New publication from Better Homes & Gardens offers practical tips guaranteed to help anyone organize their space
Better Homes & Gardens new special “Storage” publication is out! And it’s packed with what you need to make 2014 your most organized year yet. AtticMaxx shelves are featured among a variety of cool and clever buyables in a section called, “Products: What to buy”. So don’t put off getting organized because you don’t know where to start. Pick up an issue this weekend at newsstands, booksellers, discount chains, and home centers nationwide, and get the tips you need to dive right into those organizing projects. Decide to spend less time stressing about your space and more time living in it!
“The Psychology of Clutter” is a fascinating article in the current issue of Getting Organized magazine. The article talks about the sizable increase in our homes over the past 30 years, the growth of self storage units and the trend that’s driving it all: we’re simply purchasing more and discarding less.
The writer suggests that behind all the clutter and disorganization in our lives is a sense of insecurity – we buy things to suppress the uncomfortable feeling we get from not having what everyone else seems to have. As things pile up, we become more disorganized and less productive. The article says that we can free up energy currently being wasted on stuff that’s in the way, out of place, and not needed.
And who couldn’t use more energy?! The writer concludes that clearing our environment of clutter and sorting through the accumulated mess around us will help us attain a healthier lifestyle.
AtticMaxx is a proud sponsor of Getting Organized magazine. At the end of the article, look for our new ad, and tell us what you think about the ad and/or the article. You can comment below or on our Facebook page.
If you have followed us through the first three steps of our “Organize Your Attic” blog series, 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? Use these tips to find what you need, when you need it, and make it last!
Maximize attic storage space with the AtticMaxx Shelving System.
With 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 slope 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. No more stacking and unstacking!
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 containers or even just 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.
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!).
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.
Tap into resources.
We can always benefit from an organizing tune up now and then. Consider an expert consultation from a professional organizer throught the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), subscribe to helpful newsletters or magazines such as Getting Organized Magazine and visit retailers that specialize in organizing products such as OrganizedAtoZ.com and StacksandStacks.com. It’s fun and helpful to learn about all the latest tips, tools and products to help us simplify our lives!
Finally, snap an “Organize Your Attic” 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 to 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 2013 is your most organized year yet!