Now is the perfect time to consider the process of cleaning and organizing your storage space. Take a day or two to beat the heat or eliminate rainy-day boredom.

While it’s easy to become overwhelmed as you prepare to start, a solid plan should ease that pain.

So, here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing, a task that is especially important if you are planning on selling your home in the near future.

Get Rid of All That Stuff

Decluttering your storage space, and your life, means eliminating little used items that you’ve been collecting for decades. Start with the old, broken things that you never plan to use again and can easily discard. Then move to harder items that hold sentimental value and consider which keepsakes such as baby clothes that have been hidden away for years must stay and which can be recycled, donated or eliminated..

Utility Zone

The utility zone houses the furnace, water heater, sump pump, breakers etc.  Most organizers advise that this area is free of obstructions.  So avoid using it for storage space. Should something go awry, you’ll need to access the problem area quickly. If you must store things in this area, be sure the storage containers are easy to move – wheeled storage racks would be best.

Storage Zone

Make a map of the zone and subzones. Common subzones include spaces such as camping equipment, tools, off-season clothes, lawn equipment, furniture, and holiday decorations.  Ideal organization is best achieved by not mixing areas.

Master Control

When organizing your storage area keep two things firmly in mind: accessibility and durability.

Accessibility means knowing where your items are, keeping like items together in a single location, and being able to reach them when you need them. Constructing shelves and using bin organizers enhances the result.  If the area looks neat, nice and organized it is more likely to stay that way.

A durable storage area will protect your items from the cold and damp. Investing in plastic bins and elevating other items off the floor either by placing them on shelves or hanging them from the walls should minimize concern for potential damage.

Label Everything

Effective organization requires arranging things in such a way that your belongings can be located with ease. So, purchase labels and a permanent marker. Place them conspicuously on both your bins and your shelves.

While few folks really wants to tackle the task of getting organized, once it’s done, most people who complete the process feel great and life becomes much simpler at the same time.

If you are considering selling a home or buying one in 2019, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburban communities.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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