People spend a lot of time in their kitchen. It’s one of the most lived-in rooms in any household, and as a result it can sometimes turn into a repository for culinary knick-knacks and other useless gifts collected over the years. When you discover that you’ve got three too many frying pans and more decorative napkin holders than you could ever use, it might be time to look at renovating this social gathering spot.
Everyone has dreams of home organization, but few are capable of accomplishing it. Some are just naturally good at keeping things in order, but most reach the point where things have gotten so out of control that they just have to start all over. Renovating any room in your home can be quite the project, but you can make things much easier on yourself by renting a self-storage unit.
So when it finally comes time to do something about that clutter-filled kitchen, instead of spreading that mess to other areas of the house or garage, rent a small unit from one of your self-storage companies. Easily keep all of the things you can’t and don’t use out of the way until it comes time to use them.
Putting these unused items in storage can help cut down the visual chaos of messy home, while it also gives you an opportunity to take a mental break from the stress. Using them to keep the majority of the mess confined in one safe area gives you the option to free up space in others rooms of your house as well.
Once you have decided to de-clutter the kitchen, you must draw the line between essential and nonessential. Here are a few tips that will help you make those difficult choices.
• Start with duplicates. If you have two of something, first think about donating one. If, for whatever reason, you think you will need two, put one into your storage unit. And if only one works, throw the broken one away before someone calls you a hoarder.
• Move on to those accumulated appliances. Because no kitchen would be complete without the essentials (microwave, coffee pot, etc.), you can keep what you use every day, but put the rest into your unit.
• Perform the kitchen storage dust test; anything that’s got a thick layer of dust on it is something that can go into storage without the risk of being missed.
• Install a hanging rack for pots and pans. This will allow you to maximize cupboard space without having to send everything to the self-storage unit.
• Pack things logically. Don’t just throw everything into a box. By packing things in an organized manner and labeling boxes, you’ll make it much easier to find something.
Giving your kitchen a “facelift” can be one of the most stressful things you do as an adult. You must deal with living in a mess, and there are almost always unexpected expenses and unforeseen circumstances. However, you can minimize the disorder and relieve some of the tension in your home by taking advantage of cheap storage units.
This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide. For more info visit: www.sparefoot.com.