So you’ve probably been a little focused on spring cleaning. You may have even gotten a bit of cleaning done over the long Easter weekend, eh?
A major part of spring cleaning is organizing…you know, so the clean STAYS clean! So when Ella from Moving Van contacted me and asked about a guest post on storage, I figured it was the perfect time to hear more! Here’s what she had to say:
While there are many different shapes and sizes of storage space, few are more economical and inclusive than a cubicle-type setup. So what does this mean exactly? Basically you will save money through using astorage space that is smaller yet contains lots of squares, or cubes. Any other shape is counterproductive as it won’t lend a way of sustaining neatness.
Once you’ve designated the space, it’s then advisable to supply your own set of shelves. Specifically, these shelves should come in the form of compact cubicles without too much space in between them. These can be bought relatively cheap and locally at furniture stores.
While this may seem restrictive initially, you’ll thank this kind of setup later in that your separate bedroom compartments will take on greater definition.
Any effort across removals and storage is only useful if the items moved are stored correctly. So basically it’s not acceptable to dump excess items, even when such an approach succeeds in clearing large chunks of space elsewhere. Despite your excitement at moving, you shouldn’t neglect the importance of those non-priority items, since you never know when you may need to retrieve them.
In the case of storing bedroom items, see your storage of such things as comprising something of a second bedroom. In short, the more squares on your shelf, the more memorable the space is across items. For example, placing folded sports gear on one of the square shelves will help remind you that that cube is the go-to place for sports gear, and so on. Ideally your shelf unit itself will vary slightly across size of square compartments. Indeed, a common space hog among women’s gear are those tall standing knee-high boots. Ideally footwear like this will be able to sit on its own shelf without having to be folded down to fit in. So in this case a slightly longer or taller shelf is best.
Folded shirts can of course sit on hangers going across a middle bar, but only so many can squeeze in. In the case of left over shirts, etc., fold and iron them tightly together before separating them across functional categories and squeezing them into the smaller size cubes. Dominant functional categories include work gear, sports gear, cleaning gear, bathroom gear, excess winter gear and swimming gear. Obviously there will be variation among different people.
So, up to this point, your shelves probably look pretty decent, as much as you can picture them in advance, that is. But what about things like thick winter coats? While we don’t expect you to have gear fit for the North Pole, padded puff jackets are nonetheless an accessory likely to be stored in summer. They can be hard to fold and press down. In this case, roll individual jackets up like you would a sleeping bag, instead of folding them at all.
Now proceed to place all padded puff jackets into spare pillow cases also going into storage. After slowly releasing any trapped air, tie a tight knot in each case and proceed to place your newly made-up padded puff jacket containers, right at the back of a cubicle. Between 3-4 jackets packaged like this should all fit on one square.
Things like excess dressing gowns will also benefit from a similar technique in packing, only they won’t be as hard to pin down as puff jackets. That said, be sure to wrap such things tightly in order to sit at least two gowns in a single cubicle.
Read more tips at: http://www.moving-van.org.uk
Now, we have one cube storage shelving unit in our home, and I LOVE it. Depending on how large they are, they also make really neat room dividers!
Thanks so much, Ella, for the awesome post! Now, how about you? Do you have any cube storage units? Do you see how they could help you solve some of your organizational problems?