Decluttering the house is usually a constant task on everyone’s to-do list, but the actual job can seem so overwhelming that we never get around to starting it. This spring, before the weather gets nice and we move a lot of activities outdoors, take an afternoon to purge these easy things to make some space in your life with Climate Controlled Storage Rock Springs WY.
We know we all have these plans to get back into those pants we wore two years ago when we were running marathons, but there’s no reason to hang onto several wardrobes in varying sizes just because we may think we will fit into it one day. The truth is that, by the time we may get back to that size, styles will have changed and we will want to reward ourselves with new, quality pieces after all our hard work.
Take a careful look at your closet and choose to only keep the most timeless and good-quality items of clothing that may not fit. Things like coats, classic style shoes, and jeans may be good things to hold onto, but anything that’s stretched out, faded, cheap, or trendy can be thrown away or donated (if it’s in good condition) to someone who can use them right now.
Non-essential Kitchen Equipment
For many, our kitchen cupboards and drawers are overcrowded with things that we don’t even use…so what is a good method for discovering what we truly need? If you’re serious about decluttering your kitchen, try putting everything you don’t use on a (truly) daily basis into some boxes in the garage. Whenever you need an item from the boxes, go ahead and grab it and put it away. At the end of a few months, whatever is still in the boxes can be sold in a garage sale or donated! Appliances, utensils, storage containers, pots and pans–it all goes in the boxes until you need it!
Books and Magazines
Books and magazines can be fun things to collect, but the truth is that there are few books we will truly reread or study in our lifetime, and if we do choose to reread or study them, the library, with its printed books, ebooks, and audiobooks, is an amazing resource that saves us money and space!
If a book has sentimental value, it can stay. Besides that, try to narrow your book and magazine collection down to just a few favorites that you may want to loan out to friends one day.
If you’re a parent, especially of young children, a good purge of their rooms could reveal tons of junk hiding in your home. As a general rule, each of our kids gets a drawer in their nightstand that is for their special “treasures”. This rarely gets purged, and is a place for them to choose what they want to keep.
However, we don’t do toy boxes because it’s too easy for sets of toys to get separated and lost, never to be played with again. A better idea is to keep sets of toys together in bins or baskets to bring out to play and then clean up.
So do a thorough purge of your toy situation. Things like Legos, blocks, building toys, cars, plastic animal toys, and toy kitchen toys get played with a lot at our house, but they are constantly being put back with their “sets” to keep them from becoming junk. Random junk toys from the dollar store or McDonalds will get tossed after a few weeks of fun. It can be a lot of work to purge through your kids’ things every few weeks, but it definitely helps you stay on top of the toys and it helps your kids see what they have and play with their toys more!
Old Bedding and Towels
It’s not clear how it happens, but the hall linen closet seems to produce its own sets of sheets, blankets, and towels until it’s overflowing. A quick purge of this closet, where ever it happens to be in the house, can be rewarding and freeing. Keeping one set of extra sheets per bed if necessary (personally we prefer to just wash the sheets and put them back on the bed before bedtime), two sets of towels per person (one to be using and one to be washing), plus a couple of blankets, pillows, and towels for guests are all you need! If you have anything ripped or stained, it can automatically be donated to a place like an animal shelter.
Junk happens, but if you’ll tackle it a little bit at a time, you’ll find that it’s not quite as overwhelming as it may first seem. If you’re downsizing, moving, or find yourself needing to store some things to make room for more pressing needs, it’s time to give Self Assured Storage a call! We are experts and professionals at safely storing your things until you need them again–freeing up your space and your mind!