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Short Term Storage Needed

By Marcus Walker

Short Term Storage When Life Is A ChallengeSome might say that the best thing to do after losing a loved one is to move on quickly. Others will say, you need time to grieve and come to terms with the loss. Whichever approach you choose, you will benefit from arranging some short term storage. The extra personal storage, will give you more flexibility on what to do first. You’ll be able to move out loved one’s possessions and clean, rent or sell the space while biding some time to deal with the emotion that sorting and coordinating of their belongings can bring.

Put Off Decisions with Personal Storage

If you find the thought of sorting through your loved one’s things too painful, consider this option and arrange for some short term storage. Having the convenience of personal storage, will allow you to clear your head and heal before choosing what to save for yourself and other family members, and what to sell or donate. Putting off both big and small decisions during this time can be smart.

With Secure Storage, you can sign up for as little as one month of personal storage or have it longer. And because we offer multiple sizes, you can choose the best size—and price—to match your needs.

Redecorate Easier with Household Storage

By Marcus Walker

Thank goodness for spring. Not only does it allow us to open our windows and doors and let fresh air in, but it can also put us in the mood for spring cleaning. Which can, in turn get us in the mood for redecorating.

Are You Feeling the Urge?

Are you feeling the urge to redecorate your home? Bring in fresh ideas and colors that communicate your likes and your new preferences? Let us be a self-storage resource. Because whatever you are planning, you probably will need some handy household stoStorage Unit Rental When Redecoratingrage.

Maybe you are contemplating a more modern—or an enduring cottage—look for your living room. Maybe you’re thinking about transforming a small breakfast nook into something built in. No matter the project, once you start, you will benefit from a storage unit rental. Secure Storage offers multiple household storage units, so you can be efficient and only pay for the space you need.

Before redecorating, we suggest you clear out the room first and store its contents in one of our storage units. Not cluttering the space before achieving the look you’re shooting for is key for success. A clean space to work in, can allow for inspiration to strike. This is where a storage facility can come in handy. With our secure, easy-access self-storage units, you can store your household items while you work. Like so many of our customers, storage can provide both a long-term and temporary solution for whatever life brings you. Come see one of our facilities today!

So enjoy the creative process more by reserving a storage unit rental with us now.


Un-nest Your Home

By Marcus Walker

Many of us need time to adjust when our kids leave home and broaden their horizons. When the time is right to “un-nest” yourself emotionally, as well as your home, let us help with storage units for rent.

Empty Nest Syndrome happens to all of us parents. One day, we’re cramming to get breakfast and lunches prepared in time for our kids leaving for the bus. We’re organizing carpools around baseball and soccer practices. And we’re filing and organizing all the stuff that accumulates over the course of raising a family.

Then our children leave home marking the beginning of a new phase of life—for them and for us. If you can, seize the time to develop yourself in new ways so you can look forward to what’s ahead. An easy way to do this is to unclutter your space and use your primary living space differently. For instance, why not freshen up your décor; why not use your children’s bedroom as an art studio or guest room? Why not store school-age trophies, awards and artwork in a mini storage unit. In fact, using a hard, clear plastic bin to store keepsakes will ensure they are easily visible and protected from being crushed.

Feel better about your next chapter by taking advantage of our storage units for rent. Tomorrow can be brighter.  Contact us.

Anticipate a Move in the New Year?

By Marcus Walker

So it’s the New Year and time for a fresh start. If your “fresh start” includes an upcoming move, Secure Storage can help. For one thing, we can help you become better prepared with helpful moving and storage strategies. With them, we hope that you’ll be able to feel more relaxed and feel more organized. Also, we can help you with Oregon storage if your new place has less space and you can’t part with certain items. Our 10×10 or 10×15 sized units would be perfect to reserve.

Moving and Storage Strategies

We all know the unpleasantness that comes from having to pack up your entire house: not being able to find anything for several weeks and the physical strain of bending and lifting over and over again. Try a few of our moving and storage strategies, so the experience will be easier for you and your family:

  1. Try to begin packing a few weeks ahead of time—and giving yourself a goal of a certain Moving and Storage Made Easiernumber of boxes a day.
  2. Contact a fast food restaurant or grocery/retail store and ask them if they can do you the favor of setting aside some boxes.
  3. If you have the newspaper delivered, begin to save them to use for packing material.
  4. Pack up everything that you and your family don’t physically need, such as books, music, off-season clothing, crystal, china, etc.
  5. Don’t pack anything that will ultimately end up being discarded.
  6. While packing, decide to donate/toss/recycle items that you haven’t used since you last moved. If they have some worth, try posting and selling them on EBay or Craig’s list.
  7. Remember to toss any toiletries and cosmetics that are old or expired.
  8. Use your luggage to pack and move in-season clothing.
  9. Use a red Sharpie, and tell your movers that any box labeled in red needs to stay accessible.
  10. If you’re moving locally and not using a moving and storage company, simply take the drawers out of your dresser with your clothes and items still in them and put them in the trunk of your car and back seat and transport them yourself to your new home.Additionally, if you need storage to best accommodate a temporary or rental situation be sure to call our on-site managers in Bend or on-site managers in Redmond for use of our FREE move-in truck. They can even give you names of professional movers that freelance on the side (at reasonable rates) if trying to move yourself  isn’t working.

Good luck.

How to Pack for a Move

By Marcus Walker

Moving is stressful and difficult, but that isn’t an excuse to pack your belongings incorrectly! No matter how rushed you are, you should always take the time to make sure you’re packing the best way possible. In this post, we’re going to discuss the best way to pack boxes for your next move!

Box Packing Tools

While you can find free boxes just about anywhere, it’s important that you find quality boxes. Rips and tears in the cardboard can lead to problems down the road. You’ll also want to have bubble wrap for fragile items, and a good amount of packing tape to secure bubble wrapped items and seal boxes.

Don’t pack a box half way because unfilled boxes will crush when stacked.  To get rid of empty space in a box, fill it with extra packing material like newspaper or bubble wrap.

Organizing the Box

Tips for Packing for a Move

In the rush of getting everything settled during the moving process, many people find it easier to simply throw their belongings into boxes and get them in the truck. Instead, know what you’re putting into each box and label it accordingly!

Watch Box Sizes

Don’t pack more than you can lift! Although it’s tempting to save on box and materials by packing each box to the limit—know how much you can carry on your own, and don’t pack more than that amount.

Don’t Rush Packing Boxes

One of the most important things to remember when you’re packing and moving is this: don’t rush it! If you rush now, you’ll only regret it later when you have to unpack it all again. Take the time now, and make moving into your new place an easy and smooth transition.

If you need help storing your things while you’re between homes, that’s what we’re here for! Contact our Secure Storage professionals at any of our five locations: Ashland, Bend, Hillsboro, Hood River or Redmond!

Storage Organization Ideas

By Marcus Walker

Renting and filling a storage unit can be a daunting task if you’re planning to store a lot of your belongings. Storage unit organization doesn’t always work as planned, and you can end up with a unit stuffed to the door, and no way of knowing where you put your Christmas decorations box.

In order to avoid this scenario, there are a few storage organization ideas that we can offer—to help you make your storage unit easy to access (and locate boxes) in the future!

Organization tip #1 – Keep a Plan

This is slightly more complicated than what most people want when they’re organizing their storage unit, but it’s something that can be extremely useful in the future—even if it takes a little extra time now. Put together a sketch of your storage unit, and have different sections mapped out before you put it all together.

Organization tip #2 – Know What You Use

How to: Storage Unit Organization

When many people rent a storage unit, they’ll pack the easy things first—big boxes and heavy items. That’s a great strategy if you only need a temporary storage unit, but if you’re planning to have your unit for a while, you might consider a different option.

Pack according to what you use the most. From back to front, know what you use and might want in the next few months.

Organization tip #3 – Labels, Labels, Labels!

If you’ve never rented a storage unit in the past, or haven’t had to deal with overstocked garages, you don’t know how difficult it can be to look through box after box after box, trying to find that one item you need. Save yourself a lot of time and trouble by labeling ahead of time!

Need more information about renting a storage unit? Check out our best storage tips, or just go ahead and rent a storage unit at one of our Secure Storage locations today!

RV Storage in Hillsboro, Oregon – Top Things To Consider

By Marcus Walker

There are many things to consider when it comes to RV storage in Hillsboro. As RVs are high investment items, it is important to find the RV storage facility that meets your RV storage needs.

Outdoor or Indoor RV Storage: If you have contemplated parking your RV at your home or choosing an outdoor RV storage because of price, think twice. By exposing your RV to elements like rain and UV rays, you risk damage to your RV. At our indoor RV storage facility in Hillsboro, our enclosed RV storage units protect your RV from natural elements.

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RV Security: If parked at home, your RV is susceptible to break-ins. For the most secure option, choose a RV storage facility. However, be sure to check out the different levels of security offered. Some RV storage facilities only offer a shed for you to park your RV under. At our Hillsboro RV storage facility, RVs are parked in their individual storage unit with personal keypads. Simply enter your individual code for secured access. Our RV storage facility in Hillsboro has own site managers. Also, each RV storage unit is armed with an alarm system.

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Individual RV Storage Units or Stacked: Some RV storage facilities offer simple covered parking that utilizes stacked storage. This means many RVs are parked closely together in one storage shed. This would involve the moving of RVs around to get to others, leading to an increase in chances of your RV getting scratched.

Convenience and Easy Access: When choosing between RV storage facilities, pick one that provides convenient access to the RV storage unit. Our RV storage in Hillsboro is valued because it allows large RVs to enter easily and turn around with little difficulty. Your RV storage unit will also be open for access everyday from 7am to 9pm.

The above should be sufficient to help you decide on the features you want available for your RV storage needs. Should you have any other questions on RV storage, the storage facility managers are available at our RV storage facility in Hillsboro. Or simply give them a call at (503) 693-6844.