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Campaign Against Clutter: Clear Out Kid Stuff

Campaign Against Clutter: Clear Out Kid Stuff

By Stephanie Hyland, StorageUnit.com

With the spring cleaning bug in the air and warmer weather on the way, everyone is in the mood for clearing out the clutter and looking forward to a more organized home! For parents who have older children, it can sometimes be challenging knowing what to do with items and toys that they once loved, but have outgrown.

The Campaign Against Clutter is dedicated to stopping the formation of clutter inside your home or garage. Luckily, finding a self storage unit that fits the variety of items your child has outgrown is an easy problem to solve. Understanding what type of storage unit you need can also help. Let’s get started!

The Situation

backyard playsetYou find yourself sifting through boxes trying to get your house organized. Where did all of this stuff come from? Your kids. Now you’re stumbling through boxes of old Barbies, Beanie Babies, and a number of toys your children once enjoyed playing with on a daily basis. You can’t stand the thought of throwing them away or donating them because you don’t want to part with something that has so much sentimental value and could someday be played with by grandchildren. Or you hope to sell some of it because is was pricey. Maybe you have an expensive playset in the backyard that no one plays on anymore. You want to sell it eventually, but first, you just want to reclaim your backyard. What are you going to do?

The Solution: Invest in a Self Storage Unit

By investing in a storage unit, you are still able to keep those beloved and valuable items and enjoy the extra room at home. Since there are a variety of amenities and unit sizes in the storage industry, it’s important to take stock of exactly how many items will be moved into the unit to ensure that you reserve the right size and not end up paying for more space than you need.

old toysDepending on the number of items that need to be put into storage, a 5×5 or a 5×10 will probably do the trick. A 5×10 unit can offer 50 extra square feet of space that can be the perfect place to park an old Radio Flyer wagon, bicycle, dollhouse, sporting equipment, and a number of boxes. By investing in a self storage unit, you can give yourself some additional space and time to manage these belongings. Even if you plan to sell some of them, a storage unit can help you get items organized and cleaned up so they can be sold on eBay, Craigslist, or at a local consignment shop. Getting them out of your house is the first step!

However, it’s important to not only make sure you get the right size of storage unit, it’s also important that you are storing certain items properly. Items that are made out of fabric, glass, wood, or electronics will need some special attention before they are left in storage for any length of time. Read on to learn some quick tips that can help you protect your items while they’re in storage.

Quick Tips: How to Properly Store Your Items

  • If you’re storing clothes, it’s important to consider investing in a climate-controlled storage unit, a unit that stays between 55–85°F year-round. Fabrics are environmentally sensitive and having a unit that monitors temperature and humidity levels can help avoid potential damage caused by mold and mildew.
  • Investing in a climate-controlled unit can also come in handy for anyone storing wood or glass items such as old trophies or artwork. If exposed to fluctuating temperatures, wood can warp and glass can break.
  • Climate-controlled units are also necessary if you are going to be storing boxes or albums of pictures. By investing in a storage unit, you  can ensure that yearbooks, scrapbooks, and photos will not be ruined by moisture or heat.
  • It’s also encouraged to remove the batteries from any battery-operated toys such as motorized cars or electronic games you will be leaving in the storage unit. This is especially important to remember if you are not using a climate-controlled unit because if exposed to high temperatures, batteries can leak or explode.
  • Keep an inventory of everything in the storage unit so you have a quick reference for sentimental items you or your child may be looking for, or for items you want to sell.

Problem Solved

By reserving a storage unit for all of the toys, clothes, and school memorabilia your child outgrew over the years, you won’t have to feel guilty about throwing out or donating items that have sentimental value just because you want to reclaim your home for your own items. Also, instead of getting overwhelmed and getting rid of expensive toys, you can prepare to sell items while still clearing space in your home. By properly storing these items, you can ensure that they will be in usable condition for resale or in the event you and your child want to reminisce or pass them down to the next generation.