This week’s guest blog comes from Big Yellow self storage and deals with de-cluttering to make space for a lodger. It also contains some excellent advice on how to best store your things to keep them in good condition.
How to De-clutter and Rent out your Spare Room
It’s no surprise that so much of our home space is filled with useless clutter – 61% of people questioned in a Big Yellow Self Storage survey admitted to hoarding useless items around the house. But hoarding can really cost you; households across London could be making up to £38 billion a year, just by storing excess clutter to rent out a room. (This equates to over £250 million a month based on average rental incomes across the UK, or an extra personal income of as much as £320 a month or £3,840 a year per household). Just under a third (26%) of us that have a whole room in our home filled with junk and the research found that over a third (41%) would definitely rent out a room to make money to help in these tougher financial times. Looking at these figures it could well be time to get the junk out of the spare room.
So now you’ve decided to de-clutter and rent out your spare room, what’s the best way to store the things you’ve no longer room for?
Clothing should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes. Keep out of season clothes accessible, as you may need to store your clothing for longer than anticipated. Before you pack anything away, make sure it’s dust free and clean:
– Don’t cram too much into a box, as fabrics need to breathe. Make sure the boxes aren’t packed too tightly.
– Refold items regularly to prevent dust settling.
– Don’t store fabrics against wood and bear in mind that certain fabrics need specific care i.e. use muslin or acid free tissue between delicate fabrics for added protection.
Before placing any kind of wooden furniture into storage, wax well with wood varnish. This prevents moisture from affecting the wood. Likewise, if your furniture can be dismantled easily, then do so as it will prolong the life of that piece. If you dismantle furniture, collect the nuts and bolts of each item into a plastic bag and tape it firmly to the dismantled set. In addition, place thick cloth such as old carpets between wooden pieces to prevent them scratching one another.
It’s worth taking into consideration which type of material your sofa is made from before storing. Generally, it’s better to store vertically on a flat sided arm. Leather handles the pressure very well, as does micro-fibre. Silky high end fabrics are better to kept on their feet as they don’t have the structural integrity to withstand the additional pressure. For transportation itself, a professional mover knows how to use furniture pads to keep the pressure off the arms. If you are doing this yourself, you’ll need to stand the sofa on end with several double folded blankets to provide a soft surface for the arm.
If you are planning on storing metal objects like lawnmowers or filing cabinets, it is a good idea to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag. You can use the cheapest oil available; it makes no difference as you’re just using it for its lubricating qualities.
Store your discs in a CD wallet (don’t place compact discs in plastic wrap because if your storage area heats up, these might destroy or compromise the disc). Always back up data in several different ways and store in several different locations. Take tapes out of VCRs, camcorders and data backup devices, and CDs and DVDs out of drives and players.
Big Yellow Self Storage can store items of all shapes & sizes, in rooms from 9 sq ft to 400 sq ft, with leases starting at just one week long.