Winter is the perfect time of year to de-clutter and get organized. Make sure all the items in your home have their place in a neatly stored and labeled container. This will help make your life easier and save you time when you need to access these items.

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There are common areas in the home which tend to serve as storage and become overly stuffed and disorganized such as basements, garages, and closets. These are typically the catchall places for an assortment of household goods. However with some shelving, storage totes, and a few organization tips, these areas of your home will be orderly and function much better for you.

Begin by creating 4 piles for sorting items- Keep, Store, Donate, & Toss. After this sorting you should be left with only things that you need. You should then group items together into categories. If similar items are stored together in categories, you will be able to find them quickly when needed and keep items neat and out of your way when you don’t need them. Plus by categorizing, you can keep track of what you have and what you need. Categories may include cleaning products, bulk grocery items, tools and hardware, pet supplies, holiday decorations, off-season clothing and shoes, seasonal sports equipment, paint and painting sundries, extra bedding and linens, and important paperwork/documents.

garage metal shelving unit

Next you will want to choose your shelving and containers. The goal with getting organize is to maximize space and shelving is one of the best ways to do that because shelves are vertical and are great for stacking items. See our Hardware Department for our selection of Shelving Units (on sale now through 1/31/15 $29.99 or $69.99 with your Ace Rewards card)

You will also want to use storage totes and containers of varying sizes. Storage totes are perfect for a wide array of items from small nails and screws to scissors and craft items to photos and books to blankets and linens to shoes and seasonal clothing to holiday decorations to toys to emergency supplies- the possibilities are endless. See our Housewares Department for our large selection of storage containers. (select items on sale now through 1/31/15)

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It’s also important to label your storage containers as clearly as possible. In addition to labeling the containers with what’s inside, you should also label your containers with a system that helps identify bins you use more often than others. For example on a scale of 1 to 3, 1 is frequently used, 2 is used less often, and 3 is used once a year. You would keep “1” to front and easily accessible while “3” can be stored farther away/toward the back.

For more tips on organization and storage, please speak to our associates in our Housewares Department and we would be happy to help.