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Working From Home: How Self Storage Can Help

Working from home, once considered a luxury, is now an everyday occurrence. Flexibility, cost savings, fewer distractions, and less stress are just a few of the advantages gained when your commute is just a few steps from your bedroom. Being able to do your job from home, however, also comes with some disadvantages.

Many professionals have feelings of isolation being away from bosses and colleagues and have to be more creative to stay engaged and in touch with their co-workers. The distractions at home differ from those in the workplace. Friends, family members, and especially children can be very demanding of your attention when you’re physically present. You have to make it known that when you are working, you cannot be interrupted unless it’s an emergency.

Working from home takes a lot of self-discipline and dedication. It’s not easy to stay motivated over the long run without giving in to the distractions and losing your drive. Nevertheless, you can have the best of both worlds with a little effort and a lot of good advice.

The following work from home tips will keep you motivated and moving forward in your working from home adventure.

Work From Home Tips

 

Tip 1:  Use Self Storage to Create a Designated Work Space 

This is probably the most important step in your work from home journey. Sitting at the dining room table, standing at the kitchen counter, or hanging out in the family room will not work. Family will see you in the dining room and instantly need something, the TV is in the family room and you’ll decide to take a 10-minute break to watch a morning show, and food is in the kitchen – no explanation needed.

This is where a safe, secure self-storage unit comes in to play. You need a space at home for an office. Whether you choose a spare bedroom or the room originally designated as office space that’s been turned into a playroom, you need a self-storage solution. You don’t want to get rid of the furniture, but your space at home is exhausted. Self storage gives you the cost effective option of being able to keep your belongings and set up your new office. Problem solved.

Tip 2: Outfit Your Office with Comfortable, Functional Furniture

You’ve gone to the trouble of emptying a space for yourself. Now you need to invest in functional office furniture. If you have the space, buy a large desk, a bookcase or bookshelves, and a comfy office chair. A separate table or cabinet to use as a printer stand and supply storage is a good idea. If you’re a person who is sensitive to their surroundings, add wall decor, carpeting, and whatever else you need to make sure this is a place you’ll look forward to being in every day.

Tip 3:  Invest in Quality Technology

Buy whatever you need to comfortably and effectively do your job. You’ll probably have to purchase a desktop, laptop, or tablet, and depending on the nature of your work, you may need to invest in hardware or software. Working from home may require more than chat messages, so you need a router that will keep up. An outdated router may be prone to common network issues. If you have older but not outdated technology that you want to keep, put it in your storage space for now. You can decide what to do with it later.

Tip 4:   Set Real Work Hours

Make a commitment to set specific work hours. In most cases, working from home allows you flexibility in setting your schedule. Whether you need to start after you get the kids started on their school routine, or you want to work the hours when you are most productive, commit to those time constraints. Communicate this schedule to your boss and your team.

Tip 5: Update Your To-Do List Every Day

Without having a boss breathing down your neck, it can be challenging to keep track of your tasks. Set goals and times to complete each task. When you complete a task, cross it off the list. This is a simple, but psychologically fulling technique.

Tip 6:  Develop a Morning Routine

Set an alarm, so that you commit to a regular wake-up time. Shower, eat breakfast, and prepare your lunch, just as you would if you were going to your office. Don’t work in your pajamas. If you get dressed you’re getting yourself in the right mindset for work. You’ll be more alert, focused, and productive.

Tip 7: Maintain Healthy Habits

Build exercise into your day – maybe an early morning trip to the gym or a lunchtime walk. Whatever works for you. Exercise will keep you energized and productive. Eat healthy meals and snacks.

Tip 8: Stay Away From Social Media

Unless you have to engage on approved channels for your job, avoid mindless use of social media. If you aren’t careful, social media can eat into your time and lessen your productivity.

Tip 9: Use Video Chat

Video chat is a great way to stay connected to your team. There are many applications available: Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Cospace. Make it a point to chat with coworkers and clients each day.

Tip 10: Don’t Let Work Invade Your Personal Space

Working from home can creep into your personal life. As mentioned in Tip 4, set specific work hours, and stick to them. At the end of the day, shut down your laptop and shut your office door. Your family and your team will thank you.

Working from home is no longer a novel concept, but it takes more than a high-speed internet connection and video conferencing to work from home effectively. Achieving a work-life balance takes self-discipline. And don’t forget about that self storage unit. If materials and equipment start to consume your space, you have a secure place for the clutter.

 

For more tips and information check Top 32 Working From Home Tips.  Enjoy your work from home journey!

Self Storage in the Galaxy – May The 4th Be With You

Did you ever wonder about self storage in the galaxy? Would it look anything like the self storage of today? Did they offer security and convenience, provide climate control and give you a problem-free self storage experience? Maybe so, but on this Star Wars Day 2020, let’s imagine for a minute…

Self Storage A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Not surprisingly, the Storage kings of Star Wars are the Jawas, meter tall creatures completely hidden behind their dark, hand-woven robes. Their faces are concealed within their hoods, with the exception of their glowing yellow eyes. They are kind of scary looking for self-storage owners, but standards are different on the desert planet of Tatooine, millions of miles from the center of the galaxy.

Jawas are scavengers by nature. They travel the dunes of Tatooine in search of junk and scrap metal that they can rebuild as the equipment that the moisture farmers of this desert planet so desperately need. Regrettably, it’s not easy to find junk on Tatooine, and it isn’t lucrative, so the Jawas had to devise a more stable side business to finance their meager existence. After long hours of Jawaese jabbering, they decided to launch Sandcrawler Self Storage, using the sandcrawlers that they had originally adapted as their homes. Charges would vary for different sized units, security was already in place due to the Jawas’ cobbled-together weaponry, and just maybe they could negotiate a few extra items for their junk stash.

Because sandcrawlers are immense as well as mobile, they could easily be used as a kind of portable, on demand storage company for the Tatooine population and anyone else in need of self storage. Jawas have no loyalties. Whether the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, they see everyone as merely another business opportunity. And they were ready and willing to accommodate any paying customer.

When Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca decided that they needed secure vehicle storage for their Millenium Falcon, X-Wing Fighters, and other spacecraft, the Jawas carved out “space ship parking” in the desert fortresses where they lived in their sandcrawlers. When Princess Leia needed secure storage for the data tapes that held the secret plans for the first Death Star, the Jawas built a concealed space under the floor of one of the sandcrawlers. This group from the Rebel Alliance was a good source of referrals for the Jawas, and spread the word about their problem-free storage experience with Sandcrawler Self Storage.

The Jawas’ biggest customers, though, were the specialized Stormtrooper Corps, the Sandtroopers, who had extra equipment and weapons that were large and cumbersome and needed to be stored when they weren’t being used.  When Darth Vader sent them to Tatooine to search for the tapes containing the Death Star Plans, they were equipped with additional armor and helmets augmented with cooling fans, large shoulder pads, and heavy blaster rifles. The items that they weren’t using regularly were secure and well hidden in the Sandcrawler storage units, leaving the Sandtroopers free to spend their days searching the desert for the missing plans. Little did they know that those plans were hidden closer than they ever imagined.

The Jawas enjoyed the profits from their self storage business, and managed to collect some of the overflow from the Sandtrooper equipment for their junk collection. Legend has it that there was a lot of backroom negotiating for those Death Star plans. Some will say that, surprisingly, Sandcrawler Storage was trusted to store some of Darth Vader’s backup light sabers. Quite a coup for the Jawas.

No, they didn’t rent trucks, feature regular specials, or provide digital video monitoring. They didn’t offer climate control or moving and packing supplies. But where else could you find storage in a sandcrawler, managed by a bunch of tiny humanoids with weird-looking weapons to guard your stuff? Who knows? Self storage space stations may be closer than you think.

On this celebrated Star Wars Day, 2020, “May the Force Be With You.”

Your Self Storage Unit Needs a Thorough Spring Cleaning

If it’s been awhile since you’ve paid attention during a visit to your storage unit, you may be unpleasantly surprised to find that your home isn’t the only area that needs a thorough spring cleaning. 

 

You’ve been in and out of your unit for years retrieving your belongings, moving things around, and haphazardly damaging boxes and containers. When you made the decision to use storage, the relief at getting the overflow out of your house doubtless overshadowed any thoughts of being neat and orderly.  It’s easy to store your stuff, and forget about it…”out of sight, out of mind.” Well, those things may be out of sight, but they’re still there, right where you left them.

 

Now that you’ve finally made up your mind to get this job done, I have a few tips to help you keep it from becoming the formidable task that it really is.  

 

Tips to Get the Most Out of Cleaning Your Storage Unit

Set a Deadline:  Pick a date, and stick to it. This is kind of like making an appointment with yourself that you must keep. If you’re in the habit of not keeping appointments, I can’t help you.

 

Invite Friends:  When other people have committed to help, you’ll be that much more likely to be committed yourself. Unless you don’t care if your friends stop speaking to you.

 

Remove Everything:  Take everything out of your unit so that you can sweep and clean before re-organizing your space. Chances are that everything will be dusty and may need to be re-positioned. It’s a good idea to refold stored textiles and linens to prevent creases from forming. Maybe you can coerce your mother into doing the folding.

    

Start by Opening Boxes:  People generally lose track of the items they’ve stored.  If you haven’t opened some of the boxes in ten years, you may be pleasantly surprised to find some family heirlooms or possessions you thought you’d lost. Or you may find some things that you wish you’d lost. (and some living things!)

 

Keep, Discard, Donate:  Go through the same process that you did when you decided what to store.  As you open your boxes and sort your belongings make “keep, discard, donate” piles.  If you haven’t retrieved something in more than a year, it’s probable that you’ll never need or use it again. Did you really go through this process before deciding what to store, or were you lazy? 

 

Consolidate:  Free up storage by consolidating.  There will be items that you never use but just can’t part with. Try to combine them in the same boxes and keep them in the back of the unit. 

That doesn’t mean you should store the old knee brace in the mixing bowl of a broken stand mixer.

 

“The Wait and See Box:”  For those items that you are not sure about, use a “wait and see box.”  You can review this box during your next spring cleaning; and, if you haven’t used these things in the past year, discard or donate them. This is not an “excuse” box because you don’t feel like dealing with these items. Some items have to go NOW!

 

Label and Redistribute Weight: When you’ve finished re-packing, be sure to distribute weight evenly, with heavier items on the bottom. Clearly label everything to make the next cleaning easier. Don’t store a box of medicine balls on top of grandma’s china tea cups.

 

Reorganize With a Plan:  Create a written map or drawing of the unit to indicate where items can be found.  Items can be grouped in any way that is appropriate for your life. For example, you can group by person, room, or importance. Leave this plan on a clipboard hanging on the wall of your space for easy reference.  Store belongings that you don’t use regularly in the back of the unit. Save the front space for things you use more often and for seasonal items. Be sure that unused space in dresser drawers, cabinets, or freezers is filled with belongings (not food).  If possible, leave aisles with room to move around and easily view all labels. If you’re super organized, take photos with your phone so that you can check to see what’s in your space prior to making a trip. Yes, this is a bit complicated, but do it. 

 

And stop complaining. Decluttering is good for your mental health. The most important thing to take with you to your unit is a positive mindset.  Focus on the feeling of relief that comes from a good cleaning and reorganization. Or not. You have to get the job done either way.

 

If you don’t have a storage unit, but you’re interested in cleaning up your house and storing the junk, read Put that Clutter in Storage and Get on With Your Life.   Happy cleaning!!!

Get to Know This Popular Self-Storage Packing Material

It’s a stress reliever, it comes in rolls, it protects fragile items, and it’s name is a generic trademark used by Sealed Air Corporation. Any guesses as to what I’m talking about? It’s a solution for consumers and small businesses alike, and people love to spend an aimless hour or two popping it. It’s not only the most protective packing for your breakable items, but this stuff keeps kids occupied for hours. You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m talking about the ever-popular, ever-entertaining rock star of the packing material world, Bubble Wrap. You know you love to pop those bubbles. Admit it. But, do you know the history of this humble plastic wrapping material.

The History of Bubble Wrap ( Textured Wallpaper???)

Bubble Wrap has been around for a while. In 1957 two engineers, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes set out to create textured wallpaper. Textured wallpaper – let that sink in. They created this trend-setter wall covering by sealing together two shower curtains with air bubbles trapped inside. Can you imagine having your walls covered in bubble wrap? It would be great for your baby just learning to walk or for great-grandma who has balance issues. I see no other advantages. Can you imagine having to reprimand your kids for “popping the air out of the wallpaper?” You’d have to put them in the middle of the room for a timeout or your walls would look like used plastic wrap.

After discovering that this wall covering wasn’t as popular as they’d hoped (shocking!!), they had to change direction. For their next trick, they tried marketing this “textured wallpaper” as greenhouse insulation. Apparently, their marketing skills weren’t up to the task because that proved to be unpopular as well.

Three years later, Frederick W. Bowers, a marketer at Sealed Air, the company that makes Bubble Wrap, discovered the perfect use for this product. IBM had announced their new 1401 computer, and Bowers got the ingenious idea that Bubble Wrap could be used as a protective packing material during shipping. He pitched the idea to IBM, the demonstration was a success, and IBM began using Bubble Wrap to protect all of their fragile products during shipping. From modest beginnings, Bubble Wrap currently accounts for 10% of Sealed Air’s revenue, translating to around $400 million in annual sales.

A Modern-Day Marvel With One Small Problem

Today, Bubble Wrap takes on many forms and can be purchased almost anywhere that moving and office supplies are sold. You can always find it at your local self storage facility that carries moving and packing supplies. Mailers, pouches, and padded envelopes are examples of other popular uses for Bubble Wrap.

A downside for customers who are buying Bubble Wrap has been the space it takes up during shipping and storage. In the early 1990s a group of engineers began work on a product that could be shipped in thin, flat sheets of plastic without the bubbles. The method is to eject tiny pellets of polyethylene into sheets, which are then heated. These tiny pellets then flatten to form strong polymer sheets with rows of un-inflated bubbles that are connected in lines. Customers lease a special machine from Sealed Air which inflates all the lines of bubbles and seals the openings. This customer-inflated Bubble Wrap is 40 times cheaper to ship than the original.

Bubble Wrap is useful for so much more than merely packing. Wasting time has never been more productive.

Bubble Wrap Fun Facts

The amount of Bubble Wrap produced by Sealed Air annually is enough to wrap the entire Earth, at the equator, with Bubble Wrap about 10 times.

While originally used primarily for packing, most of the Bubble Wrap currently produced is used for food packaging.

In a demonstration done by Sealed Air, an 815 pound pumpkin dropped from a height of 35 feet onto layers of Bubble Wrap survived without a scratch.

The next time you watch a TV show in a school setting, know that the backpacks everyone is wearing are filled with Bubble Wrap so that they don’t have to lug heavy books.

To survive a six-story fall, you would need 39 layers of Bubble Wrap (don’t try this at home).

In 2015, Boy Scouts in Elbert, Colorado set a Guinness World Record for the most number of people popping Bubble Wrap simultaneously: 2,681 Scouts participated.

Bubble Wrap was a Toy Hall of Fame Finalist in 2016.

Sealed Air manufactures Bubble Wrap sheets with air cushions shaped like letters that spell out “happy holidays” and bubbles shaped like hearts or smiley faces.

Sealed Air licenses day calendars that allow consumers to punctuate dates by popping a giant bubble. Much more fun than marking off the days with a conventional calendar.

Teenage girls all over the world use it to stuff their bras.

If you’re very patient and adept with a syringe, you can make jello shots with Bubble Wrap.

For added dimension to an already great party game, place Bubble Wrap under Twister.

People love to pop Bubble Wrap because:

  • It releases muscle tension
  • It distracts you from your worries
  • It makes an awesome noise
  • It provides instant gratification
  • It has a satisfying, calming tactile feeling
  • You can throw it away when you’re done

 

Who would have thought a humble plastic packing material could be so versatile in addition to being so useful. I hope that this article provided you with a newfound respect and admiration for Bubble Wrap. Wrapping a package will never be the same.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to popping – it’s cheaper than a therapist.

Finding Self Storage for Your Wine Collection

As Americans continue to acquire more goods, niche storage is becoming more popular. Think about document storage, band practice storage, and portable storage, all growing niche markets. An increasing number of self storage renters are looking for amenity-rich specialty storage options for wine.

 

Dr. Liz Thath, Professor of Wine, states “After 24 years of continuous growth in wine consumption the US market slowed to only 1.2% in volume in 2018 (bw166). Despite this flattening of volume growth, dollar value still grew at a 3.7% suggesting that, though Americans may be drinking less, they desire higher quality wine and are spending more per bottle. This indicates that wine still maintains its place as an important American beverage. The total dollar value of the US wine market in 2018 was $69.7 billion, with $23.3 billion (33%) derived from imported wine (Wines & Vines Analytics, 2019).

 

As a wine enthusiast, you understand the conditions needed to maintain desired flavor, texture, and quality. You’ll immediately know if a facility is properly equipped to store wine. Wine that is exposed to the wrong humidity and temperature variations can spoil what once was an exquisite and very expensive wine.

 

Keep in mind that climate-controlled storage keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and maintains a humidity level of 55%. That should be adequate to maintain the quality of your wine. Still, finding units that are designed specifically for wine storage is the best way to go, as these units will likely have a slightly higher level of humidity than typical climate-controlled storage units.

 

What A Facility Needs to Offer Wine Storage

Ideal Temperature and Humidity

High temperatures and the wrong humidity levels significantly change wine. Wine does best at 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 60-80%. Temperatures that are too low could freeze or dry out the cork. A dry cork can crack, allowing air into the bottle and oxidizing the wine. Have you ever had a glass of wine that tastes like vinegar? That is oxidized wine; great if you enjoy vinegar, but not so good if you’ve invested in a very special bottle.

 

Even an air-tight seal can be affected by humidity. A 60-80% humidity level will keep the cork from drying out. Yes, you can store wine bottles on their sides to keep the cork from drying out, but severely fluctuating temperatures and humidity can eventually push the cork out completely. If conditions are too damp, wine labels can be ruined.

 

Keep it Dark and Quiet

Did you ever wonder why good wine is typically stored in green, black, and bluish bottles? Those colors protect the wine from UV light, but they can only do so much. Wine has to be protected from sunlight, incandescent light, and fluorescent light to keep the complex molecules from breaking down. Wine does best in a quiet environment. Too much movement or vibration can cause a gritty texture from disturbed sediment. Keep it away from too much foot traffic.

 

Organize Your Wine Storage

If your chosen facility isn’t equipped with their own wine racks, you may want to use your own miniature wine racks, wine storage cubes, or wine crates. Storing bottles on their sides is not only space efficient but, as mentioned above, will prevent corks from drying out. 

 

Final Thoughts

When searching for a place to store your wine, look for a reputable, secure, climate-controlled

facility with the appropriate sized space for the quantity of bottles you’re storing. Spend some time discussing options with your storage professional. Have your questions and concerns addressed so that you feel comfortable with the arrangements. Several of Universal Storage Group’s managed self storage facilities offer specialty wine storage. Check out our listings to find a facility near you!

 

Storing wine takes some effort, but it’s more than worth it. A few years in the right storage can transform a great wine into an exquisite and valuable wine that you’ll be enjoying for celebrations to come.

Self Storage and the KonMari Method

The KonMari method is a system of organizing your home by getting rid of anything that doesn’t make you happy.  In the powerful words of Marie Kondo, the woman who developed the KonMari method of decluttering, “discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.”

The Miriam Webster dictionary defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” I’ve seen it defined in a more spiritual context as a “settled state of contentment, confidence, and hope.” So, if you’re Star Wars action figures and your Disco Fever Barbie no longer delight you, it’s time to say good-bye.

Hmmm. In that case, since cooking no longer sparks joy, I’m getting rid of the stove and most of my pots and pans. My husband’s golf clubs spark no joy in my heart. Won’t he be surprised when he gets to the golf course tomorrow morning. Doing laundry is not what I’d refer to as a “joyful activity,” so I guess I’ll donate the washer and dryer to Goodwill and turn the laundry room into a Zumba studio.

While reading Ms. Kondo’s best selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I admit that I giggled on occasion (well, maybe it was more of “laugh out loud). This woman actually suggests that before getting rid of items, you thank them for serving their purpose. She texted her old cell phone from her new cell phone to thank it for “all it has done.” I wonder if the old cell phone and the new one are still having conversations. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t appreciate or care for our possessions; I just don’t want to have a conversation with my coat before I donate it to The Salvation Army.

Making the Case for a Tidy Home

For most of us, it feels good to keep our homes tidy. If you check our last blog, Put that Clutter in Storage and Get On With Your Life, you’ll note that clutter can be physically and psychologically damaging. Marie Kondo has made quite a good living as an organization consultant and author, so there is probably something to be said for her method. I’ll give her props for mentioning self storage as a solution for those who have trouble “letting go.” I’m still on the fence with thanking my items for serving their purpose.

The KonMari Method

As you’ve probably guessed this method is highly detailed, so I’m going to give you a very simplified overview. The KonMari Method advocates sorting your belongings category-by-category rather than room-by-room. The reason for this is that people typically store items of the same category in different locations. Imagine that.

Before you begin your organization journey, read the following rules. This can be quite the overwhelming process, so you’d better have a glass of wine first.

Rules

Rule 1:  Commit yourself to tidying up.

Rule 2:  Imagine your ideal lifestyle (visualize your life in an organized home).

Rule 3:  Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each one for serving its purpose (this is where she loses me because having conversations with inanimate objects is just weird…unless they’re stuffed animals).

Rule 4: Tidy by category, not location.

Rule 5:  Follow the right order (Categories 1 through 5).

Rule 6:  Ask yourself if the item sparks joy (now we’re talking to ourselves as well as our things).

And try not to laugh while you thank your belongings for a job well done.

Categories

Category 1:  Clothing

Clothing is typically stored in closets, dresser drawers, and maybe under the bed. After you’ve removed all of your clothing from these spaces and laid it on the floor, you can then move on to creating sub-categories. For example, you could separate your clothes into seasonal categories or “this hasn’t fit since high school.” You can then further subdivide into “what the heck was I thinking when I bedazzled this bridesmaids dress.”

Category 2:  Books

As with clothing, remove all books from shelves and place them on the floor. Place them into four broad categories:

  • General (books you read for pleasure)
  • Practical (references, cookbooks, etc.)
  • Visual (photograph albums, etc.)
  • Magazines

Hold each book and decide whether you want to keep it or toss it. Remember you’re looking for books that “spark joy.”

Category 3:  Papers

Papers include accumulated newspapers, invitations and school announcements stuck to the refrigerator, as well as junk mail. The basic KonMari principle for papers is to throw everything away unless it does not fall into one of three categories:

  • Currently in use
  • Needed for a limited period
  • Must be kept indefinitely

You’ll find the complex system for categorizing all other papers (bills, sentimental letters/diaries, receipts) in the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Category 4: Konomo (miscellaneous items)

These are the items you will find everywhere in your house.

  • CDs/DVDs
  • Makeup (cosmetic samples that have never been used)
  • Accessories
  • Valuable Items (passports, credit cards, etc.)
  • Electrical Equipment (broken appliances, cameras, cords, etc.)
  • Household Equipment (stationery, writing materials, sewing baskets, etc.)
  • Household and Cleaning Supplies (medicine, detergents, cleaners, tissues, etc.)
  • Kitchen Goods (pots and pans, small appliances, kitchen implements, etc.)
  • Other (spare change, keyrings, etc.)
  • Anything Related to a Particular Interest or Hobby

Category 5: Sentimental Items

These are items from your past that still hold meaning for you. The problem is that they are probably stored in a drawer or closet where you never see them.They include memementos, photographs, and souvenirs. These things tend to appear in unexpected places (like behind the toilet). The KonMari Method will help you organize what is most meaningful. You’ll use the same method for sorting these items as you do for everything else. Lay them out on the floor (or bed or table), and create categories. Be aware that you will be holding on to each photo to see if it “sparks joy,” and then you probably need to have a long conversation with it before you throw it away.

Self Storage and KonMari

So now you’re ready to “put your space in order and change your life forever.”

Anyway, that’s what the book says. If you’re going to follow this method, you really need to investigate self storage because it will give you the best of both worlds. You can follow the KonMari Method and still have a place for those “maybe I’ll need them later” items.

If you’re lonely or just really enjoy talking to inanimate objects, you can visit your items whenever you like and thank them for serving their purpose. Don’t worry. Our friendly, professional storage management team will not laugh. They’re probably having discussions with their own stuff.

Put That Clutter in Storage and Get on With Your Life

Is your home so cluttered that you don’t even notice the mess anymore? Is your social life suffering because you can’t open the front door? Does your environment look like a contender for “Hoarding: Buried Alive”? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to take action. This is not good for you or your family. Do you know that uncontrolled clutter can cause stress, overeating, and, yes, even jeopardize relationships. 

As hard as it may be to believe, excessive clutter can actually produce tangible effects on your mental and physical health. It’s time to get this situation under control. Read below to see how too much clutter can affect your health and destroy relationships.

The Ugly Truth About Clutter

Clutter Elevates Stress Levels

According to the The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people who live in cluttered homes have higher levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, than those who live in restful, uncluttered environments. Cortisol has been associated with greater chronic stress, disease progression, weight gain, and even mortality risk.

Clutter Encourages Overeating

Dr. Eva Shalhoub explains that because clutter is stressful for the brain, you’re more likely to resort to coping mechanisms such as choosing comfort foods or overeating. You’ll grab anything just to make more room in the fridge. If your refrigerator isn’t stuffed with spoiled, unappetizing leftovers, you’ll be able to find those healthy snacks.

Clutter Can Cause or Worsen Allergy/Respiratory Issues

Cluttered homes are frequently dustier than orderly living spaces, especially when messiness levels make it difficult to keep your home clean. As things accumulate, more dust is generated, creating the ideal living environment for pests like dust mites. Excessive moisture, the cause of mold and mildew, promotes the growth of bacteria and viruses and impacts respiratory health. Anyone in the house, with or without allergies, can experience eye, skin, nose, throat, and lung irritation. The longer the space is unclean, the more serious these respiratory issues can become.

Clutter Can be Isolating for the Entire Family

According to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., “Living in clutter impedes your identification with your home, which should be a retreat from the outside world and a place to feel pride.”  A cluttered home can inhibit your desire to entertain. You will eventually begin to avoid social gatherings because your house is a mess. Sadly, children can also feel the negative effects of a cluttered home. They can be prone to elevated levels of distress and have difficulty making friends because they are embarrassed by the condition of their home. This, alone, should encourage you to clean up.

Clutter Can Threaten Relationships

Clutter in the home can can undermine relationships because of the negative impact on one partner. We all have certain mementos that we just can’t throw away: that high school letter jacket or that well-loved stuffed animal that your child carried everywhere. That’s understandable and acceptable. But when you multiply that by hundreds, it becomes obsessive and unmanageable. To some people, the idea of parting with any of their belongings is psychologically distressing. Spouses or partners who are bothered by this clutter tend to be judgmental, angry, and irritable. They may resort to name calling and negative comments, the end result being a shattered relationship.

Clutter can Torpedo Your Budget and Create Debt

A cluttered environment makes it easy to misplace things, like a particular kitchen implement or a child’s favorite toy. If you lose something, it’s easier to buy a duplicate. If this becomes a habit, you could end up with accumulated debt and multiples of the same item. If you aren’t a fan of paperless billing and online banking, a cluttered home can also make it challenging to locate bills and bank statements. They’re probably in the sofa cushions or under a pile of clothing. This can lead to late payments,additional fees, higher interest rates, and ultimately, collection calls.

Clutter Can Interfere with Your Career Goals

People’s messy tendencies can also creep into their professional life and impact job performance. A disorganized desk, filing system, or briefcase can inhibit your ability to focus and decrease productivity, keeping you from moving forward with your career and probably ending your employment.

The Self Storage Solution

One way to save your health and sanity and get this situation under control is with a safe, secure self storage unit. The bottom line is that everything has its place. Getting rid of physical clutter can be emotionally devastating to certain individuals, but there is a strategy. Don’t just relocate your possessions to another area of your living space. Store them.

Self storage is your practical solution.  Locating a secure, affordable, convenient storage facility will resolve this problem. The clutter is gone—not gone forever—but removed to a secure self-storage facility where it will no longer negatively affect you and the people close to you. You can visit your belongings any time, but you don’t have to live with the mess and chaos. 

Give us a call today. A professional, knowledgeable staff member will be happy to help you develop a customized plan for your belongings.