How to declutter without throwing away your possessions?

The KonMari method is the ultimate way to de-clutter your home and life. While thousands swear by Marie Kondo’s methods of cleaning and organization, hundreds are skeptic about throwing things away that they might use, but infrequently. While you might see good reason in throwing something that “does not spark joy” in your life right now, you might look for something similar at the departmental store after a month or so.

If you have never undertaken the journey of uncluttering, you might not have faced the great dilemma – what to throw away and which items to keep? It is impossible to imagine a home without a few pieces of unnecessary furnishing, old china, and leatherback books. The KonMari method might prompt you to get rid of these items, but many of these items might have emotional value for the owner. Most importantly, the owner might get rid of the unnecessary frills one day, but that day isn't today!

So, where do you begin and how do you accomplish de-cluttering your home without throwing away special memories, valuable knickknacks, and priceless gifts?

i.                    Organize the belongings by their purpose
Begin with your room and divide the items into three broad categories – daily use, occasionally used and rarely used items. Keep your regular use items close at hand, and designate a big cardboard box for the seldom-used articles. These can include your ski boots, outdoor gear, hunting gear, and fishing gear. Organize the everyday use items so you can always reach them easily. Now it is time to take care of the rarely used stuff.

ii.                  Go through every room
In every room, make the same categorization. Do you have an ugly floor lamp, that nobody likes, but it has to be there for your in-laws’ visit during Christmas? Well, stick it in that cardboard box along with other items that you and your family rarely use around the house. Designate a separate box for each room.

iii.                Estimate the size of a storage space
Here is where our method differs from the KonMari way. We don't believe in throwing old or unused things away or giving them up for charity when you are still unsure about your emotional attachment to them. After you have collected the unused items from every room, you should get an idea of the size of storage space you will need to keep them. Smaller boxes that you can stack on top of one another can require as less as 5x5 storage space. However, if your "discarded" items include a sofa and a cabinet, you might have to think about larger areas like 10x5 storage units. 

iv.                Budget your storage options
Renting a storage unit might seem a bit excessive, especially when you have an attic or basement. However, storing many boxes in your basement can lead to accumulation of dirt, rodents, and roaches. Why would you want to unclutter your room only to stuff the excess items in your basement? If you have extra space in the house, think about upgrading them into laundry space or a guest bath.

Additionally, storage space rentals are quite affordable. You can choose from a variety of indoor spaces with or without climate control depending on your need. Check out storage in Parker Co to learn more about the varying rates of rental.

v.                  Speak to self-storage rental companies
Aside from determining how much storage space you need and the budget of the rental, you need to find out about the services and features of the self-storage companies in your Colorado neighborhood. Depending on what you need to store, you might need storage spaces with individual alarm and security and climate control. While several storage services claim to have these features, it is imperative to go out there and take a look. Compare their prices and features before signing the deal. Look for rental offers and easy extension contracts.

vi.                Moving the items
Next comes the big haul. You might be able to fit the boxes at the back of your car if there's not much to store. Or you might need a rental truck. Many self-storage units do offer moving trucks for hire. Check out outdoor storage units if you have a heavy load. Sofas and other bulky furniture demand easy pickup and drop off options, so the owner does not have to carry their stuff up a flight of stairs and into an elevator. Outdoor storages offer easier access than completely indoor options. However, some indoor storages do provide trolleys and storage guides that might make a move easy.

vii.              Stacking them up
Always store the heavier and unbreakable items at the bottom. Push sofas, couches, and cabinets to the wall of the space to leave room for the other stuff. Create an aisle space with storage items on either side for easier access. Most importantly, cover your upholstery and wrap the cushions in thick plastic before placing them on your sofa or couch. Many storage spaces can accommodate entire beds with mattresses. It is always essential to keep your mattress on the bed in such situations. However, if you are storing just the bedding, prop it up against the solid wall and provide it with strong support in front. Without enough support, even the costliest of the mattresses can lose shape.

Getting rid of unwanted and unused items from your home do not have to be an emotionally challenging situation. As long as you have a safe and clean storage space, you can replace old furniture with new ones and keep the old ones in storage until you find a suitable buyer. Don't worry about throwing out your children's old toys, furniture, and furnishing. Keep them as long as you like without burning a hole in your pocket in self-storage units. Self-storage spaces are blessings to the modern homeowner, who does not have enough space for heirloom furniture and antique furnishing. It not only helps you store, but it also gives you enough time to find the best buy your items deserve.


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