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Spring Cleaning Your Self Storage Unit

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Once you're finally done with spring cleaning your home, you may find that you have found more items that need to move to your storage unit.  Storage units need spring cleaning too and this is the perfect time to do it.

Cleaning out your storage unit may not seem like the most fun thing to do, but the longevity of the items in your unit depend on it.  The last thing you want is for dust and insects to build up on your belongings as these can cause some severe damages to the possessions you have stored in your unit.

Riel Park RV & Self Storage offers an excellent environment for your belongings throughout the year.  Storage units are ideal for storing business-related items and are a great storage solution for anyone looking to declutter their home. 

Here are some spring cleaning tips for your self storage unit:

DECLUTTER

Even if you use your storage unit for mainly storing old stuff, it's a great idea to visit the unit yearly and do a declutter.

As time goes on, your mind may change on what you think is worth holding on to as our tastes and preferences can change.  You may find things in your unit and wonder why you ever kept them.  Another common occurrence is that you could very well forget about some of the things you have stored.  You could finally find something that you have been searching for!

Go through each box and decide if the contents have any value for you.  Items of sentimental value, such as old photos and grandma's blankets, can be kept and consolidated into the same few boxes.

Get tough with your decluttering.  Chances are if you haven't used the item in over a year, it won't get used in the coming year either.

SWITCH OUT SEASONAL ITEMS

Make room for incoming winter belongings by removing warm weather stuff.  Move out the summer clothing and bedspreads as you move in coats and heavy blankets.  At Riel Park RV & Self Storage, we sell wardrobe boxes to make the storing of these items easier.

CLEAN

Whether you are keeping your possessions or getting rid of them, you will have to empty the entire storage unit in order to sweep.  Don't forget the ceiling and walls as well.  It's a good idea to keep a broom and dusters at the front of your unit so you can do a quick sweep/dust whenever you stop in.

Once you have swept the entire area, you should also clean and dust the items to make sure you don't carry dust back into the unit.  Consider getting some furniture and dust covers to help protect your items.

At Riel Park RV & Self Storage we sell furniture covers, mattress covers, moving blankets, bubble wrap, boxes of various sizes, packing paper, locks and more.

Cleaning helps to make your belongings last longer and preserves whatever value they may have.  This is especially important for collectibles and vintage items.

ORGANIZE

After you have peeked inside the boxes in your unit, make sure you label each one with it's contents.

Place the sentimental items in the back of the unit to save space up front for things you will need more often like fishing or camping gear.  As you reorganize your unit, leave clear pathways as much as possible for easier access.

One of the best ways to keep the items in your storage dust-free is to store them in plastic bins.  Plastic bins are a secure, sealed option for your items and create an easy to clean environment in your storage unit.

Utilize any shelving in your self-storage unit or even pick up some at the store.  This will keep your storage unit much more organized, as well as, make things easier to find and move around.

Once you have removed everything you no longer want, you may find that you don't need such a big storage unit and you can downsize.  

AIR IT OUT

A self storage unit has very little air circulation.  When you are cleaning your unit, make sure that you keep the door wide open the whole time.  This will help get any damp air out and let in the cool fresh air.

Our storage facility offers climate-controlled storage units as well as unheated drive-up storage.  We have units of various sizes and allow you to downsize or upgrade to any size of storage locker with no transfer fees.

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