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This a designated area used for storing "needed" items until it is time to use them. It is not "someplace else" for procrastinators. It can be the attic, basement, section of garage, closet, shed or even a rental unit.
An efficient storage area is the backbone to your home. Overload it & the whole house suffers. There are basically two types of items that should be stored: seasonal-occasional (Christmas, camping, Baby stuff only if anticipated need (g), suitcases, etc.) & home management (backup supplies used in managing a home), (extra paper goods, soaps, kitchen supplies, light bulbs).
Remove everything from storage area
Sort everything into related piles, boxes, or bags.
Streamline these piles until only keepers are left. (Other items go to the place they belong, i.e. trash, Goodwill, garage sale)
Designate centers in your storage area according to available space and keeper categories. Your categories of keeper piles automatically determine your centers.
Maximize your space & increase your storing efficiency by using the following techniques:
Group and store like things together, just as the grocery store does, don't scatter. Consolidate as much as possible.
Hang as much as you can.
Use grocery store arrangement by lining the perimeter of your area with shelving, then run stacks of shelves both parallel and perpendicular to this.
Assign a space for empties. No more setting empty jars, buckets, drawstring bags in front of full containers.
For home management & backup storage, you will want to keep a record of items being stored (3-ring binder or computer).
Only store supplies that your family uses & likes. Wasted storage space is too expensive to pay for unwanted items.
Don't be tempted to just shove things into the storage area until you can find another place for them. Keep the "backbone" of your household skeleton lightly and efficiently loaded, and you'll experience greater efficiency and control throughout the rest of your home.