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How to Declutter Your Home for Self-storage

Apr 8, 2019 | Storage | 0 comments

Downsizing your belonging is a tough process for most people. Nobody wants to live in a cluttered space so knowing how to declutter your home is an invaluable skill. Follow these five simple steps to create an open and spacious feel for your home:

Step 1: The ‘12 Month Rule’

The ’12 month rule’ should be at the top of the list for anybody that’s serious about decluttering their home. When packing your belongings for storage make sure you keep reminding yourself of this fundamental rule.

The rule is very simple: if you haven’t used it, or thought about it in the last 12 months, then it isn’t important and is just taking up valuable space.

Step 2: If there isn’t a use for it, then get rid of it

Why pay money to store something you are never going to use? Dusty ornaments and furniture are the kind of items that people end up keeping for sentimental reasons, or the mindset becomes “It cost a lot of money, I’m not throwing it away”. You really don’t need four table lamps, so keep your favourite item and donate the rest to a charity shop or sell them on e-bay.

Step 3: Getting rid of duplicates

Getting rid of multiple items are a great place to start when packing for storage. You only ever need one of most household items so sell, donate or throw away anything that you have multiples of. This is a great way to downsize your belongings, and who knows, you could be helping somebody worse off than yourself.

Step 4: Sentimentality

It’s only natural that during this process, there will be certain items that you aren’t sure about. Considering their sentimental value can be the difference between streamlining your possessions or wasting money storing items you don’t need. If you can’t remember where or when you bought it, get rid. If you can’t remember if somebody bought it for you, or gave it to you, get rid of it.

Step 5: Clothing

Wardrobes are a great place to eliminate unnecessary clothing. People often ignore the fact that they have huge amounts of outfits that they’ll never wear again. Just because it has a designer label, doesn’t mean you should hang on to it for the next 30 years. Fashions change quickly, so chances are you’ll never wear it again if you haven’t worn it in the last 12 months. Charity shops thrive on clothes donations, so clean out your wardrobe and help somebody else out in the process.

Hopefully, this five-step guide should be useful if you need to declutter your house for storage. Not only will it help to save you money in storage costs, it will also make the whole packing and storage process far easier.

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