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Summer is here, and for many people, that means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Residents of Colorado love spending their time outside, whether they’re fishing, biking, hiking, camping, or participating in another recreational activity. Many of these activities require specialized gear, and if you are an outdoor enthusiast, then you may have more gear than your living space can hold. In today’s post, we will discuss a few tips on how to store your outdoor gear so that it stays in the best condition, even when it’s not in use.

If your home or apartment isn’t big enough for all of your outdoor gear, Homestead Storage in Greeley has the perfect solution for you. We offer self-storage units in various sizes, making it easy for you to find the perfect unit for your needs. You can also rent our units on a month-to-month basis, so you’ll never be stuck in a lengthy contract. If you have any questions about our units, or you’re ready to free up some space in your home, contact Homestead Storage to get started today!

Choose the Right Bin

When it comes to storage, organization is key. You want to make sure that everything fits nicely into your storage unit without you having to dig around to find the gear you need. For this reason, we recommend buying plastic bins that can easily fit all of your gear. It’s a good idea to buy a separate bin for each activity, so that you don’t have to go searching through each bin looking for the one item you need. Additionally, if an activity requires a variety of different items, it may be a good idea to buy smaller bins that you can keep inside a larger bin. For example, if you are someone who enjoys camping, you may want to buy smaller bins to keep your dishes and cooking utensils, a bin for extra stakes or the poles for your tent, and a bin for sleeping pads, all of which you will store in a larger bin to keep everything together and organized.

Store Clean and Dry

Before you put everything in your self-storage unit until the next time you use it, you want to make sure that all of your gear is clean and dry. If you put your gear away wet, it could grow mold or mildew, or it could compromise the materials. Putting items away dirty, on the other hand, could make it harder or less convenient for you to use them the next time you need them, especially if they’ve been sitting in your self-storage unit for a long time. Instead, make sure you take the time to clean and dry all of your equipment before you store it.

Storage That Transports

If you’re planning on storing gear that is on the heavier side, or you plan to take your gear on a lot of trips, it may be a good idea to invest in storage that transports easily. We recommend using the bin system we described above, but instead of using a regular plastic bin to keep everything together, consider buying a bin that has wheels. Not only will the bin keep your items safe while they are held in your storage unit, but it will also make it easier for you to take all of your gear on the go!

Use Labels

When you visit your self-storage unit, there’s a good chance that you’re excited to get going with your recreational activity — all you need is your gear. However, your excitement can start to dwindle when you realize that you have to sort through all of your boxes before you find the one you’ve been looking for.

One way to ensure that finding the gear you need is quick and easy is to go through and label all of your boxes. You can start by labeling the outside boxes with the sport or activity they’re for, and then go through and label the smaller boxes. Taking the time to label all of your storage boxes may sound like a tedious task, but you may be surprised at how easy it makes finding your gear when you need it.

Eliminate Clutter

As much as you hate to think about summer coming to an end, it’s inevitable, and at some point you’ll have to put away your outdoor gear for the last time until next year. Before you put everything away for the season, it’s a good idea to go through and eliminate any broken or worn out equipment that you no longer plan to use. It’s not uncommon for parts to break or gear to become worn out over time, and you don’t want unusable gear taking up space in your self-storage unit. Instead, consider going through all of your gear and eliminating anything you can’t use so that you can start fresh next year.

Lease a Storage Unit Today!

If your outdoor gear has started to accumulate in your home, Homestead Storage in Greeley has the solution you’ve been looking for. We offer self-storage units in a variety of sizes, as well as climate-controlled units for your more temperature-sensitive items. Explore our website to learn more about our units and security, and when you’re ready to get started, give us a call.

We look forward to hearing from you!