If you've worked with me before, or heard me speak, you know that I typically utilize a method called the REDO Method when organizing. This method begins with removing everything from the space we're working on. While this method works well for a pantry or closet, it doesn't work well for extremely large or cluttered spaces, such as storage areas. So, how do you organize an overstuffed storage area?
First, get a sticky notepad and pen. Then, go through each box/set of items and label each with the following action item.
Next, set aside 30 minutes as often as you're able (multiple times throughout a day, once every day, every week) to tackle one of the action items for those items you Don't Want. For example, take all the items that need to be donated and setup a pickup from a charitable organization, like VVA. Once you've been through all the Don't Want boxes, tackle the Not Sure boxes, one-by-one, for 30 minutes at a time. Finally, evaluate the Want boxes and classify them into like categories. Place like items into heavy duty tubs and label them appropriately.
For some, this project may take up to a year, while others may knock it out in a weekend. Eventually, your storage room will be a functional place where your wanted items are easily accessible. And, if you get stuck- Contact me for help with any area, large or small.