Decluttering Your House With Public & Self-Storage Units
Everyone has a little extra ‘stuff’ lying around. This stuff, coupled with that disorganization, equals clutter.
Clutter is anything you’re keeping around your house that doesn’t add value to your life. Clutter, however you define it, can also be bad for your health. According to Psychology Today, people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage.
Decluttering is all about making room in your home for the things that matter:
- Decluttering relieves stress by providing a sense of control and accomplishment; and
- Getting rid of your junk frees up a little extra space in your home for you, your family, and your friends that wasn’t there before.
Start with a plan, specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any clutter frustration you experience:
- Write down or make a map of all your rooms and clutter hot-spots you want to tackle, and grade them on the severity of the clutter to help you prioritize your time.
- Do one room or one space at a time and set attainable completion dates for each phase of your cleanup – make it feel like a game so you don’t get frustrated.
- Also, break larger tasks like a basement or a garage into manageable section
If you don’t know where to start, start small like organizing a drawer or two, or one corner of your desk. Set a timer and work for 15 minutes and accomplish as much as you can. It will give you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done and these satisfying transformations can lead to tackling bigger projects. Taking baby steps can eventually lead to positive changes.
Finally, as each storage box fills and at the end of each decluttering session, reserve 10 to 15 minutes to make a brief inventory of the contents and address contents properly:
- Keep/Put Away items, label boxes and put items in more appropriate places.
- Donate/Sell items should be stored outside the house, in a garage, or in the trunk of the car for drop-off at a charity donation center.
- Empty the trash can quickly to prevent second thoughts.