It seems as though every home improvement project has its pitfalls and common mistakes that many of us make. So far in this blog series, we’ve talked about painting blunders and bathroom renovation slip-ups. In today’s installment we’re going to talk about some of the mistakes made in home organization and storage and how to avoid them.
This series is relevant whether your home improvements are DIY projects or you’re hiring a home remodeling contractor to do the work.
Storing stuff you don’t need and will never use – step one to any organization project is to sort through your stuff, purge, and declutter. That means getting rid of anything that you no longer need or that you will not realistically use. Seriously, that snowboard that you haven’t used since 1989, and the boxes of battered comic books, get rid of them!
Not getting rid of said purged items – ok, so you’ve taken all of the size 1 clothes out of your closet, have boxed up all your university textbooks, and have made a pile of infant toys that will never again be used by your offspring. And then they sit, and wait, and gather dust, and continue to use up your space. Or you trip on them every time your walk into the garage. Make a plan. Drop them off at a donation site, put them on a buy and sell site or recycle them. Just find a good home for them and get them out of your possession. End of story.
Thinking any spot will do for storage – the garage, shed and unfinished basement often end up as dumping grounds for out of season items. The problem is, those spots are often cool and damp, and are breading grounds for mold and bugs that can get into your belongings. You’ll either want to buy some waterproof storage containers or invest in basement waterproofing. If basement finishing is in your plants, you may as well have the waterproofing done now to protect your investment.
The right storage solutions – once you’ve sorted through your things, make a list of storage bins and organizing products, including the measurements, that you need to go buy. In addition to bins, you might need utility shelves or a clothing rack. Only buy what is appropriate and useful otherwise those cute baskets will just add to your clutter.
Prevention – if you seem to have never ending clutter, try preventing the extra stuff from entering into your home in the first place. Just because something is free or on sale, doesn’t mean it has to come home with you to use up your precious real estate. Learn to say no.
Reference: msn living
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