Do you have a garage or carport on your property and are you guilty of not being able to park your car in there, because it is crammed full of stuff? If you live in an apartment and have a basement storage locker, are you guilty of filling it to the brim and must take everything out each time you need to find something?
It’s time to cast a critical eye over your garage or storage locker and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is and not what you think it looks like. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions. Which, will hopefully give you a great starting point.
What do you need to store in this space?
If you have a garage, what else other than storage does it need to be used for?
Are you storing stuff for others, who could now store this stuff themselves?
Are you holding onto items that you don’t what to face making tough decisions about?
Does this space have adequate lighting?
Are you making the most of the storage space that you have, by installing the most suitable storage options?
If you have items packed away in sealed storage boxes, are they clearly labelled, so that you can tell at a glance what is stored in each one?
Time for action:
Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care, turning them into well organised spaces that provide easy access to your possessions.
Empty everything out of these spaces and sort as you go into piles of things in the following categories: Rubbish, Things to donate, Items to sell, Items to return to others & items you need to keep.
Give this space a thorough clean.
Map out a plan of your garage or storage locker, deciding the best way to store the groups of items you have. Ensuring that there is easy access, to the items you use most often.
If you have a garage that you use for things other than storage, you will need to ensure that there is a space to do this.
If you are struggling to find storage solutions or layout ideas, spend some time looking through interiors magazines or browsing Pinterest, where I have pinned some great ideas for you to have a look at.
When you are happy with your layout of this space, it’s time to put back the things that you need to keep, in well organised storage.
Once you have done all that you can with what you already have, it’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
Take a photo of your well organised storage spaces and compare the before and after pics.