The New Year is Coming - Best Ideas for your Home
New Year’s is around the corner, in fact, it’s creeping up on us fast, and I’m willing to bet most of you haven’t even made it halfway down your 2021 list of resolutions.
Perhaps you failed to work out more and lose weight — well, as we all have — “to heck with that”, you say, “I’m going to make space for more food in my New Year’s belly” but how about making space for storage in your home, garage, or even spare rooms or cupboards, and getting paid for it as well?
With Cubbiq, you can monetise any unused space you have lying around.
Here are some tips on how best to make space in your home — whether to rent it out as storage space for rent or just for your comfort — as a New Year’s resolution for 2022!
1. Declutter Storage Spaces
I once had a roommate who was a bit of a hoarder who would stockpile beer bottles, what a weirdo!
Well, we’ve all heard the saying, “cleanliness is next to godliness”, but I’m sorry, that’s being too hard on my roommate. He was a nice guy who never chewed gum in public.
Having a tidy home, however, is not just about spirituality, but can have impacts on our mental health, as you’ll find out if you stick around to the end of this article.
You can declutter your home by sorting your items into four piles: keep, donate, recycle and throw away. This helps you reorganise everything you own and as a by-product your local charity benefits, as well as the environment.
Here are some tips to make decluttering easier for you:
- Take it slow — build momentum by doing it for just 10 minutes a day in the beginning.
- Enlist help from a friend — they can also give you their opinions on what to keep and what to throw away.
- Donate clothes you never wear — wardrobes are one of the most notoriously cluttered places in people’s homes.
Once you’ve decided what you’ll keep, you have to store them as efficiently as you can. This may take a bit of thinking, but that is part of the fun!
Of course, now you have to maintain your home clutter-free. Only buy things you need — this helps you save money as well — and don’t be lazy, make sure everything goes back where it was stored. Those with kids may find this harder to do, but if I can do it, so can you.
2. Smart Storage
Use clear containers to stash away your items so you can retrieve them whenever you want. The see-through containers allow you to identify what’s in them with a glance. This is also a good way to store your Christmas decorations.
Clear containers can be stacked vertically as well, and speaking of verticality, you need to take advantage of all the vertical space you can. One of the best ways to do this is to have dedicated shelving from the ceiling down.
Just make sure you don’t have to do Bulgarian split squats to achieve the necessary leaping ability for you to reach the top-most items.
You can also make use of clever ideas such as shower curtain hangers in your closet to hold scarves and belts, which frees up drawer space for bulkier items.
Just type “clever storage ideas” or some similar search string into Google for endless storage ideas that help you save space.
3. Storage Like the Experts
My wife was a big fan of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, although there are countless other such shows available on Netflix or YouTube.
You don’t have to watch every single episode, even watching one will give you some idea of how the experts think about these things, as well as some inspiration as to how to organise your thinking around organising your home.
There’s even scientific support for the benefits of a decluttered home.
According to The Conversation, there’s “evidence that clean organised environments improve our ability to think.”
ABC News reported on a study that found that “people with extremely cluttered homes are 77 per cent more likely to be overweight.”
If you have any complaints about this article, remember it’s not my fault, but that of my not 100% uncluttered home.
So before 2022 comes, I’ve given you an easily doable New Year’s resolution that will not only straighten up your home but help you reorganise your mind for a year of new opportunities ahead.
Even if you choose not to rent out the storage space you have, you’ll have a much more efficiently organised place that won’t have you tripping up over yourself!