How To Use Self Storage to Your Advantage This Holiday Season

Wrapped gifts on the floor under a tree.

The holiday season is a special time for many, with family, memories, and traditions. But sometimes, the chaos of the holidays can be overwhelming. With juggling complicated schedules, figuring out flight plans, spending more money than usual, hiding presents, and crafting memorable dinners for friends, you can end up with a lot on your plate.

Wouldn’t it be nice to settle back, decompress, and enjoy time off work during the holiday season? In this blog, we’ll give you the tools on how to declutter your home and utilize home storage so you can feel more prepared for the season. Decluttering can give you more breathing room, a more appealing home environment, and a place to put Santa’s presents so your kids won’t stumble upon them before the big day.

The Power of Storage When Decluttering

When you want to declutter and clean up your home, it can be hard to imagine where everything will go. This is especially true the more belongings you have. Thankfully, we have some insight on how to go about decluttering and where to put your belongings.

What’s Getting in the Way

Depending on the size of your home and the types of belongings you own, the decluttering process can look different for everyone. It can be hard to let go, but it’s important to get rid of items that don’t serve a purpose anymore. These can include:

  • Unnecessary or unused appliances
  • Clothes that haven’t been worn in the past year
  • Decorations you no longer enjoy
  • Old boxes or books
  • Trash

We’ve found many people have a hard time letting go of items with sentimental value or familiarity. Ultimately, what you choose to let go of is up to you, but in order to declutter your home, sometimes you have to make those tough decisions. To help with this, create a pile for items you’re unsure about. Come back to that pile in a couple of weeks and decide then. If you can’t see yourself using it in the future, it’s not a keepsake, or you completely forgot about it, then donate it.

How To Declutter Your Home

A cluttered home becomes clean when extra items are kept in a storage unit.

To start the decluttering process, first donate and sell what you can. This can be anything from spare refrigerators taking up space in the garage to the little things that cover your work desk. Find an online marketplace you’re comfortable with or a local charity accepting donations, and remove as much as possible.

Be honest with yourself, and don’t hold back. Everything absolutely necessary, you keep, and anything you can’t part with should go into home storage or seasonal storage.

With whatever is left, it’s time to optimize. Take advantage of vertical storage space by doing the following:

  • Hang or shelve the clothes on the floor.
  • Stack books on bookshelves, or buy a bookshelf if you haven’t already.
  • Throw leftover shoes onto a shoe rack.
  • Place plants on window sills.

Once you’re done delegating a place for everything, it’s time to clean. Start from the top down and get to work. This may take a while, but the sooner you begin, the sooner it ends, and you might be surprised how easy it is once you’ve cultivated some momentum.

Home Storage Versus Seasonal Storage

In a way, home storage and seasonal storage are nearly the same—they’re distinguished by their purpose, location, and the length of time you’ll expect to use them.

Home storage is when you add new storage solutions to your home, such as shelves or an outdoor storage closet. However, home storage has its issues. It still takes up space in your home and can easily get cluttered and disorganized.

A woman hides a gift in a closet where her family may find it.

With ClearHome, you can rent additional space in a variety of sizes and use it to store any spare heirlooms, Christmas trees, boxes of ornaments, or anything else you don’t have room for in your home. You can even use seasonal storage as a temporary hideaway for gifts so your kids or pets can’t prematurely find them.

Make the Most of ClearHome’s Intuitive Storage Solutions

ClearHome wants to ease you into the holiday season with some of the most user-friendly, accommodating self storage solutions on the market. From our various unit size options and our friendly staff to our flexible rental criteria, we have what you need.

If you think seasonal storage could make your holiday season a little easier, we encourage you to contact us. We’d be happy to help make the season bright!

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