My adult daughter recently moved home, so I needed to make some space. After cleaning out one room and two large closets, I feel I am an expert on removing clutter, as well as implementing effective storage methods.
Mice and bugs love cardboard, that should be reason alone to use plastic storage containers. If you use plastic bins, you can stack them and still be able to see the contents. I love the under-the-bed ones with wheels. I never liked putting things under my bed, but I need thee extra space, and tucking sweaters and mementos under the bed just makes sense.
Are there a thousand trophies stored in closets in your home? My daughter must have had at least that many. They had to go to make room. So, I removed the plaque on each of the trophies and I had them framed in one piece. I then threw away the base of each trophy. She still has mementos of her junior high and high school accomplishments and I have more space.
My daughter was a cheerleader from sixth grade to twelfth grade. Every time she went to a camp, a big event, or a play-off game; she received a t-shirt. T-shirts filled needed drawers. I cut one part of each t-shirt and used it to make a quilt out of all of them. I threw the quilt over the back of the rocking chair, and ultimately created space in four drawers.
Lastly, I took all the items that I had saved to sell on EBay, and I donated them. I am way too busy to photo, describe, and list the things. Why did I think that I would? I made sure to get a receipt, so I can have the deduction at tax time next year.
These four simple tasks ended up creating a ton of space for me. For once my spring-cleaning was complete and productive.