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As the calendar flips from 2012 to 2013, many of us find ourselves un-decking the halls AND pledging to be more organized this year. Why not make 2013 your most organized year yet, and start from the top down —  in the attic, where most of us store our holiday decorations?

January is Get Organized! Month

January is Get Organized! Month

To make it easier on you, we’re offering a special promotion for Get Organized Month in January:  This month only, get 13% off AtticMaxx Truss Shelves and FREE shipping!  And if that isn’t enough to incentivize you to organize your attic, remember that with every order totaling more than $200, you’ll get a FREE e-subscription to Getting Organized Magazine,  AND a FREE e-book “Get Organized; Get Revitalized”.  We hope these tools will give you that extra boost to create and maintain your new, orderly home in the New Year.

Also, stay tuned for great tips on helping you break down your attic attack into smaller steps so that it’s not such an overwhelming task.  We’ll suggest well-defined milestones that you can manage in short bursts or in one dedicated day—you decide!

Here’s an overview of our upcoming series of blog posts to help you tame that attic clutter throughout January:

  • Step One: Take Stock, Set Rules and Gather Supplies
  • Step Two: The What, When and Where of Getting The Job Done
  • Step Three: Working Through the Stress and Emotions of Letting Go of the Clutter
  • Step Four: Find What You Need, When You Need It, And Make It Last!

Along the way, we’d love to hear about your progress.  Send us before and after pics, comment below or post a comment on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page. We’ll be here to cheer you on throughout the project!

It’s all part of celebrating January as Get Organized Month.  For more information, check out the National Association of Professional Organizers website.

Happy New Year and best wishes for making every space count in 2013!

Read MoreJanuary 1, 2013 12:25 pm - Posted by amaxx

If you have followed us through the first three steps of our “Organize Your Attic” Challenge, you might be amazed at just how great your attic looks. Why not take the final step and do what it takes to keep your attic looking this organized for years to come?

Maximize attic storage space with AtticMaxx Shelving System.

AtticMaxx Shelving SystemWith all the cleaning you have been doing, you might be surprised at the amount of space you now have in your attic. But, did you know that you can create even MORE room in your attic with the AtticMaxx Shelving System?  Our attic truss shelves utilize the often wasted vertical space between attic trusses for easily accessible and stable bin storage space.    The system includes 22” x 22” solid wood shelves with adjustable straps and a swiveling metal bracket, offering flexibility to accommodate varying angles of trusses depending upon the pitch of the roof.   The shelves install in minutes with a screwdriver, level and four screws, and hold up to 50 pounds each.
With AtticMaxx shelves in place, you’ll have an ideal storage place for all of your “keep” items (see Step Two), have plenty of room for walking and avoid toppling towers of totes.

Consider containers.

Speaking of totes, let’s talk about attic storage containers. Avoid cardboard and opt for sturdy, clear plastic containers with good-fitting lids. Take your organization one step further by color coordinating the lids to the season (e.g., red for Christmas, yellow for Spring/Easter, orange for Halloween) and using labels that are temperature and humidity resistant.

Prevent pests.

Seal up any openings you discover, use cedar blocks to deter moths, and make sure there are no food items stashed in boxes (e.g. leftover Halloween candy that might be hiding in a plastic pumpkin!).

Take stock.

Write an inventory of what you’re keeping in your attic and where items are stored for easy reference in the future. Attach this list to the back of the attic door or just next to your attic ladder.

Finally, snap an “Organize Your Attic Challenge After” picture.

Enjoy comparing it to your “before” picture, which we recommended all the way back in Step One! And, keep both of them as an incentive for your next big organization project.

If you have stepped up to the “Organize Your Attic” Challenge, we would love hear about your experience or see your “before” and “after” pictures. Leave us a comment below or speak up on our AtticMaxx Facebook Page.

We hope that 2012 is your most organized year yet!

Read MoreJanuary 27, 2012 7:37 am - Posted by amaxx

Timer in Attic for Step Three of "Organize Your Attic" ChallengeYou’re halfway there! This is a good time to check in on your progress and consider some helpful strategies for overcoming obstacles and getting the job done. Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you putting off decisions on too many items? Revisit your rules to organize by, which we covered in Step One, and make sure you’re following them.
  • Are you making your way through the space at a realistic pace? If not, you might consider setting a timer and giving yourself 30 minutes or less per box to speed up decision making.
  • Are you seeing any trends in the items you’re having a harder time parting with? If so, spend some time considering why you’re having a hard time letting go. Ask yourself if a picture of certain items would be just as good as keeping the item itself.

This is also a good time to consider your definition of “treasures.” If items are truly of value to you then honor them and incorporate them into your daily life rather than stashing them in your attic. If they have less value than you once placed on them and you don’t have a use for them in your current life, donate them or share them with a loved one.

Be aware of your stress level – are you feeling more relaxed by this process or less? If you feel your anxiety is growing as you go through certain boxes, consider asking a friend or loved one to help. Organizing as a team can be more fun and less stressful.

Attics can hold many memories and trigger some big emotions, so give yourself the time to feel what you need to feel. Pat yourself on the back for all you’ve accomplished and keep moving forward!

The finish line is definitely in sight! Remember to let us know if you’re on board with the AtticMaxx “Organize Your Attic” challenge by commenting below or speaking up on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page.

Check in with us next week as we share final tips for wrapping up your Attic Organizing Challenge with tools for maximizing your storage and keeping it in tip top shape.

Read MoreJanuary 19, 2012 8:26 am - Posted by amaxx

The AtticMaxx™ Shelving System is available at discounted rates now through January 31, 2012 in honor of “Get Organized” Month. Prices start at $39.95 for a set of two pre-cut, pre-assembled AtticMaxx truss shelves, and $154.95 for a set of eight. Smaller shelves for unfinished walls ideal for garages, outbuildings and attics and a do-it-yourself hardware kit are  also available at discounted prices. Visit the AtticMaxx Order page today to order the “get organized” product that will help you maximize your storage space.

Free installation is also available exclusively for customers in the Raleigh, NC area (where AtticMaxx LLC is based) who place orders by January 31, 2012.  Call 1-855-766-3855 or write to getorganized@atticmaxx.com to schedule your attic assessment.

“GO Month” Special for NAPO Members

In addition to the discounted rates available to all, AtticMaxx is offering an additional 10% off all products to members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Please send an email to getorganized@atticmaxx.com to request the password for the NAPO-members-only section of the website.

Since January is also the time of year when many of us are making frequent trips to our attics to return holiday décor, AtticMaxx is currently running an “Organize Your Attic” Challenge blog series. Each week in January, AtticMaxx is sharing tips and encouragement on organizing your attic and making the most of your attic storage space. This week’s post, Step Three, is about working through the stress and emotions of organizing an attic full of memories.

About NAPO’s “Get Organized” Month

The National Organization of Professional Organizers has designated January as “Get Organized” Month for eight straight years. GO Month is dedicated  to raising the awareness of the benefits of being organized and of hiring a professional organizer as we begin the new year.

Read MoreJanuary 18, 2012 11:13 am - Posted by amaxx

Organize Your Attic Step Two ChallengeIf you’ve done the prep work we suggested in Step One of our attic organization challenge, 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.

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

KEEP items appropriate for the attic such as:

  • Holiday décor you regularly use to decorate
  • Off-season clothing you still regularly wear
  • Clothing you’re handing down from one child to the next
  • Furniture you plan to use again in the near future (wood doesn’t hold up well long term in the heat)
  • Archival paper you rarely need (e.g., old tax returns)
  • Luggage
  • Family heirlooms you use infrequently but treasure

TRASH or RECYCLE 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 with Loved Ones items that could be useful or functional such as:

  • 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 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

Once you determine the items you’re keeping, group like with like as natural categories become apparent. 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 the AtticMaxx “Organize Your Attic” challenge by commenting below or speaking up on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page.

Join us next week for Step Three as we discuss some of the challenges of attic organization and then, for Week Four, we wrap it all up for the “Big Reveal!”

Read MoreJanuary 12, 2012 10:46 am - Posted by amaxx

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