5 Tips for Decluttering Your Home for the Winter

Woman placing clothing in a cardboard box in the middle of decluttering her home in the winter.

As fall comes to an end and winter quickly approaches, you’ll want to make the proper space needed for the upcoming festivities. Yet regardless if you’re in a one bedroom apartment or a multi-floor house, a plethora of clutter can be a major obstacle for you to make the most out of the season.

However, since the cold weather will keep you indoors more often than not, winter is the ideal time for you to declutter and simplify your home. In this blog post, our team at Devon Self Storage will provide you with a series of 5 tips on how to declutter your home during the winter.

Why Should I Declutter My Home for the Winter?

Before you begin your winter cleaning, it’s important to recognize why winter is an ideal time for decluttering. It’s common for people to feel depressed during the winter, whether it be due to the weather, shorter days, or other reasons. By decluttering your home this winter, you can promote an inviting atmosphere to liven up you, your family, and your friends.

According to Utah State University, a decluttered home can provide various mental health benefits including:

  • Improved mood
  • More productivity
  • Sharper focus
  • Relieved anxiety
  • And more

On top of everything else, decluttering your home for the winter can clear out space for your seasonal items such as holiday decorations like garland, wreaths, and more.

Tips on How to Declutter Your Home This Winter

Once you understand the benefits of decluttering your home for the winter, it’s time for you to start decluttering and simplifying your home yourself! Yet if you look at the entire process of decluttering your home, you can easily get overwhelmed.

Instead of diving head-first into your cleaning, however, it’s best to take a step back and learn some tips and tricks that’ll help make the decluttering process both simpler and more enjoyable. Here are 5 valuable tips on how to make winter decluttering a treat and not a chore.

Woman selecting clothes to donate to a charity shop while decluttering her home.

1. Embrace a Minimalist Mindset

With a minimalist mindset, instead of thinking about accumulation and consumerism, you can think about what items you can relieve yourself from. Establishing your minimalist mindset can more easily remove piles of clutter before the first snowflakes come.

Similar to the decluttering process, maintaining a minimalist mindset can also provide several mental health benefits such as an improved mood and heightened level of productivity.

2. Declutter and Organize Your Home Room by Room

After you’ve embraced a minimalist approach to winter decluttering, it’s time to get to work. However, if you try and tackle your entire home in one go-around, you will more than likely get burned out and be left with a half-clean home. This is why going room by room can make your decluttering process easier.

By organizing your home room by room, you can avoid the overwhelming aspects of decluttering and instead separate your process by stages. It’s also a good idea to separate stages or groups of stages with breaks in the middle.

3. Simplify Your Home by Selling or Giving Away Unwanted Items

Don’t regularly use or need a certain item? Then it might be time to give it away. As you go through each room of your home, set aside items that you’re either willing to give away or unsure of whether you want to give away or not. After you’ve collected all of these items, determine which items you are going to keep and which you will give away. These items can include:

  • Dishes and glassware that are not frequently used
  • CDs, DVDs, and other media that are not regularly played
  • Notebooks or notepads with no writing
  • Office supplies for a previous job or unused
  • Clothing or accessories in decent condition

Some items might also be worth more than you would initially think. If you think an item is worth selling, do some research online and determine that item’s worth. If it’s worth the price of shipping, then consider selling it off for a profit. After all, it’s wise to have a little extra spending money for the holidays.

Two piles of items organized in baskets labeled “keep” and “donate” on a bed.

4. Make Winter Decluttering an Event

If you think of decluttering your home as a chore, it will more than likely feel like it. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Make an entire event out of the occasion and set up a specific time to declutter and organize your home for the winter.

You can invite friends over or have family help make the process all the more pleasant. There’s no reason as to why winter cleaning shouldn’t be a social occasion. At the end of the day, the reward for all of your hard work will be a clean and inviting space to call home.

5. Store Away Items You Don’t Regularly Use

While you might not use all of your belongings regularly, plenty of them are items you simply don’t want to get rid of. We understand this perfectly and, as a solution, we recommend that you keep these belongings neatly stored. Utilize closet space and containers around the house or apartment as places to keep these items secure until you use them once again.

If you need additional space to store these belongings, renting a storage unit can prove to be a great investment to make. With the additional space acquired by renting out self storage, you can make room for your seasonal items and new additions to your home. It can also act as additional storage space for your seasonal items once the holidays wrap up.

To better prepare your belongings for self storage, visit our packing tips page.

Make Winter Decluttering Easier With a Storage Unit at Devon Self Storage

Get the best self storage for your winter decluttering, come to us at Devon Self Storage. Our storage units come in a variety of sizes with an extended line of features attached so that you can find the right solution at one of our many locations across the country. For additional out-of-the-box ideas, browse through our FAQ and storage tips pages.

Ready to get started? Rent or reserve your storage unit by contacting our team online today!

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