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Organizing the Catch-All Areas of Your Home, Quickly


We all have forgotten spaces in our homes—the high clutter zones that seem to end up as a “catch-all” area for just about anything that comes through your front door. From soccer cleats to yesterday’s lunch, how can you control the chaos?

The attic, the garage, the basement, and the office are some of the biggest culprits. We’ve all seen the garage turned storage shed that no longer has space for your car. Or, the office turned catch-all that hasn’t been used for homework in months.

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and start tackling the organization of these often overlooked areas. Use this handy step-by-step guide to cleaning and organizing and you’ll be using these rooms for their original purpose in no time!


The Attic

  • Store off-season clothing items in organize_atticpop-up closets or rolling racks.
  • Maximize space with storage bins and shelving.
  • Get items off the floor with hooks and pegs, using a handy pegboard.
  • Consider airtight, space-saving bags for winter clothes.
  • Create zones for your storage, making any item easy to classify and, later, find.

The Garage

  • Store small parts like screws or nails organize_garagein small jars or containers.
  • Organize larger items in storage bins, and label them accordingly.
  • Use masking tape to help kids remember where to park their bikes.
  • Label where everything goes so putting things away is a breeze.
  • Consolidate like items together,
    which keeps everything organized.

The Basement

  • Install sturdy shelving on the organize_basementunderside of your stairs for added storage.
  • Transfer leftover paint for touchups into small containers for easy storage and use.
  • Organize cleaning supplies by
    type, and store them out of children’s reach.
  • Label any pipes (water, gas, etc.) for
    easy emergency shutoffs.
  • Make sure you are using the proper
    containers for storage, since basements
    can be chilly and damp.

The Office

  • Keep cords organized by bundling organize_officeand labeling them.
  • Organize household paperwork with portable banker’s boxes.
  • Add extra storage with bookcases, shelves, or filing cabinets.
  • Use in-drawer dividers to keep little items like paperclips and pushpins organized.
  • If you tend to make piles of paper,
    look for binder clips that feature erasable
    labels, making it easy for you to organize
    your papers.

For more fun tips and tricks on organizing, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/spring.