How to Get Rid of Storage Unit Stuff: Tips for Decluttering Your Home


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When you live in a small apartment, one of the first things you think about is uncluttering your home. That’s where storage units come into play. They are perfect for keeping all those things you don’t have room for at home. You can store your extra clothes, books, and forgotten mementos there so that your apartment doesn’t look like a labyrinth. However, there will be times when you need to declutter your storage unit as well. The moment will come when it feels like the stuff in there is hunting you down and waiting to jump out at you again once the door opens. It happens to everyone – even people who love organizing because they do it all the time!

How to Get Rid of Stuff in a Storage Unit

You’ve selected the items you want to keep and the ones you want to get rid of. Now what? To get rid of your unwanted items, you have several options:

  • Sell your stuff – It’s a great idea to start by searching online for a marketplace that will buy your unwanted items. It might take some time to find one that works for you, but you can get cash for your items, which will help you clear out your storage unit faster.
  • Donate your stuff – If your items are in decent condition, you can donate them to a charity. This is a great option if you have large pieces of furniture, appliances, or books you want to get rid of.
  • Throw away your stuff – This is not recommended, but it’s an option if you have a lot of broken items that you can’t sell or donate.
  • Throw your stuff away – This option is for items you don’t want but can’t sell or donate either.

Purge ruthlessly – The only way to make the process go faster

The first step is to get rid of everything that you don’t need. You can do this by asking yourself a few questions: For instance, if you have a dress in your storage unit that you wore once a long time ago, but you have plenty of other dresses that you wear more often, ask yourself why you are holding onto this one particular piece of clothing. If you can’t come up with an answer, then it’s time to let it go.

You can make the process of decluttering your storage unit go faster if you do a little bit each day. It’s a lot easier to get through something when you break it down into smaller parts.

Store the most important things

Your most important items should be stored in the first few sections of your storage unit. This way, they will be the first things you see when you open the door. These items can be things like sentimental gifts, photo albums, or heirlooms that you want to keep close at hand. This will help you know exactly where your most important items are and make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

If you have a lot of space left in your storage unit, you can store some of your less important items there as well. This way, you will have more room in your home, but you will still be able to find what you need when you need it. You can store things like seasonal decorations or extra winter clothing in your storage unit in the off season or when you don’t need them.

Sell your stuff

If you have a lot of items that you want to get rid of, you can host a yard sale to make money from them. You can also post them online on websites like Craigslist to try to find a new owner. There are also a number of online auction sites where you can sell your items. When selling your items, keep in mind that you will have to pay taxes on any money you make from selling your items.

You can also choose to donate some of your items. You can donate your clothes, furniture, books, and even electronics if they’re still in good condition. If you have a lot of items you want to get rid of, you can find charity drop-off locations online.

Donate what’s left

If you have a lot of items you want to get rid of, but you don’t have time to host a yard sale or post them online, you can donate them to a charity. You can also meet with charities in person and drop off your items. Whether you decide to donate your items or sell them, you should make sure they are clean and in good condition. This will make them more appealing to potential buyers and donors.

If you have an item that is broken, but it has sentimental value, you can still donate it, but you’ll need to find a charity that specializes in repairing items. You can also hold onto it and have it repaired yourself, but make sure you don’t throw away the broken parts.

Bottom line

Organizing a storage unit can be a great way to declutter your home and get rid of items that you don’t need. However, you should keep in mind that your storage unit is not a long-term solution for decluttering your home. If you have too many items for your home and don’t have adequate storage space, it’s best to get rid of some of those items.

You can make the process of decluttering your storage unit go faster if you do a little bit each day. It’s a lot easier to get through something when you break it down into smaller parts.

Aaron Champion

Meet Aaron Champion, the person behind the words you read on this site. Based in Naples, Florida, Aaron is a US Army Veteran and founder of Junk Hauling Express. Before becoming involved in the junk removal industry, Aaron worked as a Business Consultant, running his own consulting firm for over ten years. Through his consulting work, he successfully helped many companies overcome obstacles to improve their performance, company growth and impact their bottom lines. In 2019, Aaron partnered up with, Brandon Louisseize, an expert in the junk removal industry. Combining his extensive consulting and entrepreneurial experience with Brandon’s expert industry knowledge. Together, they founded what is now a thriving junk removal and hauling business in Naples, Florida. Through his articles, Aaron hopes to provide his readers with valuable knowledge to simplify the junk removal process, helping you declutter your homes, properties and walk you through home demolition projects so you can do it yourself. Aaron is like your friendly neighborhood handyman, giving you tips, answering your questions, and walking you through what can often feel like an overwhelming process.

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