Over the past 4 years, I have seen a noticeable increase in the number of clients with an overabundance of storage products…. Most of which are being used the wrong way.
If you’ve read my blog before, you know that the number one mistake clients make is buying products BEFORE they sort and purge. And why wouldn’t you? The storage containers are the fun part! But if they don’t have a specific purpose, they’re more likely to hinder your organization.
This is a job we did a couple of years ago. We got rid of more than 6 storage units in ONE space. Here is the space before:
And here is an ‘After’ shot:
Although some work remains (they want to put in new flooring and get a new desk), the amount of space remaining is obviously significant.
And they were storing a ton of items they didn’t really use or need just because they had the space for it. Take the storage away, and the stuff went a long with it.
Here’s another example, albeit somewhat less dramatic. These shelves were in their under stairs storage when they moved in. They began piling items on top without giving any thought to what they should be used for. After a quick sort and purge, we were able to remove one of the shelves to create more wall storage space and organize the shelving according to category.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting about kids rooms and you’ll see the difference that using the right amount of storage can make.
So, before you buy the shelves or the bins or the baskets, PURGE. You’ll not only save yourself money, but may actually find you already have exactly what you need.