Self Storage and the One-Hour Decluttering Challenge

A cluttered home isn’t good for you or your family. It can affect your mental and physical health, causing overwhelming stress. If you want a quick and easy method to get motivated to clean up your home, read the following article to learn about the one-hour decluttering challenge.

We all know that uncontrolled clutter can affect your mental and physical health. When you have to wade through toys, books, unopened mail, and dirty dishes to navigate your home, you have a problem. It’s time to clean up the mess before your stress levels cause you to destroy relationships, overeat, and lose your job. A good way to get started on this task is The One-Hour Decluttering Challenge.

In case you weren’t aware, there are an abundance of decluttering challenges to choose from: The Thirty-One Day Home Detox Decluttering Challenge, A Year of 15-Minute Decluttering Missions, and 40 Bags in 40 Days, to name a few. They all have their advantages, but this quick decluttering process gets you started and motivates you to continue with your cleaning project. 

If you’re all in for the slow and steady approach, this blog probably isn’t for you. This is not the KonMari method where you spend hours sorting and organizing, only to spend even more time thanking your possessions for a job well done. This is a fast and furious one-hour burst of decluttering.

Self Storage and The One-Hour Declutter Challenge

If you’re going to attempt any decluttering, you need a safe, convenient self storage unit. No matter how well-intentioned your motives, there will always be something that you are not sure you want to surrender. For some crazy reason (we don’t want to know) even that half-empty bottle of nail polish may be meaningful to you. 

While blasting through your rooms in one hour, be sure to delegate some extra boxes for those precious possessions that you aren’t ready to let go. When you decide to move on to your next decluttering project, you’ll be so relieved that you have that unit waiting to give your belongings a new home. With 365-day access, you can visit them daily.

The Challenge

Time to begin. Grab three boxes – one for trash, one for donations, and one for self storage (or the “I’m not quite ready to say good-bye” box). OK, it’s time to get started.  Next, choose the recommended areas and enough items to equal 100 (or more). 

To avoid wasting cleaning time, write down the areas you want to attack and the items you want to declutter from each area. Once you’ve completed these tasks, set your timer and GO!! 

Below is an example of an already completed list. This is only a guideline designed to motivate you. You can use this list or create your own.

(1) 10 Items From Your Bathroom

Suggestions:

  • Expired cosmetics
  • Unopened boxes or samples of toothpaste, soap, shampoo, or toothbrushes that you won’t use
  • Worn towels and washcloths
  • Nail polish that is no longer usable
  • Overused emery boards 
  • Hairbrushes and other hair accessories that you no longer want

You can donate your unopened samples to homeless shelters and your old towels to animal shelters.

(2) 10 Items From Your Junk Drawer

Suggestions:

  • Broken meat thermometer
  • Pens that no longer write and pencils that are too short to hold
  • Empty scotch tape dispenser
  • Random plastic utensils
  • Batteries that haven’t worked since 1980
  • Mapquest directions to your obstetrician’s office (your youngest child is 40)

(3) 10 Items From Your Kitchen

  • Expired food
  • The food you bought on sale that your family will never eat
  • Extra dishes and utensils
  • Small appliances that are collecting dust because they’re too old or you’re too lazy to grind your coffee beans. That’s what Starbucks is for.
  • Tea towels and dishcloths that aren’t even nice enough for the animal shelter
  • The teakettle with the broken spout
  • Fancy jello molds because you don’t do “fancy jello” anymore

If you do have any non-perishable food that you don’t want, donate it to a local food bank.

(4) 10 Items From Your Laundry Room/Linen Closet

Suggestions:

  • Sheet and towels that are marked for the rag basket but still sitting on top of the dryer
  • Outdated clothing that never made it back to the bedrooms.
  • Extra blankets and quilts
  • Empty laundry soap and cleaning containers that you thought you might use someday

Don’t forget that those extra blankets, sheets, and towels can be donated to homeless or animal shelters.

(5) 20 Items From Your Crafts/Hobby Room

Suggestions:

  • Items in this room are too numerous to mention. Let’s just say anything that you no longer use or need to be creative. 

If you have unused yarn, beads, thread, felt, or any other craft materials in good condition, a local nursing home or preschool would enjoy using them.

(6) 10 Items From Your Bedroom

Suggestions:

  • Nightstand clutter, including extra books and papers
  • Decorative items that you no longer enjoy
  • Extra pieces of furniture than found a home in your bedroom because you lacked space elsewhere

(7) 20 Items From Your closet

Suggestions:

  • Clothing that no longer fits (including those 10-year old skinny jeans that you think you’ll wear again someday)
  • Anything that you haven’t worn in the last year
  • Any items of clothing that you don’t enjoy wearing
  • Shoes that aren’t worth the blisters and discomfort they cause
  • Clothes with the price tags still attached
  • Handbags and accessories that you no longer use

(8) 20 Items From Your Kids Rooms

Suggestions:

  • Clothes they don’t wear or have outgrown
  • Toys they no longer play with
  • Games and puzzles with missing pieces
  • Classwork, announcements, and any other school materials that are no longer needed

Give your children an empty box and suggest that they donate their outgrown toys to children in need.

(9) 10 Items From Your Car

Suggestions:

  • Shoes, jackets, and extra clothing that you stashed in the car in case they were needed
  • Travel cups, snacks, and paper clutter
  • Toys and any other scraps that you kids left in the car
  • Don’t forget to check the glove box, and get rid of last year’s insurance information, flashlights that don’t work, dirty tissues, and miscellaneous debris.

(10) 10 Items From Your Computer (digital disorder counts as clutter, too)

Suggestions:

  • Junk email
  • Spam
  • Documents you’ve never opened
  • Empty you trash
  • Blurry photos or duplicates

(11)  20 Items From Your Garage, Attic or Shed

Suggestions:

  • Holiday decorations that are past their prime
  • Burned out Christmas lights
  • Broken lawnmowers and gardening tools
  • Damaged furniture that you were going to fix, but never had the time or the inclination

Windup

You’re finished and, if you used this plan, you have 150 items to discard, donate or store. Furthermore, if you lease a self storage unit, you’ll have a safe, secure place for those “I just can let this go yet” items. You know you had fun – admit it. And you just can’t wait to get started on your next one-hour decluttering challenge!!

Puppy Proof Your Home With a Little Help from Self Storage

The new addition to your home may have 4 paws and lots of fur, but it’s essential to make many of the same safety adjustments that you would for a crawling baby. Puppy proofing your home will not only keep your new little cutie safe but give you peace of mind. 

Your new fur baby is just as inquisitive as a toddler. They both need to be protected from their own curiosity and determination to investigate every single item they see. Things like hanging wires and colorful soaps are new to them; and, tasting, touching, and creating a little chaos is how they learn. 

Just as you would with a newly mobile toddler, you’re going to want to remove some items from your home. The perfect solution is to lease a safe, affordable self storage unit. With flexible, month-to-month leasing, you can use the unit as long as necessary without the worry of a long-term commitment.

Puppy Proofing Tips

According to Shelter Animals Count, an organization that tracks shelters and rescue activity, there were 26,000 adoptions in 2020. That is a 15% increase from 2019, and another increase is anticipated for 2021. A lot of people are going to be busy with puppy proofing!

Self Storage

If you have antiques and meaningful pieces of furniture or decor that you’d like to preserve for the future, place them in a self storage unit until your puppy passes out of the teething phase. With the valuables out of the way, you and your puppy will be able to relax and concentrate on getting to know each other.

Crates and Baby Gates

If your puppy has too much freedom right away, he could chew up your favorite pair of shoes or pee in the house. Start your puppy out in a crate. If they are comfortable with the crate, switch to a room that is puppy-proofed and contained with a baby gate so that you can leave the door open. Once your pup is trained, you can use the crate only to confine your dog for medical recoveries or visitors who aren’t comfortable with dogs. Check The Farmers Dog Digest for crate training advice.

Kitchen

Child-Proof Latches

Puppies will be tempted with everthing in the kitchen from cabinets, and cords to smells and tastes. Cleaning supplies, dish detergent and even some medications that need to be taken with food are stored in the kitchen. Foods that are toxic for dogs (raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions) should never be left on kitchen counters or within your dog’s reach. Childproof latches are available at your local hardware store and on Amazon.

Trash Cans

If you don’t have a trash can cabinet or it’s not possible to keep your trash can under the sink, use a can with a locking lid. Even older dogs enjoy getting into the trash on occasion.

Living Areas

Stay Clutter Free

Curious puppies have an abundance of temptation opportunities in the living/family room. These spaces have cords, pillows, books, games with small pieces, and a number of other interesting clutter. Clean up these rooms on a regular basis so that the puppy stays out of trouble.

Corral Your Cords

A teething puppy will constantly be attracted to power cords, phone chargers, or any other loose wires. Either keep them out of reach or enclose them in a destruction-proof PVC tube.

Plants

Houseplants can be toxic to dogs of all ages. Until your puppy grows out of the curious state, you should keep your plants inaccessible on a high shelf or counter. It may be best to move them to another location temporarily.

Bathrooms

Ingestible Items Should Be Out of Reach

A bathroom is a dangerous place for a puppy. Keep things like razors, medicines, soap, and cleaning products out of reach or in a childproofed cabinet. If any of these items are ingested, it could mean an expensive emergency trip to the vet or even surgery.

Keep the Toilet Lid Down

Keep the toilet lid down, or keep the bathroom door closed. Smaller puppies could jump or in some way maneuver themselves into the bowl and potentially drown.

Locked Trash Cans

The same as with the kitchen, puppies love the trash. The trash can in the bathroom is typically exposed and small enough for a puppy to easily make a mess. As mentioned above, bathroom items that are disposed of can be harmful to a puppy. If possible, stow the trash can in a cabinet or keep the bathroom door closed.

Home Office

Small-Scale Office Supplies

This is another place where you need to keep those small, easily swallowed items out of reach. Along with rubber bands, paper clips, and other easily ingestible items, you’ll have wires and cords. In the case of a home office, it’s best to keep the door closed until your puppy grows into an adult dog.

Bedrooms

Dogs are Attracted to Your Scent

Dogs are scent-driven and will gravitate towards anything the smells like you. Keep your shoes and clothing in a secured closet or hamper. Don’t leave a favorite item of clothing on the floor. If your puppy finds it, you probably won’t be wearing it again. 

Hide and Seek

Puppies love hiding under the bed or other furniture. If you want to prevent your puppy from doing this, place some sort of a blockade around the perimeter of these items. This will prevent any under-the-bed hide and seek.

Garage

Toxic Chemicals

If your garage is where you store chemicals and substances that may be toxic to pets, they should be secured in a locked cabinet or on a shelf that is entirely out of your puppy’s reach.

Outdoors

Toxic Plants

Plants such as daffodils, foxglove, lupine, and others can be poisonous to dogs, causing a variety of reactions from rashes to vomiting. You can get a list of common toxic plants from the ASPCA.

Summary

Your puppy is precious to you and a member of your family. Spending the time to puppy-proof your home gives you and your new buddy the best “paw forward” as you start a life together