Updated: Jun 23, 2020
So many people are disorganized and think they don’t have ample storage space but the truth is they just don’t know how to use their storage spaces efficiently.
Often it’s heavily trafficked areas that are housing items that are rarely used. I’ve seen an entire kitchen cabinet filled with never used serving pieces and/or small kitchen appliances that only get used a couple of times a year at most. This takes away space for items that you need to access on a regular basis.
If you’re fortunate enough to have both attic and basement storage I find the best way to think about where to put your stuff is to focus on the attic for rarely used items and basement for seasonal and rotating things.
In the attic:
Memorabilia like old photos, books and albums (photo, record, etc)
Kids’ school work and art projects that you’re not ready to part with
Old toys and other kid gear that you’re not ready to say goodbye to
House hardware and supplies like extra paint, rarely to never used appliance parts, extra flooring and/or tiles
In the basement:
Excess bulk items (like dry goods and/or paper products)
Rarely used kitchen items like serving trays, small appliances, and seasonal glasses, cups and dishes
Extra cleaning supplies
Folding table and chairs
Attic or Basement:
Holiday items like Christmas, Halloween decorations
Seasonal sports gear like skis, ice skates, pool gear,
Wherever you chose to store your items it’s best to keep things in clear plastic bins that are labeled so you can access things easily when you need them.
If something isn’t used don’t feel bad about getting rid of it. Think about where you can donate it or be OK with just saying goodbye. It will feel so good to have your spaces organized more efficiently and be able to find and use your possessions.