A Pack Rat’s Guide to Avoiding Clutter

Even the cleanest person has some clutter in their life. While this guide can help you if you’re a clean person, we’re talking to the pack rats who have magazines from 1960 – and not the collectable ones!

A pack rat is someone who thinks that they are collecting things, while someone else would view those things as unnecessary. A pack rat could also be a hoarder who absolutely cannot get rid of things, perhaps for fear of needing them at a later time.

If you are a pack rat, here are some signs that you might be turning into a hoarder, as outlined by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:

  • The inability to toss any of your belongings away.
  • Having anxiety when you do try to get rid of your belongings.
  • Having a hard time organizing your belongings.
  • Having a hard time deciding where to put your belongings.
  • Feeling embarrassment over having so many belongings.
  • You may feel suspicious about people if they try to touch your things.
  • You may fear that you could run out of something.
  • You may have social isolation due to the fact that your home is overrun with your belongings.

Even with all these things in mind, it is easy to start small when it comes to getting your clutter under control.

One Room at a Time

Decluttering should not be overwhelming. Instead of trying to declutter your whole home at one time, take one room at a time – and when you start that room, take it one corner at a time. Make sure to take before and after pictures to mark your progress.

And do remember that while you are decluttering, you may need a reliable self-storage unit to store some things until you know what you want to do with your items.

Once you finish one section, you can move on to the next. The pictures will allow you to see your progress. The first thing to do in each area is to throw out the obvious trash such as old newspapers, old packaging, lists, and junk mail. As soon as you do this, you will instantly start to see some progress.

After this, move to the harder, unnoticeable areas. Some pack rats like to hide things within things, so this may take a little more time to clean out. Still, it will be well worth it. You’ll save space by not keeping multiples of things. If you think you may need them in the future or you are just not ready to get rid of them, placing them in a self-storage facility is the best option available.

Don’t Wait

It’s great to have a plan and to have your storage unit at Markham Self Storage already in place, but be ready to put your plan into action. Planning should only take a day or two. After you plan, start decluttering and moving things to the trash, charities, yard sale pile, and to the pile to go to your affordable storage unit.

All of these tips will help you in the long-term, but remember that not being a pack rat will take dedication and a changed lifestyle. Homes do not become cluttered in just one day, so it will take dedication to make sure that it does not become like this again. Habits can only be changed one day at a time, but you can do it.

One of the biggest changes to make is in relation to buying things. Ask yourself why you are buying something. Do you really need it? Do you already have three of these things at home? Do you really need more used books? Learning why you are buying something will help you keep the clutter down. You may also want to keep your new buys at your clutter free storage unit for a little while until you know that you want to introduce them into your home.

If you’re ready to kick your organization into high gear, call or stop by Markham Self Storage. We are the best storage company in northern Jackson, Tennessee. We also offer moving supplies as well as U-Hauls.

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