Well, it’s that time again. Time to pack up all the layers that kept us warm during the winter months and clear away layers of dust. As you begin the spring cleaning process, you may not think to give your storage unit a once over, but like your home, a storage unit is an important space that needs a little TLC a few times per year, too. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Make Space: Sweep out your unit and consolidate boxes. Full boxes are often sturdier and less likely to collapse or lean when stacked. Also, consider donating or selling what you don’t want anymore to make room for more items!
- Do Routine Maintenance: With the change of seasons, now might be a good time to apply wood conditioner to furniture, launder clothes/ blankets or check that a vehicle is still working correctly.
- Upgrade Storage Supplies: If you are storing for an extended period of time, you may want to consider metal shelving units, sturdier bins, or furniture blankets to protect belongings and allow for easier access throughout the year. You could also, install hooks or brackets for things like rakes, tools, bicycles and skis to keep them together and out of the way.
- Spruce It Up: After everything is clean and organized, you may want to consider placing dryer sheets or lavender sachets between blankets or clothing to keep them fresh. You can also hang air fresheners and replace your moisture absorber to keep your space clean and dry.
- Reward Yourself! Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of spring!
Have you started spring cleaning your NH storage unit? Share your comments or tips below!
At Store It Now, LLC we allow you to store just about anything in our facilities, but where do we draw the line? You may be surprised at what we’ve been asked by tenants in the past, read on…
- Your destructive dog, siblings or ex: Got a bad pet, sister or ex-boyfriend? Unfortunately, this is not the place to keep the little rascal for safe keepings. Although a small metal box with a lock may sound appealing, self storage facilities are not too keen on storing any living things. You’ll need to be a little more creative with these three!
- Fireworks, firearms or explosive devices: Have a few leftover fireworks from last 4th of July? A storage unit may not be the best place to store these bundles of (explosive) joy. Units can get very hot in the summer and may cause an unexpected firework display when you least expect it. For your stored belongings and firework budget’s sake, please keep all explosives out of storage units and in a safe place.
- Leftovers and groceries: Storage units make terrible refrigerators and pantries. Leaving any kind of food or beverage in a unit no only causes mold, but also invites swarms of furry friends. To avoid an awkward encounter next time you open your unit, you may want to leave your editables at home.
What is the strangest item you’ve ever stored in a self storage unit? Share your comments below!
We all felt the impacts of last week’s winter storms in one way or another, but how can you be sure your belongings are safe in their storage unit? Though not obvious, the winter cold can threaten your items just as much as a warm day at the beach. Double-check your storage security with this handy checklist:
- Insects and rodents damage: As the weather cools, critters look for a warm place to snuggle in. Fabric and food attract these furry creatures and make for a nice nesting spot and feeding ground. Keep your area tidy and free of food and maybe set a few rodent traps just in case.
- Water damage: During the rainy fall and melting spring, water can seep into basements, garages, and attics, damaging boxes and their contents. Water causes mold and mildew which can irreversibly damage fabric, paper, and wood. Make sure your valuables are covered and sitting on pallets away from walls.
- Snow and ice damage: Snow can accumulate on things like lawn furniture and equipment, causing rust on bolts, bike chains, and can dull or crack glossy finishes. Wrap your furniture in tarps or soft cloths and put them in a dry, covered unit to keep the snow off.
- Salt and sand damage: Salt and sand spreads on driveways can corrode and scratch cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and RVs. Rather than leaving your toys in the harsh winter weather, store them in a special car storage unit or RV pad.
Storing your belongings does not have to be as unpredictable as the crazy New England weather we’ve all come to love. Take a few minutes this weekend to check on the stored item in your storage unit, garage, or basement. It may save you seasons worth of hassle in the spring. Good luck!
Did your belongings brave the storms? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!