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Tip No. 1 through 9 of 1001 – The Attic

Tip No. 1 - Divide the attic into sections; store specific things in certain areas (sports equipment in one area), or divide by seasons (summer things in one corner, winter in another).

Tip No. 2 – Color code supplies, holiday organizer boxes, storage totes and clear totes with colored lids make it easy to separate and categorize what you store. (Example: Use red and green storage containers for Christmas/Holiday decorations, pink or blue for Spring, dark green for Summer.)

Tip No. 3 – Contain clutter. Attics are easily overrun; put miscellaneous small items in clear totes for easy identification. Contents will stay cleaner too.

Tip No. 4 – Create rainy day corners in the attic. Keep old toys in a separate container so kids can revisit them now and then. Place a mirror near a storage box filled with "dress up" clothes and accessories.

Tip No. 5 – Clothing should be dry cleaned or laundered before storing. Use plastic storage boxes with a lightly scented fabric softener sheet to keep clothes smelling fresh.

Tip No. 6 -  Use wide, Sharpie markers on labels for quick identification of contents stored in durable totes.

Tip No. 7 – Store containers "labels out" so you can read them for a distance with a flashlight if necessary.

Tip No. 8 – Stack containers along the room’s perimeter for easy access and visibility.

Tip No. 9 – Attics get hot in the Summer; do not store paint, chemicals or any other combustible material in the attic. An outdoor storage shed is a better choice.

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