Can’t wait until spring to get cleaning? I don’t blame you. Starting a new year always makes me want to reorganize the space around me.
After the holidays are done, my house is always a mess. The last three months have been spent hosting guests, throwing parties, cooking lavish dinners, and of course, wrapping and unwrapping gifts. This has left me with… a lot of stuff. And it’s not necessarily stuff I need, either, so we’re going to have to do some serious organizing.
I’ve been doing an annual makeover of my apartment for almost a decade. You won’t believe the things I rediscovered while cleaning! Finding stuff you thought you lost is half the fun.
As with all moderately difficult things, this is going to be a process. Doing a thorough job organizing your home will ensure that you don’t have to do it again for at least another year.
There are three major stages that need to occur to fully overhaul your home and rebuild it with a strong sense of organization. It isn’t expensive, but we can help you save even more money when reorganizing your home.
1. Get A Storage Unit
First thing’s first: you’re going to need a storage unit. Before you click that little “X” in the upper corner of the screen, hear me out.
Storage units are freedom wrapped up in three unfinished walls and a pull-cord overhead lightbulb. With a storage unit, you don’t always
The next hard truth about this process is: you’re renting a truck. No ifs ands or buts about it! You think it’ll save you money, and it might, but what it won’t save you is time. And frustration. And fatigue. Trust me, you don’t want to do eleven trips to and from your storage unit in your Honda Civic. Use a coupon for Budget Truck Rentals and get up to 40% off!
2. Get Rid of the Junk!
This is the part that is usually the least fun, but I have a trick that will make it so easy: Junk removal services.
There are crews of people who will drive a big ol’ truck to your house to fill up with your junk! Sometimes, they’ll even do all of the moving for you. All you need to do is make sure they know that leopard print trench coat from your high school years is not junk.
…Or, is it?
Be strong while you sort through your belongings looking for things to give or throw away. It’s okay to keep things that are important to you, but you don’t want to keep everything because this cycle will continue forever!
Sort into three piles: keep, donate, and junk. You can take the donate pile to the local charity, the junk services will come and remove the stuff you can’t donate and don’t want to keep. Take $10 off your 1-800-GOT-JUNK service with our coupons!
3. Get Organized
Now that your house is empty and neat piles of belongings are scattered around your rooms, it’s time to rebuild.
If this is your first time doing a major declutter, let me give you some serious advice. Focus on structure, and you’ll have an easier time maintaining your tidy space once you start, you know, living in it again.
Shelving units, stacking storage boxes, and organization systems are all excellent investments for now, and the future.
My mom used to say “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” I always had more things than places, so I’ve learned that creating places is a good way to manage the extra things you can’t (or don’t want to) get rid of.
The Container Store has basically everything you could possibly want to create a tidy, legible space. Bins, boxes, bookshelves – everything. They also have picture frames, so you can finally hang all of that art that you have stacked in your closet. Yeah, I know about it! We have coupons for The Container Store that will help you pick up a whole new world of organizational tools that will look amazing in your space, and help you keep all your favorite things.
With these three tricks, you’ll be kind of force to take the plunge into organization. You know it needs to happen, and winter is the perfect time to do it. You’re inside all the time, anyway, you might as well get some stuff done!