It can be hard to figure out how to clean out a storage unit. Sorting through a lot of stuff can be a real nightmare, whether it’s things you’ve had for years or a group of things you got from someone else. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve put together this list of tips and advice to help you sort through the mess and get the most out of your storage unit.
You should check out what’s inside and make a list of what you can see if you inherited a unit or won one at an auction. Even if it’s your own stuff, you should still make a list and sort it into what you need to get rid of, what you want to keep, and what you could sell. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to see most of the things in your unit. However, if your unit is really cluttered, you may want to bypass to step two and take an inventory as you go.
Make A Space For Sorting
You will need to set up a space inside or outside with plenty of room to move and sort the things you have stored. Giving yourself a little space to work will help you get started sorting through the things and should help you find all the hidden treasures hidden under boxes or in nooks and crannies. If you have bigger things to move or have trouble lifting and moving heavy things, you might want to ask a friend for help or hire a man with a van or a removal service.
Dispose of, Donate, Recycle & Store
Once you’ve finished your plan and found everything in your storage unit, you’ll want to start sorting it and getting rid of what you don’t want to keep or sell. You can give usable things to local charities or second hand shops. There may also be groups in your area that accept donations. You’ll want to sort your trash into what can be recycled and what can’t. You can ask the local government of your unit what should be recycled. If you have a lot of trash to get rid of, you might want to hire a skip bin to collect and take away the trash. After you get rid of the things you don’t want, you’ll be left with the things you need to store or sell.
At this point, your storage space should be free of clutter and probably needs to be cleaned. Some storage units may offer a cleaning service. If so, you can talk to the manager of the storage unit to set up a cleaning. If not, you can clean it yourself or hire a cleaning service. Cleaning your storage space thoroughly will not only make it a nicer and safer place to store your things, but it can also help keep pests like rats and cockroaches away, which can damage the things you’re storing.
Store Your Items Correctly
Take some time to do research and, if you need to, buy the right containers for your things. Some things need to be kept at a certain temperature or level of humidity, so getting the right containers can help keep your things in good shape. Paper items and cardboard boxes can entice bugs and rats, so store them in containers that bugs and rats can’t eat or get into. For furniture and upholstered items, you should get dust covers to protect them from dust and damage from the environment. This can also keep termites and roaches from making them their home.
Don’t Forget Your Storage Unit
Don’t let all your hard work cleaning and organising your storage unit go to waste. Check on your unit often, or have someone you trust do it for you when you are away. Visiting your unit once every couple months will help you keep it clean and organised and will let you know if there are any pests, problems with your unit, or signs that someone tried to break in. Don’t forget about your property. A little bit of care will help it last longer.
Cleaning out a storage unit doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With some planning, work, and regular maintenance, you can have a safe, clean, and efficient place to store your valuable items for as long as you need.