There are so many reasons to declutter and live a life with fewer possessions in the home. It makes it easier to find what you want when you want it, cleaning is less of a trial because you don’t have to move items out of the way constantly, and it can also help your mental health too. When you declutter your life, you cut your stress levels. A study by UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives and Families confirms that excess clutter causes high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
But once you have sorted the items that you want to remove from your home, what do you do with them? There are a host of options, including selling, disposing and using self storage, but some are preferable to others. Let’s take a look at the various destinations for your clutter.
Many people who declutter have grand plans for selling the items they want rid of. This can earn you some money when you list the items on eBay, Facebook Marketplace or similar sites. However, selling online can be a stressful activity at times.
Dealing with constant questions from buyers, chasing payments and dealing with the postal system can be annoying for a single item, but when you are trying to juggle multiple posts, it can become a full time job and re-stress you after your initial destress.
Rather than take on the effort of selling items when you declutter your life, you could instead take them to the local tip. That gives you a kind of closure straight away. They are out of your life and gone forever. However, it does bring its own problems.
Creating more landfill is exactly the opposite of what we want to do at the moment. It is not environmentally friendly to create more mountains of stuff that are left to rot or to be incinerated and then release more CO2 into the air. Yes, it can feel cathartic to empty the contents of your car into those massive metal bins, but the ecological impact is incredibly concerning.
What is your clutter could be the exact thing someone else has been looking for. By taking your rejected items to a charity shop, you give another person the chance to find a bargain for something they really need. In addition, these donations help to support the charity too.
The big problem with this, and many other solutions, is that you might not always want to give away your items forever. Yes, they don’t fit in your home as it is, but tastes change and if you have given something away, you can’t simply bring it back in. Once it is gone, it is gone.
This is what makes putting items into self storage units with easyStorage an ideal solution. You get to keep your possessions but you also gain the space and tidiness in your home. If a style of homeware, for example, comes back in vogue, you can bring back your storage items and replace them with those that you have had in use for a while.
Many of us accumulate possessions from relatives that pass, and the thought of disposing of them is too heartbreaking. Keeping these items in storage units means you can always get them back when you need to feel that person’s presence again. It is safe and secure and allows you to hold those memories whilst also enjoying the freedom you enjoy when you declutter your life.
easyStorage also provides a storage and removal service where they come and collect your clutter and take it away for you. It’s a simple, but effective solution
If you are ready to welcome in the spring and declutter your life to enjoy the reduced stress and increased relaxation that comes with it, talk to me today. I am Chloe from Clutter Cutdown and I want to help you breathe new life into your home and help your mental health at the same time. I often advise my clients to look for self storage in London and across the south east to avoid the many pitfalls that can come with other methods and I can help you work out the best solution for your individual needs.
We won Organising & Decluttering Service of the Year in the London and South East Prestige Awards this year. We are also members of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) so you can be sure of our utter professionalism that gets results every single time. Contact us today to start transforming your life.
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Our storage packages have the added benefit of free removal of your items, saving you up to £1,000. All you need to do is pack your items (or we can pack for you, supplying boxes and packing material) and we’ll pick-up your items and store them in our safe and secure easyStorage facility. Then when you are ready, we’ll deliver them wherever you need us to. You just need to give us two working days’ notice. Perfect if you are moving house, running out of space, or just need somewhere to store your stuff.
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