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Reclaim Your Garage for Your Cars with a Storage Unit in Topeka KS

Winter is on its way. And with it comes the brutal Kansas weather, which often includes freezing rain, sleet, ice, and snow, not to mention the bitterly cold temperatures. If your car is parked outdoors, that means starting your day by bundling up and braving the cold to scrape the ice and snow off your windshield and allowing extra time to your already hurried schedule to let it warm up. A garage is the perfect solution, but if your garage is too cluttered to even consider parking a car in it, you’re not alone. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 percent of homeowners with two-car garages don’t park any cars in them and 32 percent parked one car. While some people don’t use their garage for parking their cars because they have dedicated the space to other endeavors, like using it as a home office or workshop, the vast majority simply can’t squeeze their cars in due to clutter. Thankfully, AAA Self Storage in Topeka, KS can help.

Garages have an almost magical ability to attract clutter. They end up housing a range of items, including lawn mowers, trimmers, gardening supplies, wheel barrows, camping gear, sports equipment, lawn and patio furniture, bikes, skateboards, strollers, large toys for kids, and even holiday decorations. Many garages become the landing spot for overflow from the house, including pet food, cleaning supplies, paper goods, winter gear, and even old books and clothing. It can also end up being storage for furniture that is not currently being used. Before you know it, your garage is housing everything but your car. To make matters worse, the average garage size has gotten smaller over the years, leaving even less space for storage.

While some of these items may get used regularly, the majority are just collecting dust or are used infrequently. Rather than keeping all the clutter in your garage while your car sits outside, exposed to the elements, why not store them in a self storage unit? AAA Self Storage offers a range of self storage units in a variety of sizes to fit any storage needs.

To get the most from your garage space as well as your self storage unit space, take the time to go through everything in your garage and organize it. Pull everything out of your garage and sort it into piles of things to keep in the garage, items to take to storage, and items you no longer need. If you use an item on a frequent basis, it’s probably a good candidate to stay in the garage. Items that you use infrequently or that you don’t currently use but don’t want to get rid of should go to storage. This could include things like furniture, holiday decorations, and seasonal items. Things that haven’t been used in a year or two are good candidates for the dispose pile. The dispose pile can then be sorted into items that can be donated, items to recycle, and items to throw away. Keep in mind some household products and chemicals have special disposal requirements. Before you begin putting things back into the garage or into the storage unit, devise an organizational plan to keep your garage and storage unit clean and tidy and prevent the clutter from returning.