I’m going to start off this post by apologizing to the Professional Organizers who suggested I organize my pantry before tackling my attic. The rational for this suggestion was because I use my pantry much more than my attic. In most cases I would agree with this suggestion. In this situation they did not take into account my irrational obsession with getting my attic organized 🙂
It wasn’t so much being bothered by the attic being messy as it was storing old photos, graphic design portfolios, and other special memories in old cardboard boxes. The way I looked at it, if the item was worth keeping it was also worth storing it more carefully.
The first order of business was to pull everything out of the attic (it is actually a cubby off our bonus room) and move it into the center of the room. I then started to unpack everything and sort it into piles. I had piles for kids memories, wedding stuff, old business & tax documents, photos, old cassettes, and most importantly… the Goodwill pile. I even came across our Halloween and Fall decorations. That was an added bonus.
With everything unpacked I used the old cardboard boxes to pack and carry the Goodwill pile to the car (this part always makes me feel good). The next step was to carefully pack and store the items I decided to keep into a variety of Rubbermaid totes. I think I had five different types and sizes of totes (why do we make so many types). NOTE: I made sure I labeled the contents of the non-clear totes to ensure we could identify what was inside without opening them.
After all was said and done I had only spent one hour to give my attic a storage makeover. I can now rest easily knowing the photos I took at the YMCA camp when I was 12 are safe and secure.
BONUS TIP: Now that Fall is upon us, attics are not very hot (even a little cool). There’s no better time to get your attic organized. Don’t wait until winter when it gets too cold. Doing so will only provide a good excuse to not go up into the attic.