Storing Your Winter Gear: Making Room for Summer Fun

Winter gear, including snowboards, lying in snow near the entrance of a shed.

As the snow begins to melt, you’ll soon find your home filled to the brim with winter items that won’t be used for months. While it’s tempting to keep all your winter items stored at home, there most likely will not be enough room to keep each and every item in your closet or basement. That’s why self storage for your winter gear is such a valuable resource to have. 

By utilizing self storage for your winter gear, you’ll do more than give your home a simple act of spring cleaning. You’ll make the room you need for your summer items and decorations. This guide from the team at Devon Self Storage will show you how you can best store your winter gear in order to make room for your summer items. 

Why Storing Your Winter Gear is Important

After the last snowfall has come and gone, it’s important to not just cram your winter gear into a closet and call it a day. Instead, it’s important to keep your winter gear in a secure and accommodating location such as a storage unit. This is because proper storage can better preserve your winter items and protect them from any theft or damages from unforeseen circumstances while decluttering your home. 

Winter Gear Storage Tips

With a clear idea as to why winter gear storage is so important, it’s time to make a plan for your winter storage. On the surface, it might seem as simple as placing your items in a storage unit and going about your business. However, there’s more to it than that. Certain winter items require specific yet simple steps in order to bring out the best protection. Keep reading for added tips on how to store different types of winter items. 

Winter clothing hanging on hooks in a closet.

Winter Clothing Storage

One of the most common items that makes its way to storage is your winter clothing. If not stored properly, according to the University of Nebraska, your clothing can sustain damages from insects and moisture problems. However, there are steps you can take to best avoid these damages. 

First, wash or dry-clean your winter clothing items, but do not iron or scratch them. Anything that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, such as winter boots and shoes, should be brushed and/or wiped. Once clean, place your winter clothes either in airtight containers such as vacuum bags or empty suitcases. Finally, consider investing in climate-controlled storage to best protect your belongings from extreme weather.

Winter Sports Equipment Storage

Winter sports equipment is another popular item placed in storage. For reference, common pieces of winter sports equipment include: 

  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Skates
  • Sleds
  • Tubes
  • Snowshoes

To properly store winter sports equipment, there are several tips and tricks you can use to make the most out of your space. First, clean off all your equipment prior to your self storage move-in. For individual items, skates benefit from being stored on shelves, while snowboards and skis are kept off storage unit floors and hung either vertically or horizontally to avoid warping. Again, the regulated conditions found in climate-controlled storage are your friend. 

Seasonal Decor Storage

From your family’s Christmas tree to general wintry items such as garland, self storage is an ideal solution for keeping your seasonal decor stored. For added protection, keep smaller items in sealed containers or tubs. For larger seasonal items like Christmas trees, try utilizing a plastic tub or cloth bag for further protection. 

Winter clothing piled in a cardboard box labeled “donation.” 

Declutter for Summer

Since you’re in your home more often in the winter than in the summer, winters are typically a prime time to do some decluttering around the house. The space you make through winter decluttering can be used for all of your summer activities and festivities. However, when you rent self storage for your winter gear, you don’t have to worry about accidentally tossing out one of your valuables or prized possessions. 

Summer Decluttering Tips

In preparation to declutter and store your winter gear for the upcoming summer, here are some helpful tips to streamline your process:

  • Come up with a plan with enough room for impromptu changes.
  • Go through each area of the house one-by-one.
  • Start small with a drawer or a closet instead of a whole room.
  • Set a tentative deadline both for each area and for the house as a whole
  • Discard any damaged or unusable items in your possession.

In addition to this advice, take a look through our storage tips page for more ways you can best protect your winter gear in self storage. 

Find the Perfect Storage Unit for Your Winter Gear With Devon Self Storage

Preserve and protect your winter gear through the offseason and rent a storage unit with us at Devon Self Storage. Across all our storage facilities, we offer a wide range of storage unit sizes and types, giving you the choice to rent the solution you need. Don’t wait for the last snowfall to dry up to get started. Find your nearest Devon Self Storage location or contact us online to rent or reserve your spot today! 

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