One of the benefits of living in a split level is the amount of storage. It seems that in the 50s storage was really important and they took advantage of every nook in the house. As part of our basement project we had to go through a lot of our stuff. We still had piles of boxes in the basement from our move two years ago. In order for things to be more organized and like to be stored with like, I tackled the attic storage space we have. We can enter it through a closet with a ladder, it's about four feet high and is a room before you enter the actual roof space. It's located behind the master bath and on top of our kitchen. It's a dry space and really hot in the summer!
The first thing I did was to take EVERYTHING out. I knew what most things were, but over the past two years we'd been adding random things that did not make much sense. I sorted and sorted and we donated two large boxes to Goodwill. Then hubby added brackets and shelves and we cleaned the space. Don't you love the eclectic floor tile and mint coloured wall?
By adding the shelves and sorting things properly we were able to move a good chunk of stuff from the basement to the attic. What lives there now?
- Luggage and carry-on bags (close to bedrooms, good for packing)
- Extra duvet, pillows and blow-up bed
- Cat carriers
- Family silver
- Memory boxes (hubby's, mine, wedding)
- Mine and hubby's CDs (don't use them, but can't part)
- Stereo equipment that's not in use right now
- Picture frames I want to keep for future use
- X-mas decorations
- Halloween decor and costumes
- Party things (lanterns, hats, Easter stuff, Thanksgiving, etc.)
- Saddle, helmet and riding boots (not in use right now)
- Box with various drapes and bags that I can't part with
I am feeling much better about this space, we don't have trouble finding things and were able to lighten the amount stored in the basement significantly. Do you have an attic? Any skeletons hiding there (I have a Halloween one)?