Things People Store During the Winter

Seasonal Storage For Summit County and Beyond!

The first snowfalls have come this year and it looks like it’s not going to let up.  Predictions for Utah this year are that we’ll have colder than average temperatures and deeper snowfall than previous years.  Park City will certainly enjoy that; the heavy snowfalls will be great for skiing and other winter sports and tourism industries. But what if you’re living in Park City? Well, we can’t help you much about the snow and the cold, but we can give you a place to store your summer toys while you’re not using.  That should help give you more room in your homes.  We’ve already done articles on why residents of Park City might prefer our facilities and tips for winter storage; those might be worth a read if you haven’t seen them already.

Seasonal Storage

Seasonal storage is a great idea for many reasons.  It can help you keep an inventory of what you have by making you switch out your storage on a seasonal basis.  It also saves room in your home, makes it easier to get rid of things you don’t need, and can even save you money under certain circumstances.

But what sort of items do you store over the winter?

1. Summer Clothing

In a small living space, it can make a big difference to have seasonal storage.  Your small closet will feel so much bigger this winter if the clothes you can only wear in the summer can be taken out and put into storage.  I’ve found the best way to store clothing is in vacuum-sealing bags.  Pack them up into the bag and then use a vacuum to suck the air out of them.  It allows you to maximize storage space by significantly reducing the size of the packages of clothes.  If that’s not available, then pack your clothes as best you can in stackable boxes.

2. Lawn Equipment

lawn equipment in the snowIt might be okay to leave your lawn equipment out during the summer, but winter is a different story.  The cold can damage the engines of powered lawn tools.  Tools buried under the snow can get lost, or even provide invisible hazards for kids playing in your yard.  Letting them to be buried completely under the snow will also leave them at the mercy of the cold and the damp, which can cause metal tools to rust, and wooden tools to crack.  All in all, inadequate protection over the winter will drastically shorten the life-span of your equipment.  Good seasonal storage can help protect these tools from the harsh winter while still letting you enjoy the space in your own home.

3. Recreational Equipment

All those fun summer toys just aren’t going to see much use when there’s snow on the ground.  Sporting gear like skateboards, hiking boots, life jackets, and other such things will just take up space in your home.  If you want to avoid the clutter, seasonal storage is a good way to get it.

4. Summer Vehicles

Just as your summer toys won’t see much use, you can forget your summer recreational vehicles, too.  Motorcycles and ATVs, and boats are best stored in places where they won’t be covered in snow, but your garage only has so much room.  The right-sized storage unit will provide shelter for your summer vehicles without forcing your to park your car out on the driveway.

 

Some Items Can Be Damaged by the Cold

Seasonal storage isn’t a good idea for everything. Cold temperatures can damage certain things even if they are in storage.  Electronics, battery-operated equipment, and liquids can all be ruined by the cold.  The fluctuating temperatures can cause condensation inside the electronics, causing irreparable damage.  If you’ve got the space, it’s better to keep these in your home.  If you must store them over the winter, such devices should be kept off the ground to keep them out of the sinking cold air.  Wrap them up in wool to keep the moisture out and help keep the temperature stable.  Before you put them into storage, take the time to clean them up, as the dust can also damage them.

Let Us Help You Out

If you’re in need of seasonal storage, we’ve got the space.  We just completed a major upgrade to our facilities over the summer and have lots of units to rent.  With sizes ranging from 7×12 to 14×40, we can meet all your seasonal storage needs, whether it’s just a few small times, or if you need a place to store that giant boat. Get in touch today and see how we can help you.

Winter self-storage

5 Tips for Self-Storage in the Winter

Winter self-storageWinter is coming. The cold will require some extra steps be taken to protect your things.  You’ll find now is the best time to check up on your storage and make sure everything is ready.  Let’s look over a few tips.

 

Why Have Seasonal Storage?

There are many things people don’t use during the colder months.  Especially if you have a small living space, seasonal storage can free up a lot of room in your house.  Seasonal clothing, recreational gear, lawn equipment, motorcycles and ATVs, these are all things that you won’t be using over the winter.  They all need to go somewhere, so why not put them in storage? That way, you won’t be bothered with them in your home.

 

Tips For Winter Storage

 

1. Make Repairs

When you put things into storage for the winter, you don’t usually plan to take them out again until you plan to use them.  It’s very inconvenient to pull an item out you want to use only to find it needs repairs.  To avoid this hassle, make any necessary repairs to your summer items before you put them away for the season.

 

2. Clean Everything

Things that sit gather dust and moisture, which can cause corrosion.  How much worse will that damage be if they’re already dirty before you put them in storage? Before you put anything into storage, make sure you clean it thoroughly.  This will not only protect it from the elements, but make it much easier to clean when you pull it out in the spring.

 

3. Use Cotton or Wool Covers

Vinyl or plastic covers are a bad idea for long-term storage.  They trap moisture, which leads to rot and rust.  A much better option is to use wool or cotton.  They breathe, allowing moisture to pass through it as it evaporates.  It can make all the difference for protecting your items.

 

4. Keep Electronics Off The Ground

The cold can damage electronics and batteries. Since cold air sinks, it’s always colder on the ground.  If you must store electronics over the winter, keep them elevated.  Put them on shelves, or get some wood pallets to keep them raised.  This will help keep your devices in good condition while they are in storage.

 

5. Winterize Your Summer Vehicles

One of the most common items to store over the winter are your summer vehicles.  Motorcycles, ATVs, even certain kinds of cars are best driven in the summer and put away during the winter.   Take steps to protect your vehicles from the cold.  SE Performance recently put out an article for winterizing your motorcycle and it’s full of good advice.  Take similar steps for other kinds of vehicles.  If you don’t know what they are, you can check with a local mechanic, who will be happy to help you out.

 

We’ve Got The Space

If you’re looking to make some space in your house this winter, consider coming to us for some seasonal storage.  Since we have no time commitments, you’re free to load up over the winter and empty out in the summer.  Feel free to get in touch with us to get a quote, or find out about our availability.  We recently completed expansions to our facilities, so we’ve got plenty of space for you to rent.