Guest Post: Viewing Your Home: Is It Clutter or Trash?

There are many people in the world who have homes that seem like they are filled to the brim with trash. While at first glance you may think these people are messy, you need to take a closer look as to what is creating the mess in the first place. Many times, the home may look like a trash heap when in fact it is all usable and valuable goods. The problem is, people don’t have room for these goods and it creates a cluttered look to the home reminiscent of a Wal-Mart explosion. How can you tell if something is trash or clutter?

1. Notepads/Paper – Paper products can make a huge mess as a great deal of these have important information on them. However, do they need to be stacked in a corner of your desk waiting to spill onto the floor? By using a box and a scanner device such as a NeatDesk, you can save all of the information on these papers to your computer and store the actual documents if they’re important. Since thousands of pages can easily be stored using very little space, you can move them into a storage unit for safe keeping while leaving room for other goods.

2. Clothing – Some of us have more clothes than we have closet space for. We look at something that is too small and think to ourselves, “just another five pounds.” Although we have intentions of losing the weight and being able to fit in these clothes, we need to be realistic. Putting clothes in storage doesn’t mean that we’ll never be able to wear them again. It just allows us to organize our life better. If those extra five pounds are gone, simply go to the unit and retrieve your clothing.

3. Partially Fixed – Some furniture can be brought back from the brink of total destruction. Although we may have good intentions of putting more life into the damaged recliner, are we really going to fix it within the next few days? If something is salvageable, you don’t need to hurl it in the trash if you truly want to repair the piece. In fact, you may be able to fix the item while it’s in a storage unit which reduces the mess you would have made in the home. Otherwise, you risk further damage to the piece of furniture especially if you have children. Either fix it immediately or store it safely in a unit if you are currently too busy.

4. Old Electronics – As technology advances, items we once used on a regular basis are starting to collect dust. Some of these goods could have an emotional attachment to them and you really can’t bring yourself to throw them away or sell them at a yard sale. For these goods, a storage unit is a way to keep them out of your way in the home but still in your possession. There is no reason to throw away your grandfather’s old record player as it could have a great deal of sentimental attachment.

Storage units are a great way to keep your valuables and keepsakes from turning your home into a mess. By moving these items into a storage unit, you can protect them from accidental breakage. A cluttered home can be dangerous for fragile valuables and personal health. You don’t have to get rid of your personal belongings in order to keep a tidy home. You just need to realize what essentials you need and store the rest.

This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.

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