Having too much stuff in your home can make the space there significantly smaller than it actually is. Besides, at some point in your life, you definitely have to get rid of some of your belongings. However, it can be quite frustrating, indeed, especially if you are not used to it.
Therefore, read these tips first so that you can declutter your home without any regrets later.
1. Rent a Self Storage Service
When you have a cluttered house, we can safely assume that some of your stuff is too precious to be thrown away, for example, book collection, CDs, an inherited piano, statue, or a family memento. In that case, you have to find the nearest self-storage facility to evacuate those items temporarily.
Today, almost all services are available online. You’ll get a list of companies for sure. And you must pick only the one with the best deal and safety guarantee.
2. Sort Things Out in Containers
Now that you have your backup, the self-storage facility, it is time for you to begin sorting things out. If you have a budget for containers, buy the transparent ones instead of card boxes. Labeling will surely help you to organize your stuff, but being able to see the inside of the box directly can be more convenient and faster. Besides, card boxes have a short lifespan, and they can’t protect the contents from moisture and dust.
When you decide to buy plastic containers, make sure that the design allows you to stack one unit on top of another. If your house is in a big mess, you’ll probably need 10 or 15 units. And if you can’t stack them up, it will be difficult to organize things neatly.
3. Set the Decluttering Into Phases
You don’t finish your decluttering process in one day, especially if you have a big house. Every corner requires special treatment and attention. Therefore, you have to divide the cleaning into phases.
First, start with the most cluttered room. Organize the stuff and move them to your storage place. Second, check the bedrooms in the house and see if some furniture need replacement. Third, observe the kitchen. This place is where people usually store unused appliances. If you have an old microwave that you think you can repair by yourself, or you can give it to your relative later, it is a sign of a hoarder’s mentality. Tell yourself that you are allowed to store only one unused appliance in the kitchen.