With social media taking over and the likes of Instagram and Pinterest being our go-to online decor magazines, many of us find ourselves scrolling through endless images of perfectly styled homes and tidy offices. These immaculate rooms are not always realistic, as family life takes over, the idea of having the ‘perfect’ home can become a bit of a pipe dream, plus who’s desk is really that decluttered?
However, if you want to take a step in the right direction to becoming a minimalist and getting that ‘Insta-worthy’ home or office, take a look at our top space-saving storage ideas in this article.
Change your mindset
In many cases, you’ll find it hard to change your organising and tidying behaviours because it’s not within your normal routine. Maybe you have a busy household or you simply just don’t have the time? If this is the case, it can be helpful to write down a list of priorities, speak to your family about the new lifestyle so you’re all in it together and also understand why you want to make this change.
- Are you making room for something new?
- Is your family expanding so you need the additional space?
- Maybe you’re downsizing your home in the near future? (Don’t forget to take a look at our moving home article, here.)
- Or, are you just sick of the clutter?
Whatever your reasoning, understanding the need for a minimalist home means you’re ahead of most people, you’ll soon realise those simple activities such as filing paperwork or folding away your clothes immediately after they are washed and dried will happen automatically.
Stop the hoarding
Whether its old clothes you haven’t fit into for a few years, a magazine from 5 years ago, or business receipts that you really could recycle, we’re all guilty of not letting go of some of these items, but do you really need them anymore?
As tidying and organising guru, Marie Kondo would tell you, if it doesn’t spark joy or have a purpose, get rid of it. This is a really great mantra to organise by, and you will quickly realise that you have a lot of ‘things’ that serve no real function.
You’ll soon find you have a pile of stuff you can chuck or even better, sell or give to charity. So, not only will you be freeing up space, but you could make some extra money or do a good deed too.
Tackle it room-by-room
Many of us will avoid a spring clean at any time of the year because it seems like too much of a daunting task, but by tackling each room at a time you can spread the load and do it in your own bitesize chunks.
Let’s take the office as an example, do you walk in and see paperwork piled high? Getting better business storage can really de-stress your work life. In many cases, you may need to keep these important documents for many years, but having them stored in some kind of order will make it much easier to access when you need them again.
Alternatively, could you consider moving all this paperwork onto a cloud-based system? Reduced amounts of paperwork, far more space and there’s no chance of it going missing. It’s a win-win, but can be quite pricey!
Out of sight, out of mind
Once you’ve discarded the unnecessary possessions, next you will need to find a home for the ones you want to still keep. In many cases, your home can seem cluttered purely because possessions are not stored away properly, maybe they are piled in the corner of a room, or stuffed in a drawer that’s frankly far too busy. It’s also worth taking a look in your loft, shed, and garage, as these are places where hoarding can become a little out of control.
New storage doesn’t need to be expensive… a quick trip to your local DIY or home shop and you can up pick up plenty of boxes, or even a new cupboard. Once your items have a home, your floor space will be cleared and it will seem much tidier.
If your home simply cannot occupy your items, you will need to think of a longer-term solution, which is where self storage or business storage comes in. We understand that your space is valuable, so fill your home and office with the things you love and choose a Dorset storage solution that can look after your belongings for you.
Contact Hogleaze for those bigger storage projects…
Some items, such as books, valuables, or vintage pieces that mean a lot to you, won’t be used often but still need looking after. Before you take on your minimalist lifestyle, these would be the things that clutter your home. Hogleaze is well equipped to look after these for you, with our range of differently sized units to suit everyone.
Whether you have a collection of vintage bikes that are making their way into your hallway, or your business needs to reduce paperwork as you recognise it’s a safety hazard, contact our storage experts today by calling us in Weymouth on 01305 830000 or Dorchester on 01305 889777, alternatively, contact us here.
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