No Room In The Garage? Store Your Summer Stuff!

Published on 1/7/2022

Now that summer and most of fall are behind us, seasonal items like barbecue grills, patio furniture and lawnmowers will probably be sitting idle for the next four months or so. These are things you may not want to leave outside, exposed to the elements all winter, and it’s also possible that there may also not be enough room left in your garage or storage shed to accommodate them. If that’s the case, we have a storage option for you. 

 Storage unit buildings at Volunteer Mini Storage

Consider renting a storage unit if you don’t have one already. This is an ideal solution when it comes to warehousing seasonal products that you simply don’t have space to accommodate at home. Storage will protect them from rain and snow, and we’ll even offer you a few tips for how to get some of these belongings ready for a long winter’s sleep.


For lawnmowers, you’ll want to remove your spark plug and drain the fuel tank. Old gas won’t make good fuel next spring and could potentially damage your engine. As an alternative, you could add a fuel stabilizer to your tank instead. Finally, give your mower a good cleaning, scrape out all the dead grass clippings and top off the oil before storing it in your moisture-free storage unit.


When it comes to grills, you’ll want to start by thoroughly removing the grease and any food scraps. If it’s a gas grill, shut off the gas at the tank and unfasten the burner. Take the gas tubes off the lines and lift out the entire burner unit. You might want to reference your specific owner’s manual when doing this. Next, you want to coat your clean burners and other metal parts with cooking oil to repel moisture and prevent rust. Meanwhile, wrap the burner unit in a plastic bag to keep spiders and other insects out. Before moving the grill into your storage unit, remember to leave your propane tank at home. Most storage facilities do not accept them.


And don’t forget about storing gardening tools if you need the space at home. Shovels, spades, hoses, rakes, flowerpots, tillers, water cans, etc. can clutter up a garage, basement or shed. These also need to be cleaned, and metal surfaces need a protective coating applied. Sharpen blades and consider sanding wooden handles so everything will be ready to go next spring. If you’re sending your tools to self-storage, consider placing a wooden palate vertically against one wall to serve as a makeshift storage rack.

Call us today to rent a storage unit in Wears Valley, TN.