Cold Weather Storage Tips with Go Mini’s
As the winter season approaches, many of us are faced with the challenge of storing our valuable items safely. Whether it's your summer clothes, outdoor furniture, or even your lawnmowers and grills, the harsh winter conditions can wreak havoc on your possessions if not properly stored. But don't worry, Go Mini's is here to provide you with practical and easy-to-follow tips for preparing your items for storage during the cold months.
What Should You Store During the Winter
When considering what to store during the winter months, a good rule of thumb is to think about the items you won't be using until the warmer weather returns.
It's crucial to store your outdoor furniture during winter to protect it from harsh cold, snow, and ice. These elements can cause damage like rust, warping, and even breakage. Plus, winter weather can fade and stain your furniture's upholstery. So, to keep your furniture looking good and working well for the warmer months, it's wise to store it during the cold season.
Certain types of outdoor furniture are more susceptible to winter damage. This can include patio chairs, tables, loungers, hammocks, and umbrellas. Wood furniture can split and crack due to the cold, while certain metal furniture can rust from moisture and freezing temperatures. Even plastic furniture, although generally resilient, can become brittle in the cold, increasing the risk of breakage. So, make sure to store wooden, metal, and plastic furniture indoors during winter to keep them in the best possible condition.
Your summer clothing, such as shorts, lightweight dresses, and sandals, won't be needed throughout the cold season and can be safely stored away. This also includes beach towels, picnic blankets, and swimwear. Make sure to clean and dry all items before storing them, as any moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth. It's also a good idea to wrap delicate fabrics in acid-free tissue paper or store them in garment bags for added protection.
Garden tools and equipment, like lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, rakes, and watering cans, are other items that can be stored during winter. These items tend to take up a lot of space in your garage or shed and moving them into storage can free up room for items you'll use during winter, like heaters and firewood, winter vehicle gear, and snow blowers and shovels.
By storing your summer items, you can make room for these winter essentials in your garage or shed. This not only keeps your space tidy but also ensures your winter items are readily available when you need them.
Grills and Outdoor Cooking Equipment
Leaving your grill or smoker outside during winter isn't recommended. The cold weather can cause damage or malfunctions due to metal contraction. Plus, snow and ice can lead to rust and corrosion, shortening the lifespan of your equipment.
Sports and Recreational Equipment
Think about the sports and recreational equipment that you won't be using during winter. This could include items like kayaks, bicycles, baseball gloves, golf clubs, and camping gear. Storing these items during winter can help protect them from damage caused by the cold weather and also free up space in your garage or shed for winter essentials.
Remember, the goal of winter storage is not just to protect your items from the harsh winter conditions, but also to declutter your living space and make room for the things you'll need during the cold season. By carefully selecting what to store, you can ensure that your home is ready for winter.
Preparing Your Items for Storage
Once you've decided what to store, it's important to properly prepare your items for storage. Here are a few tips to help ensure your belongings remain in good condition during the winter months:
Clean Your Items: Always clean your items before putting them in storage. Dirty items can cause odors and attract unwanted pests. Use mild detergent and warm water to clean fabrics, and appropriate cleaning solutions for other materials. Allow items to dry completely before storing to prevent mold or mildew growth.
Cover Up: Use cotton or wool covers to protect your items from dust, scratches, and bugs. This will help maintain the quality and longevity of your belongings. For delicate items, consider using acid-free tissue paper or bubble wrap for added protection.
Consistent Packing: Keep the contents of each box consistent. For example, pack skirts and pants together, shirts in another box, and so on. This not only makes it easier to locate specific items later but also prevents unnecessary damage. Use dividers or cardboard inserts to keep items organized and prevent shifting during storage.
Label Clearly: Label the outside of each box with a brief description of its contents. This will save you time when searching for specific items later on. Consider color-coding or numbering the boxes for even better organization.
Fragile Items: For fragile items, use appropriate packing materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or foam inserts. Individually wrap delicate items to provide extra cushioning. Clearly mark boxes containing fragile items and place them in a designated area to prevent accidental damage.
Regular Check-ups: Periodically check on your stored items to ensure they remain in good condition. Look for signs of damage, pests, or moisture. Consider rotating stored items to prevent prolonged pressure on certain items and allow for ventilation.
Remember, proper storage techniques can help preserve the condition of your items and make retrieval easier when needed.
Winter Storage Options
Now that we have prepared our items for storage, let's explore the different options available:
Garages and Attics: These are convenient options if you have the space. However, they may not provide the best protection against extreme temperatures, pests, and moisture. If your attic has insulation issues, your items may be susceptible to water damage. Make sure to check on your items regularly and address any issues that arise.
Outdoor Storage Sheds: If you have larger outdoor equipment like lawnmowers or recreational items, a storage shed may be the best option, though they don't offer much protection from extreme temperatures, water, or pests. Make sure to choose a shed with weatherproof features and proper ventilation.
Indoor Storage Units: These units offer a safe, controlled environment for your stored items. They are also available in different sizes and levels of climate control, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. However, they can be inconvenient as you will need to arrange transportation of your items to and from the storage facility.
Outdoor Storage Units: Outdoor units offer more protection than garages and attics, but may not provide thorough protection against extreme weather or the outside elements. Like indoor storage units, you will need to arrange transportation for your items to and from the facility.
Go Mini's Portable Storage Containers: This is where Go Mini's shines. Our storage containers can be conveniently delivered to your location and loaded on your schedule. They offer a secure and weather-resistant environment for your items. And the best part? They can be picked up and stored on-site at a Go Mini's secure facility and brought right back to your home once you're ready for your belongings — no need for you to drive a rental truck through the snow and ice to drop your items off at a storage unit. It's hassle-free, convenient, and safe.
Go Mini's storage containers come in sizes ranging from 12 feet long to 20, offering flexibility depending on your storage needs. And with locations nationwide and convenient delivery on your schedule, we've got you covered no matter the need.
Trust Go Mini's For Your Winter Storage Needs
As you prepare for the winter months, remember to consider the safety and security of your valuables. With Go Mini's, you get a convenient, flexible, and secure storage solution tailored to your needs.Don't let the winter weather catch you off guard — trust your local Go Mini's storage experts. Get a free quote today and let us help you with your winter storage needs.