There’s still a little bit of time to get your spring cleaning done before it’s officially summer. If you’re not sure where to get started in your home, it’s easiest to take a few minutes in each room to identify what type of clutter you have and what the solution could be.
If you find you have a lot of extra furniture or belongings taking up extra space, consider renting a storage unit to help keep your Clarksville home organized. Contact Just Store It! for more information about renting a storage unit, and check out the following tips to keep your home functioning a little more smoothly.
One of the best ways to declutter your home is to go through your belongings and put things into categories like “keep,” “throw away,” and “store.” It can be difficult at times to decide which category some of your belongings should go in, so keep this tip in mind: you use about 20% of your belongings 80% of the time, so try to get rid of the items you don’t use 80% of the time.
Whether “get rid of” means “throw out” or “store” is up to you, but consider these things when categorizing items.
Hang onto items you use regularly or that you enjoy looking at. If you have a favorite collection of trinkets, there’s no need to put those away just because they take up a few shelves on the bookcase. Consider how many of the books on that bookcase you actually read or re-read, though.
Keep items that are in good condition, serve a function, and make you happy. In theory, this should be about 20% of your belongings.
Now, we aren’t saying you need to get rid of the other 80% of what you own just because you don’t use it every single day, but that doesn’t mean all of it is worth keeping somewhere. If items are broken, missing pieces, or worn out, it’s a good indication that they can be trashed.
Do you have a jar collection that you never decided to do anything with? Recycle them. Recycling and repurposing items is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment without having to live with a bunch of junk you don’t use or need.
Donating is another option for getting rid of items you don’t want to keep. If items are in good condition, chances are that someone else could use them. Within your “throw away” category, start separating things into sub-categories that can be donated, recycled, or trashed.
Maybe you have items you don’t really use but they have sentimental value or you own things that you only use a couple times a year but they’re really handy to have when you need them. These belongings are great candidates for storage. There’s no reason you should let these items clutter up your home, but you also don’t have to get rid of them.
Instead, rent a storage unit to keep these items in. Storage units are climate-controlled and are convenient to access. Learn more about how Just Store It! can help you declutter your Clarksville home by getting more information about our storage unit sizes and amenities.