What to do with your baby’s old stuff.

So the kids are growing up (waaaaay too fast) and you don’t know what to do with all those outgrown clothes, those toys they’ve gotten bored of and those books that they know inside-out. We’ve got a solution – pack them up and store them away! You may plan to have another baby sometime in the future. It’s a good idea to hold on to that stuff, so you don’t have to buy every single item over again. Maybe you don’t plan to have another child. That’s no problem, because we’re pretty sure there are relatives or friends of yours who do and giving them your children’s old stuff is a great way to help them out.
We’ll show you some steps on how to store your kids’ stuff properly, so you can keep them looking, feeling and smelling as great as ever.

1. Decide which items you’re going to keep and which items you’re going to throw away. For instance, see what clothes are in a good condition (not torn, stained or stretched). See what toys can be reused (not broken, corroded or missing parts). Maybe you can donate some of the items you don’t want to keep to charity and hold on to the rest.

2. Wash and disinfect everything you want to keep. Washing and wiping all the stuff you want to hang on to will help keep bugs at bay when your stuff is packed away. Stains, odors and even the sweet smell of laundry detergents and fabric softeners attract bugs and rodents too.

3. Take the batteries out. When your batteries stay in toys and other items, they may corrode and cause the item to stop working.

4. Categorize your items to make them easier to find. You can use categories such as “infant” or “toddler” for feeding items. You can use the size and the type of item to organize clothing.

5. In your larger categories, make smaller groups. Use Ziploc bags or regular clear plastic bags to group small pieces together.

6. Place all your items in plastic bins and remember to label them. Try to put each category in a different bin, although in some cases, you can combine some items.

7. It’s time to store the bins and other storage items. Don’t store them in places like the basement, garage or the attic, because those are humid environments and humidity brings about things like mold, mildew and odors. You don’t want that settling on your stored items.

There you have it! Seven easy, simple steps to store your children’s old stuff (or maybe even their new stuff that they aren’t ready to use yet) so you can be in optimum condition to be used later, by your children, your relative’s children or the children of your friends. We’ve got what you are looking for concerning self-storage in Ottawa. We’re the number one source for storage in Ottawa and Gatineau. Give us a call so we can discuss your storage locker options at Just Right Self Storage. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa’s downtown core and only minutes away from Gatineau.