Attic Storage for Seasonal Items
Attics are a great place to store items you access once a year or for a little while each year. Best examples include holiday decorations, seasonal dishes and china, winter coats and summer clothes, sports equipment, gardening tools, summer porch and patio furniture, camping equipment, seasonal toys like snow sleds and summer lawn toys, snow tires, the list goes on. Easy access is the secret to success.
Here’s a good example. Decorating for the holidays is something you want to look forward to. If it’s too much work to haul out the Christmas tree, Hanukah decorations, Easter baskets, Halloween pumpkins, and so on, decorating becomes a dreaded chore instead of a cherished tradition.
As much as possible, you want to move these seasonal items out of your living space and into a convenient storage space. This reduces clutter and frees up more space in your home. (Wouldn’t it be nice to fit the car back in the garage or not have to navigate canyons of stacked storage bins?)
One storage tip is to place items where you have enough space to group them by season or occasion. Where you can, consolidate items into fewer, larger storage bins. This means fewer trips up and down from the attic and makes it easier to find what you want, when you want it. Label each container, bag or box so you can easily find them next year. Super organizers create a master list of the containers and items, sealed in a plastic bag and placed on top of the seasonal grouping because they know it is hard to remember what went where 12 months later. Another organizing idea is to purge after each season or occasion. If you did not haul out a particular item this holiday, will you really want it next year? One organizing trick especially for the attic is to create signs on strings you can hang from the roof rafters to make it easy to spot your seasonal groupings.
While attics are a great storage area they’re often underutilized, largely because they can be a pain to access. Moving items in and out of the attic up and down rickety, narrow attic stairs, steep pull down steps or ladders is a real challenge. For one thing, you are really limited as to how much you can carry in each trip. You risk straining your back or even worse, falling. Your storage items can be damaged in the carrying, or heaven forbid, dropping.
This is exactly why SpaceLift™ Products created its attic lifts. Working in tandem with your attic stairs, the lift is like owning your own mini freight elevator; it’s a dumbwaiter for your stuff. It is electrically powered, can carry up to 200 pounds and 24 cubic feet of storage items at a time. Its superior design is low profile with no vertical limit. So your Christmas tree box will stand up on the platform then lift into the attic with ease. Heavy items can easily slide off of the SpaceLift™ attic lift and onto your attic floor. You get so much more use of your attic storage space when you can move items to and from it with ease. No more fear of injury or damaged items or the hassle and struggle of going up and down that scary attic ladder.
Now that your attic is easily accessible, consider your attic’s storage environment. Not all attics are heated spaces. It’s worthwhile to make sure your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. For attic spaces outside of your home’s climate control for heating and cooling, it’s best to only store items that can withstand some temperature variation. This is especially important for those of us who live in such climates as New England where temperature variations can be more extreme from cold winter to hot, humid summer.