The attic is an out-of-the-way place where forgotten relics are stored, collecting dust and creating a nightmarish clutter. However, there’s no reason you have to dread your expeditions into the attic as long as you keep on top of it and organize the items you store here.
Recruit an attic cleaning partner
Starting to clean a messy attic is the hardest part, because that initial pile of stuff is just so intimidating. If you’ve got a particularly big job ahead of you, recruit a friend, spouse, or family member to tackle the attic with you.
Purge the nonessential items
Many of the items in your attic may have ended up there because you said to yourself, I’m not using this now, but I might want to use it someday. Take another look at these items and figure out how long they’ve been in the attic and if you’ve ever used them in that time. If you haven’t, chances are you can either throw them away or store them in storage units, as long as they’re still in good condition. Have a “throw away” box and a “donate” box so that you don’t get the items confused.
Organize by category
Divide your attic items into different categories, such as Christmas decorations, out-of-season clothing, and important paperwork. Place all the items that you’re not likely to need as often towards the back of the attic and the ones you need more often towards the front, in an easily accessible place.
Label your belongings
Have a lot of cardboard boxes or mystery bags in your attic? Figure out what you’re keeping in all of them and then clearly label them using a marking pen and some masking tape. This will make it a lot easier when you actually do need to go into the attic to find a specific item.
Maximize your space
There’s no reason why everything needs to sit on the floor of your attic, or becomes part of a precarious tower. If you have so much stuff in your attic that you don’t have a clear path to walk through, invest in some sturdy metal shelves so that you can get some of your belongings off the floor. You can also use hooks to hang items like fishing poles. Try putting any clothes in the attic into garment bags and hanging them on hooks or a portable clothing rack.