Tips for Storing Items During the Winter

Tips for Storing Items During the Winter

Storing away your valuables is easier said than done, especially in the winter time. There are many factors to take into consideration when trying to protect your personal possessions during the cooler months.

These are some tips that will help keep your all of your items safe and sound through the rain, sleet, and snow.


The first thing you should do before moving your items into storage is choose what items you want to store away for the winter. Some items you have might not be worth actually keeping in storage, and would just take up unnecessary space for the things you really need.

So make a quick list of the things you would want to store and get rid of anything too worn down or broken beyond fixing. 

The next thing you should do before putting any item into storage is give it a good cleaning. Bringing in dust or dirt and letting it sit with your items for months can potentially do a lot of damage. 

Cleaning your items before storing them not only protects the item but the storage unit itself. Having a clean storage unit is a great way to keep your possessions safe.

Make sure that after you clean your valuables you dry them off. Any sort of water or moisture can cause problems, especially in the winter time as liquids freeze and expand. The next thing you should do is make all your repairs before storing your items. 

Your possessions are going to be put away for months, and it may be too late to fix the damage once you take them back out.

Try out any electronics or items with motors one last time and make sure any fixable issues are taken care of prior to storage. The last thing you should do before storing your items is, move your items into storage before the weather starts to get bad.

Dealing with moving items through harsh weather conditions can be quite difficult. Trying to move large and heavy items while there’s snow on the ground or with rain pouring down is quite risky.

There is a chance you could damage your possessions or even end up hurting yourself. Save yourself any unnecessary troubles or accidents by storing your items while you still have decent weather.

Cover Your Items

A great way to protect your belongings is to keep them covered. Keeping your possessions covered adds an extra layer of cushioning, and helps keep out bugs, dust, and dirt.

But you cant just cover your items with any sort of material. Materials like plastic or vinyl are not recommended because they can trap in moisture or water and either break or crack in the winter cold. The best way to protect your items are with wool or cloth coverings.

Moving blankets are great choice for safeguarding your valuables for an extended amount of time. Packing materials are also very useful for retaining heat and protecting any items you have in boxes.

Climate Controlled Storage

Climate controlled storage units are the perfect choice for storing your items, especially the ones that are very valuable, or very frail.

Many items can become damaged due to the cold temperature. Climate controlled storage units help protect your possessions from any sort of temperature related damages, this is extra useful during the winter season.

These storage units will prevent any sort of moisture from acquiring and seeping into your electronic, motor powered, or rustable items. Climate controlled storage units are a safe bet to keep all of your items in good condition.

Storing Electronics During The Winter

Electronics are easily damaged by being exposed to really cold temperatures. When storing electronics make sure to keep them up off the ground. Even in climate controlled storage units the ground losses heat and is the coldest part of the unit. So if possible, keep your electronics covered or boxed and elevated from the floor.

Storing Your Vehicle During The Winter

When storing away any type of vehicle for the winter it is very important to take all the necessary precautions. Winter weather can cause many issues with your vehicle’s engine, battery, brakes.

Be sure to remove the battery, and empty out the gas tank or any other liquids in the vehicle as they can potentially freeze and break certain parts.

Cold temperatures can cause your tires to deflate so check your tires air pressure, and make sure your vehicle has some sort of tarp or other covering.

Storing Equipment With An Engine During The Winter

If you are going to be storing any sort of equipment with an engine (like a lawnmower) make sure to drain the engine of any gas first.

Any old sitting fuel can cause damage to engine, so drain the tank to avoid having to make any repairs come springtime. Also make sure to properly clean the item, before putting it into storage and put some sort of cover on it.

Storing A Bicycle During The Winter

There are a few steps needed to store a bike throughout the winter. Inflate the bike’s tires before storage, as the cold weather can cause the tires to lose air. You are going to want to keep pressure off of the bike’s tires, so either flip the bike upside down if storing it on the ground or if possible hang the bike on a bike rack.

This way you preserve some tire pressure and protect the tire rims from taking damage, in the instance that the tires start to deflate. Also lubricate the breaks, bike chain, and cables to prevent rusting, or any sort of moisture from getting in and freezing parts of the bike.

There is quite a bit of planning and work involved in properly protecting, maintaining, and storing your valuables throughout the winter. But if you put in the time and effort it is well worth it.

Follow these tips and when you return for your items, you will be relieved knowing that they are in great condition.

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