With the holiday season among us, it’s a good time to rid of old toys in order to make space for the new. Chances are, you’re not going to need to keep all of the old things from your kid days. In all the years that you have not been living at home you don’t seem to have missed these items, so why hang on to it all now? One good place to start is asking: what do you have? For whom would you save it? Why?

Donate
If your belongings are in good condition, meaning normal wear and tear (not ripped at the seams or discolored or dirty) you should really consider donating the items to Goodwill. Every holiday season, each of our storage locations also serves as a donation center for Toys for Tots– a place to drop off unwrapped toys for children in need.
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Store
If you’ve gotten rid of the majority of your childhood toys and still have a few mementos you just can’t part with, consider getting a small storage unit. This way the toys aren’t around your house and you won’t have to explain them to any questioning significant others or family members. There are many options of storage that can be affordable to store something small like a small box of your beloved stuffed animals, baby clothes, etc. For something like this, I’d recommend a 5×5 unit or some facilities even offer a small storage cubby. This is also a good idea if you want to pass these belongings onto your children or grandchildren one day. You can keep them safe and out of sight until you want them again. There’s no better feeling then opening up old boxes and remembering all of the items that mean so much to you. Storing is a good option when you just need to lighten your living space, yet still want these pieces of the past as you move into the future.

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Sell
Some of those items you’ve had sitting around collecting dust could be worth some money! Checkout our blog post 10 Items Worth Keeping in your Storage Unit for more info on what those items could be.
Some places to sell these items are
• Apps: There are now some fantastic apps (each with its own twist) that allow you to buy and sell items locally. They allow you to make a radius around your living space and connect with other people on a safe platform in order to exchange goods. These apps let you see a picture and information of the person before you are allowed to contact them. You simply post a picture of the item to be sold, place a price, add a description, and wait for people to contact you through the app! Easy. These apps are: OfferUp, Close5, Letgo, and Wallapop.
• Ebay: Ebay.com allows you to auction your items for the highest price online. It takes a little more work than simply posting. Usually, the more time and effort spent on your item photos and description, the more likely you are to get bids on your products. You also must do a bit more monitoring on your products to see how they are ranking and how the bidding is going. Definitely worth the effort if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck on your items.

No matter what you’re thinking about getting rid of, if it has some intrinsic value to you, be 100% sure you are ready to get rid of it. The last thing you’d want is to regret getting rid of something later on!

Written By: Lauren Gronna, Advertising Coordinator

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