Every year, Americans start their year by making resolutions. For 2015, “getting organized” was the second most common resolution made. But only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions in any given year. By July, less than half of those who made a resolution are still on track. If your resolution for 2015 was to organize your home, a self storage unit may be the perfect tool to help you achieve that goal. AAA Self Storage of Lansing has a variety of sizes and types of storage units that are ideal for storing all of the stuff you don’t have space for in your home but that you need to keep.
Getting your home organized is a big project and can be overwhelming. For this reason, many people give up quickly or before they’ve even begun. The first thing to do is create a plan for organizing everything. The best way to approach it is to break it up into smaller, manageable tasks, such as tackling one room, or even one closet, at a time. Set aside a certain amount of time every week and set deadlines. Each time you complete a room or area, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, which will motivate you to keep going.
As you tackle each room, sort items into dedicated bins or piles, which should include one for items you want to keep, one for items you want to donate, one for items that need to be repaired, and one for items that need to be thrown away. A general rule of thumb to use when deciding if something should be kept or not is that if you haven’t used it in a year or two, it’s probably safe to toss it. If you have items you’re not sure whether to keep or give away, set them aside. A storage unit is the perfect place for these types of items. You’ll free up space in your home but you can still access them easily if you find that you need them. If you decide later that you no longer need those items, you can get rid of them.
Rather than waiting until you’re done organizing the entire house to deal with the sorted piles, make trips to donation centers and your storage unit periodically as you progress through the house. This will give you more room to work and help you see how much progress you’ve made, which will keep you motivated to continue. This will also prevent you from second-guessing yourself or changing your mind. It will also prevent others in the house from pulling items back out of the piles. This is especially true if you have kids who may be attached to some of the items being eliminated.
Once you’re done sorting everything into piles and have removed the items you’ve decided not to keep, look at the items left and decide what you want to keep at home and what can be relocated to a storage unit to free up space. Things like seasonal decorations, furniture, clothing, toys, books, and tools are all great candidates for self storage.