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Safe Storage: 3 Tips for Storing Toys and Tools for Winter

Storing away your excess toys and tools for the winter can be a great idea. After all, there are some things that just don’t do so well in the cold weather. You should not, however, simply shove the items away and hope they’ll be in good shape come the spring. Instead, you should take some time to follow these three safe storage tips for the winter.

Take an Inventory

Always start any storage plans by taking an inventory of what you have. While you might not realize this at first, you probably have a handful of excess items that probably need to be thrown away or donated instead of stored. Keeping a good list will also give you a chance to know exactly what’s been stored and where when you need the items again. This simple piece of housekeeping will make your life much easier when the weather gets warmer, so make sure to keep your inventory somewhere easy to remember.

Know the Condition

Next, start looking at the condition of the items. Storage can be hard on some toys and tools, so make sure everything’s in good shape. If you are going to store a boat, for example, you’ll want to do your repairs or install new boat parts before the boat sits in storage for several months. This not only gives you the ability to use the items faster once they’re out of storage, but it also helps you to avoid extra damage that might come with storage. The more work you do now, the less you will have to worry about later.

Pick the Right Storage

Finally, you will want to make sure you’re storing all of your items in the right place. If you are putting away a few summer games when the snow starts to fall, you’re probably fine throwing them in a closet. If you’re packing away your jet-ski, though, you are going to want to pay more attention to the condition of the storage area. Make sure that any storage you choose has the right kind of temperature and humidity conditions for the items you are storing. The last thing you want is to see your toys and tools ruined by the storage you choose.

Pay attention to the storage process. Take inventory, do your repairs, and make sure everything is stored in the right place. With a little luck and a lot of effort, you can make sure that any items stored away are in good condition when you’re ready to use them again.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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