Rubbermaid has plenty of components to store and organize everything from hoses to hockey equipment. I recommend transparent storage containers. They’re perfect for storing sweaters, shoes and handbags but are also great for decorations, camping supplies and sports equipment, and more. Their transparency makes for instant identification but labeling is always helpful too. Unless you are really strong or have really long arms, avoid buying the extra-large containers – they are usually more than one person can handle alone. Also, try to buy your containers from the same manufacturer so they will stack perfectly. Finally, labeling is also helpful if the container is filled with specific items that are hard to identify at first sight.
If you store your holiday decorations in the garage, please take a few minutes to look through you collection. Often we forget the items we picked up during the after season sales. I always try to purge after the season when I am repacking but that doesn’t always happen. Last year, I bought gorgeous new wrapping paper (at full price) only to discover I had purchased similar paper on sale after last Christmas. I think I am set with wrapping paper for a while!
The point of purging the things you no longer use is to free up space for the things you do. Survey your space critically and decide if you really need all that stuff! If you decide to get rid of a few items, pass them on to someone who is just starting out or give to a local charity. Let someone else enjoy them!