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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?