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Organizing Challenge 101: More Stuff then Storage

There are many reasons why people have disorganization in their homes and offices, but one of the most common reasons is that in a particular space there is “more stuff then storage.” There are two basic solutions: 

#1 Reduce the Stuff

If you can’t or don’t want to add storage units, then you must reduce the stuff in that space. To reduce the stuff, you can: 

  • Donate It—There are many places such as Goodwill that will take the majority of your items. The Salvation Army schedules frequent pick-ups in the metro DC area.  Find an organization looking for used technology
  • Recycle It—If it’s used enough and cannot be donated, you can recycle!
  • Trash It – For large items and large quantities consider a junk hauling company
  • Sell It – Or have someone else sell it for you
  • Store It Elsewhere

If you are not emotionally ready to let an item go, store it elsewhere in the home such as an attic or basement.   If after six months you haven’t seen these items or thought about these items, it may be easier for you to then donate, throw-away, recycle or sell. 

#2 Add Storage

If you can’t or don’t want to reduce the stuff in the room, then you need to add storage units to keep objects from becoming clutter. Clutter tends to build-up on flat surfaces, including the floor. Storage units can be shelves, drawers, cabinets, and closet rods. Think about going vertical!