How to Store Your Summer Goods for the Winter

The beautiful warm summer weather has now turned to crisp, stormy days (for the most part!). While South Africa is known for having some good weather days during winter, let’s buckle up for a chilly one and prepare our goods for storage now, just in case!

Here are a few of our top tips on storing your summer items to keep them clean, safe, and ready for use next year!

Start with preparation. Before you find the best storage solution, you will want to prepare everything so that it is in tip top shape for when you need it next. Things like lawn mowers, bicycles, and pool toys will need a good wash, but don’t forget to dry everything off thoroughly! You may also wish to fork out some cash on covers to keep more valuable or breakable items from getting scratched or dusty during their hibernation.

Then, you’ll want to choose which storage solution is best for your needs.

At-home Shed. A shed is a great solution if you would feel more comfortable storing your summer items close to home (literally right in your back yard!). Gumtree has plenty of size and style options for sale that should suit every need. We would recommend choosing the most durable and waterproof shed possible to reduce the chance of your items could getting wet during the rainy months. This will also ensure you can store your more sensitive items (like clothing or other soft items) with little worry. Keep in mind though, that this option will require some form of security, whether it be a heavy-duty lock or a security system, to ensure your goods are safe throughout the night and while you are not at home. The only other downside to this option? A bigger monetary investment upfront.

Storage Locker. If you live close to the city, and a large monetary investment all at once will not suit your needs, finding a storage locker you can hire on a monthly basis may be the best option for you. This solution usually comes equipped with 24-hour security, as well as temperature/climate control and fire prevention measures, which may take a load off your back as a stress-free storage solution. While this solution may cost more in the long run, being able to pay monthly is often attractive!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find the best storage solutions close to home.

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