“Organize Your Attic” Series Step Two: The What, When and Where of Getting the Job Done

If you’ve done the prep work we suggested in Step One of our “Organize Your Attic” series, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get started! Pick a spot near the entrance and work your way clockwise around the attic.Organize Your Attic Step Two Challenge

Be ruthless and thorough. Open each box and sort into one of the following categories:

“KEEP” for items appropriate for the attic such as:

  • Holiday décor you use each year
  • Off-season clothing you still regularly wear
  • Clothing or other items you plan to hand down to others someday
  • Furniture you plan to use again soon (wood doesn’t hold up well long term in the heat)
  • Archival paper you rarely need (e.g., old tax returns)
  • Luggage
  • Other seasonal items (e.g., coolers, beach gear, camping equipment)
  • Family heirlooms you use infrequently but treasure

“TRASH” or “RECYCLE” for items that are no longer useful or in functional condition for others such as:

  • Obsolete computer or electrical equipment
  • Paper you don’t need to keep for financial, legal or sentimental reasons
  • Clothing, furniture or heirlooms that are no longer in useful condition

“DONATE” or “SHARE” for  items that could be useful or functional to others such as:

  • Gently used clothing you haven’t worn for two or more years
  • “Treasures” you never use and keep just in case…
  • Furniture you’re keeping but do not plan to use

“MOVE ELSEWHERE” for items you want to keep but that do not belong in the attic due to the elements or to frequency of use such as:

  • Photos
  • Candles
  • Delicate or vintage fabrics
  • Books (Silverfish will have a feast!)
  • Sporting goods used year round

Once you determine the items you’re keeping, group “like with like” as natural categories emerge. Think of how often you access these items when deciding where to locate them in the attic, keeping frequently accessed items near the door.

WOW! You did it!  The heavy lifting is done! Remember to let us know if you’re on board with this attic organization project  by commenting below or speaking up on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page.

And join us next week for Step Three as we discuss working through the stress and emotions of letting go of the clutter in the attic.  Then, for Week Four, we wrap it all up for the “Big Reveal!”

9:51 pm | by amaxx

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