garage organizing q&A
our professional organizers are answering your garage, and storage, organizing questions
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH OVERSIZED MEMORABILIA, LIKE MY WEDDING DRESS?
You could purchase a storage bin to preserve the entire dress, choose a portion of the dress that holds the same sentimental value as the entire dress, or frame it and hang it as art.
OUR FAMILY HAS SHOE BOXES FULL OF FAMILY PHOTOS— ANY TIPS ON ORGANIZING THESE?
We recommend storing family photos chronologically in shoe-sized, storage boxes. Start by sorting photographs by year, and then within each year, by season or by notable event. Separate and label years, with dividers, and within each year, separate events using smaller dividers.
I HAVE A FRONT CLOSET THAT IS OVERFLOWING WITH ALL SORTS OF RANDOM STUFF— IT’S SO OVERWHELMING, WHERE DO I START?
Determine what you’d like the closet to be used for, and then set this as your organizing goal. Next, set aside a full day for organizing and get started by removing everything from the closet to an open space. This point may be overwhelming, but once you start moving through the process, you’ll start feeling better— so dive in quickly! Next, separate contents into categories, and finally, move things that don’t belong elsewhere, and replace the items that do belong.
WHERE SHOULD I STORE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS?
Depending on your available storage area, try to store holiday decorations in a main level closet, on open shelving. If you don’t have a full closet available, a portion of a storage closet, your attic, or your garage work just fine. The key here is to keep storage bins small in size and a manageable weight.
IS THERE A REASON TO KEEP ORIGINAL CANS OF PAINT USED IN OUR HOME?
First, determine why you’d be keeping extra paint. If you’re keeping it as a reference, a more effective way is to write the information down. If you’re keeping it for touchups, purchase a small, new, pint-sized paint can (available on Amazon), fill them with your extra paint, and label the cans.
HOW CAN I ORGANIZE OUR FAMILY SPACE SO THAT IT FUNCTIONS NOW AND ALSO DOWN THE ROAD?
Rather than purchasing products to specifically organize each item, purchase organizing products that are interchangeable, vague, and will work with a wide variety of items. Things like plastic storage bins, hooks, and simple baskets are always safe investments because they will easily organize any category of things.