Attic storage is some of the most valuable space in your entire home. Not only does it allow you to keep your excess possessions safe, but it also helps you maintain a clean and clutter-free house. Because of this, you must do what you can to make the most of this space. Otherwise, you might find yourself running out of room quicker than you expected. Here are a few tips for maximizing storage space in your attic and making this process more efficient.
Toss Excess Clutter
If your goal is to make more space in your attic, the first thing you should consider is what you actually need to put there. Allowing clutter to build up only takes extra surface area and makes it more difficult to find what you’re looking for. As such, you should start this process by sorting through what you have and tossing out whatever you don’t need to keep anymore. The things you get rid of could include clothes you’ve outgrown, outdated paperwork, or broken holiday décor pieces. The best rule of thumb I can think of is, “Have you needed this property that is stored in the last year?”. If the answer is no, you should consider giving it away to a close relative or donating it to a non-profit or charity.
Create an Attic Floor Plan
We also encourage you to draw up a floor plan for your attic before putting everything back in its spot. You’ll see where you want things to go, and it’ll be easier for you to organize your possessions by type and size. Arranging things in this manner will enable you to make better use of your attic’s various sections, leaving additional space behind as a result.
Install Wall Shelving
Another important tip for maximizing storage space in your attic is to install a few shelving units on the walls. While the floor is your primary place to store things in your attic, wall space is great for keeping smaller items that have a higher risk of breaking. The more things you can place along the walls, the more room you can save on the floor for other objects.
Use Stackable Storage Bins
For items that are too large or heavy for shelves, consider using stackable storage bins as well. These boxes are spacious, allowing you to store many things at once. Their ability to stack makes it possible to minimize an item’s footprint. With the bins, you can conserve some floor space for future use.
Use An Attic Ladder Safety Railing
In addition to making more storage space, you must have a safe way to maneuver in and out of your attic. VersaLift’s attic safety railings screw directly into your attic flooring, providing reliable handles to help you ease yourself in and out of your attic space. These railings are also adjustable and can usually be installed around any standard size of pull down attic ladder. The Versarail Attic Ladder Safety Rail from Versalift Attic Lifts also makes entry into or exit out of any attic easier and much safer. Any accident or fall out of an attic can cause permanent injury or even death, so always take caution. Best of all, these well engineered railings are affordable and don’t take up much square footage. This ensures that they don’t take away from your valuable storage room.