Declutter without throwing anything away

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Ever been on a holiday? You pack your bags, and there's only a limited amount that you can fit into that bag.

You have to plan, put a little bit of thought into what you will really need, and be ruthless in cutting out anything that isn't absolutely essential. 

You find out that you can cope just fine with a third of what you originally thought you would need.

What does this have to do with decluttering?

Packing light might seem like an inconvenience, but isn't it funny how when you have only a few things you are carrying with you, that you seem to make do and get along just fine? In fact, you are more than just fine. You are efficient. Everything you need is in one place, it's easy to find, it takes you seconds to get it, and you can then just get on with your day.

Because you are spending less time organising your things, sorting through your things trying to find something, cleaning your things, or figuring out which new things you want to add to your home... instead you just have what you need. This requires very little maintenance, capital, and takes up very little time. 

You spend your Sunday exploring where you are. Eating delicious food. Starting up conversations.  Trying new things. Taking notice of what is around you. 

Is this realistic?

Of course living like this just isn't feasible for most of us long term, but could there be a middle ground? What if you were to cut down the things in your house by half. How to you think you would feel with more space to move around in? How much faster would you be able to find things? How much time would you save?

Does that thought make you uncomfortable?

The difficulty with decluttering for many of us is that the things that we are keeping are actually valuable to us, or serve an important function, but maybe just not today. If you've loved the idea of decluttering but haven't been able to bring yourself to just throw away or donate perfectly good belongings, a self storage spca could be just what you need. 

How to declutter without throwing valuable things away...

The key is to take inventory of what you have, how often it gets used, and the real value of it. Anything that doesn't hold sentimental value, doesn't really serve a purpose, or could be stored electronically (such as old paperwork) can be safely ditched or donated. 

The other items you own that you want to keep for the memories associated with them, or that are useful but may only be used every few months, or could be needed in the future but not now are perfect candidates for self storage. 

Keep detailed records of what you have in storage for future reference, store items that you will be needing to access towards the front of the storage unit, and find a facility that is either close by or easy for you to access. 

You have the reassurance of knowing you haven't needlessly thrown things away, yet the breathing space at home to live like a minimalist. Plus, self storage is a lot more affordable than you might think, as you can choose spaces that are just right for the amount of belongings you need to store.

Unlike that spare room you are paying rent for... that is used for storage. 

But I don't really know self storage works!

If you want to find out more about how self storage works you can read our article "Got storage problems?"   

Or you can check out our storage space estimator here >>

 

Cheapest Self Storage on the Gold Coast... 3 Things to Consider

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If you are looking for a self storage solution, you might think they are all probably much the same, and are tempted to just go for the cheapest self storage on the Gold Coast instead of considering other important factors. 

Let's look into reasons why cheaper isn't always going to be the most important criteria in choosing who should help you store your belongings. 

1: Location

Choosing self storage should take into account your location, how close it is to your home or work, how easy it is to access, and what roads are like in surrounding areas. If you are planning to use a truck to move belongings to and fro you will need a facility on a road that can accommodate a vehicle of this size. 

You'll also want to consider how often you are planning to access your belongings. The more frequently you'll be picking up or dropping off, the closer you want your storage facility to be to where you live. A location off the M1 such as Yatala Self Storage might make access a lot easier for a wider range of home locations, especially if you tend to move around or travel for long periods. 

2: Supporting local community businesses

Perhaps it is important to you to support family owned local businesses that play an active role in their community. Opting for a cheaper storage facility that is part of one the bigger chains is certainly an option. Consider this though... selecting a local business such as Yatala Self Storage with owner managers Liz and Paul Thatcher could mean not only that you are helping to support your local community, but also a more personal service for you. 

3: Help if you need it

Needing self storage can be because you are downsizing, moving, building your dream home, needing space at home for starting your own business, or even to make space for a new snuggly addition to the family. These can all be somewhat stressful times in your life for a number of reasons, and knowing that you can get that little bit of extra help can make all the difference.

Whether it's help with selecting the right space size, finding packing materials or knowing how to access trolleys, getting a quote, or just having a chat when you are there, Liz and Paul are renowned for their excellent customer service and friendly manner.

So do you still think that finding the cheapest self storage on the Gold Coast is the only thing that matters? Why not give us a call, get a quote and decide for yourself whether our affordable self storage solutions are right for you.