A common problem we face at home is that we run out of storage places by getting an outstanding range of products . The attic is full, the basement is full and you can’t even think of opening the wall cupboards. Three is no procrastinating. You must get up and deal with it now. It’s now or never.
One of the most commonly made error with regard to storage is actually storing things that you actually don’t need again at all. We tell ourselves ‘hmmm…this might come in handy someday’ and throw it in to a cupboard and forget about till the next cleaning spree (sometimes this spree may come after many years). Most often than not that ‘someday’ never comes. Even if it does come you can’t remember where you put it or it can’t be retrieved because it’s somewhere buried under the clutter.
So the best way is to actually prioritize. What are the things that I frequently use and need? What are the things that I only use once in a year (like Christmas and thanks giving decorations), what are the timings that I need to access in an emergency situation (such as first aid kits etc.)
Then organize them properly. You can put them in respective storage equipment such as card board boxes. Air tight bags, plastic storage tubs, glass bottles, containers etc. Make sure you write what is inside them on the top of the lid or box. If there are fragile items inside the box make sure you write ‘fragile’ and highlight them. This can be useful for people who might handle them other than you as well as you when you forget after a couple of months what actually went in the boxes.
Stack them according to the order of priority and use with heavy things at the bottom and fragile things on the top (obviously). Make sure that you store sharp or poisonous objects away from the reach of children.
Your refrigerator is another storage device you use to stack and pile up unwanted but too stingy to throw away food stuff. All the left overs and food that expired may give out a bad odor and actually can be quite harmful to your family’s health. Your kids might end up getting food poisoned if you don’t throw out the expired food. So in order to avoid this, do a routine check on the refrigerator. Throw away anything that is inedible and don’t keep left overs inside the fridge for longer time periods. Always check the expiry date (on things like milk cartons) and keep a tab on them. Put left overs in air tight containers and if possible write the date on which it was made (I know, I know …this may sound a little impractical but the more you try to do it, the more your family’s health will benefit from it.