Fall Storage Tips

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As the weather in the Detroit area turns a bit colder over the next few weeks, you’ll begin putting away the shorts and t-shirts, and breaking out the jeans and sweaters. Preparing for the fall can present its own challenges as you get yourself, your family, and your house ready for the colder months of the year. At EZ Storage®, we can help you find the right self-storage unit for all of those things that you want to put away for the season.

What Needs to Be Put Away?

Fall storage doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and the simplest way to approach it can be to think about what you can put away for the next three to five months. You likely won’t need your lawnmower or weed trimmer, so it can make sense to put those in storage. If you’re packing up summer clothes into boxes or tubs, then place them in your storage unit, rather than have them taking up space in your closet.

Decide What Size of Unit You Need

dreamstime_xxl_86657529Once you’ve decided to rent a storage space, you’ll have to decide what size of unit you’ll need. Many people go for the first one they see, thinking it will be enough space for their stuff. However, if the space is too small, you won’t be able to fit that one large item that you forgot about when packing things up. You might have a motorcycle that you want to store for the winter, and putting that alongside your boxes and tubs in a 5’x5’ unit likely won’t work. On the other hand, picking a unit that’s too large will leave you paying for more space than you need.

For fall storage, take inventory of everything you want to store, and then measure everything. This will help you determine what size of unit you’ll need. Keep in mind that you’ll likely only be storing these items until March or April, so if there a few things that you can leave at home, you can reserve a smaller space and save a bit on rent each month.

Take Time to Clean

As you move that patio furniture into storage for the season, you’ll likely sweep off the patio, or use the leaf blower to clean off the surface. Yard cleanup is a common occurrence in the fall, but don’t forget about the inside of the house, as well as the garage. As you pack things up and move them into storage for the season, take time to clean underneath where things were. This will create a spotless and uncluttered space where the item can be set when you bring it home in the spring. You may also want to rearrange some things so that items are easier to access once they’re back in the house or garage.

Label Everything

Whenever you put something in storage, it’s important to label the box or tub clearly. Using a black marker to write on each box, or printing a large label for each tub, can be the best way to identify what’s in each container. For fall items, make sure you write “fall” or “seasonal” on each box, and put them towards the front of your storage unit, especially if you have other items towards the back that you plan to leave in the unit for a longer period of time. That way, when you come to get those seasonal items next year, you’ll know what’s in each box, and those items will be easier to retrieve.

If you’re ready to find a suitable fall storage unit, then visit an EZ Storage® location in Detroit today. We have several facilities across the greater metro area, and you can find a space that meets your needs. We hope that these tips have helped you decide what you should store, and how to find the right size of unit for your belongings. If you have any questions regarding storage, our staff members and resident managers are more than happy to help.

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