Tips on Organizing Your Storage Spaces
Most people today gradually accumulate a number of items over the years. These can include decorations, toys, glassware, silverware, kitchen utensils, electronic equipment, clothes; and the list goes on and on. This results in needing extra space for storing all that stuff. However, a lot of times, many families end up throwing usable things away due to a lack of storage space. This doesn’t have to be the case though, because no matter how small your house is, the right organization tips can make for a lot more room.
Storage Spaces Need To Be Organized Too
You may ask, ‘How important is it really that my back closet is organized?’ Hey, it is a valid question. After all, no guest has easy access to it unless you actually bring them there. However, the fact remains that you can fit more things, keep them in better shape and find them more easily by getting organized. \
How can you organize your storage spaces?
There are many ways you can go about organizing your storage spaces. These tips are nothing too expensive or spectacular, just taking a smart approach & utilizing heavy-duty, reliable plastic storage bins, containers, totes and/or tubs.
1. Make a place for things. The greatest benefit of organizing your storage space is that it becomes easier for you to find items that you wish to use. So, when storing things, put them in places where you will most likely use them. For example, if you want to stack up your towels, place them in the bathroom closets. Stack them in 5s or more according to their size, design, and colors. With that, anyone who needs a towel, can just grab one from the bathroom cabinets and doesn’t need to ask you. Also, if you love to collect pizza coupons and menus for take-out or delivery, place them in a folder neatly and then put it close to the telephone. Everything should have a place that makes sense and makes life easier.
2. Ensure the family knows the plan. Remember that home organization is not just your job. It is as much yours as everybody else’s. So, when you are finished arranging the items, do a little walk-through with your family, including kids, so that they will know where to find the items. You save time by them not having to ask you where is this and that. This way, you are also teaching the kids how important it is to start being organized.
3. Store away non-essential items in the basement, closets or garage. The key here is if something is not essential for every day use, tuck it away, but keep it accessible. This is done by utilizing your basement, closets and the garage.
A basement is a very handy space. You can put your exercising equipment like barbells, dumbbells and weights there and it makes a good place to go get your workout on. This can also be a good place for the least frequently used items.
As for your closets, whether they are in the hallway or bedroom, they can be very useful for keeping your sewing and other arts and crafts materials stored. Remember that small plastic containers can be helpful so small items don’t make a mess. School and art supplies for the kids can also be placed in smaller boxes or bins so that they don’t get lost here and there.
Lastly, the garage is another easy and great place for storage. Here we recommend using stackable storage containers and stacking them up one on top of the other. If your ceiling is high, there is even more space for you to store things. You can even use cabinetry to store the plastic containers in. Just make sure that they are stacked up securely to prevent them from falling and causing any accidents. Also labelling them can help you know what is where.
4. Laundry tips. To make your laundry chores easier and more convenient, consider the following tips.
- Set up clear bins for all the stuff you need like detergent, bleach, stain removers, and laundry markers. Also, a lazy Susan comes in handy for things like ingredients to make starch. Instead of sticking your arm all the way to the back of the shelf, you can just rotate that and get what you need without any fuss.
- Detergent powder is better transferred to a plastic container to avoid spilling. The tendency when you keep them in bags or cartons is that they may be tipped over and spill.
- Provide a hamper for every family member so that when they need their clothes washed, they can just place them in the hamper. You will not have to ask which ones need washing and which ones do not.
5. Pantry tips. Your pantry needs to be fresh, clean and organized so you can make sure food is accessible and not expired. Here are some tips to do that:
- When you have canned goods, line them up according to kind, and label which ones are veggies, pork, chicken, or others.
- Once you open a bag of spaghetti noodles but do not use up the whole thing, transfer the rest of it into sealable containers to keep them fresh and mold-free. This can be used for cereal and other dry foods.
- Tack a piece of note right next to the pantry to keep a list of items that need refilling.
- Check once a week for items that have expired.
6. Kids’ space. If you have kids, you know their toys can be difficult to organize. However, a great way to manage them is using labelled plastic storage boxes. This is nice because they will also know where to find their stuff. Kids are unpredictable when it comes to their old toys. All of a sudden, they will just remember certain toys and then want to play with them again. All you need to do is look through the labelled bins and find them.
You see, organization is very easy. An old saying goes when you get rid of the things that don’t matter, you make room for the things that do. So we recommend going through your things, take it one section at a time, and decide what stays and what goes. For those things that stay, find a place for them and make it purposeful. Then share with your family and begin to live in a more organized space.