The arrival of that chill in the air means so many things to throngs of sweaty Texans. In addition to sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and a lot of buttery baked goods, it also means getting the kayak off the back porch and the slip-n-slide off the lawn. Storing away summer is easy with a little organization and some creativity, and if you do it right, your summer toys will emerge damage-free next year.
The aforementioned kayak and other bulky items can wreak havoc on an already-tight garage, so it might be advantageous to invest in a climate controlled storage unit. For just a few bucks per month, you can store all your sensitive summer gear for the winter months and not have to worry about rust, holes and/or cracks in pool gear and toys, gardening equipment, ice chests and coolers, camping equipment and even bikes.
When it comes to your outdoor furniture, you might want to consider storing your favorite porch decor so it doesn’t have to take the brunt of biting cold and wet weather. We all know Texas weather can be a little unpredictable, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pack up outdoor cushions, chair covers, pillows, chairs, flower pots, glass decorations and any untreated wooden fixtures to be stored in a climate controlled storage unit or attic. Freezing temps do a lot of damage in a small amount of time; a little planning now will prevent a lot of spending later.
Grills and Smokers
September is the perfect time to season your outdoor cooking equipment and prepare it for winter. If you don’t plan on using it until spring once the temps plunge too far to grill, go ahead and clean up all the surfaces and place a fitted cover over the equipment. If your grill is mobile and you have room in the garage, protect your investment by moving it “inside” for a few months.
Even though this is Texas and you’ll be able to use those flip flops a few times in December, you’ll still want to pack up all the bathing suits and shorts for the season. Vacuum-sealed containers are great for storage and open up plenty of closet space for hiding presents come Christmastime. Summer clothes are typically made of thinner materials such as cotton and linen, and can be ruined by a few determined bugs. Make sure to keep clothes in a storage unit or vacuum-sealed bag to prevent loss.