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When I was a kid my family was always one of those that really got into the holidays. Our tree would go up the day after Thanksgiving. We would put together a miniature wintry village on the dining room table, and we lived in a neighbourhood where decorating your yard was a friendly competition that bordered just a bit on the obsessive. Every year got just a little bit brighter and a quite a bit bigger.
The only real problem is that stuff all had to go somewhere for 10 or 11 months out of the year. For us that somewhere was always the garage. So for most of the year our garage was packed full of lights, wreaths, inflatable Santas and all other manner of holiday decorations. I can tell you from personal experience that wandering into a darkened garage looking for your baseball glove and being greeted by a life-sized statue of Santa Claus can be a scary situation for a kid.
On top of that we had to make space for all our cold weather gear, and growing up in Minnesota meant we had a lot of cold weather gear. So joining the decorations were our skis, skates, sleds, snow blower, snow shovels, ice melt, snow suits, heavy boots and snow chains. Add it all up and we were left without any room in our garage for anything else.
Now I realize how much more convenient everything would have been had we rented our own Glen Cove, Ontario storage unit. Then all our holiday and winter gear could have been safely stored and our garage would have been a lot less cluttered.
Having a Glen Cove storage unit would have also helped inside the house during the holidays. The extended family would use the holidays as a reunion, rotating whose house everyone would end up at each year. When it was our turn to play host things would always get just a bit too cramped to be cozy. If we had rented a Glen Cove storage unit, we could have moved a few things out of the house to make more room for the cots, sleeping bags and luggage that went along with all the overnight guests.
Not that we wouldn’t have gotten plenty of use out of the storage unit year round. Camping gear, dad’s golf clubs, baseball equipment and even our fishing boat could have made the move from the garage or the basement to the storage unit, freeing up space that might have meant getting my own bedroom years sooner or being able to avoid the daily ritual of scraping ice from the windshields of my parents’ cars.
Self storage units are more than big boxes you can put things in. They can help make your holidays a little more festive. They can help keep family gatherings a little less hectic. They can make day to day chores more convenient. Overall, Glen Cove storage units can streamline your world and make life just a little bit easier. I think that’s something we’re all looking for around the holidays (and just about any other day).
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