Using Self-Storage Units To Store Seasonal Items

If you live in a small home, such as a duplex, condominium, or apartment, or if your house's storage space is limited, consider renting a self-storage unit. These units come in especially handy for storing seasonal items until you need them again.

Some types of seasonal items include holiday decorations, sports and lawn equipment, and clothing and blankets. You can also use self-storage units to hold your college items when you're home for the summer. This is will free up your bedroom from dorm essentials you won't need, such as cookware, decor, books, and bedding. 

Here are some additional tips for renting and storing seasonal items in a self-storage unit:

1. Choosing the Right Unit

When it comes to choosing the perfect storage unit for your needs, you'll have several options from which to choose. The first thing to consider is if you'll need a climate-controlled unit. These will be especially important if you live in a warm and humid climate, as they typically feature air-conditioning to help control the heat and moisture levels. 

Climate-controlled self-storage units are generally located indoors, while their non-climate-controlled counterparts are usually accessed from outside the building. Some items that require a climate-controlled atmosphere include food, delicate pieces such as antiques and family heirlooms, clothing and beddings, and even some mechanical and electrical equipment. 

Self-storage units that contain air conditioning tend to have a higher monthly rental fee due to location and convenience, but the small added expense will be worth it if it protects your belongings from high moisture damage. Some seasonal pieces, including yard decorations and outdoor furniture, can withstand the natural elements and don't require climate-controlled units. 

2. Preparing the Items for Storage 

To ensure that your seasonal items stay protected and in good shape while in the storage unit, it's important to properly prepare them. For instance, make sure all kitchen items, such as toaster or convection ovens, popcorn poppers, mixing bowls, pots, and pans are clean and free of all food. Dirty equipment may attract pests, including mice, rats, and cockroaches to your unit. 

If you're storing delicate seasonal clothing pieces, such as formal holiday wear or intricate Halloween costumes, be sure to wrap them in protectant packaging prior to storing them. You can place the fabric pieces in plastic wardrobe bags designed to protect them from the elements.  

Wrap holiday pictures, paintings, and other fragile decor with packing paper or bubble wrap prior to placing them in the storage unit to avoid damage. 

For more information about self-storage units, contact a local storage facility, like Freeport West.