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5 Items in Your Home You Can Get Rid Of

By Rachel Mackintosh on June, 5 2019

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Despite your best efforts to reorganize and rearrange your stuff, sometimes you just can’t create the elbow room you crave in your space. If your place is packed to the brim or if you know your home will be crowded with relatives visiting or kids home from college this summer, using out of home storage for the next few months might be just the ticket to lightening your load.


5 Items in your home you can get rid of


Here are 5 items in your home you can store over the summer to give you that extra breathing room at home:


1. Seasonal Items


When it’s finally the perfect beach day, the last thing you want to do sift through the sleds and skis taking up your limited storage space to get to the beach chairs. Make it easier to get to your summer items by swapping out your winter stuff. Go through each area of your house such as the hall closet, linen closet, kitchen, and car to make your space ready for summer. Some of these items might include:

  • Warm, furry throws, down comforters, flannel sheets
  • Cold weather sports equipment
  • Holiday decorations
    • Sweaters, Turtlenecks
    • Winter coats
    • Hats, gloves, scarves
    • Snow boots
  • Snow shovels
    • Ice scrapers
    • Snow tires


2. Sentimental Items


5 Items in your home you can get rid of


We get it, sometimes we need to hold onto special tokens of our past. While sentimental items can have strong emotional ties that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, they have no real use in our day-to-day lives. While you don’t want to throw out keepsakes you cherish, you also don’t want to let these unused items take up your prime real estate storage spots in your home. Second Closet is the perfect solution to free up space, while still keeping them in your possession.

Some sentimental items include:

  • Sports trophies
  • Old school uniforms
  • Your grandmother’s dish set
  • Old photographs
  • Wedding or bridesmaid dresses
  • Baby items or clothes you’re saving
  • Collectibles
  • Stuff your kids left at home
  • Stuff that belonged to a loved one you lost


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3. Documents, Files, and Papers


5 Items in your home you can get rid of


If you find yourself drowning in paperwork every time you step into your basement, you’re not alone. Many items, like tax returns, medical bills, receipts, and business expenses have to be kept for future reference, and usually for several years afterwards. In a small space, these piles of permanent papers can start to build up and get in the way of more important items, slowing you down and causing unnecessary stress every time you open a drawer. Leave it to Second Closet to keep your old paperwork out of your way in a safe, secure and temperature controlled facility for safekeeping.


4. Furniture

Most families have a few pieces of furniture that they aren’t using right now. If you can envision a future for this furniture, such as passing them on to your children when they’re moving into their own homes, Second Closet can store these items temporarily so they’re not eating up huge amounts of your space. However, if you can’t picture a future life for these items, consider getting them off your chest for good. Furniture Bank is a charity that takes gently used furniture and redistributes them to families in need. Second Closet will pick up any items you might want to donate to Furniture Bank for your downsizing convenience.


5. Miscellaneous Items

5 Items in your home you can get rid of


If you’re overwhelmed with excess stuff and have boxes set aside already that you know you want to sort through before you let them go, sell, or donate, perhaps consider getting these items out of sight too. Using Second closet can buy you extra time and alleviate the pressure of finding space in your home in the all too time-consuming process of downsizing all your stuff. You can gradually bring the items that you want to keep back into your home. Then, it will be quick and easy to finish letting go of the remaining items.


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For seasonal items you’ll want back in a couple of months, or items you’ll soon want to pass on to someone else, make a note in your calendar to remember to swap back the things you’ve stored. Just let us know and we’ll be there to drop it off!

With both a space plan and an item plan to choose from, we help our customers find the most cost-effective solution to their storage needs.


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