The evenings are starting to get shorter, which can only mean one thing. Autumn is starting to roll around. This will also mean that all the items we have used over the past few months will no longer be needed, until next year. Things like BBQ’s, garden furniture etc. won’t be used during the colder months that are to follow.
However, many people struggle for storage space for these larger items. You probably won’t be able to get all of them inside your garage, so you will have to find an alternative storage solution over the autumn and winter.
At RedSpot, we believe going through a change in season is much easier with a self-storage unit to help you out! You can have peace of mind that your belongings are well looked after in a safe and secure environment, plus your home won’t be feeling as cluttered!
We’ve gathered some top storage tips to help you get ready for autumn.
Take Stock Of Your Summer Items
A change of season is a great time to have a bit of a review of the things you own, and what you may not want any more. Consider the clothes you wore the most this summer, and the one you hardly even looked at. If you find any items of clothing you haven’t worn in the past 6 months, it’s highly likely you’ll never wear them again. So save yourself some space and either get rid of them or donate them to charity. Once you have decided what you are going to keep, then make an inventory of the items, so when next summer comes, you know exactly what you have stored.
Clean Your Belongings
Everything you are planning to put into self-storage should be cleaned before it gets put away, this includes things like garden furniture, outdoor toys and summer clothes. We can think of nothing worse than coming to get your stuff out of storage at the start of summer next year to find all dirty and smelly, and you’ll then have to spend ages cleaning it all before you can use it. So give it a clean now! Also remember to clean the grill on the BBQ, as you don’t want any food to be left over the winter, and that could be pretty disgusting by next April!
Dismantle Where You Can
Seasonal summer items, such as patio furniture and children’s toys are often rather bulky, and will take up a large amount of storage space. If they can be dismantled or collapsed into smaller sections, you will take up less room in your unit. This will leave you with more space for other important items. You can save space by pushing long items upright, such as tables, which also take up much less storage space.
Protect Your Items
Different items need different packing solutions, but the main thing is to protect the item, whether it be with bubble wrap, storage containers or dust sheets. If you are packing summer clothes away, then rolling items instead of folding them make for a far more efficient packing method. If wrapping valuable items, use bubble wrap or old newspapers to make sure they are well protected. Make sure to wrap them individually so they don’t clatter while in transit.
Some more quick tips
- Seasonal clothes should be separated by types of clothing and clearly marked on the outside of the box.
- Leave items to dry before putting them into storage to avoid condensation and damp getting into your unit.
- Your lawnmower should have a yearly service, so why not get it looked at just before you put it into storage. That way, you know when it’s time to get it out, it will be ready to go!
Hopefully these tips will come in handy as you start to prepare yourself for the autumn. If you find yourself in need of storage, get in touch with our team today!