Posted by On 28-05-2024

Seasonal Storage 101: 3 Tips to Prepare for Summer

Seasonal storage 101: 3 tips to prepare for summer

As we get closer to summer, many people start dreaming of spending time on the beach, weekend trips to the cottage, and late night bonfires with friends. These are all things that certainly contribute to making this season one of the most fun and enjoyable times of the year.

However, as with any change, in addition to planning and preparing for the fun stuff, it is also necessary to approach the shift from a logistical standpoint and consider all the essential preparatory measures that you should undertake.

For those who use portable storage containers for smaller items, near the end of spring it is important to start planning how to best prepare for summer. This will help reduce winter item clutter, and how to best make room for everything needed throughout summer.

To fully embrace all that summer has to offer, it is very useful to organize your home in advance. Your home space currently filled with winter coats, skis, and snowblowers could better be used for storing sports equipment, pool toys, and beach accessories.

Plan now to utilize a storage unit close to your home in North York to help with the transition process. Also, it is advisable to find a temperature controlled facility to counteract the effects of rising temperatures, to help avoid negative impact on your belongings. After all, the items you store could be quite sensitive to shifts in temperature and humidity over the summer.

Best Ways to Prepare for Summer Storage

Preparing for an upcoming seasonal shift is critical for a number of reasons when it comes to self-storage, to help ensure the safety and security of your contents and also to ensure that you get the most out of your storage space from one season of the year to the next.

The following are are worth considering when it comes time to prepare for summer storage:

1. Evaluate what is in your storage unit

While buffer seasons like spring and fall do not often have as many items specifically designated for these times of year, winter and summer definitely do. The time leading up to summer is when you want to start thinking about what winter items you should add to your storage unit, while simultaneously planning which summer items you want to take out.

Of course, clearing out summer items from your storage unit, such as deck furniture, barbecues, pool equipment, and so on, will make room for the addition of winter items, like snow shovels, winter boots, ice skates, and so forth.

However, before you start this transition, it is a good idea to determine what will be coming out and then going in so that you can plan accordingly.

From a logistical standpoint, creating an inventory list of items to be placed in storage and also a separate list of what has to come out will be a huge help. If you need more storage capacity, getting a larger storage unit, adding shelves, stacking labeled containers, rearranging contents in the unit, etc., are all possible solutions.

2. Think about the best timing for moving everything

When you are ready to remove summer items from your storage unit and the move-in of your winter things, temperatures may already be on the rise. Nobody wants to be caught lifting heavy things all day during hot weather.

Try your best to schedule this work for earlier in the morning or later in the evening so you can avoid health risks related to high temperatures. Although it is important to get  prepared for summer, it definitely is not worth getting heat stroke!

Also, avoid rain as best as you can to protect your belongings from getting wet or damp, to mould and mildew formation while they are in storage.

Consider switching to a climate-controlled unit

In the summer, both temperatures and humidity levels can skyrocket. If you intend to store things susceptible to damage from such factors in your unit, then consider using a climate-controlled unit. This is especially crucial if you live in an area that tends to get humid in the summer, as high humidity over a period of time could damage your things.

How Abacus Self Storage Can Help You Meet All of Your Storage Needs

If you are in the market for storage units available to people in North York where you can store your winter items properly this summer, Abacus Self Storage has all the storage solutions you require.

With our conveniently located and easily accessible storage units, you can store anything that you need and retrieve it whenever you want – make your life easier. No matter what you have to store or how much, we have storage units of all sizes and types to accommodate your needs.

If you are uncertain of the type or size of the unit that will best serve you, our knowledgeable and friendly staff would be happy to assist you in finding the unit that best suits you.

We provide affordable pricing and flexible rental agreements so that you can store your things with us short or long-term without a hitch. We offer climate-controlled units for added protection in the summer months, and all of our units are well-lit and very secure for added peace of mind.

For more information about our storage units in North York, or to learn about the finer details of our rental agreements, call Abacus Self Storage at 289-807-1033 or contact us here.


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