Living in an apartment has its perks. Usually, tenants are not responsible for things like plumbing maintenance and yard work, and you can live with roommates to split the cost of rent. However, like all things, it comes with its downsides as well. Namely, a serious lack of storage space. Apartments can begin to feel cluttered when those living there have too much stuff and nowhere to put it. Considering that most apartments do not have garages, basements, or attics to store items like houses do, it can be difficult to find space to put all of your belongings.
In today’s blog, Chapel Hill Self Storage Centre is offering some ways to declutter your apartment by getting rid of some items and moving others into a self-storage unit. Our storage facility in Akron, Ohio offers secure self-storage options as well as climate-controlled self-storage for those vulnerable items. Keep reading to get some valuable tips on how to declutter your apartment, or get in touch with your Akron self-storage facility today!
6 Ways To Declutter Your Apartment
Get Rid Of Stuff
We are starting with this one because it is likely the one you have done a million times before. Being surrounded by excess items can not only make your apartment feel cramped, but it can also create added stress. Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, is famous for her method of deciding what to keep and what to toss. She writes in her book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up:
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it… Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
While this is a great way to go about this, what happens if you pick up your ice scraper and it only sparks memories of cold mornings trying to chisel ice off of your car — do you toss it out only to have to buy a new one next winter? Or what about your laundry basket? Or your cat’s litter box? Some things you need to keep, even when they don’t bring you joy. If there are items that you truly do not need or want, such as clothes that no longer fits or old books you’ll never read, consider donating them or selling them. Schools and libraries are great places to take gently used books and there are plenty of places to sell or donate old clothing.
Separate Your Belongings By Season
Do you need that electric fly swatter or your bicycle during the dead of winter? Or do you need your snow shovel and winter coat during summer? Organizing your items by season can help to clear out space in your apartment. Whether you want to do something as simple as “cold weather vs. warm weather” or itemize them by winter, spring, summer, and fall, this is a great first step! Just make sure you label your boxes well so you can find everything later!
Put Doubles In Storage
Perhaps you go solo paddle boarding every weekend during the summer – you probably don’t want to throw your paddle board into storage. But maybe you have an older board you keep in your apartment in case a work buddy wants to tag along. The same rule goes for skis, sleds, skateboards, tennis rackets, or anything else you might have two or three of. If you usually only use one of these, put the rest in self-storage.
Store Occasional-Use Items
How often do you use your sleeping bags and camping tent? Do you use your bike every day to get to work or only a couple weekends out of the year? Keeping those occasional-use items in your self-storage unit can make your apartment feel less cluttered. These items typically include things that you invested too much money in to simply get rid of, but that you don’t really use that often.
Put Your Collections In Storage
Whether you have a large collection of books, vinyl records, video game consoles, action figures, or anything else, keep them out of the way in your storage unit. While you may want to show these off on a shelf, they can take up a lot of space. Moving these items into a climate-controlled storage unit will keep them safe and out of the way.
Keep Sentimental Items In Self-Storage
Your old teddy bear, that foam finger from that baseball game with your dad, and the quilt your grandma made you are all items you probably never even look at but you’d be sad if they were gone. These pieces are perfect to put into your storage unit. For more valuable items, consider using climate-controlled self-storage to ensure they are not exposed to extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
Clear Up Space With Chapel Hill Self-Storage Today!
Our storage units are conveniently located right across from the Chapel Hill Mall in Akron and offer a wide selection of self-storage units to fit all needs and budgets. Whether you need a small 5×5 climate controlled storage unit or a huge 10×30 storage unit, we can help. Our units are fairly priced, clean, and secure with an electronic gate and video recording. Get in touch today to start storing with Chapel Hill!