Unfortunately, the attic is where we all tend to stuff our excess everything. We throw up our holiday decorations, old or out of season clothes and toys, memorabilia from our favorite bands and sports teams and everything else we’re just too lazy to get rid of.
So, if you really don’t want to part with your old team uniforms, barbie dolls, baby books and knotted-up Christmas lights or you just truly need the extra space, then you’ve got to learn how to utilize the space and organize your attic in the right way. Check out these easy, simple steps to organizing your attic and you’ll be on your way to a clean and stress free storage area in no time.
1. Clean it up and clear it all out.
First thing you need to do is clear everything out of there! If you don’t need it throw it out! If it doesn’t have actual sentimental value then throw it out! Don’t keep excess for the sake of keeping excess. You don’t need the clutter, you need the extra space to organize. Everything you decide to keep, wipe down and clean! Remove all the dust and make sure everything is in working order.
2. Separate everything into groups.
Once everything is cleared and cleaned, separate everything into designated piles or areas. Make separate piles for each type of holiday decor, sports equipment, hand-me-down clothes, etc. This will make storing much easier.
3. Repair anything & light it up.
Before you start putting everything back in the attic, make sure the attic is ready for it. Make any repairs that need to be made to the floors, walls or insulation. Then, make sure you have proper lighting.
4. Storage bins and a label maker.
Now it’s time to buy some plastic storage bins to organize your things. Make sure you have enough for every pile you’ve made and LABEL each bin. This makes it so much easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
5. Add some shelves.
If you have the space and the right type of walls, add shelving. If you don’t have a garage this will be a great place to store your tools or any other items that need to be easily accessible.
6. Clothing rods.
Hang some clothing rods between rafters and you’ve got a great place to store winter coats or other out of season clothes without using more floor space. Make sure you remember to protect the clothing with garment bags too.