Every piece of memorabilia, unopened gifts, backup supplies, old clothes and toys are all piled up in the storage room. Cabinets all over your house are chucked with old mail and other random stuff. By the end of the year, you will be surprised that this space could no longer fit in even a tiny piece of item. Everything is tousled and you might not even remember all its contents. This scenario is typical to be seen in majority of homes. To get out of this clutter problem, it is best to start organizing your storage areas.
Your first weapon to successfully arrange storage areas is to have your mind set on the things necessary to keep. Being practical while sorting out your things would instantly help you in eliminating the clutter, which has profoundly took over your space. Segregate the items in categories, such as “usable”, “keepsakes”, “for charity”, “for yard sale”, or in any labeling system you want. Through this, it would be easier for you to see which ones are still to be kept in the room.
On the other hand, if you are the sentimental type, you still have a way to organize your treasured possessions. Designate a separate area for these things. You could also look around the house and see where your memorabilia fits. For example, medals could be framed and lined up along with family photos. Old metal kitchen utensils could be easily formed into a decorative piece like chimes or table centerpiece. Check out arts and crafts sites to turn your sentimental stuff into little works of art.
As these storage areas clear up, devise ways on how to manage the new space. Clear bins or containers would be the best solution to keep things orderly, instead of carton boxes. The clear material would enable you to easily tell the contents of one box. Thus, making it easier to get and return things you need. Keep an inventory of the things in every storage area so you can monitor whether it still has space for new things.
If the space is still not enough, here are some ways to find new storage areas:
For the kitchen area, look at the upper area of the cabinets. Most hanging cabinets have extra spaces above, near the ceiling, which could be ample enough to store decorative wares or holiday plates. Remember not to overstock these areas. Otherwise you are piling up things all over again.
Spaces underneath beds or stairs would be great storage spaces too. But since these are relatively small and not really designed for storing items, get containers for more convenient stocking. There are containers these days manufactured to perfectly fit spaces under the bed.
Even your walls might have space for storage. However, be sure to check the material of the wallboards before you take them down. This option is ideal for homes with at least 2x4 lumber framing. If you have this structure at home, remove as many wallboards as you like and then finish the new storage space with shelves. The hallowed wall will be useful for storing small items from spices for the kitchen to picture frames for the living area or bedrooms.
These are but a few ideas. As you go along the de-cluttering task everyday, you will be wonderfully surprised that each and everyday your home areas seem to get bigger and more spacious everyday. Continue doing so until all the items left in these storage areas are the truly essential ones.
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