Many cultures celebrate the tradition of spring cleaning around the world. Some countries do a big clean around New Year and others follow the traditional way of spring cleaning by doing this just after winter. At StorTown, we noticed that many of our customers spring clean after winter and they utilize a self storage unit to store their seasonal goods.
Before starting the actual cleaning process, there needs to be some time spent sorting and de-cluttering. Download a free copy of our 6 tips on de-cluttering. If there are slightly older children that can help sort, then it might be fun to get the whole family involved. Small children do like unpacking boxes which could mean a lot of wasted time; perhaps get a friend of family member to take care of them for a few hours.
Ideally it would be good to get the whole spring cleaning process done in a weekend, but this can be a challenge to find a whole weekend that is free. If this is the case, set aside a few weekends and break up the tasks into something that is manageable. Our StorTown Hillcrest branch is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is very convenient when trying to move items into self-storage.
A good place to start is to go through each room in the house and look at items that can be thrown away or donated. Sort through clothing, toys and sporting equipment in the bedrooms. Look through the linen cupboard and separate duvets and linen that is specific to winter. Indoor and outdoor heaters can take up a lot of space so these could be moved to storage. Ideally, there should be three criteria: goods for donation, items to be thrown away and then specific items that can be moved to storage. StorTown Hillcrest welcomes your donated goods and we will distribute them to various charities that we work with locally.
Once all of this is sorted, look for a local self-storage unit that you can easily access in case it turns cold one night and you need that heater one last time. Ensure your self-storage unit is safe with good quality locks. It is a good idea to check that the storage facility has the right size unit, you may only want a small unit to store your additional household goods and take a good thorough look at the unit to make sure there are not leaks.