Back-to-school shopping signs are everywhere
signaling summer's end. Before you know it, cool weather will spell retirement
for boogie boards, beach umbrellas and other summer gear. Start your fall on an
organized note with our tips for storing seasonal summer items.
Before storing beach chairs, umbrellas and
sand toys, give each item a cold water rinse and a good scrub. Next, allow items
to thoroughly dry in the sun to avoid mildew and prevent sand and salt from corroding
items during the off-season.
Likewise, hose down patio furniture and clean
outdoor pillows with a mixture of water and mild detergent. Scrub mildew stains
with a stiff brush; allow all items to dry in the sun, then store indoors in a
garage or basement.
Once the summer BBQ season is over, it's time
to thrill your grill. Dismantle and clean all the gunk off, finishing up with a
light coating of oil spray to repel winter moisture. Then store your grill in
an indoor, protected environment such as a garage. The exception to this
storage rule? Propane tanks: safety dictates well-ventilated, protected outdoor
storage versus indoors.
Maximize storage with creativity. Think vertical
and use your garage or basement walls to hang lightweight items. Mark off the
beach chairs, umbrellas, and surf and boogie
boards along the wall. Next, add eye-hold screws along the measurements'
perimeter and use bungee cords to affix items to the wall. You can also reduce
the number of bulky items to store by deflating all beach balls and inner tubes
and storing like items in a plastic storage bin.
Keep in mind that
not all items need to be stored for next season. Kids grow like weeds so don't waste time storing outgrown
summer clothes and bikes, etc. Organize a swap with friends whose kids are
older or younger to pass along outgrown items and inherit what your family can
use the following year. Give all items a careful onceover; sometimes an item is
past its prime and is ready to toss. That slip 'n slide that is more slip than
slide? Toss. Rusty gardening tools? Toss. Inner tubes that constantly lose air?
Toss. You get the idea.
Be sure to free up closet space for your fall goods by storing
all beach towels and bathing suits in plastic storage bins in the garage,
basement or attic.
If you still don't
have a place to store all your summer items, hit the stores: storage items are traditionally on sale in the
fall as stores court back-to-school shoppers looking to get organized. Evaluate
your current storage needs and stock up on what you're missing.
Repair and Retire
Finally, get a jump start on next summer's
warm weather fun by tackling needed repairs and restocking seasonal items now,
while prices are at rock bottom. By repairing summer sports gear such as tennis
racquets and swim goggles before storing, and replacing must-have items now,
you'll be ready to dive back into summer fun the minute Memorial Day rolls
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