A year later — Have you evaluated what ‘brings you joy?’
by Urban Real Estate
Last February, in the heart of a cold Chicago winter, we focused on a story about organizer-extraordinaire Marie Kondo (from the Netflix hit “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”) and her philosophy of “choosing joy” when it comes to deciding on which items to get rid of while decluttering. Winter in Chicago is another perfect opportunity to embark on this endeavor. So, have you gotten that far? What have you done?
We live in a world where storage is everything. But really, what are you storing? Items you need? Items you haven’t taken the time to purge? If you took the time to declutter your storage unit, would you add any of those items to your home? According to statistic from the blog “The Simplicity Habit,” 52% of self-storage customers rent for a year or more, and there are 48,500 storage units in the U.S., which is more than McDonald’s & Starbucks locations combined.
While we often talk about decluttering in real estate for different reasons (for example, to ensure a prospective buyer can “visualize” themselves in a space, so that a buyer is less focused on your life, and more focused on the home, etc.) living in a residence that looks and feels great is an all-around win.
Kondo’s six-step method is a physical and emotional journey. The importance of loving your space isn’t just about the walls you live in – but the mementos that share your home. Michael Emery, senior partner and broker with Urban Real Estate, often sees clients torn over what to do with belongings.
“We cannot reiterate this enough,” Emery said. “It’s not a esoteric principle. Living in a clearer, organized, open space brings a tenor to a home for those who live in it, and those who visit it that is tremendously calming and appealing. Save things from loved ones, pack away things you might want one day, but evaluate your space and find ways or people who need them more, and create a home that is inviting and brings you happiness. Consider donating items, consigning them, or simply disposing if they have no future use to you.”
It’s important to note that whichever process you undergo to remove items that don’t bring you joy, or that you don’t need, tread with strategy. “That’s what storage facilities are for, when used strategically. Think about what could go where, what you might keep for a second home or investment property, or what could be better used by someone else you know, and proceed confidently,” added Emery. “But have a game plan, otherwise your storage fees over time may end up costing you more than the items are worth in their memories or their dollar value. Most importantly, become familiar with your homeowner’s insurance, as well as the policy you take from the facility, as sometimes, even the most expensive items may not be reimbursed in a loss at the facility.”
Contact us at Urban Real Estate for a consult on resources we have for storing, organizing, staging, or next home/ second home opportunities at Urban- RealEstate.com or (312) 528-9200.