Hi, and welcome to Week 2 of 52. This week we will focus on storage room organization. Ready? Here we go.
We all have a storage room. Whether it is a garage, attic or basement, even a closet, there is always a room in our homes where we
store dump all miscellaneous and misplaced objects. And the main reason why these said storage rooms look more like a dump-room, is because there is not a designated space for anything. Not to mention, most of the time we don’t know what we really have or where to find it.
Now that the holidays are over, chances are you are in the process of putting away your decorations. Take this opportunity to sort through them (and through all other items stored in that room) and let’s come up with some system that will help you keep it organized as long as possible.
Follow the steps below for a not so quick (but almost life-changing) project.
1. Declutter and Clean
A well-organized storage room will help you keep the clutter at bay in the living areas of your home, however you should only keep items that you currently use or are planning to use in the near future.
With a big garbage bag on hand, go through your storage room (or rooms) and start purging and decluttering. Be totally honest with what to keep and what not to keep. Ask yourself questions like: when was the last time I used this? or will I be needing this in the future?.
If, you have asked yourself several times: ‘should I give this away?’, the answer is: yes!. If that item was very important and necessary for you, you wouldn’t be even considering getting rid of it.
As you start decluttering and making room, on shelves and/or on the floor; it is important that you sweep, scrub, mop and clean the area. Here are some cues on what to do with common things found in a storage room:
Paint Cans and Painting Tools.
- Properly discard dried-up paint and varnish, as wells as old paint samples.
- Throw away paint chips, broken paint trays, stiff and dried-out brushes, rollers (keep the handles) and sponges.
- Discard old rags and stained paint drop-cloths.
Go to Earth911 to find a local recycling center and always keep in mind your local regulations for disposing hazardous materials.
Seasonal Items and Other Home Decorations.
Summer toys, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holiday or general home decor items, they all collide in the storage room. And usually, it’s not a pretty sight. Take some time and do the following for ALL seasonal decorations:
- Discard broken lights, broken ornaments beyond repair and damaged artificial Christmas trees.
- Donate those ornaments or decorations that are still in good working order but no longer spark interest or make you giddy when you see them. This Christmas, I realized that I did not care for many ornaments and did not put them up on the tree, those will be donated this week!
- Check all summer toys such as beach balls, beach buggy boards, pool noodles, water guns and others, for marks of wear and tear. Keep only the ones that are in good working order.
- Discard broken beach chairs, tents or beach blankets.
- Check all flotation devices such as vests and arm wings. If they are too small or showing any sign of tear, don’t take any chances and throw it out.
- Properly discard broken picture frames, mirrors and wall art that is beyond repair.
Gardening and Landscaping Tools
- Take all rakes, gardening shears, shovels and hoses. Go through them and discard rusty or broken ones. Have two or three of the same? Consider donating to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Toss rotten, broken flower pots and vases.
- Keep only a few flower vases. As a rule of thumb, keep 3 types of flower vases: bud vases for single stems; globe vases for bunches with short stems; and tall vases for flowers with long stems.
- Sort through bags of gardening soil and seeds packets. Keep those that you are most likely to plant and keep.
Sports Gear and Equipment.
Let me ask you something? How many soccer and basket balls do you have? I thought so.
- Donate duplicates. Keep as many bicycles, balls, skateboards, as you would use in a given time.
- Donate or sell all bicycles or ride on toys that aren’t anymore age appropriate for your kids.
- Discard all sports balls that are broken or deflated beyond repair.
- Discard broken hockey sticks, baseball bats or tennis rackets. Sometimes the cost of repair is bigger than the cost of purchasing a new one.
- Discard broken safety gear such as helmets, knee pads or elbow pads. If they are broken, they won’t serve their purpose.
- Check that knee pads, sheen guards and elbow pads have a matching pair. If not, there’s no sense on saving just one.
Power Tools and Spare Parts
- Check all the power tools and make sure they are still in good working order.
- Save those which have a power cord or a rechargeable battery pack (and charger).
- Sort all spare parts such as screws, washers, nuts, bolts, nails, etc. Throw out anything broken, bent or rusty.
2. Tips for Organizing the Storage Room
Now that you have decluttered, sorted, and cleaned your storage room, it’s time to categorize, rearrange and perhaps relocate what’s left. You can mount new shelving (although this is project that usually requires a well thought-out plan and a budget), or you can work with what you have.
The easiest and more affordable way to organize a storage room is by using plastic storage containers and labeling them. Here are some links to useful products and tips on how to use them.
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Pegboards are probably the best storage system for your garage. You can screw them right through to holes into the wall. Hooks and shelves help you accommodate tools and other items. I have one myself and it is the perfect system to organize all my spray paint, varnish, tools and brushes.
When organizing your storage room, whether is a garage, the basement, attic or a closet, plastic storage containers are your best friend. They not only keep your items protected from weather, dust, critters, etc. but they are also aesthetically pleasing and stack easily giving you more floor room. Use them to store seasonal clothing, winter gear, holiday decorations.
Tackling the storage room might be a daunting task at first, specially if you have more than one. However, the objective of this assignment is not get it all straightened out and in ship-shape in 7 days. The idea is to motivate you to look at those abandoned dump-rooms and start somewhere. You will be surprised of how much you better your garage or basement could look just by doing a quick decluttering round, garbage bag in hand.
To help you with this assignment, I suggest you download my free printable guide to home organization it will save you time and effort.
Thank you so much for being a part of this fabulous group. I am looking forward to seeing you and your progress on our Facebook group throughout the week.
Have an awesome day,