When it comes time to clear out a full storage unit, whether you’ve acquired it and want to find out and sell what’s in it, you’re moving, or you’ve come into more space at home, you may feel intimidated by the amount of work ahead of you. Fortunately, breaking down the process into smaller steps can help make the insurmountable task feel manageable.
Here are some tips to help you do it quickly and efficiently!
Start by taking inventory.
Creating a rough inventory of what’s in your storage unit will help you gauge the amount of work you’ll need to do and what kind of (if any) help you’ll require. Write down how many boxes you see, large items you know you’ll need assistance moving, and clear out a corner to be your work space.
If you can, do this step before your clean out day, so you can prepare by renting a truck, enlisting help, or arranging for pickups for donations and sold items.
Tackle the unit in sections.
Looking at everything you need to clear out of your storage unit all at once can be overwhelming. Just like with the cleaning process itself, dividing your unit into smaller, more manageable sections can make the job feel less stressful.
You can section off the unit by location, going through all the boxes in one corner before moving to the next. Or, if the boxes are labeled or you know what’s in them from your inventory, you can do it by contents. Go with whatever works best for you to make everything more efficient.
Declutter as you go.
As you’re going through the items in your storage unit, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to find a new home for everything you come across. Getting rid of items that you don’t want or need will help lighten your load, so you don’t end up just transferring the storage unit to your basement.
Set yourself up with a few empty boxes before you begin sorting. Label them “keep”, “sell”, “donate”, and “trash”, and place things in the appropriate box as you go. It can be easy to get sentimental over things you find, so think about what you truly will use and want to keep and what will just end up sitting in another storage space again.
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