Collection or clutter? What to keep and what to discard
12 Jan 2021

Collection or Clutter? What to Keep and What to Discard

With 2021 almost here, it’s a great time for families to declutter their personal spaces and start the new year on a high note. It may not be easy to distinguish what is junk and what should be held onto, but there are some general guidelines you should stick to when tidying up your space. Read on for some great ways to clean your home and efficiently sort your belongings so you needn’t hold on to unused items.

Determine Your Goals

The first step you should take to ensuring you can properly organize your space (be it closet, bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen) is to determine the end result. Once you’ve visualized this, you can begin with a good idea of how you want things to look once you’re finished. Certain things to consider before starting include how you hope to use the space, and what look or layout it should have. Do you want items or storage boxes colour coded and labelled? How do you plan to separate the items if you plan on categorizing them at all? Do you want to display certain things and, if so, which ones?

Remember to work with the space you have and be realistic. For example, if you are cleaning out the kitchen, you may not have the counter space for all the items you want to display. Keep your room and storage space in mind when contemplating how you will organize your items. Once you have a plan in place, the process will be much smoother.

Wait Before Buying

When you know you are about to embark on a major decluttering session, make it a general rule to not purchase new items in the weeks leading to your clean up. Not only is this economical, but it keeps more things from piling up and causing further stress when it comes time to clean. It’s also very likely that you will unearth items that you didn’t know or forgot you had during the tidying process. Perhaps what you are about to buy is actually something you already have, only hidden away. To prevent this, wait until after your cleaning session to purchase new items. This way, you’ll have extra space to store the new things!

Set a Schedule and Prepare Beforehand

Let’s face it: cleaning is a chore. While it can be enjoyable and therapeutic for some, this isn’t always the case. In order to ensure your cleaning goals are being met in a timely manner, set a schedule and don’t expect everything to get done overnight. Perhaps you can clean the pantry one evening and save your bedroom closet for the weekend. Choose a schedule that works for you and stick to it.

Love it or leave it?

When determining what to throw away and what to keep, you will need to ask some important questions. If an item has been unused for a few months, then that may be a good indicator that you don’t really need it. Ask yourself if you really love the items you have, and keep only what you actually use and what makes your life better and easier. You may want to do this by creating two piles of items: one to discard and one to keep. There’s no hard and fast rule to determine this, as the value of an item is subjective and can be based on a number of personal factors. However, remember to dispose of items responsibly, whether for trash or recycling, and donate what you no longer need.

Use Storage Wisely

For some living in tight spaces, such as condos or apartments, it’s normal to have little to no extra storage. This is why using storage space wisely is so important. Even if you have a lot of storage areas in your home, it can easily become overwhelmed with junk if you keep buying without taking the time to organize. Use overhead bins, hanging storage organizers, and hidden drawers to utilize the space you have both effectively and creatively. Don’t limit yourself to the confines of cabinets and closets either. Often, you can put items on display in your living room or make them into something useful.

Donate Unwanted Items

Remember that your trash may be another person’s treasure, so even if you don’t find value in an item, there is someone who most likely will. This is why donating your unwanted items (that are in good condition) can help others in need. Whenever you declutter, consider donating clothes, accessories, non-perishable foods, and other items that you have in excess or no longer use. It could make another person or family very happy.

Next Steps

It’s normal to have a tough time throwing away your belongings, especially those that you’ve had for years. Even if you can’t seem to discard certain items, there’s a solution to help you keep a clutter-free environment. By utilizing a self-storage facility, you can gain additional offsite storage space to securely keep any excess belongings that you don’t want to get rid of. This way, your home stays clean and tidy.

For more information on Toronto storage rental, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. We proudly serve Toronto and the GTA, and would be happy to help determine your storage needs to find a suitable, budget-friendly solution.

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