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Summer Storage: Packing like a pro

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School is back in session, and lunches are being packed all over America—and it’s time to pack up those awesome summer items as well. Our summer storage tips can help you find the right spots for your warm weather items now, so you can avoid that wild goose chase for them come springtime.

What Will You Actually Use?

It can be easy to hold onto things for the memories, but whittling summer supplies down to what you will actually use can save you time, money, and energy. If you have equipment for a rare occasion that is still in good condition (i.e., a bounce house or that imposing sprinkler toy that took ages to set up), donate or sell it instead of letting it get buried or take up space. Renting can be a great option if you find yourself needing it again one day. 

Many graduations, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and milestone birthdays take place during the summer. Once the celebration is over, have guests take supplies that can’t easily be repurposed for another event, or bundle the decorations and equipment as a package to sell or give away. It can be tempting to keep things for sentimental value, but keeping the photos is a lot more practical, saving precious space in your home.

Is It Ready For Storage?

Fewer things are more frustrating than opening up your summer gear to find that half your stuff is missing pieces or no longer fits. Now is an opportune time to make sure everything going into storage has all of its odds and ends (your future self will thank you). Sometimes, all you need is a readily available spare part—but if your giant patio game has more parts absent than present, it may be time for it to give up the ghost.

If there are any parts that can stand on their own (i.e., a volleyball net that could also be used for badminton), hold onto those, even if other pieces are no longer usable.

Smart Storage

Before renting a storage unit, check around your home to see if there are any spaces that are great for in-home storage. If your garage, attic, or basement is already the designated storage space, be sure to organize it using the tips mentioned above before adding new items. Fall and winter décor and supplies can be moved to an easy-access location, as you’ll need them in a few short weeks. If you find you need the extra space a separate storage unit provides, be sure to load it in a way that makes it easy to unload and find things later.

Depending on where your summer stuff will be stored and what your things are made of, plastic bins, racks, and even suitcases may be suitable ways to keep them; in some instances, original boxes can be great options as well. The ideal packaging for any item reduces the risk of damage during transport and storage. Generally, you’ll want to store items in a cool, dry place that is protected from the elements and fairly easy to get to.

Following this guide can help you narrow down your summer gear to the oft-used essentials, making them easier to pull out in a few months for more summer memories. But whether it’s swimsuit season or sweater weather, it’s important to make sure you’ve got an APHW home warranty in the event of a major system or appliance breakdown. Call 888.351.3681 or visit APHW.COM today for more information.

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