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Spring-Cleaning for Self-Storage

Spring cleaningThe winter is coming to an end. With the snow starting to melt as the weather warms, it’s a good time for some spring-cleaning. That includes your self-storage.

Seasonal Storage

Last fall, we talked about why seasonal storage is good. It’s a great way to save space in your home. By switching out your storage between summer and winter, all the things you don’t use won’t clutter up your house. So, if you’re using a seasonal storage strategy, now’s a good time to start going through your storage unit.  Figure out what you’ll be needing and get ready to switch it out with the stuff you’ll be putting away soon.

Spring-Cleaning

Even if you’re not using a seasonal storage strategy, in the next month or two is probably still a good time to get up to your unit and start going through it. For one thing, dust accumulates. The things you’ve put in storage will be getting pretty dusty by now. Hopefully, you’ve put down plastic sheets over things to keep the dust off, but now’s a good time to check and make sure everything’s still okay.

declutterAnother good reason to do some spring-cleaning is that regularly going through your storage will help you get rid of things. One of the hardest things keeping your life uncluttered is getting rid of things. We all have things we don’t use, but don’t ever get around to getting rid of them. These things often end up in storage units, out of sight, out of mind.  They’re still clutter, though.

Going through your storage shed for regular spring-cleaning will help you work out what things you’re not using and likely won’t use again. It’ll help you get rid of them. Once you do, you might be able to switch to a smaller unit and save some money, or you could put more things into it and free up space in your home. Either way, it’s a benefit to you.

How Can We Help?

Vernon StorageIf you’re looking to rent some storage, we’ve got the space. If spring-cleaning changes up your storage needs, that’s great, too. Got any other needs or question we can help you out with?  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always willing to help.

Winter Storage

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

Winter StorageIt 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.