This year was a big change for my family. We decided to move from the inner city apartment life and move into our first home. The change we decided to make was a bit of a crazy affair. Instead of just moving into a really nice move in home in a decent neighborhood we decided to move into one of the best neighborhoods in our state and we purchased the cheapest home there. The reason we did this is due to the location and also the financial benefits of buying into the lowest priced home at the lowest price the location had ever seen. This all came at a cost though and we had to get created to survive to move into a wild unfinished home. We ended up using some interesting organizational ideas based on warehouses to keep our home organized and safe.
The first time we walked into this house we knew every single room was going to have to be redone. This was a complicated thought because our budget only allowed us to do the work. We simply did not have enough money to pay other people especially professionals to do it. So we ended up moving in and what we found was a lot of chaos. Each room was undergoing some kind of construction and we had tools and products and our home goods strung about in insane ways. This all actually worked in some madness and chaotic way, but it stopped working when it got cold out.
See when the weather changed we no longer were able to do our work outside. We had to instead do all of the work in the garage. Or so that was the plan we had originally made. The issue was our garage was full, our home was full and we had no space to work to improve our home once the weather changed. So we decided to use all of the cheap moving boxes we had when we moved in to make our home into a warehouse. Experience from working at multiple companies had let us know that simple corrugated packages and cheap shelving systems make up the majority of warehouses in the country. Especially, the big box stores who don’t spend unnecessary money. That was the style we wanted to model after and this plan ended up to allow us to really gain a lot of space.
So we put together all of the cheap moving boxes that we had left from moving in. We taped them all up and got out all the sharpies we had. The organization was the game and we wanted to make sure we could gain all the space we needed in the garage and in the house to work effectively. So we decided to start in the garage and mark each box up to 4. We found out we could stack 4 boxes high in our garage and home in any given location. So we labeled the top box 1 with the idea that it had the most important products in it. We also marked the basics of what was in the box, but if it was a 1 we knew to stack it on top because we would need to get into the most often. We took this system and organized our entire home and really cleaned up about 30% of it. So this helped us save space and I hope it may save you too!