The problem with clutter is that it can sneak up on you. What might start out as a pile of objects may slowly start to spread and before you know it, the clutter has taken up an entire room. As a business that provides self-storage in Kent, we know first hand how frustrating and inconvenient clutter can be. That’s why we’ve put together a few warning signs to look out for in order to keep your home free of any unnecessary clutter…
Very few of your items have a home
If you’re concerned about clutter, it’s a good idea to take a step back and consider where your items belong. Clutter usually starts because a suitable home for an item doesn’t spring to mind. If you don’t have a set home for your objects, it becomes easier for clutter to accumulate, and over time, you’ll have more items that don’t have homes than items that do. One of the most problematic items when it comes to objects without a home is children’s toys. Quite often a parent will instruct their children to put away the toys, but the child will have no idea where the toys actually belong. This is usually because all of the space for toys has been taken up with other objects or with toys that the children simply don’t play with anymore.
So, if you’ve started noticing more and more items that don’t belong anywhere, it might be a good idea to look in the cupboards and drawers of your home. Are the objects you have tucked away essential, or are they just taking up valuable space?
You may realise you have become a little blind to clutter by looking at old photographs of your home. Whilst it’s always fun to look at old photos, a family album (either physical or online) can actually help you combat clutter. If you’ve been in your home for a while, it’s probably safe to say that you will have taken a fair few family snaps whilst in your house. Going through these snaps will show you what rooms in your house used to look like. Quite often, people are taken aback by how clutter-free their home used to be simply by looking through old photos. Then when they compare the old photos to how their home looks now, they’re able to see just how much they’ve succumbed to clutter.
Home has stopped becoming a haven
After a long and stressful day, there’s nothing better than coming home to relax and unwind. If however, all that you’re doing when you get home is worrying about how much work needs doing around the house, then it could be a sign that your home is becoming too cluttered. Instead of feeling happy because you’re in a place where you can enjoy yourself, your home has become a to do list that’s seemingly never-ending. Clutter does very little other than remind you of everything you should be doing.
Not only is it unpleasant to look at, but it can also cause you stress, and a home should provide you with the exact opposite of that. So if you’ve started to notice yourself getting wound up rather than winding down after working hours, you might want to consider the many benefits that come with moving some of your belongings – those that aren’t essential for day-to-day use – to a self-storage facility such as ours.
If you’ve been thinking about a self-storage solution for your home, then why not talk to us about our services? We are the leading household storage providers in Kent and have hundreds of satisfied customers who we have helped claim back some precious space in their home.