Canadians are blessed with four distinct seasons. The downside is that our homes tend to be cluttered with items that we only need during certain times of the year. Here’s how to make a seasonal storage plan that saves you space, money, time, and stress.
Create Two Lists
Creating an “in-season” and “off-season” list will help you stay organized when making your seasonal storage plan. Your “in-season” list will determine what you’ll need for the current and upcoming season. For example, if summer is around the corner, you’ll want to have your camping equipment, garden tools and seasonal sports equipment readily accessible. Add these and other warm-weather items like pool toys, beach towels and outdoor games to your list.
Your “off-season” list should designate only the possessions you don’t need immediately. It may include items like:
- Halloween costumes
- Artificial Christmas tree
- Seasonal decor
- Out-of-season clothing
- Golf bags
- Sports equipment
Making two lists saves you time when going through your closets, garage and attic to separate in-season items from your off-season things. Ideally, you’ll be able to locate and set aside your off-season belongings quickly.
If locating all of your items is a challenge, use a systematic approach. With your “off-season” list in hand, start one room at a time. When you find each item, check it off the list. When you have all of your off-season items together, you’re ready for the next step.
Use a Valet Storage Service
There are many downsides to using traditional self storage to store your seasonal items:
- Finding boxes to pack your belongings in
- Lugging your boxes to a vehicle and transporting them to your storage unit
- Paying for more storage space than you need
- Worrying about whether your heirloom holiday decorations and expensive sports equipment are really secure
A valet storage service eliminates these problems. After setting aside your off-season items, you determine the size and number of boxes you need and place an online order. Your valet storage provider quickly delivers the durable plastic storage containers you ordered to your home. Once you’ve filled them, they are barcoded and securely transported to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility.
Mark Your Calendar
A seasonal storage service also offers the advantage of the having your items delivered back to you when you’re most likely to need them. You get a schedule of days in the spring and fall when they’ll be in your neighborhood to deliver your storage items back to you and pick up the things you won’t need till the following season. It’s as simple as marking your calendar and making sure you’ll be home during the designated delivery window. And if you need to arrange another delivery/pickup time, that can be easily arranged.
With a seasonal storage plan and a valet storage service, you never have too much stuff—just enough to enjoy each season to its fullest!
Docu-Dépôt’s sister company, Valet Dépôt, offers seasonal valet storage in Greater Montréal, Laval, and the South Shore.
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