Unfortunately, summer doesn’t last forever, and there comes a time when the sound of lawn mowers is replaced with the sound of crunchy leaves and high school marching bands. When fall arrives with cooler temperatures, a lot of your summer equipment becomes idle for the following months and throughout winter.
Since so many of our belongings become less utilized in the fall, many people take this time of year to clean out their summer items and put them away. But if you’re struggling to find enough room for things like lawn mowers, gardening tools, summer clothes, and more, you may be in need of an additional closet or room. That’s where many people turn to self storage as a space solution.
Instead of cramming everything into tight spaces and limiting the amount of storage in your home, you can store summer items that won’t be used for next few months well out of the way in a storage unit.
What Seasonal Items Do People Store in the Fall?
People use self storage for storing seasonal items all the time. When the temperature starts to drop as summer gives way to fall, there are many items that are put away until warm weather returns again in the spring. Instead of loading up closets and your garage with these items, get them completely out of the way by using self storage. Here are some items that many people place into storage during the fall:
- Weed whacker
- Hedge trimmer
- Gardening tools
- Summer clothing
- Patio furniture
- Pool accessories
- Watersport vehicles
Storage.com, Fall Storage
As we head into October and temperatures begin to fall, it’s important to take into consideration what you will be storing and if these items will require climate control. Not everything requires temperature controlled storage, but electronics and appliances are some of those items. Here are some tips on storing them.
Self storage provides the right solution to store useful appliances in good working condition securely. You may have no need for these appliances like microwaves, fridges, washer, dryers, for whatever reason right now but they can be stored for long with good packing practices.
Storage tips: All appliances must be washed and cleaned before they are stored to prevent dust build-up and to avoid rot, rust, or pests when in storage. Appliances should be stored upright against the wall of the storage unit with the doors slightly open to allow air to pass through to keep away musty smells. All disconnected hose ends of the washer should be secured with plastic bags. Wrap up appliance cords, and place all loose attachments inside of the appliances. Wrap fragile parts such as glass panels to protect them from damage. Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves or the refrigerators. You can place any breathable cover to protect your appliances.
Whether you are moving or trying to make more room in your home, you may not want to part with valuable and perfectly good electronics that you own just yet. People often use self storage units to house their electronics, such as computers, televisions, printers, scanner machines and more, in temporarily or even for long term.
Storage tips: Electronics have to be properly stored so that they remain in good condition when you are ready to use them again. Repack all your electronics items in their original boxes along with all their paraphernalia and accessories. You can read up the owner’s manual for instructions on moving items. Take your time sorting and wrapping individual parts and accessories of your electronics, so that they do not get mixed up. You may have a hard time telling them apart later on! Never use polystyrene peanuts in packing any computer devices to avoid damage. In each box, Stuff empty spaces in your boxes to ensure that the boxes are sturdy
Furniture is easily available but it is also deeply personal. For many people it is an emotional purchase because it becomes part of the shared space among family and friends at home. People do not want to part with old furniture as it has sentimental value or in some cases antique furniture has monetary value attached to it as well. Storing furniture, whether for home or office, becomes a necessity when downsizing to a smaller space, selling off property, trying to remove clutter, or even for making space for more family or expanding business.
Storage tips: Use plastic or wooden pallets on the ground under the furniture to keep moisture or mold at bay. Disassemble large pieces of furniture for long term storage and protect the finish on your wooden furniture by applying wax. Also polish metallic furniture to prevent oxidation on the finish. You should use professional services to clean and preserve furniture if possible. Use bubble wrap, towels or blankets to cushion the sharp edges to prevent scratching and denting. Clean fabric furniture before storage to prevent growth of mildew and mold. Protect fragile glass and mirrors using corrugated cardboard and using mask tape to mark an “X” on the surface. Table tops should be placed against the wall and all sofas, chairs, dressers right side up to avoid damage to them. Use furniture covers to protect your furniture. Do consider using rodent repellent and climate controlled storage unit. You can use a light cotton sheet as a dust cover on your furniture.
Items like appliances, electronics, books and documents are also popular self storage candidates as they have personal resonance with us. People tend to think that they might come in handy some day so they are preferably stored away safely.
Many of our customers use their storage unit for a variety of reasons. Some use it as over-flow, others as seasonal storage while for some it is just interim space during a move or transition. While our facility has 24 hour surveillance and different security measures to ensure your items stay safe, it’s always a good idea to check on the items in your unit.
For example, the type of items stored will sometimes have a significant bearing on how often you visit your storage unit. Wine, food products and other perishables should be checked more frequently depending upon how well they are prepared and packed for long-term storage. In fact, many businesses today use storage spaces as an overflow inventory space. In many cases perishable food is stored by restaurants and other food related businesses. In other cases nonfood items that are also perishable such as batteries and certain types of liquid products should also be checked more frequently than other nonperishable items.
An Excellent Storage Climate for a Wide Range of Items
Another important factor to consider when deciding on how often to visit your storage unit is whether the unit is climate controlled or not. Obviously, climate controlled units will provide a much more stable environment for a wide range of products and personal items. Those who choose to use storage units that are not climate controlled many find that more frequent visits are necessary. However, depending on the region’s climate and location some storage spaces that are not climate controlled can offer similar quality to climate controlled units. For example our climate in the winter provides an excellent storage climate for a wide range of items. Conversely, hot humid climates can be damaging to a variety of items including documents and papers. Ultimately, you will know which storage solution is best for their specific needs.
When you are in the middle of moving or de-cluttering, it’s stressful! Where to start? First of all, you need to figure out the right side storage unit for your needs. Here are a few general guidelines. Whether you’re looking to store the contents of an entire four-bedroom home or just your seasonal clothing, there’s a unit that’s just right for you. Take a quick inventory of items including furniture and appliances and estimate the number of boxes and/or totes. You can use a tape measure for the larger items. Consider whether you have irregular-shaped items that can’t be boxed or stacked like lamps or bikes.
5×10 = 50 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a one bedroom apartment as well as small items and boxes
5×15 = 75 Sq Ft – This will fit the furniture from a one bedroom apartment as well as small appliances and boxes
10×10 = 100 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two-bedroom apartment as well as small items and boxes
10×15 = 150 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two bedroom apartment as well as appliances
10×20 = 200 Sq Ft – This will fit the furniture from a two bedroom house with appliances or a vehicle
10×25 = 250 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two or thee bedroom house and appliances
10×30 = 300 Sq Ft – This size will hold contents of a 40 ft moving van or a boat, car or RV
Call to enquire what sizes are available!
Did you know that we offer climate controlled units? Climate controlled units are great for storing those luxury items where you want to avoid the elements. Ideal for leather furniture, artwork, fine china, delicate fabrics, electronics, antiques, etc. By managing both moisture and humidity, you are keeping your personal items in top condition. Call Heritage Self Storage today to inquire about availability!
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