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Tips for cleaning out your storage unit

2023-11-02 By Sean R

Tips for cleaning out your storage unit

Clearing junk and clutter from a storage unit can be a daunting task, but with a systematic approach and some planning, you can make the process more manageable. Here are some tips to help you declutter and organize your storage unit:

  1. Set a Clear Goal: Define your objectives: Determine why you're clearing out the storage unit. Are you downsizing, reorganizing, or simply trying to create more space? Having a clear goal will help you stay motivated.
  2. Sort and Categorize: Empty the entire unit: Take everything out of the storage unit so you can see what you have.
    Categorize items: Sort items into categories such as keep, donate, sell, recycle, and discard. This will help you prioritize and make decisions about each item.
  3. Assess the Necessity: Ask yourself questions: When deciding what to keep, consider if the item is genuinely needed, adds value to your life, or has sentimental significance. Avoid keeping items out of guilt or fear of letting go. A good rule of thumb to follow is; if you haven't needed or used it in over a year, you don't really need it anymore.
  4. Create a Plan: Make a plan for each category: Decide where items in each category will go. For example, plan a yard sale for items you want to sell, arrange for donation pickups, and have a plan for recycling and disposal.
  5. Be Ruthless: Declutter mercilessly: Avoid the temptation to keep items "just in case." If you haven't used or needed something in a long time, it may be time to part with it. Stay strong, you can do this!
  6. Maximize Space: Utilize storage solutions: Invest in shelving, bins, and containers to maximize vertical and horizontal space. Use clear containers to easily identify what's inside.That way you'll get the most out of every dollar you pay per square foot for that unit.
  7. Label Everything: Label boxes and containers: Clearly label each box or container with its contents. This will save you time when searching for specific items later.
  8. Prioritize Accessibility: Store frequently used items up front: Place items you might need to access more frequently near the entrance or at the top of stacks for easy retrieval.
  9. Consider Security: Lock and secure the unit: Ensure that your storage unit is properly locked and secure to protect your belongings. 
  10. Regular Check-Ins: Schedule regular visits: Periodically check on your storage unit to ensure it remains organized and to identify any items that can be further decluttered. Remind yourself this is still in your possesion, and make decisions from there as to revise what stays and goes.
  11. Get Rid of what you don't want anymore:  Properly dispose of trash: Ensure that items you decide to discard are disposed of responsibly. Contact your local waste management or recycling facility for guidance on disposing of specific items.
  12. Be Patient: Decluttering a storage unit can take time, so be patient with the process. Pace yourself and focus on making gradual progress

Remember that the goal is to declutter and create a more organized and efficient storage space. By following these tips and staying committed to the process, you can clear out the junk and clutter from your storage unit successfully.

Tips for cleaning out your storage unit

Our Pro Junk Dispatch team can be your partners in clearing out or downsizing storage units and helping you save money in the long run on storage fees.
Here's how we can assist:

Efficient Junk Removal:
   - Expertise: We have experience in handling the removal and disposal of various types of items, including furniture, appliances, electronics, and general clutter.
   - Labor: We'll provide the labor to handle heavy lifting and loading, saving you the physical effort and potential injury.
   - Equipment: All our team members have specialized equipment and vehicles to efficiently transport and dispose of items, reducing the number of trips needed.

Sorting and Categorizing:
   - Professional sorting: Our experts can help you categorize items into what you want to keep, donate, sell, recycle, or dispose of. This can streamline the decluttering process.

Donation and Recycling:
   - Donations: Many items can be donated to charitable organizations, we can help facilitate this process, ensuring items are given to those in need.
   - Recycling: We might also have processes in place to recycle materials like metal, electronics, and cardboard, reducing waste and benefiting the environment.

Safety and Convenience:
   - Safety: Our Professionals are trained to handle heavy and potentially hazardous items safely, reducing the risk of injuries.
   - Convenience: We'll handle all aspects of the removal process, from sorting and loading to disposal, making the process hassle-free for you.

Read more about our storage unit cleanup services here