Getting your attic organized isn’t exactly an exciting task to look forward to. However, it needs to be done. After all, it is supposed to serve as a storage room for all your family heirlooms, mementos and other unused valuables and not as a dumping site.
Once you’ve set your mind into undertaking this daunting chore, the first thing you need to remember is that this isn’t just a simple task which you can finish in an hour. You probably need to dedicate a day or more to de-clutter and bring order back into your attic. With that, it’s best for you to schedule a few days off to give yourself enough time to finish this project. If that doesn’t sound convenient to you, you can scatter the vacant days you have into several sessions over the course of a month or two.
When you set off to organize your attic, your goal must be to make it clean and optimize the space. You have to find ways to maximize storage capacity. You can start by knowing which items to keep and which ones to throw or donate. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years.
At the very least, make a mental inventory of the stuff you have stored in it. This is the most sensible thing to do before you come up with new ideas for an effective shelving system. Assess each item and decide whether you still want to keep any of them or not. Segregate them in labelled boxes. Set the things you want to keep aside and deal with them right after you have properly disposed of the things you want to get rid of.
If you want to donate some items, try contacting local charities. It’s better to make sure to leave your stuff to a charity that needs it most.
Another option for you is to hold a yard sale. However, this is only a viable solution if you have enough time and energy to go through the entire ordeal. As for the rest of the items, you can either throw them away or have them recycled. Whatever you do, make sure to dispose them properly.
Afterwards, you can shift your focus back on the items that you still want to keep. Again, it would be a great idea if you segregate these remaining items into certain categories. Doing so will help you save time locating a certain item once you find a need for it in the future. Group the things together according to their usefulness. You should have easy access to specific equipment and tools that have the potential to be reused often. Other trinkets such as family memorabilia, photos and other keepsakes that aren’t really useful but hold a certain sentimental value to you are best stored at the back of the attic.
Finally, Instead of stacking boxes on top of each other, it’s better to invest in proper shelving. Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a lot for this. You just need shelf space where you can properly store your things without damaging them over the course of time since they are likely to stay in the attic for a long period.