An organized space is said to do wonders for our mental health. StayLock Storage is here to help you clear your home – and your mind – of clutter. Here are six easy decluttering tips to help you get organized, all while eliminating stress and elevating your space.
Take It 1 Step at a Time
Wondering where to start decluttering? Have a lot of clutter to clear? Well, don’t let the enormity of the task overwhelm you. Focus on one room – or even one closet – at a time and work your way through your decluttering project slowly and methodically. Tackle one room a weekend, over the course of a month or two, and you’ll be done in no time.
Steer Clear of Sentimentality
Decluttering clothes? Cutting back on knickknacks? Yes, some things will be difficult to part with, but do your best. If you haven’t used an item in several years, ask yourself why you’re holding on to it and consider letting it go. Establish some parameters to help you get through it. If you haven’t used or worn something in, say, a year, then grant yourself permission to bid it adieu. Adjust the time frame depending on how aggressively you’re decluttering.
Now it’s time to do something with all those boxes you just loaded up with unneeded items. If you’ve already hit up friends and family members and found no takers, donating is the way to go! The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Furniture Bank, and The Arc are just a few organizations you might consider, but be sure to do your homework on charities in your area for a more exhaustive list.
1 In, 1 Out
Now that you’ve decluttered your home, here’s a tip for staying that way – the 1 in, 1 out rule. For every new thing you buy, donate or otherwise get rid of one similar item. It’s a great way to keep you from accumulating too much stuff again!
Pat Yourself on the Back Here & There
Clear out a particularly unruly closet? Celebrate! You’ve earned it, and it might just give you the confidence to complete your decluttering mission.
Rent a Storage Unit
For those things you truly can’t part with – like family heirlooms or other memorabilia – or you need to clear space now and simply don’t have time for a full-blown purge, consider renting a self storage unit. A storage unit also offers a great way to clear space by storing seasonal items or holiday decorations. StayLock Storage offers units in a variety of sizes, prices, and types to help corral all those things with which you just can’t bear to part.
Now that you’ve seen how decluttering can improve your life and have your plan in place, check out the StayLock Storage blog in the future for more storage tips.