Have you ever found yourself watching an episode of “Hoarders” only to have the sinking realization that your storage room just might qualify you as a candidate? Self-storage should not be what haunts your dreams as you drift off to sleep at night. If you have ever felt discouraged by the daunting task of organizing your overflow space—then these tips are for you!
- Donate/sell/toss. This one can be especially challenging for the sentimental
individual. Visualizing a de-cluttered space is one way to find the motivation needed to simplify. Another way is to reward yourself with some of the money earned from making your junk another man’s treasure.
- One day at a time. The beauty of a storage room is that it’s hidden from the public eye. This means you can tackle it slowly. So when you find yourself spontaneously bursting into tears in the midst of sorting old records because “it’s never going to all get organized”, that’s probably the perfect moment to call it a day and pick it up again when you feel refreshed.
- Work from a Plan.As you move into the organization phase, the items more frequently used should be easy to get to. E.g. you shouldn’t need to go through an obstacle course of Christmas decorations and bikes every time you need something from the deep freeze. And remember, seasonal items, large items, and rarely used (but still useful) items can go into long-term or short-term self-storage.
- Label, label, label. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to remember where you put things when you need them. You will thank yourself when you know exactly where to find those old home videos when your “baby” leaves for university.