Toss, Keep, or Donate? Here’s How to Figure It Out

Are you thinking about putting some stuff in storage, but you aren’t really sure how to clean out what you currently have? There’s no sense in storing things that you don’t need, want, or use, and getting rid of some things will cut back on the size of the storage space you need to rent — plus, a bit of organization and cleanliness goes a long way towards sanity! Here are our best tips for figuring out what to keep, what to toss, what to donate, and what to store in a Waterglen storage unit.

The Toss Pile

The rule of thumb here is to get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past five years. This excludes collectibles or antiques, but it includes things like an old pair of shoes that you aren’t sure whether to toss or keep. You should also get rid of anything that’s stained, torn, or broken beyond repair (or costs too much to repair).

The Donate Pile

Don’t assume that nobody wants what you have. There’s a really good chance that some family, church organization, social organization, or charity will gladly take what you have. While you shouldn’t donate anything that’s broken or really badly stained, go ahead and donate old appliances, furniture, clothing, and anything that’s in relatively good shape.

You’ll feel really good about donating your items, and someone out there will benefit from the things that you no longer need. Plus, some organizations will come and pick up what you want to get rid of, so you don’t have to worry about transporting larger items — just call the charity, and ask about pick-ups.

The Keep Pile

This list is a bit longer, but here are some of the things that you should keep:

  • Tax papers and other personal papers
  • Antiques or family heirlooms
  • Larger pieces of furniture that you may use at a later time
  • Electronics that you can’t fit into a new space
  • Hard drives or any other item that stores sensitive information
  • Family photos, films, or tapes

What to Bring to a Storage Unit

We’ve seen a lot of things at Waterglen Self Storage. Some of the things we’ve seen shouldn’t be stored in a unit at all (like perishables!), but some things make really good sense to store safely and securely. Here’s what you can store easily:

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Clothes that are packed away properly
  • Anything else that’s not valuable or perishable

It’s not recommended that you store antiques or other items of high worth in a storage unit. If you do want to store something that’s valuable, make sure to put it inside of a safe that’s fire and water proof. This way, your items will be safe no matter what happens, or how much time has passed.

Storing Items for Others

If a friend asks you to store a couch in your self storage unit, that decision is up to you. But, it’s not advisable to store something inside of a closed container unless you know what that item is. Otherwise, you could be storing something that’s perishable or dangerous, so check to make sure you know what you are storing before you do so.

If you go through your home once per month to get rid of those things you don’t need, you will find that your living space becomes a lot more hospitable. Clean out as much as you can, store the things that you want to keep, and remember that donating items is a great way to make someone else’s day! If you have questions about our Waterglen self storage, security, or general storage unit questions, make sure to contact us today.

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