Decluttering your home in time for summer
As we shrug off the excesses of winter, it’s time to step into spring and summer feeling lighter and brighter. One of the most effective ways to freshen up your space for the new season ahead is to declutter. Here’s how to declutter your home in time for summer.
Put away winter clothes
Winter clothes and warm, heavy bedding can take up a lot of space, so now that you don’t need them, fold them up carefully and store them away in cupboards or even inside suitcases, if space is limited.
Before you put winter clothing and bedding away for the summer season, go through items and check to see whether there is anything you no longer need. Winter clothes that weren’t worn this year, or the previous winter, might well just be taking up valuable space, in which case, consider taking them to a charity shop.
With the warmer days beckoning, summer is the perfect time of year for entertaining. So, with more people likely visiting your home for get-togethers, decluttering can help to create a tidy, organised and welcoming environment.
Tidying up, clearing out seldom-used items and giving your home a thorough spring clean can even be good news for your health. According to WebMD, decluttering can prevent pests, and reduce dust, mould and mildew, which can trigger asthma and allergies. It can also remove pollen spores that may enter your home and exacerbate allergy symptoms.
You’ll no doubt be spending more time outside during the summer, so don’t forget to declutter the outside of your home, as well as indoors. Tips to make your outside space tidier and more appealing include:
- Cutting back unruly hedges and shrubs
• Clearing away empty pots
• Removing dead or diseased plants
• Getting rid of any garden furniture, toys or other outdoor paraphernalia that is no longer used, is broken or has become rusty
• Remove everything from the shed or garage and only put back items that you really use and need, and make use of wall shelving for storage to keep as many items off the floor.
If you want to tidy away winter belongings or winter hobbies, or just create more space at home, consider your storage options. Effective solutions for storing items include:
- Stacked boxes, containers or wall shelves
• Making use of redundant spaces, such as under the bed or on top of cupboards
• Choosing tables or seating with under storage features
However, what happens if you simply don’t have the space at home to store items away, but you know you don’t want to get rid of items permanently, either?
In this case, it’s well worth looking into external self-storage from Safestore. Self-storage provides you with spacious, secure and affordable facilities to keep items stored safely off your premises until you need to use them again. Organise your self-storage today.