Low on space? Finding that you’re tripping over several things to get from one room to another? It’s uncomfortable to live in clutter. Beyond aesthetics and navigating comfortably around your living space, it’s also good for your personal security and peace-of-mind to maintain a clean home. Below are some tips on how to free-up space and keep your personal data safe while you’re at it.
First priority is getting rid of excess material. This can range from garbage to unnecessary things you’ve been holding onto. People tend to collect things and hold onto them over time, even past their point of usefulness. There is an anxiety attached to letting go of your things: you might need it again, you’ve attached sentimental value to it, you’re afraid of letting sensitive materials out of your hands. Start by throwing out anything you know is donatable/recyclable/trash. For rarely used items, if you haven’t used it in over a year or two, you’re unlikely to do so again. If it’s in good condition, you can donate it or give it to someone else who can make better use of it. As for sentimental value, you can attach a memory to almost anything. Hold onto truly special things but consider if you really need all of your birthday cards and holiday sweaters from grandma.
As for sensitive materials, you can take care of their proper disposal with the help of a single company. If you’re in the Toronto area, your local paper shredding services can take care of securely shredding documents as well as destroying old electronics and storage devices that contain personal data. Throwing these away or selling them is risky because thieves scour bins and landfills, and the buyer of such items could be anyone. Data is fully retrievable from drives that have been supposedly wiped clean. Absolute Destruction & Recycling Corp. is certified by the National Association of Information Destruction, so you know your materials will be securely handled and recycled. Items that contain sensitive information can’t be accidentally thrown away if they’re already safely disposed of.
When it comes to storage solutions, take a tip from those tiny houses on Instagram. Use every dimension: up and down, inside and out. Install tall shelves, with lesser used items (the ones you couldn’t bare to part with) at the top, and get a folding step stool for easy access. Dual purpose pieces like hollow ottomans, beds with storage, and coffee table cubes hide items and allow you to use their surfaces. Buy clothing bags or store things in extra suitcases and bags under a bed with feet. Hanging up more mirrors will increase light reflection and the feeling of space. You can find many other ideas, some that involve more intense renovation and construction work, using this link.
Clearing out clutter, rearranging your living spaces, purchasing a few unique and attractive storage solutions, and safely disposing of sensitive documents and technology will allow you to easily spread out and relax at home.