Making use of designated storage for seasonal items can help make the decluttering process less stressful. By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to a clutter-free home.

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If you are planning a move or thinking about decluttering your home or downsizing to a smaller house, the list of things to do can seem overwhelming! Making use of designated storage for seasonal items can help make these processes much less stressful.

An effective way to use storage in the decluttering process is to begin by removing anything from your home that you don’t need for the current season. This will make your home feel like a clutter-free sanctuary almost overnight!

By removing seasonal décor and items for entertaining, as well as clothing, personal records, mementos and recreational equipment you use only seasonally, your home will instantly have extra breathing room for organizing your day-to-day items. It will also be much easier to find or sort through seasonal items when you need them.

How your home functions for day-to-day living is vital to your emotional health! It’s worth taking the time to consider dedicated storage for lesser-used items so you can begin to live a stress-free life in your decluttered home!

Step 1:

Take a quick walk through your home, making note of all the infrequently used seasonal items you are storing throughout. You’ll probably be surprised how many of these items are stuffed away in closets and cabinets!

Plan to get rid of those items entirely or use designated storage as an effective alternative or first step to decluttering your home.

Step 2:

Set up your newly designated seasonal storage spaces. You might want to install special shelving areas in the garage or basement for seasonal items you use more frequently and you might consider setting up an offsite storage unit for items you rarely need but want to keep.  This storage area could also serve as a temporary holding place as you prepare to move or downsize.

Step 3:

When preparing to organize seasonal items, plan to group them by similar season, activity or holiday. Consider using different colored shelves or bins for winter holiday décor and summer supplies, such as camping gear, to make it easier to locate these items when you need them.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to begin decluttering your home! Choose a closet or cabinet to start with.  Remove everything and sort it into three categories—items you currently need on a regular basis, items you need in other seasons, and items you no longer need.  Return the items to the closet that you need on a regular basis in this season. Give away anything you no longer need. For remaining items, sort them by season and take them to the newly designated area.  Go closet by closet and cabinet by cabinet to repeat the process.

If your storage areas become too full, get ruthless about decluttering and give more things away!

Step 5:

Take a look around at your decluttered home, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the benefits of a job well done!

Step 6:

If you are not moving from your home, continue to maintain your new storage spaces. Do similar scans of your home at least once a year to determine if any unnecessary seasonal items have made their way back into your home.

If you are moving to another home, now you’ll be able to better assess what to keep and what to get rid of, or plan to store, before you make the move. There’s no need to move unnecessary clutter into your new home, and now you have a system to ensure that it doesn’t happen!

Are you in the process of decluttering, moving or downsizing? Do you have any tips?

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Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

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