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Eventually, summer has to come to an end, which means you will have to pack up all of the gear that you use for the summer and put it away until next year. The gear you need for all of your favorite summer activities can easily take up a lot of space in your home, from tents, sleeping bags, and other camping gear to kayaks and fishing poles! If you’re running out of space to keep all of your gear, then you may choose to rent a self-storage unit to help free up some room in your home.

At Homestead Self Storage in Greeley, we offer a wide selection of self-storage units that are sure to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a larger unit to make up for garage space you just don’t have or you need a small, climate-controlled unit for a few special items, we’ve got it all! Learn more about the self-storage options we have available, and contact Homestead Self Storage in Greeley to sign a lease today. In the meantime, continue reading below for four tips that you should keep in mind when it comes time to store your summer gear.

Air Out and Dry Your Items

Storing items that are wet or even slightly damp can lead to mold and mildew that can compromise the integrity of your belongings. Instead of putting away your items after you’ve used them and hoping for the best, it’s a good idea to take the extra time to dry or air out your gear after each use. For example, instead of storing your tent immediately following your camping trip, try and make it a habit to set it up in your yard to ensure that any moisture dries in the sun. This can also help get some fresh air in your tent, eliminating any odors that may build up use after use.

Store Clothes in Plastic Containers

Whether you’re living in a cramped one-bedroom or studio apartment or you’re sharing a home with your entire family, storage space can quickly run out. One easy way to free up more space in your home is to store all of your summer clothes in a self-storage unit, leaving plenty of room for the warmer items you will use in the winter. If you choose to store your summer clothes, then there are a few things you will need to do to ensure that they are fresh and unharmed when you swap out your clothes next year.

First and foremost, you want to store any clothing in plastic containers. Cardboard boxes will break down over time, and do not protect your clothing from moisture. Additionally, you want to make sure that you wash your clothes before you store them. Storing dirty or “stale” clothing may result in weird smells when you finally remove them from storage, whereas clean clothes have a better chance of staying fresh.

Remove Batteries

It’s important to take the time to sort through all of the items you plan to store before you lock them away for the winter. As you go through your gear, make sure you remove all batteries from your devices. Batteries can corrode when they sit for long periods of time, which can be dangerous and ruin your belongings. Make sure to check each item carefully, especially when you go through your camping gear, as batteries in small flashlights can easily be overlooked. Once you remove the batteries, you can place them in a small plastic bag so that you will have them ready to go when you unpack your summer gear next year.

Clean and Cover All Items

In addition to your camping and fishing gear, you may also choose to store patio furniture and other seasonal items. If that’s the case, then it’s a good idea to go through and clean each and every item before you put it into storage. Belongings like patio furniture spend most of the time outside, and they can quickly become dirty. If you want to leave your furniture in the best condition for the next time you use it, then it’s a good idea to take the time to clean off any dirt and debris that may have collected over the summer. Once you’ve cleaned everything and given it time to dry completely, cover it with a plastic cover to keep it protected while it sits in storage.

Rent a Unit From Homestead Self Storage!

It may seem like a lot of work to get all of your summer gear ready to go into storage, but using these tips will ensure that your gear and belongings not only stay protected, but also ensures that they are in the best possible shape for the next time you use them.

If you’re interested in renting a self-storage unit for all of your summer items, then Homestead Self Storage in Greeley is here to help! We offer storage units in various sizes, as well as climate-controlled units for your more temperature-sensitive items. Learn more on our website, and rent a unit today!