10 Tips to Prepare Your Home and Storage Unit for Spring
Spring cleaning season is just around the corner, and that’s the perfect time to declutter your home and storage unit. Here are 10 tips to leave your home feeling refreshed and your mind recharged with a clean, organized space!
Whether you’re starting with your home or storage unit, the first step is to declutter. Time to decide what you love and where to keep it. Make a plan for areas that are overrun with items you’re not quite sure what to do with. Room by room separate your things into three piles: sell, donate or store.
Group bulky winter items like sleds, tubes, and ski gear that take up a lot of space in your home or garage. You can keep a clutter-free home in the spring and summer months by donating coats, gloves, or other winter clothing items your family may outgrow by next season. A storage unit might be the best place to keep your winter gear safe and out of sight for when you need it again.
Organize drawers, closets, and storage areas. This includes the garage, too! Now that you know what stays and what goes, grab some bins and a label maker or marker! Labeled containers will provide a long-term solution to keeping things like cleaning supplies, pantry items, tools and school or office supplies tidy and organized. Need a starting place for home storage solutions? Follow these home storage tips!
Now that your home is clutter-free, it’s time to wipe away dust bunnies and cobwebs for springtime sparkle and shine. A thorough cleaning of windows and surfaces will make your home shine bright. Be sure to throw away expired pantry, refrigerator, and freezer food so you can easily wipe down these areas. A simple homemade cleaning solution of equal parts white vinegar and water is an inexpensive way to clean your appliances.
Test safety features around your home. This is an important step! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends changing batteries in your smoke detectors every six months. Maintaining your air conditioning and heating units could save you a lot of money in the long run, so schedule your HVAC tune-ups now, and don’t forget to change your filters.
Have we mentioned the garage? A little TLC in your garage will go a long way for a functional space. Clear out, sort, and store what you love. If you haven’t used something in over a year, it could be time to toss it. Everything in your garage needs a home to prevent future cluttering. Labeled containers can help you stay organized all year round, and consider using your walls and ceilings for space-saver storage.
For your storage unit, an important part of maintaining an orderly space is to take inventory. If you have a storage unit already, you can manage the upkeep by making an inventory list. Check your belongings to determine what condition they are in. Consider a donate, sell or store assessment with your storage unit items.
Just like your home and garage spaces, spring clean any storage units. Wipe down your storage bins, furniture, and oversized items. Sweep out any dust and cobwebs. Be sure to throw away or recycle empty boxes or containers, and have a plan for the items that you decide to keep.
Now that you have determined what needs to stay, organize your storage unit. Make sure items are stacked and stored properly. This will make it easier when it’s time to remove or add any of your belongings in your unit.
Think about the future. Do you need a bigger or smaller unit if you are downsizing your storage items? Are you planning on selling your home soon? Will you need a place to store your furniture or bins while your home is on the market? Knowing these answers will help your next big move run much smoother by being prepared.
As you work your way through spring cleaning your home, a storage unit might be just what you need to make your space feel bigger and brighter. A Plus Super Storage offers a visual Storage Unit Guide tool to help you choose the right unit with ease and confidence. Give it a try and give us a shout for your storage unit needs!