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New Year, New Space: Decluttering with the Help of Self and Portable Storage

2024 January 09
Written by Make Space Storage

Usher in the New Year with a Refreshed and Reorganized Living Space! 

Welcome 2024 with an organized home, a fresh beginning, and practical decluttering strategies. Discover the transformative power of home organization and learn how self-storage and portable storage solutions can simplify your life in this new year. It’s time to embrace change, invite tranquillity, and create an environment that inspires you every day. So, let’s get started! 

Step 1. Assess Your Space 

Assessing your living space is the first step towards creating a harmonious and clutter-free environment. It's time to take a closer look at your surroundings and evaluate how you can optimize the functionality of every room.

Start by identifying clutter and areas that need decluttering. Take a moment to reflect on each item in your space - does it serve a purpose or bring you joy? If not, it might be time to let go and create more breathing room.

Next, evaluate the functionality of each room. Is there an efficient flow of energy? Are there any obstacles hindering the use of the space? By assessing these factors, you can identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments.

When it comes to storage solutions, explore different options that suit your needs. Consider utilizing existing storage spaces such as closets or cabinets. Additionally, explore storage options like under-bed storage containers or wall-mounted shelves to maximize vertical space.

If you find yourself in need of extra storage beyond what your home can provide, consider self-storage as an option. Self-storage facilities offer secure and convenient spaces where you can store belongings that are not frequently used but still hold value.

Remember, assessing your living space is not just about tidying up - it's about creating a sanctuary where functionality meets serenity. Embrace this opportunity to declutter, reorganize, and create a space that truly reflects who you are.

Step 2. Sort and Declutter Your Belongings

So now that you’ve assessed your space it’s time to start sorting your belongings. This step sets the foundation for an effective decluttering process. By implementing smart decluttering strategies, you can regain control over your space and create a calm environment.

Here are three strategies that you can use to help you on your decluttering journey: 

  1. The KonMari Method: Developed by Marie Kondo, the KonMari Method encourages you to declutter and organize by focusing on whether an item "sparks joy." The process involves going through each category of items (clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items) and keeping only those that bring you joy. Hold each item in your hands, consider its significance, and discard anything that no longer serves a positive purpose in your life.
  2. The 12-12-12 Challenge: This strategy involves selecting 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper places. The simplicity of the numbers makes the decluttering process more manageable and less overwhelming. You can repeat this process regularly, focusing on different areas of your home each time, to gradually reduce clutter.
  3. The Four-Box Method: This method involves using four boxes labelled "Keep," "Donate," "Trash," and "Relocate." As you go through your belongings, place each item into one of the four boxes based on its relevance and usefulness. Be honest with yourself about whether you genuinely need or use each item. Once the sorting is complete, promptly deal with the contents of each box: put away the items you're keeping, donate or sell the items in the appropriate box, dispose of the trash, and relocate items to their designated spaces.

Choose the strategy that resonates most with your preferences and adapt it to fit your specific decluttering goals. Remember, the key is to be intentional about the items you keep and create a living environment that brings you peace and order. It's not just about getting rid of things, but rather creating space for what truly matters.

Step 3. Utilize Self Storage for Seasonal Items and Sentimental Belongings

In every decluttering journey, there is a point where you hit a wall. You’ve been able to decide what to give away, but you’re still left with more than you might have space for. Often these items are sentimental or seasonal. 
When it comes to storing seasonal items and sentimental belongings, self-storage can be a game-changer. Not only does it provide a convenient solution for decluttering your living space, but it also offers benefits that go beyond simple organization.

One of the key advantages of using self-storage for seasonal items is the ability to free up valuable space in your home. Whether it's bulky winter clothing or holiday decorations, these items can take up a significant amount of room that could be better used for everyday living. By safely storing them in a secure storage unit, you can create more breathing space and enhance the overall functionality of your home.

But self-storage isn't just about practicality; it's also about preserving sentimental belongings that hold immense emotional value. Whether it's family heirlooms, childhood mementos, or cherished keepsakes, these treasured possessions deserve proper care and protection. Many of our self-storage facilities offer climate-controlled units to ensure that your sentimental items remain safe and well-preserved for years to come.

In addition to providing secure storage solutions, our facilities offer flexible rental terms and convenient access hours. This means you have the freedom to retrieve or store your seasonal items and sentimental belongings whenever you need them without any hassle or restrictions.

Step 4. Streamline Your Life with Portable Storage Solutions

Looking for an alternative storage solution after decluttering? Or maybe you just need some extra space right next to your home while you work through your decluttering and organizing process. Portable storage might be the perfect solution for you! 

These innovative solutions offer many benefits that can help streamline your life and bring order to your surroundings. No longer will you have to navigate through piles of belongings or waste time searching for items buried deep within your closets. With portable storage, everything has its place and is just a few steps away.

The benefits of portable storage extend beyond decluttering. These on-demand storage options offer flexibility and convenience like never before. Need extra space for seasonal items? Simply pack them away in a portable unit until they are needed again. Moving to a new location? Portable storage allows you to pack at your own pace and have your belongings delivered directly to your new doorstep. Whether you need access to stored items during the day or in the middle of the night, these solutions provide 24/7 accessibility at your fingertips.

Step 5. Maintain an Organized Space Throughout the Year

Maintaining an organized space throughout the year is not just about tidiness, but it also contributes to a sense of peace and productivity. By adopting sustainable organizational habits, you can create a space that supports your goals and aspirations.

Staying organized requires more than just a one-time decluttering session. It involves establishing routines and systems that help you maintain order in the long run. Start by identifying areas in your life that tend to accumulate clutter and develop strategies to tackle them regularly.

Implementing decluttering routines can be empowering as you let go of items that no longer serve a purpose or bring joy into your life. By consciously evaluating what you truly need and cherish, you make room for new opportunities and experiences.

As you embark on this journey towards a clutter-free and organized lifestyle, Make Space Storage stands ready to help. Contact us today to explore our self-storage and portable storage options tailored to your needs. Let 2024 be the year you reclaim your space, embrace change, and foster a living environment that supports your aspirations.

Ready to transform your living space and embrace the benefits of self-storage and portable storage solutions? Reach out to Make Space Storage today! Check out our locations or contact our friendly team to explore the options available across Canada. Let's make 2024 the year of a clutter-free, organized, and inspiring home. Your fresh start awaits – contact Make Space Storage now!

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