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Fall Storage For Thanksgiving & Beyond


As a rule, autumn starts with the Fall Equinox, or September 22, but for most us, it isn’t until Thanksgiving that the season really sinks in. By that time, we’re accustomed to the cooling temperatures, the falling leaves, and pumpkin spice as the default flavouring in most baked goods.

But who’s complaining when that means we get to dollop some pumpkin-spiced whipped cream onto a slice of pumpkin pie? Not us!

Canadians still have a bit of time before we celebrate the harvest and give thanks for our privileges. That means we have a while to prepare for the fall before it truly hits. Until then, the team at Abacus wants to extend our best wishes for your Thanksgiving by offering our trusty fall-time storage tips.

Though you’ll wonder how you can fit all those leftovers in the fridge, Tupperware Tetris isn’t your only concern this fall. The changing seasons come with a transition in wardrobe, outdoor chores, and celebrations that could create clutter as you ramp up to the big day. Luckily, armed with these organizational tips and your choice of the best Richmond Hill mini storage options, you’ll stay on top of clutter as the GTA welcomes the fall.

1. Go Through Your Wardrobe

As the temperatures dip, you’ll have no need for the maxi dresses or chino shorts cluttering up your closet. Make room for warm sweaters and long johns by organizing your wardrobe. Pull out every piece and recall the last time you wore it. If it’s been more than 6 months (and it’s not a specialty item), it’s time to donate it to your local charity shop.

This should clear up some space for any new winter items you add over the next few months. If it doesn’t, make use of our wardrobe boxes and keep unnecessary summer items in one of our rental storage units in Thornhill until next year. With short- and long-term options, the facility offers a quick solution for the fall or a permanent storage location for all off-season items.

2. Embrace Your Inner Mr. Dressup

Halloween is only a month away, and you’ll be thinking up a spooky costume soon if you haven’t already. But what do you do with those old costumes? If you have children, keep them in your very own tickle trunk.

In the classic CBC children’s show, which ran from 1967–1994, Mr. Dressup provides an unlikely source of storage wisdom. He kept his playroom free of clutter by using a tickle trunk to hold all the costumes used in Casey and Finnegan’s make-believe skits.

In keeping extra clothing in a trunk, you’ll eliminate some of the clutter in regular closets while adding a fashionable houseware item to your home. Your kids will be able to pull a piece out whenever playtime hits, and they’ll learn the importance of keeping things tidy whenever they return clothing to the trunk.

3. Curate Your Shed or Garage

Harsh weather conditions are just around the corner for us in the GTA, which means you can’t leave any tools or summer items outside. Place summer equipment and patio sets at the back of your shed or garage, as you won’t need to access these items during the fall or winter months. Place items like your rakes, wheelbarrow, snow blower, and shovels near the door, as you’ll need these to rake up leaves and clear snow.

Hooks are a great way to keep gardening tools off the floor and make room for these larger machines, while shelves are ideal for smaller items. You can also stretch bungee cords between the studs on the walls of these buildings to keep things like hoses, lanterns, and other summer necessities upright and away.

4. Think About Future Holidays

If Thanksgiving is almost here, then Hanukah and Christmas are soon to follow. Most businesses are already rolling out holiday-themed products, but they’ll have to wait a little longer until they can put all their stock on the shelves. Unfortunately, real estate being what it is in the GTA, not all businesses have the backroom storage space to accommodate this overstock.

Luckily, the commercial storage units in North York offer a convenient and affordable space to house holiday overstock until the big day arrives. You can feel good about keeping valuable company belongings thanks to the comprehensive security measures and environmental controls applied to each unit.

These security and climate control methods are available at every facility we have across the GTA. To learn more about how we’ll keep your things safe, give us a call. We’d love to find the perfect sized storage unit for your needs this fall. And if we don’t hear from you soon, have yourself a happy Thanksgiving!

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