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Life detox? We say, stuff detox.

You’ve realised you’re in a place in your life where you have a lot of stuff; old family memorabilia, a random collection of ornaments you picked up at markets abroad, clothes, bookshelves… the list is endless. Well, people bang on about a life detox, but we say, ‘It’s about time you spent a little time working on a stuff detox’.

We know what you’re thinking ‘what exactly is a stuff detox?’ Well, we kind of put two words together and made it a thing - but actually, it’s kind of a thing. You may be feeling overworked, overscheduled or overwhelmed by your lifestyle choices, and that’s totally ok. Making small choices to overhaul your stuff is one of the best ways to lead a more healthier and happier life.

The path to detoxing your stuff is a simple one: you need to determine what you’re willing to part with, and what you really want to keep. Let’s call it the beginning of minimalism. One of the easiest ways to start is by discarding the duplicates. Walk through your house with a box and ditch all the things you have two of, measuring jugs?, don’t need it, frying pans?, only use one. Once you’ve filled the box, label it “Duplicates” and put it out of sight for 30 days. If you don’t long for anything or don’t remember what was in the box, donate it.

If you’re not ready to part with all your stuff just yet, you could always put the lot in storage. We’re not talking about those yellow storage units that are situated on a Brentford industrial estate. We’re talking about us, STORED, a super handy storage company that’ll come round to pick up your belongings (pop the kettle on), before keeping them until you want them back. If you really want the extra wok that you haven’t used since 2003, you can.

There are many benefits of having a stuff detox. Firstly, cleaning. You won’t have to whizz round with a cloth and pledge to get rid of all that dust. You can enjoy the freedom of having more space in your house, and you can always have clutter-free zones too. Having a stuff detox can also lead you to focus more on your health (spending less time in Ikea is good for anybody’s wellbeing), and focusing more on the things you love - whether that’s walking, fitness or baking. You’ll also become less distracted with all the stuff that surrounds you. Give it a whirl. What’s the harm, eh?

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