How to clean your storage unit
The goal of a storage unit is to help declutter your home, organize a relocation, keep business costs low, or otherwise give you a little additional space for the things you need in your life—but what happens when your storage unit needs a storage unit?
Just like a home or business, even a storage unit can run out of space. And while you can always rent a larger storage unit, it may be time to do a little spring cleaning outside of your house and inside of your storage facility. Here are a few tips on how to clean your storage unit.
Prioritize your items
When it comes to figuring out which items stay and which items go, organizational experts recommend looking over each item and asking yourself three questions: Have you used it in the past year? Do you have a space for it? And does it make you smile?
While these questions are meant to help declutter a home, the same principle applies to items within a storage unit. Many items, such as clothing or even old electronics, may spend a year or more in storage, so it’s worth asking if you really need it anymore. Other items, such as an extra coach that doesn’t fit your apartment but may later fit a house, may not be used as recently, but you have place for it down the line. Lastly, there are items of high personal value such as family heirlooms, hobby collections, or old photographs that are definitely worth holding on to for personal enjoyment.
This principle can also apply to businesses using self storage: have you used this item in the past year? Do you know you’ll need this inventory later on? Is it useful to have down the line? If you can’t say yes to any of these questions, it may be best to dispose or sell them.
Deposit, donate, or dispose of your items
As you go through each item in your storage unit, be prepared to organize them in one of three piles: deposit, donate, or dispose.
Deposit items will be placed back in your storage unit. This will also be a great time to take inventory of what you have and make a list for later reference, which is ideal for both personal and business self storage users.
Donated items should be those belongings that are in good, working condition but are simply no longer needed. This could also be a sell pile for business owners.
Lastly, disposal items should be thrown away immediately after reorganizing your storage unit, especially for those using self storage for personal use. It is easy to justify and sentimentalize belongings and fall into the trap of holding onto things that just eat up space.
Get to cleaning
Much like spring cleaning at home or in your office, sprucing up your storage unit is something that takes time and should be a priority as it has benefits. For instance, with a fresh inventory list you know exactly what’s in your storage unit and where. Additionally, you may even find that you can go down a storage unit size and save even more money using self storage!
With these tips and a bit of hard work, you can clean out your storage unit today!