Eliminate Clutter to Eliminate Stress

Walking around your house should not be an unsettling experience and if you find yourself becoming frustrated by the amount of clutter in your home, there are a few remedies available, short of throwing everything away. Over the years families can accumulate “stuff” that they initially may have thought they needed, but over time it seems that this “stuff” takes over your house.

Many times you have probably ignored the extra clutter growing in your house since it appeared gradually. It isn’t like many of the items suddenly appeared taking up space, but one day you simply find yourself stressed out by the amount of clutter you accumulated. However, it isn’t just little things cluttering the tops of end tables and wall shelves. It could be the end tables and shelves themselves.

How to Eliminate Clutter

There are of course, some options available such as donating your unwanted items to charity or taking them to a local consignment auction to make a little money. Or, if some of those items are simply too valuable or are of sentimental value to get rid of, you can put them in a self storage unit. Putting them in storage gives you the time to decide if you really need them or are just hanging onto them because you can.

A lot of small items can add up fast and take up a significant amount of space. Small items can be carefully packed in boxes, labeled so you know what’s in them later, and larger items can be wrapped in plastic or blankets for protection. However, keeping them safe from damage when you take them to storage is only part of the plan to store your extra belongings.

Choosing the Appropriate Self Storage Option for Your Items

Choosing the self storage unit for your items should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision. The decision should also not be made on cost alone. Although most facilities offer security for your belongings, there are other considerations. Questions you should ask:

  • Are all lockers secured individually?
  • Is access to the facility restricted only to active renters?
  • Are there fire and/or smoke alarms installed?
  • Are access hours convenient and fit your schedule?
  • Will lockers protect your belongings from weather?

When you are looking for a self storage unit to put your belongings, finding the wrong one could add some additional stress as you sit at home wondering if everything is going to survive in the facility. When you first visit and have a feeling that it may not be everything you want in a self-storage facility, it’s best to look elsewhere. Regardless of how good it is, if it doesn’t meet all your needs you’ll at some point find yourself unhappy and in search of a new facility. Take the time to find the right facility for your situation.

Clutter-free Home Is a Stress-free Home

One rule of thumb that many clutter-free homeowners use is that after their items have been in storage for a year, they get rid of it. They firmly believe that if they haven’t used it or needed it in 12 months they no longer need it at all.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love the 12 month rule. Get rid of it! There are places to donate to as well and we can stay green. Thanks for the tips.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, and it feels good to purge stuff you don't need. It can be tough to do but it always feels good after. Rebecca - Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I love that cartoon. It sums up our house. Actually it's not that bad, but their rooms are at times. We seem to constantly be clearing out clutter and magically more arrives. (I blame my husband and his model aeroplanes… all the stuff I have lying around is essential for writing on HubPages! :-) Okay, maybe not. )

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I understand, it's amazing how fast 'stuff' can accumulate and it's a lot less fun to clean it up and clean out. Thanks Melovy!

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