As the days get shorter, there are certain things that need to be addressed to ensure that we’re ready for the upcoming cold weather. Autumn is the perfect time to take care of all the home and personal changes that need to occur before the bitter cold of old man winter descends upon us. Here are some tips on how to get yourself, your family and your home ready for the months of hibernation ahead.

  • Switching clothes
    It’s sad but true, the days of sandals, shorts and swimwear are mostly behind us, and unless we luck out and have an Indian Summer for a few days, these items will need to be packed away until next summer. Be sure to wash all your summer duds before you pack them away. And likewise, when you pull all your warmer wear out of storage, make sure to give everything a good wash.
  • Putting away outside furniture
    Most patio and lawn furniture cannot withstand the harsh elements that winter brings with it. So, now that fall is here, it’s time to start wiping all the dirt and grime of summer days off of your outside furniture. Storing furniture with caked on dirt will just make it that much more difficult to keep it looking good for years to come. If you’re storing the pieces in your garage, start making room for it now so that you’re not scrambling to do so come the first snowfall. Can anyone say “garage sale”?
  • Storing summer toys
    All summer toys with engines and/or wheels need a little TLC before they get stored away. Be sure to wash them down, change the oil, empty gas tanks and fill tires for their long winter hibernation.
  • Winterizing your home
    If you have a “drafty old house” like George in It’s a Wonderful Life, now is the time to address those cracks and crevices. Many fillers and caulk don’t cure properly in frigid temperatures, so take advantage of autumn’s milder temperatures and be sure to caulk along windows and doorways where needed. This will help you stay warmer and keep your heating bill lower.

The Lock Up Self Storage is there for your winter storage needs. Whether you’re storing packed up summer clothes, your chaise lounge from your patio, or your jet ski, the Lock Up has a self storage unit that can hold it.

Go to www.thelockup.com for information on how to get a self storage unit for your summer stuff.