Spring Cleaning and Organizing In The Attic

messy-attic-01With spring right around the corner, there’s no better time than now  to clean and organize your attic. Doing so will not free up some valuable storage space (which is a huge advantage), but it can also make your home more energy efficient. And energy efficiency translates into savings on your monthly utility bills.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out the attic because it’s not too cold but not too hot. Trying to clean and organize an attic during the peak days of summer can be downright dangerous, leaving you vulnerable to dehydration and heat stroke.

Most people toss old furniture, furnishings, boxes and other items into the attic without any clear organization. This results in a messy appearance with items strewn across every available square foot of attic real estate. In fact, you’re lucky if you can walk from one end of the attic to the other without moving boxes. No matter how messy and chaotic your attic is, though, you can always turn it around with a little spring cleaning

The biggest hurdle that homeowners face when attempting to clean their attic is not knowing where to start. Looking at dozens or even hundreds of boxes that you haven’t touched in years cluttered throughout attic can seem daunting to say the least. But the best thing you can do is dive in head first and start cleaning. Once you begin going through the boxes and furnishings in your attic, you’ll begin to see the results of your progress.

Attic Cleaning Tips

  • Start with the biggest items first, such as sofas, recliners and televisions.
  • Consider selling any unwanted items in your attic at a yard/garage sale (note: you can take the remainder of your items to a local charity like Goodwill).
  • If you allergic to dust, you may want to gear up in dust mask. Cleaning out an attic can stir up quite a bit of dust.
  • Bring a box of trash bags up into the attic. Trust me, you’ll need plenty of them.
  • Consider moving your attic items from cardboard boxes to plastic containers.
  • Consolidate the containers stored in your attic.
  • Throw away any old, moldy or damaged insulation.
  • Use a portable vacuum to suck up the dust in your attic rather than stirring it around with a broom.

Have you cleaned your attic yet? Let us know how it turned out in the comments section below!

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