As the snow starts to melt and the sun begins to warm the folks of Southeastern Massachusetts, a feeling – no, an urge – to clean and de-clutter the closets, rooms, garages, basements and homes sweeps the residents of Fall River. Spring cleaning may seem like a huge undertaking, but it can be a therapeutic way to prepare your family and your home for warm spring days and hot summer nights.
Clutter is one of the worst things that plague us all. Whether you have young children (and all of the toys and mess that comes with them) or just seem to somehow collect an assorted lot of things throughout the year, these seven tips for de-cluttering your home will help get you started with your spring cleaning efforts and get you on the road to organization in no time!
Tip #1 – Make Time for De-Cluttering
One of the hardest parts of de-cluttering your home is finding time in your busy schedule to just do it. Don’t save it all for the weekend, that’s a sure way for this chore to get lost in the shuffle. Instead, take 15-30 minutes a couple of times a week to go through closets, drawers and other specific areas where clutter has taken over. Sort items that will go in the trash, items that can be recycled and items that you want to put in your Southeastern Massachusetts storage facility. Use your storage space wisely and make sure that you are only saving items that you will be using again in the future.
Tip #2 – Make a Plan
One of the best tips ever is to start at your front door, where guests and neighbors will see your clutter first, and work your way back through the rest of your home. Start by organizing coats, jackets, boots and wet weather gear. Once spring is definitely sprung, go ahead and put all of your winter weather things into a well-marked box or bin and take it to Affordable Storage in Fall River for safe keeping until the leaves begin to change again. There’s no reason to keep these items in your home – and in your way – year round.
Tip #3 – Steal Moments for De-Cluttering
While you are waiting for a pot of water to boil or waiting for something to come out of the microwave, use that five minutes or so to clear out a junk drawer or go through a cupboard. You might be surprised at all the odd things that get shoved into drawers and cupboards throughout the year.
Tip #4 – Organize Your Storage Space Too!
Stop by your storage space at Affordable Storage in Fall River and go through some of the items that you have stored there. You might be surprised to find things you forgot you had, discover a few items that you would rather discard or give away and at the same time, you’ll be making room to store other items from your home that will help you get rid of some of the clutter. Consider making a storage space map and always clearly mark all storage boxes and bins with a thick marker to ensure easy location of special items.
Tip #5 – Make Rules About Clothing
Whether or not you are up on the latest fashions, it can be easy to become a “clothes horse” in virtually no time at all. Favorite items that hold memories of younger days – and smaller waist lines – unfortunately take up closet space that could be used for items you wear more often. Make a “rule” for yourself about clothing. Outside of seasonal garments that get stored at your Southeastern Massachusetts storage facility, anything that hasn’t been worn for over a season should get discarded or donated.
Tip #6 – Finish What You Start
If you start removing the clutter from your living room, bedroom or office, don’t stop before you are finished and move on to another room. Take care of every space in that room, including cabinets, closets and desks, before you start anything else. Once you finish the room you can check it off your mental list, knowing that you won’t need to go back to do anything else. The cleaned and cleared room will feel so nice compared to other cluttered spaces, that you will work every day to ensure that room doesn’t become cluttered again.
Tip #7 – Donate Things You Don’t Need
There are a lot of charities that are in desperate need of the things you have and don’t necessarily need. Toys that your children have outgrown or no longer play with that are still in good condition can be donated to churches, day care centers, after school programs and other community organizations. Clothing, small appliances, furniture, lighting fixtures – just about anything that you know you won’t use, but don’t want to keep in your Southeastern Massachusetts storage facility, can go to good use somewhere else.
What to Do With All That Clutter?
Anything that you want to store that you don’t have room for in your home can be taken to Affordable Storage in Fall River. You can even rent a Penske Truck to help you get all your items to the storage facility. De-cluttering your home can help make your house feel bigger, can give you more room to do the things you want to do and is a great way to go through the things that you own and see what you really want or need.
Call Affordable Storage for information about this clean, secure and well-maintained facility located right here in the Southcoast area. They can help you figure out how much storage space you’ll need, give you quotes for storage rental and even help you rent a Penske Truck to get it all there safely. Contact Affordable Storage in Fall River today at (508) 675-1177!