How Storage Units Help Spring Cleaning
January 31st, 2022
Spring Cleaning and Self-Storage Units
It’s that time of year again. The days get longer, and it becomes easier to do something about those carpet stains, all the dust, and that stale air that has built up during the last few weeks and, perhaps, months. Finally, you can open all those windows and let in the spring fresh air without freezing. Now, get ready to freshen up your home with a good spring cleaning.
Whether you’re doing a full-house cleaning once a year or once a month, you may want to think about renting a self-storage unit to get things out of the way during the process. Cleaning and organizing can also easily turn into redecorating. Renting a self-storage unit is a great place to store items for the long-term or short-term.
Spring cleaning tips:
To keep track of where you have already cleaned start from the top and work your way down., Start with dusting and washing ceiling fans, light fixtures, and corners first. Then move on to wiping and washing walls, windows, counters, furniture, and floors. A similar method works with windows. Try cleaning the inside from left to right and the outside from the top down. This might make it easier to tell if either side has streaks.
Move on to replace your smoke detector batteries. Make sure to test the smoke detectors and give them a good wipe down.
Clear clutter from counter tops and shelves and wipe them down thoroughly. Clean all those knick-knacks and old dusty books. If you’re like me you probably have accumulated stacks of papers, receipts, and old bills. Now is a good time to file those important documents. Recycle junk mail, outdated magazines, and used envelopes. Shred or tear up any old bills and any other papers that contain personal information.
Pull out all those appliances and wash the sides and surface underneath them. Clean normally hidden spills and wipe down the walls surrounding them
You may plan on painting or thoroughly shampooing the carpets. You may want to consider moving your furniture into a self-storage unit to make all these processes easier. Many companies will rent units for as little as a day. Mobile storage companies will even bring a storage unit to your house and remove it when you are done with it.
When cleaning mattresses and other furniture, you should consider laying down a tarp and leaving the bedding and upholstery outside on the driveway for a little while. Some strong sunlight and ultraviolet radiation can help eradicate microscopic creatures that are trying to take up residence there. A thorough steam cleaning may leave your furniture feeling and smelling fresh, also.
Sort through seasonal clothes. Wash or dry clean them and sew on buttons or stitch up minor tears. A wardrobe box with a hanging rod will help keep clothes looking good and can easily be stored in your storage unit. Remember to get rid of any overly worn garments and things you never wear.
As you clean all the nooks and crannies, you may find leaky faucets, broken door handles, or cracked tiles. Take time to make these repairs now to prevent them from becoming more serious or costly problems later. You’ll probably want to take any rarely used tools out of the way when you are done with the repairs by placing them in your self-storage unit.
Remember the small stuff. Sweep the corners where your vacuum does not reach, wash down air vents, clean the dirt from the tracks in your windows and patio doors, and wipe crown molding and window frames.
Don’t forget about the outside of the house too. Try using a power sprayer to remove grime, empty wasps’ nests, and spider webs from any exterior walls and windows. Don’t forget tospray down the garage floor while you are at it. This will get rid of any fluid residue or any other grime off the floors surface that you may track into the house
Remove lawn furniture from your basement, garage, or self-storage unit. Clean it. A good spraying with a water hose will usually do the trick. Snow blowers, snow shovels, and winter toys like sleds and snowboards can be cleaned and stored in your storage unit. These bulky items can get in the way when stored at home. As these seasonal items don’t need to be removed often, you may find that when you tuck them away in a self-storage unit you have taken a very practical step toward keeping your home free of clutter.
Trim bushes, feed your lawn, lay down some fresh mulch, and maybe even plant a few flowers. Garden tools can be bundled together and placed in your self-storage as well when they are not needed.
Spring cleaning may be a lot of work, but the payoff is a brighter, safer home that can give you a new perspective and prepare you for meeting life’s other challenges. Renting a self-storage unit can be a great way to reduce clutter and free up needed space at the home or office. If you have any questions or need any advice on what size storage unit you may need for your spring cleaning give us a call today at (281) 355-7000. We’d be happy to help.