7 Tips for Organizing Your Storage

My mom use to say, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” When you have more stuff than space, it’s time to start eliminating what you don’t need or love. Last Friday I shared some questions to ask yourself when trying to decide what to keep and what to toss. Today, I have some general tips on organizing and storing the things you decide to keep.

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Organizing Your Storage

1 After you’ve decided what you want to hang on to, determine how much space you’ll need to store it. Build shelves or add shelving units where necessary. If you don’t have enough space for everything, you may want to consider eliminating more things.

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2 Items that you use on a regular basis should be stored where they’re most accessible. If it’s something you don’t use that often, you can stack it on the bottom or place it in the back of the storage area. In the kitchen, I use the very top shelves for items I use only once or twice a year.

3 Store items in the area where they’ll be used. If you keep the office supplies in the office, they’ll always be handy when you need them. And remember to put things back when you’re done using them.

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4 Keep like items stored together. For example, if all the batteries are in the same space you’ll know when it’s time to buy more and you’ll be able to find them right away when the remote starts dying during your favorite show.

5 Clearly label all boxes, containers and bins so that they can be read from a distance. Face the labels outward. I like to use a black felt-tip marker and large white labels; they work great for this.

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6 Use different color bins or lids when storing holiday items. In my garage, some of the colors I use are red for Christmas, orange for Halloween, and green for Easter.

7 Create a catch-all box to keep loose things you find that belong in the storage boxes you only open once or twice a year. Rather than having to unpack everything to put away one item, you can put it away the next time everything is open. (I always find a couple of Christmas decorations that I forget to pack. They’re in the catch-all box in my hall closet awaiting the next holiday.)

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Getting organized isn’t impossible. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely not impossible. By taking it one step at a time, it won’t be so overwhelming. Every week I’ll be sharing more tips for you. Do you have any organizing tips you’d like to share?

Peggy
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    says

    I just put a few boxes filled with years worth of my girls school work in the basement! I need to get organized – so many pieces of paper, so little time and space!

    Great tips – I organize bins by color but need to label them!
    Kelly

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thanks for stopping by Kelly! Going through our children’s work is especially difficult because it’s ALL so special. Putting everything in boxes and keeping it together – that’s being organized. Don’t try to go through it all at once. Give yourself a realistic time frame of so many months or even a year to sort it all. Then when you have time, just grab one box. Before you know it, it’ll all be done!

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    says

    Great organization tips!
    I especially like the idea of creating a catch-all bin and putting it in the hall closet. I never thought of that…but I just found a Christmas ornament in my art studio last week! Ugh!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Mary (from BYW 2.0)

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by; glad you like the tips. Have a great day; I’ll see you in BYW 2.O!