Simple – a word that does not come easily with most things that need to be done, especially cleaning out a storage unit, right? With that said, it is possible to clean out a storage unit both seamlessly and simply. Want to know how? Continue reading below.
The idea of having to walk into your storage unit and clean it is likely enough to make you just push that thought to the end of the long list of things you have to do already. Trust us, we get it. The chaos and confusion that can come with reorganizing a unit is not something that most people want to deal with, especially after the 9 to 5 grind. Fortunately, cleaning out your storage unit does not have to be difficult and can be easy, especially when you follow our steps and tips.
Don’t Underestimate the Prep Work
One of the biggest mistakes you could make would be to underestimate the prep work to clean out your storage unit. This step is crucial to making sure that the job gets done right.
For starters, write down what is in the storage unit as you start to bring the boxes and bins out. If there is no marking on the box, take a peek inside, and write down some of the contents on the outside of the box. This way, you know what is inside when it is time to fill the unit again.
You want to try to keep like items with like items outside of the unit. This way, you are not trying to locate similar items as you are packing the unit up. If you take the time to match like items with like items now, you will save yourself time later.
Lastly, have a good idea of what it is you need to keep in the storage unit as well. For example, do you have a couch and three dressers or just boxes? It makes a difference in how you will pack up your unit later on.
Have a Declutter Party
It sounds like a blast, right? Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends and family to help you get this accomplished. Here’s a hint – offer some soda and pizza n exchange for the help – you will likely fare well with this method.
The goal of the declutter party is to declutter your storage unit. You want to make sure that you enlist the help of enough people, estimate how long the job will take, and get ready to go through your items and know what to do with them.
Once you know this, you can then start to go through the items and toss out the items that you do not want or will no longer need. You can consider donating any items that you think will be usable at local shelters or non-profits.
One useful way to declutter your items is to have four boxes, which include a box of keep items, box of items to store, a box of items to toss, and a box of items you want to sell.
Get the Job Done
It is now up to you to keep going and get the job done. Once you get going, you will find it easy to keep going as you make progress. You want to keep your end goal of a clean unit in mind and continue to work towards it.
As you place items to the side to continue to store, pair like with like and make sure to write on the outside of the box as to the contents inside. Once your unit is cleaned out, you can start to repack the items into your storage unit while making sure to ensure there is a walkway for you to move around inside the unit.
Cleaning out your storage unit may take more than one day but it is important to keep it clean and organized, so that you always know where your items are so that you can access them as needed.