End of Summer Cleaning Tips and Innovative Storage Solutions

As the vibrant colors of summer transition into the warm hues of autumn, it’s not only a time for changing wardrobes and ordering pumpkin-spiced treats, but also a seasonal opportunity to prepare your living space (or spaces) for the new, chillier season.

With the shift in weather and activities, you’ll be swapping bathing suits for sweaters and paddle boats for hockey sticks in no time. Furthermore, it’s essential to transition your home from the carefree days of summer to the cozy embrace of fall.

Changing seasons often require diligent house cleaning and finding adequate storage space for all your summer gear.

Let’s explore how you can make the leap from summer to fall seamlessly with these innovative storage solutions for all of your seasonal-transition needs, and a few seasonal clean-up tips for your home.

Shipping Containers ─ The Ideal Storage for Your Summer Toys


Do you own a cottage or summer home? If so, chances are that you may also own a boat. Owning a boat provides endless hours of family fun, solo fishing adventures, and the incredible experience of simply being on the water, listening to the splashes of the fish and the call of the birds.

Alternatively, are you the type of person who loves the open road? Do you own a sports car that is only taken out of storage during the hot months, when you can put the top down to feel the warm breeze through your hair?

Or maybe you have a 4×4 vehicle that you take out in the backroads during the summer months, for camping or exploring rough terrain?

Having a special, seasonal vehicle is a great way to take advantage of the summer. But what happens once the summer is over?

When the summer starts to transition from heatwaves into frost, it’s critical to place your boats or vehicles into proper storage. One of the best ways to do this is by storing them in a steel shipping container.

Shipping containers are made from the highest quality of steel and are literally built to ship cargo across large, international distances. Thus, they’re designed to withstand extreme weather conditions—from rain to wind to dryness and anything in between.

The right container will protect your boat or vehicle from climate and any outside intruder.

They also come in a variety of sizes, typically 20 or 40 feet, which means they can carry heavy and large-size quantities. They’re also portable, so you can move your container around during the summer and, depending on your city or town’s permits and regulations, keep it right outside in your backyard for safekeeping during the colder months.

Check out the website to find out how you can easily have a shipping container delivered right to your door so you can start storing your summer equipment just in time for autumn.

Take Advantage of Your Summer Home as Winter Storage


Before you close the cottage or cabin door for the last time this fall, consider converting it into temporary storage over the fall and winter months. This might be something you already do, but it doesn’t hurt to designate specific rooms to storage.

Keeping items such as lifejackets, summer shoes, bathing suits, and fishing rods in a few rooms at the cottage instead of lugging them all to your regular house will help de-clutter your everyday life at home.

Before you start keeping almost all your belongings at the cottage, remember to ensure that it’s climate-controlled and that there are security features in place.

For example, if you don’t typically winterize your cabin, don’t leave anything there that may freeze or develop mold.

Get a Shed

Invest in a good, year-round shed to place smaller items that you won’t need during the wintertime. You can keep this in your backyard or any outdoor space close to your home.

In fact, in addition to using shipping containers as storage for boats and cars, many people are repurposing them into gardens and tool sheds.

You may want to consider the ways in which you can not only utilize a container as storage for larger items but for your smaller summer gadgets, too.

Changing the Air Quality in Your Home

One of the most important cleaning tips to remember when the summer starts to end is to maintain comfortable air quality in your home.

When you’ve either settled back into your house after being away at the cottage or on an extended vacation remember to clean or replace the air filters to ensure healthy and good air quality as you’re about to spend more time indoors.

Do you have pets or allergies? Sometimes investing in an in-home air purifier is a good idea, as it will help clear the air of pet dander, dust, and other allergens. Add some warm, cozy textiles such as plush blankets and textured rugs to create warmth and comfort in the main rooms of your home.

If you have a fireplace, now is a good time to prepare it for use by giving the chimney a good clean and checking for any necessary repairs. Always remember to work with a professional.


Wash the Windows and Doors

Before the weather gets too cold, consider cleaning your windows and doors. Over the summer, a build-up of dust and dirt can accumulate on the glass and siding areas.

You’ll want to get rid of that gunk to let as much natural sunshine inside your home as possible once the real winter comes along when you’ll be missing those sunny, hot days at the lake.

If possible, consult with a professional windows and doors company so that they can provide a thorough job safely and seamlessly.

The summer, of course, isn’t quite over yet. Depending on which part of the country you live in, the hot weather can often linger well into September or October. And you may even live in a state where it’s basically summer weather all year round!

However, everyone needs a handy storage solution and to remember a quick cleaning fix every now and then, particularly at the end of a relaxing summer. Use these tips to help you transform seamlessly into fall.

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