How to Declutter Your Home

There’s nothing worse to a homeowners morale than a cluttered house. If you’ve got piles of clothes and random “junk” from the prehistoric era littered around your house, then it may be time for a serious overhaul. While it may seem overwhelming now, just imagine how good it will feel to rid yourself of this burden once and for all.

Once you’re committed to change, follow these important tips…

Start a Donation Pile

The easiest way to get rid of things without destroying them is by donating. That old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t be more true. Put all of your miscellaneous items–clothes, old electronics, furniture–into an “unwanted” pile. Once you’ve identified what you really don’t want to hold on to anymore, pack it up and bring it to the nearest GoodWill. 

Collect Everything That You Actually Use

Car parts, cleaning supplies, video games, makeup–get everything that you’ve used within the last 12 months together, and begin organizing them. Often times, homes get cluttered because people fail to establish designated spots for their things. If you have a catch-all closet filled with unordered items, then you know what we’re talking about. Do yourself a favor and get organized!  

Put Overflow Into a Storage Shed

Once you’ve maximized your home’s existing space, put the rest of your usable items neatly into a storage shed. Now usually when people think of storage sheds, they think tractors and tools. While it is a great place to keep equipment, the right storage shed can hold other important items too. So, which storage shed should you get? Well, you can’t go wrong with a portable storage shed from Shelters of America. These storage solutions are affordable, durable, and easy to set up. 

 

4 Ways to Use Portable Garages Besides For Car Storage

When most people think of portable garages, they think of carports. You know, a portable shelter that can be used to store their cars. While portable garages certainly do make a great safe haven for daily drivers, RVs and motorcycles, there are other fruitful ways to use portable garages. Here’s 4 examples.

For Animals

Whether you have horses, goats, outdoor cats, or even dogs, portable garages can give them some much-appreciated shade during the hot summer months. While it may not be entirely appropriate in the dead of winter, most animals will enjoy it as an additional play area or feeding spot. To make it more like home for them, put toys and beds in there. Once they get used to it, you’ll find that they’ll visit it regularly.

For Parties

Have you ever thrown a summer party that got interrupted by rain? Well, if you didn’t prepare a tent beforehand, having a portable garage on deck can really come in handy. As long as people see some reassuring shelter, the party will continue! 

For Woodworking

If you enjoy woodworking, then a portable garage can be made into a comprehensive personal workshop  Why clutter your basement with all of your tools and equipment? With a portable garage, you’ll be able to keep everything all in one place.

For a Children’s Play Area

With all the technology available to children today, it can be difficult to get them to use their imagination to entertain themselves. With a designated play area outside, you can encourage them to make a fort, avoid hot lava, launch themselves into space, or go on a wild safari-style adventure. 

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Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

During the holiday season, many people struggle to figure out what to give their loved ones as gifts. Some men are particularly hard to shop for since they seem to have everything they want and need. One thing many people wish they had more of is storage space. If there is a man in your life who seems to have it all, consider getting him a portable garage.

Give Him a Place to Keep His Vehicles Safe

For guys who enjoy collecting or restoring cars, storage space can be hard to come by. A garage may not have enough room for all his vehicles, especially if his spouse or partner also has a car.

A portable garage is a simple and convenient solution. A shelter can be set up quickly and easily in the backyard or in another location to provide instant storage and to protect his prized vehicles from rain, snow, and cold temperatures.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles to keep one or more vehicles safe from the elements. If your man has a boat or RV, no problem. We have shelters that are high enough to accommodate large vehicles. The best part is that a portable garage costs a fraction of what your loved one might have to spend to build or extend a garage or to put a vehicle in storage.

Important Portable Garage Features

Our portable garages have frames crafted with heavy-duty structural steel to stand up to strong wind and other harsh weather conditions. The covers are made with waterproof triple-laminated polyethylene to protect the shelter’s contents from rain and snow that could cause rust. The covers are also UV-resistant to prevent the sun from causing the paint to fade or peel.

Keeping a portable garage secure is essential to prevent it from blowing away. Portable Garage Depot sells anchors that can keep a shelter firmly attached to the ground, whether it’s covered with grass, dirt, asphalt, or gravel.

Our portable shelters have rollup or zipper doors to make it easy to move vehicles in and out. We also sell vents that can let airflow in and out of a portable garage to prevent a buildup of humidity that could damage a vehicle or attract insects.

The Perfect Gift for a Man Who Is Hard to Shop for

If you have a special man in your life and you’re struggling to find the right gift because he seems to have everything, ask yourself if he could use more space to store his most valuable possessions. If so, get him a storage shelter from Portable Garage Depot. Place your order today.

How to Properly Winterize a Tractor

If you own a tractor, then you know that they’re not cheap investments. As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall again, it’s a good time to start thinking about how best to protect your tractor during the winter months. If you don’t want to have to worry about purchasing a new tractor come springtime, then listen up: we’re going to explain how to winterize your tractor the right way.

Change the Oil

First, Make sure your tractor goes into storage with fresh oil. Used engine oil condenses in cold weather, and when that happens, corrosion is likely to ensue. When changing the oil, remember to drain all of the used oil out before filling the engine with fresh oil. This will ensure that that there won’t be any moisture left in the engine.  

Change the Fuel & Add Fuel Stabilizer

If you’re storing your tractor inside, you should fill it with fresh gas and fuel stabilizer. This will protect the tank from corrosion, clogs, and condensation. Be sure to run the engine for a few minutes after you fill the tank with gas / stabilizer to allow the fuel to work its way through the engine. 

Inflate The Tires

Many tractor owners make the mistake of elevating their tires on blocks. While this isn’t a terrible alternative, full inflation is better. Why? The cold winter air is sure to deflate the tires. If the tires are on blocks while this happens, it can put unnecessary stress on them, causing cracks as a result. When you fully inflate the tires on the other hand, you won’t have to worry about this at all. The best part? You can leave the tires attached to the tractor: all you have to do is inflate them. 

Remove the Battery & Top Off Coolant

If you can, remove the battery and keep it in a dry, safe place. In addition, top off your tractor’s coolant levels. With fresh coolant, your tractor will be better equipped to withstand the coming cold. 

Get The Right Shelter For Your Tractor

If indoor storage isn’t an option, then consider investing in a portable garage for your tractor. Shelters of America offers a variety of sturdy solutions that are sure to give your tractor reliable shelter during the cold winter months. 

Time to Put the Motorcycle Away!

Winter in many parts of the nation is starting early this year. Weather forecasters on the east coast are calling for the chance of snow in many states. Just one week into the month of November.

If you enjoy riding the open roads on two wheels then this news may come with some sadness. Inclement weather also means it’s time to put the bike away for the season.

Here are some storage tips to consider for your motorcycle.

Winter Motorcycle Storage

Whether you’re worried there won’t be enough room in your garage this winter for the car, bike and other boxes of junk, or would rather not risk the dings your toy may get, you might want to consider other storage options for the winter.

Portable Garages can be used to protect the bike from the elements, and when properly secured, also deter thieves.

Choose a shelter with a durable, tear-proof polyurethane cover to keep the bikes paint and other elements clean and free of damage.

Since winters can get pretty rough, be sure to also choose a durable steel frame that can withstand strong winds or any heavy snow loads.

Get easy, mobile protection for both cruising and racing bikes as well as ATV’s, snowmobiles, jet skis, and other recreational equipment so you don’t have to worry about cluttering the garage.

At Portable Garage Depot we offer storage models with double zipper front and rear doors and an anchoring system that make terrific choices for motorcycle storage over the winter.

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Equine Hay Storage Tips for Winter

Horses benefit from spending time outdoors and getting plenty of exercises and fresh air, but weather conditions can change significantly throughout the day. Like other animals, horses can suffer heatstroke and frostbite if they are outside in extreme weather without protection.

Horses consume large quantities of hay each day. If you have several horses, you may have hundreds of bails of hay delivered at one time. You need a place to store hay to keep it dry and to protect it from mold, rot, and insects.

Protect Your Horses and Hay

You don’t want to keep your horses cooped up in a barn all day if it will be hot or rainy for a few hours, and it can be difficult and time-consuming to round them up and bring them from a pasture into the barn when the weather becomes unpleasant. Setting up a portable shelter in the field to provide your horses with protection from harsh weather whenever they need it is a simple solution.

With a portable garage in a pasture, horses can decide on their own when to go inside to seek out shelter and when to return to the fresh air outside. If the temperature drops, horses can gather inside the shelter and keep each other warm by sharing body heat.

A portable shelter can also be used elsewhere on your farm to store hay. If your barn doesn’t have a hayloft, you don’t have to spend money to add one or build a large storage shed. A portable garage can provide plenty of space and protection for hay bails at a fraction of the cost of building a loft or shed.

Choose the Right Shelter for Your Farm

Portable Garage Depot offers durable shelters in a range of sizes that are ideal for use on a horse farm. We offer run-in sheds with sturdy steel tubing frames and fitted covers. A run-in shed can be placed in a field to protect your horses from rain, snow, and heat. A white interior provides plenty of ambient lighting. These shelters can also be used to store hay.

Portable Garage Depot’s corral shelters can be used to shield horses from the weather or to store hay or farm equipment. A shelter can attach to your existing corral gate or fence to create a space to protect your horses. Our corral shelters have a universal cover that fits most round, square, and oval panel tube profiles and is fade- and moisture-resistant. The frame has a powder-coated finish to resist rust.

Protecting your horses from extreme weather and shielding the hay they eat from moisture and insects is essential to keep your animals healthy. Order one or more portable shelters for your horse farm from Portable Garage Depot today.

3 Tips For Preparing Your Boat For Winter Storage

Temperatures are dropping once again. That means it’s time to say goodbye shorts and tank-tops, and hello to pants, long sleeves and jackets. While the change is somewhat refreshing, it comes with one major drawback: we must put our boats into hibernation. To start, you should certainly check all the components we recommended in our pre-spring boating guide, Once you’re done with that, you should perform the following 3 maintenance tasks:

Change Your Oil 

If you’ve ever stored a car before, then you know how important it is for the car to have fresh oil during the duration of its isolation. While they may be much bigger, boats are no different. When water or acid gets into your oil, the engine could get corroded. Make sure to change and flush out the filter before adding the new oil.

Disconnect the Battery & Remove Drive Belts

If you leave your battery connected, it will likely drain and die over the winter. Once you disconnect it, top it off with distilled water. For good measure, charge it once a month; doing this will ensure that it’s good to go when you connect it again. 

In addition, remove your drive belts too. If you leave them connected, there’s a good chance that they will crack when you come to take the boat out again. To avoid this, loosen or remove them entirely before the boat goes into storage.

Grease The Steering Mechanism & Fill The Gas Tank

You know that sound metal doors make when they’re in desperate need of some WB 40? Don’t let that happen to your boat! Greasing the steering mechanisms will help to ensure that nothing dries out; if properly greased, you won’t experience any issues when it’s time to take the boat out again.

In addition, make sure to both fill your gas tank and add gasoline stabilizer. Now you might be thinking: why should I fill it now if I won’t be using it for the next 3 months? Well, an empty tank encourages condensation, which in turn, causes corrosion. To prevent the potentially severe damage that comes with this, do the right thing and fill up your tank. 

Last but not least….

Choose The RIght Storage Solution For Your Boat

Not everyone can afford to rent out a garage for your boat. Fortunately, Shelters of America offers many affordable pop up boat shelters and carports. Treat your boat right this winter, and order one today!

Cleaning Your Boat for Winter Storage

Now that summer is over, you need to prepare your boat for winter storage. Spending months out of the water can put a boat at risk of damage. Taking some important steps now can help you prevent problems so your vessel will be ready to go next year.

How to Clean Your Boat’s Exterior and Interior

Clean the outside of your boat with a power washer to keep any contaminants on the surface from damaging the paint and to prevent oxidation, which can cause damage. Then cover the exterior with wax to keep the body from rusting.

Remove electronics and any fabrics that could be damaged by cold weather or moisture before you clean the interior. Vacuum the inside and clean interior surfaces with the appropriate products and tools for each material. Refer to the owner’s manual for cleaning recommendations.

Make sure the entire boat is completely dry before you put it into storage. If there is any moisture present when you put your boat away for the winter, it may be filled with mold when you take it out in the spring.

How to Prepare Mechanical Components for Winter Storage

You also need to clean some of the internal components of your boat to get it ready for storage. Water and contaminants in the oil can cause corrosion, which can make the engine fail when the boat is taken out of storage. These problems can be prevented by changing the oil and filter.

Cold temperatures can cause the engine to freeze. Before you store your boat for the winter, remove the coolant, flush with water, and fill the coolant system with antifreeze diluted as recommended by your boat’s manufacturer.

For an outbound engine, flush the engine with freshwater, spray fogging solution in the engine while it is running, and remove the fuel line. Then grease the propeller shaft and threads, change the gear oil in the engine’s lower unit, apply a light layer of lubricant or wax to the exterior of the engine, and wash the engine with soap and water.

Where to Store Your Boat in the Winter

Once you have cleaned your boat and checked to make sure it is completely dry, you can put it into winter storage. If you don’t want to pay to keep it in a boat storage unit or a dry stack storage facility, you can store it in your yard inside a portable storage shelter. This is a much less expensive option, and if you purchase a quality storage shelter that will last for many years, you can pay once, instead of paying storage facility fees each year.

Portable Garage Depot sells a variety of storage buildings in a wide range of sizes. Many of our shelters are large enough to accommodate boats. A shelter can protect your vessel from snow, wind, and extreme temperatures so it will be ready when you want to take it out on the water again next year. Order today!

Consider Doing a Pre-Winter Check on Your Portable Garage

While it may not feel much like fall yet, wintry weather isn’t far off. If you use a portable garage for your vehicle, your motorcycle or simply household items, it’s a good time to check that the unit is in good condition so it continues to protect your valuable property through the winter months.

Portable garages are great solutions for storage needs. They’re quick and easy to put up, durable, affordable, and can be located nearly anywhere on your property you require storage. With proper care, they can last for many years. If you have one already, take a moment to examine its operating condition.

What to Look for In a Portable Garage Inspection

The first thing you want to look for is how well the cover is holding up and whether it’s properly fitted. It should be tight to reduce the risk of tears. The roof should be free of debris. During the fall and winter, ensure that you remove autumn leaves and snow from your portable garage. To avoid damaging it, be sure to use soft instruments such as a dull edged broom or mop, and avoid shovels, rakes or other implements that could accidentally puncture the cover.

Engage in a Little Gentle Elbow Grease

It’s worth taking a moment to clean your portable garage before bad weather begins. To do so, use mild soap and water, and avoid anything harsh (like bleach) or abrasive cleaners, which could damage cover. During the fall and winter, remove leaves and snow from the base of your portable garage to discourage a build-up of moisture that could lead to mold and mildew, or water leaking in and damaging the items you store there.

If your portable garage is in less-than-optimal condition, you can consider replacing the cover (rather than the whole set-up).

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We’ve Updated Our Look!

At Shelters of America, we’ve been in the business of offering you trusted shelters and accessories that protect your treasured assets for years. From custom color options to replacement covers and sheds, canopies and equipment storage, there’s nothing we don’t offer to bring protection to your yard.

If you’ve been on the website recently you may have noticed that we updated our look. We recently completed a total revamp of the site to make it easier to navigate and to better show the array of offerings we provide.

From better, bigger images to enhanced functionality, we’ve kept all of our customer’s needs in mind.

You can now start at the homepage and easily customize a portable garage option that meets your needs. Choose from a peak style, barn or round. Next select the length, width and height options for your specific needs.

You can also find new menu options to see and select color options for your portable shelter or reach out for a custom quote if you’re not quite sure what you need yet.

We sell ShelterLogic, a trusted brand with over 70 years of experience and a global innovator in outdoor shade and shelter products.

If you’re looking for the ultimate storage and protection, we have what you need. From protection for cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs, farm equipment and so much more!

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