Whether it’s camping, biking, kayaking or skiing, there’s nothing quite like spending time outdoors. Getting outside can be a great way to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life, allowing you to clear your head while enjoying the added benefits of sunshine, fresh air and exercise.
But as the seasons begin to change, so do the outdoor recreation activities you’re able to enjoy. And this fact inevitably leads us to the hassle of storing all that gear for the offseason.
After all, you won’t need to keep your sleds, snowshoes or snowboard on hand once April and May arrive. And you probably won’t be needing your tent, fishing gear, golf clubs or lawn games when the snow starts to fall.
Initially, the thought of packing away all your outdoor equipment may raise more questions than answers. Like, “How did I accumulate so much stuff?” and “Where am I going to store this?”
But don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Instead, follow these tips on how to safely organize and store your gear so it’s ready when you need it:
For gear that needs a climate-controlled environment, try to carve out space in your home’s basement or a closet. Remember that anything with leather, wood, wicker or electronics could be damaged from moisture and extreme heat or cold temperatures.
For your less sensitive equipment, attics, backyard sheds and garages all work great. In fact, a survey from Gladiator GarageWorks found that about 1 in 4 people use their garages exclusively for storage, choosing not to park a car there.
Want more tips to keep things organized? Read this list of 9 hacks to help organize your garage.
Paying for someone else to store your gear can be a good option if you’re running low on space at home. Just keep these questions in mind:
Read more tips in our blog post on what to look for in a storage unit.
Following these tips will help ensure your outdoor gear stays safe and secure until it’s time for your next adventure.
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