Get Your Garage Rocking This Winter

Reclaim your Garage

We’re all going to be stuck inside again soon enough but this time it’s because winter is coming. Now is the time to get a start on your winter cleaning. It sure seems like the whole world has been on a home improvement kick since the beginning of the pandemic. From backyard improvements, like new patios and gardening, to rearranging the furniture and making the perfect home office it seems the whole world has been on a home improvement kick. Still, there is likely one project left and it’s time to get on it. It’s time to reclaim your garage.

Declutter Your Home

As Ontarians, contrary to popular opinion, we have no shortage culture. For starters, you’d be hard pressed to find a group of people who can answer a yes or no question in a more confusing way. Well confusing for anyone but us that is. Yup, we are the masters at it not giving a straightforward yes or no answer. You know how we do. It’s, “Yeah, no”, “No, yeah”, “Yeah no, yeah”, and of course the greatest of all, “Oh yeah, no yeah, yeah no, for sure”.

But we don’t just have our own way of talking. Oh no, we have a hallmark time honored tradition. For generations we’ve gathered with our neighbours to celebrate our love of the game. It’s not a fancy affair, and it’s not on the back of a pick-up truck like our football loving neighbours to the south. No up here, we’re the winter champions. We throw on a jersey, put on the foil, and invite the neighbors for a few pops on game night. We don’t call to send invites either, oh no, there’s no need. Nope, we sent out the signal like Chief Gordon calling out for Batman. We turn the lights on and open the garage doors when our favorite time hits the ice.

Your garage is valuable space

Now, we’ve all seen some pretty awesome garage setups and for good reason. For starters, it’s a lot more fun and easier to have an impromptu garage hang than getting the people together at the local pub for game night. If you’re garage isn’t already set-up as your winter backyard then pitter patter. Chances are you have summer stuff stored in there like your mower and patio furniture. Maybe you have a pile of old boxes that haven’t yet made it to the curb. Time to get on clearing that stuff out that’s for sure. That space is worth a lot and shouldn’t be wasted.

Real estate isn’t cheap and it sure isn’t getting any cheaper. From a purely financial perspective, there are about 180,000 reasons to reclaim that space and turn it into your neighbourhood hang out. The average price per square foot of a house in Burlington is 500 dollars. That means a double car garage, which is about 20x18 – 306 square feet, is right around 180,000.00 worth of real estate. Now I don’t know about you, but that seems like an awfully valuable space to be used just to store things for the winter. If you get a start on it now, you’ll be having a garage bash by the holidays. As an added bonus, a garage with the doors open is a well-ventilated space.

Get out of the house while staying in with your friends

So, what do you need to do to get your garage in shape to entertain? Your best bet is to start sorting out what to keep, what needs to stay, what to donate, and what to throw away. Could be that you have a few items to put up for sale online – not a bad way to good way to get yourself a TV, a wall mount or maybe a space heater.

Now what do you do with all that stuff you do want to hang onto? That’s easy – get yourself a storage locker. A storage locker is an affordable and an easy way to get your space back. Not to mention, if that stuff isn’t worth paying to store off property, then it’s probably not worth storing in our garage either. If you have items that you wouldn’t value enough to pay to have stored in a storage locker then you have to ask why you’re hanging on to these things at all. We are all guilty of holding on to stuff we just don’t need – boxed for years and never making it to the curb.

Storing your summer car in the garage all winter?

If you have a summer car that gets parked in the garage all winter long then why not store that at in a unit too? Seeing as so many people are going out less, the money you’ll save by having your own at home hangout for you and your friends makes this an easy decision financially. Afterall, just a few nights out will pay for the difference of keeping your car in your garage vs getting it safely tucked away in a locker until late spring. That said, you’d better get a move on, you don’t want to be driving your summer car with slick tires once the snow starts to come down and the roads freeze up.

Deck out your rumpus room

So, what exactly do you need to pimp out your garage? First of all, get some lights strung up or get yourself a good standing lamp or two. No one likes the look of an exposed bulb in the middle of the ceiling. Next up, get yourself a decent sound system. If you don’t still have that old stereo you loved - you know, the one that doesn’t look good in the living room anymore - then you can get one cheaply second hand these days. The right cable and you can get that classic beauty hooked up to your tv too. Last but not least, you need to get yourself some good seating. Now this one is easy, just set up your summer patio furniture! If it’s not in your garage already it should be, afterall it’s not doing any good under a tarp in the back yard.

How Burlington Storage Barn Can Help

Decluttering and clearing out space is one of the best ways max out the cold winter months.. Renting a storage space is a great idea so that you don’t have to take up space in your garage. If you are looking for storage space in Burlington, Ontario to store your items after doing a winter, you can reserve a unit online now or give us a call at 1 (905) 637-8085 to learn more.

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