Afraid to look in your attic these days? Spring is the perfect time to purge items that are just taking up space and collecting dust. Organizing your attic will boost your storage capacity and make finding items you use once a year (like holiday decorations) much easier.
Sort Your Stuff
Tackle the attic using the same principles you apply to reorganizing your closets. Sort everything into these three categories:
- Keep it – stuff to put back into the attic in its own section
- Donate it – items to give to charity
- Toss it – things that will be trashed or recycled
Divide and Conquer with a Little Help
Organizing the attic doesn’t have to be a dreary job. Work always goes faster if you divide and conquer; round up family and friends to help go through stuff. Set up a table and chair (if space allows) to make sorting through boxes and papers easier. Make sure you have good lighting, access to additional garbage bags or boxes, permanent markers and labels.
Keep Only What You Need or Use
Edit your “Keep” pile further by labeling items into subcategories like “tax papers”, “holiday decorations”, or “sports equipment”. This will also give you another chance to whittle down these items so you keep only what you really need or use.
Six tips to help get your attic organization underway:
- Use clear plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes – They make seeing what’s inside easier and protect contents better.
- Label each bin clearly – You want to be able to determine what it is at first glance.
- Install shelves or cubicles – Sectioning off parts of the attic for each category will help you find items faster.
- Don’t forget to go up! – Use hooks or pegs to hang items from the walls or ceiling.
- Keep a large trash can available – Instead of dragging one in and out of attic, leave one up there and just remove the bag.
- Be safe – If working alone, have your cell phone with you. Accidents can happen and you may need to call for help.
Keep Your Newly Organized Attic Neat
Once you have your attic set up the way you want it, keep it neat by putting things back into their sections. Dust and vacuum regularly to keep the cobwebs at bay. Leave an old clock radio up in the attic so you can enjoy music while you work and keep track of time. (Why waste your cell battery!). Post a map of the different sections in the attic as you enter to let others know where things are kept.
Be Careful What You Store Up There
When storing items in the attic remember that the temperature can get 40 degrees hotter than the rest of your home in the summer and a lot colder in the winter. Electronics, delicate fabrics, photos, or other temperature-sensitive items will not fare well in the attic.
Reclaim Needed Storage Space by Organizing the Attic
Don’t just see the attic as a black hole, sucking up all unwanted items from your house. This is unclaimed space that you have now put to good use. Organizing an attic is an easy weekend project that can free up space and eliminate clutter. You may even discover a few “attic finds” hiding up there once you do!
From drills and miter saws to staplers and wet/dry vacuums, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment to tackle your attic reorganization. Didn’t organize your holiday decorations before stashing them in the attic? No worries, our blog, Post-Holiday Cleanup – 7 Ways to Bring It On! will help with that. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week