4th Annual Clutter Challenge

Week 4: Attics & Basements

The most dreaded and often overlooked areas of our homes, attics and basements have become the repository for our unused, seasonal, and hand-me-down items. But why? Is it a case of "out-of-sight, out-of-mind?" Or is it because we have trouble parting with and figuring out what to do with all that "stuff?"

It's both, actually.

When editing/decluttering, we tend to ignore these areas because we don't see them daily, and frankly, it can feel overwhelming. That is why making a plan first, to address these areas is important.

The Attic

Depending on your access (designated stairs or a drop-down ladder), the attic can be a great place to store easily-transported items, such as:

  • holiday decor
  • luggage
  • seasonal clothing
  • seasonal linens

In order to de-clutter your attic, start by addressing the attic's purpose and remove any items that no longer meet the above criteria. With what remains, create a functional storage system in order to easily access your belongings. 

The Basement

Just like the attic, the basement has become a catch-all for unused items. Unlike the attic, the basement is a great place to store larger items, such as:

  • unused furniture
  • seasonal furniture
  • exercise equipment
  • children's large toys
  • camping/outdoor equipment
  • household repair items, such as paint and tools

As we have addressed with the attic, the basement can easily be decluttered when adhering to the type of items to be stored and focusing on the basement's purpose.

We hope you have enjoyed this year's 4th Annual Clutter Challenge, as we have showed you the the best ways to address clutter in your home, by category.

As always, the CMFTO team is here to help should you need assistance in editing, organizing, and/or figuring out what to do with all those items you no longer want or need.

All my best,

PS: We don't want this happening to you!

Don't let a truck like this become part of your reality. To learn more about our past clutter challenges, by topic, click each item below.

Or, call us if you need help addressing your personal clutter challenges.

Magazine Management ~ Dishes and Dining Rooms ~ Purging the Pantry ~ Clearing the Medicine Cabinet ~ Cleaning out the Closet ~ Media Management ~ Family Photos Galore! ~ Books Books And more Books ~ Paperwork Storage and Retention ~ Drowning in Outerwear ~ Tackling the Tools ~ Linens for Now AND Later ~ Trophies, Books and Memories

CMFTO™ makes your job easier!

Claudia McLaughlin, Founder
Chicago: 312.420.1221  •  Los Angeles: 323.999.1819

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