If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unable to relax, you could be afflicted with a cluttered home. Some people thrive in a home that would appear to others to be simply messy: they know where in the disorder to find exactly what they need, and the environment they’ve created is comforting. It’s an external representation of how they think and feel. Others find it a source of constant low level anxiety: reminded of cleaning they haven’t done, unable to find their keys in a room full of confusion, and attacked by the sheer sensory overload of being in a chaotic environment.
Neither of these attitudes are right, this isn’t a moral judgement, and of course most people fall on a spectrum between one extreme and the other. People who have shared a house with others in their twenties and thirties will be familiar with the feeling that your clutter is characterful and reassuring and other peoples’ is careless and infuriating and should be out of your way immediately.
If you’re of the school of thought that finds a cleaner, tidier home more relaxing you need to start thinking about minimalism. This doesn’t need to become an expensive project, replacing all your furniture and getting deep into redecoration. You can start small and begin to see improvements right away!
To begin with, if you think this is something you’d be interested in, start to research storage companies. If you’re looking for storage London has plenty to offer and you should be able to find a cheap deal. This will give you the flexibility you need to start your minimalist project – you need space to start sorting and clearing. If you’re trying to cut down on your clutter, you’ll find things are going to get worse before they get better, so try moving a large chunk of your clutter out en masse, and sorting through it out of your house. This gives you the emotional distance you need to decide whether you truly need mementoes of a holiday you went on five years and haven’t looked at since.
You can also use storage in the longer term to keep your home more manageably empty and clean. Using a small storage unit to house a collection keeps it safe and accessible, but removes that claustrophobic feeling that it dominates your entire living space. Whether it’s vinyl, books or wine, find a storage company you feel confident about and shift your collection off site to improve your life.