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Organizing Large Storage Spaces

Large storage spaces such as garages and attics tend to function as catch-all spaces. Often clients would rather organize rooms they live and play in on a daily basis. Homeowners may dread rifling through junk in a cluttered garage. Attics stuffed with keepsakes can become a walk down memory lane for clients who forgot all about the treasures they stored away. But garages and attics can definitely benefit from your organizational eye

While your clients may look at their garage or attic space as a giant disorganized disaster, you know that it’s really just a diamond in the rough. So reveal the inner potential of larger storage spaces with these storage solutions that will make it easy for your clients to find and store extra household goods.

Group items by use

Organizing Large Storage Spaces Boxes

Temporarily move items outside so that your client can purge before you sort. As with any other home organization project, create “Keep,” “Donate,” and “Trash” piles to eliminate useless clutter. Your clients do not need a sad, threadbare Christmas tree, nor do they need a tangle of old Halloween lights with broken bulbs. Your clients will be amazed by the extra space they will create simply by saying goodbye to pointless items they had no clue they were holding on to in the first place.

Get things off the floor

Organizing Large Storage Spaces Garage

The primary use of the garage is to store a vehicle. But you can actually create extra floor space by thinking in terms of vertical storage. Because most clients don’t usually hang out in their garage, you can optimize space without worrying too much about what guests will think about the nifty bicycle rack you have rigged up for your clients.

Stow away dangerous chemicals

Organizing Large Storage Spaces Group by Use

Create a proper storage system for paint and chemical cleaners. A locked garage cabinet is the best way to keep any dangerous material away from pets or children. Sharp tools should also be stored safely away. Creating simple storage systems your clients will actually use is the best way to maintain safety in the garage.

Safety first

Before you go anywhere near an attic, double check with your client that is it actually safe to do. Many unfinished attacks do not have strong floor boards. If the attic is safe to enter, keep in mind that it is probably acting as a rough storage for loose items.

Sort by function

Organizing Large Storage Spaces Attic Suitcases

Once you purge extra clutter, survey the different groups you have created and come up with a storage plan for each category. Many everyday storage system are perfectly appropriate for an attic space. For example, hang seasonal clothing on racks or in a wardrobe system.

Find everything a home

Organizing Large Storage Spaces Attic

Unlike in a kitchen where the purging process involves pot and pans, you will most likely come across some pretty sentimental stuff in an attic, which is also paradoxically the place that many of us store the items we care about the most! So find ways to bring treasure into your client’s home.

As with a garage, you can bring order into an attic with different zones. Throw in a rug and some extra lighting and your clients may just finally have the perfect space for that reading nook, walk-in closet or craft workshop they always dreamed about!

Wondering about how to streamline keepsakes? Read about the ways a little clutter can actually be good for your client!

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