Now that I’ve got that rant out of the way let’s look at some good ways to stay organized with the storage organizer.
1. Storage rooms – lots of people seem to have a place where they throw in accumulated stuff. Organized people like me have rooms that are designated “living areas,” and some are designated “storage areas.” My basement pantry has 18″ deep, heavy-duty industrial shelving. It is brightly-lighted with a 48″ long fluorescent tube fixture. The concrete-block walls are painted white. I can find everything because I can see everything. A storage room – whether for clothes, for vases and art objects, or canned goods – allows you to curate your living space: remember, only 10% of museum collections are on display at any one time.
2. Accept that your apartment was not equipped with adequate closet space in certain areas so the landlord can advertise more “living area” space. Do not buy into that notion. ALL homes, including yours, need well-designed service and storage areas.
3. Service areas – My parents, taught shop and art classes. That means they had lots of tools and supplies that had to be in an organized manner. Some devices were hanging on pegboards. Behind each instrument was a painted silhouette of the instrument. So they were to put back in the same place, on the same hooks EVERY TIME. Power tools were stored in cabinets. Some had pegboards on the doors. If you are generating mess like sawdust, most of your devices will be stored behind cabinet doors. Like storage rooms, things can get lost if you can’t see what are in them. Paint the interiors light grey. Hang as many items as you can on the door interiors.
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- Service areas which are also living areas – I have a dining room which serves as a library, as well as a costume-design studio. The cheap white-foil floor-to-ceiling bookcases have been in replacement by light birch veneer Ikea Billy bookcases, with glass-front doors for the books and solid-front doors for the sewing and art supplies.
- Kitchens – in American homes, there is usually a big bare section of wall designating for the “dinette.” Those are areas that can be in development for storage, with deep cabinets, like the Ikea bedroom closets, fitting out with bins, drawers, and racks for this purpose.
- Maintenance – take the time to label things clearly and neatly. Take the time to clean the glass doors of your bookcases. If you’re putting plants on top of furniture with a delicate finish, take the time to refinish that area with a few coats of oil-based paint, spar varnish, or design and make a custom-fitted shelf-protection. You will be so glad you did.
- Back in ancient times, we used to have a ritual at the end of the workweek, the industrial plants I used to work. Every Friday afternoon was to devote to clean up and the organization of workspaces. I usually got to buff and wax the concrete floors then.
- Every Friday. We all looked forward to cleaning up while winding down, and everything stayed in tip-top shape. In the name of “productivity,” management discarded this practice in favour of “continuous cleanup”. That works up to a point until it doesn’t.