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Tips for Clearing Out a Storage Unit

Storage lockers are great as a depository for those items we don’t use very often. They’re a quick place to stash extras from downsizing or items “inherited” from a loved one. The unfortunate thing is that it is easy to forget what you are keeping in storage, and many times you’re paying for a place to hold junk you don’t really need. Eventually, you’ll want to clear things out, even if just to make room for more important items. Let’s take a look at some methods to use that will make clearing out your storage unit more productive.

Make a List
If you didn’t make a list when you first loaded the storage area, that is the first step. It won’t take too long if there are two of you: one to look and call out items and another to write them down.

Once you have a list, you need to sit down and put each item into a category. That can be whatever fits, like furniture versus boxes. Boxes need to be further listed by books, clothes, toys, tools, whatever. This will break the items down into manageable bites and you can plan on which days you want to tackle which parts.

One of the most challenging parts is to decide what to donate or throw away. Always trust your gut, but don’t be afraid to say goodbye to those things that have seen better days or can be used by someone else. If you’re not going to use it, get rid of it.

The four major categories are:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Throw out

Once you have a list divided by how you want to handle each item, you can pick a day to deal with at least one category. You can hire a junk hauling company to remove the junk you’d like to throw out.

If you need to speed up your project, our team at Time Now Hauling always shows up on time and is extremely efficient. Most charities will require you to drop donation items off at one of their locations, but at Time Now Hauling, we take care of that donation process ourselves so you don’t have to worry about it!

Realize that sorting through an entire storage unit may take several outings. If you are able, you might want to schedule a day to just discard the junk as you work through the rest. At Time Now Hauling we work efficiently to remove your discarded items, donating and recycling everything we can so you can take your mind off the stress! In fact, you might want to have the team stop by in the early stages of your project and again as you finish up. Schedule a storage clean-out today.

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