Now that the holidays are over, does it feel like your home is full of random items? Are you tired of tripping over boxes of holiday items and feeling like your shelves just have way too many things on them now? Feeling trapped by all of the holiday decor and presents isn't uncommon, especially as the new year approaches. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to declutter your home and help bring sanity back into your household. Some of the actions with the biggest impact include the following:
Get a storage unit
It can be all too easy to go overboard when buying holiday decorations. Do you really need 30 small reindeer dancing on your lawn? Probably not, but they look cute. The trouble comes after the holidays when you realize you have nowhere in your home to actually store all these new acquisitions. You could try to squish everything together in the garage, potentially damaging some of your belongings, or you could get a self storage unit. Even a relatively small self storage unit will allow you to store many, if not all, of your holiday decorations to give you more room in your home for other things.
Getting duplicates, or upgrades, of things you already own as gifts is something that happens to just about everyone. But not everyone has a desire for or a place to keep a large TV set and a slightly newer and larger TV set. Instead of taking the duplicates to the self storage facility with the holiday decorations, pack up all of your outdated but still working items and take them to your favorite thrift store as a donation. Since many other people are having the same idea, make sure to call ahead to find out which location is able to accept your donation at this time.
Rent a small dumpster
Holidays can generate a lot of trash that can take weeks, if not months, to actually dispose of properly. There's the tree that must be disposed of, all of the wrapping paper, shipping boxes, and more. If you rely on your regular weekly garbage service, you could well still be throwing items out in February. Fortunately, many trash companies will rent small dumpsters that are perfect for the extra garbage that is generated during the holidays. If you can't find a small dumpster, talk to your neighbors to see if everyone wants to pool money together to rent a larger communal dumpster to get rid of everything at once.
Including my husband and I, we have a family of six, but we live in a smaller house to help stash away more money in our children's college funds. Our family does a big house spring cleaning every year, and up until a few years ago, it used to be a lot more stressful. It got a lot easier when we decided to start renting a storage unit. Now, we keep our winter clothes in the unit during the summer and vice versa, and we store items we only use occasionally. Not having so much "stuff" around the house just makes it a lot easier to keep our house clean and free of clutter. I have learned a lot about storage units since we started renting ours, so I thought I would start a blog to share my tips on to help anyone who needs them!