Decluttering and Downsizing - A Guide to Self-Storage in NYC

Decluttering and Downsizing - A Guide to Self-Storage in NYC

If you are moving house and have to downsize, moving and don't have storage space, or just want to declutter, it’s worth contacting moving companies nyc to enquire about self-storage facilities.

Be Ruthless. Downsizing is No Time to be Sentimental.

One of the hardest parts of this process is to determine which items are trash, charity, to keep and which to put into storage. In this article we will share the best decluttering tips for downsizing.

Start Early

One of the most useful pieces of advice we can offer to people who are downsizing is to start decluttering well before you plan to move. Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself time to sort everything out, and see what you want to keep and what you don’t. Most likely, already having decades of possessions at your disposal, you will need time to be reflective and orderly regarding your decisions regarding what stays and what goes.

Create a Plan

There’s nothing worse than becoming paralysed by the enormity of having to declutter, and losing focus because of all the exciting ‘stuff’ that you come across as you go through your belongings.

Instead, create a plan. You can break down each area into sections to work on one at a time. When decluttering your home, divide the kitchen into the larder, fridge and benchtop, as well as the laundry and bathroom areas. Each time you work on a section, decide what to keep, donate or sell. This plan can help regulate your attention and track your progress, which can ultimately lead to you keeping your momentum going.

Clean Up, Organise and Declutter One Room at a Time

Having to face decluttering and donating too many items from each room at the same time is overwhelming – especially if they’re all laid out before you. It’s OK to make it easier on yourself by decluttering one room’s worth of items at a time.

Be Realistic

Be realistic about what you can and can’t take with you – some items have to go, even though they are sentimental, and other things you don’t use often. This might be painful but, on a practical level, remembering what you want your home to look like in the future can help you embrace the more challenging aspects of downsizing. It is worth noting that all storage expenses, especially furniture storage expenses, could be more than your items are worth. Ask a moving company that offers self-storage such as Moishes for a competitive quote.

Use the Four Box Method

The four box method is the simplest strategy to use when decluttering. Label 4 boxes of "keep", "donate", "sell" and "rubbish". Pick up each item and decide which box it belongs in. Using this process will keep everything in order.

Keep Only What You Need to Store

When it comes to downsizing and decluttering, you must keep only what you need. You can do that to articles of clothing, furniture or household items. Let go of the things that you don’t use. In other words, live a minimalistic lifestyle.

How to Use Personal Storage Units to Help Declutter

A self-storage unit is a great way to declutter your home, while still keeping your belongings safe, secure, and accessible.

  • List Items You Want to Take to the Self-Storage Facility

Sort your things then list out the things that you can put in a self storage unit. This step will help you determine the right size of the personal storage unit that you can rent. If you know that you will have bigger items to place inside the unit like furniture, appliances or even a sofa set, you may need to look for bigger units, ones that are 100sqft or more. The smaller items of your furniture will need its own areas inside the unit.

  • Pack Your Items Carefully

When packing up your items for storage, you have to be careful. Make sure you use only strong boxes and containers. Ensure you label your boxes in big bold letters and pack them with bubble wrap and appropriate materials that ensures easy access to them when you need them while in storage, including any furniture storage you may want to use.

  • Store Your Items Strategically

When you do put your items into storage, put the light and easy to move, breakables and important items that you'll want to get to first toward the front. Items you don't need quite as often and big and heavy items should be stored towards the back.

  • Keep an Inventory

It is advised to write up a detailed inventory of each item you put inside your storage unit to keep track of them.

With these tips in mind, you can pack your items, store your items, and keep track of your items, ensuring that self-storage works for you.