Fall is here, which means the kids are back at school and college students are back on campus. As you settle into your new class schedules and routines, this is a great time to take inventory of your home and look for ways reduce clutter and get organized for this school year. While you may have some items that you can throw out, it’s likely you have a lot of items that you don’t use frequently but still want to keep. These items take up valuable space that could be better used for other purposes. A self storage unit is the perfect solution.
Creating a study area
Every student needs a quiet, dedicated spot where they can study and do homework. If you don’t currently have space for an appropriate study spot, consider relocating some items that you don’t use regularly to a self storage unit. Things like outgrown toys and books, old sports equipment, stuffed animals, or seasonal items can be packed into plastic storage tubs for safe keeping and stored in a storage unit. This will free up space that you can transform into a study nook, complete with a desk and chair.
Storing outgrown clothing
Fall is a great time to go through your kids’ closets to pack away the summer clothes and pull out anything they’ve outgrown. If your child is going through a growth spurt or you have more than one child, you may find yourself with a lot of too-small or out-of-season clothing that is taking up valuable closet space. A self storage unit is the perfect place to store those gently used hand-me-downs until the next child has grown into them or until you have time to get them ready for a garage sale or consignment shop. Before you pack clothing away, take a few simple steps to make sure they come out of storage looking as great as they did going in. First, make sure you wash the clothing to prevent stains and discoloration from forming. Zippered plastic bags or plastic tubs are perfect for storing clothing. Label each bag or tub with the season and size so that you can find what you need easily when you’re ready for them. To keep them smelling fresh while in storage, include a fabric softener, cedar block, or lavender.
Creating a hobby space
When you have young kids, you may find yourself short on time, money, and space for hobbies. When your kids finally leave the nest, you can reclaim their space for your own interests. A kid’s bedroom or playroom can be turned into a great hobby space, craft room, or man cave. College students may not have space in their on-campus residence for all of their belongings, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep their room as a shrine either. A self storage unit is a great place to store all of junior’s old books, toys, or little league trophies until he has a place of his own to store them or is ready to part with them for good.
Storing summer gear
As the school year gets underway, homework and cooler weather curtail outdoor activities. Now is the time to stash away all the summer toys and gear until next spring. While it may be tempting to store it in the garage, don’t forget that winter weather is right around the corner. If you overfill your garage, you may find yourself scraping ice and snow off of your windshield in a few months. Instead, store your summer gear, like bikes, patio furniture, camping gear, sporting equipment, and boats, in a self storage unit. You’ll be glad you did on those frigid winter mornings when your car is toasty in the garage rather than out in the elements.