Are your closets busting at the seams? Are your under the bed storage totes filled to the brim? When living in an apartment, it is a constant battle to maintain organized storage areas.
Pack rats have a hard time answering the question “Do I NEED this item?” Here’s how to overcome the most common excuses on how not to feel free to get rid of things.
But I might use it someday.
Someday you may use the items, but is it worth hanging on to the items, storing and organizing? If you haven’t used the items within a year, it’s probably safe to part with them. Get rid of old magazines (just end your subscriptions altogether) .
I don’t want it to go to waste.
In today’s age of excess, it’s reasonable not to let things just get thrown out. Let’s not be wasteful but instead donate your unused items to charity or sell to make a little extra money. Keep a box in your hall closet so you can periodically take to a local charity.
It means so much to me because it was handed down to me from my mother.
I completely understand holding on to sentimental items but at some point not everything should be kept forever. Display special items and keep the rest in one or two totes and every few years sort through them. Each time I find myself discarding items. Do I really need to keep the note from the cute boy I liked in sixth grade? If so, take a pic and move on!
In celebration of National Pack Rat Day on May 17th, strive towards organizing and reducing your storage items. It’s useful to go through and sort your storage areas within your apartment a few times a year. Your annual spring cleaning routine as well as whenever you put up or take down holiday decorations can be great times to get rid of the excess.
Moving forward, don’t forget to utilize online tools and apps. Collect online finds on Pinterest, read ebooks, maintain online photo albums, etc. And when shopping, really determine if you NEED the item. If so, then try and stick to the practice of donating an old item to make room for the new!
What other tips can you share to ensure you don’t become a pack rat?