5 Winter Storage Tips

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Have you recently done a New Year’s decluttering project and are looking to clear household clutter? Or, maybe you’re moving and looking for temporary storage until your new home is ready for move-in. Whatever the reason, a self storage unit is a great option for both short-term and long-term storage options. But, when storing items in a storage unit in the winter, it’s important to follow a few precautionary storage tips. Try out these 5 winter storage tips below.

Get Cold Weather Ready with These Winter Storage Tips

  1. Ensure All Items Are Clean: Before storing anything in a storage unit, it’s important to ensure all items are clean. Storing belongings that aren’t clean can result in mold, mildew or corrosion forming.
  2. Ensure All Items Are Prepared for Storage: Depending on what you’re storing in your storage unit, different items will require different preparation. For example, make sure all appliances are clean, dry and stored with the door open to allow air flow. Properly preparing for storage will help to protect your belongings from damage.
  3. Prevent Moisture Damage: While it’s always a good idea to use pallets to elevate your belongings in your storage unit, during the winter its especially important. As the ground gets damp during the winter, it’s possible for moisture to seep up from to the floor of your storage unit. If you have boxes or items touching the floor, they may be exposed to moisture damage.
  4. Understand What Not to Store: With a traditional storage unit rental, there are some items that shouldn’t be stored during the winter. Electronics, leather or wooden furniture and battery operated items should never be stored in a traditional storage unit during the winter.
  5. Form a Wall: To shield more sensitive items from the damaging cold, use items that aren’t temperature sensitive to form a wall around your storage unit. On the inside of the wall, put the boxes, furniture and more that you’d like to keep warmer. Moving more sensitive items into the interior of your storage unit will help to protect them from extreme fluctuations.
  6. Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit: The best way to store items in the winter is to use a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will prevent the temperature from dropping too cold in the winter and getting too warm in the summer.

National Storage Has Storage Units in Michigan!

Are you looking for winter storage in Michigan? National Storage has storage facilities in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, MI with climate controlled storage units. Our storage facilities have many different sized storage units available, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve a storage unit with National Storage today!

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