With spring around the corner, the desire for a newly organized home is common among many people. However, decluttering your living space often means having to store (or throw) away items that you rarely need or use, but may have developed a sentimental attachment to. Instead of putting them in a public storage unit, or tossing them out altogether, these items take up space in your home, making it impossible to take advantage of spring cleaning. So how do you know if you’ve got a bit of a hoarding problem? There are some easy indications to help you spot this problem, and even easier solutions you can apply to fix it.

You’re Always Knocking Things Over

If walking through your home or apartment always results in you colliding with items that constantly seem to be in the way, there’s a decent chance a few of those items don’t need to be there. This could be an excessive amount of shoes and coats at the entrance of your home or even stacks of boxes containing items like old birthday cards you rarely reference. The result is a congested living environment that doesn’t give you that comfy feeling you should feel at home. Take a good look at what you use and what is simply collecting dust and store those out of season clothing/shoes in one Southgate’s Napa storage units.

No Room Left in 

Constantly buying more boxes to store the things you don’t use is a sign that you need to start throwing things away. Storing stuff in boxes is fine, but boxes, in the end, will take up space, and if you’re stacking boxes on top ox boxes, your home or public storage unit will be impossible to navigate through. Before putting something in a box and into storage, be honest with yourself about whether or not the item will ever need to see the light of day again, or is it just an emotional attachment you have that’s stopping you from throwing it away.

Buying Things You Don’t Need

We all love to shop and impulse purchase tends to give us that quick adrenaline spike making us feel good about what we bought. The downsides of course being we buy an item we need and waste money and living space in the meantime. Even something small takes up its amount of space, and enough of those purchases mean less space in the home and less money in your wallet. Make certain that you’re not purchasing something just for the sake of having it. If you’re buying new clothes, be sure to donate old clothing so you don’t have a pile-up on your hands.

We all fall victim to our emotions and sentimental attachments but that’s no reason to be discouraged. The simple answer is to take an honest approach when separating the essentials from the nonessentials. Keeping your home and public storage unit organized and decluttered will allow you to be more efficient and most importantly, provide you with more peace of mind.