The Cardinal Categories for Storing and Keeping

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 09 Feb, 2016
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Having ample storage space in our home is almost always considered a plus. However, storing and overkeeping can often go hand-in-hand. We can manage our storing habits by changing the criteria we use for keeping. We do this first by recognizing the keep-types that lead to problematic piles. Keeping that becomes problematic generally involves one […] 
Having ample storage space in our home is almost always considered a plus. However, storing and overkeeping can often go hand-in-hand. We can manage our storing habits by changing the criteria we use for keeping. We do this first by recognizing the keep-types that lead to problematic piles.
Keeping that becomes problematic generally involves one of the following well-intended behaviors:
1. Should Keeps .   As in, I should keep this “just in case.”
2. Might-Keeps .    As in, the kids might want this some day, or I might paint again some day.
3. Guilt-Keeps.     Holding on to an item or gift, usually from a family member or friend, who thinks you should have it.
4. Exasperation-Keeps.     Storing something away instead of dealing with it.
Adjusting our keep-type criteria will help us better decide what gets the valuable real-estate within our homes. We can rely on these four basic categories to keep us in check:

1. Use Currently/Later–like, extra household supplies, clothing kids can grow into, etc

2. Use Occasionally–for example, the extra-large roaster pan or the glue gun

3. Use Seasonally–decorations for holidays or outdoor furnishings, winter clothing, etc

4. Heirloom/Memorabilia–such as photos and special items to pass on

These categories help us focus on howand whenwe use the items we are storing, rather than holding on to items indefinitely. As you can see we are focusing on use and need, and not on long-term possibility. Categories of Use help us also to determine where things should be stored in our homes. Frequently used items are kept closer, and infrequently used items are stored in lesser visited areas.
Hopefully these tenets of organization are helpful to you as you consider enhancing the storage areas of your home. Happy Organizing!
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