It’s Time: A Guide to Effectively Cleaning Out Your Home’s Storage Spaces
The time has come: those closets, cupboards, and containers that you may or may not have been studiously avoiding for some time need to be opened up and sorted through, and you’re the one who’s rising to the challenge. Whether you have no choice due to a move or have been prompted by a desire to spring clean, cleaning out your home’s storage spaces is an awesome opportunity to reevaluate what it is that you truly need – and to open up more storage space in the process. Of course, doing this effectively means sticking to a well-thought-out plan. We’re here to help with that. Check out our top tips for cleaning out your home’s storage spaces below.
Tackle One Section at a Time
Too many people approach decluttering with a “let’s just get this over with” mentality, which is likely to create more problems than it solves. If you tackle all of your cupboards, or all of the clothes in your closet, at the same time, you’ll be overwhelmed and more likely to become disorganized. Make it a point to take your decluttering process one cupboard (or one item type) at a time. This may feel slower, but it’ll pay off in both speed and organization in the long run.
Get on the Same Page
Enlisting the help of your spouse, roommate(s), or loved ones for your decluttering project can be a great idea for helping things go faster. That said, it’s critical that all of you get on the same page about what sorts of items to keep and throw away. Before you get started, give clear guidelines to everyone about what kinds of things are a “must keep” or a “must go” – and have everyone check in with you about their “maybes” before discarding them into the toss/donate piles. The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home and find that your favorite spatula didn’t make it.
Have a Strict System
It’s important to start off this project fully prepared for the fact that you’ll want to keep a lot of things – things that, deep down, you know you don’t really have space (or need) for. Prepare for situations like this by making a list of characteristics that must be met in order for you to keep an item. This can include:
- Must have been used once in the last month – or at least once every other month in the last year.
- Must be in good enough condition not to need replacing in the next year.
- If this is not a useful item, must have significant sentimental value.
The above list is only an example – feel free to replace or add to it based on the characteristics that are most compatible with your needs and lifestyle.
Have a Measurable Goal
Before you even tackle this project, think about what you’d like to come out of it (beyond the general goal of “organization”). Maybe you’d like to get rid of one-third of your clutter, or maybe you’d like to free up one cabinet in your kitchen and one shelf in each closet. Whatever your goal may be, make sure it’s measurable and realistic. This will give you something to work toward, and it will make it much more likely that you’ll actually get rid of the stuff you don’t need.
Dispose of the Junk Efficiently
In the middle of a move or major cleaning project, there’s a lot to take care of beyond junk removal. That’s why your best bet is to work with a reliable junk removal company. They’ll help to ensure that your organization project never takes you beyond your front yard, allowing you to get more done in less time while resting assured that your junk is being disposed of responsibly and appropriately.
Cleaning out your home’s storage spaces? The secret to being effective is to approach the process with a plan – and to stick to it every step of the way. Set goals and stick to your system, and you’ll see your efforts pay off. To get a free quote on reliable, efficient junk removal services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
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