Most people don’t consider their attic to be anything more than dumping ground for the stuff that won’t fit into any other room in their homes. While this might seem like a convenience, it’s leading to both disorganization and missed opportunities. Your attic is a place where you give your family the extra space it needs for all of the things that you do in your life.
Here’s how to declutter your attic and transform it into a productive space.
Get Rid Of The Clothes You Tell Yourself You’ll Wear One Day, But Won’t
The attic has become a dumping ground for all the clothes that we buy but never end up wearing. Not only is buying clothes you never intend to wear a drain on your finances, but it’s also a significant source of clutter in your attic, preventing you from using the space for more useful things.
If your loft is chock full of clothes you’ll never wear, you’re much better giving them to charity. Right now it’s preventing you from making the most of your attic space.
Plug The Leaks In Your Roof
Because we rarely spend any time in our attics, they can develop leaks, gaps, and holes. While you might be tempted to leave these issues, they will eventually come back to bite you. Not only do they discourage you from using your attic space productively, but they can have knock-on effects on the rest of your property. A leaky roof, for instance, can destroy your insulation and lead to the buildup of damp.
As High Performance Restoration points out, it’s almost always better to replace the roof. Doing so transforms your attic into a regular room, allowing you to open it up in practically any way you like.
Get Rid Of Your Old School Reports
While keeping your school reports and workbooks is nostalgic, it’s getting in the way of using your attic space productively. Here’s an idea: instead of just throwing it in the bin, scan all of the pages and upload it to the cloud. Then you can get rid of the physical bulk but keep the memories intact.
Install Closets In Your Attic
Most people just put down boards in their attic and then stack boxes of stuff on top. It’s a cheap solution, but when you think about it, it’s not actually all that practical. Rifling through boxes to find things you need is inconvenient and makes it less likely that you’ll actually retrieve possessions. There’s got to be a better way.
And there is. There’s actually no reason why storage in the attic has to be different from the rest of the house. There’s a reason you use a closet in your bedroom – it works. Why not install the same in your attic? A closet makes the attic into a usable space and helps it double up as a bedroom – something that could come in handy if you have guests to stay.
Does your attic need decluttering and organizing?