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Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Attic

Baby Steps to An Organized Life

Spring is the perfect time to declutter and organize your home, and one area that often gets overlooked is the attic. Whether you use your attic for storage, as a spare room, or simply as a space to keep old belongings, it's essential to give it some attention during your spring cleaning routine. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process of efficiently and effectively spring cleaning your attic, helping you reclaim this valuable space and ensure it remains organized for the future.

Step 1: Prepare for the Cleanup

Before diving into the actual cleaning process, it's crucial to prepare for the task at hand. Here are some essential steps to get started:

Gather Supplies

  • Sturdy boxes and containers:  I have found the best place to get storage or moving boxes is at Home Depot, they carry an assortment of sizes and are very affordable vs. some moving companies I have seen.  If you're not afraid to dumpster dive,  Ace Hardware often has good boxes that they don't break down, or you might find them in their store room if they are kind enough to look for you. 
  • Trash bags: use the heavy duty black ones usually found at Amazon or Walmart or contractor bags from Home Depot or Lowes. 
  • Trash Containers:  Home Depot and Lowes carry a large unit that's almost like a small dumpster that you can fill and call Waste Management to pick up and haul off.  It's called a Bagster...
    bagster for trash
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g., dust cloths, all-purpose cleaner, vacuum)
  • Protective gear (e.g., gloves, mask, goggles)
  • Labels and markers for organizing

Safety First

Attics can accumulate dust, debris, and potential hazards, so it's essential to prioritize safety:

  • Wear protective gear to safeguard yourself from dust and potential allergens.  Beware of dust that pesticide companies may have blown in your attic to rid of pests.  It's usually not toxic, but not good for you nonetheless....
  • Ensure proper ventilation by opening windows or using fans if possible.  Run the fans awhile before you get into the attic to open up the stale air and dust.
  • Use caution when navigating the attic space to avoid tripping or stepping on unstable areas.


This is a great way to add safety to your attic entry and exit from the drop down type attic ladder installed in most garages.  I would also suggest an aluminum replacement if you have one of those older heavy rickety ones builders commonly install during the construction of your home. 

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Step 2: Declutter and Organize

Sort Belongings

Begin by sorting through the items in your attic:

  • Categorize items into keep, donate, and discard piles.
  • Consider the usefulness and sentimental value of each item to make informed decisions.

Create an Organizational System

  • Use sturdy boxes, bins, and storage containers to neatly store items.
  • Label each container clearly to easily identify its contents.
  • Consider utilizing shelving units or hanging organizers to maximize space.  You can reach out online for local handyman companies that can add decking and shelving to your attic to make storage even easier and more organized.  Also adding LED lighting saves on your electric bill and can really brighten things up. 

Step 3: Clean and Dust

Dusting and Vacuuming

  • Start by dusting all surfaces, including rafters, beams, and shelving.
  • Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust and debris from floors and corners.

Address Mold and Mildew

  • Inspect for signs of mold or mildew and address any issues promptly.
  • Use a suitable cleaner or solution to eliminate mold and prevent its recurrence.

Flooring and Insulation

  • If your attic has flooring, thoroughly clean and sweep the area.
  • Inspect insulation for damage or signs of pests and address any issues accordingly.

Step 4: Pest Control


  • Check for signs of pests such as rodents, insects, or birds.
  • Seal any entry points to prevent further infestations.

Pest Removal

  • Contact a professional pest control service if necessary to address severe infestations.
  • Use humane and environmentally friendly methods to deal with pests whenever possible.

Step 5: Safety and Maintenance Checks

Electrical and Wiring

  • Inspect electrical wiring for any signs of damage or wear.  The last thing you want is a fire in your attic.  
  • Ensure that lighting fixtures and outlets are in good working condition.

Structural Integrity

  • Check for any structural issues such as leaks, cracks, or damage to the roof or walls.
  • Address any concerns promptly to maintain the integrity of your home.

Step 6: Final Organization and Storage

Efficient Storage Solutions

  • Maximize space by utilizing stackable containers and vertical storage options.
  • Group similar items together to facilitate easy access when needed.            Once you have an organized attic, you might check out ATTIC LIFTS and find they are a great way to get holiday decorations up and down out of the attic.  
    attic lifts

Seasonal Items

  • Store seasonal items such as holiday decorations in labeled containers for easy retrieval.

Step 7: Maintenance Tips for the Future

Regular Inspections

Make it a habit to inspect your attic periodically for signs of clutter, pests, or maintenance issues.

Climate Control

Consider implementing climate control measures, especially if you use the attic for storage of temperature-sensitive items.

Routine Cleaning

Incorporate regular cleaning into your household maintenance schedule to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris.


Spring cleaning your attic is a rewarding endeavor that not only declutters your living space but also contributes to the overall maintenance and organization of your home. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can efficiently tackle the task of rejuvenating your attic, making it a functional and well-maintained space for storage or other purposes. Remember, safety should always be a priority, and regular maintenance is key to preserving the cleanliness and orderliness of your attic for the long term.

For more personalized advice on home organization, there are a number of companies these days specializing in helping you organize and get rid of clutter.  Check Google for local listings. 

Happy cleaning!

organized shelves in attic

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