Clearing Out Your Attic
Many people consider the attic as one of the most dreaded jobs in spring cleaning. The collected clutter of several months, if not years, of disorder is an intimidating thing to tackle, especially if you don’t plan for it properly. As with many things, there are always methods you can use to simplify what could have been a complicated job. You’ll be surprised how simple things can go a long way to reduce the workload. Here are several tips you can follow to ease your attic cleaning, and hopefully help you clear all of the accumulated clutter in no time.
Before you tackle the job of clearing out your attic, it is best to prepare several items to help you with your job. Get several boxes and bins ready, and the more clutter there is in your attic, the more of these you will need. Bring along a pen and a notebook as well or maybe a permanent marker or label stickers, this will help you keep track of what item is where. Once you have these, take them (along with all of your cleaning tools) with you to the attic. As you sort through the various items in your attic, use the boxes to store similar items together while you keep inventory of the items in your notebook. This inventory becomes useful afterwards, when you’re looking for items in the attic. The boxes make cleaning easier as it keeps the items organized, and when each box is full you can use the labels to mark inventory for that box or just be sure to hold on to your notebook inventory sheet.
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As you clean, separate the items into different categories, whether they’re clothes, decorations, toys, etc. Also, now would be the time to sort out which of these items you’ll be willing to get rid of. Separate those items into either donation, recycle, or trash piles. The items you keep on the other hand should be organized into items you use regularly, occasionally and rarely. An easy way to tell which item is which, ask yourself if you’ve the item since the last 2 or 3 months, if you do, put it in the “regularly” pile, if you’ve used the item at least once in six months to a year, put it on the “occasionally” pile, for items you haven’t used in years, either put it in the “rarely” pile or you can decide to get rid of it.
Once you’ve cleaned and organized the items in your attic, one of the ways to ensure it wouldn’t be reduced to a jumbled mess after a few months is to make sure you’ve stored them properly. For the items you use regularly, store them in easy to reach places like near the entrance of the attic on lower or mid level shelves. Items that you use occasionally can be put further back into the room and at higher shelf spaces. The items you use rarely can be safely put away into the corners of your attic, or if you don’t have enough space in your home, rent a budget self storage unit to keep those items safe.
Attics tend to become messy because of improper storage. Keeping things organized and properly noted helps eliminate future clutter. Cleaning the attic may seem like a daunting task, but if done properly, you’ll never have to deal with a messy attic ever again.
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