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Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home

Our home is where we live, breathe, and rest, it is supposedly where we can stretch our backs and be our most comfortable selves. But if your house is cluttered and messy, with old boxes and papers lying around, small trinkets scattered inside unsuspecting drawers, and a pile of clothes that don’t seem to go away, it can be hard to feel at ease.

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If you have this issue with your own home, then let’s face it: A messy house is a messy life. This is why setting aside time to organize and declutter is a great idea. It not only cleans your physical surroundings, but it can give you peace of mind, to truly make your house a home.

Here are some tips to help you declutter and organize your home:

Dedicate a Time and Schedule, and most importantly, stick to it.

A lot of people dream about having a nicely organized home but never get around to it. Professional organizer, Peter Walsh, once said: “‘Later’ is the best friend of clutter”. It doesn’t mean that you have to get up and clean right at this moment(although you could if you wanted to), but it means that you should pick a set time to clean, and commit to it, no backsies, no excuses.

Get rid of things that don’t have value.

Besides the obvious trash, you should also think about whether or not you need all these things. Know what to keep and not to keep. If it’s a functional machine that you use every week, or a precious family heirloom, then keep it. However, if it’s broken, unusable, or simply taking up space with no real use, then let it go. This will help you free up space and to prioritize things that matter and have value in your life.

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Use Organizers and Containers

This can be anything from mega boxes to jars, and bins to drawers. It is best to categorize your things instead of just mixing them all up. Organizers can help you sort out the things that you have and make things less cluttered.

Utilize Vertical Space

Having everything you own sprawled on the floor can leave you with very little room to move around in. Instead of doing that, find a way you maximize your house’s vertical space. This can be through buying cabinets or tall shelves that can be placed on the wall. By utilizing vertical space, you get a lot more room on the floor, making the house feel more spacious and breathable.

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Store items in a Storage Facility

There are some things that you need to keep, but don’t use often or are currently not in use: Party items, holiday decorations, seasonal clothes, travel items, and more. Instead of constantly thinking about where to put these things, place them in a storage facility, and free up lots of space for your home.

SaaS Valet Storage

Storage nowadays comes in the form of SaaS as well. Before it was only Cloud Storage that came in monthly subscriptions and easy to pay plans. Now even actual storage as well. Welcome Valet Storage Services where people can just book and subscribe to a plan online and get people to go into your home, give you a box and send it back — all manageable at the comfort of your home and available anytime if you want to get it back or replace items in storage.

In the US, one of the most notable names in the market is MakeSpace. In the other side of the hemisphere, there’s Budget Bodega where the aim is to get every Filipino that extra space in the ever crowding Metro Manila. Valet storage is now reasonably available with a few clicks of a button at — secure valet storage, eco-friendly, and most of all budget friendly.

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