The garage and the attic have become common storage places for things that you don’t need any more. These areas tend to become cluttered and overfilled. This issue is quite common, yet always turns out to become a problem when re-organizing stuff around the house. With time and neglect, these storage areas can turn into real horror shows. Here is a way to manage the accumulated items stored.
Follow these simple steps on how to organize your basement or attic:
Prepare some boxes. What you need are big empty carton boxes. Label them with “For Disposal”, “Donation or For Sale”, and “To keep”.
Sort the items in the basement or attic. Identify what category the items fall under, and separate them into piles. Make sure you properly identify and label the items. The worst thing that can happen is that you can throw away things that you might need later. Hold on to them while you arrange the area.
Designate an area. This designated area will be the temporary storing place for your items while you prepare the garage or attic area for organized storage.
Install extra shelves. This is to hold paper items, such as documents and books. You can also use the shelves for storing spare light bulbs or your cleaning supplies.
Prepare some waterproof plastic bins. The basement and attic may be prone to water damage from leaking pipes or flooding. This is one way to protect memorabilia and other documents that you have stored.
Hang boards or pegs on the walls. This is useful especially for workshop tools like your screwdrivers, pliers, and hammers. This will also create extra space in the room and it will also help you sort your things by group or category.
Arrange the furniture that you have decided to store. If you have tables or chairs to be stored, you may be able to use them to arrange some things.
Examine again the things you want to store. Before you finally store the things you want to keep, you may want to look again and decide what things you want to really keep. You may have more space now that you have arranged your storage area, and may have more space to keep your stuff.
Dispose of the things that you don’t need any more. Donate some things that you no longer need or organize a garage sale, if you want to earn a little cash. Garage sales are one of the most effective ways of clearing space for your basement or attic and so that you can properly store your things.
These are some of the methods that you can employ to maintain the organization and cleanliness of your basement or attic. These tips will not only help you save some space but also help you save money. Now, you don’t have to call manpower services to clean up your basement or garage. All it takes is a little common sense and some elbow grease.