This time of year is a great time for tidying up the home by putting anything you don’t need into self storage. After all, the next few summer months are going to be chaotic, so getting things clean and organized now is a good idea.
Knowing where to start, and getting motivated can sometimes be tricky, but as it turns out, keeping your home clean and free of excess clutter might be more important than you ever thought.
While it’s safe to say that most people have no interest living in a messy environment, there is a lot more to living in a clean space than the way it looks. In fact, research is finding that living in a tidy, comfortable space could have positive benefits for your health.
What the Research Says
Research has been done that shows a correlation between the habits of people who live in a clean environment versus those who live in chaos of clutter. And the results don’t look good for those of us whose lives seem to be a constant mess. According to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D, the “clutter effect” creates both physical and mental detriments to the flow of your day and your overall energy level.
Snacking amidst the madness is actually a very common occurrence. Due to the subtle anxiety caused by disorganisation and mess, people actually tend to eat more when surrounded by a mess.
People who consistently live in a messy home tend to have higher rates of anxiety and depression as well. Sometimes, looking at a large mess is the issue, because it can be hard to know where to start. Over time, the “mental clutter” that builds up due to the physical clutter is highly suspected to being linked to age-related memory loss.
Is a Clean Home Really Worth the Effort?
Even if you aren’t a person that is constantly snacking and stressing around a mess all day, there are plenty of reasons to de-clutter that can immediately improve your day to day life.
For instance, you actually lower your risk of injury by keeping things tidy. You would be surprised to learn how common it is for someone to seriously injure themselves by simply tripping over something and falling down. In fact, in the United States alone, an average of 19,500 people die annually due to slips and falls.
The fewer things you have in the home that collect dust, the better. A reduction in clutter also means a potential reduction in airborne allergens, mold, and pests like termites or ants in the home.
What is the Best Way to Declutter?
There is no time like the present to clear unwanted items out of the house. There are several ways to do this. A garage or a yard sale is a great place to start. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so they say. Make some extra money and get some of your clean space back at the same time.
Donating your items to charity is another great option. You may not need some older clothes, toys or kitchenware, but someone else may need them desperately. Load up the trunk with the things you can live without and unburden yourself, and your home, of stuff.
A-1 Self Storage Can Help
Don’t worry, A-1 Self Storage is here to help! There are some things that you will want to keep. There are many reasons to clean out your home, but you don’t have to give everything away to enjoy a greater sense of order.
With more than 50 locations in California, A-1 Self Storage is one of the fastest growing storage companies on the West Coast. Odds are, there’s an A-1 Self Storage facility fairly close to your home. Regardless of what location you use, you can rest assured your things will be kept in a clean, secure space, giving your possessions a home away from home. Many locations have self-service kiosks where you can pay your rent, and even purchase a lock for your storage unit. Our friendly staff is ready to help answer questions, and make sure you get the right size unit for your needs.
What are you waiting for? Start enjoying the benefits of a tidy living space as soon as possible. Breathe easier, feel calmer and say goodbye to the stress inducing mess. Load up your stuff and head down to A-1 Self Storage. We’ll keep your things safe for as long as you need!