Storage Solutions for the Clutter Nightmare

March 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

It’s easy for people to feel like they’re drowning under a sea of clutter in their houses. The modern way of life is geared towards collecting material things, and all of this stuff needs to be put somewhere. The problem is that this somewhere is usually in household living areas and bedrooms; right smack bang in the middle of everyday life. The good news for some people is that the solution may be as simple as increasing the amount of available storage area, and if this is the case then there’s some great options available.

However other people may find that waging war upon the mess with an army of closets and shelving doesn’t seem to make a dent in the junk pile. In these situations, there’s a good chance that a little spruce up of organizational habits may be in order. Here are three storage solution tips that you can use to tame the clutter beast:

1. Recognize That Sentimentality Consumes Space

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If you’ve ever watched one of the reality television shows dedicated to de-cluttering someone’s home, you may have noticed that they often start by making people admit to their habitual tendency to accumulate stuff. That collection of dolls from when they were a kid, the thousands of birthday and holiday cards from years earlier, or the boxes of clothes that haven’t been worn for a decade are all examples of things that don’t have any practical purpose. They may be extremely important from a sentimental perspective, and sometimes that’s a fine approach to have. However, it’s also important to ask the question about whether or not these items are really that important, or if it’s tending more on the side of hoarding. Human beings have great memories, and these memories existing independently of physical items. Chances are that keeping the old broken Christmas tree isn’t an integral part to maintaining the memories in question. If people want to de-clutter their houses then they need to be ruthless about what’s really important to keep, and eliminate everything else. If it has a monetary value then it can be donated or sold; if no-one wants it, and it doesn’t hold any special memories, then the reality is that it’s worthless. It should be recycled or trashed. A replacement can always be purchased again later if needed, and in the meantime the house will be a little less junky.

2. Develop Creative Storage Containers

Storage containers do not always have to be purchased from the hardware or supermarket. For example, large acrylic paint tin cans can be rinsed out to make a sturdy vessel for all kinds of items. Old worn out drawers can also be used for under the bed storage, and margarine, butter, and ice cream containers are also well suited for keeping odds and ends. A cluttered house is likely to be littered with potential storage containers. It just requires a little creative thinking.

3. Prioritize Access

Some household items are accessed more frequently than others. This is important to remember when designing storage solutions for things like seasonal clothing or decorations, memorabilia, and other seasonal appliances like window fans or space heaters. These items don’t need to be given a front and center position in the hallway closet, as it’s more important to have access to things that will be used more frequently. Occasionally used items are more conducive to being stored in out of the way places like the basement, under the stairwell, or up in the attic.

It’s also important to remember that sometimes even the most efficient organizational habits just aren’t enough to solve the problem, because if there really is an acute lack of space, then it first needs to be created. If this is the situation then it may be worth investigating attic conversions, garage mezzanines, basement storage, or even just simple shelving and cupboards to generate additional room.

In summary, it’s possible to tidy up the house with some simple approaches to organizational effectiveness. By assessing the value of sentimental items against the value of the space the consumed, utilizing containers that would otherwise go to waste, maintaining easy access to important items, and creating new storage solutions if all else fails, the clutter will be on its way to extinction.


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