If you made a New Years’ resolution to get organized and create order in your life during 2022, you’re not alone. To accomplish this goal, our self-storage facility recommends starting in your home as it’s the easiest place to begin your transformation and will make the most impact. With many of us continuing to work from
home or just being home more often, it’s important to create a space that will help us stay on track with our goals.
Now is the best time to give your kitchen, living room, and dining room some attention, especially if you’ve been putting it off. With long-term storage and short-term storage options available, working with a self-storage facility like Reno Ample Storage can help you see your resolutions through by providing a solution to all of your clutter and storage needs. Read ahead for our 12 home organization tips!
Kitchen Decluttering and Self-Storage
The kitchen is an integral part of your home that isn’t just used for cooking but is often commonplace for the whole family to gather. Whether you’re baking with your kids or entertaining a group of friends, the kitchen is a likely place for mingling to occur. To ensure that your kitchen is functional for all of your needs, consider the following decluttering tips:
#1 Clear Out Cabinets, Drawers, and Countertops
Cabinets, drawers, and countertops are generally the most cluttered areas in any kitchen. Cabinets and drawers make it easy to hide clutter, but often cause the most frustration to homeowners. To start the decluttering process, begin by clearing out all cabinets and drawers and clearing off all the countertops. Lay out all of your items so you can see what is there.
#2 Discard Trash and Set Aside Unwanted Items
Now that you’ve seen all of the items you’ve accumulated in your kitchen, it’s time to throw out any trash or garbage and set aside duplicate or unwanted items for later. Anything that is broken, unusable, or incomplete should be thrown away to make room for items that have more value to you.
#3 Incorporate Cabinet and Countertop Organizers
Kitchen organizers are used to keep things like utensils, pots, pans, food storage containers, spices, and more in a set place. Giving your belongings a home makes it much easier to stay organized and encourages the whole family to put things away in their appropriate places.
#4 Store Duplicate or Unwanted Items
If you have several duplicate or unused items in your collection that are still in good condition, consider storing them for later use. A self-storage unit can clear up space in your home and allows you to keep your belongings for when you’re ready to use them rather than simply tossing out things that still have use.
Living Room Decluttering and Self-Storage
The living room is easily one of the most lived-in spaces of your home. From TV watching and children playing to hosting events and hanging out with friends, the living room gets its fair share of use. Because of this, the living room can quickly become cluttered, full, and overwhelming. To keep your living room organized and clean, take a look at these helpful tips:
#5 Remove Items That Don’t Belong
Because so many of us spend a majority of our time in the living room, it’s pretty common for random items to wind up here, even if that’s not where they should be. Children’s toys, blankets, books, arts and crafts, shoes, and other personal items constantly end up in the living room even though they don’t belong there. Start decluttering your living room by putting away out-of-place items to reinvent this space.
#6 Create A Home For Your Items
For any items that don’t yet have a home and are left all over the place, create a home for them. This can be done with additional organizers like toy bins and baskets or may involve finding a space in another part of the house that has more room or offers more convenient storage space.
#7 Move Items Around The Room
This is a great time to assess how your room is set up and make changes as necessary. This can help you appreciate and love your space again, and will likely help you decide how to make the space more functional for your family. This can also help you decide what items are worth keeping and what might need to go.
#8 Store Unnecessary Items
For any items that simply don’t have a good place in your living room but you aren’t yet ready to part with, consider your self-storage options. Keeping belongings in a storage unit can free up valuable space in your home while ensuring your things are safe.
Dining Room Decluttering and Self-Storage
Since the dining room is typically only used for enjoying meals, it may not seem like a commonly cluttered area of the home, but you’d be surprised. Many people use their dining room as a catch-all area for items that don’t really have a place of the
ir own. Think about where you put your mail, purse, and keys when you get home. If it’s right on top of the dining room table, you’re not the only one.
#9 Remove All Paperwork and File It Away
Does your dining room table get overrun with mail, receipts, and other paperwork? This is a very common spot in the home to collect clutter as it often provides a convenient place to set down your things after a long day. However, this does create a lot of chaos in a typically smaller area. Instead, consider a different solution such as a wall organizer or file folder. There are several mail organizers available that will help keep paperwork organized and away from
the table in which you go to eat and relax.
To declutter this area of your home, start by going through all of your paperwork. Organize the papers into piles to be filed away later or to be thrown out entirely.
#10 Put Items In Their Respective Homes
Now that you’ve created a space for all of your belongings, it’s time to put them all away in their respective homes. This will keep items that don’t belong in the diningroom out and give you more space to use your dining room effectively.
#11 Keep Additional Silverware and Dinnerware in Self-Storage
If you have an excess of silverware and dinnerware, it may be a good idea to keep these away in a storage unit. Some of us have additional dinnerware for special occasions like Thanksgiving, but rarely have the need for such items any other time of the year. A self-storage unit for items like this can greatly reduce the clutter in your dining room.
#12 Use Your Space To Your Advantage
Most dining rooms are fairly small and many are just an extension of the kitchen. With this in mind, it’s important to utilize your space appropriately. Adding additional self-storage such as shelving or baskets can be a simple way to hide away items that are usually laid out on the table or take up valuable space.
Let Reno Ample Self-Storage Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
Rather than let unwanted or unused items continue to take up space in your home, put them away in a self-storage unit. Sure, you could just hide these things in the garage, a closet, or spare bedroom, but that significantly limits your viable living space and creates clutter. Investing in long-term storage or short-term storage gives you the freedom to do what you want with your home and with your belongings.
Reno Ample Storage provides exceptional self-storage options to everyone. With a variety of storage unit sizes, competitive prices, and secure and safe storage, you can trust that your investment was well worth it when you work with us.