The leaves are already starting to change, and the mornings are a little more chilly than even just a few weeks ago. There’s no question that fall is just around the corner. And you know what that means… Temperatures will continue to fall, days will become shorter, and it won’t be long until Old Man Winter comes knocking.

There’s work that goes into preparation for the year’s coldest months and a lot of that means getting your summer belongings ready for winter storage.

A lot of people don’t have the physical space to store all these items at home but thankfully, self-storage units make it all possible.

It’s important to keep in mind however, that there are some important steps to take before you lock everything away for the next few months.

Take Inventory and Decide What’s Worth Keeping

Every year, you accumulate more stuff, it happens. You never realize just how much stuff you have until you actually sit down and start going through it.

Over the summer, maybe purchased a whole set of new innertubes to float the river. Unfortunately, you left them outside on the porch all summer and the sun took its toll. Now, the seals are cracked and there’s a few leaks. Are these really worth keeping? That’s up to you to decide…

The point is, maximizing room in your storage unit requires an honest assessment of what you want to keep and what you can get rid of or donate.

The end of summer is a great time to tackle this project.

Sweep Out Your Unit and Check for Water

Chances are, it’s been a few months since you’ve been in your storage unit. In that space of time, dust and debris might have collected and water might have seeped in.

Before you move your items into winter storage, take time to thoroughly clean out your unit. If you notice wet spots or leaks, patch and fix them right away.

This extra effort ahead of time will help prevent damage to your prized possessions over the winter.

Check Boxes and Containers

If you’ve had boxes or containers in your storage unit for a while, it’s a good idea to inspect them for cracks and structural damage before you put everything away for the winter.

Left unchecked, boxes and containers can sustain further deterioration as temperatures drop. This leaves the contents inside prone to damage that could have easily been avoided in the first place.

Wrap Your Belongings

You can’t just add insulation to your storage unit, unfortunately. What you can do however, is wrap up your belongings. This is a good idea in general, but it’s especially crucial during the winter.

For furniture, boxes, and small valuables, paper and thick bubble wrap should do the trick to provide protection against freezing temperatures.

For automobiles, machines, and electronics, your best bet is to securely wrap these items in warm blankets. A tarp isn’t a bad idea to add as an outer layer either.

Consider a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Climate-controlled storage units allow you to control the temperature inside your unit. This is the surest safeguard in preventing damage from cold weather.

Climate-controlled storage units cost a little more money, but the small investment is more than worth it knowing your possessions will remain safe all winter.

Final Thoughts

Storage units are more than just empty spaces where you can store stuff. Yes, that’s their basic functional purpose but, they should also be a space where your precious items are safe from harm due to cold weather.

At Lucky Horseshoe Storage, we pride ourselves in providing the highest-quality storage units in Bend, Oregon. With that being said, winter temperatures in Central Oregon can still plummet to dangerously low levels. That’s why we encourage all of our customers to take some of the preventative measures above.

If you have questions about cold weather storage or self-storage units in general, we’re here to help!