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Self Storage in Winter, What Should You Think About?

Preparing for winter before it fully kicks in is important. There are always changearounds you need to make when it comes to your possessions over the winter.

Self Storage in Winter, What Should You Think About Storing?

Here are some things you’ll need to think about when winter arrives.

Your Tires!

It’s that time of year when the temperature has taken a turn and the roads are starting to look frosty. Late October to early November is the best time to get your winter tires changed so you are ready for driving in those dangerous frosty conditions - then you will be ready for everything the season will throw at you!

Putting on your winter tires

Late October to early November is the general guide for a good time to get your winter tires on, but the best way to be sure is to look at the temperature. If it is seven degrees Celcius or less, you need your winters on. This way you’ll be able to enjoy greater traction, handling, and safer breaking.

Why do you need Winter Tires?

Winter tires are essential when it comes to winter driving in Canada. Without them you are vulnerable to skidding, losing traction, and not safely being in control of your car. Although there is not a legal requirement to have winter tires fitted in Ontario, living in a cold climate, it is the safest way to operate your vehicle during the winter months.

The best ways to store your tires when you change them

If you have the space to store your tired at home, the best way to do this is off the ground and tightly wrapped in a waterproof cover. If, however, you do not have the right space to store your tires you should consider self storage. A small self storage unit is perfect to keep your tires safe and secure without the risk of damage until you need them again.

Your Seasonal Clothes

When winter rolls around you’re going to want to be making sure you have your big coats, winter boots, and all the rest of your warm clothing. You also probably won’t be needing some of your summer clothes, so it’s a good idea to swap them out.

How to store your clothes when you don’t need them

When you’re not going to use your clothes for an extended period of time it’s important to store them properly, otherwise they may be damaged. Things like damp, mould and mildew can creep into your clothing unless you store it in a dry, ventilated space.

Sealable storage containers are one great way to store your seasonal clothes that you do not need for the winter months. Make sure that your clothes are dry and neatly folded so that they are in the best condition when you need them again. Another great way to safely store your clothing for an extended period is to vacuum pack it. This keeps your items safely sealed and protected until you need them again, and also saves a great deal of space!

Once you have swapped your summer sandals with winter boots and so on, you can put away your packed clothes for the season you’ll want to make sure you have a dry space for them. If storage space in your home is limited, a self storage unit can be the perfect answer! With secure and dry units of all sizes, self storage can be a great way to make sure your seasonal clothing is kept safely when you do not need it.

Larger Seasonal Items

As well as clothing, many of us have slightly larger seasonal items that need to be swapped out. Larger items that you might not need over winter such as gardening equipment, outdoor furniture, sports equipment, motorbikes and more. All of these things take up a fair amount of space around the home, so it is always a good idea to think carefully about what you need over the colder months, and what you don’t.

Seasonal Sporting Equipment

Sports like mountain biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and so on are great fun in spring, summer and fall, in winter - not so much. If you have larger sporting gear you will not be using during the colder months, you can safely store it in self storage and take it out anytime you need to. Our guide to Kayak Storage is a great example of how you can safely store large sporting and recreational items like kayaks or canoes easily using self storage.

Other Seasonal Items

As well as sporting goods, there are always other seasonal items around the home that you will not be needing over the winter. Do you have outdoor furniture that you won’t be using in the colder months, a motorbike, or gardening equipment that will take up space you may want to be using over the winter? All of these things are great candidates for seasonal self storage.

At Burlington Storage Barn we have storage units of all shapes and sizes to suit all of your storage needs. Reserve your unit today to organize your seasonal storage requirements.

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Special Occasions with Self Storage

With the seasons changing and some big events coming up, it’s likely you’ll be wanting to host some family or friends. But, getting your home ready to host can be a challenge...

How Self Storage Can Help You To Host This Season

Whether you’re planning a family gathering for Thanksgiving, hosting friends for a spooky Halloween party or getting ready for the festive season with friends, there are plenty of ways that Self Storage can help.

Decorating for a special day

Whether it’s festive wreaths for Thanksgiving or spooky additions to your home for Halloween there are lots of ways to get your home ready for special occasions. It’s always exciting breaking out decorations and dressing up your home.

Before you decorate, think about giving your home a comprehensive clear out and declutter! Take a look at our handy guide to decluttering your home for some tips on getting your space well and truly clear so you have a blank canvas for decorating! Now you can get into the really fun bit of preparing your home. The biggest upcoming days are Thanksgiving and Halloween, and both have very different decor styles!


When you’re decorating your home for Thanksgiving you should think about the theme of the holiday, think:

  • Fall colours rich earthy tones, with vibrant reds and yellows
  • Fresh produce with a focus on seasonal vegetables you see at this time of year
  • Decorative wreaths are somewhere to showcase your fall colour palette
  • Stunning centrepieces to add another level of seasonal decor to your home


Now for a completely different style! Halloween decor should be fun, spooky, and unique to your tastes, think:

  • A Jack O’ Lantern! The first item on any Halloween decor list, carving out a pumpkin is a great way to get into the spooky season
  • Decorations for your front yard, these are always a great way to show your house is in the Halloween spirit
  • Skulls, Skeletons, Spiders Webs, and more… Oh my! If it’s spooky it can be part of your Halloween decor

Preparing large meals and plenty of party snacks

Large meals and small snacks are an integral part of family gatherings, if you’re cooking a big feast, or just a whole lot of snacks and cookies, you might need a few extra bits.

Preparing a large meal for the family and more, like a thanksgiving meal can come with some challenges. It’s not every day you need to cater for a large number of people, and you might find yourself short of pots, pans, plates, and places at the table! If you’re not a regular host you can ask your guests to bring along some extras, however, if you’re looking to make cooking for a number of guests a regular thing, it could be an idea to invest in some spare cookware that you can store away when you’re not using it - and break out for preparing feasts!

Preparing a large amount of snacks can come with the same challenges. If you’re looking to make a big batch of Halloween cookies, or spooky snacks! Having extra baking trays, serving plates and mixing bowls can help you out, but you don’t want them to cutter up your kitchen. Having some hosting and party supplies that you can store away is helpful, you can plan when you need them and they won’t take up your space when you don’t.

The same goes for seating, not every house has room at the dinner table for a number of guests. Instead of having to eat buffet style or serve a large meal in shifts, one good way to solve the problem of finding space for guests at the table is to invest in some temporary chairs and tables. With some light decor like tablecloths and place settings you can make temporary place settings look elegant. The best bit about temporary seating is that you can fold it away and store it when you’re not using it.

Hosting overnight guests

It’s not uncommon for gatherings and events to include overnight guests. Thanksgiving dinners and Halloween parties are no exception. It could be just a few relatives who have travelled a little far, or it could be a full contingent of family that you need to find space for. If you’re struggling to find places to put them we have some tips on how to create a cozy and comfortable space for overnight guests:

  • Give them a proper bed, even if it’s a temporary one. Instead of relegating your guests to the couch or having to try to find a comfy way to curl up in a chair, give them their own bed space. A perfect way to do this is to invest in an inflatable mattress. They’re easy to inflate and turn into a comfortable spot to sleep for a night, and you can pack them down small for storage when you don't need it.
  • Create a private area for guests to sleep. By sectioning off a part of the room your guests are staying with a curtain or screen it can create a relaxing spot where your guests can feel comfortable.
  • Make sure they’re not sleeping around clutter and mess! Even if it’s staying after a party, try to make sure that the area that your guests are staying is free of clutter and mess. Keep in mind the area they will be staying and ensure it’s easy to clear to set up their sleeping space.

After your guests have enjoyed their cosy spot to sleep, you can easily pack it away and pop the mattress, curtains, or screens away stored safely until the next time you need them.

After your big event is over and your guests are on their way, you’ll probably be wanting to think about what to do with those extra place settings, decorations, and any cozy temporary spare room items. A great option for special items like this is self storage. You can store them safely until you need them, and as an added bonus you can use your storage unit to get any of your day to day items out of the way whilst you’re hosting! At Burlington Storage Barn we have units of all sizes to fit your storage needs. Reserve yours today!

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Self Storage In Fall

With the colours changing, the temperature dropping, and the evenings drawing in, Fall is a transformative time. It’s a good time to reflect on a well spent summer and time to plan ahead for winter.

Self Storage in Fall

Fall can be the ideal time to make changes at home, and is the perfect period to get your home ready for the coldest months without having to worry about any freezing temperatures! Whether it is having a final clear out of the year, storing away your seasonal items, packing summer sporting equipment away, or getting your winter gear ready - self storage can be a great help during fall.

Store Your Summer Seasonal Items

A great place to start with organizing self storage for Fall is to think about any items around your home that you won’t be needing during the colder months. Some seasonal items that can take up room or just not be easily stored at home are ideal candidates for self storage. This can include sporting goods, tools and equipment you won’t be needing over winter, camping gear, garden toys and games, and more. When you do store larger items, especially large or delicate items take care to store them appropriately, our guide to safe kayak storage is a good example of some good tips for storing a larger delicate item.

Along with your seasonal items you might want to think about having a good declutter around your home after the summer. This will help you to catch any summer items you won’t need in the coming months as well . Take a look at our guide to decluttering your home using self storage for some tips of how best to organize a big de-clutter.

You might want to think about any items you have currently stored outside and how you’d like to look after them in the colder months. Items that are currently kept outside could be prone to damage from the cold weather or the moisture in the air. It’s always a good idea to take advantage of the dry weather to pack up anything you’re storing outdoors and move it to a safe, secure storage unit before the weather turns.

Unpack Your Winter Seasonal Items

As well as the seasonal items to put away for the winter, it’s a good idea to consider bringing items that you’ll want to be bringing out of storage for the season. It could be your winter clothes, winter sports gear, or larger equipment like snow blowers. Getting these out of storage in Fall ready for the snow means that you’ll have everything you need at home, so you won’t need to worry about winter unpacking or unloading of a storage unit. You also won’t find yourself caught out the first time you need to clear your driveway or head out to enjoy some winter sports!

Alternatively, you might take the opportunity to enjoy the space in your home in the time between needing your summer seasonal items and your winter ones. This way you can enjoy having some extra room, which can come in handy for some of the special holidays coming up over Fall.

Prepare For The Holidays

With Thanksgiving and Halloween coming up in Fall, it is the perfect season for getting your home ready for holidays and special days. Self storage can be a big help with these. Before the holiday season is in full swing you can organize all of the spooky and seasonal decorations you’ll need, work out your seating arrangements for big family meals, and anything else you will need to think about for all of those big holiday gatherings. It’s never a bad idea to give yourself as much time and space as possible to plan a spooky Halloween and a memorable Thanksgiving!

After your Thanksgiving and Halloween are finished, a storage unit is the perfect space for keeping decorations you will only need once a year, staching away extra furniture that you only need for large family events, and much more.

Fall is the perfect time to think about storage. As the colours change, so do the things you’ll need around your home. At Burlington Storage Barn we have storage units to fit every kind of need, we can even help you out with boxes, bubble wrap and other moving supplies that are great for storage if you have delicate items. Take a look at our storage unit size guide for an idea of what you can fit in a particular unit. Ready to take the step and take a unit? Reserve your storage unit right now online.

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