Toss It Or Take It: How To Decide What To Keep For Storage

Moving from one place to another can seem like a daunting task, especially when you are trying to decide what to toss and what to take to storage. Choosing what to keep and what to toss can often be a sentimental tug on your heart. Below you will find some tips on how to decide what to keep for storage and what to throw away.

Assess Your Possessions

The first thing you will want to do is go through your possessions with a finetoothcomb. You will need to put your emotions on the back burner for this because some people have a hard time getting rid of anything. It is best to simplify the process by dividing the things from each room into the following categories.

  • Things to donate
  • Things to sell
  • Things to keep
  • Things to take to storage

Determine What to Toss

The next step in the process is determining what you need to toss. While it may be hard to throw out the blender that your aunt got you for your birthday, if you have two more just like it, two of them need to go. The same holds true for anything that is broken beyond repair, or things that just never get used.

  • If you have many duplicates of something in your home, it is best to give them away to someone or simply toss them out, instead of cluttering up your storage unit.
  • If something is past its expiration date and no longer used, toss it as well.
  • If it just doesn't get used — like unwanted gifts, stuff you bought at garage sales, and items you thought you might like but never found use for — it would fall into this category.

Ensure Storing It Will Keep It Safe

Whatever items you keep obviously have value to them, so you want to keep them secure and free from damage. Choose a climate-controlled storage unit to ensure the humidity and temperature of the storage unit are on an even keel and perfect for your items.

Sometimes paying for extra amenities and services is unnecessary. However, if your belongings are going to be stored for a long amount of time or are susceptible to mold or damage, then paying extra for climate control is a good idea. Such items include:

  • Mattresses
  • Artwork
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Sports equipment
  • Wooden items
  • Electronics

These units reduce the risks to these items by keeping the unit at an even temperature in the summer and winter.

These are just a few tips to help you decide what to take to your storage unit and what to toss when you are moving. From being honest with yourself to assessing your possessions carefully, these tips will help you make some tough decisions when it comes to storage.