3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Storage Space

With the holidays approaching, thoughts turn to making a bit of extra income and maybe even purging items sitting around the house. Take a look inside your home; is there a cluttered room or half-organized garage that you could de-clutter, purge, and reorganize? If so, make the most of your storage space and make that space work for you with STOW IT.

Where do I start?

Begin by assessing the room you want to work with. First, establish three general piles: Keep, Toss, Donate. Don’t get caught up in where to put things, how to organize everything just yet.

Keep: When you dive in to your stuff, approach with an attitude of “What do I want to keep?” as opposed to “What should I get rid of?” These items have been taking up valuable space in your home, and it’s time to consider if they’re worth it or not. Do you need the manuals to your various appliances? (these are all online now) What about these “Someday I’ll fit in to these clothes?” (how long have you been keeping these and do they still make you feel good?). Chances are, it’s time to let go of a good chunk of your items.

Toss: It’s surprising how much garbage accumulates in your home! Old/broken hangers, broken appliances/tools, random plastic wrap from purchased items, receipts, you name it. Take pleasure in tossing these into a huge garbage bag – a literal weight lifted! Don’t forget to toss beyond-help clothing with holes and stains.

Donate: Ah, that punch bowl set that some relative gave you at your wedding. If it hasn’t seen the light of day in 5 years, and if you can’t start using it immediately, it’s time to let it go to someone else who might be able to find a use for it. Enjoy the feeling that comes with permission to get rid of things – you’ll surprise yourself.

Once you’ve created your three big piles, get your garbage and donate items out of the house immediately (same day, if possible). Assess your remaining keep pile. Chances are you’ve already started deciding that the bulk of the items can find a home in another part of your house.

I’ve got an empty room/garage/attic – now what?

That’s where STOW IT comes in! Contact us for details on how you can turn your now empty space into a money-maker.