5 Tips to De-Clutter Your Self-Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips


Ryan Moore
October 12th, 2021


Everyone who’s used a storage facility knows the feeling of walking into your unit, looking around, and then almost calling AMC’s hoarder to help you declutter. Clutter can happen to anyone, and since storage units are often small, having organization skills is really important. In this blog, we will go over 5 tips that will help you de-clutter and re-organize your self-storage unit.

Set Yourself Up For Success
Before you go to your storage unit, bring 5 bins or boxes and label them as the following: Keep in the storage unit, bring home, donate, sell, throw out/trash, recycle or repurpose. This helps you when going through the clutter and organizing your things. The reason we say to label the boxes, even if you think it will be obvious, is once you make the decision to donate something often you will look back and try to change your mind. Although this is OK some of the time, mainly if you made the decision to donate something, that’s because you know, even if it’s deep down, that you don’t have a use for it anymore. Sometimes we have emotional connections to things that we really don’t have a use for. And everyone’s been guilty of trying to keep that odd ducky sculpture gift from your mother

It’s ok to let things go
When trying to decide what to let go of in your storage unit, a good rule of thumb is the longer something has been in storage the more likely it is clutter that you don’t need. So when looking through your unit, if you find a chair that you’ve had in storage for over a year, you probably won’t use it again. Also, remind yourself of the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” what you don’t need may make someone else very happy and it will see more use from them than it ever would from you. Take a breath and let it go! You’ll be happy you did.

Get a little help from your friends
It can be hard to de-clutter your self-storage unit alone, so asking friends, family, or a loved one to come with you and help. One because they can help you carry any heavy or cumbersome things out. Two, you may at some point need some moral support or simply a reality check. Get ready to hear “you’re never going to use that again” or more harshly “are you crazy?! Look at that thing!” Remember to laugh at yourself and have a good sense of humor, because truly most human beings want to hold their things, and it isn’t always easy to figure out what of your stuff is treasure or trash.

Think of all the money you could make
When de-cluttering your storage unit, you may have old memorabilia, heirlooms, and furniture that you don’t want or need, but is worth some money. Selling your unwanted things on sites like Let Go, eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Market Place is a great way to make some quick and easy cash. Often on those sites, you can say ‘Pick Up Only” and then you don’t even have to drive it anywhere. Simply post the item and have the prospective buyer meet you at your unit and sell it from there. But again, this is where our #3 tips come in handy because it’s pretty much always a good idea to have someone else there will you when meeting a buyer just in case there is anything sketchy or not quite right.

Give Yourself a Reasonable Timeline and Follow Through
You may only need an afternoon, or it may take you several days, go to the unit and assess how long you think it will take you. If it’s a longer process, sure you schedule a lunchtime for yourself to sit and relax for 20-30 minutes but don’t let it go any longer. Think of this as a job and you have to get your work done before you can home. It’s not easy to let things go and sometimes it can be tedious, but you will feel so much better when your storage unit only has the things that you really need to have stored. Once you’ve decluttered your self-storage unit, put your items back in storage in sections, with things you need most in the front and more long-term items towards the back, and take care to wrap any breakable items. Remember you can do this! And you’ll feel so much better once you have.


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