by Karen Bates
(last updated June 9, 2020)
If you have equipment that you use for your home or business, you may need to store it away at one point or another. Perhaps the equipment is used seasonally (such as sports equipment or yard maintenance items), or maybe you don't need it right now but still want to have it available just in case. No matter what reason you have for needing to store your equipment away, it is important that you store it correctly to make sure that it will still work as well as ever when you need it again later.
Equipment storage involves preparing an item for storage, deciding where to store it, and storing it away safely. Exactly how to go about this process will depend on the type of equipment to be stored, but there are a few general rules that you can use for most things.
A tool box or cabinet is one efficient way to store smaller items. These storage units work great for small accessories as well as most tools. Of course, you could use this cabinet for storing any number of things in an organized way, and the drawers and pegboard make getting to your equipment again easy. For larger items, big drawers and shelves can work well. Shelving units can be found in different materials, such as metal, plastic, or wood, and may have varying amounts of shelves in different sizes. You can also use boxes for your storage, but be sure to properly label them so that is easy to find what you need later.
The garage makes a good place to store larger equipment, but you must be careful when storing items here. The garage can quickly become cluttered and crowded with things if they aren't organized correctly. To prevent this problem, simply delegate specific areas of the garage for certain types of equipment. Don't let things pile up, and implement a system of organization for your items. If you want a more specific storage area for your equipment, a storage shed could be a great idea as well. This is a good choice if you have a yard with room to add a shed.
If you just don't have enough room for storage, you may want to look into renting a storage unit. These come in different sizes with varying features. Although this may not be the most economical way to store items long-term, it is one option you may need to consider.
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