If you are like many people, the new year comes with resolutions that aim to make life healthier, happier, and less complicated. Whether you resolve to enjoy more meals at home with friends and family or to practice daily meditation, the goal to embrace simple actions that can lead to beneficial returns is a good one. Decluttering your home is another simple resolution that favors a minimalist approach to the new year and one that can have a big impact on your enjoyment of your space. Not only will your house feel more open and expansive, but the organization and feeling of having just what you need on hand can minimize stress and improve your wellbeing. If you are looking to take a deep dive into decluttering and reorganizing all your stuff, here are four tips to help with the task.
- Prepare for your piles
To get started, gather what you need for the four piles into which you will sort your things: Keep, Toss, Donate/Sell, Store. This can mean getting a self storage unit in Concord for items you don’t need in your home, contacting any group you plan to donate to so you can learn their donation policies, or even renting a large dumpster if you know you will have a lot to throw away. It can also be helpful to use four containers, one for each pile, that you use as you sort the items in each room.
- Take it one room at a time
Paring down the contents of an entire house can feel overwhelming. But if you take it one room at a time, the project quickly becomes more manageable. In order to build momentum, consider starting with an easy room and work your way up to the attic filled with who knows what.
- Organize as you go
Once a room has been decluttered, create an organization system that ensures everything you keep has a place. You can install new shelving or use baskets or storage containers to make the most of the space available. If you find there still isn’t enough room for everything in your Keep pile, you might want to do another pass and add more to your Store pile.
- Have a yard sale
For the items in your Donate/Sell pile, consider putting together a yard sale or posting them on the various resale websites and community forums. Whatever doesn’t sell, you can donate to a local organization. And don’t forget to get a receipt for the value of the donation, this can be used as a deduction for your taxes next year.
From your bedroom to the garage, decluttering in the new year will open up your home and give you a fresh start. For help in your resolution to minimize, contact Abba Storage for all the items in your Store pile. Whether you just need a small self-storage unit for your holiday decorations and seasonal gear or car storage units in Concord to finally free your garage of the vehicles you rarely use, the team at Abba Storage is happy to help.
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