How to Use Self Storage to Make Spring Cleaning Easy

Jon Fesmire |

How do you feel about spring cleaning? If you’re like us, you probably have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, it’s a lot of work. If you want to do a serious job of it, beyond the normal straightening up you do throughout the year, you’ll want to get behind furniture and appliances, dust everywhere, scrub floors, and freshen up your home. On the other hand, when you’ve finished this monumental task, you’ll be proud of the job you did and you’ll be able to enjoy your new, clutter-free environment.

We want to help you get through all that work more easily so you can enjoy the results.

Self storage can make your life easier in many ways. It’s a boon when you’re moving, gives you space to store seasonal items and business inventory provides room for college students to keep their stuff when they return home for the summer, and much more. It should come as no surprise that it can also help with spring cleaning.

You’re probably wondering how it can help, so let’s explore the possibilities.

Making Space

As mentioned, spring cleaning often means getting into those spaces where dust and various items collect. That includes behind and underneath furniture, between couch cushions, in the back of closets, and the corners of your garage. We’re talking about stuff that literally slips through the cracks.

Most of the time when we talk about moving stuff into storage, we advise people to sort through their belongings first, but you can do it differently with spring cleaning. Rent your storage unit and a truck and start packing things you don’t need while you clean into boxes. Get a friend or three to help move your stuff into the truck, then into your storage unit.

Then, clean up behind your furniture. Vacuum, sweep, and mop. Dust and scrub walls.

When that’s done, you’ll have a cleaner space to move your stuff into.

Declutter

We write a lot about decluttering because it’s a crucial part of making sure your home remains comfortable. Living in a consumer culture, every year, we acquire new things. Usually, these enhance our lives. The problem is that we hold onto older things we no longer use or need.

It’s time to declutter your storage space. As you do so, you’ll be able to bring things you need and want at home back to your place, keep seasonal items in storage, and get rid of things that no longer add to your life.

When it comes to the stuff you don’t need, you’ll find things to sell, donate, recycle, and trash, in that order.

What to Store

We’ve mentioned seasonal items several times, and that’s because keeping this stuff safe is one of the areas where self storage excels, especially if you live in an area where the weather swings from really cold in the winter to hot in the summer. Since winter has now ended, keep your jackets, long underwear, boots, and other warm clothes in your storage unit. Keep your winter sports equipment, like skis, snowboards, and so on there as well. If you already have a storage unit, now’s the time to bring your spring and summer items home.

If you run a home business, consider keeping your overstock in your unit as well. This can save a lot of space in your bedroom, office, or living room, and self storage space rents for significantly less per square foot than residential space.

Keep Your Unit, or Not

You may have enough space at home for all your stuff, especially after you declutter. If that’s the case, it’s fine to rent a unit for just a month or two. Of course, you’ll want to check the terms of your rental agreement. For the most part, you can rent a unit on a monthly basis, but if you get a discount on the first month’s rent, it may require a two-month commitment.

Climate Control

Whether you use self storage for a few months or long-term, it’s a good idea to rent a unit with climate control. This will keep your stuff in good condition regardless of what the outside weather is like. Heat and humidity can encourage mold growth, warp tiny metal parts, and cause other damage. The temperature in a climate-controlled unit is kept between 50 and 80 degrees and between 30% and 50% humidity, ideal for most of your possessions.

We know you can do a great job cleaning your place this spring, and that in the end, you’ll love your fresh environment.