I have recorded a lot of podcasts and written so many posts about how to organize spaces. But I am willing to bet you still have some unsorted boxes of miscellaneous items in your storage room or attic. Today, we are going to talk about those.
Here are 5 steps to go through when sorting storage room boxes.
Download the PDF here: How To Sort A Box Infographic
Step 1 – Take the box to your kitchen
Yes, I said your kitchen! 🙂
By taking one box at a time out of the storage room, you will look at the contents inside differently. It is also much easier to go through boxes in the comfort of your kitchen on your kitchen counter or kitchen table, instead of crouched in a hot or cold storage space.
I want you to be able to see everything that is inside of the box all at one time so you can make the decisions required in step 3.
I spent quite a lot of time in the podcast going through how you can disburse items in storage room boxes that are for other family members.
If at all possible, deliver the items that belong to other people to their home instead of yours.
Then look at what is left and decide what you can donate.
And finally, decide what you will do with the items that are left. And by decide, I mean decide how you are ultimately going to enjoy those memories. Do you want to make photo albums? Do you want to turn your clothing into treasured heirlooms? Do you want to pare back the amount of holiday decorations that you display?
Step 4 – Re-package and label everything
When you have decided what you are going to keep, then repackage those items in standard uniform boxes or bins.
When organizing clients’ storage rooms and my own, I always use the clear Homz brand bins from Walmart.
The Walmart bins are the least expensive that I have been able to find.
In step 4, you will find items that will not be ready to go into bins, some of your boxes will have miscellaneous items; they go back in your storage room. That is OK.
Make sure to put those items back in the box with a list of the box contents taped to the outside of the box.
In the podcast, I explain how organizing your storage room will happen in stages. And at the end of each time you go to the storage room, your storage room will be about 25% “perfectly” organized.
Step 5 – Set up a shelving system
You need to know how many bins you will be storing before you decide how many shelving units to buy. Match your shelving units to your boxes.
My shelving unit of choice is the Home Depot brand plastic shelving. It is easy to move, easy to carry, and can be reconfigured for unusual spaces like attics.
Get a goal and start to tackle your storage boxes today!