Look around you. See any clutter? If you do, you’re in good company, because many Indians admit they have a clutter problem. It’s time for a change.

Below, we share some of the top reasons self storage is a necessity to clear your cluttered lifestyle.

1. Seasons Have Reasons

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen have overstayed their welcome. When the calendar flips, so does your home and business. Seasonal decorations need a new home when their month is up, and self storage is just the place. Keep onsite storage for practical items you use monthly versus annually. Save that spot on your shelf for the popcorn maker you use for movie nights instead of Christmas ornaments that make a one-time appearance. You will be amazed at how much more space you have when your shelves are cleared from overflowing seasonal boxes.

2. Toys Takeover

The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys. To make matters worse, they only play with about 12 toys daily. Get your playroom under control by using a self-storage unit to hold toys that haven’t been in the top 12 recently. Putting toys in storage helps prevent meltdowns associated with throwing “favorite” toys away and keeps outgrown toys nearby if there are any new additions to the family.

3. Family Changes

Whether you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce or becoming an empty nester, self storage can help with the transition. Certain items, such as awards, photos and personal treasures don’t belong in the trash, but no longer have a space in your home. Self storage is beneficial during short-term transition processes.

4. Furniture Fills Space

Furniture is one of the most common items kept in self-storage units, and for good reason. Furniture is big, bulky and often seasonal. If you entertain a few times a year, keeping extra seating and tables in a self-storage unit can make your home feel more spacious day-to-day.

Outdoor furniture is best protected during the winter months if kept in a self-storage unit.

5. Garages Are For Cars

Research shows garages are turning into storage instead of a place to park your car. Approximately one in four Americans can’t fit a car in their garage because it is so full of other unorganized belongings. Outdoor parking leaves cars exposed to the elements and only protected from thieves by car alarms and locks. Anything stored in a garage can also be stored in a self-storage unit. If accessibility is an issue, look for a storage facility with convenient access hours.

6. Closets are Overcrowded

At the first sign of overcrowding, your closet spills into other spaces of your home. Sweaters find solace under your bed, and flip-flops fill your front hall closet. Clothing is seasonal, so free your closet from overcrowding by storing your off-season wardrobes. Shoes are especially easy to change with the seasons to clear floor space fast.