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BobVila.com has featured The AtticMaxx Shelving System in an article with great tips and ideas for home storage. The article encourages readers to consider making the most of the attic by improving ventilation and insulation and also building shelves into the beams to maximize the space and keep the floor clear so items can be easily retrieved. The article is entitled, “Whole-House Storage Solutions: Easy Ideas for Every Room”. Check it out here!
Spring is in the air, and with warmer temps we often get the urge to purge. Here are some simple, common sense ways to organize your space so you can enjoy what matters most.
- Set goals. Write them down and share with those around you – it’ll keep you motivated and accountable. Some examples of goals: save time, reduce stress, save money, host a dinner party!
- Decide where to start and just dive in. Pick a place that has the greatest impact on your everyday life, such as where you spend the most time or what causes you the most stress. Is your dinner table covered with papers? Are boxes in the attic stacked to the ceiling? Start there.
- Use the right tools for the job. Gather garbage bags for trash and donations, sticky notes and markers for labeling items that will stay or go, a notepad for action items, plastic totes for storage and moving items.
- Use the right organizational systems for you. A system is only helpful if it makes sense to you, makes sense to others who will need to use it and is maintainable. Function over form is key.
- Discover hidden storage. People complain they don’t have enough storage space, but they’re usually not using the space they have wisely. Often, the most under- utilized space (i.e., wasted space) in the home is vertical wall space in attics, garages and basements. Take advantage of your wall space with wall mounted paper sorters, shelving, and containers.
- Make some rules you can live by. If you don’t need it, don’t use it, or don’t love it, let it go. Live by a one-in, one-out policy—letting something old go before something new can come in. And set (and stick to) deadlines – if something isn’t worn or used or read in a year, it has to go.
- Keep it up. To maintain change, our work is never done. Continue to work with your systems daily, weekly, monthly, and remind yourself why you want to be organized. Take a step back and celebrate how you’ve made room in your life for what’s most important.
Spring is an ideal time to tackle attics, garages and outbuildings – not too cold, not too warm! Find more helpful tips for getting organized this spring at AtticMaxx.com.
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!
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?
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!