There are dozens of reasons to declutter your home, from getting organized to preparing for a move, or making more space to create a more Zen environment. However, the very thought of decluttering seems like an overwhelming task even to the neatest of neat freaks.
There are several benefits to decluttering; you will discover a more breathable living space while helping you get more organized. To make the task less daunting we have prepared five of our top decluttering survival tips and how to make it easier using self-storage.
Prepare Mentally for the Purge
This might seem a bit silly, but decluttering can get a little emotional. A true decluttering forces you to look at your life by going through all your belongings. You must be prepared to come across items from the past you might not have thought of for a while. You also have to be able to make decisions that can be a little tough, namely what items you are willing to part with to help you free up that space.
To help make the process easier, research some self-storage unit options to help provide a safe place to store the items you can’t keep in your home, but that you aren’t truly ready to part with. This way you know you won’t be throwing them away which will make the process easier.
Here’s what we recommend to look for in a storage facility:
- Climate controlled unit that will protect everything from moisture damage
- A facility that is clean and takes special precautions for pest control
- Secure full perimeter fencing, access codes, and video surveillance
- Emergency back-up in case of power outages to ensure security remains operational
- Pallets available so your belongings are not stored directly on the floor
- Storage unit size options to suit your needs
Have a System
First, set a time that everyone in the family knows is the official declutter day. Come up with a room-by-room strategy, noting the areas of the home you want to tackle. Include spaces such as storage under the stairs, the attic and garage. Stick with your schedule to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Be realistic and do this over a few days, or scheduled weekends so it is done right, and you don’t burn out!
Your system should then include these quick decision-making questions:
- Do I love it? If yes, keep it or store it.
- Do I need it? If yes, keep it or store it.
- Do I use it all the time? If yes, keep it.
When was the last time I used this? If you haven’t used it in over a year and it works put it in a box for charity.
When it comes to the kitchen, you might come across a lot of items you aren’t sure about throwing away. Toss these items in a box and leave it in the kitchen for a month. If you use an item, put it back in its place. Any items still in the box in a month can be given to charity or stored.
Next, make sure you are prepared with the following:
- Stackable storage boxes with lids
- File boxes for documents
- Packing tape
- Furniture covers
- Bubble wrap
- Sharpie markers
- Labels or Sticky notes
Keep the garbage bags handy so you can toss items as you work. Avoid using a garbage bag for items you want to store or give to charity to avoid putting them out with the trash by accident.
Occasional Items You Need (or Love)
Seasonal items are the perfect example of the belongings you need, but only occasionally. If you are an obsessive holiday person with everything from Valentines Day through to Christmas, these items take up a lot of space. They are the perfect choice for your self-storage unit. The best way to handle your seasonal items is to store them in large clearly labelled bins.
Take this opportunity to sort through your decorations and toss anything that is broken and then organize them in stackable boxes. This way the next time you open your decorations everything will be organized, leaving more time to decorate.
Another perfect example is tools. Unless you are a carpenter or undergoing renovations, you can look through your tools using the “when was the last time I used this?” approach. Tools are always good to have but are hard to organize and can take up a lot of space. Sorting your tools allows you to choose the tools you need and store the rest. If you have a project coming up, you can just retrieve them for the duration of the project, and then place them back in storage once you’re done.
Use self-storage to declutter your home
Often, you’ve put off decluttering because you know you must get stuff out of your house for your sanity, but you feel you have too much stuff you need — or want — to keep. This is where self-storage helps you survive the ordeal. Knowing you don’t have to part with the belongings makes it easier to make decisions when something has to go. You can finally get rid of the extra sofa, the stacks of your favourite magazines or collections, and know they will be safely stored away and you can get them back whenever you need them.
Make sure you invest in insurance for total peace of mind. You know your stuff will be safe and secure but there can be unforeseen issues, such as damage from bad weather or even fire. Having insurance will keep everything covered in case of damage for a nominal fee.
For more information about decluttering your home call Abacus Storage on (289) 807-1033 or contact us here