There are many reasons you might consider seasonal storage. And no matter what your reasoning is behind it, you probably want to know that whatever you’ve placed into storage is going to be safe until you’re ready to use it again, however long that might be. As the seasons and weather change, some items around your home become temporarily obsolete, and putting them into storage is a great solution, albeit sometimes a stressful one.
Fortunately, there are plenty of seasonal storage tips and tricks to help you figure out how to make things work. After all, organizing storage in itself can be pretty difficult, but when you factor in the weather and having to take things out of storage and put them back in, it can get a little more complicated. But we’re here to help!
Once you’ve decided on seasonal storage, you need to get organized. You must decide what you want to put into storage, how long you want to put it into storage, and more. If you’re storing seasonal items like summer clothes, winter clothes, holiday decorations, or outdoor toys for the summer, then it might be a smart idea to go through everything before you put it away.
So, start organizing! Go through the seasonal items you want to store, divide them by time of year or holiday, and make sure that you want to keep everything. Donate or sell items you don’t really use anymore to keep your storage unit as organized as possible. Don’t ignore this first step—it will help you pack later, and could save you a ton of stress, too.
Once you’ve gotten everything organized to place into seasonal storage, you obviously have to pack it up appropriately. But before you get started on your packing, it’s a good idea to clean everything first. A little gunk on your stuff now can become permanent gunk on your stuff when left to sit for months on end. If you plan on storing any seasonal clothing items, it’s especially important to run them through the washing machine before packing them up. That way, when you unpack them, you’ll know they’re fresh and you don’t have to wash them again. Additionally, using plastic totes to store your clothing items in will make moving them that much easier. When you need to switch up your seasonal items, you can reuse the bins as much as you want.
Last but certainly not least, packing your storage unit efficiently will make all the difference when it comes time to swap out your items for the next season. It’s always a good idea to pack your storage unit properly, but when you know items will be moved in and out on a regular basis throughout the year, it’s all the more important to set it up right from the beginning.
Finally, seasonal storage obviously requires your items to be well taken care of. At Affordable Storage, we recommend considering a climate-controlled unit as well as some other measures to ensure your seasonal items are still in great shape when you get them out. Additionally, using lavender sachets or cedar chips with any clothing items (or anything moths tend to be attracted to such as curtains, towels, or other fabrics) is a great idea to keep your seasonal items in tip-top shape.
When you decide to use seasonal storage, it can seem daunting at first. But with the right strategies and a great storage unit facility behind you, it doesn’t have to be. Seasonal storage allows you to rest assured your items are in good hands when you aren’t using them, and that can be quite the load off—literally.