We are a nation of hoarders –one in five of us admit we have enough clutter to fill a whole room, and one in 20 of us have tripped over the clutter in our homes.
As a result, our houses are full of things we should have got rid of a long time ago, as well as those items we want and need but don’t use on a day-to-day basis. This means that our lofts, garages, sheds and even spare rooms tend to be used for storage. Sound familiar?
Just imagine what you could do with this space if it wasn’t so full with clutter! You could have that man cave you have always dreamed of, a walk-in wardrobe that will make you the envy of your friends, a hobbies room to help you pursue your passion, a home gym that will help you get fit and save on membership money, or simply use it as a spare bedroom so friends and family can come and stay. The only limitation is your imagination and perhaps the size of your room and budget…
But, in order to make the most of your space you need to clear the clutter. So, where is it going to go?
Start by sorting it into three piles – the first is those items that don’t belong anywhere other than the bin. The second is for things that you can donate to charity. For example, did you know that each bag of home clutter is worth an average of £25 – all of which can go directly to supporting groundbreaking work? Finally, you know what they say – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, so pop the things that are good enough to sell on eBay.
However, once you’ve donated or binned the clutter, you may find you are still left with items that you are either unsure what to do with or you don’t want to get rid of (but don’t really want to have in the house). These could all be put in a storage unit which will allow you to remove a large amount of ‘stuff’ in one go.
The great thing about using a storage unit is that it will instantly give you all the space you need, but will still enable you to access your items whenever you want them. Just remember to label your boxes and put what you are least likely to use to the back of the storage unit, and the things you are more likely to need to the front.
Talking of storage outside the house – once everything that can be moved out has gone, make sure you think about storage solutions in the home. There are plenty of clever hacks that will keep your remaining belongings tidy and organised. How about multifunctional furniture, for example? This will give you extra storage space without taking up any unnecessary room.
Now you just have to decide what you are going to do with all that space…