6 Easy Steps to an Organized Storage Area (Garage, Basement, Attic)
Updated: Nov 23, 2019
I'm shaking my head in disbelief that it's the last week of the Purge Party!!! How can this be?? Time really does fly when you are having fun....although cleaning and decluttering your home may not be your idea of "fun" (unlike me who is a total organizing weirdo!), I hope that the work and effort you've put into your Purge Party has paid off by having a more simplified home that you love!
You've probably caught the hang of the process of the Purge Party, but in case you are arriving late to this simplicity soiree, I'll give you a quick run down!
And if you've missed any of the other Purge Parties and want to catch up, I'll put the links at the end!
So here we go...
Before you begin a single thing...your very first job is to get a crystal clear vision of what you want for your garage (or basement or attic or whatever storage spot you have in your home)...for me, my goal is to have a garage that is totally tidy and super organized while containing no junk!
The garage is an easy landing spot for things you aren't sure whether you want to keep or not...it's the land of "I might use it one day". Although the garage works for storing seasonal items, I don't want mine to be filled with items I'm not sure about. Everything must have a purpose and add value to my family's life.
2. Sing a Song
Okay, maybe singing ain't your your thang', but at least set the mood with some upbeat tunes!! What's your jam...heavy metal? gangster rap? old fashioned Honky Tonk? Well, girl turn on whatever motivates you to dive in to that mess! Isn't it amazing how music can completely alter how you feel? So get going and pump up the jam!🎶
3. Tools Ready?
Up next, you are going to need very simple tools for purging your storage area. Don't make this process harder than it has to be...simply grab 4 containers that you can use to sort your shiz-nit.
If you've got large Sterilite plastic type of storage totes, use them. I don't have any empty ones, so I just grabbed four random, mis-matched boxes that I had at my house. You will want to label them so you know where to put the stuff you no longer want.
Mine are labeled like this: (Yes, I'm a total sucker for alliteration)
📦 Rubbish (or trash) - crap that goes in the garbage that can't be reused
📦 Recycle/Regift - something useful that can be reused
📦 Relocate - any items that belong elsewhere
📦 Retail - things you think you can sell
You can choose whatever labels make sense to you...trash, reuse, move, sell...customize your boxes with what works for you best!!
4. Be Choosy
Fourth, it's time to be super choosy! You've got to get your mindset ready to be ultra picky in the PURGE (channel your inner "Mommy Dearest" - NO WIRE HANGERS!) . Only keep the thing you love and use....everything else gets placed in a labeled box.
5. Dump It
Next, empty all of the cabinets...basically any storage container of every type...this is a CRUCIAL STEP...don't just look through your storage area and remove a few things. Empty every container in your garage/basement/attic and only put back the things that you use.
Think about step #1 and your vision. If it's not in alignment with your original vision, remove it and put it in one of your labeled boxes/bins.
As for the things that you keep, there are lots of smart and unique ways to store them, and I'll be sharing some of my favorite organizing products here.
6. Clean Up and Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
Lastly, dust, clean, vacuum all surfaces (yes, I vacuum my garage), and remove your labeled boxes, & celebrate your accomplishment!! 🎉
Take a quick moment and see how amazing it feels...Look around, you've made progress and your Purge Party is officially complete!!! You've removed all the unwanted JUNK and SIMPLIFIED your home. Don't you feel lighter and more centered?
In case you need the shorter version of the process...you've got it here!
Also, if you are just joining the Purge Party, it's never too late to be a part of the fun...you can never be too tardy for this party! You can see all of the Purge Party Blogs and Printables on my Pinterest Page (here)
As always, don't be shy, share your PURGE experience. How did you feel after? Was it hard or easy? What did you learn about yourself and what you've been holding onto that you released? Give us the deets, peeps!
Congrats!!! YOU DID IT!!! PURGE PARTY IS NOW COMPLETE!!! 🥂🙌🏾🍾
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