dryer. Or another dresser. A bookcase laid on its side or standing upright, can hold a lot of things, including your boxed books, small appliances, even bedding and clothing! What might you store in your portable dishwasher (once it’s cleaned, drained, and completely dry) or the storage bench in your entryway?  Wrap and protect the china, the tchotchkes, the kid’s art projects, and store them in that hutch you’re taking to self storage. As long as everything is clean and dry,  your furnishings and appliances are excellent storage options that will save you space in your unit, and add a little extra protection for your belongings, as well.


The staff of your self-storage facility is experienced and knowledgeable; ask them for any other tips or tricks they have to help you store your belongings more efficiently, safely, and securely.  Be sure to ask questions before you store, too! Find out about security, insurance, and access hours; you  don’t want to rent a unit where security might be a concern or where access hours are limited and not convenient. There’s so much more to self storage than finding a big room to put your stuff in, and companies like Northwest Storages are happy to assist you in getting the most for your storage dollars.

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.

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