How Self-Storage Will Help Keep Your Resolution to Declutter

Piles of cluttered old items organized for sorting

Decluttering is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions—and for a good reason. Clutter takes up space in our homes and lives and can cause stress. The new year brings the possibility of a fresh start.

However, decluttering your home or business is also one of the most difficult resolutions to maintain. Despite our best efforts, clutter can creep up as life gets busy and we accumulate more things. This year, don’t let these messes weigh you down with our storage tricks and tips on decluttering your home or business.

Give Yourself a Fresh Start

Decluttering starts with taking inventory of what you have, including every miscellaneous drawer, overstuffed closet, and scattered shelf. More than likely, these storage areas have many things that have been forgotten, misplaced, or that are no longer useful.

By working in small, achievable sections at a time, it is easier to work through emptying these storage areas and assessing the items there. As you look through things, ask yourself:

  1. Is this item useful in my life regularly? 
  2. Is this important to have on hand?
  3. Is there a sentimental reason (within reason) to hold onto this?
  4. Will holding on to this benefit or burden me?

From there, decide to throw away, recycle, donate, or keep the item. If you’ve decided to keep it, then decide if its current storage location makes sense for your home. If not, set it aside for the time being, potentially for storing in a storage unit.

Keep It Simple

From different homes and personalities, you’ll find numerous ways to organize and declutter your house. That said, there is no blanket treatment for everyone who wants more organization in their life.

Most simply, start by thinking about how you use things on a day-to-day basis. You want to be able to limit the space between where items are used and where they are stored. For example, if you practice a hobby in your living room, any items for that hobby should be stored nearby rather than in a bedroom or office.

From there, try to group things according to size and purpose in a way that makes sense to you. As you change your home organization, it may be helpful to label these spaces or keep a personal record.

Store Smarter

As you work through sections of your home, you may find some items don’t quite fit anywhere. And if you’re not using or enjoying these items regularly, they can add to disorganization and take up vital space.

Luckily, personal storage units are an easy and accessible way to hold onto miscellaneous or sentimental items and still be able to declutter your house. A little extra space goes a long way in keeping your home clutter-free in the new year.

Find more in store with StoreEase’s readily available, high-quality, and climate-controlled personal storage units. With our many locations and smart technology, you can get started with your clutter-free new year today.