It’s rare that you ever hear of anyone complaining about having too many closets. Storage spaces are at a premium in most homes, so it’s important to learn how to work with the spaces you already have.
Clean Out Your Attic
A great place to store things is in your attic, but it’s important to clean it out of things you don’t need. Once you’ve gotten everything out of the attic, it’s time to start sorting. Sort into designated categories to review what you want to keep and what you no longer need. If you don’t sort before you start reviewing what to keep and what to potentially discard, you’re likely to end up with duplicates. Items often end up in the basement or attic because we can’t bear to part with them, think we’ll need them later, or just can’t be bothered to donate them or find them a new home. This is your opportunity to declutter and get rid of things you won’t need.
Organize Your Garage
When planning your garage storage, don’t buy an organizing system and then install it and see if it fits all of your stuff. Instead, take a conservative approach to storage planning. Start with some basic garage organizers, like shelving and a good step stool. Work with the basics and then expand out as you see fit. A foam tool kit can help you customize your arrangement. The last step is to keep this organizing scheme going by doing a quick sweep as often as you need to, whether that is seasonally, monthly, or even weekly. A good basic schedule is to re-organize your garage twice a year. Garages are high-traffic areas so the more often you organize this space, the less time it will take. As the experts point out, once an area is organized, it doesn’t take as long to clean it.
Use Better Storage Solutions
A good storage solution creates more space and streamlines your organization by grouping similar items together. That way, everything has a proper “home.” Professional organizers recommend using clear plastic containers. Clear storage containers will allow you to see inside the container, easily saving you precious time when quickly trying to retrieve an item from storage.
There’s often much more storage space in your home than you think – even in small spaces. It just takes a little out-of-the-box thinking. There’s no such thing as too much storage space. But not all of us are blessed with a surplus of storage. Luckily, there are plenty of other creative ways to store all your essentials.
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