In last months blog I spoke about garages and how often they can be forgotten about as useful storage areas. One space that is arguably even more overlooked is the attic. Most people with an attic probably have the usual seasonal items stashed away, such as suitcases for summer holidays or the Christmas decorations. In some cases, there are even plenty of people who have never even properly looked in their attic and, when they do, they find items that were left by previous owners – if they didn’t want to take it with them, there’s a very good chance that you don’t need it! Like any room in the house, an attic can really help you make the most of your home with a little bit of extra time, care and effort.
Access can be an issue when it comes to maximising the usage for your attic but if you have a ladder and a light (not to mention the necessary boards, of course, to make sure that your attic is safe to walk around) then you are ready to go. However, before you start putting items in, you must seriously consider getting items out. The attic is often the place where people become the worst offenders for keeping stuff they don’t need – it is amazing how many times you ask people what they have in their loft and the answer is simply “I have no idea”. Some people even look into boxes that they haven’t seen in years and will have no idea what something is or why they’ve kept certain items – if this sounds all too familiar then it is definitely time for a little decluttering.
As with many of my blogs the basic message remains very familiar in that a little effort at the beginning will save you a lot more time and effort in the future. It’s not to say that there’s no room for sentiment – if you have love letters from an old partners, or birthday cards from your 21st birthday, you can certainly keep them as long as you keep them ordered. Labels are a simple way to keep things neat and tidy and, although it may sound very obvious, being able to easily identify what things are and where they are kept will make your life so much easier in the long run. Also, simple organising and rearranging what you have will often help create more space to allow you to move around your attic easily whilst maintaining a practical and functional storage space.
One final bit of advice for your attic is to use it alongside your wardrobe. In previous blogs I have mentioned creating space in your wardrobe, especially if you have more clothes than hangers. One way I like to get round this is by storing my clothes depending on the time of year, and putting away those items that are not currently in use – swimwear, shorts and skirts can all be vacuum-packed and stored away in your newly-tidied attic for the winter when you are not going to need them (and, obviously, the same applies in the summer when you can store away all your chunky sweaters and thick coats). It really doesn’t take long to do and, for the sake of a few minutes twice a year, you can really help maximise your space.
And if you want to sort out your space, but really don’t know where to start, then do get in touch and I can help you on your journey to declutter, organise and sort. Whatever the job or whatever the size of your space, my experience and advice can really help to give you your Room To Breathe.
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