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How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By | August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

4 Reasons Why Attic Storage is Not a Good Idea

By | August 19th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

There are many companies that provide attic storage solutions.  Most of what I’ve seen in these solutions look like good ideas in terms of storage and organization. Installing these solutions, and then accessing the items, may make you rethink the solution. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons with attic storage.  In my experience, there are not many pros that I could find if I decided to actually make a list. Most of my clients that use attic storage, put items up there and then forgot about them.  Many years later, when they’re in their golden years [...]

3 Options For Storing Photos

By | June 17th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Taking photos is a wonderful way to capture memories, and we’ve been doing it for centuries. The history of photography goes way back, beginning in the 4th century b.c., according to this timeline on ThoughtCo.com.  Taking photos has certainly evolved over time, and become commonplace in our society, which created a need for solutions, or options for storing photos. Several months ago I wrote an article called Organizing Printed Photos, which touched on storage. In the early stages of photography, not many people had cameras, so storing photos was not really an issue. When a photo was taken, most likely [...]

6 Easy to Access Storage Solutions

By | April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Containment is part of the organizing process. Containers make good storage solutions, but is it always easy to access the contents? This is a question that needs to be considered based on the type of storage solution.  The criteria for storage may be different for each organizing solution, but ease of access should be a top priority. As mentioned in previous posts, containment, or containers come in all shapes and sizes. Every box, bin, basket, shelf, drawer, rack, cabinet, pantry, closet and room in your house is a container, as well as your house itself. How we organize these containers [...]

Seasonal Clothing Storage

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Where do you store your seasonal clothing? The ideal situation is to store clothing from all seasons together, but not everyone can do that.  If you have a huge closet with plenty of storage, it may not be an issue. For those of us that don’t have big closets and not so much storage, we have to get creative when we switch our wardrobe twice a year. Spring is here and it’s time to make a wardrobe switch.  Warmer weather means we can put away the warm sweaters, wool pants and bulky coats.  Short sleeves, jackets, and other lightweight pieces [...]

Tax Preparation – DIY or Hire An Accountant

By | February 12th, 2020|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

After the first of every year, we head into the dreaded tax season. The time to gather documents for tax preparation. Documents and notices pertaining to our income and associated accounts start to filter into our mailboxes – email inbox or physical mailbox. In anticipation of the yearly event, creating a folder to store all these documents in the same place is essential for ease of access for tax preparation. For those with filing systems setup to work for you, this is a no-brainer. When a required document arrives in your mailbox, it goes right into the folder. For those [...]

Is Your Fitness Equipment Used as Storage?

By | February 5th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Many new year’s resolutions include getting in shape, or physically fit. For home work out routines, it makes sense to purchase fitness equipment.  Asking for a stationary bike, treadmill or all-in-one home gyms are common Christmas gift requests. Maybe it wasn’t a gift request or a new year’s resolution.  You may have inherited a piece of fitness equipment. Maybe a family member wanted to downsize, so they asked if you wanted their elliptical trainer. You thought, yea I want to get in shape and this may provide the motivation to get me going. Your intentions are good going into this [...]

Important Papers – What to Keep & For How Long

By | January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

As a professional organizer I’m frequently asked about how long to keep important papers. There is no catch-all answer to this question.  The IRS states - The length of time you should keep a document depends on the action, expense, or event which the document records. There is a different answer for each document.  Some need to be kept forever and others have a life cycle. Going back to the basics for a moment, important papers are documents that include your personal information.  They are considered legal documents. Some documents contain your social security number, others contain account numbers and other [...]

Storing Stuff Where You Use It

By | January 15th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Storing stuff where you use it just makes sense. Did you ever spend a lot of time looking for something that isn’t where it should be? Maybe you didn’t find a home for it when you brought it into your house. Or maybe someone didn’t put it back where it belongs. In the organizing industry we create zones. These are typically work zones for specific tasks. This is especially important in kitchens and offices, or office areas.  By storing stuff where you use it, you are creating zones. In the kitchen there are various zones. Each zone has most, if [...]

Backs of Doors Storage Options

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

The backs of doors are an under-utilized storage option.  For those that have small spaces they can provide the additional needed storage.  There are many options for this type of storage but you need to do a little research to understand what works best for your situation. You must be conscience of the size of the items stored in these locations.  They need to be in proportion to the area around the door when it closes.  Cabinets and pantries have shelves in them that you need to work around depending on the depth of the storage item. If you decide [...]