March 5th, 2014
With spring quickly approaching, spring-cleaning is almost upon us. If you’re like the Grand View Builders team, there are many to-dos on your cleaning list. We want to help you get a jump-start on your spring-cleaning chores by offering organization tips for your garage and attic spaces. Hopefully, starting your cleaning early will leave more time for relaxing and hanging out with the family at your community pool this spring and summer.
Organizing always starts with de-cluttering. Start this process by dividing items into “keep,” “donate” and “trash” piles. Once you are finished surveying your items, take everything in the “donate” pile to your nearest donation center and recycle or trash everything else you don’t want to keep.
As you go through all of your belongings, organize them into categories, such as tools, pet supplies, decorations, etc. Separating your belongings into categories will make it easier to store each category together and to find what you are looking for in the future.
Shelving is the best way to store items to maximize your space, whether that is in your attic or garage. You can stack your boxes to move the clutter off the ground so it doesn’t overflow into your walking or parking space. If you don’t already have shelving installed, you’ll need to either purchase or build a shelving system. Home Depot, Lowes and The Container Store all have easy to assemble shelving options that won’t break your bank account.
Now that you have cleared away any un-needed items, it’s time to purchase containers that you can use to divide and store your items neatly. You can use sealable plastic containers, wicker or wooden baskets or open wired metal baskets depending on your aesthetic preference and the type of contents.
After you have divided all your items into storage categories, you are now ready to box these items and place them on the shelves. If the containers you are using are not transparent, we recommend clearly labeling your boxes so you know what is stored in each box.
We recommend placing the boxes with the most un-used items on the top shelves, as you probably won’t need those things as often. Seasonal items can also be stored there, too. More regularly used items should be stored on lower shelves for easier access. Since bikes and lawn mowers are bulky items that can take up much space, we suggest using mounted storage racks, which can be found at places like Academy Sports and Outdoors, to mount your bikes onto the garage wall and clearing a corner to designate it as the lawn mower parking space. Also, if you store your mops and brooms in your attic or garage, we suggest using wall hooks as a way to organize those non-boxable items.
If you’re really in the cleaning and organizing mode, check out our past blog posts about Unconventional Spring Cleaning Tips and Transforming Your Closet from Average to Organized.