Self storage facilities are useful all year round, but they are particularly handy during the winter season. This is especially true if you have lots of outdoor items in your home and you don't want to leave them outside where they can be damaged by freezing temperatures and melting snow. Here are some everyday things that you should consider storing in self storage during the winter season:
If you have a sizable garden that you love to tender on your own, then it's likely that you also have several tools taking care of the garden. Examples include things like spades, shovels, trowels, forks, lawn mowers, sprayers, and hoses, among others. You probably won't be using these things during the winter season so it's best to store and keep them out of the way for the duration of the winter. Remember to clean the tools to avoid corrosion and decay in storage.
If you have kids, then they probably have outdoor toys and playthings that they won't be using during the winter season, these items also need to go to storage. Pool floaties, bikes, and balls, among others, are not suitable for winter recreation. Again, ensure everything is properly cleaned and dried to avoid damage during storage.
There are some automobiles that cannot be used during the winter season, especially if your area experiences severe winters. Examples include boats, recreational vehicles, and scooters, among other things. Living them outdoors during the winter may corrode metal parts and damage their engines and electronic parts. Drain their engines, clean all surfaces, and disconnect the batteries before storing anything with a fuel engine.
If you have several vehicles in your household, and you don't use all-weather ties, then it's possible that you will have to store your seasonal tires at different times of the year. Imagine how big a space you will need to store sets of tires from three or more vehicles (and maybe there spares). Taking the tires to a self-storage facility will get them out of the way in your house.
Outdoor or Garden Furniture
Lastly, you should also consider moving your outdoor furniture indoors during the winter season. Outdoor tables, chairs, and cushions can easily be damaged by snow, rain, and ice during the cold season. This is especially true for cloth, metal, and wood materials. Getting them out of the garden will protect them from weather-related damage.
Including my husband and I, we have a family of six, but we live in a smaller house to help stash away more money in our children's college funds. Our family does a big house spring cleaning every year, and up until a few years ago, it used to be a lot more stressful. It got a lot easier when we decided to start renting a storage unit. Now, we keep our winter clothes in the unit during the summer and vice versa, and we store items we only use occasionally. Not having so much "stuff" around the house just makes it a lot easier to keep our house clean and free of clutter. I have learned a lot about storage units since we started renting ours, so I thought I would start a blog to share my tips on to help anyone who needs them!