29 Jul STORAGE AREA: ARE YOU USING IT EFFICIENTLY?
All houses have their own storage area – may it be for food, clothes, or even for collections. Having a storage area is really helpful in organising our things when we don’t need them at the moment. Seasons change, and so does our things at home. The only problem with keeping all our stuff in one place is how to find them when we need them. Just keep in mind the following so that the next time you look for stuff in your storage area, it won’t take long for you to find what you’re looking for. Plus, if you’re moving houses or selling your home, you won’t need to worry about your stuff in the basement, garage, or hidden storage area:
- Assess your available storage in a particular cupboard, closet, or area.
- Decide what you need or want to store in that area.
- Determine if the items to be stored will fit in the available space. If not, can they be refolded, repacked, or otherwise made to fit easily into the area? If they won’t fit, those items should probably be stored elsewhere.
- Empty the storage area.
- Clean everything, wiping out cupboards and shelves. Wipe dry with a towel.
- If possible, re-adjust any adjustable shelves to the most convenient height for your items. You may find you’ll be able to add an additional shelf to increase organisation.
- Fill the most convenient shelves with items you use frequently.
- Place less useful items at the bottom and top of the area.
- Use clear storage bins that fit the shelf or cupboard to contain small or like objects such as parts, wires, collections, ornaments, etc.
- Clearly mark all boxes and items if it’s not immediately obvious what it is.
- When sorting through items to store, evaluate it. Do you really need to keep this here? Should you give it away, donate it, or store elsewhere?
- After everything is put away, step back and take one last look. Will anything fall out when the door is opened? Can one shelf be rearranged slightly to make it more convenient?
- If there are a number of storage areas that look identical (a wall of cabinets for example), you may want to attach a small sign noting the contents of each.
- Try to do reorganising when you’re alone so you can concentrate.
- Clean as you go.
- Remember: when in doubt, throw it out.
- Use post-it note signs to mark shelves and cupboards until you finish reorganising.
Source: Interior Decorating