Home Storage Basics

Who doesn’t want to organize their home storage? Yet, for most of us, neat shelves, tidy cabinets and uncluttered closets seem difficult to organize.

When it comes to cleaning house and getting things organized, it’s useful to know basic principles of home storage:

  • Think holistically about all of your home’s storage areas and options rather than just planning one at a time. This will present more options for organizing and grouping items for accessibility.
  • You can plan ahead and assign specific uses for your cabinets, closets, shelving, and drawers. Try labeling each one for couple of weeks so everyone in the house gets familiar with the assigned spaces.
  • It also helps to prioritize storage spaces, by putting the things you use more in the most convenient storage locations. Less frequently used items can go in your less accessible storage locations, like attic space, high-up shelves or the garage.
  • Try categorizing your belongings. For example, it’s more convenient to store all your holiday decorations together, tools near a workbench, cleaning supplies in one closet, etc.
  • Have a family organization day twice a year, when you can clear out unused items and have a garage or yard sale or make a trip to the Goodwill or Salvation Army to donate items you don’t need and reduce clutter. Doing this regularly will help prevent clutter from getting out of hand!
  • Store less unattractive items inside cabinets, closets or another storage place hidden from view.
  • Label your storage bins and boxes for easier identification.
  • Try to plan ahead for future storage needs by keeping extra space for things like photos, books, files and other items that you know you’ll have more of over time.

It’s always useful to keep a list of storage “hot spots” and potential solutions. Evaluate what you have stored in various cabinets, closets, cupboards, and drawers. Prioritize the storage you have space and the stuff you need to store, putting things you use the most in the more convenient storage spaces.

For instance, in your kitchen you may use certain appliances, pots, pans and dishware daily. These should be kept in the most accessible cabinets. Things you only use once in a while, like fine china, that large crock pot, and turkey roasting pan can be kept in higher up cabinets. While this may seem like simple logic, it still takes some planning to put it into action!

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