Clutter creeps up on us without us even realising. For those of us with lots of clutter, it can become a bit of an elephant in the room, pushed away into the corner, hidden under the stairs or stashed on top of furniture. We promise ourselves we’ll one day get round to it but we never do, because the thought of tackling it head on is much more strenuous than simply walking past and pretending it isn’t there.
Trawling through old belongings means decisions will have to be made. Do you want to keep that old guitar that holds so many memories? What about all those old records you have collected over the years but rarely play anymore? There may be some items that hold sentimental value and you just can’t bring yourself to throw them away, so instead you leave them there as clutter in your home.
With spring having just arrived, we have put together this guide to help you start your spring clean and reclaim the space in your home. And it all starts with something as simple as renting a self storage unit. Self storage allows you the flexibility to declutter without having to make the difficult decisions about whether you need to throw possessions away. Follow the link to get a quick quote for a storage unit at one of our highly secure facilities in London!
Once you have rented your self storage unit, choosing a size that is suitable for how much mess you have, it is time to get cleaning. Here are our top 5 tips for how to approach it.
Declutter your home in 5 simple steps:
- Create a pile of clutter –
This may seem counterproductive, but to begin, you need to make a big mess! Gather up all of the clutter you can find in each room and put it in a pile for sorting. Clearing through old clothes can seem like a daunting task when they are located all over your bedroom, so put them in one big pile and start sorting through them.
- Tackle one category at a time –
Aiming to tackle one category of items can feel a little more manageable than trying to sort everything in one go. For instance, you could tackle your clothes first, then books, then old CDs & DVDs etc.
- Decide if it adds value –
Throwing some items away can be an easy decision, such as those pairs of socks with holes in or that t shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore. However, you will come across some possessions that are difficult to part ways with. The question you need to ask yourself is “does this add value to my life or bring me joy?” If the answer is yes, keep it. If not, but you don’t want to throw it away still, put it in the pile for self storage.
- Get the family involved –
If there are others living with you, don’t tackle the whole house alone! You could assign one person to each room and perhaps offer a family reward as an incentive for completing it.
Take before and after pics –
It is crucial for your motivation to be able to visualise your progress. Taking before and after pics will remind you why you have gone through all the effort. Furthermore, it will encourage you to keep things tidy as you will not want the house looking like the before pics ever again!