Do you remember what it was like to be young? You wanted to own everything! If you saw a toy, you wanted it. If your neighbor had a toy, you wanted it even more. If you saw a commercial for a toy, you HAD to have it. There was no negotiating. And of course, the moment you had a toy, you forgot about it. It became clutter. Toys pilled with other toys while you grew up and went about your life. More clutter gathered. Eventually… it took over. Today we are going to talk about reduce clutter in your home.
Memorabilia often makes up a large percentage of the clutter that starts following us around throughout our lives. Memorabilia may include crafts made when we were children, photos of early birthday parties, gifts given to us by a wacky aunt, stuffed animals, sea shells, old toys, the list goes on. What all of these items have in common, is that they are now useless, but we keep them around anyway. Why do we do this? Because we have emotional attachments to things. One of the best ways to start decluttering your life, is to move memorabilia to storage, where it can stay safe, but you don’t have to see it.
The Infrequently Used
We all have items like this around our home. Things we only use once or twice a year. Declutter your home by putting seldom used items in storage. If you own several boxes of camping gear, but only make it out a couple of times a year, why not place them in storage? Seasonal items like snowboards and skis are excellent candidates for storage as well. You only need access to them for a few months out of the year. For the other months, keep them somewhere they will be safe, but out of site. Holiday decorations are only used for a few days. When it isn’t holiday time, keep them in a convenient self-storage unit.