The winter season is almost here, and the holidays aren’t far behind! Cleaning and organizing your home in time for the copious amounts of friends and family stopping by for a holiday visit can be stressful, so having some extra space to keep things can make your life a little simpler.
There are a number of things that can take up valuable space in your home, which makes renting a storage unit a viable option for many homeowners. If you have a storage unit, you might consider swapping out some of the items you have stored there as the seasons change. If you don’t have a storage unit, you might consider getting one, at least until the winter season has passed!
Discover some of the things that are taking up valuable space in your home or garage that you can keep in your storage unit this winter:
- Sports Gear: Summer sporting gear, like baseball bats, gloves, soccer balls, surfboards and lawn chairs have no use in your home until the spring rolls around and can all be tucked away in a storage unit for the winter.
- Extra Clothing: Store summer clothes, like shorts and bathing suits, in your unit for the winter.
- Spare Vehicles: Storage units are perfect for storing extra cars, motorcycles, and bicycles during the winter months. This leaves more room for your guests to park in when they visit, and frees up some garage space to store all the gifts you’ve purchased for friends and family.
- Lawn Equipment: Bulky lawn trimming equipment like lawn mowers, weed wackers, and gardening tools should be kept in your unit for the winter months when they aren’t being used.
- Patio Furniture: If your storage unit has enough room, keep your patio furniture protected from the elements by storing it away. You can also keep your grill in your unit as well (just be sure to remove the propane first!).
If you are going to keep items in a storage unit throughout the winter, there are protective measures you’ll want to take to keep your belongings in optimal condition:
- Protect your items from water damage by placing them on top of pallets. This allows airflow and prevents contact with the ground in the event that water seeps into your unit, especially if it is an outdoor unit.
- To protect your belongings from animals or pests trying to escape the cold, keep your items wrapped up. Placing cedar blocks around your unit can also help prevent pests from nesting in your unit throughout the winter.
- Be mindful of any temperature sensitive items you might be storing in your unit. Items like musical instruments and art pieces are delicate, and need to be stored with care. Ensure these items are wrapped and boxed up with insulation to prevent damage throughout the season.
If you have questions about storing certain items in your unit throughout the winter season, talk with the staff at your storage facility. They’ll be happy to guide you on the path to proper storage practices!