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How To Prepare Your Items For Winter Storage

How To Prepare Your Items For Winter Storage

May 8, 2022


As we enter May, we are getting closer to the harsh months of winter, and self-storage has never been so important. Many summer clothes and items are perfect for storing during winter, but preparing everything beforehand is crucial. 

This article will explore the different ways you can prepare items for storage. We will also look at what things you should be storing and how you can avoid the drastic weather changes that also take place. After reading this blog, you’ll have a thorough understanding of protecting your precious items and keeping them ready for summer and beyond. 


Clean Both Your Items and Your Self-Storage Unit

Removing dust and other residues on your items will give them a clean slate to be stored for extended periods. If left dirty or wet, your items may get damaged due to the mould that can form. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth will be sufficient to ensure your belongings go into storage safely. 

If you’re continuing to use a self-storage unit after many months, you may want to consider cleaning the interior. Regularly visiting your storage unit and dusting/cleaning can help keep your items in tip-top condition. 


Ensure Electronics Remain Above The Ground 

While storage units are notoriously secure, it’s vital to be aware of condensation risks - especially regarding electronics. The ground loses heat very quickly and can be prone to experiencing condensation. 

Most cold or moisture concerns can be resolved by placing the electronic devices in a box above the ground or even on shelves. However, suppose you are looking for a more practical solution to avoid this issue entirely. In that case, you can also look into dehumidifying items like desiccants which extract the moisture from the air. 


Store Tools and Gardening Equipment Away From The Precious Items

Everything from shovels to barbecues is ideal for storing away while enjoying the winter months. Any item that contains fuel or gas should be emptied before storing. This is an incredible hazard, and many self-storage facilities will not allow you to store them. 

With the weather being as gloomy as during winter, you likely won’t need your gardening tools. Perhaps a few can remain at your house for general keep-up, but if you lack garage or shed space, a self-storage unit is perfect for reducing the clutter in your home. 


Swap Summer Clothes For Winter Clothes

The transition between summer and winter is ideal as you can swap one set of items out for another. After enjoying a long summer of being at the beach, going on hikes, and visiting family - you’ll be able to store items during winter. 

Conversely, you can reacquaint yourself with the comfortable heavy clothing that’s always your best friend during winter. Along with blankets, portable heaters, boots and more, your winter attire can be welcomed back home as your substitute for the summer items. Some of these belongings can include tents, surfboards, togs, air mattresses, umbrellas etc.


SafeGuard Storage Can Make Your Life Stress-Free and Secure


SafeGuard Storage offers a range of storage solutions for personal lives and businesses. You’ll be in the best hands with our on-site managers and their highly-experienced team of advisors. We offer a wide range of storage options throughout New Zealand, including self-storage units in Hamilton, Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Gisbourne, Nelson, Waihi, Whakatane, Christchurch and New Plymouth.

Our self-storage units are the perfect location for business owners for all of the above reasons. We pride ourselves on offering a securely gated location studded with 24/7 CCTV surveillance. We also feature convenient access hours that are sure to please all. Rent with confidence at SafeGuard Storage, knowing that your business’ products will be safe. 

We have small, medium or large safe and secure units depending on what you need. We have four locations within Hamilton, including storage lock-ups in Te Rapa, Melville, Hillcrest and Frankton. Our friendly staff will find a unit that fits the needs of your situation. 

Whether you are after business storage, vehicle storage or affordable storage, our easily accessible units are available for short term or long term storage. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable team is more than happy to go through your current storage situation and find the correct unit size. In addition, we are very experienced and can figure out how to ensure your clutter is no longer a problem.