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What To Store, What To Sell, And What To Trash

Just store It | May 23, 2019

When you’re considering a storage unit, you’re likely in the process of moving, traveling overseas, or dealing with a whole lot of stuff.

Whatever the situation that’s led you to storage, there’s also a high likelihood that you’ll need to decide what to store, what to sell, and what to get rid of.

As you hold your son’s old college t-shirts and your stacks and stacks of family photos, this decision becomes a whole lot harder than it seems.

At Just Store It! in Johnson City, we understand first-hand how hard it can be to sort through your things. After all, they’re not just things — they’re favorite sweaters, cherished memories, and love letters.

Before you tackle your items, follow this protocol to help you sort through the piles.

What To Store

Storage should be reserved for items that you definitely don’t want to get rid, but also that you don’t need around your house all the time.

Whether it’s seasonal decorations you use once a year and have no space for in your garage or photo scrapbooks that you don’t want to store in a basement, a storage unit is a great option.

Ask yourself these questions when you’re deciding if something belongs in storage. If you answer yes, then the item most likely belongs in storage.

  • Do I want to keep it?
  • Do I want to secure it?
  • Is this item valuable?
  • Is this item insurable?
  • Do I use this item once or twice a year?

The best thing about a local storage unit is that you can visit it whenever you want. If you have something packed away in the storage unit that you decide you need, you can just drive over and grab it. The same can’t be said for the local dump.

What To Sell

Selling items in a yard sale or on Craigslist can be a great way to make some extra cash. As you clean your items, keep an eye out for candidates that would make a good sale.

You can ask these questions as you decide. If you answer “yes” to these questions, the item is probably ripe for selling.

  • Is this item usable?
  • Is this item unique or a collectible?
  • Do I use this item rarely?
  • Do I have a better version of this item?
  • Would this item sell for a good profit?

If you aren’t sure yet about whether to sell something or keep it, you can always keep it in a storage unit as a temporary solution.

What To Trash

In the age of reuse, repurpose, and recycle, the word “trash,” might not be the best descriptor. When we say “trash,” we mean getting rid of the item in your home. You could donate it, give it away to a neighbor, or send it to the dump.

Either way, trashed items will no longer take up valuable space in your home. Ask these questions as you determine whether something is destined for another fate than your home. If you answer “yes” to these questions, it’s time for the trash.

  • Is this item broken?
  • Is this item obsolete?
  • Is this item too small or big?
  • Would someone else have a better use for this?
  • Is this item associated with negative memories?

Storage Units In Knoxville

As you decide what to store, donate, and trash, keep Just Store It! in Johnson City in mind.

Our units come with dozens of amenities, including temperature control, security, and on-site management. Visit us today to learn more!