Outside organization: You might want to consider an outdoor storage box like our Keter Sumatra Outdoor Storage Rattan Deck Box. It fills about 135 gallons of extra-large storage capacity – ideal for cushions, outdoor toys, garden and pool supplies. Its resin construction is weather-resistant, durable and strong. It’s not going to warp, dent, or rust.
Inside organization: Talk about having your pick of the litter. Ocean State Job Lot has storage container options ranging from 10-gallon to 55-gallon in order to pack up anything you need to store.
Making things last: Outdoor items, such as patio furniture, garden tools, and sports equipment, are valuable, and higher-priced assets that require care and attention to ensure they last for years to come. Investing time in proper storage during the winter will help extend their lifespan. Decide if they will be covered or moved inside a shed. If it is that shed that you are choosing, make sure you don’t just shove them in there. Those nicks and breaks could become costly coming out of the shed next spring, and who needs that surprise? Costly time and savings should be considered.
Safety and liability: If you’re going to store things outdoors consider this: safety. Storing outdoor items safely prevents potential hazards, such as slippery paths caused by frozen hoses or accidental injuries from uncovered sharp tools. It also reduces the risk of legal liabilities in case of damage caused by your belongings to others’ property during the winter.
Garden furniture: For wooden furniture, apply a coat of protective sealant or oil to prevent moisture absorption and cracking. Cover furniture with water-resistant, breathable covers to shield them from snow and dust.
Garden tools and equipment: Clean and sharpen garden tools, such as shovels, rakes, and pruners, before storing them. Apply a light coat of oil to metal parts to prevent rust. Store tools in a dry, well-ventilated area, hanging them or using racks to save space and maintain their condition.
Hoses and watering cans: Drain hoses and watering cans completely to avoid freezing and cracking. Coil hoses neatly and store them in a shed or garage.
Potted plants: If you have potted plants that can’t withstand winter conditions, consider bringing them indoors. Alternatively, group pots together in a sheltered area and wrap them with burlap or other insulating materials.
Grills and barbecues: Thoroughly clean grills and barbecues, removing all grease and food residue. Leaving them for next spring might be a choice that proves very regrettable at the least with a day of soaking or replacement of them at the worst. Cover them with weather-resistant grill covers to protect them from winter elements.
Sports and recreation equipment: Clean and dry sports equipment, such as bicycles, golf clubs, and tennis rackets. Store them indoors or in a well-insulated, temperature-regulated space to prevent damage caused by extreme cold.
Clean and prepare items: Take a few extra minutes to clean before putting things away. But think about it. What you’re putting away is going to sit there in the cold Northeast winter for the next three months outdoors. If it’s dirty, cracked, or not clean, there’s going to be dirt, debris, and moisture left of them when you take it out. That could mean costly corrosion, rust, or mold. Ocean State Job Lot has plenty of appropriate cleaning agents. Make sure your items are completely dry before storing them.