Attic Storage Systems

Here are some unique attic elements to consider when creating sustainable attic storage systems.

Open Space is Not Empty

We run into a lot of clients who seem to have fear of open space and I find it to be counterproductive to sustainable organizing systems.

Organizing for Self Storage

Increasingly, people are finding self-storage to be a helpful way to manage their belongings either during a short-term transition, or as part of a more comprehensive process to create more living space at home. Either way, it helps to keep your storage unit organized.

August Organizing Tip: Using a Table

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t need me to tell you how to use a table. That’s true, but if you are having difficulty staying organized, I want to offer a professional organizer’s perspective on tables, that will help. This starts with looking at a table as a tool, rather than a piece of furniture. In fact, I believe a clear work surface is your number one organizing tool.

Garage Organizing: Moving Up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle.” It’s doubtful that the value of that clutter, that we are protecting in our garages, is worth $33,000, which is the average cost of a new car these days. Make space and protect your investment instead!

Letting Containers Organize You

One of the biggest mistakes people make when getting organized is buying containers first. However, once you declutter and get organized, containers CAN play an active role in helping you STAY organized, if you choose them strategically. They can then be like organizing tour guides.

Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

One of the problems my clients tend to have with organizing is that they to see everything in black and white. Whether an item is extremely valuable or completely useless, it’s easy to find a home for it. The real challenge comes with all the shades of grey in between.

Holiday Organizing and Beyond

It may seem too early to start thinking about holiday organizing, but a big part of organizing is planning ahead, so your next steps are easier. Besides talking about holiday storage, I’m also going to throw in some general storage tips as well.

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Organizing Beyond the Toothbrush

To reliably access what you want, when you want it and to manage quantities, I have written about the showroom vs. stockroom model. I have thought of another way to demonstrate the same concept using the example of something most of are able to keep organized without any effort: the toothbrush.

Organizing Lessons From the Boutique

After we have purged the excess stuff from a client’s home, we have a conversation about how best to organize and store what’s left. This involves a discussion about the showroom vs. stockroom approach, which I have written about before. This time, I want to revisit the showroom vs. stockroom approach, with the aid of two useful images.

Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff

Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff A guest post from Jenny Young Jenny works at Uncle Bob’s Storage. Despite my efforts to avoid storage, I acknowledge that there are some times when it is unavoidable. Here is her perspective on “stuff.” How do you know when you have too much stuff? It’s usually after you actually have too much …

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Travel the World or Pay Storage Company?

Self_storage_unitsI have always contended that outside storage can be a huge waste of money. I received this letter from a fellow blogger, who serves up a hefty helping of further evidence. Enjoy.

It Pays To Be Organized

A guest post by Stephanie Hyde from Monkey Bars Garage Storage System
To many people organizing seems like a daunting task that they’ll never get around to. If this is you, here’s a little push, simple steps like adding cabinets, shelving, overhead storage, and floor coatings can affect your home price by as much as 14 percent! (According to a Florida State University Study) Not only does this makeover give your wallet a boost, but it also helps increase the space in your home as well.

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How To Take Charge of Awkward Garage Storage

It’s pretty easy to run out and buy some shelves and bins for storage in the garage, but so many of the items in the garage are what I would classify as “awkwards.” Your beautifully shelved bins can be sabotaged by items like fishing poles, bicycles, and garden tools. To take charge of your garage storage, accommodate these awkwards before you shelve the items that play nicely with others. Here’s how.