When Daylight Savings Time starts, everyone thinks about darkness descending in the afternoon.
I think about attics. Daylight Savings is attic season because it is actually bearable to climb up in that space that traps all the heat and was never meant to store your books, clothes and furniture.
Even so, attics get filled because people are afraid to make a decision about whether to keep something. So they delay the decision and put it in the attic. Or they say, “I may use this one day.” Or they say, “My kids will use this one day.”
There are several problems with these strategies.
- Even though it’s out of sight, your soul can still feel the stuff’s energy. That energy blocks opportunities because the opportunities can’t get through.
- What happens with attics is that people forget to address the stuff up there, and it eventually becomes too late. Then their children have to clean it out. Don’t do this to your children. This requires them to travel, take off work and, in some cases, hire the wrong people because they get desperate to get it cleared out as fast as possible –because they have to go back to work.
- The more stuff you put up there and the longer you wait to deal with it, the more expensive it gets to clean it out. I charge by hour, and the junk removal company charges by the truck load.
- If it’s in the attic, you will never use it. Who is going to regularly pull down that rickety ladder to go up and get it in the middle of summer? Not you.
- Your children don’t want stuff that has been sitting in the attic through summer after summer. And now it’s covered in mold and mice poop.
Plus, things get ruined in the attic. It’s too hot in North Carolina to store anything you plan to keep. I’ve seen books, clothes and furniture disintegrate. I recommend only keeping Christmas items in the attic.
It’s time to address your attic.
Check out some of the attics we have done so far this season. In every case, we emptied out everything but Christmas.
That client loved it so much that she referred us to her friend, and we did this attic:
This side was left empty:
And we created a section for her Christmas stuff here:
I forgot to get a before of this attic, but we left only her Christmas and Halloween decorations up there:
And, of course, I have to show you my attic. We moved to a new home in July, and the previous owner left a lot of crap up there — a door, boxes of tile and trash. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore picked up tile and door. Now it looks like this: