Five Tips for Managing Clutter as Newlyweds | Countryside Self Storage

Most folks already know that June, September, and October are considered some of the best months for a wedding. The weather is usually great, and the natural world is putting its best foot forward for your special day. But did you know that October has been the most popular wedding month for the past few years? It's true! If you're tying the knot this fall, our gift to all you brides and grooms out there are these five tips for helping to manage clutter (and all your shared belongings) as you start your new life together!

1. Talk with your partner about what goes where, what you'll be keeping, and what you know you can get rid of. You probably don't need two toasters, but that old gaming TV he had all through college may have sentimental value. This is when you'll need to work together as a team to make the most of your new living space, make compromises that bring joy to you both, and support each other every step of the way!

2. Take an inventory. You don't have to list every condiment in the fridge and every piece of silverware in the drawer, but having a good idea of what you have to work with will help you know what you need to plan for and what you need to part with. Don't forget to take your new wedding gifts into account!

3. Decide what you're going to do with it all! Some things you'll keep, some you'll sell, some you'll donate, and some will go into your Missouri storage unit at Countryside. Again, work together as a team, take your time, and make compromises. If your goal is to reduce clutter, it's best to keep what goes into the new house to a minimum, but that doesn't mean that it has to go into the trash. It won't be long before you upgrade from that first apartment to your first real home, so storage units in Missouri can help you keep what you'll want later when you have room for it.

4. Choose a theme or style for your new place together. Up to now, you've probably picked out belongings based on convenience or budget. But as you start a new life in a new place, try to imagine what you want your new home to look like. Will it be modern? Retro? Hip? Casual? Pick furniture, artwork, knickknacks, and everything else so that it fits your theme and helps your place really feel like it's yours.

5. Be mindful of your partner's needs. It doesn't always have to make sense to you. If it's an item that's emotionally meaningful – say, her mom's old sewing machine – then it's important, and you don't want to get into an argument over it. Try to be as clear as possible about why you want to keep something and why it's important to you. At the same time, always really listen to what the other has to say.

And, of course, if you've got more stuff than you've got room for, Missouri self storage from Countryside is here to help. We've got five premier storage facilities that can store just about anything you might need, so feel free to stop on by or contact us at any of our Pittsburg, Joplin, or Frontenac locations.