Around the House | November 15, 2012
With a little work, you can de-clutter your home! Are you being taken over by “stuff”? Do you have so much stuff stored on your kitchen or dining room table that it isn’t used for eating anymore? Are your children’s school items, projects and paperwork, and sporting equipment stacked everywhere? Well then it’s time to start a de-cluttering or organizational plan to reclaim that lost space. Most people only think of doing so when they are moving out of a home, but it’s just as important, at least for your mental well-being, to do it when you are living in the space. When items begin to take over your space, it can make you feel disorganized. If you don’t have extra storage in your home, then it is time to start thinking about self storage-as a viable de-cluttering strategy. Self storage helps when you have little-to-no room for your items in your home, but you need to keep them for future use. It’s a great way to store seasonal items such as lawn mowers or gardening items to holiday displays and even some of your motorized items. You can use a self storage unit to store children’s sporting equipment during the off season. It also is a great place to keep those special keepsake school projects that you cannot throw away. Getting a start on an organizational plan for your home sounds like a daunting task, but in the long run, it really isn’t that bad. Most people start developing a plan after the beginning of the year, just after the craziness of the holiday season and the accumulation of even more stuff. It’s a time when most cities host home improvement or home and garden shows. These shows can help you with great organizational tips. Once you come up with a goal and a plan to re-organize, then you need to set the plan in motion. To make the task easier, go room-by-room. This will help you achieve short-term goals and hopefully cut down the overall time of the project. As you go room-by-room, sort the contents of the room into different piles (or put them in empty boxes). Separate the piles into: keep, donate, sell (either online or at a garage sale), place in a storage unit or throw away. This system will keep you on track to de-clutter your entire house. Once you have the items that you want to keep, you might consider purchasing storage items such as shelving or bin/baskets, which come in a variety of different types. They can be decorative and they can stow away a lot of items. If this project is a part of spring or fall cleaning, it is also a good time to do a good clean of the room once all of the items are removed. After you have de-cluttered the main rooms in your home, then it would be time to tackle the basement, attic and garage. But, we’ll leave that for another time. When you have your items packed for self storage, it is important to pick a storage location that is near you, so you can access the items whenever you will need them. Of course, ezStorage has 45 very convenient storage locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia to help with all of your storage needs. Stop by one of our storage facilities to pick up packing supplies that you will need during your reorganization project.