Spring is in the air and spring cleaning is right around the corner. It's time to put away winter things and dig out spring and summer items. If you are like most Americans, you have accumulated new things over the winter months and during the holidays, yet still have good stuff that you are fond of and not ready to get rid of.
When it is all said and done, we Americans tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. We like our possessions and are hesitant to get rid of them. Our homes can only handle a fixed amount of stuff before they become a mess, or potentially, a fire hazard. Cyndy Salzmann, (America's Clutter Coach) states "If you don't love it or use it....lose it!" But let's face it; that's not always the easiest thing to do.
The good news is that as we accumulate new things, we can live in safe, manageable homes if we learn to keep our stuff somewhat organized.
The two most popular and least costly means to add structure to the mounds of stuff are to add storage shelving and/or a storage shed. Many will opt for the rented storage units instead of building or purchasing an on-premise storage shed, but the concept is the same, it's just a convenience and cost issue.
Adding shelving space is an inexpensive way to allow us to store more stuff and to keep it organized and at our fingertips when we do decide to use it. Over the years, Mr. Handyman has built countless shelving units in garages , storage rooms, basements and attic crawl spaces for our customers. With a little planning and budgeting, turning that empty space into a valuable storage option is easy to do. It's important to invest in heavy duty, quality materials; lesser quality shelving materials will not hold up to heavy use with heaping, full storage totes. In the same regard, the least expensive pull-down attic ladder will not last if it is used multiple times each year.
Adding that extra storage space could be as easy as purchasing and installing a heavy-duty shelving unit or having one custom tailored for a particular spot in the basement or garage. The pull-down attic ladder with planking and shelving installed in that unused area is one of our most requested storage options. The long-term costs are favorable compared to renting an off-premisestorage unit and will give you time to focus on pairing down on how much stuff you really want and need to retain.