Creating space in your home during quarantine: Tips for moving items to a self storage unit

If your home is choking under piles of clutter, you may have limited space in your kitchen, bedrooms, basement and other parts of the property. But what happens if you need to spend two weeks of quarantine in the home? For those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, undergoing quarantine is critical to avoid spreading the virus. But quarantine doesn't mean that life has to stop. You may still need to work, exercise and keep your personal area clean.

If clutter is taking over many areas of your home, a self-storage unit can help you create space on short notice. You can simply move what you don't immediately need into storage and create more room for yourself during the quarantine period. Here are some useful tips to consider during this process.

1. Start with a cost/benefit analysis

Eliminating clutter sounds much easier than it actually is. You may think that you need all the items in your room, basement or office, which causes you to struggle when creating enough space for a two-week stay.

Start by weighing the pros and cons of each item. In other words, ask yourself if you'll need that particular item within the next few weeks. Would you rather have more space than keep that item inside your home? After making these decisions, you can start moving unnecessary items to self-storage.    

2. Get proper containers

As you begin clearing out space, make sure you store these items in proper containers. Surfaces such as metal, wood and plastic can harbour the coronavirus for days. By placing your items in a covered container, you can limit the spread of viral particles to and from your self-storage unit.

There are many containers available for storing both large and small items. Plastic tubs are sturdy, cost-effective, and easy to carry from one place to another. This is also a better option than cardboard boxes because cardboard can absorb fluids and harbour viral particles.

3. Label your items and keep inventory

Another useful tip is to label all the containers that you use to transfer items. Proper labelling makes it easier to find your stuff, and you can categorise items by type, size, or even risk factor. For example, belongings that may increase the risk of virus exposure can be placed in a specially labelled and sealed box. You can also create an inventory of everything that you've placed in self-storage so you can access them when necessary.

For further information and tips, reach out to a local self-storage facility.