Although at some time in your life you may need self-storage for short periods, it’s better to not accumulate the clutter in the first place.

Consider everything you bring into your home. Ensure it’s either functional or beautiful (maybe even both!), and ask yourself, ‘How many of these do I really need?’

For instance you might be a person that lives in jeans. And since you wear jeans almost every day, you’d need quite a few pairs.

You might also love bowls (who doesn’t?!) Fruit bowls, salad bowls, mixing bowls, ornamental bowls, and if they’re all usable, why not?

But what about that cupboard full of odds and ends that just sits there? And the boxes of books that never get read? And the golf clubs that are never used . . .

This leads us to the number one anti-clutter tip – be 100% committed to being stringent with what you bring into your home in the first place. Go through your old things as though you’re bringing them into your home for the first time. Et voila! There’s suddenly a lot more storage space in your home.

But that doesn’t mean you should turn around and fill your house back up full of stuff!

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the first half of 2020 it’s that we can get by and actually be happier with less stuff in our lives.

Buying less might mean that you have the funds to do those art classes you wanted to do, or you go and learn Italian.

It might allow you to create some space not only in your cupboards, but also in your mind. Space that you didn’t even know you were longing for.

Enjoy your newly found space! You’ve earned it.