5 Things to Put Into Self Storage Before Summer
Summer doesn’t officially start until June, but if you’re a fan of backyard barbecues, pool parties, and camping trips, you’ve probably already started planning out the warm months ahead. From coordinating vacations so that the whole family can come to making summer camp plans for the kids, a lot of effort goes into making sure the season is packed with fun.
As you make your beach plans and your block party plans, don’t forget one important task: a trip to your storage unit. It’s time to take your summer items—pool floats, tank tops, maybe even an entire RV—out of self storage. While you’re at it, drop off the winter clutter so that your home is clean, airy, and ready for summer fun.
Not sure what to store in a storage unit this summer? Here are some hints:
It may have taken you until the beginning of February, but you did eventually take down your Christmas decorations. Where did you put them? The answer is probably a closet or a shelf in your garage—in other words, a place where they’re taking up space. Unless you celebrate Christmas in July, you won’t need the string lights, stockings, and that big fake tree for quite some time. Store it all. While you’re at it, store other holiday decorations: Thanksgiving centerpieces, pink wreaths for Valentine’s Day, spooky ghosts for Halloween. Your closets will thank you.
Ditch your sweater collection (temporarily, anyway). Now is the season for shorts, swimsuits, and sandals. Go through your closet and round up items that won’t be worn during the summer months. If you have kids, have them do the same. Not only does this reduce clutter, but it also frees up space for you to buy that sundress you’ve been eyeing.
For school-aged children, summer break means a few months without textbooks and (in some cases) uniforms. These items, and other school supplies, can go in your storage unit. You can also store items associated with your kids’ extracurricular activities; just be sure you don’t store something that someone in your household will be using this summer, like a soccer ball or musical instrument.
Winter Sports Gear
Whether you’re an avid skier or a casual snowshoer, it’s safe to say you won’t be hitting the slopes this summer. Round up your ice skates, sleds, hockey sticks, and anything else that won’t get much use while the weather is warm and sunny.
Everything From Your (Or Your Kid’s) Dorm
For college students, summer break often means a few months back at home. So does everything from the dorm need to make that same journey? The beer pong table and futon can stay on campus...with a little help from a storage unit. Month-to-month leases and the option of splitting a storage unit with a roommate make this a convenient, affordable option.
Summer Storage Tips
Now that you know what to store in your storage unit this summer, do you know how to store it? Here are a few tips to make your summer self storage experience a breeze:
- Reserve your storage unit early (especially if you live in a college town). Summer is a busy time for self storage rentals!
- Get climate control. Summer humidity, heat, and thunderstorms make this a must. Items like electronics, art, musical instruments, and anything sensitive to moisture and extreme temperature will be safe in a climate-controlled storage unit.
- Opt for autopay. Reserve your storage unit, fill it up and forget about it. More vacation = less worry.
Ready to rent a storage unit? You can find the right one (and reserve it) online.