Posted by On 15-03-2023

How to Use Storage Units for Spring Cleaning

How to use storage units for spring cleaning

Spring cleaning your home can be a daunting task, especially if you have many things to declutter and sort. Families need and use many things, but you don’t need all of them all the time and so some of them end up lying around in your house. 

If you have several items lying around in your house, then consider renting a storage unit to store anything that you don’t require immediately. 

There are several reasons to spring clean your home. When summer arrives, for example, you will need to put away winter clothes that will not be needed for a while. Or, you can freshen up your home and redecorate the interiors to suit the spring or summer look that you want. 

Many homeowners prefer renting storage units throughout the year so that they can store away unnecessary furniture, clothes, and other household items that take up space on a rotating basis. This is one of the easiest solutions for people with homes that are relatively small and who want to lead a minimalist lifestyle.

With the above in mind, let’s examine several good options for people who are looking to do some spring cleaning this year and how they can make effective use of storage units.

Begin With Small Tasks

Spring cleaning can be extremely challenging, especially for those homes with large household items. 

The easiest way to get motivated to spring clean is to start with tasks that are most likely to be completed quickly. As you begin checking off the items, you will feel more inspired and driven to complete the job.

Clean Up First

Start by wiping, dusting, and cleaning crown moulding, ceiling fans, cabinets, lampshades, picture frames and similar items. This is a good way to keep track of which areas you have already cleaned.

Deep Clean Everything 

Next, move on to appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers, and clean them inside out. Remove oil and grease buildup, stains, or anything that has been sitting there for months. 

Wash and scrub your floors thoroughly, and vacuum the carpet with a high-intensity vacuum cleaner. If you find things that are broken or need fixing, get them repaired or toss them out.

Rent a Self-Storage Unit

Once you are done spring cleaning your home, you will be left with a huge pile of things that you will need to throw away. You will also have a large collection of items that you cannot throw away but will not be used for the rest of the year. 

These things can be large appliances like snow blowers, heavy blankets, bulky winter jackets, and other items that you can store away so that your home does not look cluttered and messy.

This is why renting a storage unit is the best option for most families. It makes sense to store household and personal items that you will use again away from home, as opposed to tripping over them constantly or throwing them away. Let’s examine how you can best use a storage unit during your spring cleaning.

Rent a Storage Unit With the Right Size

Decide the amount of space you will require, depending on how many people live in your home and what each of them want or need to store. 

You will want to rent a unit that is large enough to accommodate the items you wish to store, and that also allows easy access so you can move things to and fro without too much hassle.

Keep Your Unit Organized

Once you have decided what size of storage unit you need, you should create a basic plan of how you want to place the items in it. It is best to pack things based on when and how often you will again want to use them. 

All essential or often used items should be in the front and easily accessible, while the things you will not need anytime soon can be kept at the back of the unit.

Use Vertical Spaces

Vertical spaces are the best option when it comes to selecting a good storage unit. You should take advantage of the height of the self-storage unit so that you can stack your items accordingly. 

It’s essential to box everything so that you can stack them against the wall. This way, you’ll have walking space to move heavy items around inside the storage space.

Insure Your Belongings

Unfortunate circumstances happen randomly, and it is always best to be ready. Be prepared for calamities such as fire, flood, and other extreme conditions that may damage your goods, by having unit contents insurance. 

Understand that personal property being stored away from your home is not covered under home insurance. Hence, you need to be extra careful about insuring these items, even if they are locked in a storage facility. Some storage facilities offer unit contents insurance, and it is a very good idea to buy such insurance. However, you should always remember to check the amount of insurance coverage being sold, and what the cost is, as both can vary a lot and some insurance packages offered by storage operators are much more expensive than others, and worse, have less coverage against loss at the higher price.

Contact the Storage Professionals

Remember, getting a good storage facility that assures your items are safe and sound is the ultimate goal. You need to have your belongings protected and safe at all times. 

If you’re in need of selecting a good storage unit in the Richmond Hill and Toronto areas, contact Abacus Self Storage. You can call us at 289-807-1033 to request a quote or contact us online.


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