So you know it’s time to clear out the attic or get some headway into that pile of documents that you’ve been meaning to start filing. Maybe you’ve got some ideas for what to do with the study but there’s just too much stuff.
Sorting Items For Self Storage
Here are some helpful pointers that are sure to help you solving that storage problem and getting your rooms back.
The easiest way to start packing and sorting is to create stacks, or rather boxes for your stacks. You can start off with small boxes, just somewhere where you can place your items, and which are clearly labelled to help you make a decision with what to do with them. You can categorize your stacks differently, but what works for us were these:
- IN USE OR REPURPOSED – These are the things which you definitely don’t want to throw, and are still in good, working condition, things that you foresee yourself using in the next 3 months or less. We generally suggest wires, cables and tools as well as recent documents which you might need in the coming tax season.
- FOR STORAGE – These items you want to keep, but don’t have an immediate need for. A good gauge would be things that you’ve used in the last 6 months, but only once or twice. Items like seasonal sports equipment, furniture, thick winter wear…
- TO GIVE AWAY – It’s important to think long and hard whether an item can really be given away. Even the homeless have some standards. Things that you genuinely don’t need like the extra mugs and stuffed toys that your children have outgrown, items which you’ve bought or received that you haven’t looked at since you’ve got them and things which are old and forgotten but still in their original packaging should go in this pile.
- TO TRASH – This goes without saying. Don’t feel too bad about that favourite shirt with holes and that set of cushion covers that are threadbare from use. Only when you throw out the old can you bring in the new!
Now that you’ve got your stacks sorted out, think about calling a friend or two over to help you with sorting things out – they can help you make the difficult call of which stack things should be going into! Get started with sorting today and you’ll be that one step closer to a cleaner storage area and you’ll have packed boxes ready to move out to North Shore Mini Storage.