Winter weather is upon us. So, that means you’re not only busy prepping for holiday festivities, winter driving, and snow removal, but you’re also preoccupied making sure that all of your stored items are safe and ready for the colder weather and wintry conditions.
Figuring out how exactly to prepare your belongings to be stored for the colder months can be a little challenging—particularly if you’ve never done it before. But, have no fear! I’ve rounded up a few cold weather storage tips to help you out.
1. Beware of what exactly you store.
Unless your storage unit is temperature controlled, there are a few items you should avoid storing in there at all—no matter how much you might think you’re protecting them from the elements.
For example, canned food items and sodas might burst if they’re stored in an environment that gets too cold. However, if necessary, keeping these items in an unplugged refrigerator can actually help to insulate them from the outside conditions. Household paint of any kind also shouldn’t be kept in a chillier storage unit, as it will quickly go bad. And, don’t plan on storing your LCD television in your storage unit once the weather gets bitter either. Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on those screens.
2. Winterize your equipment.
If you’re planning to store your lawn mower (after all, you won’t be needing it), ensure that you properly prepare it for winter storage. This means you need to drain all of the fuel. But, you should also thoroughly clean it and use a lubricant on metal parts to prevent any rusting in the cooler weather.
3. Consider climate controlled storage.
Of course, if you’re seeking extra peace of mind during the winter months, you might want to simply consider upgrading to a climate controlled storage unit. Not only will this lift the limits on some of the items that can’t be kept in a colder unit, but you can also rest easy knowing that your belongings are being kept safe from the elements.
4. Provide extra protection.
If you’re storing memorabilia and other treasured belongings throughout the winter, you’ll want to ensure that those items are properly protected. Plastic sleeves are a great idea for things like photos and baseball cards. They’ll prevent everything from scratches, scuffs, and bends to fading and brittleness!
5. Store smart.
Of course, during any time of year, you want to remember to take the extra time to safely pack and store your belongings. Store your items in sealed bins and boxes that keep them protected. And, remember to keep all of your items off the floor using shelves and pallets. This ensures that they won’t wind up sitting in any puddles, spills, or melted snow.
You always want to ensure that your stored items are safe. But, this might become cause for extra concern when the weather turns cold. Put these tips to work, and prepare for some extra peace of mind this winter!
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