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Downsizing: What To Keep, What To Store, What To Trash

Just store It | May 24, 2019

Whether you’re moving into a smaller house or just trying to get rid of some clutter in your home, downsizing the amount of your belongings can be a lot of work. If you’re struggling to get started or don’t know what to keep or get rid of, check out this guide to help you start going through your belongings.

For the items that you decide to keep but don’t necessarily want to keep in your home, renting a storage unit can be a great solution to hang onto items that have sentimental value or are seasonal. Contact Just Store It! in Clarksville today to reserve a storage unit.

Start Small

When tackling a big project like decluttering and organizing your home, it helps to break it down into manageable chunks. Instead of tearing an entire bedroom apart, start with one dresser drawer at a time. Once you’ve gone through your entire dresser, move on to the closet, and then to any shelving or decor.

This works for every room. In the bathroom, start with the medicine cabinet, then move to the drawers and under-sink cabinets, then to other storage spaces. In the office, start with the desk drawers, then tackle the bookshelf. In your kitchen, start with the upper shelves, then move to the lower shelves, then the pantry.

By breaking the entire project down into smaller intervals, it becomes much less overwhelming and can help you schedule your time cleaning and organizing.

What To Trash

Items that are expired, worn, or broken are obvious candidates for the garbage. It’s a good idea to go through your medicine cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry about once a month to check the expiration dates on items.

For skincare, makeup products, and other items that don’t have a specific expiration date, keep track of when you purchased these items because they should tell you how long they’re good for once opened.

Certain clothing items that have been used should also be thrown away instead of donated. Items like underwear and socks fall into this category.

Other items you might consider throwing out are notebooks that you don’t use anymore, worn-out kitchenware, towels that have mildew, and other items that you don’t use and no one else would be able to either.

Donate It

If you find items that you don’t use but are still in good condition, consider donating them. Chances are that someone else is looking for something similar, but doesn’t necessarily need to buy it new.

Items that are good to donate are lightly worn clothes, working appliances, furniture that’s still in good condition, books, decorations, and other items that can be safely cleaned and used by someone else.

Store It

So you’ve gone through everything, you’ve decided what you can throw away and what you can donate, but what about the items you still see yourself using from time to time? If there isn’t an appropriate space in your home to store a variety of items, consider renting a storage unit.

When you rent a storage unit, you’ll still have access to your belongings anytime you need, they’ll be kept in a secure and climate-controlled environment, and you’ll be able to keep your home organized and clutter-free more easily.

Contact Just Store It! today to reserve a storage unit for your extra belongings.