Items to Donate or Toss Instead of Storing Them

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If you’re thinking about renting a self-storage unit in Pittsburgh, you might already have a list of items that you’re going to put in the space. You’ve gone through each room and made an inventory of the personal possessions, furniture, and other items that will be stored, and you’re ready to begin moving things. However, before you begin bringing everything to your storage unit, it’s important to consider what items should be sold, tossed, or donated rather than stored. At EZ Storage®, we can keep your things safe and sound, but it’s important to know what’s worth keeping.

Hats and Clothes

dreamstime_xl_19095599There are plenty of secondhand clothing stores around the city, and it can be great to clean out your closet, donate some items, and know that somebody else is getting some use out of them. If you know you’re never going to wear that certain sweater again, don’t add it to a box for storage – set it aside and take it to a secondhand store when you get a chance.

When it comes to hats, it can be a different story. You may have a favorite Pirates or Eagles hat that you want to hang on to, and there are ways to store them properly. You want to be sure that you wash them thoroughly, but some older caps won’t fare well if you put them through the washing machine. Donating hats is also not always an option, as some stores won’t accept them. As tough as it may be, it might be time to toss that old Penguins hat and buy a new one.

Baby Items

dreamstime_xxl_6374885If you have kids, but they’ve long since outgrown their cribs, bottles, and blankets, you may still want to hold onto those things for when they have children. Saving some outfits and cherished toys can be a good idea, but when it comes to cribs and bottles, donating or tossing are often the best options. There have been safety upgrades made to cribs in the past few decades, and the one you have may not be the best model any longer. There may also have been a recall on your crib that you were unaware of, which means a secondhand store won’t accept it. While the memories of a crib or a bottle may be strong, the items themselves may need to go into the trash can.

Once you’ve gone through all of your items and decided what to keep, what to toss, and what can be donated, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll actually be storing in your rented space. By cutting out those items that simply need to go, you’ll have more room for things that you really need to store and that you plan on hanging on to for the next few years.


If you’re looking for affordable self-storage in Pittsburgh, come to EZ Storage® today. We have a great selection of unit sizes, and we’ll gladly help you choose the right one for your belongings.

We look forward to meeting you!