How to declutter your home with Smartroom self-storage in Shoreditch, London
per. Alex Dev
Making the most of our space at home has been a challenge for a lot of us throughout the past year due to the pandemic situation, especially in London, where you do not see many green parts of the city in the areas like Shoreditch, Marylebone, Chelsea, Camden and others. Nevertheless, no matter how organised you are, sometimes there is just not enough space in general.
Of course, there are ways of overcoming this challenge without having to move out. Renting a Smartroom self-storage unit can be your ultimate solution which will allow you to free some room for yourself and your family.
Here are some steps to take to prepare yourself for self-storage:
1. Take time to thoroughly sort out your stuff first
From clothes to books and kitchen appliances there are main categories of items in your home. Going through all of them might seem intimidating at first, however, don’t be scared of it and go with one section at a time.
Find a place to give away the stuff that you haven’t used in a while – donate it or sell it, or maybe give it away to someone you know if they need it.
- Clothing and shoes: anything that has stains on it, that is damaged, or doesn’t fit you anymore can be gone.
- Kitchen appliances, small tools: if you have two pieces of the same appliance simply keep just one of them. Also, let go of the stuff that you ever hardly use.
- Paperwork: These tend to easily pile up in our houses. Go through every bit that you have and keep just the documents and photos that are important. Everything else may be recycled.
- Furniture: make sure that the furniture that you have right now fits well your space and is used efficiently.
Smartroom can help you to pack all your belongings for your Smartroom Storage, we cover City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Mayfair, Soho, Marylebone and whole London.
2. Decide what to keep and what to store
Once you will finish sorting out your belongings you will have a clear idea of what you need and what you don’t need, what you use every day and what you don’t use at all and got rid of. And now comes another category of items – things that you use occasionally or depending on the season. These tend to take a lot of space and can be easily stored in a storage unit to which you will have access at any time that you need. Here are some item categories that can be stored:
- Sports equipment
- Outdoor furniture and accessories
- Collectibles, antiques, family heirlooms
- Toys, accessories, seasonal clothes.
3. Understand what size of self-storage you need near you
There is a variety of sizes in which storage units can come. They can range from small lockers to large units that could store a whole van. Here is how you can choose the size that you need:
- A 5×5 storage unit is perfect for when you need to store several boxes. This is the size of an average home closet and can fit in some sports equipment (like snowboard, golf courses) or even some smaller furniture.
- A 5×10 storage unit allows you to store larger items of furniture, such as a double bed, a chest of drawers, a mattress. In addition, you could also fit in a few boxes, with stuff like a barbecue grill, outdoor furniture, or tools.
- Larger units, such as 10×10 and 15×10 are used for moving or long-term storage. They are typically the size of half of a garage. 10×10 can store items from a small studio apartment, and the 10×15 unit can accommodate the furniture of 2 or 3 bedrooms or a large living room. They can also be used to store smaller vehicles.
- Even larger units 10×20 and up are suitable for storing cars, boats, RVs, or the stuff from big houses (2-3 bedrooms).
4. Improve the efficiency of the new space in your home
Now that you have more space available, you can assess whether it is used efficiently enough. You might have to rearrange some of your furniture to make it easier to navigate around the rooms. Think about putting other items into storage spaces in your house to invite air into your rooms and have your space separated into areas dedicated to certain activities.
5. Sort out your stuff regularly to avoid clutter accommodating again.
Once you have decluttered your home it is crucial to keep it as neat as it is. Be mindful when buying stuff. Assess your belongings from time to time, thinking whether you need everything. Having everything under control will help you stay organised and maintain a comfortable interior.
And remember that Smartroom self-storage is always near you.