Storage Tips: How to Keep the Loft From Overflowing
29th July 2022
If you’re lucky enough to have a loft, otherwise known as an attic, it can be tempting to use it to its full capacity.
In this post, we’ll be covering tips on how (and why) to avoid burying your head in the sand when it comes to managing your loft space.
Go up there regularly
Think about it… The more you go into a room, the more familiar you are with it. This is the case with lofts. Visit it regularly to get a sense of where everything is kept, what can be accessed quickly and what could do with being removed. Don’t treat it as a hidden room – treat it as if guests can see it and you’ll soon have it in order.
If you don’t use it, lose it
Be ruthless. If there are items in your loft that you don’t use, especially within a 12-month timeframe, take the plunge and get rid. Unless they’re items that get used for small children, and of course hold sentimental value, take the opportunity to give them away and make space.
Use milestones to do a clear out
Whether its children hitting certain ages, people moving out, or, sadly, family members passing away, use that time to reassess what is stored in your loft. Of course, only do this when you are comfortable to do so. Keeping items stored in the loft for years isn’t helpful and will cause you issues later on.
Keep it tidy and orderly
Keeping the loft in the same orderly fashion as any of the other rooms is a good policy to adopt. Use photos and lists on your smartphone to keep tabs on what is stored where – this will help you to access items quickly. You may think you’ll remember where everything is (we’re all guilty of this!), but a quick phone note or spreadsheet detailing where thing are kept within the loft storage can save a significant amount of time in the future – you’ll thank the past version of yourself that you did.
Bonus Tip – Keep regularly needed items near the entrance
This might be an obvious one, but if there are items in your loft storage that you’ll need regularly or seasonally, then make sure they’re in easy reach of the entrance – whether that’s the stairs or doorway, depending on its design. You don’t want to have to go right into the back to dig out the Halloween or Christmas decorations each year. On the other hand, if it’s an old sentimental item you’re saving and don’t think you’ll need access to it for years, there’s no harm in tucking it away at the back, out of the way of everything else. So be sure to think about this while you’re mid-sort-out -as you wouldn’t want to realise afterwards that you’ve put things in an inconvenient order.