In the grand scheme of life, streamlining your stuff is likely low on the task list. Daily to-do’s like work and general maintenance rightfully take precedence. But have you looked at your garage and tool shed lately? Just opening the doors on those things can be a safety hazard.
Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but rather than giving in to the disarray, tackling those heaps and piles with purpose can lead to less-stressful days ahead. And it might even help you knock off some DIY projects in 2022. Keep reading for organizing pros’ advice for streamlining your space using simple tricks and modular storage.
Make It Modular
“Investing in a garage or attic modular organization system is a game-changer,” say Ashley Murphy and Marissa Hagmeyer, co-founders of NEAT Method, a home organizing company. “You can customize them to meet your needs with hooks for various sporting equipment, baskets for balls, shelves for storage, drawers and cabinets for tools, etc. Opt for a system with a dedicated wall area, so you can move things around. As your needs change, the system can change with you.”
For example, the RYOBI LINK Wall Storage System lets you customize wall storage using linking and locking wall rails as a base to hang hooks, shelves, and bins—depending on what you need to stash. Start with the RYOBI LINK 7 PC. Wall Storage Kit, which comes with two wall rails, three types of hooks, and a double organizer bin, and go from there.
Get App Savvy
Even if you have 99 things organized, it can still be tough to find that 100th item—which is where a little app magic comes in handy. “From listing what you own to categorizing it all accordingly, you can easily check to see what you have,” says Brenda Prinzavalli of Balanced Organizing Solutions. This can help you keep track of the contents of your closet, kitchen cabinetry, and tool bin—so you don’t wind up buying dupes, she adds.
Tool Up Storage
Whether you’re stashing tools in the garage, the attic, or a workshop, the idea is to have them in reach yet out of sight. With the RYOBI LINK Tool Crate, you can store a variety of times in an impact-resistant bin that can be hung from a wall rail or stacked onto other pieces. Then there are options like the RYOBI LINK Standard Tool Box, which closes and locks right into place on the RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System. Prinzavalli suggests labeling containers so you know what’s inside.
Tidy Your Tech
These days, we’ve all got gadget clutter. Instead of leaving it as a tangled web strewn on every imaginable surface, consolidate your gear by bundling like items. Group smaller devices—phones, tablets, laptops—together at one charging station that has multiple ports and places to stash them. And instead of stuffing a jumble of cords and cables into a drawer, hang them on the wall. Pam Clyde, professional organizer and president of BritLin Cleaning, recommends labeling each one first, so you’ll be able to find what you need more easily. The RYOBI LINK Standard Hook Set comes with three hooks in one. And, thanks to its steel construction and non-slip coating, it’s sturdy enough to hold tools, too—should you have hooks leftover after hanging your many device chargers.
Hide the Guides
So many manuals, so little space. It seems like everything in life comes with an instruction booklet, and throwing any of them out feels risky. But here’s a little secret: Most manuals can be found online, Clyde says. To keep them handy, Prinzavalli recommends creating digital folders on your computer with links or PDF downloads of the manuals. That means fewer random papers floating around the house and easy access to the things you need.
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