Snow Equipment Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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Snow Equipment Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Staff Writer · Dec 13, 2009

Snow equipment storage presents a problem for people who live in apartments without a lot of extra space. Although many apartments leave snow removal to the landlord, others do not, and residents of both kinds of apartment buildings may need snow equipment to free their cars regardless.

Think Small, Plan Ahead

If you know you don’t have a lot of space for snow equipment storage, don’t stock up on winter supplies unnecessarily. Only buy salt one bottle at a time-and perhaps get rid of any excess you have at the end of the season rather than worry about storing it. Get a small hand-held scraper and a small, collapsible shovel intended for storage in cars.

Vacuum Storage (Some Items)

While shovels, salt, scrapers and boots can’t be stored this way, bulky winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens and snowsuits can be shrunken down to 1/3 their size inside of a vacuum storage bag. Just fill the bag with any soft snow equipment to the line, seal the bag and use a vacuum hose to suck out the excess air. You should then have a fairly flat bag that can easily be tucked under furniture, behind shelves or at the very back of a closet without taking up much room.

Rent a Shed

If allowed by your landlord, you may be able to erect a small shed that can handle snow equipment storage on any lawn that may be in front of your apartment, on a deck or patio, or in an unused parking space for your apartment. Consider sharing a storage unit with a neighbor if you don’t have adequate space in exchange for favors.

Store in Your Car

Whatever can’t be tucked away in a vacuum storage bag in the small parts of your apartment might be able to be stored in the trunk or backseat of your car, provided you don’t often use those spaces and/or the bulky snow equipment doesn’t take up a lot of room.

Rent a Storage Unit

If snow equipment storage isn’t your only storage dilemma, you might consider renting a storage unit at which to store the items you don’t always use or need. This may include items of sentimental value, patio furniture and other furniture used when hosting company. However, if you only have snow equipment to store, renting an entire storage unit may not be a viable option, but there are mini storage units available at some storage companies.

Turn to Friends and Family

If you have especially generous friends and family with room to spare at their own homes or apartments, consider asking them to store your snow equipment for the off-season. This isn’t always an option, as everyone has their own storage dilemmas, but it can’t hurt to ask if you don’t have much to store.

Snow equipment storage doesn’t have to take up valuable space in your apartment. Consider any of these storage solutions-or simply consider donating the equipment in the spring and buying new cheap equipment each year. Living at an apartment, you won’t have as much to shovel and de-ice as homeowners, anyway, so it should be a small investment.

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