The children are back to school, and while we’ll probably have a little more good weather, summer is over. The opportunities to go camping, have barbecues and enjoy a lot of outdoor sports and games are coming to an end. It’s time to clear up some space by packing up those things you use only in the summer and getting them out of the way until spring. It might be tempting to simply stuff things in boxes and put them in the attic, but this is a great opportunity to get them organised. Who wouldn’t rather open boxes of clean, dry, organized summer gear? Seasonal storage in an increasingly popular option, particularly for people struggling for space in their houses.
The first step is to review what you have and see if anything needs to be discarded. Have the children outgrown any toys? Is anything worn out and at the end of its useful life? Storing summer gear that isn’t going to see another summer is a waste of your time and space, so make sure to go through this selection process before you start packing things up.
Next, take the time to clean and dry everything. Yes, it is a pain, but if you have a tent it pays to put it up for a day when it is dry and breezy to dry and air it out before you pack it away. Wipe down surfboards and garden games so they are ready to go next year. Washing out your barbecue and drying it will prevent rust.
When you are packing and storing seasonal items, it makes sense to label everything. That way you won’t lose any sunny hours to searching for your barbecue or beach shelter. If you are doing ‘storage by the box’, it will also allow you to better organise your items, maximise space and find things more easily when you are ready to retrieve your items.
Anyone lucky enough to have a dry shed has no worries about storing summer gear or any other seasonal items. But most sheds are not dry enough to keep things like tents, wooden patio furniture, barbecues and some garden games safe from damp, mould and rust. Items such as plastic toys, balls, resin furniture and plastic slides will be okay with a little dampness, but other things will be destroyed. An attic is a great option for seasonal storage, but it isn’t easy to get larger things up there. Similarly, under-stairs storage is also good, but can be very limited. Too often we wind up using our box rooms as storage, which means we lose out a home office or study space, guest room or play space, and in a city like Dublin most people don’t even have a spare room available.
Self-storage can be a great solution for people who have a lot of gear they use seasonally. Storing your summer gear in a local storage unit means you can have it when you need it, and know it is secure and protected when you don’t. Some people will have enough things they use only in the winter such as Christmas decorations, skis and bulky winter clothes that it makes sense to rent a storage unit year-round. For others, the solution is to find a self storage unit that can be hired for only the time it is needed for storing summer gear. Whichever the case, many storage facilities will provide you with the option to rent by square meter. Buska also allows you to store your items using a ‘by the box’ system, providing you with big, sturdy, plastic boxes for storage that are safely kept in their facilities. This can be a great option for people who don’t necessarily have bulky summer gear to store, such as barbecues or tents, but have lots of small items cluttering their house.
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