At Affordable Family Storage, we provide the best in secure, modern storage solutions that you’ll find in Council Bluffs, IA. We know how important your belongings are to you and we make it our promise to keep them in the best condition while they’re stored with us. But, we also understand that sometimes storage of old items can become a problem.
Most of us have at least some clutter, but it can be surprisingly easy to find yourself unable to let go of anything. While it’s important to keep valuables and important items safe, Affordable Family Storage also knows it’s important to know when to let things go. In this blog, we’re going to explore how to know what to keep, and what to finally throw away.
The first thing that’s important to understand about decluttering and getting your old junk out of your home is why. Why does it matter? It’s your stuff, isn’t it? Sure, but that stuff can quickly pile up without at least an occasional purge. We all attach sentiment and personal value to certain things we own, but being unable to let go of anything can quickly turn into a hoarding problem.
Soon it becomes difficult to find space for anything new and impossible to find anything you already own. If you allow old junk to pile up in your home, you’re also taking some risks with your health. The more you have, and the less often you touch it, the harder it is to keep your home clean. Dust, dirt, mold, and pests accumulate much quicker than you think.
When it comes time to get started, a good initial step is to determine what’s still useful. Which items around your home do you still use? It doesn’t have to be something you use every day, but that you use on a regular basis.
For example, you might have a bulky mixer sitting on your kitchen counter that often feels like it’s just taking up space but usually does get used at least at Thanksgiving or Christmas. On the other hand, that ancient VHS player gathering dust under your flat screen TV is probably never going to get a second wind.
It can be a little harder to judge sentimental value as opposed to practical usefulness. Determining real sentimental value is ultimately going to be down to the individual, but there are a few ways you can preserve memories without taking up space. As an example, do you have stacks of old photo albums that are taking up space?
Scanning old pictures onto a hard drive has never been easier, and now you have the added benefit of being able to upload them to the cloud – not that the Affordable Family Storage team is suggesting you can then simply throw all those photos away, but it does mean you can store them somewhere more out of the way.
While it’s better for your home and your mental and physical health to get rid of some old junk completely, there are other options too. If you have larger items that you’d rather not simply get rid of or need to store before you pass them on to someone else, you could always rent a storage unit. Places like Affordable Family Storage are always ready to help, and you don’t have to worry about your valuables, as they’ll always be kept safe and in great condition.
If you’ve got valuable personal belongings that you know you’re going to keep, Affordable Family Storage is here to help. We provide a wide variety of differently sized storage units and even offer temperature controlled options for certain items. Our dedicated and friendly customer service team is available 24 hours a day, so contact us about affordable storage today.