With the approach of Easter many of us get into spring cleaning mode. Everything around the house gets cleaned and scrubbed and this yearly cleaning ritual has been going on for centuries. Spring cleaning time is also a great time to declutter. This means sorting through all your belongings, not just cleaning them but deciding whether you actually want or need to keep them. Most of us have a lot more stuff than we need and a lot of people own a lot more than they have space for, resulting in cluttered homes.
But what can you do with all the items that are no longer wanted but still in good shape or good working order. The options range from selling or donating items you want to get rid of to making decisions on what to do with items that are rarely used.
The loft or garage are the usual suspects for these types of items but not everyone has a garage or a loft at their disposal. One option could be to use a paid storage facility and store your items there. These storage centres are located all across the country. They are safe, often climatised and you have access to your belongings whenever you need to. The items are even insured. Some storage companies, such as Safestore Self Storage not only store your items, they also offer other services such as selling boxes, crates and other packaging materials, and local pick-up and delivery of your items.
The only question remains what sort of items you would actually pay for to have stored. Everyone needs to make that decision for themselves but some obvious contenders could be
- Seasonal sports equipment
- Heirlooms or items of furniture that you haven’t got space for at the moment but you’re intending to move
- Documents needing to be kept for tax purposes (archive)
- Children’s clothing if you intend to have more children
- Your children’s items once they go to university
- Items you want to keep safe if you go on an extended holiday
- Camping equipment over the winter
You can see a theme developing here. The best items to store are items that you or someone in your family will need again in the foreseeable future. These items are worth paying storage cost for.
To sum up, when decluttering decide on what items you want to keep and what items you want to get rid of. If space is an issue consider whether paid storage is a viable option for your belongings.