The sun is out, the snow is gone, and winter is officially over. When that urge to spring clean kicks in, the first items to be stored away are all your winter gear - but do you know how to store them right?
The importance of storing your Winter gear right.
Winter gear in general tends to be quite pricey. If, in the excitement of spring and sunny days, you do a careless job of storing them, the heat, humidity, and dampness can take a toll on your winter gear, making them useless come next winter. Although this might seem insignificant to some of us, the cost of replacing winter gear adds up, sometimes to very large amounts that could have been used for a better purpose.
So how do I store them right?
Step 1: Make a list.
The art of storage starts with lists. That’s right, for every storage project, you need a comprehensive list of everything that goes in.
Step 2: Do your research to know what type of storage your items need.
Once you’ve made a comprehensive list of all winter gear that needs to be stored away; make notes on the types of storage these items need. Different items have different storage requirements. Electronics like snowblowers, winter sporting gear like skis, and your winter jackets should be stored in a dry, moisture-free area. If you are planning to use your garage for storage, make sure that the entire space is clean, moisture-free, free from direct sunlight, and dust-free.
If you are planning to use a storage unit, go for a temperature-controlled unit. For expensive electronics, winter sports gear, winter tires, and winter clothes, climate-controlled units are essential to maintain their functionality.
For your snow shovels, Christmas dishes, and other seasonal items, a basic storage unit will be perfect.
Step 3: Prepare your gear for storage.
It’s very important to clean all your items before they go into storage, especially if they have been used a lot. Make sure that there is no leftover dust or debris, and that everything is completely dry. Do your research on the best practices for storing your items - for example, skis need to be properly cleaned, and waxed; as different products have different requirements in being prepped for storage. This information can usually be found on the instruction manuals or labels, or on the producer’s website. If you are storing winter clothes, store them in wardrobe boxes for their safety.
Step 4: Call Space Centre Storage!
Space Centre Storage is your trusted storage partner for all your storage needs in the Okanagan. Our team of dedicated experts will help you make the right choices when it comes to storage. What’s more, give us a call and plan your storage to suit your needs, be it drive-up units, heated units, or basic units.
For a winter gear storage project, our recommendation would be a MI-BOX. A portable self-storage unit that we will deliver to your doorstep, which you can park on your driveway (yes it fits perfectly on a driveway), and keep for as long as you want. Pack all your winter gear on this (and unpack, and repack - we know how packing goes). When you are happy with the end result, we will transport this from your home to our warehouse - and store it the way you want it stored until next winter. It’s simple, convenient, and entirely hassle-free. If you need additional material to help you pack - such as wardrobe boxes, storage boxes and other packing gear, we can help you with those too!
Step 5: Enjoy the Sun!
Storing your winter gear can seem like a daunting task - but if you follow these steps and take a structured approach, you can wrap it all up in no time with very little hassle. If you haven't started packing your winter gear away yet, now is a good time to start!
Have you got a storage problem that you just can't seem to solve? Talk to our storage experts today and let Space Centre Storage help you out!