As we journey through life, we acquire wisdom, we gain friends, and we gather memories. We also tend to accumulate ‘stuff’! Heirloom furniture handed down through generations, special gifts we’ve cherished for years, photo albums, souvenirs, keepsakes and mementos…
And whilst the sentimental value of these things can’t be measured, sometimes the sheer volume of items we collect over a lifetime can become a little overwhelming. That can be especially true if they are not organised, filed, displayed or utilised as they should.
As the old adage goes; “Cluttered house, cluttered mind”, and there’s some real truth to that saying. Studies suggest that clutter can affect your mental health, anxiety, sleep quality, and concentration levels.
Words of wisdom from our residents…."Objective is to downsize, therefore by definition you need to release yourself from clutter and shackles, which you may have needed when running a family home, however in later living such processions are no-longer required… try and focus on the way you intend to live your life in the future."
So read on as we show you how to declutter your home with the help of some clever storage hacks.
"Start the decluttering process as soon as possible, as it may take a several visits to family members, charity shops, recycling centres etc."
First things first
Before heading to the shops in search of storage solutions, it pays to start with a thorough clear out. Take it room by room and enlist the help of family and friends to sort through your belongings. Throughout the process, keep the words of designer William Morris in mind; “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”.
Sort items into distinct piles – things that you wish to keep, things that can be passed on to family and friends, given to a charity shop, sold online, or put in the bin. When you’re happy with your remaining items, it’s time to think about how you can store them safely, organise them intelligently, or display them appropriately. Here are 10 ways to do so…
Top 10 storage hacks
"Study floor plan and conduct a furniture placement exercise prior to your move – this gave us the opportunity to utilize favourite pieces of furniture that could be transported to our new home before the decluttering process began."
"Consider beds with storage below the mattress – be it draws or the full base."
"Focus on the 3 main living areas first i.e Living/Kitchen/Bedroom – any additional room can be used as a temporary holding space for removal boxes to work from in your own time."
"Homes provide a generous utility space, plus additional storage cupboards with shelving installed, which are deceptive in size. By utilizing wall space within, you can add additional storage racks/shelves from floor to ceiling to maximise available space."
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Every home within Brio’s three retirement communities has been thoughtfully designed to maximise the space within. From the flow of the floorplan to the contemporary fixtures and fittings – careful attention has been given to every detail.
Each property offers the perfect blank canvas for you to put your own personal stamp on, so you can surround yourself with the things you love and feel truly at home. To find out more or to book a viewing, head to our Contact Page.
"Brio Properties are by design light and modern, therefore large furniture may not be best suited and you may wish to use this opportunity for a complete fresh look and therefore invest in furniture to compliment your new home...hold onto sentimental objects which will give you pleasure on display, rather than your original furniture that served you well in your family home for many years."
Retirement today means something very different to what it did 10 to 15 years ago. It’s now the time to do all those things you’ve been putting off.
Find all the inspiration you need to make positive lifestyle changes that last at one of our Integrated Retirement Community’s; Beechwood Park in the Cotswold’s, Button House in South London and Landale Court, close to Aberdeen.