Now that Christmas has come and gone, the Christmas & New Year decorations have been stripped back and placed back into the attic for another year, 2019 is truly here!
With such a busy festive time at the end of the year, it is always an excellent idea to create space for the new year – declutter your home by placing unwanted decorations and gifts into storage to create an engaging and open spaced home for you and your family.
We decided to present you with tips and advice on how to declutter your property the right way after the festivities of 2018, with the help of our checklist you will be able to create a spacious environment for all that enter your home, without having to throw anything away.
So, for an uncluttered and resourceful start to 2019, read on.
Storage and decluttering tips
Choosing and clearing which items you no longer want or need in your house can be quite a challenge but it will help you and your mindset in the long run.
It is a good place to start when you identify what you would like to keep, send to storage and sell. If there is however items that you can’t part with, but don’t have the room or you don’t wish to have these items in the house – renting a storage unit would be the perfect choice for you!
Here at Kettering Self Store, we provide services to assist you to organise your home and free up space. We provide high quality units for both business and domestic situations and have 24/7 CCTV security for the safety of your items. With great value for money, we offer both long term and Short term renting agreements with our establishment. Feel free to use our storage calculator, providing you with an easy tool to choose how much space you would need in your storage unit.
Getting started with your venture
Just like the famous saying, ‘the first step is always the hardest’, especially when it comes to decluttering and organising your home.
As hinted previously, it can be hard to let go and chose which items should go into storage and which should be gone for good – remember, not all of your items will be sentimental so take what you need and store the rest.
The most productive way to begin your decluttering journey is to identify belongings that you are confident you don’t wish to possess anymore, or have no significant value to your life.
If you apply this stage first then you will be able to advance and find space for items that will either stay with you or pursue a storage unit.
From there, a few storage tips and tricks will come in handy, which we will go into more detail later on in this blog.
Producing an action plan
By acquiring the space and freedom that you wish to have in your home, you will need to have a structure, as well as an organised approach to your decluttering.
To assist you with your structure, it may be a good incentive to create an action plan and goals to set yourself. By this, we mean you could identify each area e.g. living room, kitchen, bathroom and go through your rooms one at a time to make sure that you keep clarity and don’t put too much pressure on yourself with your decluttering task.
In addition to this, it may be easier for you to start with a room that isn’t usually used e.g. such as an attic or a basement. An important aspect of your action plan would be to set completion dates and times for yourself – making sure that you stay on track and your tasks don’t take double the amount of time.
Creating an organised plan of action
As hinted above, decluttering and sorting your home is certainly not an overnight project – which is why it is crucial to set up a system that works for you and your everyday activities.
By presenting yourself with a sorting system, there are many techniques that you can adapt to your process, producing an easier task for you and a Lower level of stress.
A technique we always advise our customers to present when we help them is to label everything as you don’t want to place items you wish to keep accidentally in storage, or even worse, the rubbish bin.
Make labels that state the following for ease and peace of mind:
- Storage Unit
- Donate to Charity
By producing these labels, you will be able to be organised from the get-go. Whether you are packing large or small boxes – use this system for a higher level of efficiency and understanding with your process of decluttering.
Commit to your process and don’t stop
As said previously, this is not a one night process, so the feeling of being overwhelmed may cascade over you, but fear not! There are techniques that will help you when you are feeling stressed with your decluttering process such as:
- Declutter one room at a time.
- Start with the corners of the room, then shelves, then cupboards. Ease yourself into the process.
- Don’t rush. Take your time – you don’t want to make a mistake with your items.
It is common for decluttering project to fail and that is because people don’t take the time and care to maintain an organised and structured project.
Easy Tips for decluttering your home
One of the most crucial tips in order to declutter your home is to categorise your items according to type. Putting similar items together such as books and magazines & CDs and DVDs.
By placing these items together will allow you to organise, pack and unpack like a decluttering pro.
By using this process, it will also assist you in finding items and once they have been packed away, just in case you have an item that needs to be placed with similar products.
Boxes need to have clear and concise labels that indicate their contents to make sure that the right items have been placed in the boxes.
Don’t throw your possessions into your boxes either, make sure you pack in an organised fashion. This will make it easier for you to unpack and take items out of your boxes if you need to.
The same storage tips apply to your unit as it does your home. Pack everything in an orderly fashion, clearly marking breakables and store heavy items at the bottom.
Donating gifts to charity
A good dead of the year to start 2019 right would be to donate any unwanted Christmas presents instead of throwing them away. Consider items such as food items, clothing, hygienic items such as soap and shampoo.
You may not want these items or have any need of them, but someone else may find them useful. The items don’t need to be anything expensive, the more you donate the better. Also, depending on the gift, you could even donate your items to a shelter, not just a charity shop.
When it comes to charitable operations, they heavily rely on donations, whether that is a financial or item donation. In order to sell to others for charitable funds for their cause.
There are also organisations that may not necessarily fit into your usual mindset such as The Salvation Army and The British Heart Foundation for which they will gladly accept your donation and will also provide a service to collect your items for peace of mind if you have many boxes or larger items that would not fit within your usual mode of transport.
Decluttering your home can be a physical and tedious task but with the right organisation and structure, you will appreciate the end result of a clean environment within your home.
While choosing which items to place where can be time-consuming it can also assist your stress levels and mindset but we hope our tips have assisted you with your thought process with your decluttering venture.
If this blog has been interesting and you would like to know more information about storage, contact us today. We can assist you when you decide to place your items in storage and which type of storage space will suit you and your needs, providing you with expert storage knowledge and support.