If you’re feeling overwhelmed by “stuff,” you’re not alone. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a quarter of people with two-car garages can’t even fit a parked car inside of them. And while you may have dreams of paring down to a tiny home, sometimes that’s not immediately feasible. Even so, not clearing the junk could lead to serious consequences for your life and your overall sanity. Recent studies have found a direct correlation between physical clutter and stress. Luckily, there’s a way out. We recently discovered an on-demand storage company called MakeSpace that eliminates clutter with just a few taps on your phone. They pick up your stuff for free, take it to storage, and bring it back whenever you want. The best part? You never have to visit a storage unit again. It’s like having an infinite closet that appears and disappears on command. If you’re intrigued, they’re also giving Inhabitat readers $50 of free storage. Simply schedule a pickup at makespace.com (or download the MakeSpace app), enter code INHABITAT50, and instantly get $50 off.
MakeSpace certainly provides a good case for going clutter-free. According to a study released by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In a nutshell, with too much in sight, our brains simply can’t focus. An inability to concentrate correlates with higher levels of stress and lower levels of productivity. Clearing clutter can certainly make a profound difference in your life. And if you can do it easily, then why not?
If you hate the thought of visiting a storage unit and digging through boxes trying to find what you need, then MakeSpace might sound extra appealing to you. For as little as $6.25 per month, you can live clutter-free, with access to your things whenever you like. MakeSpace will even drop off free storage bins for you to pack with items that you’d like to store. Each three-cubic-foot bin is made of commercial-grade, durable plastic that can hold up to 40 lbs. – that’s 12 pairs of shoes, or 30 shirts and 10 sweaters. With MakeSpace, you can easily see and manage everything you have in storage, book appointments, add photos, schedule deliveries, and more — right from your phone.
MakeSpace currently serves New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and the rest of the lower 48 states with their MakeSpace Air service. (If you live in D.C. or Chicago, they’ll even pick up your furniture.) The company has also partnered with Goodwill to make donating your used clothes easier. All you have to do is pack the Goodwill bag provided to you and they’ll bring your donation to Goodwill at no extra cost. Ready to start living a spacious, uncluttered life? You might want to check out this app (and don’t forget to enter code INHABITAT50 to get $50 of free storage.)
To all the hoarders out there — godspeed.