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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
Big organizing jobs require a little prep work!
In step one of the AtticMaxx “Organize Your Attic” Challenge, we’ll share preparation tools that will help you get the job done right!
Take Stock of Items Stored in Your Attic
Climb up to your attic and take stock so you can create a plan of attack. Answer the following questions:
- What are the big categories of “stuff” in your attic?
- What truly belongs in your attic and what belongs elsewhere?
- What will you need help moving?
Create “Must Go” and “Must Keep” Rules
Before you start sorting and cleaning, create rules for yourself identifying which items to keep and which items you’ll part with to simplify decision making. Write down these rules and refer to them throughout your attic organization project. For example: household items I do not like and will not use—MUST GO. Clothes that I haven’t worn in two years—MUST GO. Letters from a special loved one—MUST KEEP.
Gather the Supplies
We recommend you gather the following list of supplies before you start sorting, cleaning and organizing:
- Good task lighting
- Boxes and garbage bags for donations and trash.
- Sorting containers (boxes) labeled KEEP, TRASH, DONATE, and BELONGS ELSEWHERE.
- A pad of paper to write down notes and an inventory of items.
- Masking tape and a Sharpie for labeling containers.
- Sticky notes for identifying categories.
- And if you’re tackling this job alone, an MP3 player loaded with good tunes to keep you motivated!
Another step you can take toward the beginning of your project is investigate local charities that will accept the clothing, household items, furniture and books you’ll be removing from your attic. Schedule pickup appointments so items can be carted away as soon as possible. If you’re storing items for family members, schedule a time for them to come claim their treasures.
And one last prep task … snap a “before” picture. You’ll want to celebrate your work when you’re done. And, we’d love to celebrate with you! Let us know that you’re on board with the challenge by commenting below or speaking up on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page. We’ll cheer on your progress step by step.
Come back next week for “’Organize Your Attic’ Step Two: The What, When and Where of Getting the Job Done.”
As the calendar flips from 2011 to 2012, many of us find ourselves un-decking the halls AND pledging to be more organized this year. Why not make 2012 your most organized year yet, and what better place to start than the attic?
The AtticMaxx “Organize Your Attic” Challenge will help you break down the overwhelming task of organizing your attic into well-defined milestones that you can manage in short bursts or in one dedicated day—you decide!
Here’s an overview of the challenge, which we’ll cover in a series of weekly blog posts:
- 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 Organizing Your Attic
- 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. Let us know that you’re on board with the challenge by commenting below or by posting a comment on the AtticMaxx Facebook Page. We’ll be here to cheer you on throughout the project!
Stay tuned for our first round of recommendations in an upcoming blog post dedicated to “Step One of the ‘Organize Your Attic’ Challenge.”