Is your attic the bane of your household storage? Well, it’s time to do something about it!
With each season you can tackle a different task, and after a year you can have your attic in a much better state. Grab your tape and a sharpie and get ready for some tips from guest blogger Judson Crowder of Restorganize.
Winter – Peek Inside and Categorize
Winter is a good time to get up in the attic and start going through boxes.
Yes, it’ll be cold, but you’ll be moving around and you won’t be required to wear a parka. If you have to wear a parka, then wait for it to warm up a bit. Or pick an unseasonably warm Saturday to start.
Open up each box and look at what’s on the top layer. You don’t need to go through them so well as to have to unpack them, though. Just peek at the contents just enough to determine a category.
Re-tape it and write the category on the outside. Put the box off to the side. If you can, put it with other boxes of the same category. If not, don’t worry. You’ll do box arranging in the Fall.
Continue to do this with all your boxes, so eventually you have piles of boxes of different categories around your attic.
Remember, if you can’t get through it all in one day, that’s okay. You have all winter!
Spring – Ditch The Loose Junk
The weather is nice, you might only need a long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of shorts, and you can really start getting into the “stuff”.
Now’s the time to go up in the attic and start weeding out some of the unboxed items.
Are there a pair of old skis or golf clubs you don’t use any more? Now is a good time to get those out of the attic.
How about empty cardboard boxes from old electronics or computers? Do you keep those? Do you even have what came in the box anymore? You can get rid of all that old stuff as well.
How about wires and cables, or old telephones or satellite dishes? Trunks full of old clothes? Typewriters? Computers? Toys?
If you aren’t using it anymore, now is a good time to get it down and out of the attic.
Summer – Dive Deep for Trash and Donations
You really want me to work in the attic during the summer? Have you lost your mind? Do you realize how hot it gets up there?
Yes, these are all valid questions. Which is why we’re going to move our operations downstairs.
But we’re working in the attic? How can we work in the attic and be downstairs? That make no sense!
Take three boxes of the same category down from the attic and going through them one at a time in the air conditioning. Separate the contents into “keep,” “trash” and “donate.”
Put the “keep” stuff back in a box and change the category label if you need to.
Once you have those three boxes complete return the “keep” boxes to the attic.
Repeat this process until all boxes are finished, and back in the attic.
Fall – Strategic Sorting
It’s started to cool off and you can spend a little more time in the attic than you did in the summer. You’ve done so much work in the attic, it’s now time to finish this project!
Start with the category of boxes you use the least. Move all those boxes to an area farthest away from the attic entrance.
Continue moving each category to the next farthest away spot. Finish with the most used category closest to the attic entrance.
Make sure you can get to every category without having to climb over anything. Make an aisle down the middle, if you have to.
And there you have it.
You’ve thrown out the garbage, donated the things you don’t need (and taken the tax write off), and the things you decided to keep are now accessible and in nicely labeled boxes.
You now have a useable storage area thanks to these attic organization tips!
Meet Judson Crowder
Judson Crowder, owner of Restorganize, LLC, is a Certified Professional Organizer who specializes in garage, attic and off-site storage organization. Judson’s 17 years of experience includes nine years managing the storage and set dressing on the popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Find Judson and more of his organizing tips at www.restorganize.com.