Many of us accumulate items over the years that we no longer need, but when does our hoarding become too much and what can we do to stop it?
To help, self-storage company Space Station, has put together a six step plan to help you get a grip on your hoarding habit and declutter your home.
1. Recognise that you need a declutter
The first step to solving a problem, is recognising there is one! Not many of us love tidying, so it’s very easy to keep putting it off, but clutter can build up quickly if we don’t keep an eye on things. As soon as you notice your living space getting cluttered, it’s best to tackle it straight away before it gets out of control.
2. Ask yourself if you need all your items
Do you have numerous pieces of clothing in your wardrobe that you never wear or are you struggling for room on your shelves due to the amount of candles and ornaments you have accumulated over the years? When looking at getting a grip on your hoarding, the first thing you need to do is ask yourself which things you actually need and which ones are taking up unnecessary space.
3. Sort your items into keep, sell or donate piles
One of the best ways of identifying how many items you have and planning on what to do with them is to lay them out on the floor and begin to sort them into different piles. Create a section for items you would like to keep, ones you would like to sell and others that you would like to donate.
4. Choosing items to sell
If you’ve got the time, selling your unwanted items is a great way to make some extra cash and free up space. If you are looking to sell an item, always do your research and look into how much similar items have sold for. This is easy to do on websites such as eBay as you can simply browse sold items by selecting the ‘sold items’ tab on the dashboard and typing in your product name.
5. Choosing items to donate
If you have less time and are keen for some good karma then donating your unwanted items to charity is a great way to feel like you’re doing some good. Items you donate should be of a good quality, free from stains, holes or faults. You can find your nearest donation point by researching charities websites or looking for signs in your local area, while supermarkets often have donation points too.
6. Invest in storage
For the items you are looking to keep, you could consider investing in storage. This can be anything from decorative units to slimline boxes under the bed, or, if you have a large objects or a high volume of items to store, you could always look into self storage.
Vlatka Lake, Marketing Manager at Space Station said: “Hoarding is something we all do to a certain extent and it is very easy to get carried away with the amount of items we accumulate.
“To make sure you keep on top of how you store your personal belongings, we recommend having regular clear outs to optimise space and looking at ways you can enhance your storage solutions at home.”