First, be sure to do your homework on what can and can’t be stored inside your storage unit. The storage facility should provide you with a list of restricted items, but in case they don’t, make sure to ask for all rules and regulations. A few examples of what most likely can’t be stored inside your storage unit include dangerous items, such as gasoline, fertilizers, paint, chemicals, fireworks, explosives, narcotics and propane tanks. Tip: if it’s flammable, it probably can’t be placed inside a storage unit. Other no-no items include perishable food, medicine and plants.
Let's be real: Tackling decluttering can stir up a whirlwind of emotions, especially if it's your first rodeo. Don't be shy about seeking a little motivation or inspiration to gear up for the task. Just envision the sheer delight of trimming the excess, saving and maybe even making money, and embarking on a fresh start in your new space. You'll be amazed at the liberating sensation of bidding adieu to things that no longer hold meaning in your life or your home.
What's the pre-move decluttering target? Well, basically everything! But hold up – don't let overwhelm take over. Dip your toes into the decluttering waters by kickstarting the process in rooms and zones that don't frequent your daily life. Maija offers a word of caution: "Memorabilia should not be your starting point." Opt for rooms that aren't in constant use; this grants you the time to sift through all the odds and ends, leading to shedding off a substantial portion, somewhere between half and three-fourths.