Preparing Your Caravan for Storage

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A caravan can be a wonderful way to go camping or to travel around the country while on vacation, but they can be difficult to store.  If you live in an apartment or if your homeowner’s association doesn’t allow vehicles to sit in the drive overnight, you may not have a place to put your caravan when you’re not using it.  One of the best options to park your caravan may be to rent space at a storage facility.

 

 

 

Indoor Secured Storage

Depending on the size of your caravan, you may be able to find an storage unit big enough to keep it indoors out of the elements.  While that is the best way to store it, it is also the most expensive option.  Your caravan will not only be protected from changes in the weather, but most storage facilities are gated and many of them have 24 hour monitoring or they may have security patrols as well.  Your caravan will be safe from vandalism and theft while in storage.

 

Outdoor Secured Storage

Finding an outdoor space in a storage facility will be less expensive, but your caravan will be exposed to weather changes.  You will want to check on your property from time to time just to make sure your caravan hasn’t been damaged from the weather.  However, outdoor storage is a good option for a limited budget.  Your caravan is still safe and secure from theft and damage from vandalism.

 

Preparing Your Caravan for Storage

 

If your caravan is going to be in storage for a prolonged amount of time, you will want to prepare it for storage. You can use a cover over your caravan to help protect it from the elements if you plan on open air storage, but even if you do cover it, you need to thoroughly clean your caravan before putting it away for the season.

Use cleaners made for the materials on your caravan so you don’t damage the surface.  Be careful if you are using a power washer to clean the surface of your caravan as too much water pressure can cause damage to the bodywork, trim and seals.  Hand washing may be better or keep the water pressure on a lower setting while spraying it with water.  If you spot green or black mold, be sure and clean it off so it won’t have the chance to grow over the winter as it could stain aluminum and plastic surfaces.

Thoroughly clean the inside of your caravan as well, making sure to empty all of the water in the tanks and remove all perishable food items to keep it from spoiling.  You don’t want to open your caravan up after being stored for months and smell rotting food. Be sure and drain any water lines as well so they don’t ice up when it turns cold.

Getting your caravan storage ready will ensure that it is in good condition when you are ready to take it out for your next vacation.

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Organizing and Decluttering Your House

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Living in a cluttered house can be stressful for many people, but they may not have time to sort through everything and get rid of the items they don’t want.  It can also be overwhelming for many people to sort through years of accumulation.  For many people, they may have attachments to their possessions and have a hard time letting go of them.  However, if you really wish to tackle your clutter, here are a few simple suggestions to help you sort through your belongings and get rid of what you’re not using.

 

 

Sorting Out Clothes

You can tackle your wardrobe by trying a simple hanger trick.  Organize your clothes so all of the hangers are facing back to front.  For a six month period, whenever you wear an outfit, hang it back in the closet with the hanger facing back to front.  However, if you try on an outfit, but don’t wear it, hang it back up with the hanger in the opposite direction.  After the time period is over, you may discover you have several outfits you don’t like or wear at all.  Consider donating them to charity.

 

Clearing Out the Bathroom

Did you know that make-up has an expiration date?  The expiration date is usually stamped on the product or it could be on the packaging, but most make-up only has a shelf life of six months.  Products that are used around the eyes have a shorter lifespan than other types of cosmetics.

Mascaras last only about four months, lotions can last up to 12 months and perfumes are generally good for three years.  If you’ve ever seen a manufacturer’s code on a bottle of perfume, the last number in the code stands for the year it was bottled.  Go through your products and look for the expiration dates and toss anything that you know is old.

 

Sorting DVDs

If you are a movie buff, you may have quite the movie collection and all of those DVDs can quickly get out of control.  To declutter your family room, remove one DVD for every four or five movies that you keep.  You can do this with your kids video games as well.  Have them pick out the ones they play and get rid of the ones they’ve grown tired of playing.

You can give your video games and DVDs to a charity, pass them on to others that you know will like them or you can make some money by selling them to a pawn shop.  Let your kids keep the money made off the video games and have them save it in a piggy bank.

Decluttering and organizing your house will help ease the stress in your life.  If you need extra storage space for items that you want to keep, but don’t have room for, you can rent a storage unit to get them out of the house and out of your way.  Don’t just throw everything into a unit, sort it first and get rid of stuff you don’t want.

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