Enough with storage! Haven’t you had enough of dumping items into the first hiding spot you can find  and ignoring them until they become a problem? Is that not exactly what brought all the clutter to your house or garage in the first place? People think that seeking out a storage facility is the best way to de-clutter the home, but is that really it? Aren’t you really getting rid of clutter by relocating it to a storage room just to get it out of sight and out of mind? The “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy does not apply for clutter though. It will always be there, and if you seek out storage services, then instead of dodging  the clutter about the house, you will be slapped with an expensive monthly bill to pay so that you don’t see all the things you will not need.

Isn’t it a much better, a much more practical decision to throw them away or sell them? Let’s face it, the moment you “store something away” you brand that item as unneeded and you will never use it again. Think of one time when you stored a perfectly good item for “later use” and actually came around to using it ever again. Can’t? Well, of course – because you already replaced it with something better. Of course, there are some sentimental items that you don’t want to get rid of… initially. But you do have to see the impracticality of dodging items around your house for purely sentimental reasons. People add sentimentality to more things than there should be. You should definitely keep the picture your mother gave you on your 18th birthday, but do you really need the old furniture you had at your first condo when you have already purchased new stuff? Do you really have to pay for storage to have them out of your house? Are they really worth the month’s fee of storage services? Any answer other than “yes” means you have to get rid of those items as soon as you can.

Look at the alternatives. Most of the things in your house can be recycled or sold. You can either sell the unused items and make money out of all the things you are storing by having a contents sale or estate sale or you can simply throw them out knowing that you will never need them again. There is no such thing as an item that cannot be sold at a garage sale, so why not win both money and free space instead of keeping all your items piled up in closets and under the bed, and in every single corner of your house? Storage is a complete waste of money, and keeping useless items is a complete waste of space – you need to know how to handle your extra items and not where to put them. There is no need for spares, and no need to attach too much sentimentality to an item. What you need is to figure out what you no longer need, put some price tags on your items and run a contents sale. Your extra items will soon be gone.

Say no to storage units. No lockers, no facilities, no garages and no closets. Throw out or sell off, and your house will be free of clutter, while you gain space and/or money. Sell My Stuff Canada is there to help you every step of the way in de-cluttering your space, assisting with junk removal and by running content and estate sales from your home. More cash, less hassle.

Thanks to our guest blogger Ella who always has great moving and storage related tips. More of her work can be found here.