Spring Cleaning and Storage
March 20, 2020
Taking advantage of self-storage for spring cleaning
Germs and cleanliness are obviously top of mind amidst the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As we struggle with the disruption to our daily lives, we find comfort in the things we can control, like keeping our home & personal sanctuary clean and tidy.
Spring cleaning is that time when we roll up our sleeves and get in all the nooks and crannies to thoroughly clean and dust. It is also typically the time we sort through our belongings and get organized. Storage units offer a great option for helping us stay organized once we declutter and donate what we no longer wish to keep.
We’ve assembled some spring cleaning tips to help you stay on track:
- Clean everything from the top of your home and then work your way down. First begin with ceiling fans, light fixtures, and dusting ceiling corners. Then proceed to work your way down by wiping down walls, counters, and windows. Lastly, wipe down or clean furniture as well as sweeping, mopping, and polishing your floors.
- A good rule of thumb for window cleaning is to clean the inside from left to right, then the outside from top to bottom to ensure the entire window is cleaned.
- Be sure to test smoke detectors and replace the batteries as well as wiping them clean of dust and allergens.
- Sort through stacks of paper accumulated over time by filing important documents, shredding unneeded documents with sensitive information and recycling the remainder.
- Keep shredded paper as box fillers to keep fragile items more protected while in storage.
- Clear counters and shelves of books or knick-knacks and wipe down these items as well as the surfaces they sit on.
- Remove appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc., to clean underneath them. Sweep up food crumbs, dust and toy pieces, and mop any hidden spills. Be sure to wipe down the walls behind them and well as wiping down the appliance itself.
- When you are planning on painting or having your carpets cleaned, moving your furniture out of the way will not only make cleaning and painting easier, it will protect your furniture from harm such as paint stains or water damage.
- Steam clean mattresses and other upholstered furniture; allow to completely dry before putting back in place.
- Sift through clothing, especially seasonal articles that will not be worn for a while, get rid of worn garments and items you don't typically wear. After the ‘keep’ items have been sorted, go through them and stitch any tears, replace buttons, stain treat and then wash or dry clean them. Once your clothing has been sorted and mended, storing them in a wardrobe box with a hanging rod will make them easy to place into your storage unit and will also keep them safe and looking nice.
- If on your spring cleaning you find broken door handles, cracked tiles, leaky faucets, etc., take time to repair them to prevent these issues from worsening which could lead to costly repairs down the road.
- After completing all of your repairs, tools that are not used around the house very often are great items to keep in self-storage to declutter your home.
- Get in all the nooks and crannies when cleaning. Places like window and patio door tracks, air vents, crown moldings, and window frames collect a lot of dirt and dust.
- When spring cleaning, it's important to remember the outside of the house as well as the inside. Use a power washer to remove dirt and grime from your home’s exterior. This is also a great tool to use to clean the floor of your garage to get rid of any fluid leaks or road hazards such as mud, sand, or salt that could be easily tracked into the interior of your home.
- Hose down lawn furniture normally kept in a basement, garage or storage unit. Fill the void they leave behind with seasonal items such as snow shovels, snowblowers, sleds, snowboards and other winter novelties to declutter and leave your home in a more practical state for the warm weather seasons.
- Breathe some life back into your yard by aerating the lawn, laying down some fresh mulch, trimming bushes and planting new flowers, bushes or trees. Once finished, your gardening tools can be easily stored in your self-storage unit by being bundled together and placed in trash barrels.
Once your cleaning is finished and these extra items around the house have been placed in storage, you can sit back, have an ice-cold glass of lemonade and step into the warm weather of the new year confident in your clean home and its newfound practicality.