It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

According to the calendar, spring arrived just over a month ago, which means the time has come for you to start thinking about all those spring cleaning projects. It’s time to freshen up your surroundings, redecorate, renovate and de-clutter. How does self-storage and spring cleaning work together? When you are renovating, cleaning or just painting a room, you need somewhere to store your items on a short term basis. Renting a storage unit can be a perfect solution to protect your furniture and personal belongings from damage during renovations and deep cleaning. National Storage offer month-to-month rentals at all of our locations for just this purpose. Plus many of our locations offer drive-up units for easy move-in and move-out of your items!

So, now that you have decided to do your spring cleaning or reorganizing projects around your home, where do you start with this sometimes overwhelming task? The first thing to keep in mind is to set a goal for your project. If your goal is just to clean out the basement, garage or just one room, then set that goal and a give yourself a time limit to complete the projects.  To make the project easier to handle, go room-by-room.  Remember, you don’t have to do everything on your goal list at the same time. In order to help with the de-cluttering of your “stuff”, have boxes that you can sort your items into the following categories:

  • Keep – Items you want to return to the room
  • Sell or donate
  • Put in storage – Items you want to keep, but no longer have room for at the moment
  • Throw away

After the re-organization process, you might not have room for family heirlooms or collectible items, so self-storage is a great way to keep these items protected. When you pack these items make sure that you pack them properly for storage. As you go room-by-room in your spring cleaning process, you will feel that you are accomplishing your goals!

Just like your home spring cleaning, storage units also need to go through the same process. If you already rent a storage unit, add spring cleaning your storage unit to your list of “things to do”. Use the same sorting system to go through your items in storage. Sweep out the storage unit, change floor coverings, dirty furniture covers and replace moisture collectors and air fresheners.  Move seasonal items that you will not need for the next six months to the back of the storage unit. Store your winter sweaters and coats in sturdy wardrobe boxes.  Also, prep your stored machinery for spring/summer usage. Change the oil and clean your stored lawn mowers. Make sure to thoroughly clean inside and outside stored RV’s, boats and collectible cars. Do any needed repair work on these items before you hit the road or the water for the summer!

If you have your spring cleaning goal in mind and set up a system of how reach that goal, then spring cleaning won’t be the daunting task you’re afraid of! Happy Spring Cleaning!

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