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What’s Safe To Store In The Winter?

Oftentimes, with a new year comes some new inspiration. For many, this means going through drawers, closets, and cupboards to clear out all that old stuff you rarely use. What do you do with the stuff you want to hang onto? If you have a lot of things that you want to keep, but don’t often use, then explore our storage options! The team at The Mobile Attic would be happy to help you every step of the way.

Not sure where to start or what’s safe to store in cooler weather? We’ve got some guidelines below, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Holiday Decor

Once Christmas has officially come and gone, most homeowners find themselves anxious to tear down decor and replace it with something else. But where can all this stuff be stashed? Why not put it in a storage unit?

Holiday decor is safe to store in cooler temperatures. By locking these items away in an outside storage facility, you save yourself space throughout your attic, basement, and garage. There’s also less risk of any breakable items becoming damaged throughout the year.

This is also ideal because Christmas decorations are only used for around 4-6 weeks out of the entire year. Why use up valuable space, when you could be using these areas of your home for things you use on a regular basis? Trust us – these items are ones you’ll be happy to have out of your home.

Warm Weather Clothing

Is your closet jam-packed with tank-tops, sundresses, sandals, and all kinds of other clothing items meant for fairer weather? There’s no point in having these take up a bunch of extra space when they are only put to use half the year. Instead, store them in your secure storage container. You’ll be amazed at how much room you can make. Plus, it will give you a good excuse to go shopping for some great new items.

Some tips for clothes storage include rolling the items to avoid creases, using sturdy hangers that won’t discolor clothing, and investing in good fabric bags, rather than the cheaper plastic ones. Also, be sure to label everything! This is one step that could save you a lot of hassle when digging through later.

Lawn Mowers, Weed Wackers, & Other Outdoor Equipment

Winter weather and heavy snowfall mean trading out the lawnmower for the snowblower and the weedwhacker for a shovel. Many wonder what the safest way to store a lawnmower is, and we’re here to help. Some good tips to follow include: emptying the gas tank, replacing your old oil with fresh oil, replacing the spark plug, removing the blades, cleaning the undercarriage, and changing the air filter.

It’s also wise to keep any gardening supplies together and stored away, so you know exactly where to find it come spring. Rather than digging through your garage looking for gloves, shovels, and hoes, you can simply grab all of this stuff when picking up your lawnmower and other equipment. With one easy trip, you can be ready to care for the lawn again.

What NOT To Store

While there are a lot of things that can easily be stored in colder weather, there are also many things that should never be left to the elements. These are a few of the more common things people have tried to store in the winter, only to be frustrated with the end results.

Canned/jarred foods: If you have canned goods or fruits and veggies stored in airtight jars, it is highly recommended to keep them stored away in a pantry or cupboard, rather than a storage unit that could face a wide range of temperature fluctuations. Freezing days could cause the seals to pop and your food to spoil.

Electronics: Laptops, televisions, phones, and anything else in this category should always be kept in a temperature-controlled area, as extra cold weather can permanently damage the hardware.

Leather furniture: Leather is very sensitive to cold weather, and by putting leather chairs, couches, ottomans, and the like into your storage unit you run the risk of them cracking and becoming damaged.

Paint: When left in extreme colds, paints will separate and spoil, making them unusable down the line. You’re much better off keeping any paint in a closet or basement area – and be sure to label it!

Need Some Help?

Not sure where to start when it comes to keeping your items safely stored away year-round? Depend on The Mobile Attic for it all! We’ll make it easy for you. We can deliver one of our containers to your home and let you fill it. Then, we drive it back. You can chose from different size options as well, so you aren’t left paying for more than you need. Our team is happy to do everything we can to work with your busy schedule.

Ready to get started? Reach out now. We’re eager to work with you soon!

What’s Safe & Not Safe For Storage?

Have you recently invested in a portable storage container? Whether you need room for an event, are preparing for a remodel, or are simply running out of space in your home, renting one of these units can be extremely beneficial on multiple levels. That being said, it is important to ensure you are storing safely. Learn more about this below.

Not Safe: Hazardous Or Flammable Materialspacked mobile attic storage unit in front of white house

There is a long list of materials and products that are considered hazardous and could cause some risks if left unattended in a storage container. Anything flammable, toxic, corrosive, or potentially explosive should not be stored. This includes, but is not limited to, ammunition, car batteries, paint thinners, cleaning supplies, bleach, pesticides, and more.

If you are concerned about the safety of storing an item, be sure to do your research and review lists of items that could cause threats.

Not Safe: Perishables Items

Anything perishable should not be kept in storage. This would include any food that should be refrigerated or frozen, as well as any fresh produce. Meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and even pet food can attract unwanted pests or trigger mold growth. You will also want to be cautious when storing a refrigerator. Be sure to clean it out, unplug it, and to let it sufficiently dry before putting it into your storage unit.

Perishable items would also include anything living, such as pets or plants.

Safe: Canned Goods

Now, many foods are not safe to store, but most canned goods are fine to stash away for a while. These items have a long shelf life. They are sealed up tight enough that no bugs or animals would be attracted to the smell.

Safe: Construction & Landscaping Tools

Do you have a lot of power tools, construction materials, or plumbing supplies that you simply have no extra room for? Don’t start constructing that backyard shed just yet. Rather, invest in a unit that you can safely store these items in until you need them again down the line. Most items along these lines are perfectly safe to store.

Not Safe: Personal Information & Sentimental Items

If you have birth certificates, car titles, school records, photo albums, or sentimental items, keep them safe at home. If something would happen to them, these items are hard (or sometimes impossible) to replace and could put your identity at risk.

Along with these, keep any expensive jewelry or family heirlooms close by, as well. We don’t recommend trusting others to handle or secure items that are close to your heart.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about what is safe to store and what is not, reach out today. We would be happy to help you out every step of the way, and we can ensure you are storing as safely as possible. The Mobile Attic has always got your back!