The kids are back at school as you check out the living room. Toys, sports equipment, vacation luggage, books, and video games are scattered throughout the room. It's come to a point where you have designated pathways around the mounds of things so you don't step on anything. It's time to declutter your home while the house is empty. Grab the garbage bags, line up the storage containers or new boxes, and get the Houston self storage unit ready.
Here are some fast tips to reorganize and reclaim your home again during the school year.
Prepare Before You Begin
Before you start your decluttering journey, go through each room and place items in three categories: toss, donate and store. In lieu of buying expensive storage bins for each of these categories, buy quality boxes of the right size. Small boxes are can hold books and paperwork, medium boxes are optimal for clothing, and large boxes are ideal for lightweight toys and bulkier items.
Pro Tip: Big Tex Self Storage sells quality boxes of all sizes at reasonable prices right in your neighborhood.
Toss or Donate Old Toys or Clothes
The summer months are rough on both toys and clothes. You are probably finding plastic broken pieces under tables and you have no idea what toy it might belong to, as stained clothing sits in the room's corners. Items that are beyond salvageable should get tossed into the garbage (avoid pawning anything broken at the neighborhood yard sale).
If there are things that the kids don't use or want anymore (but are still in good condition), place those items in the donate box.
But don't forget about priceless childhood nostalgia as your children get older. Consider the toys and clothes they may want to save and reminisce over with their own families one day. Summer nostalgia can evoke wonderful childhood memories! Also, your older child may have toys and clothing which a younger child can use in the near future. All of these items can go into self storage until the time comes when they can begin using it. This tactic will help free up storage space in the house.
Give Old, Unwanted Books to Libraries and Other Organizations
Your kids may be big readers as they have books on audio, in an e-reader and in paperback format. For paperback books that kids no longer read, or may now have it as an e-reader version, you can see if your local library will take them. Libraries will hold book fairs to raise funds for their buildings.
If your local library has more than enough, call other organizations who may be interested in the reading material. Doctor's offices and children's hospitals may take the books so that their patients will have something to read in waiting rooms.
Store Seasonal Sports and Vacation Equipment
Sports and vacation equipment are usually built to last. However, the items can be so big and bulky that the things will quickly clutter bedrooms, storage rooms, closets and garages. For these items, a Houston storage location is an ideal storage spot. You can take out the items whenever you need them for the season or during travel. Before placing the things into storage, clean the dirt and grime from the surface. Also, make sure to fix equipment, when applicable, so it will be ready when you put it to use again.
Ditch the Paperwork
Budding young artists will have tons of craft creations scattered around the house from the last school year and over summer vacation. If you have no more wall or refrigerator space for the masterpieces, it's time to clean them out. Have your child decide which ones they really love and want to keep. Once you whittled down the pile, have them go through it again. It's amazing how they want to keep every spare scrap of construction paper to use for future projects but could be tossed away today.
Another way to get artwork and papers down to a manageable level is to designate one or two boxes for artwork. Once the box is filled, the rest gets tossed out. When next year comes around, you can throw away the older papers and place in the newer artwork as their skills improve.
It can be hard to part with every item in the house after summer vacation. If there are items that will be passed down from older kids to the younger generation, or the items hold tons of summer memories for the family, consider Houston self storage options at Big Tex Storage. We can keep the items safe and available for whenever you need them.