The New Year is always a great time for a fresh start, a big tidy up and a declutter! While it might seem like a daunting task at the beginning, once you get going you’ll be fine (honestly) and once it is done you will love your new organised, tidy space.
So here are some decluttering tips…
Sort your clothes into piles, items that you wear, haven’t worn for ages and those that are worn out/don’t fit etc. Put away the clothes that you wear and love and bin/recycle the clothes that are worn out. Then re-look at the items you haven’t worn for ages, if there are some you aren’t sure about box them up for storage and sell/donate anything else. (The same goes for your shoes!)
If you’ve got to the stage where your kitchen cupboards are bursting at the seams with too many dishes and gadgets, or you can’t close the drawers as they are overflowing, then it is time to get everything out and declutter!
As with your wardrobe, pick out all the items that you need, use and want to keep first and put them away again in an orderly and functional way. Then pack up duplicate items – after all who needs 20 mugs, 12 wooden spoons, 3 mixers etc?! Any crockery, glassware or kitchen gadgets that you aren’t sure if you need or want because they belonged to Great Aunt Betty, box them up for storage and sell/donate anything you’re sure you don’t need.
So you’ve been given another load of fabulous books over Christmas and have read a few already but where are you going to put them if your bookshelf is already chocka block? You know what’s coming… sort through your books, remove any you think you won’t read again; box up any you aren’t sure about for storage and sell/donate the rest.
Kids toys and games:
Now we all know that kids will have been given some lovely new toys and games for Christmas, but where are they going to live? Have a fun time with your kids going through their toys, chat about what they might want to keep, what they might have grown out of but could donate so another child could enjoy it and explain that the broken items can be recycled. Again you will probably end up with an ‘I’m not sure’ pile that could be stored for a while.
Surfaces, cupboards and drawers
As well as focusing on sorting out what is on display on shelves and surfaces, remember to sort and declutter storage cupboards and drawers! It is amazing what you will find, all those times when you have just done a quick tidy and shoved things in a drawer and then forgotten all about them.
Any other spaces:
Don’t forget about the garage and garden shed!!
Have you noticed a sorting strategy here?
Sorting your items into three piles keep, consider, and donate? It helps get things organised much more quickly. The ‘consider’ piles are where we come in… all the things you aren’t sure if you want to keep or not can be boxed up and you can book some self-storage space for those boxes while you consider if you need the items or not.
The easiest things to declutter are all the unused/broken items you’ve been hanging on to for no reason at all. Then it does get harder but persevere, little by little, room by room, because it is really rewarding.
A clutter-free space (at home or work) promotes mental clarity and reduces stress. It will enable you to move forward with a clear mind and positive energy, and you will be more productive and focused in your new tidy space. An organised and clutter-free home is also known to promote a sense of well-being and positivity… so what are you waiting for?
Once you have your pile of ‘things to consider’ boxes call or email Datastor, we look forward to hearing from you. Oh, and in case you hadn’t seen we are currently offering a whopping 50% off self-storage rooms for the first 12 weeks, with no minimum-term contract!!
We hope that you have found our decluttering tips useful.