Whether you have a spacious home or one that finds you literally stepping over and around stuff on a daily basis, making it safer and roomier doesn’t have to be the biggest challenge you will ever face.
In many cases, it simply comes down to using some commonsense as to what needs to stay and what can be tossed, given away, perhaps even stored.
With that in mind, the New Year is as good a time as any for you to take stock of what you have in your home, apartment, condo, mobile home, or wherever you reside.
Take some time to see if you really need all of those possessions, or if you can at least put some of them in storage, thereby freeing up some quality space for you, those you might live with, and when guests come to visit.
So, are you prepared to make your home safer and roomier?
Cleaning Out Doesn’t Have to Be Painful
If in fact the time has come for you to make your residence both safer and roomier, where exactly should you start?
Although that question can provide myriad of answers for millions of people, here are a few general tips to get you started:
- Think before you toss – It can be easy to get into one of those moods where you just want to start tossing this and that. One of the problems with that plan of attack is you may end up getting rid of something down the road you will regret having done. Take a more measured approach, going into each room and eyeing up all that is in it. From there, you will be better able to determine if you not only need what is in there, but how to make the room feel bigger and safer if you decide to keep most or all of what is there;
- Self-storage is always an option – If you feel like there is much you want to keep, yet the consensus is you just don’t have the room for it now in your present residence, consider self-storage. Whether that means you turn to storage units Minnesota or another storage option closer to home, take the time to think what goes and what stays. You may end up with enough stuff to fill a storage unit, one that doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg when all is said and done. Lastly, make sure you research any storage facility you might think of going with, looking into its location, security setup, prices, and of course how clean it appears to be.
Are Kids in the Picture?
- Protecting your children – In the event you have children, you always want the place you call home to be as safe as possible. Anyone with kids (especially really little ones) knows all too well how easily they can get into stuff from an early age on. The last thing you want is having them hurt themselves or even worse in your home. Make sure there are no items etc. that have sharp ends, are heavy enough where falling on them could cause serious injuries etc. The same holds true if you have pets, especially those with a curious way about them such as cats;
- Elderly need caution too – Lastly, if you have elderly people in the home (it might even be you), be sure to keep in mind that older folks tend to fall more often etc. That said make sure your home is void of loose rugs and carpets, cords sticking it etc. It only takes one fall for someone to be seriously hurt. Also make sure any older residents have the proper lighting (nightlights etc.) to get around the residence.
Whether you’re going to do a major cleaning out project or you plan on taking numerous items to storage, do it with a plan in mind.
By executing that plan, you and your home will be the better for it.