During the February blues we believe that the biggest step you can take towards improved mental wellbeing is decluttering and organising your home!
Your home should be a safe sanctuary for you and your family rather than a source of stress during the cold and dark winter period.
So, take control and declutter your home in order to beat the February blues by feeling productive and cleansed.
To aid your decluttering quest we suggest you join thousands of others like you and invest in a self storage unit! Storing spare belongings in a storage facility will free up crucial space in your crowded home.
We at Boylin’s Self Store ready and waiting to store any spare belongings that don’t fit in your cramped and cluttered home!
In this article we’ll be taking inspiration from the two decluttering queens Stacey Solomon and Marie Kondo, both of whom have simple yet effective strategies to declutter your home!
When deciding what to keep and what to get rid of during de-cluttering, ask yourself the iconic Kondo staple question: ‘Does this spark joy?’
If the answer is no, then the item has no place in your home.
More useful questions to ask yourself as you encounter each piece of clutter are:
- Do I use this?
- How long has it been since I’ve used it?
- Will I use it again?
- Is it worth the space it takes up in my house?
These questions will help you to bypass nostalgia and to be practical and precise in your decluttering process.
For more of Marie Kondo’s words of wisdom on decluttering you can watch her Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo or watch this brief video that contains 10 of her tidying tips and tricks.
For first hand advice from Stacey Solomon you can watch her informational and entertaining show Sort Your Life Out on the BBC iPlayer.
In the meantime, below are some top decluttering and organising tips to help you to create a happier and more harmonious home for you and your loved ones in 2022.
Empty a Room at a Time
Work your way through your home, clearing areas and grouping items into categories so you can get a real sense of just how much stuff you’ve accumulated.
It also enables you to see how many times you’ve bought duplicates simply because you couldn’t find the item you were looking for.
The time this task will take is well worth it when you think that there will be a lot less to organise going forward, which should streamline cleaning and tidying in the future!
Schedule a Specific Time Dedicated to Decluttering
Organise a time that suits everyone in the household. Decluttering shouldn’t fall to just one person as this emotional labour can lead to stress, burnout and resentment. Cleaning, decluttering and organising the house should be a family affair. Get everyone involved, even the kids, attendance is mandatory! Put on some music and it can be a fun time for the family to bond!
Separate Your Items into Four Piles
Once you’ve identified your unwanted belongings, divide them into four piles:
- to recycle,
- to donate,
- to sell,
- for self storage.
Don’t be tempted to leave the stuff hanging around as it will worm its way back into your cupboards again, especially if you have children around.
Take your recycling straight to the tip, your donations to the charity shop and start listing your items to sell on eBay, Depop, Vinted, or Facebook Marketplace.
Then take your excess items that you cannot part with to your nearest Boylin’s Self Store location and invest in cost-effective, external self storage. We have many accessible locations, such as: Barnsley, Bradford, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield, Swinton and Wakefield. Our sites are available during our usual convenient hours 06:00 – 18:30 Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 16:00 Saturdays, and 08:00 – 14:00 Sundays.
Use Transparent Storage Boxes & Jars and Label EVERYTHING!
Glass jars can be used for everything from pasta and spices to rice and veggies.
Label boxes for children’s clothes in shared bedrooms, and separate toiletries into labelled boxes too.
The same goes for toys, games and tools. By labelling everything the items will never get mixed up. This helps to save time and reduce confusion, especially as you can then encourage children to put away their own clothes and toys too.
You can use sticky labels, get a label maker or even print pictures to stick on toy boxes to help children see where their things need to go.
Once everything is boxed and labelled up, you can then place some of these boxes containing items that are seasonal or sentimental in a self storage unit to clear space in your home. This will help to ensure your self storage unit is organised and optimised, which will mean you get the most for your money!
At Boylin’s Self Store we provide both long and short term leases, so we can accommodate your needs! Moreover, we have containers to suit any budget. Our storage units are affordable and cost effective, with prices starting at just £9.45pw. We aim to save you money through our helpful price match guarantee!
Be Brutal with Your Wardrobe
A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have worn an item in the past year. If the answer’s no, then it’s probably best to donate, recycle or sell it.
Don’t think of it as a waste as someone else could enjoy wearing it – and you might even earn yourself some cash too.
And, rotating your summer and winter clothing is a good idea. Pack away out-of-season items into clear storage containers so that you don’t have to go through the frustration of trawling through your heavy jumpers, scarves and gloves to find your summer dresses and shorts. It reminds you to wear all the clothes you own too rather than living in the same items all year round.
If you’re short on space, try vacuum storage solutions, which compress clothing or bedding to maximise space. Alternatively, you can place your seasonal clothes in a Boylin’s self storage unit until the weather changes and you can rotate them out, thus freeing up the valuable space in your wardrobe at home.
Take a look at your space, do you notice any large, cumbersome items of furniture getting in the way and taking up valuable space?
At Boylin’s Self Store we provide a wide range of sized containers. Our larger units are perfect for storing larger items like furniture. As well as this, our containers are instantly available with ground floor accessibility to save you time and stress.
With Boylin’s Self Store, you can easily and swiftly store your furniture without struggling with stairs, lifts or waiting periods.
Your home should be a functional and liveable space, not a museum of memory laden, but useless objects. A storage unit is the perfect place to store precious items with sentimental value safely, if you can’t face parting with them completely.
Boylin’s containers are extremely secure, wind and water tight so we guarantee that your beloved, sentimental belongings will be safe and sound from potential theft or elemental damage. Furthermore, all of our sites have state of the art CCTV and barrier controls installed which are only accessible through individual key or fob, so your precious items will be safe and sound until you have space for them at home.
We Boylin’s Self Store are here to lend a hand this February and beyond!
Decluttering is a useful and easy way to take some control over your life and space and ease any anxiety cause by your immediate surroundings.
To help relieve some of your stress this February, we are here to lend you a helping hand!
For more information about Boylin’s Self Store visit our website at https://www.boylinsselfstore.co.uk/, and contact us with any and all enquiries regarding self storage via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boylin’s Self Store is here to help you beat the February blues! Declutter your home and take your first step towards a productive and happy 2022.