Did you know that a cluttered, disorganized space is known to increase stress levels and anxiety? Studies show that people in cluttered spaces show higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, indicating chronic stress.
If you take a look around your space and it looks a little tight, and if you wish you had a bit more room - this article is for you. These tried and true space management techniques will help you clear your space - and your head.
Take it slow with the 5-minute rule
Spend 5 minutes a day organizing your spaces. You can divide your space into smaller elements - for example, you can start with the topmost drawer in your dresser and organize one drawer a day. Instead of trying to tackle it all at once, take it slow. If you come across any items that you won't want in your newly organized space (clothing, books, furniture, etc), move them to a storage box to be dealt with later.
Our handy little MI-BOX is always helpful for projects like this - especially when you know you have a lot of items collected that you don't really need in your space. If you’re planning a daily decluttering ritual, subscribe to an MI-BOX, which can be easily parked in your driveway. Once you’ve moved everything you don't need to your MI-BOX, you can leave it out of sight at your own parking space, or keep it out of sight and out of mind at one of our storage units.
Give them away to those who need them
When life happens - with that new job and the kids' new school term, smaller tasks like organizing and decluttering tend to get away from us. And then one day, you look around and realize that your home is stuffed full of things that need to go. If these items are in good condition, especially clothes and furniture, it’s always a good idea to consider donating them.
When you’re donating the items you don't need, be sure to pack them right. Use proper packing material such as wardrobe boxes for your clothes and bubble wrap for your fragile furniture so that they don't get damaged during transport and storage. Space Centre Storage has a wide selection of boxes and packing products that can help you as you prepare your items for their new home.
Sort out your documents
One of the biggest contributors to clutter is the documents we keep at our home. Files with old bills, tax forms, mail, and notices that you might need someday - these take up space that we don’t even notice. Do a home-wide audit and take note of how many files and documents you have in your space. If your documents are taking up space, consider digitalizing them by scanning your files and saving them on your computer or the cloud. If you are not entirely comfortable with this, label and sort your documents, and make use of a file storage solution.
Space Centre Storage offers custom file storage for both individuals and businesses. With a metal and concrete building, and a flood-free location, you can store your documents at Space Centre Storage and rest easy about their safety.
Invest in a storage solution
The right storage solution is always an investment - because in addition to being a space that can hold your clutter, it also gives you peace of mind by guaranteeing the safety of your items.
A self-storage unit is a specially good idea if you’re living in Kelowna. A home in Kelowna comes with “seasonal clutter” - skis and snow plowers for winter, a canoe for summer, a really cute spring wardrobe, and more. A seasonal home clean-up is a great idea for Kelowna homeowners, where you “season” your home with the items you need, and store what you don't.
Although the whole process of decluttering your home every season seems a little tedious, with Space Centre Storage’s drive-up heated units, personal storage is as easy as it gets. If you’d rather avoid a drive, set up your own home storage unit with an MI-BOX.
So take a nice long look at your space, and start your journey towards a clutter-free home and a stress-free life. If you need any help along the way, Space Centre Storage is right here to help.
Space Centre Storage has a wide selection of storage options for all your needs. Give us a call right now to see how we can help you declutter your space and live your best life.