Organization Tips From Small Haul Containers
If you’ve been in your house for more than a year, you may be the victim of clutter. If you take a close look, you’ll notice things that aren’t where they should be. Shoes at the foot of the stairs, mail piled up on the kitchen table, the dog’s leash on the floor…perhaps your bathroom counters are covered with bottles of cosmetics and lotions. It may be time for a little decluttering.
It’s common for busy families to accumulate a lot of stuff over time. Even if you declutter before a move and upsize the house, the clutter is back before you know it, expanding to fill the available new space. Decluttering a home is a lifelong challenge for many, but it’s important to keep up with. Living in the midst of clutter takes a toll that’s both physical and mental. Whether you realize it or not, living in chaos may be affecting you in ways you never dreamed of.
Stress and delays. When every surface is covered with clutter, it’s hard to find anything. Looking for the car keys? Maybe they’re under that old sweatshirt on the table. When you’re in a hurry and need to find something that isn’t where it’s supposed to be, it’s stressful. It can also make you late to wherever you’re going.
Stress causes other issues. Stress is the result of elevated cortisol, the hormone associated with our fight-or-flight response. The body is not made to endure long-term stress. It can lead to other issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep loss, personality disorders, and cardiovascular disease, and more.
Cluttered home, cluttered mind. Research shows that a cluttered space impacts one’s ability to think clearly. It may have a negative impact on how you view your home, too. What was once your oasis is now your albatross. Creativity is stymied, and tempers flare — all because family members aren’t taking time to put things away when they’re finished with them.
So how can we help?
Renting a Dumpster Puts You in the Declutter Zone
At Small Haul Containers, we realize the value of having a neat living space. That’s one of the reasons we do what we do, offering roll-off dumpster rentals in Kansas City for homeowners who need a jump-start in this area. You may not think of using a dumpster to help declutter the place. But once you have a place to toss everything you no longer need, no matter how big or small, you’ll be surprised at the momentum you gather. Before you know it, the place is neat and tidy once more!
To get you started transforming your space, we’ve gathered a few organization tips. Pick one to begin with, and see how good it feels to reclaim your space.
Make Neatness Easy
One of the best starting points when decluttering is to make sure it’s easy to stay organized. Does everyone in the household know where things go? Do you have enough shelves, drawers, and closets to hold everything? If not, you have two options: add more storage space or get rid of some things. Many families benefit from both. Having a specific place for mail, magazines, backpacks, shoes, and car keys will help keep much of the day-to-day clutter under control. Don’t forget to discuss with family members why it’s important to put things away.
Go On an Anti-Treasure Hunt
It might be easier to grab a box and pick a room to start with. Make a note of your first impression when you walk into the room. Are things out of place? Is there too much in the room? Are there things there that you’re tired of? Gather all excess items in your box for disposal. Renting a dumpster makes this phase easy. All you have to do now is empty the box into the dumpster. Then move on to the next room. If the items you’re disposing of still have usable life, take them straight to your car for delivery to Goodwill or some other second-hand shop. Whatever you do, don’t set the box down in the hall or by the back door. It will become clutter all over again.
Think About What You Need
While decluttering your space, give some thought to what you really need to live a happy, successful life. If you read magazines and newspapers to keep up at work, maybe you can switch to an online version of the publications you need. If you’re an avid reader with piles of books stacked everywhere, consider getting an e-reader. Do you need to keep every travel-sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, or lotion? Maybe not. All these items take up space, both physically and mentally.
Clean Out the Spaces You Can’t See
While you’re in the space-clearing mindset, don’t forget to clean out and organize cabinets, drawers, closets, and lesser-used rooms like attics, basements, and garages. People don’t often see these areas when they come to your home, so you may be tempted to skip them and just keep the doors shut. But cleaning out these spaces provides nearly as much satisfaction as clearing out the areas that everyone sees. It’s like unclogging a drain; suddenly, the energy can flow again. You’ll be surprised at how much lighter you feel.
Ready to Get Started?
By now, you can probably imagine how helpful it would be to have a dumpster onsite for your decluttering efforts. If you’re wondering how to rent a dumpster, Small Haul Containers can help. Our dumpsters come in different sizes, so it’s easy to get one that’s appropriate for the job. Our standard rental period is seven days — enough time to make a lot of headway in reclaiming your space.
To reserve roll-off dumpster rentals in Kansas City, visit our website. We’ll help you transform your home into the oasis it used to be!