How to Use Self Storage for Springtime Cleaning
No matter the time of year, it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re going to get out of your self-storage unit once warmer weather arrives. At EZ Storage, we love helping people find the right storage solutions. We know that when it comes time to do some spring cleaning, a self storage unit can make all the difference — that is, if you know how to use it.
What to Store in The Springtime
When the weather warms up, there are plenty of things in your home or office that you likely won’t need for several months. Here’s a quick breakdown of some common things you should store in the springtime.
- Winter gear. Skis, sleds, outdoor hockey equipment, ice fishing gear, and more are all ideal candidates for storage during the spring and summer months.
- Winter vehicles. If you have an ATV, snowmobile, or other winter vehicle, placing it into vehicle self storage can free up space, while keeping your valuable equipment safe.
- Seasonal decorations. Holiday and winter decorations, including lights, trees, wreathes, ornaments, and so on, can take up a surprising amount of space when not in use — which is exactly why they should go into your storage unit.
Spring Cleaning Your Storage Unit
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. Performing a deep clean on your storage unit and discarding items you don’t need anymore can be a great springtime ritual that cuts down on clutter. You might end up taking some items back home, where you suddenly have new space. At the same time, taking a few boxes out of storage will create more space for other things that you need to store or keep safe for the spring and summer.
As you clean and organize your storage unit, you may uncover some items that you’d forgotten you still owned, or that you might not need anymore. There may also be items that you thought you sold or donated long ago, such as old clothes or small appliances. Once these items are uncovered, you can either keep them, sell them, or donate them!
Swapping Things Out From Winter to Spring
After cleaning out the unit, it’s time to pull out your warm weather belongings and take advantage of them. Here are a few common things you might have set aside during the cold months.
Patio and Outdoor Furniture
As the weather changes, you’ll want to start enjoying your evenings and weekends in the backyard. If you have outdoor furniture that you put into storage, it just might be the first thing you get out of the unit. You’ll want to be sure that everything is clean and stable before you put cushions on it and sit down for the first time.
Perhaps you’ve been waiting all winter for spring to return so that you can take a weekend trip to your favorite getaway spot. While you may still need a jacket, you’re ready to break out those t-shirts and shorts and enjoy some warm, sunny days. If you have spring and summer clothing in storage, then take those boxes home, sort through everything, and build your wardrobe for the season.
Bicycles or Motorcycles
Our storage centers have room for your recreational vehicles, so if you stored a motorcycle or ATV over the winter months, now’s the time to remove them. Getting your small vehicle out of storage now will give you time to tune it up, clean it, and get it ready for that first nice day of spring. For more information about storing your recreational vehicles, visit our Vehicle Storage page.
Ways to Clean and Organize Your Storage Unit for Spring
When the seasons change, what you are storing will likely change as well. But getting the most out of your storage unit isn’t just about switching out a few items. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your storage is ready for spring.
- Remove dust and dirt. Once you’ve created a little space in your storage unit, make sure to remove any visible dust and dirt — this will help keep any new items you place in storage clean and in good working condition. That’s especially important for sensitive items like electronics, which might need climate controlled storage.
- Purge unused items. A good spring cleaning means getting rid of items in your home that you don’t use anymore — but it can also mean doing the same with your storage unit. That extra space will allow you to hold on to more things that really matter.
- Create an inventory. Making an inventory of items in your storage unit is one of the best ways to organize it — that way, you’ll know exactly what you have, making it easier to discard items that you might have too many of.
- Rotate certain items. If you’re looking to create more space in your storage unit, rotating large or awkwardly shaped items like couches, televisions, and bedframes can help open up extra storage space that you might not have known was there.
- Check on your belongings. Don’t forget to make sure your belongings are in good condition — if items have been damaged, it might be time to discard them and free up more space in your storage unit.
Find a storage solution that’s right for you
Finding a storage solution that’s right for you is critical, and can make a serious difference in how you approach your home or office space and the arrival of spring. EZ Storage knows people have different needs, which is why we offer personal self storage solutions and business self storage solutions that will help meet your storage needs, whatever they are.