Storage units are BIG business. This should only be a “temporary” solution while moving, remodeling, or dealing with a temporary situation. However, it should not be a yearly cost or permanent situation. If you have a storage unit that you haven’t looked at in quite some time, haven’t needed anything out of, keep adding to, or are out growing the space, then it’s time to declutter. Just as you would declutter an extra bedroom, attic, or storage room at your house, you need to go through the same process with your storage unit.
All items will fit into one of these categories:
- Highly needed and frequently used item that needs to get found in the storage unit and placed back where it belongs and can be easily accessed.
- An item you need to keep, but doesn’t get as frequently used such as your power sprayer, smoker, camping supplies, etc. Not everything goes in this category however. If you haven’t used it in many years, it’s not an item you need to keep. For the few items you determine that you need to keep, give them a designated space in a harder to reach cupboard or a top shelf in the house, basement, or garage.
- Sentimental items to you. If they are sentimental to you, what are they doing in the storage unit? Use them in you home decor or better yet, use dishes, tablecloths, pillow cases, etc that are in your “special” category and think of your memory or loved one every day.
- Sentimental items you intend to gift. Check with the person you want to pass the item along to if they want it. If so, give it now. Don’t wait. If not, that means it’s only sentimental to you and you can probably donate it or ask someone else in your family.
- Clutter! These are all the other items you’re storing that aren’t sentimental or used. If it’s broken, stained, outdated, and/or already replaced with a similar item, throw it out! If it has plenty of life yet, donate it now!