Sweater weather is here and ready to stay with us. Winter itself is around the corner for most people in the country. For some lucky individuals like us, winter and it’s freezing temperature weather is already here. It’s time to start storing all your summer gear and bringing out those snow shovels. We thought we would share some tips on how to store your summer gear for the winter in your storage unit.
For Americans there is nothing more necessary for summer fun than a good classic grill. Whether it’s gas or charcoal based it’s essential to store it in climate-controlled area during the winter to prevent damage, like rusting. Before you take your grill to the storage unit make sure you thoroughly cleaned it. Keeping your grill spotless will keep potential bugs or mice from nesting it. For gas and electric models, it’s recommended to brush it clean. Let’s not forget to empty the disposable drip pan. For charcoal grills, scrape and brush the interior clean and empty the ashtray.
You won’t be gardening and trimming trees with three to five inches of snow on the ground. Store your gardening tools and protect them from the elements. Leaving them out in a non-climate controlled environment will cause them to rust and break with the low temperatures and moisture. One thing you should be storing every winter is your garden hose. Before placing it in a storage unit, be sure it does not have any drops of water left behind. It is also recommended to tape both ends together to prevent pests from nesting within it. Another great item that can be stored away for the winter is a mower. Clean the blades to remove any grass or dirt build up. This is also a great time to oil or sharpen any blades.
There are not many fish available to fish in the colder weather. Hibernate your fishing equipment for the winter. For your fishing rods, make sure they are properly cleaned to avoid build up and rust from occurring. The best method to storing them is vertically in individual rod sleeves in climate controlled temperature. Taking apart reels and oiling all the moveable parts is recommended. It seems that all fishers have fishing tools scattered everywhere and continuously lose them every year. Keep your finishing tools like hooks, pliers and knives stored in an airtight box to avoid losing them or rust from developing.
If you are not avid bicycle rider or the five inches of snow is in the way of using your bike, consider storing your family bicycles. This is not an easy task especially if every member of your family has a bike and your garage is the size of a shoe box. Don’t compromise storing by keeping your car outside. Instead, store your bikes in a storage unit. Before your transport them to a storage unit make sure you clean the bike from top to bottom. The wheels tend to have the most dust and mud on them. Oil any stiff chains and cables to avoid them rusting in cold weather. If you are planning on storing them all winter long until summer, you will want to inflate the wheels with air. The pressure from the weight will make them suffer.