When we think of storage we rarely thinking about rules. Let’s face it, most of us determine that storage is needed and then stuff as much as possible into any space we have available.
Though there may be some rhyme or reason when you start, too often, storage devolves into a mess and sort of defeats the purpose when it comes time to resurface your stored items.
How often have you found that something you’ve stored is suddenly impossible to locate?
Remove some of the long-term chaos of stowing items away by following these three simple rules for storage.
Too often, storage can just be a holding ground for garbage. If you him and haw over an item and think “maybe I’ll use this again” there’s a good chance you won’t. Create a system for determining what should be stored and what should be donated or thrown away.
Top items worth storing are typically
• Nostalgic items and antiques
• Seasonal equipment, decorations and clothing
• Reusable items (I.e. furniture for when your teen goes to college)
Be as critical as possible when decided what to store. The more rules you put in place, the better storing will be.
Proximity is Key
“My number one rule of organizing is to store things near the area in which you
will use them,” says Katherine Trezise, a professional organizer.
It makes enough sense, but how often do you find yourself making one place a major storage dumping ground? Instead of dedicating one closet or one storage facility to everything, try to hollow out corners in multiple areas of your house to stow relevant items.
Make Access Easier
Another rule Trezise organizes by has to do with access. Even if you feel like you’ve done a good job organizing and safely tucking away items, you may find that when you try to resurface these items, retrieval is where you run into trouble.
“Another organizing principle is to store the things you use most frequently in the most accessible places. Professional organizers call this ‘prime real estate.’ So, if it is winter, you would store your sweaters and corduroy pants in the most accessible parts of your closets and drawers,” says Trezise.
Try to plan your storage based on what you expect to use most often. If need be, use stickers or labels to rate your items based on most used to least used. That way it is easy to see what should be thrust to the back and what will need to be placed at the forefront.
Whether you are getting a self storage unit or repurposing a linen closet, the three golden rules can make storing your items a little easier and a lot more organized.