Storage units are ideal for protecting and preserving furniture, antiques, collections, decorations, and clothing. Before moving items into your storage space, you may want to review why you need to keep the items. There is a line between storing and hoarding that is often easy to cross.
Understand the Signs of Hoarding
It is normal and perfectly healthy to have an attachment to important belongings. One of the first signs of hoarding, however, is the inability to throw out items that have little use or value such as broken items, junk mail, newspapers, and old clothes. Someone who is struggling with hoarding may express discomfort if you suggest that these types of items should be thrown out. When these types of belongings are disorganized and piled in rooms, it could be a sign that he or she is ashamed and knows there is a problem.
What You Can Do
If your loved one has many seemingly worthless belongings that are affecting his or her ability to move around freely at home, it is time to contact a mental health provider. It is not advisable to try to clean up the home without permission. Instead, speak to a professional and ask how you should approach your loved one. Ideally, you can keep the conversation calm and begin a productive dialogue.
Assessing Your Belongings
Of course, you do not have to struggle with hoarding or other mental health issues to find it difficult to throw things out. It is a good idea to go through your things a few times a year to see what you need, what you must keep, and what you no longer need. You may be surprised by the number of items that you haven’t used in a year that should be sold, donated, or thrown out. If you find you have a number of items that you wish to keep but do not need on a regular basis, it may be time to secure a safe and affordable storage space.
Removing the Clutter
Think of the storage room you can clear up in your home if you move some of your larger items and boxes into a storage unit. A storage space is perfect for the items you love and need. Do not hesitate to find a space near you.
At STORBOX, we offer secure storage units. Come take a tour of our facilities and we’ll gladly answer any of your questions.