Yesterday, we talked about <a title="Self-Storage Costs: How to Best Store Your Stuff (Part I)" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/self-storage-costs-how-to-best-store-your-stuff-part-i" target="_blank">the cost of self-storage</a> compared to the cost of hiring a professional organizer and/or devising new ways to store more things at home.</br></br>To sum up, the difference in costs can be substantial. A little investment in the time it takes to brush up on organizational tips – either from this blog or a local pro – can save you a lot in self-storage expenses.</br></br>And, <a title="New York Times" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/magazine/06self-storage-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0" target="_blank">since 1 in 10 American households already use self-storage</a>, there’s a 10% chance you’re someone who can benefit from these tips:</br></br><strong>Closet Space Cleanup</strong></br></br>We buy a lot of clothing. In 2014, <a title="Forbes" href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmajohnson/2015/01/15/the-real-cost-of-your-shopping-habits/" target="_blank">the average American family spent $1,700 on clothes</a>, and it all had to go into a closet somewhere … or in a self-storage unit.</br></br>Once you finish sorting through the clothes you don’t need and setting them aside for donation, here are a few things you can do:</br></br>- Vacuum seal seasonal clothing for long-term storage.</br>- Swap out bulky, rigid boxes for the mesh or fabric variety.</br>- Reinforce your closet rod so you can hang more items.</br>- Add more shelving and <a title="Closet Organizers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/home-storage-organization/closet-organizers/" target="_blank">closet organizers</a>.</br>- Use a hanging organizer on the back of the door.</br></br><strong>Better Bed Storage </strong></br></br>Everyone shoves things under the bed. It’s the easiest “out of sight, out of mind” trick there is – until you run out of room and literally nothing else will fit under there.</br></br>This happens a lot faster and with a lot fewer items when the cramming method is employed with abandon. Instead, clear out everything that’s under there now, throw out the things you forgot you had that you no longer want (there’ll probably be a lot) and try these tricks:</br></br>- Use wheeled or standard under-bed <a title="Storage Bins" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/home-storage-organization/closet-organizers/type/basket-bin/" target="_blank">storage bins</a>.</br>- Don’t be afraid to store “non-bedroom” items under there if they fit better.</br>- If possible, rearrange your bed so you can use bins on both sides.</br>- Resist the impulse to cram, and store selectively.</br></br><strong>Bathroom Bottle Bonanza</strong></br></br>You got your shampoo, your conditioner, your body wash, your texturizer, your Vitamin E rejuvenator, your pumice scrub, your face wash and your loofah – and that’s just in the shower.</br></br>We’re not going to talk about what’s in the medicine cabinet, under the sink or scattered all over the floor. What we need to do is try these tips to get your kit in order:</br></br>- Empty out or use those last drops from near-empty bottles and recycle them.</br>- Use a hamper to contain musty towels and clothes.</br>- Get (another) hanging organizer for your bathroom door.</br>- Try a <a title="Shower Organization" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/shower-organization-3" target="_blank">shower organizer</a>.</br></br>Use these tricks and hopefully you’ll find a little more room to store the things you adore … and all that other stuff, too.