Storage Cleaning

Written by Karen Bates (last updated January 6, 2020)

Somewhere in the home, almost all of us have an area designated for storage. This place is where boxes, seasonal items, and other things go to get them out of the way when needed. By having a storage area, you can avoid cluttering up other parts of the house, and using this space allows you not keep things without them creating clutter in other rooms of your house.

Your storage area's specifications will vary depending on your needs. You may use a closet, a section of the garage, or even a whole room to dedicate to storage. Wherever you keep your things, however, you might want to keep in mind that the more clean and organized this area is, the easier it will be to find items later on. Simply stacking things in one room or closet in a random fashion won't do you any good when you go looking for a specific box or item.

Because of this, it is important to take organization and cleanliness into account in storage areas. Even though you might not consider it a high priority to keep this area clean, putting a little effort into it now will save you time and frustration later.

As you go about cleaning and organizing your storage, remember these ideas and tips to help you get the job done successfully:

  • If you are working with a somewhat small space, remove all items and boxes from the storage area. This will give you a clean slate to start with, and will give you a chance for organization.
  • Group your boxes and items into categories. For example, holiday decorations and other related things could go in one pile, while old photo albums and pictures could go in another. By grouping similar items together, you will be able to find them later on with little trouble.
  • With all storage items removed, you can clean out the storage area to get rid of dirt, dust, cobwebs, or other messes before putting everything back in place.
  • Add extra shelving to your storage area if needed. If you find that you have stacks of boxes and piles of items in your storage space, it would be beneficial to add shelves to help you keep things better organized.
  • Put your boxes and items away in the storage space on shelves according to category. It can help to also write information on boxes to let you know what is inside them so you won't have to go rummaging through them in search of something later.

Although you may not think too often about keeping your storage areas clean, it is vital if you want to be able to easily find things in the future. Take a few minutes to clean and organize storage boxes and items.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Home Air Quality

We all know that polluted air can be a big issue. Usually, though, you don't consider the fact that the air inside your ...

Discover More

Wheel Cleaning

When cleaning your vehicle, don't forget the wheels. You can wash your car's wheels by following just a few simple steps.

Discover More

Tools Storage Cabinets

Do you have a bunch of tools that don't have a place to go? A tool storage cabinet could be exactly what you need.

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Domestic Cleaning

Do you ever wish you had some help getting things done around the house? Domestic cleaning services may be able to assist ...

Discover More

Dealing with Wheelchair Stains

Wheelchairs, though very useful for getting around, aren't exactly the most clean of items. In fact wheelchairs can ...

Discover More

Cleaning Glass Tables

Because glass tables don't hide any amount of dust, grease or grime, you'll need to clean them often. Here are three easy ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.