Summer storage tips: What goes in and what comes out?

 Thank you to Jenny Young of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage for sharing these ideas on self-storage. 

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Summer is (finally) right around the corner. Before you can start celebrating on the beach, now is a good time to take stock of what you have at home and in your self storage unit and make some changes.

Here are some ideas for what moves IN and what comes OUT of your self storage unit this summer.

IN: Holiday decorations. Typically, the most common items heading into self storage during the spring and summer months are Christmas decorations, says Mike Nowicki, area manager for Uncle Bob’s in the Virginia region.

OUT: Clutter. They call it “spring cleaning” for a reason. As you move things in and out of your self storage unit, do a lap around and take stock of what you have in there. Are there things you haven’t touched in years and probably won’t ever use again? Consider discarding them to free up space for other, more important items, or donating them to someone who could put them to use today.

IN: Winter clothing and outerwear. The parka can be put away! Hallelujah. It’s swimsuit and tank top season, so move sweaters, coats, hats, and gloves into your self storage unit in order to make room for your warm weather ensemble at home.

Bonus tip: While it might be tempting to stick your clothing in any box you have lying around, invest in a couple sturdy storage totes.

“My recommendation is not to use recycled grocery boxes to store,” Nowicki says. “They may be free, but they attract pests even if they don’t have food items in them. The box itself is scented with the item that was in it. Grocery boxes also break down over time, and they are liable to fall if stacked.”

You can typically find a good deal at big department stores this time of year, so a plastic bin will be well worth the $10 or less it’ll cost.

OUT: Lawn and landscaping equipment. Nowicki tells me the most popular things he sees coming out of self storage units this time of year are lawn care and landscaping equipment. That means grab your car, and load it up with the lawnmower, weedwacker, rake and other garden tools you’ve been storing away all winter.

Friendly Reminder: There are many items you should never keep in your self storage unit, which include many things you might be purchase over the summer. Pool chemicals and weed killers, gasoline for your lawnmower, and propane for your grill are a few of the items you should never put into storage. Keep that in mind as your stock up for the season.

IN: College dorm essentials. As your kids move home from their universities, tell them leave their stuff in storage facilities in their college town, rather than take it all home. It’s a win-win for everyone: It’ll save them the hassle of transporting it a far distance, and it’ll save you the headache of finding a place to put it in your already cramped storage spaces.

“My experience shows that college students get together and share a larger storage space and split the rent. This makes it easier to afford the space, and it allows them quicker set up in the fall when they return to school,” says Nowicki.

OUT: Camping gear. Take advantage of the great weather, and sleep under the stars! If your tents and sleeping bags have been tucked away all winter, it’s time to grab them and take them to the great outdoors.

What will you use your self storage unit for this summer? And what will you be taking out and enjoying in this nice weather? Let me know on Twitter at @JennyStorage.

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