Organising is very popular at the moment, and we all know that a tidy home can help us achieve a tidy mind — but what do you do if you’ve got more belongings than you can comfortably store in your home?
Contrary to the opinions of many interior design blogs, you don’t need to bin everything you own to achieve a clean, clutter-free space. Whether you’re downsizing or you’ve got a new arrival on the way (or an older one returning home from university), here are just a few of the benefits of decluttering, plus ways you can do so without losing the things you love for good.
Beyond the obvious benefits of giving yourself more space to live in and enjoy your home, tidying up comes with a whole range of benefits for both physical and mental well-being.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Mess can negatively affect our mental health by making us feel hemmed in and overwhelmed. A tidy room gives our brains less information to deal with and can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
The same goes for an untidy bedroom. The way we organise our sleeping spaces can have a real impact on sleep, so focus on a clean, organised bedroom to help your mind relax and switch off for a good night’s rest.
Recover the things you love
In a life full of stuff, we often lose the things that mean the most to us. Organising and tidying can often uncover beloved items you had forgotten about entirely, and can help you prioritise what to store.
Whether you share with housemates or family, a chaotic home can wreak havoc on your relationships. Give each other more space by literally giving each other more space through external storage solutions.
Decluttering: Quick Wins
While a lot of decluttering advice focuses on organising, prioritising is actually far more helpful. By identifying what you really need, and what you need right now, you’ll have a much easier time when it comes to deciding what to bin and what to store.
A great decluttering quick win is to organise your life by seasons. From Christmas decorations to a winter wardrobe, there are hundreds of items in your home that you don’t need for a large part of the year. Use external storage to free up space and make room for the things you do need.
Exercise equipment can take up a huge amount of space in the home, and doesn’t tend to be the most aesthetically-pleasing decoration. Self-storage is a much better alternative for activity equipment, because you can access it whenever you need and store it neatly out of the way when it’s not in use.
Whether it’s an item with sentimental value or a priceless piece of art, we all have valuable things that we don’t want to get rid of but don’t necessarily need to see and use every day. Premium storage is a great option for keeping these items safe, while prioritising them will help you to identify the things you can throw out.
Hide your library
Unless you have a real library, hanging on to hundreds of books isn’t usually a viable option. One solution is to put your collection into small volume or box storage. That way you don’t have to bin books you love, and you can always swap them in and out of your home whenever you feel like reading them again.
Get Started with Storage
Once you’ve prioritised your belongings, and got rid of the things you don’t want or need, it’s time to choose the right type of storage for you. Here at TFM we have three different options:
Small Volume Storage
Got a couple of small pieces of furniture or boxes of books you’d like to store? Small volume storage could be the answer. Rather than paying for an entire self-storage unit, small volume storage allows you to have your possessions collected and re-delivered at your leisure. Easy and stress-free!
If you’d rather have access to your things whenever you like – and you’ve got a bit more to store – self-storage is for you. You’ll enjoy unlimited access to your unit during opening hours, and flexible payments that make sure you only pay for the days you use your storage space.
If you’re looking to store valuable heirlooms such as prize furniture, paintings, or even vehicles — premium storage is the safest bet. Premium items will be carefully collected and loaded by our expert team and kept safe in clean, dry, and insured containers with 24/7 security.
Ready to declutter? We’d love to help you with any storage needs you might have after organising your home — contact us today for help, information, or to get a quote.