Organizing Tips: Attic Storage

Your attic; it’s a great place for storing things that you need to keep out of the way for most of the year. Maybe a little too great. If your attic is anything like most people’s it quickly has become overridden with anything and everything you can’t quite let go of or don’t know where to put. Perhaps it’s overwhelming to even think about your attic. If you are ready to make your attic more organized or need an idea of where to start, keep reading.

If you are planning a major overhaul on your disorganized attic consider breaking up the following tips over a longer span of time than just the weekend to avoid being overwhelmed. The process of sorting through the items that find their way to the attic can be mentally draining as well as physically.

Start with a decluttering process. Create a blank slate by pulling everything out of the attic and get rid of everything you no longer want to hold onto. Holding a yard sale or donating items are both ways of giving things you no longer want a chance at a second life and keeping them out of the dump. This is also a great time to figure out what should stay in the attic and what can be moved to other places in the home. Some types of household goods are best not stored in an attic.

Once you have settled on what will be staying create an inventory of what is left and create categories for the items you will be storing in your attic. Themes should become apparent such as Christmas ornaments and nostalgic items. Group these similar items together so the next steps will be easier.

Now that you know what items are staying and what categories you have you can start thinking about storage arrangements. If you have been keeping everything in cardboard boxes or just strewn about consider investing in some plastic bins for safer storage. Plastic bins can help protect against any roof leaks or other unexpected damage. If you have enough vertical space installing shelving units will help maximize the space available in your attic and allow you to easily organize everything. Be sure to properly store things (Christmas ornaments are wrapped, documents are in file folders, etc.) and label each box accordingly.

Designing a layout plan for where containers are placed in your attic will set you up for success in the future. Place lower priority items towards the back of your attic space and/or in harder to reach areas while placing more frequently used items in easy to reach areas.

Extra steps for the dedicated: Create an inventory of what is in each box and number them, add this list to a home organization binder or somewhere handy to reference. This will allow you to know what is where in your attic and eliminate opening every box each time you want to find something. Color coding bins by their category and/or numbering them will allow for easy inventory creation and knowing which bins contain holiday decorations or seasonal clothes.

While the thought of organizing your attic might fill you with dread taking the time to do so will allow you to create a storage space in your home that is stress-free and easy to access. With a clear plan in hand and spreading out your organization project over several days planning out your attic storage might even become an enjoyable task!

Closet Overflowing? Here’s the Best Way to Simplify Your Wardrobe

Closet space is a finite resource that there never seems to be quite enough of. If you’re like me and live in a small house, your closet might double as a storage space as well. That doesn’t leave much room for unnecessary clothes.

You may have heard of the recent trend dubbed “capsule wardrobes.” A capsule wardrobe is, at its core, a way of simplifying your wardrobe while still enjoying the selection of clothing you have. Since it went viral on the internet, however, many people have taken this minimalistic idea and overcomplicated it.

Let’s face it, none of us are about to throw away most of our clothes to try out a method that we might hate. So, let’s take smaller steps toward creating more space in the closet without feeling like you’re throwing out things you love.

Step 1: What do you wear?

Before you throw away anything, set aside the articles of clothing you wear the most. That includes your work clothes, night clothes, and your favorite outfits to go out in. There’s a good chance that you’ll be left with a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories that don’t match your other clothes or you have outfits for special occasions that hardly ever get worn.

Step 2: Asking the hard questions

It’s time to get real. With the clothes that you don’t wear on a weekly basis in front of you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Is it still my style?
  • Do I have something similar that I like better?
  • If I saw this in a store right now would I buy it again?

If you have clothes that don’t meet those criteria, there’s a good chance they won’t be missed.

Step 3: Versatile clothing

There are certain colors and fabrics that are just more versatile than others–neutral colors that match just about anything, khakis that can be worn casually or business-casual, and so on. Choose the clothes you have that you can make the most outfits with. Try them on and find out which combinations you like. You might find that some articles of clothing, while they look great on their own, just don’t really have much potential for creating outfits.

Step 4: Plan outfits you get excited about

To really feel confident moving forward you’re going to need to be excited about your selection. Spread out your outfit combinations on the floor and take some photos. This will help you remember which combinations of clothing you love so you don’t get cold feet when it comes time to part ways with your old clothing.

Step 5: Don’t be wasteful

You’ll feel much better about getting rid of that pile of old clothes and shoes if you feel like it’s for a good purpose. Sure, you have the benefit of more closet space, but in addition you can sometimes get even more out of the deal. If you have a consignment shop or second-hand clothing store in your area, you could get money or a tax write-off in exchange for your items. Or, you could always donate your clothes to a thrift store that uses their profits for a good cause.

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