A few easy ways to store your outdoor gear in a self storage unit include placing shelves in your unit, using storage bins, make use of vertical space, and place frequently used items toward the front of your storage space. If you’re an outdoorsman (or woman) you probably already have some of your outdoor equipment in your self storage unit. You may want to store more gear in your unit, but you need some tips for how to store your items to maximize your space. Not to worry; this blog post has you covered.
Place Shelves In Your Unit
One of the easiest ways to organize your outdoor belongings is to place shelves inside of your unit. Place two sets of shelves next to each other to create extra long shelves. Lay long outdoor gear, such as skis, ski poles, paddles and kayaks on the shelves, if possible.
Designate a particular shelf or shelves for ski equipment, snowboards, skateboards, folding chairs, sports accessories, etc. Be sure to use masking tape and a marker to label the shelves. Store lightweight items on the top shelf, like sleeping bags, and heavier belongings toward the bottom. Keep shoes and boots on the bottom shelf so dirt and mud doesn’t fall onto other items.
Use Large Storage Bins for Outdoor Gear
Plastic storage containers are excellent for storing sleeping bags, outdoor clothing, helmets, hats, water bottles, and more. Clearly label the front of these containers so that you know what items are inside them. Keep similar items in the same container. This will make it much easier for you to find what you are looking for in the future. Backpacks can also be used to store small items.
Lean Large Items Against the Wall
Certain items, such as bicycles or canoes, are too big to fit on a shelf. Carefully lean these items against the wall so that they aren’t in the way of other belongings. If possible, lean the canoe against a set of shelves in a vertical fashion to save space. You can also create a vertical storage space for the canoe in between two tall shelves.
Put Frequently Used Items Near the Front
Prepack your backpack with your most frequently used and essential items so that you can grab and go the next time you are ready to experience the great outdoors. If you hike often, keep your backpack, hiking boots, hat and water bottle near the entrance of your self storage unit.
Clean and Dry Your Items After Use
Make sure to thoroughly clean and dry your outdoor equipment before putting the items back in your unit. This will prevent mold and mildew from forming. Remove any rainwater and dirt from your outdoor gear prior to placing them in the storage unit.
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