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.
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.