It is so easy to collect more and more things slowly over time when you are living in a place for a while and not moving very often. Because the collection of more and more things happens so gradually it can be difficult to really notice what is happening until one day you look around at your house and think why in the world do I have all of this stuff? This is where things like spring cleaning can really come in useful, a time where you look through all of the things that you have collected over the year and decide if you really need it or not. It can be difficult to really be honest with yourself in situations like this because most of us want to try and justify by saying that we need this thing or that one day we plan to use it, even if we know deep down that day will probably never come. Going through everything can be a good first step though.
It is important to make distinctions with the things that you maybe do not need in your house any more though. There are probably a few things that you can either throw away or bring to some sort of organization or charity that can use the things and then there are probably things that even though you do not use them a lot, you still do not want to get rid of just yet. While generally I feel that this is a slippery slope of yeah one day I will maybe use this so I have to save it now, I understand that sometimes people do not want to get rid of things and heck, maybe one day they will actually use that thing like they had planned.
For situations like this I think that the best thing to do is to rent some sort of mini storage unit and at least have the clutter out of your home. Your surroundings can make a huge difference in how you feel in your home and being able to clear everything out and have a clean and nice place to live might make a big difference. Also, if you rent a mini self storage unit you have the benefit of still being limited to a certain space so that you do not go ahead and continue to save everything in your house that you should really probably just get rid of. There are different sizes of mini self storage units but most of them are just the right size to be able to hold a number of boxes that do not fit in your house very well but not big enough that you can fit the contents of a whole extra house in there. It can be really important to have some sort of limitations. If it does not fit in your home or your mini self-storage facility, do you really need it? If you are starting to notice that your home is getting a little bit crowded, a mini self-storage unit might be just what you need.