Blog 11: How to Spring Clean Your Storage Unit in One Weekend
Spring cleaning your storage unit doesn't have to be overwhelming. In fact, you can get it done in a single weekend if you follow these few tips.
If you want to get it done in a single weekend, you’re going to have to plan ahead. Clear your schedule and make sure you have at least an entire day open. If you have to leave, you might get distracted or decide it’s not worth it to come back.
Come with a game plan – what are your end goals? Are you trying to make more room for other items? Preparing to move out of the unit? Or just trying to get organized?
Make sure you plan your spring cleaning for a day with good weather. You don’t want to spend hours outside on a day that’s too hot, windy, or rainy, and you'll want to keep your possessions out of the elements.
As with all spring cleaning projects, don’t try to tackle everything at once. That will only make you disorganized and stressed, which will make your spring cleaning take much longer than a single day. It’s best to work from the top down and from the back forward.
Take it All Out
If your unit is so disorganized that you can’t even get inside, start by pulling everything out. As you take it out, organize it into piles. Separate fragile items that will need to be on shelves, bigger furniture or boxes that will need to go back in first, loose items that need to be put into boxes, things you no longer want or need, items that need to be repaired, etc.
Once everything is out of the unit (or enough of it is that you can easily organize the rest), it’s time to clean the actual unit. Dust any shelves, sweep the floor, and get any grit, cobwebs, or debris out of the corners. Air it out. Winter tends to leave units with a musty odour that you don’t want clinging to all of your possessions for a whole summer.
Once you’ve done a thorough cleaning, start by moving the biggest items back inside first. You might clean from the top down, but you’ll want to replace everything bottom to top. Furniture, appliances, and large, heavy boxes should go in first.
Do not place cardboard or moving boxes on the floor, however. They could get wet, which might damage their contents. Put plastic containers on the bottom layers, or at the very least, lay down a heavy-duty tarp before you put boxes on the ground.
Put any loose items into their appropriate boxes; don’t just toss them back in!
Most importantly, don’t put anything back in the storage unit that you no longer need. It will only clutter your unit again, making it more difficult to keep organized.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Enlist family and friends, and make a day of it. Spring cleaning is always much more fun and productive when you have people to do it with.
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