By Stephanie Hyland, StorageUnit.com
With the warm weather making an appearance more and more each week, people are getting the urge to clear out the clutter in preparation for a more organized season. However, between the crowded garage and the risk of an avalanche every time you open one of your closets, figuring out where to start can be a daunting task.
The Campaign Against Clutter is dedicated to stopping the formation of clutter inside your home and will make your spring cleaning process easier. Luckily, renting a self storage unit that fits a variety of household items is an easy way to manage extraneous stuff that you’re not ready to part with just yet. Understanding what type of storage unit you need can also streamline the process. Let’s get started!
It’s that time of the year again when cleaning out the cluttered bedroom closets and garage is a must! You find yourself pulling out clothes that you and your family have outgrown and items you haven’t used in months, or even years. You’re tired of tripping over the camping gear that’s only used once in a while and you still want to plan a garage sale for extra furniture, appliances, and toys, but you just haven’t been able to tackle that project yet. Since you don’t want to throw away these items, you can’t just get rid of them, but your house is becoming more cluttered by the week. You just want this stuff out of the way. What can you do to manage it all?
The Solution: Invest in a Self Storage Unit
By renting a storage unit at a local storage facility, you don’t have to worry about parting with certain belongings that you may need or want later. The important thing is that they are out of the way and no longer taking up precious space next to items you need and use on a daily basis. Depending on what you need to store, a 5×5 or a 5×10 storage unit can solve smaller storage problems, leaving you with a clutter-free space you can enjoy.
The extra 25 square feet that a 5×5 unit provides can be the perfect place to house snow shovels, a snow blower, and other winter related items that you won’t need for several months. A 5×10 unit, which is the size of a mid-size bedroom, will be the perfect size to not only house your seasonal items and family treasures, but will also leave you with enough space for larger items like bicycles, sleds, and appliances.
If your spring cleaning session is in preparation for a spring or summer remodeling project inside your home, you will want to consider investing in a 10×10, 10×15, or a 10×20 unit. All three of those units will accommodate the contents of at least two full bedrooms. By reserving a larger unit for items that contractors need out of the way, you can be sure that your items will be in a secure location, spared from any dust, dirt, or paint that may try to find its way into the nooks and crannies of your favorite recliner or coffee table.
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 so having a unit that monitors temperature and humidity levels can help avoid potential damage caused by mold and mildew. This is especially important if you are storing baby clothes or blankets that you hope to pass on to future generations.
Investing in a climate-controlled unit can also come in handy for anyone storing wood or glass items such as artwork or furniture. If exposed to fluctuating temperatures, wood can warp and glass can crack and break.
Climate-controlled units are also necessary if you’re going to be storing cardboard boxes, albums, yearbooks, scrapbooks, or family pictures. By investing in a climate-controlled storage unit, you can ensure the photos and the covers that protect them will not be ruined by moisture or heat and can be treasured for years to come.
It’s important to understand what security features your local storage facility offers. Most of the facilities provide gated access with secure locks. If you’re looking for additional security features, find a facility that offers video surveillance or on-site management.
If you’re going to be storing a lot of items in boxes, consider using plastic totes in order to see the contents inside the box. This will help you stay organized and you can avoid having to go through every box to find what you’re looking for. If you will be using cardboard boxes, make sure you label the outside of the box correctly and place it on a secure shelf or area that will keep the contents from shifting.
If there are items you will need to access more frequently than others, position those boxes and items toward the front of the unit.
By reserving a storage unit during your spring cleaning process, you will not be faced with the impossible decision of what to throw away and what to keep. If you’re going to be remodeling this spring, you can be sure that the items you’re moving into storage will be safe and ready to be returned to your home once the project has been completed. Reserving a self storage unit will help make spring cleaning more manageable and will help you enjoy your clutter-free home in the coming seasons.