<h2>Weather in the Extremes</h2>\r\nThe classic four-season year in Grand Rapids means nice, mild springs and autumns, but it also means snowy, dry winters and hot, muggy summers. The extreme seasons are those during which you probably want to stay indoors in either heated or air conditioned rooms rather than go out a lot.\r\n\r\nThe thing is, those weather extremes can be very uncomfortable for people and can also cause serious damage to personal belongings. Cold weather can dry out wooden <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent/the-care-and-storage-of-musical-instruments/">musical instruments</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent/the-art-of-preservation-how-to-store-paintings-sculptures-and-more/">fine art</a>, or even <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent/how-to-store-paper-documents/">paper</a>. It can cause metals to contract, and while this may be fine for many items, delicate things like brass instruments can suffer quality loss. Muggy summers expand metals and invite in mold and mildew.\r\n\r\nFortunately, it’s easy to protect your things when you put them in self-storage. Just make sure to rent a unit with climate control.\r\n<h2>Wine Storage</h2>\r\nWest Michigan has more than <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.experiencegr.com/trip-planning/experience-ideas/wine-tour/">20 wineries</a>, seven of which are right in Grand Rapids. It’s a great area to go on a wine tour. If you have a wine collection, hopefully you have a cool area to keep it in your home.\r\n\r\nHowever, if you don’t, look for <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.storagefront.com/storage-units/michigan/grand-rapids/?address=Grand+Rapids%2C+MI&filter_storage_type=&filter_unit_size=&filter_price_max=500&filter_distance_max=15&filter_amenities=wine">wine storage facilities</a> in the area. Darkness, temperature, and humidity all play a role in good <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent/wine-storage-101/">wine storage</a> and some facilities have units designed exactly for this reason. Most of us don’t have a wine cellar, so a local storage facility is a good alternative.\r\n<h2>Events</h2>\r\nGrand Rapids bustles with <a rel="nofollow" href="http://grandrapids.eventful.com/events/categories/music">concerts</a> and other <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.experiencegr.com/events/">events</a> year-round. Some of these include <a rel="nofollow" href="http://downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/valent-ice">Velent-Ice</a> in February, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.laughfestgr.org/">LaughFest</a> in March, and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.artprize.org/">ArtPrize</a> in September and October.\r\n\r\nWhat does this mean for Grand Rapids residents? First, there’s almost always something to do. Second, many events have one undesirable effect: they create traffic.\r\n\r\nOften, this traffic is centered around downtown. If you have a self-storage locker there that you need to access frequently, or at least during a festival, it pays to know what is happening when. For instance, if you use your self-storage locker for business and keep goods there, you may need to leave for it earlier than usual if you’re bringing stock to a store. Maybe on the day you planned to get your bike and your child’s out of storage so you could go riding, an event is going on that delays you for an hour or more.\r\n\r\nOur advice here is simple. Keep track of what’s happening in Grand Rapids. You’ll surely find events you want to attend, and they never have to affect your life negatively again.