It’s that time of year again! By now you’ve dragged the boxes down from the loft or dug them out of the shed and spent a few hours decorating your house for the festive season. And while we all love the feeling of Christmas in the air, the reality can be a little more…cramped. Suddenly everything that fitted so perfectly into your living room is now squashed into corners, and you still need to find somewhere for Aunt Mabel to sleep when she comes to visit. There’s nothing for it – you need a bit more space in your life! So how do you make room in a house crowded by Christmas decorations?
Unless you subscribe to the minimalist lifestyle, you probably have some clutter in your house. You won’t have gathered in intentionally, but we tend to keep accumulating belongings to fit the space we’re in. Doing a big pre-Christmas declutter can be a great way to create some breathing room in your home, and you can either keep your decluttered items in storage until you’re ready to deal with them, or donate them right away.
While you’re going through all of that clutter, you might find a lot of things you don’t need or don’t really use anymore. If they have any value at all then they are great candidates for selling. There are plenty of online auction sites that allow you to sell your stuff for free or for a small fee, including Facebook marketplace! Just post a photo and description and you’re on your way. This has 2 benefits, because while it clears some space in your home it also gets you some extra cash to spend at Christmas!
Everyone loves a Christmas Tree, but there’s no denying they’re quite big! Whether you have an artificial tree you use every year or you buy a live tree, take a minute to think about what the right tree is for your home. If your living room has been engulfed by medium-sized trees in the past, then maybe opting for a smaller tree might be a better option this year. If you prefer an artificial tree, why not look into a half tree instead? These are flat on one side so they can be put against a wall, but still look like a full Christmas tree from the front.
During Christmas break people will be coming in and out of your house all the time, and you might not always have enough chairs to go around. Rather than playing ‘who gets to sit on the floor’ this year, get yourself a set of folding chairs. You can spruce them up with some ribbon, tinsel or sprigs of berries, and they fold up so compactly that you will barely know they’re there. If you have guests staying over, opt for a blow up bed rather than a day bed, as they can be deflated and folded away during the day.
Sometimes a little creativity can go a long way to creating extra space. Have some big suitcases you use for summer holidays lying around? Dig them out and fill them with bits and pieces you won’t need over the Christmas period. Think non-Christmassy ornaments, pictures that take up space on your surfaces of even spare coats and scarves you have hanging in the hall. Use all of that Tupperware to fit more food in the fridge and maximise on the space you do have. Invest in some under the bed storage boxes to hide Christmas presents, or even just get your summer clothes out of the way.
Of course, the other option is to rent a self storage unit. This not only gives you a safe space to store your Christmas decorations for 11 months of the year, but it means you have somewhere to store the odd bits of furniture of suitcases full of bits over December. This way your home never feels overcrowded, and you don’t have to worry about where to store things. At Blue Box Self Storage we always have units ready to rent, so you can enjoy some extra space to festive in at any time of year. Just get in touch with the team today to book your viewing.