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Downsizing Your Stuff Collection To Decrease Stress In The Home

Janet Alexander

So many people have more stuff than their homes can house. If your family is struggling to find a balance of stuff versus space, it's time to put some thought into what you can do to improve the situation. It is known that clutter increases stress, so if you're feeling stressed, it's time to eliminate some stuff. Here's a few tips to help you through the downsizing of your stuff collection.

Donate

Before you can find a place to put the things that your family uses regularly, you have to clear out the stuff that isn't used often, or at all. Look in your closets and find the stuff that hasn't been touched in months or years. This is the stuff that you can eliminate from your stuff collection.

Check your local missions and charitable foundations to learn if there is anything that they need for those that they help. In many cases, clothing, toys and household items are all collected for families that don't have the money to buy what they need, to help those that are starting over following a disaster or personal problem. These foundations will provide you with a donation slip that can be used as a tax break on the following year's taxes.

Organize

Now that you've cleared out the things that aren't used, it's time to organize the stuff that you do use. Keep all of the coats, shoes and hats in one closet nearest to the door. Stash all of the toys in the room that they are played with the most. Get all of the clothing out of the laundry room and into the closets and drawers where they're meant to be.

Store

You know all of the stuff that you aren't quite ready to get rid of yet? How about the holiday decorations sitting in boxes in the corners of the room because you don't have the space to put them anywhere else? What about the keepsakes from when your kids were babies, graduated from Kindergarten or shot their first goal with?

These are the items that can be removed from the house and put into a mini storage unit. These things are special to you in one way or another, but not so special that they need to be kept in the family home.

Eliminating some of the stuff from your home will eliminate some of the stress that you feel when you're in the home. Start slowly and pick up the pace as you begin to feel comfortable with the process. Soon, you'll have the clutter-free home you love spending time in.

Contact a storage facility, like Horton Properties Mini Storage, for more help.


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After I started organizing my basement, I could tell that there were a few serious problems with my previous storage procedure. In addition to finding more than a few issues with damaged items, I also had a problem tracking down the things that I needed, which was frustrating. I wanted to streamline the experience, so I started going through everything and getting rid of things I didn't need. It was difficult at first, but after a few boxes, things became much easier to handle. Check out this blog for great information on storing the smart way and avoiding trouble in the long run.

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