12 Tips to Declutter Your Las Vegas Home this New Year
The start of a new year is here and it’s time to declutter your Las Vegas home. A new year offers the opportunity for renewal and a fresh start. Why not take the opportunity to move your un-used items out of your home and to a storage unit nearby?
One may ask, “I want to declutter my house, but what should I do with my sentimental items? Are there storage units nearby that can hold these items for me?”
The answer is, yes! Shied Storage and our other self storage properties can offer you a great storage solution this new year.
Find a better storage solution near your Las Vegas home.
Cleaning out your home can give you back the livable space you need in your home. Doing so will allow you to keep the items you hold most dear. You get the best of both worlds. A more organized space while being able to keep your favorite treasures.
Decluttering your home is a great way to simplify your life. Typically, it allows you to focus on giving more time, and space, to the things you hold most dear.
Like me, you have probably inherited items from loved ones over the years that are difficult to part with.
Maybe it’s grandma’s old hutch, your mom’s favorite chair or your grandfather’s tools. No matter the item, if it holds a sentimental place in your heart, it’s difficult to talk yourself into purging it.
Over time, like many of us, you’ve filled your home with items such as the ones listed above. The time comes when you must start asking yourself some difficult questions.
What should you keep and what should you dispose of? What is still being used regularly and what hasn’t been used for years?
It’s time for you to take a closer look and take back the space you deserve.
As you begin to declutter your home, you will need to decide what needs to be kept and what should go. Though this can be a difficult process, you need to decide what you want to keep in your living space and what can be stored somewhere else.
The best solution is to clean out the space and determine which items are used regularly enough that they should be kept in your home, which items you can get rid of, and what you would like to store at a self storage facility.
More space means more possibilities!
Think of the possibilities!
Consider the time you can spend with family and friends having game nights, movie nights, and dinner parties. If you take the time this new year to clean out your home, the possibilities for your space are endless!
Think of the amazing new playroom your kids will have to store their toys, games, and spend hours creating and using their imaginations. If that extra bedroom wasn’t full of boxes, your kids could have a space to create and play for years to come.
If your family is anything like mine, the thought of having a designated play space for the kids is a dream!
What about those of us who want to create an in-home gym? You could find just the right space that will provide you the perfect space to create a home gym. When you get take the time to declutter your home in Las Vegas, or anywhere else for that matter, you open up a world possibility!
12 tips to Declutter Your Home this New Year
With all that the city of Las Vegas has to offer with shows, sporting events, or the vibrant entertainment scene on the Strip, spending your free time decluttering your home doesn’t sound very exciting. So, we put together some ideas to help!
To help you navigate this process, we have put together a list of tips to help you decluttering your home. The New Year will start off with a bang so you can enjoy all the city of Las Vegas has to offer.
1. Set goals for yourself so you can be more focused.
A key to being successful with anything like decluttering your basement is setting goals. Set realistic goals to help you move through the task. Do you want to take it a step further? Write it down!
Write down your goals so you can visualize what needs to be accomplished each step of the way. The task may seem daunting, but when you start small and set goals it will be finished before you know it!
2. Create a vision for your home.
Create a vision for the spaces you plan to clear out of your home. If you give yourself a strong vision of what you plan to use the space for you will be more likely to finish the project.
Also, a vision will help you focus on what areas are most important for you to work on. This will help you to prioritize and can also assist you as you set goals for yourself.
3. Declutter your home by starting small.
Any project in the home can seem extremely daunting as you gear up to start. As you stand at the steps of your basement looking out over the random items laying all around the room, you begin to feel a bit sick to your stomach.
The stress and anxiety build as you start to count the boxes, sift through the documents, and find the old pieces of sports equipment that have been tossed aside into this make-shift storage unit for the last 5, 10 or maybe even 20 years.
You can’t help but freeze in the panic of not knowing where you should begin.
The key is to start small. Pick one box. Choose one stack of documents. Select one pile of old cloths or sports equipment. Start here.
When you focus on starting small, you take the first steps needed to get started. Don’t expect yourself to finish all at once. Just start with one thing.
4. Make a timeline to keep yourself on track.
As you’re writing down your goals? It’s also helpful if you set timelines for yourself. How long do you want to give yourself to get each step, or phase, of the project done? Do you want to set weekly goals, do you want to do a little each day, or are you going to set a timeframe to for the project?
Find what is best for yourself and for the project you’re working on and set a timeframe that will help motivate you and hold you accountable to getting the job completed.
5. Boxes, trash bags, and shelves… Oh my!
When decluttering your home in the new year, it can be difficult to determine what should stay and what should go. How do you choose?
Does it go in a box to save, a trash bag to be donated or thrown away, or on a shelf to keep and admire? For some, it’s easy.
You know the documents in the box are 20 years old and you don’t need them anymore. So, they get shredded, and the contents go into a trash bag to be tossed.
Then there’s the pair of shoes, pants, and shirts your husband hasn’t worn for years. It’s time for those to go into a bag to be donated to someone who WILL wear them.
What about your grandmother’s favorite set of collectible teapots? They aren’t your favorite, but you know they hold so many memories for your family. The thought of donating them makes you want to cry but having them in the house doesn’t make sense either.
Grandma’s teapots can go in a box, or a plastic storage bin, and put aside for another time. They can go to a storage unit nearby, and when you’re ready to use them or put them on display they will be there waiting.
It all may be daunting, but it’s going to be ok. There is a place for everything in a box, trash bag or on a shelf.
6. Identify the Clutter vs Classics
Is your home full of clutter or full of classics? For most of us, it’s a little bit of both. The key is determining what items fall into which category. If you have deemed an item as “clutter”, decide if it needs to be trashed or donated.
Some clutter is sentimental, such as your children’s art projects and drawings from school. In this case, consider taking pictures of these priceless treasures and putting those images in cloud storage. You can keep them there for years to come without having to take up space that could be used for other purposes.
Then you have your classics. Take my Great-Aunt’s golf clubs for example. These were a gem! A true classic.
My Great-Aunt got these golf clubs when she was in her 40s and would golf with my Great-Uncle. We never knew exactly when they were made, but she received them as a gift in the 70s and they were handed down to me. I loved those golf clubs, and then it got to the point where I golfed less regularly, and we didn’t have the space to store them.
If I had known then what I know now, these would have gone straight to a storage unit near me.
The classic items don’t have to be donated or thrown out if you don’t have the space for them. If they aren’t something you use regularly, but still love, they could be stored at a storage unit nearby.
7. Remember the 1-year rule when decluttering your home this new year.
This is a simple one and is pretty straight forward. We use it regularly in our home as my kids go through their things each year. Ask yourself, “Have I used it or worn it in the last year?” If not, it’s time for it to go.
Now, where it goes needs a bit deeper of an evaluation. That decision can be made depending on the state of the item, the sentimental value, or the potential for it to be utilized and appreciated by someone else.
Inevitably, it should either go to the trash, be donated, or placed in a box or storage bin to be moved into an off-site storage facility.
8. Get creative with the items you want to keep.
When you are working on any goal it’s important to get a little creative. Creativity makes it fun! If you have items that are no longer useful for their initial intended purposes, look for new possible ways you could use them.
Is there an old table that could be turned into an outside table for the patio? What about old jars that could be used for kitchen storage? One great idea I love is this LEGO organizer made from an old toolbox!
Getting creative with your old items is a great way to recycle the things you have in your basement that you may not want to get rid of. What if you know you want to do something with an old item but just aren’t quite sure what it is you want to do with it yet? Or maybe you don’t want to donate it, but you don’t have the time for any extra projects right now.
Either way, finding a better storage solution near you, that doesn’t take up your personal living space, where these items can live until you’re ready to complete these projects may be the best solution.
9. Ask yourself, “Do I love it?” or “Can I live without it?”
There is one question you can ask yourself as you work to determine what you should do with the items you have in your basement. “Do I love it?”
Well, do you?
If you love it, keep it! Do you use it? Keep it in the home, but if you don’t you should consider finding a storage facility nearby to store it for the time being.
If you don’t love it, you should consider donating it or having a garage sale. Either way, you should commit to purging the items you don’t love because there is a good chance that someone else will!
10. Find the best storage solution to fit your needs
As you move through the process of discerning what to do with the items you have currently stored in your home, you may find that you have a portion of boxes and other items that are ready to be stored at a storage unit near your Las Vegas, NV home.
Finding the right storage facility that will provide a better storage solution for you and your family is extremely important. You want to make sure that you find a location that meets all of your needs and offers a wide variety of storage options.
11. Prepare for moving your items to a self storage facility near Las Vegas.
Once you’ve sorted through all the loose items, boxes, and documents it is time for you to make the move! It’s important to look at the items you are storing and make sure everything is put away and stored properly.
From clothes to general organization, you want to make sure everything is ready to go!
Remember, you don’t have to force yourself to get rid of everything. Finding the right storage solution will allow you the space you need to keep your precious memories safe while making more room in your home.
12. Store your items with Shield Storage.
Now it’s time to find the best storage facility. You’ve had the garage sale and donated any leftover items, and you’ve gotten rid of all the trash. Great job!
Now it’s time to make the move and get those classic, sentimental items you want to keep over to your new storage facility. Once they’re safely stored, you can begin transforming your home into a space your family will love!
Then, find a storage facility, such as one of our Shield Storage locations near Las Vegas, NV to store your sentimental items so you can use the space in your home for living!
If you need a different location, we have more to fit your needs. For a convenient storage location, you can also find locations nearby in North Las Vegas as well.
Contact us today for rates and to learn more about our current move-in specials!