Running Out of Space: What to Do When You Have Too Much Stuff

3 June 2021

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Have you looked around your home recently and realised that you're low on space? There doesn't appear to be much available space for you to use, whether it's on the floor or various surfaces. When it feels like you have too much stuff or not enough space, you need to decide what you're going to do to correct the problem. It can be really hard to deal with this problem if you're someone who likes their stuff. 

Everything can feel like it's something that you need. But you don't want to become a hoarder who just keeps collecting things. If you want to make a change, you need to think about how you're going to get some of your space back.

Get Rid of Some Clutter

Decluttering your home will free up some space and allow you to use it as you want to again. The first thing that you need to do is identify what is clutter and what items you're happy to keep. There are many different approaches you can take if you want to do this. Some advice from the experts includes thinking about why you own something. Is it useful? Are you keeping it for sentimental reasons? Is it in your home because you keep telling yourself that you will use it someday, even though you haven't yet? Whether you sell, throw out, give away or recycle your clutter, it can free up a lot of space for you.

Put Some Things in Storage

If you're not ready to get rid of some of your stuff, you might consider putting some of it into storage. This could mean that you store some things long-term, but it could also just be long enough to decide what you want to keep or even until you move home. You could get a mobile storage quote for a storage unit that you could keep at your own home or have stored elsewhere. Putting some things into storage can really help you to get some perspective of the stuff that you have and help you decide what you want to do with it.

Become a Minimalist

Instead of just decluttering one time, you could aim to completely change your attitude to what you have in your home. A minimalist approach allows you to avoid cluttering up your home again. Many people believe that we have too much stuff these days, and we don't need a lot of the things that we buy and own. You could aim to choose mostly functional items for your home, making sure they are worth the space they take up. A minimalist home doesn't have to be completely boring. It can still have stylish and decorative elements to make your interiors more homely.

Control Your Shopping

To prevent clutter from building up, you should consider how you buy things. You could end up with more and more stuff coming into your home if you're not careful. If you can't resist an impulse purchase, you can use some strategies to prevent yourself from giving in. When you want something, write it down and leave it for six weeks before checking your list. If you still want it, you might decide to buy it. But, in many cases, you will find you've forgotten all about it and no longer want to buy it.

Remove Other People's Stuff

Sometimes your home is cluttered because you're holding other people's stuff for them. You might have been doing them a favour, but now they haven't picked up their things and it's all taking up space in your home. If you're holding onto anything for a friend or family member, first encourage them to come and collect it. If they don't, it might be time to let them know that they have a deadline to meet before you decide to get rid of it yourself.

Move House

Not having enough space left at home doesn't always mean you have too much stuff. Sometimes it can mean that you have outgrown your home and it's no longer large enough for you. This might happen if you've grown your family or if you moved in as a student or young adult and you're now a bit more grown-up. When this happens, it's probably a good idea to start looking for a new home so that you can move. The key is finding a home that's the right size for you and your things.

When you're running out of space at home, you have two choices. You can find some more space or you can remove some of your things.

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