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Self Storage Tips for Seasonal Items

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Who doesn’t love the holidays? Or summer time? How about fall? Anything that allows you to dress up, gather with your loved ones and share a meal is okay in our books. Plus, the added decor is always nice to look at. But over the years you can find yourself accumulating more and more seasonal decor and clothing. And if you’re anything like us you just don’t want to get rid of those cute, black winter boots you bought back in college. Because of memories.

That’s exactly why seasonal items are perfect for self storage. Take your jet-skis and snowboards and give them a space that they can breathe in. Instead of being cramped up in your garage, which be honest, is probably already filled with enough equipment as is.

Here are a few items that make excellent candidates for self storage based on season.

Fall/Winter

The hot cocoa, snow and warm clothing is enough to put us in a good mood for the rest of the year. But, alas, there’s simply not much room to store every fall scarf or pair of winter boots that you know you just had to buy because it was cute and on sale. Yep, we feel ya. But if you don’t have the room at home to pack away these items and put them up then a storage unit is perfect for you!

But cold weather clothing isn’t the only thing you can and should store in your storage unit. Rakes, skis, ice skates and sleds should have a place in your unit as well.

Pro tip: Using a trash can to place your rakes and shovels in will free up space in your storage unit.

There’s also place for your snowmobile in a covered, outdoors section of the facility. But always ensure that you store your larger items adequately to prevent damage. Clean your items, empty any gas tanks, and use pallets or cinder blocks to elevate your mobile items. This will help make your first ride of the season a good one.

For your clothing you’ll want to ensure that you fold each item properly and use boxes, canisters, or even clothing racks to store them away. Clothing racks are great for storing coats, jackets, and dresses and suits. You don’t want these items getting damaged because they were poorly stored, increasing your clothing’s longevity is always important!

Store like items such as scarves and sweaters together so you can keep everything easily accessible and organized. Fold each item along the correct creases (Youtube is handy here) to make sure you don’t risk wear and tear and to provide you with as much space to store as many similar items as possible. Also be sure to organize clothing based on the person they belong to. You don’t want to mix dads long pants with your daughter sweaters. That’ll just be a big mess.

Holiday decorations are one of the best parts of cold-weather season! Of course, you can’t keep them up year round without looking silly. Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's and Valentine's Day are all fall and winter holiday’s that you won’t be decorating for come spring and summer. Pack away each holiday in a separate box to avoid confusion. Holiday lights, trees, even gift-wrapping and other decor should all be packed away together. Don’t forget about the Halloween costumes and Santa suit!

Spring/Summer

Who doesn’t love laying out by the beach with cool drink in hand? After a long, cold winter spring is such a warm welcome. With spring and summer though comes all of the gardening equipment, warm weather clothing and jet ski, canoe, and paddle boarding fun! These items can take up a huge amount of space at home. However, storing them takes a lot of attention and care. You’ll want to be sure everything is up and running for the following season.

Once the air becomes crisp and the smell of everything pumpkin related starts meeting your nose it’s time to pack away the summer stuff.

Start by packing away all of your clothing. Shorts, tank tops, swimsuits, and sandals can be packed away in separate, labeled boxes. No need to hang up your shorts as they fold and fit so well in boxes. Again, store based on person so you don’t get everyone’s clothing mixed up.

Recreational items such as canoes, scuba equipment, and bikes can easily be stored away in a storage unit as well. If you have children then storing their wagons, camping gear, beach toys and pool items will be easy as well. Grab a shelf and put it in your storage unit to organize the small items and free up space. You might want to grab a large canister or trashcan to store your gardening tools as well. Gardening hoses, lawn mowers, and sprinklers all fit this category.

Keeping your seasonal items in a storage unit is a great way to free up space in your home. You can feel secure knowing that your items are in a safe, climate-controlled environment while knowing that you have access to your things at any time. Before the start of each season choose a day or weekend where you exchange the items in your unit for the other season's build-up of things. Make a plan and stick to it so you don’t run the risk of ruining your large items or clothing. Just remember, you can’t keep your Christmas lights up all year despite how tempting it might be.

About the Author: Lark Begin is the president of Profit Parrot Marketing; an SEO marketing, content and social media company in the Ottawa area. Lark is well established in the realm of digital marketing and is dedicated to helping multiple professional local and international websites and brands grow an online presence and succeed.

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