Summer Self-Storage Tips

Published on 5/27/2020

Summer is right around the corner, but this time of year in the Smokies, we’re already getting highs in the 80s, and our old friend humidity is starting to make his first appearances of the year too. Summer also means it’s time to start packing away a lot of your winter items and start accessing all that summer gear you packed away last fall. So this month, we’ve got some tips for you that will help you make that seasonal transition smoothly and set you up for another easy switch-out when summer’s over.

An angled view of green storage units at Volunteer Mini Storage

1. Prioritize what you’re storing

We have large storage units, but no one unit can hold everything. So make sure you’re putting away the items you know you won’t use until colder weather comes back. This includes things like winter clothing, snow blowers, snow shovels, holiday decorations and even some of your football tailgating gear. This is also a high-priority time for college students who are storing all their dorm items while living at home for the summer. When you put all your fall/winter items away, make sure clothing containers are labeled, and if you’re storing something with a motor – like a snow blower or snowmobile – make sure it’s been drained of gas. 

2. Keep your cool on load-in day

Make it easy on yourself and do all your moving in and out either earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. Our 24-hour access makes this easy. If you do have to move during the heat of the day, stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun as much as possible. Loading gear in and out is hard work; don’t push yourself beyond your limits.

3. Get your summer stuff

Before you move in all your winter gear, you’ll need to remove all the things you anticipate using this summer. This could include items like pool gear, kayaks and canoes, personal watercraft, summer clothing and fishing gear. Hopefully, you didn’t bury all those things under mountains of boxes when you loaded them in last fall. 

4. Book your unit now

This is one of our busiest times of year, so if you don’t yet have a storage unit, contact us soon to reserve one. You can do everything on our website, from shopping for the size unit that best suits your needs to paying in advance. All you’ll have to do is show up on load-in day and access your unit.