How Do You Get Rid of Clutter Fast?
For some people, clutter is a way of life. It’s the accumulation of much loved objects, CDs, books, holiday mementos and toys the kids are happy to part with but you’re not. For others, it’s an ongoing battle that is waged on a daily basis and always threatens to overwhelm you. For most of us de-cluttering is a task we all put off, until we absolutely can’t any longer.
Getting rid of clutter is hard because it involves a number of decisions – many of which are sentimental. We hold onto parts of our lives, and people we’ve encountered, via the objects that remind us of them. Then there’s the hobbies we invested in – and still feel guilty about. Or the collection we think might be worth something, if only we had the time to look into it.
4 Fail-Safe Tips for De-cluttering Fast
At Schepens Self Storage we encounter clients every day who need space in their homes, but just can’t bring themselves to throw stuff out. Over the years we’ve developed 4 tips to help our clients decide what they want to keep, and what can go.
1. Create a Project
The most enthusiastic de-clutterers we meet are those who need space for a concrete purpose. It may be a home office, a nursery, a play room for the kids, or a work-out studio. The key seems to be thinking about what you’ll gain from having a clear out, rather than what you’ll lose. The imagination is a powerful player in our lives. So just imagine the room you could create, if only you had the space to do so.
2. The 4 Box Method
We didn’t invent this one; it’s an approach that all enthusiastic de-clutterers suggest, and it seems to work. Here’s how it goes:
- Find 4 large boxes – try not to buy them as they’ll them become more clutter!
- Label them: ‘put away’ ‘give away’ ‘throw away’ ‘self storage’.
- Choose a room to de-clutter and discipline yourself to place every object in one of the boxes.
- Once the task is complete, carry out the actions on each of the boxes immediately.
3. Donate to a Charity
Sometimes the hardest thing about getting rid of clutter fast is actually taking it out of the house and disposing of it. There are now a number of charities that will do this for you. Some of them will even come to the house and collect your clutter. Thinking about the good your recycled clutter could do for others is a great way of moving on from being a hoarder.
4. Local Self Storage
Self storage is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK – so de-cluttering isn’t an isolated problem! At Schepens Self Storage we work with clients who need time to make decisions about their clutter. We’re also there for families on the move, needing somewhere to store overflow furniture. Or we’ll take great care of collections, or sports equipment that has outgrown its original home.
About Schepens Local Self Storage
We know that de-cluttering is a difficult thing to do, so we make self storage a simple solution. All you need to do is tell us what you want to store and for how long. We’ll deliver a storage container to your home. We can help with packing, or provide sturdy boxes and packing materials. Your sealed container will be securely located in a clean facility. You’ll be given a unique key-code providing local access to your stored goods 6 days a week.