Aussies decluttering their homes like never before

With Australians forced to spend more time at home during the pandemic, many have taken to organising and decluttering their properties at a rate never seen before.

Popular Netflix shows like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit have inspired Aussies across the country to tidy up their homes to create a more productive work from home environment.

This has led to a surge in the demand for storage space with Australia’s self-storage marketplace exploding in the wake of COVID-19.

Decluttering your home can be a daunting task

One Sydney-based self-storage platform, Spacer, has seen a 59 per cent growth year on year driven by the need for space, as homeowners declutter and city-dwellers opt for a sea change or tree change.

Spacer CEO Mike Rosenbaum says that users across Australia have been flocking to the site in recent months.

“We’ve seen a flurry of activity across the country as Australians are being inspired by influencers and Netflix shows to declutter their homes,” he says.

“Not only are people looking to create more space with many working from home, they’re also relocating towards the beach or into the country as they’re no longer tied to an office,” Mike explains.

Spacer CEO Mike Rosenbaum

Those living in Queensland and NSW have been the keenest house organisers with storage units and garages high up on the priority list of Spacer users.

“Among the busiest states for Spacer.com.au users are NSW and QLD, with many signing up to save or make money with their storage spaces,” Mike tells.

“Our most popular storage types are storage units closely followed by garages and storage cages. The average price of a space is around $175/month and the average size is 22sqm.”

Extra garage space has been popular amongst those having a clear-out

Queensland-based Ray White Principal, Kirrilli Cobley, says the growth in working from home has lessened the importance of living near the office and has resulted in an influx of interstate migration.

“People are now relocating to areas they didn’t think were previously possible to secure work from. The Sunshine Coast currently is seeing a very large influx of people wanting to relocate to this area,” she says.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, this has demonstrated most people’s ability to work from home and also remove some requirements to go to the office at all,” Kirrilli explains.

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