Being a student means many things – late nights, early mornings, plenty of coffee, super noodles, making new friends… the list goes on. However, one stand out factor for a student, is that you probably end up accumulating lots of stuff; way more than you need.
When it comes to moving anywhere you may think that everything you have will fit in one box – but surprise, your belongings are actually enough to fill your parents’ entire garage. How ever much they adore seeing you (or welcoming you home), they don’t love tripping over your piles of stuff and keeping hold of your things.
Whether you are finishing uni and moving back home, going back for summer break, or moving into your own place; whatever the reason is, you probably could do with decluttering your life. So just how do you do that as a student?
Try Out the Minimalist Lifestyle
Being a minimalist is let’s say… a ‘specific’ type of lifestyle. It’s basically a way to create a more simplistic and less cluttered lifestyle. People who are thinking about becoming a minimalist generally fall into 3 categories:
- Let go! Where’s the bin?
- No thanks, I don’t have a problem with too much stuff, I have a problem with too little space.
- Sounds great, but where do I start?
If you are a beginner and are looking to simplify your life, here are a few tips for you:
- Write everything down
- Discard any duplicates
- Declare a clutter free zone
- Travel light
- Simplify everything – from spaces to meals!
Living a minimalistic lifestyle actually brings plenty of benefits. Not only does it help you figure out what you don’t need to focus on, but it also allows you to make room for what’s important; more freedom and increased happiness levels.
As a student you may want to try to be a minimalist next year. But before you commit, why not put everything in storage first to see whether you really enjoy it?
Why not try a 30-day challenge to begin with?
Turn to Self-Storage
A great way to declutter your life is turn self storage. By being brutal with your clearing out, you will be able to decipher what you truly need in your day-to-day routine and what could be put into self storage for the time being. Think seasonal. Do you really need those skis hanging in your room since last year’s uni trip to France?
Be realistic with yourself and think what you could sell at a later time. You may not want that retro 90s bean bag, but someone else could be an avid collector of bean bags (who knows!?). So, store it until your eBay ad is getting some traction! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
(don’t try this at home)
Rooms and Areas
There are many different areas which need to be separated and organised. You can’t just dive in to the clutter head first. As a student you probably have your room/s separated, all of which need organising and clearing separately:
- Desk/study space
- Wardrobe and drawers
- Under the bed! (We’re sure there’s stuff under there)
- En-suite bathroom
- Your kitchen cupboard/food
- The walls (posters and clippings)
We suggest getting 3 coloured bags – 1 for things to bin, 1 for things to store (either worth some money or seasonal items etc) and 1 for taking on to your next house/flat/back home to parents. Another option is to opt for boxes! That way you can slot your boxes straight into your storage unit. Smart Storage can even cater to your packing needs and provide you with boxes and packaging!
However, if your student room looks like the one below, we don’t really have any advice for you. You need more than some boxes and self-storage. Good Luck (to you, the landlord and your parents).
From our Self storage in Preston to Liverpool and beyond, we have a range of unit sizes ranging from a locker to 2000 sq ft, dependant on how much stuff you have.
Book your student storage with smart storage today for the ideal moving solution for all students.