Organizing Your Storage for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in South Florida hits June 1. Store valuables before they get damaged!

With big storms common in much of Florida all summer long, seasonal storage is a good solution for items you normally keep outside in the yard. It is important that you can securely store items against the possibility that a storm could blow these items into your windows, or risk items away into the ocean.

What to store at home and what to store off-site

You might not want to store your barbecue grill in off-site storage during the summer months, since you will want to use this during calm days all summer long. For this reason, it might make sense to store other things you normally keep in your garage at a storage unit. If you know you won’t use your holiday decorations until the end of November, why use up valuable garage storage space to store them? If you keep out of season items stored away in a storage unit, then when you need that space in the garage just before a storm hits, you can tuck away patio furniture, children’s toys, bikes, cars, motorcycles, and yard items before the storm hits.
Pretty much anything that can be blown over is liable to be damaged during a high intensity storm. Some items can like patio furniture can be blown into patio doors and windows and cause a lot of broken glass and interior damage during a storm. None of this damage would occur if the yard was kept clean and tidy. Motorcycles, spare automobiles that don’t fit in a garage, RVs, boats, trampolines, and other large items can also be damaged or potentially cause damage. These items should be stored away or secured prior to large tropical storms or hurricanes.

Items commonly stored off-site in seasonal storage during hurricane season include:

  • Holiday decorations
  • Boats and RVs
  • Sporting and Camping equipment
  • Pool toys and patio furniture
  • Children’s toys, bikes, and trampolines
  • Lightweight barbecue grills
  • Motorcycles and spare automobiles

Three step plan for organizing storage

Many Floridians utilize storage units for daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal storage needs. This helps keep housing costs low, so that you don’t have to pay the same amount on storage space as you pay in your home. It also gives you a chance to organize your storage. Here are three steps to organizing your storage needs and keeping a good storage system in place.

  1. Store least used items off site. That means you will want to first store items like holiday decorations and the boat you take out twice a year. Storing your motorcycle might not be a good idea if you use it every Sunday. However, that said, there are convenient storage units available that are great for personal and business storage needs, whether you need daily or monthly storage.
  2. Write down what you have in storage. The biggest trick to keeping it organized is simply keeping a record of what you have where. This could be a notebook, a Google document, or a clipboard you keep by the door at the storage unit. Knowing what you have stored where becomes important if you have multiple properties and live only part of the year in Florida.
  3. Don’t overstuff your storage space. If you’ve ever opened a closet and had boxes fall down, you know how frustrating it can be to have overstuffed storage space. Whether it’s your bedroom closet, or your garage, you will benefit greatly by keeping things tidy and organized. Allow for a little extra space so you can walk around and easily access your items while they’re in storage.

Need a clean, secure storage unit in South Florida? Contact Value Store It today to learn more or reserve a spot.