Declutter for Winter
by Marion Nowak
Decluttering may seem like a nightmare job for many homeowners. One thing that we have heard many people say is that lockdown finally gave them the time to sort things out at home. To declutter successfully can be a great relief and getting stuck in the job is a good idea for your home’s overall appearance.
There are many benefits to owning fewer possessions. Firstly, there is less to clean and cleaning around things in your home that have no function or no emotional attachment to you is enough of a chore already. Decluttering also makes organising an easier task. Finding things becomes easier because everything has a place.
Let’s see how you can start to declutter your home.
Room for Room
Decluttering can take you weeks. It’s a massive job and takes commitment and time. Sorting through old boxes is tiring and it takes a lot of effort. This is usually because stumbling upon things in your garage or spare bedroom may take you on a trip down memory lane too.
The best way to start a decluttering job is to take it room for room. You may find everything from old clothes and broken kid’s toys to faulty kitchen appliances and broken cutlery to get rid of.
It’s a good idea to use the “four boxes” strategy here. Label each box: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. Make sure everything you go through goes into one of these four boxes.
Stacking is more of a concept for business owners who may have to keep records, old stock or anything that the company cannot readily get rid off. Imagine it being like an archiving process. This works well for the homeowner too. If you have space, stacking is a good idea. Make sure you mark your boxes clearly. It’s horrible going through boxes or opaque crates and not knowing what you put inside.
Stacking may not be appropriate for your home if you lack space. It can cause accidents and it may be better to leave your stacking in a self-storage unit.
Self-storage is a great option to have if you have many things you simply do not want to get rid off. Sometimes during a move, you may have to store furniture or other belongings temporarily. A new baby on the way might mean some things need to go to storage or even a job opportunity in a different country or province may lead you to take up storage. You may simply not have space for your special things at home or in your garage, making a storage unit the obvious choice.
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