How To Use A Residential Self Storage Facility For A Spring Cleanout


How can a residential self storage facility help you to spring clean your home? Before you declutter, downsize, and deep clean, take a look at what you need to know about how to use self storage.

When Should You Rent A Storage Unit?

Don't wait until the day or even the week before your spring cleanout to choose a rental. You will need to start the process a few weeks (or longer) in advance if you want to:

  • Do your research. The first residential storage facility you google isn't always the best choice. The sooner you start, the longer you have to research local companies and find the best match for your storage and financial needs.

  • Find extra help for the move-in process. If your spring cleaning will leave behind bulky boxes, bins, and furniture to move, you will need to plan in advance to find help (either professional or from a friend) to transport everything to your storage unit. 

  • Secure the best move-in date. Do you want to move everything in on a specific date? You will need to make sure that there are plenty of open rentals at this time. If you plan ahead you can reduce the risk of having to push this to another date.  

According to the National Association of Realtors' website, almost 70 percent of moves happen in the summer months. While every person who moves doesn't choose self storage, many do. The closer you get to the summer, the harder it may get to find an open storage rental. 

What Should You Put In the Rental Unit?

The answer to this question depends on your cleaning and storage needs. If this is your first major spring cleaning, you may have more items to declutter. 

If you're not sure what to throw away, donate, recycle, or store, consider the usefulness of the item. Will you use the item again? Will you use it again soon? If you'll never use it again, it will waste space in a storage unit. But if you may reuse it next month or even next year, add it to your for-storage list.

Most household goods can go into storage units. These include (but aren't limited to) clothing, seasonal decor, furniture, books, documents/papers, musical instruments, photographs, some types of yard equipment, and sporting goods. Hazardous chemicals (including spring cleaning products), anything that is potentially flammable or combustible, live plants, pets, perishables/food products, and machinery/vehicles that contain gasoline or oil are typically prohibited.

Contact local residential self storage facilities to learn more. 


14 March 2023

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