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How to Organize Your Storage Spaces

Organize your storage spaces for a less-cluttered, more-efficient home where you can locate any item in a jiffy.

| January/February 2014

  • Use our tips to help you organize your storage spaces.
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  • Don’t forget to designate a spot for your garden tools and sports equipment.
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  • Store commonly used items in plain sight with attractive storage bins.
    Photo Courtesy The Container Store

It’s a fact: Clutter makes us stressed. That means that unsorted pile of junk shoved into a closet is more than an eyesore. It might actually be harming our health. Although clutter can seem overwhelming, you can conquer your stuff. Organizing your storage spaces makes keeping clutter at bay easier every day, plus it means you will be able to find what you need when you need it. Use our tips—pulled together from organizational experts—to overhaul your storage spaces, leaving your home more organized, your life easier and your sanity intact.

Organization Tips for Every Storage Space

Closet Organization Tips
Basement Organization Tips
Attic Organization Tips
Garage Organization Tips

How to Organize: Assess Your Storage Spaces

To organize your storage spaces, first determine what storage options you have, the functions of each area, what needs to be stored, and any additional storage options you need. Take a walk through your house. Is there a usable attic, basement or crawl space? How about a shed or garage? What about shelves or built-in cabinets? Maybe you have an armoire, an old trunk or a tall bookcase you aren’t using. All of these things are potential storage. Make a list of these areas.

Next, analyze the items you have to store. We typically use storage areas for items we don’t need every day or large items that can’t be kept in an average room in the house such as golf clubs, gardening tools, the vacuum, holiday decorations, out-of-season clothes and camping gear. You may also have specialized things to store such as inventory for your business or items you sell online. Write these items down on your list and then treat it like a matching test, drawing lines from the “What Needs to Be Stored” column to the “Storage Area” column, keeping in mind the environment of each storage area (for example, basements can be damp and attics can be very hot). This chart should address the big categories of things you have, as well as those odds and ends that don’t seem to fit into any category.

Excerpted from A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization by Debbie Lillard

8 Steps to Organize Any Storage Space

1. Sort through all of the items you keep in the area and make four piles:

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