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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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Picking The Right Storage Unit

Renting a self storage unit is as easy as 1,2,3. Renting the right storage unit for your needs might require a little more thought. When you choose a storage unit you need to think about several things in order to make sure it is the right unit for your requirements.

Picking The Right Storage Unit

Choosing the wrong unit can be frustrating and can take up extra time and money to resolve. There are some fairly simple things to consider when you are looking for a storage unit to decide which kind is right for you.

Size:

Size should be the first thing you think about when you are choosing a unit. This can only really be considered once you know how much you have to store. Are you looking to store a few easily packed down items, or are you looking to store larger items like furniture or outdoor equipment? Our storage unit size guide can help you to work out what will fit in a unit.

At Burlington Storage Barn our units come in several shapes and sizes:

  • Small: Small units measuring either 5x5 or 5x10 are the smallest available. They are perfect for storing the contents of a large closet, smaller seasonal items, smaller furniture, and smaller rooms or a bachelor apartment.
  • Medium: Medium units measure either 10x10 or 10x15. With a medium sized storage unit you can hold a lot more, roughly the contents of two rooms, sofas, appliances, bedroom furniture and more. In the larger medium sized unit you could even fit a smaller motor vehicle if you needed to.
  • Large: The biggest available. Large units measure 10x20 and 10x25. In a large unit you can store the contents of an average home and still have room for other small items. You can store most vehicles in a large unit.

Access:

After size, the next most important thing to consider is the kind of access you will need. If you need to have easy access for items that may be difficult to load and unload then you may want a drive-up unit. Our drive up units allow easy access without the need to worry about climbing stairs or navigating elevators. If you don’t need frequent loading and unloading, or are happy to use elevators to load and unload you could consider one of our great indoor units.

Indoor or outdoor:

If you are going to be using your storage unit more in the winter or rainy months than dry warmer months then it may be a good idea to consider an indoor unit so that you’re not having to worry about harsh weather while you are loading and unloading. Alternatively, you might be needing to load and unload a lot, or have an item you just want to quickly grab and load when you need it, like a kayak. In this case, a drive up unit would be perfect for you.

Security:

Security should be a big consideration when you are renting a storage unit. At Burlington Storage Barn our units are monitored 24/7 with a secure gated entrance, meaning your things will always be safely under lock and key.

Easy to use:

Renting a storage unit that is difficult to access and manage can make the whole process feel like a challenge. When you choose a storage unit, choose one that will make accessing it, and managing your unit as easy as possible. At Burlington Storage Barn we believe in making the process of picking, renting, and using a self storage unit as easy as possible. We don’t require long term leases, complicated reservations, or deposits. Once you have stored your things you can also manage your account with ease online anytime.



At Burlington Storage Barn we have units of all sizes to suit any need. Contact us to book your unit today.

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How To Pack Like A Pro

When you are moving house, or getting your belongings ready for storage, it can be a bit of a challenge to pack efficiently. It gets a bit overwhelming and tiring making sure that everything is wrapped and packed as well as it can be.

How to Pack Like A Pro

Following some simple guidelines on packing makes the process so easy that anyone would think that you are a total pro.

Picking your boxes

The best, and only sensible place to start with packing is with boxes, you need something to put your things in after all! We would recommend strong, sturdy boxes that will maintain their structural integrity when you are loading them, unloading them and while they are stored away. This way you can be confident that your belongings will be as protected as possible, and easy to move around until you are ready to unpack them.

For delicate or heavier items it is better to use smaller, sturdy boxes. For lighter items, larger boxes are good to use. You can also get wardrobe boxes for your clothes, so you will be able to store your clothing without having to worry about folding or creasing it.

You can purchase boxes at many locations. Burlington Storage Barn has a handy moving and packing supplies store where you can get all of your packing supplies. If you are looking for free boxes, you can find them at grocery or liquor stores. However, you should be careful that they are not damaged, and are also free of anything that could attract insects.

Organizing your packing supplies

Along with boxes you will need some other packing supplies. It’s a great idea to have all of your packing supplies organized before you start. There’s nothing more frustrating (and distracting) than having to make any trips to the store when you’ve already started. A good idea is to make a little checklist of items you might need, it could look like something like this:

  • Boxes
  • Packing Tape
  • Packing Paper
  • Stretch Wrap
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Marker Pen
  • Scissors
  • Zip Seal Bags (for loose items, screws, liquids etc...)

Once you have your packing supplies organized, you are good to go!

Fragile items

Fragile items obviously need the most attention and care taken when you are packing them. Make sure that each item is individually wrapped, and choose a suitable box. Smaller, more sturdy boxes are the best for delicate items, this is because there is less chance that the box will be damaged, and it also ensures that there are not as many things sharing space with your delicate items. Put a layer of bubble wrap along the bottom of your box as well as around the sides, this will give your items an extra layer of protection. Make sure that your delicate items are packed in securely, but also are kept separate so that they can’t knock into one another and cause any damage.

Important documents

Important documents should be stored separately to other items. It is a good idea to give them a dedicated box. Place them in individual plastic sleeves, preferably sealable ones, so that you can keep them safe. Make sure you make the box with your documents easily accessible and identifiable just in case you need to grab something urgently. It is a good idea to keep any absolutely vital documents with you and not in storage, just to make sure that you always have them whenever you might need.

Heavy items

Like fragile items, heavier items are best kept in smaller boxes. This is not so much for their protection, but for yours. It’s easy to keep adding items into large boxes, and you can quickly make a large box too heavy to easily carry and move. To avoid this, don’t overload one box with heavy items, instead either only add one or two to a larger box, or keep them separated in smaller boxes. This way you won’t risk injuring yourself while you are moving your boxes and packing your storage unit.

Lighter items

Lighter items are a lot easier to pack and less of a worry than heavy ones. These can be packed in larger boxes, as long as you keep delicate items protected and you make sure you don’t over pack, lighter items are the easiest things to pack away.

Label your boxes

It’s surprising how often people can forget this step, but it is very frustrating when it comes to unpacking your things if you do! Remembering to label your boxes will save you a huge amount of time when it comes to unpack. It’s easiest to pack in room order, so your labels can be pretty simple, i.e. kitchen, bathroom, office, and so on. You should also mark items that are fragile and which way up boxes should be carried.

You don’t need to worry about printing any fancy labels, just writing on the side of the box in a marker pen will do the job.

Stacking boxes

The last thing to think about when you are packing is how you stack your boxes. This may seem like an obvious point, but, make sure that when you stack boxes the heavy ones go at the bottom and the lighter ones go on top, with fragile items kept separate and safe. Packing this way, with some organization will make it so much easier to get every room in your home packed away in no time!



When it comes to putting your items into storage once they are packed it is a good idea to look at our guide to protecting your belongings in storage to make sure you keep your items as safely as possible. Burlington Storage Barn has self storage units to suit all size and space requirements. Contact us today to reserve your unit.

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