Self storage is great for storing seasonal belongings and holiday decorations. Rather than keeping all these knick-knacks in your home taking up space you can keep it in a self storage unit. Everything from winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment and tools, pool supplies and toys, or any seasonal sports equipment you should consider storing. These are all items that you only need for a certain length of time each year. So why would you keep it all in your garage, basement, attic or shed? When you use a self storage unit for your seasonal belongings, you will gain back valuable space at home for more essential things that you need all the time.
Using a self storage unit for seasonal storage and holiday decorations all year long can provide you many other benefits. You will have more space in your house and all your valuables will be in one safe and secure place. As seasons change and the holidays start to come and go you can swap items you no longer might need in your home. As you take items out of your storage unit make sure you rotate everything and move the next season or holiday items up front. Doing this will help you stay organize and save time on trying to find the boxes you need. It may seem like a pain at the time but believe it will help you in the end. How can you find things by doing this, we have tips.
Things to keep in mind when using self storage is to label everything clearly, use boxes designed for long-term storage, ensure everything is clean and dry, and keep a diagram of your storage unit contents. Let’s review:
Make sure you label all boxes and totes so you can quickly find what you are looking for without having to open every box to see what’s inside. We suggest labeling the top and at least two sides of each box and tote. You should write the name of the season or holiday very large:
For example, “Halloween”, “Winter”, and “Christmas”.
Then, if you have a lot of different items in the boxes, list out exactly what’s in there as well:
For example, “Plates, cups, plastic ware and napkins”, or “Candles, candy dishes, living room decorations.”
And, if you have multiple boxes, it may be a good idea to number them:
For example, “Box 1 of 5”, and “Box 2 of 5”.
By rotating the items with each season, it should be a breeze to find them all. But, even with the best plan and organization in place, you could still miss a box here and there by accident. Using the box numbering system will help you avoid getting all the way home and going through your items just to realize you are missing some things! Labeling everything this way will help you quickly know which boxes to grab, what’s inside them and how many boxes you need to take with you.
Use The Correct Boxes.
If you are using your self storage unit for seasonal storage year round, you should ensure the boxes you use are sturdy. Free grocery boxes are not going to hold up to the test of time. They break down rather quickly and often times still have the food odors in them which can attract pests. You can purchase our affordable quality boxes from our retail shop. These boxes are designed for long periods of time, they are crushed tested and are specially treated to prevent mold and mildew.
Clean And Dry Everything.
When rotating your belongings each season or holiday, make sure that all items are clean and dry. If you place something that is wet or damp in storage that will likely encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which will quickly spread to your other valuables. Take a few minutes to wipe everything down and let them dry overnight before placing them back into storage.
Keep A Diagram Of Your Storage Unit.
You will need to modify your diagram as you swap things around each season. Even though this will take some time it is very valuable in finding things quickly. Simply use a piece of paper and mark off where each season is located. This is necessary if you also use your storage unit for other items like extra furniture you do not need right now. Keep a copy of this diagram taped on the wall just inside the storage door and another at home or in your car.
Depending on how many items you plan on storing, you have several storage unit sizes to choose from at 140 Mini Storage. We offer all drive up access storage units with sizes ranging from 5×5 through 10×30. If you are unsure what size of storage you will need, simply contact us or ask your property manager for some help.
Next time you are looking at your seasonal belongings stored in your closets, basement or garage, consider a Self-Storage unit to simplify things instead. If you are ready to get more organized and get those seasonal items out of your way, you can rent a storage unit online now and get started today!