I am sure you heard the term less is more, but have you ever thought about that when it came to your home? Downsizing and getting a smaller home is not the worst thing that can happen. Sometimes it can be the best decision you ever made. Downsizing can free up money you spend on monthly home expenses and would free up equity.
You have to make sacrifices to meet your goals, and cutting costs at home can make a big difference. Selling your home may not be an option for everyone, but it is one that should be considered. These steps can help you along the way.
Having less space will really force you to prioritize your belongings. If you are planning to have less space then you have to have a plan for the stuff that may not fit. As you move, getting a self-storage unit will allow these items to have a new home. And think about it, the cost of storage is probably still less than the costs you were paying in monthly bills.
Donate to Others
It is always nice to give back to charity. For any items that you do not plan on sending to storage, consider sending them to a location charity or GoodWill location. You would be surprised how many things you have that are in great condition but are not being used. Things from furniture, books, clothes, and gently used toys can all be donated if they are in good condition.
Create A New Space
You are the creative director of your life! It is up to you to look around and decide what you need and want. As you move things into your new space, think about things more intentionally. Creating a space that suits your more minimalist lifestyle is important so that you do not get back to old unorganized habits.
Lower Energy Use
A smaller space will be more environmentally efficient. You will use less electricity which will result in a lower energy bill. And what does a lower bill lead to? Saving money! The less space you have, the more you save on heating and lighting.
Moving can be a big task and we know it is not a decision that is made overnight. However, know that if you do decide downsizing is a good choice for you, we are happy to provide you with the perfect self-storage unit for your needs.
Spring cleaning… you hate it, but you love it. You hate having to go through the process of digging through your belongings, but you love the feeling it gives you after knowing that you are one step closer to getting organized!
We are just a few weeks away from the start of spring – who else is counting like us! Before the weather gets nice and distracts you from cleaning, get a head start and think about what you can do. You know what they say, “Out with the old, in with the new!”
Step one – do not procrastinate. While that is easier said than done, putting off your annual purge can potentially stop you from doing it all together. Instead, try to think ahead to how liberating and satisfying you will feel about your “fresh” start. And while you are cleaning your home, why not clean out your life too! Do not just limit this concept to your home, shed some dead weight in your life too.
Popular cleaning expert Marie Kondo swears by her “KonMari” method, which suggests if the item does not bring you joy, let it go. Easy and simple, right? For some, yes, but sometimes spring cleaning can become a little more complex so we decided to modify her concept a bit and add another answer, a “maybe.” We understand that sometimes it is not easy to part ways with your belongings so instead of having to make that permanent decision, this is a great time to put them in a storage unit instead.
The benefit to having a storage unit is the flexibility it gives you. Having the ability to store your items away for a brief period of time without making the permanent commitment of ridding yourself completely can help your spring cleaning process move along a little smoother.
We challenge everyone reading this to give it a try this weekend! Hopefully this updated “KonMari” method will have you less stressed and more excited about tidying up for a cleaner, happier home and life!