It seems like every year the summer flies by and we’re back to facing down fall. While the weather is still seasonable in most areas of the country this time of year, soon the cold weather will set in and folks all across the country will begin hibernating. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold, snowy winter for a lot of us, so it’s a good time to get your last-minute fall fixer-upper projects finished.
And we want to remind you about your storage unit.
You remember that unit you’ve had for a while, that you occasionally visit to add another item? The one that makes you cringe in anticipation each time you precariously place something new on haphazardly situated stacks? Put this on your list to fix.
It’s going to be a big job, but with careful planning using Find Local Storage’s checklist and a few helpful friends, you’ll get it back in shape in no time. Plus, you may end up with some extra cash in your pocket.
- Remove everything from the unit and put them into groups by likeness.
- Sweep out the unit and put the debris into a trash bag.
- Wipe down furniture, shelving, boxes and loose items.
- It’s time to go through all of those boxes to see what’s inside. This will most likely be the lengthiest part of the process, so reserve plenty of time.
- Determine what you’re going to sell, donate, keep and throw away.
- For the items you’re selling, take pictures with your phone.
- Box all of your “sell” and “donate” items together − if they can fit.
- Place cotton sheets over furniture to protect it from dust and still let it breathe.
- Put all of your “throw away” items in trash bags (again, if they can fit) and set to the side.
- Organize your keep items by type. All kitchen-related items stay together, mementos go with each other, etc.
- Label the boxes properly, using descriptive terms.
- Move all keep items back into the unit. Put the heaviest stuff on the bottom and go lighter as you get higher. Do not stack above shoulder level.
It’s helpful to make a simple sketch of the unit, number each group of items and mark where they are located in the unit. Create a key on the side of the map and keep the map in the unit so the next time you go, you’ll find what you’re looking for much quicker.
When stacking boxes, remember that the items you use the most should stay within easy reach.
Once you have your unit cleaned up, you’ll be amazed at all the extra storage space you have. Use it for seasonal storage, like holiday decorations, off-season clothing and other temporary items. That way, you’ll get the clutter out of your house while still keeping an eye on your storage unit.
If you soon realize you need to upgrade or downgrade your unit size, check out all of the locations on Find Local Storage to discover a facility near you that meets all your needs.
Happy fall fixing!