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Organizing Your Storage

Not being able to find what you are looking for in your storage areas is very frustrating and time consuming. This is a guide about organizing your storage.


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January 19, 2010 Flag

I do pretty good at organizing, I have labeled bins in the garage, etc. But as I get older I have trouble remembering where I put items around the house, so I created a folder in my email called "Storage Locations".


Now when I organize something and put it in say the hall closet or in the garage, I email myself where I put it. I keep those emails in that new folder. I can then "search" for that item. It's terrible getting old. LOL. Thanks!

By tnphoenixrising from Clarksville

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

When I change the place of something I forget the new place and look in the old place so until I get used to the new place a note in the old place telling me where it is works for me.

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October 30, 2007 Flag

I have a LOT of stuff stored in boxes and occasionally would spend hours looking for one small thing. So now when I pack boxes, I take a picture of the contents and make two copies, one for the outside of the box and one for a special folder I keep for that reason. It makes looking for the items so much simpler.


By Trude from Lima, Ohio

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March 12, 20120 found this helpful

Love this idea. I am so forgetful now that I am older and this would work very well. Thanks

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February 22, 2010 Flag

I have some closets under the eaves upstairs. They are full of hooks, so I have put lots of things in plastic grocery bags, and hung them by the handles on the hooks.

This is especially good for storing winter scarves and mittens, sheet sets, balls of yarn according to color, etc. Large nails would work as well as hooks.

By Judy S. from Valley City, ND

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

What a good idea! I don't have stairs but I'll use this idea. I'll put things in those bags and hang behind my clothes in the closet.

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August 11, 20081 found this helpful

Before we moved out of the country we stored tons of stuff in basements and with friends. To keep track of it all, we just took digital photos of each box before we sealed it up and wrote numbers on the boxes.

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June 8, 2012

Milk jugs hanging in storage building.

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My husband has me save milk cartons and ice cream containers for him to use for various things. In order to keep them from cluttering his storage building, he threads them through a chain that runs from one end of the building to the other.


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February 10, 2006

When you are storing items within a larger box (such as what reams of paper are housed in) for long-term storage, make the label of the contents on the computer, and then do a copy-and-paste two additional times so that you have 3 identical labels.

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April 13, 20050 found this helpful

Instead of retrieving free boxes from the grocery store, retrieve the boxes from local merchants who do not sell food or beverage items. These merchants will most likely be very happy to not have to pay for their box removal.

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February 5, 20050 found this helpful

Use Magic Marker to mark on your bags or totes to know what is in them. If you need to remove the Magic Marker, just use hair spray and a little elbow grease.

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