Stop the ‘Stuff-itis’: How to declutter your space for the new year

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2023 BY RAPPLER PHILIPPINES

Editor’s note: This press release is sponsored by Loc&Stor 24/7, Inc. and was handled by BrandRap, the sales and marketing arm of Rappler. No member of the news and editorial team participated in the publishing of this piece.

Many human beings are susceptible to a particular disease characterized by a tendency to accumulate and exhibit excess “stuff.” This affliction is called “Stuff-itis,” and it tends to spread more rampantly during the Christmas season. Its symptoms may include stockpiling a massive number of gifts; purchasing a myriad of bling, sparkle, and decor that will be displayed only for a month; accepting another huge stockpile of things; accruing more linens and dishes; and, filling one’s pantry and refrigerator to the brim.

But then again, it’s the holiday season. The one time of the year that all this makes sense, and it is absolutely acceptable to fall victim to the Stuff-itis bug.

As the New Year rolls in and the Yuletide winds down, “Stuff-itis” tends to leave one completely helpless and perplexed as to how all that stuff has suddenly overtaken one’s home and one’s life. It’s not as scary as it may seem. You just need to take a deep breath and schedule a day for putting stuff away. If you can, enlist some help to make this day easier and fun. Before you get around to figuring out those 2023 resolutions, ease yourself into normal by decluttering your home.

Take down and put away the decor

Your decor is precious and has brought you and your family, sheer joy during the holidays. So, pack them away with TLC in strong, preferably moisture-proof, containers. Label your boxes to make your life easier when you need to take them out again. Put “FRAGILE” on boxes holding delicate items.

Wash the holiday linens and pack away the Christmas tableware

Put the laundered linens in plastic bags to prepare them for storage. If the Christmas dishes and pans don’t have their own space in your cabinets, pack them carefully into boxes that you can keep elsewhere. Make sure your dishes are protected and you fill in the gaps with packing material, so they don’t shift when they’re moved. Towels and linens make good shock absorbers too!

Eat the food or give away what won’t last

If you can’t refrigerate or freeze what’s left of the Noche Buena, or the delicious vittles you got as gifts, then by all means give them away to someone you know will enjoy them.

As for the presents…

Segregate gifts into YES! (You love them and plan to use them.), UMMM… (You’re undecided.), and SORRY, NO. (You don’t need them, know you won’t use them, or already have them.) Make sure your entire family does this as well. Pack the “UMMMs” and “SORRY, NOs” into containers that you can store away till you decide what to do with each item. Store them safely, and properly label the boxes. Don’t let them pile up and clutter up your home and extra rooms.

You’re almost done! Now that everything you want to keep is in its perfect place and the rest packed into containers, you can bring these containers over to Loc&Stor 24/7 Secure Self-Storage to be safely stored, well-protected, and out of your way until you need them again.

Aside from the Christmas décor, holiday kitchenware and linens why not include winter clothes, luggage, sports equipment, memorabilia, and other personal items that you don’t need on a regular basis? This is a much more practical, and prettier, option than filling the––probably already filled––guest room, garage, or home office with towers of cartons and plastic bins.

Let Loc&Stor 24/7 take care of your extra stuff

Loc&Stor 24/7 is the country’s premier and largest World-Class secure self-storage operator. Self-storage is not really for storing items you don’t particularly like and just want out of the way. It’s specifically designed as a place where you can keep things you love, but just don’t need at the moment. That’s what each of our facilities is built for and that’s why we have 14 levels of security and the most professional staff, as well as systems and amenities designed for our stores’ convenience. We know how important your extra stuff is to you, and so we operate our facilities to give peace of mind to our customers. So if you’ve been bitten by the decluttering bug, Loc&Stor 24/7 is waiting to help you de-stress and better cope with these magical holidays!

New to self-storage? Here’s a guide of what you can expect at every Loc&Stor 24/7 facility. Our facilities are built new and specifically for self-storage. No using of old warehouses, schools, or abandoned hospitals.

We have five facilities in convenient locations around Metro Manila: Pasig, Urban Makati, JP Rizal Makati, North EDSA, and Sucat. Our newest facilities serve customers on both ends of the metro and are two of the largest self-storage facilities in Metro Manila. The North EDSA facility sits along Balintawak EDSA, and is accessible from NLEX. While our Sucat facility is on the non-traffic side of Sucat, and only 15 minutes away from Makati

What to look for in a self-storage facility

Security

  1. Gated compounds with dedicated parking, available 24/7
  2. 24/7 Security guards
  3. CCTV throughout every facility
  4. Extensive smoke detection and fire prevention systems

Convenience

  1. 8 different unit sizes (from lockers to jumbo units)
  2. Large freight elevators that can take huge items, like furniture
  3. Climate-controlled units
  4. Automatic doors so it’s easy to carry stuff in and out
  5. Loading docks that can take 40-foot containers
  6. Easy online reservation process
  7. Convenient online payment system
  8. Merchandise and packing necessities for sale

Professionalism

  1. A 500 kg/sqm floor loading capacity (based on warehouse standards)
  2. Back-up power generators
  3. Dedicated maintenance staff that ensure all facilities are well-maintained
  4. Pest control management

See for yourself, visit the facility Loc&Stor 24/7 nearest to you and witness clean, bright, and uber-modern facilities. If you sign up right now, we’ll give you two months of free rent. Give yourself a gorgeous clutter-free home in 2023!

Loc&Stor 24/7 is conveniently located in Pasig, Urban Makati, JP Rizal Makati, North EDSA, and Sucat.

Book your Loc&Stor 24/7 self-storage unit tour or reserve a unit today at (+632) 79021898, or email us [email protected]. You can reserve online or direct inquiries thru locnstor247.com. We’d love to hear from you! – Rappler.com


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