Daisy Santiago
March 23, 2020

Four Box Method and Self-Storage: Making Decluttering Easy

When you have too much stuff to sort out and organise, you always tend to procrastinate. It's just too overwhelming, especially if you have a regular job from 8 am to 5 pm. But isn’t it refreshing to go home after work and see everything all tidied up? There are lots of ways to declutter your home and one of the easiest is the Four Box Method. Start by looking for four empty (big) boxes that you can label as TRASH, GIVE-AWAY, KEEP, and RELOCATE. You can also think of a more creative way to label each box just to differentiate them from each other.

Now, let me give you an idea of which among your things can be assigned in each box. Those labels can pretty much help you identify which should be assigned to a particular box.

Box 1: Trash

Old magazines, newspapers, and appliances that are not functioning anymore. Even furniture and kitchen items that you no longer use or want to keep may be assigned to this box. It doesn’t mean everything should fit in the box as you will be disposing them anyway. Just be sure to dispose of these items as soon as possible and not let them stick in the basement as this will defeat the purpose of decluttering.

Box 2: Give-away

Items belonging to this box are those old items that can still be used by others or for donation. For example, old toys, books, old clothes, shoes or even furniture/appliances that are still in good condition but for whatever reason, you don’t want to use them anymore. Donating can really be a good way to declutter as you are doing it for a good cause. It’s more of a win-win situation.

Box 3: Keep

"Functional" and important items should be assigned to this box. But please, make sure that the items you want to put here are not the “just in case I need it” items as this will only end up as clutter --- and defeating your purpose again. Remember? It's about DECLUTTERING.

Box 4: Relocate…….

Items belonging to this box are those that are fully functional, useful but not yet in season, in good condition but taking up too much space. This is the part where a storage facility comes very helpful. Your basement or stock room is a good idea for relocation. However, it’s not reliable for storing items prone to weather-related damage. It's also not very safe from pests such as rodents and less promising events like leaks and moulds. Instead, I highly suggest you look into a storage unit. Storage facilities in London are of great condition with premium security systems and climate-controlled features. It's also a great idea to rent a storage unit if you happen to have no basement or stock room. It's a safe place to store your belongings such as sports equipment, family memories, gardening equipment or even an excessive amount of pairs of shoes and bags that you would like to keep.

Try checking out easyStorage, a storage company that offers a generous approach in pricing with no hidden charges! Unlike traditional self-storage, easyStorage offers free van (and fuel) for the collection and return of customers' items.

easyStorage facilities are also climate controlled. Thus, keeping your valuables away from moulds or any weather-related damage.

easyStorage can be your best partner when it comes to decluttering. Decluttering doesn't need to be as stressful as you imagine it to be. You just have to properly sort out your things and find the right place to house your items. Those that are still functional and in good condition but used less frequently.

This simple way of decluttering can really make a huge difference. It might look like just a mere process of pulling things out and putting them in their rightful places, but a neat and tidy home resonates positively in the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of one's life.

Daisy Santiago

Daisy is our superstar blogger. With a marketing background and passion for writing, she loves to explore and research topics & put them into writing. Outside of work her hobbies include blogging, writing, blogging, writing. (We keep telling her to get out more)

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