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How To Perform a Storage Unit Clean Out in a Day or Weekend

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About 10.6% of American households rent out self-storage units. Storage units give you the extra space you need to hold onto a number of personal belongings without having to keep those items inside your actual home. Storage units are ideal for storing all your holiday decor or large furniture pieces you can’t store in the house. 

However, there comes a time when one must clean out the storage unit. Whether it’s time to go through all your belongings to make room for new stuff or it’s time to clear it out completely because you no longer want to keep the unit, you’ll need to know how to conduct a storage unit clean out. 

In our guide below, we’ll provide you with all the best tips on how to clean out a storage unit. Continue reading to get started!

What Happens When You Leave a Unit?

Let’s say you’re no longer paying for your storage unit. You want to cut back on spending and the monthly cost for the unit is where you begin. The first thing we should discuss is what will happen to all of your items if you leave them in the unit. 

A storage unit facility will place a specific date on when you need to have your items cleared out. Failing to remove your items from the unit by this date could lead to losing those items. Most storage unit facilities will place storage units up for auction. 

Always review the terms with the storage unit facility to understand their specific protocols for when items are left in a unit. If you don’t want to lose those items, then it’s time to start the cleaning process!

Create a Clean Out Plan

The last thing you want to do is clean out your storage unit with no plan of action. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed and complete disorganization. If you don’t have a lot of items in the unit, then you may be able to get away with this. 

Otherwise, create a plan for how you want to clean it out. Here are a few factors to consider in your plan.

  • your cleaning goals and your cleaning deadline
  • a cleaning schedule (hours and days you plan to spend cleaning)
  • how you plan to go through sentimental items
  • a cleaning team to help with the process

Put your plan together several days ahead of time so you can make changes if needed. 

Select a Full Day to Clean 

If your plan is to clean the storage unit out within a day or weekend, then you need to select at least one full day dedicated to cleaning. Wake up early that morning, have a good breakfast, fill a cooler with water bottles, and head out to the unit. 

You might want to pack a few sandwiches and healthy snacks for everyone as well. This will ensure you can spend the entire day at the unit, while only taking small breaks to stop and eat or drink. 

Come Prepared

A good way to extend the amount of time you spend cleaning out your storage unit is to come unprepared. You’re going to pick through a lot of unorganized clutter and will need to have all the right supplies to do so. Don’t waste time having to run back home or to the store to grab what you need. 

Gather all of your supplies ahead of time so you have everything with you. Here are a few items you’ll need to bring. 

  • boxes
  • garbage bags
  • tape
  • gloves
  • markers
  • scissors
  • mask and goggles (for dust)

You might need to place loose items inside boxes, tape them closed, and then label them so you know what’s inside. 

Take Inventory of Everything

As you start removing items from the unit, you should take inventory. Knowing exactly what’s inside the unit will help you remember something you may have forgotten was in there. This can also help prevent you from throwing something out that you want to keep. 

You can do this whether you’re cleaning and reorganizing the unit or cleaning it out for good. It’s always ideal to know exactly what you have. 

Tackle It in Sections

Cleaning out a large storage unit filled with various items can become overwhelming. To help ease this stress, you can break it up into sections. Try tackling one section of the unit first and then working your way to the other side. 

Break up your day, ensuring you get through each section by a certain time. As you do this, you should also try the three-pile rule. This is when you separate all of your belongings into three separate piles- one for trash, one for items to keep, and another for items to sell or donate. 

Once all of the items are removed from the unit, you’ll then have three big piles and will know which items are going where to help speed up the process.

Schedule a Junk Removal

Now that you’re left with a big pile of trash items, what’s the next step? You could spend all day removing the trash yourself, or you can schedule a junk removal. A professional junk removal service will arrive on time and provide eco-friendly disposal of your junk items. 

Junk removal services can remove just about anything for you, except hazardous waste. They’ll remove mattresses, furniture, appliances, garbage, hot tubs, and so much more! They’ll come to your storage unit and clear all of the items for you, making the process stress-free.

Let’s Tackle This Storage Unit Clean Out Together

When you’re ready to clean out your storage unit, look no further than Stress Free Junk Hauling. We’ll provide a large truck for you to toss out all of your junk items in. Once you’re done, we’ll haul your items away and dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner. 

If you’re ready for a stress-free storage unit clean out, then book now to see how we can help you. 

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