How to Purge Your Inner Hoarder


Hacking through a winter’s worth of clutter is one of spring cleaning’s more aggravating tasks. Tackling overgrown mounds of winter coats or heaps of dusty old magazines can be tough enough, but if your storage space is severely limited, finding a place to put it all can be nearly impossible.

  • Toss It – If you haven’t used something in more than two years, there’s a good chance you never will. Toss it, donate it to charity or put it in deep storage.
  • Shrink It – You’ve probably seen the ads for the vacuum seal storage bags on TV. Stuff in a bunch of pillows and blankets, seal it up and then suck out the air with your vacuum cleaner. For plush items like blankets, pillows and winter clothes, you can reduce your storage needs by 75 percent. In addition to saving space, the bags have hygienic benefits, too, protecting your stuff from dampness and dust mites.
  • Think Horizontal – Most people make poor use of out-of-the way floor space. The areas under beds, couches or small crawl spaces either go unused. Label containers for quick access and reserve easy-to-reach spaces for frequently used items.
  • Think Vertical -If the top shelf of your closet has become a disorganized dumping ground for all manner of junk, you’re not making good use of your vertical space, either. By adding a few extra storage units to your shelf, you can not only get your mess under control, but add extra feet of storage space to your closet. And by buying easily stackable, modular units, you can expand your storage as your space needs grow.

And you can apply this same principle to your garage. Simply invest in a few heavy-duty hooks that you can sink into your garage’s rafters to get bikes and other large items out of the way.

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