Taking Control Of The Clutter In Your Life
During winter’s long hibernation season, you probably did not do a lot of big cleaning projects. The holiday decorations may be piled in boxes in the attic, waiting for proper sorting and storage. Your kid’s closets may be bursting at the seams with discarded toys and winter season clothing. The dreaded spring cleaning ritual has to be done and you are procrastinating.
If it is any consolation, you are not the only family on the block with clutter issues. Becomingminimalist.com says that most families in America with two car garages have too much stuff to even store their cars. While you may have a little room left in your garage, you may still be tripping over boxes of junk that you have been planning to take to the thrift shop for months. You may get twinges of guilt when you watch that popular network reality show that deals with people who compulsively hoard things.
Take a breath and calm your nerves. There is a solution to getting your clutter under control. If you follow these simple guidelines, you can free up space that you did not even know you had:
Confronting Your Clutter
Nobody intentionally plans to clutter their home. It is just a gradual conundrum that sneaks up on you from the depths of your closets, drawers, attic, and basement. Not only do you deal with your own things, but you have to struggle through piles of things that belong to your family. Once you make up your mind to be free, follow these de-cluttering hacks:
• Take Baby Steps: If you wake up one Saturday morning and swear that you are de-cluttering the whole house today, you will be sadly mistaken. You will just get overwhelmed and depressed, only to jump in the car for a therapeutic shopping trip (where you will buy more junk)!
Tackle one room at a time, and you will see better results. Even if you spend a half hour each day cleaning out a drawer or a closet, you are working toward your complete de-clutter goal. A decluttered home may cause you less anxiety, says an article from Psychology Today. You will have less visual stimulation to rack your nerves.
• Be Diligent: Put your sentimentality aside and ignore those nagging “I may need this one day” feelings. Conventional wisdom tells us that if we have not used something in a six-month time period, we do not need it, says SnappyLiving.com. Get rid of duplicate items, things that do not fit, and things that are never used.
If items are too nice to pitch, donate them to a thrift store. You can also sell lots of stuff to consignment shops or on Internet auctions. Things that have seen better days should be recycled or retired to the dumpster.
• Make It A Group Effort: If everyone pitches in and helps with the de-cluttering chore, it will get done faster. Try making a game of it and see who can create the largest donation or recycling piles. Kids are more apt to glean through their things if it is on their terms.
There are a lot of things you want to keep but still do not have enough room for them. This might include seasonal clothing, holiday décor, or family mementos. Many people try to store these things in garages, attics, and basements, only to have them ruined by water damage, mold, and vermin.
If you live in the Phoenix area, you may consider self-storage units for extra things. Many of them have climate-control to keep clothing and paper items safe. They are also free of insects, vermin, and troublesome mold issues. Phoenix storage units allow you to keep your collections or business supplies safe until you need them.
This spring, do not wallow in clutter. Take control of it and you can gain control of your life. When you de-clutter and put things in a self-storage unit, you will spend less time cleaning and have more time to do the things you enjoy with your family.