A storage unit can free up extra space for seasonal decorations or winter guests
Do you need to declutter your house before the holidays? Maybe you need to make room for holiday decorations. Or perhaps you need space to host holiday guests.
Granted, the holiday season may not be the best time to undertake a major household organizing project. But boxing and placing some items in a self-storage unit until the chaos dies down can be a great first step toward eventually deciding what stays and what goes. It’s much easier to decorate your home for the holidays when you have minimal clutter and extra space.
Clear out the clutter
Take a tip from the Japanese, who ring in the new year with oosouji. This translates as “big cleaning.” At the end of the year, Japanese families clean out the clutter, dirt – and ill will – that have collected over the past year, and start the new year fresh and clean.
You can get started by throwing out two items for each gift you receive. Toss them, donate or even sell them. If you add a Christmas DVD to your shelves, give away two older titles. If you receive a new holiday sweater, donate a couple of old ones. Use the mailing boxes you receive to pack up your discarded items and deliver them to a charity before year’s end.
Self-storage can help during the holidays
Where do you keep your holiday decorations and wrapping supplies? Are they shoved into the garage or the closets? Do you typically find broken items when you retrieve your holiday decorations? Consider using a storage unit to keep those items safe and out of the way during the rest of the year. Your decorations will be easily retrievable when needed.
The benefits of a storage unit become clear during the holiday season. Not only can you hide gifts from prying eyes, you can also make room for your holiday décor by storing some of your unneeded furniture and regular-season decorative items that take up precious shelf space. Your furniture and home décor might be competing for space with holiday decorations – or simply too many house guests or party guests than can fit comfortably into a room. A storage unit can be an easy solution to the problem.
If you already have a storage unit for your decorations and winter gear, consider exchanging those items – ski boots and shovels, for example – for your summer camping equipment and summer clothes. And don’t forget the boxes or containers stored in your guest rooms!
If you plan to be traveling instead of hosting guests this holiday season, consider storing some of your valuables. Burglary rates increase during holiday time.
Downsizing after the holidays
After the holiday, go through your lights and decorations, and discard the ones that are broken, worn or discolored. Take stock of items you need to replace and purchase them at after-season sales. Eliminate duplicates you no longer use.
Consider color-coding your containers. Say, orange containers for Halloween items and green or red for Christmas. Store items together that will be displayed together. Consider creating an “open first” box that contains everything you’ll need early in the season – and label it all carefully. Don’t forget the wrapping paper and gift bags! Store the boxes in a spot that’s out of the way but easily retrievable when December 2017 rolls around.
It’s easier to decorate for the holidays after you clear out the clutter and free up extra space.
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