Moving is a task that few people can’t seem to overcome. For those who succeed, storage is a whole other beast of a problem. After you overcome the process of moving, many times you have things left over that you don’t know where to put, and this is simply because you do not know where it is that you should be looking.

Well, that’s when storage happens, but too often storage spaces develop without a plan. We stash something where there is a big empty spot, then pile something else on top of it, and so on, until one day we have forgotten where we put any of it. Also, in the meantime, the pile has grown big enough to cause problems of its own.

The Storage Placement Dilemma

One reason that we create such visible messes with our haphazard, unplanned storage habits is that we fail to consider the large, and largely empty spaces that exist around the house. The first step in planned storage is to inventory the potential storage spaces that surround you. Let’s start up at the tip top.

Attics

As funny as it may seem, a lot of people do not even know that they have an attic in their house. They don’t even know what an attic looks like, nor how to get up into it without hurting themselves. If you have a flat roof, chances are you do not have an attic. However, beneath the majority of sloped roofs, there lies a big, largely empty space that, with little attention, can serve as a major storage depot.

Unfurnished attics are typically outside of the air conditioner’s range in the thermal envelope wrapping a house. That basically means that the temperature in an attic is going to reflect the temperature that is outside, rather than inside the house, so you must remain aware of what you decide to store in your newly found attic.

Entries and Mudrooms

These are spaces we walk through every day, and yet they are often overlooked as ideal storage spaces for the kinds of things we wear or use outdoors but store indoors, such as coats, boots and basketballs. Well-organized entries and mudrooms also help the house look clean by keeping the dirty footwear from getting too far inside of the door and throughout the interior of the house.

Garages

Garages are made particularly to store your vehicles, but there are times when you need to use the extra space to store different tools and other things. Somewhere along the way, people decided that the garage is too big to store only vehicles in it. After all, this space is large, protected and built to withstand the elements at their harshest moments.