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Real Estate Corner: Tips for springtime organization

Step outside and take a deep breath. Could it be spring in the air after what seems like a very long winter?

Even though our march towards the nicer spring weather was harshly interrupted this week for a few days, the snow is just about gone in most of the state and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Be patient as the fresh scent of spring will soon cause us to forget the long, cold, and snowy winter.

This means that heavy coats and scarves have given way to short sleeves, and snow shovels have been replaced with small gardening tools. But where to store all of your now-unneeded winter accessories? Effective storage ideas are abundant, and getting organized now will ensure you are prepared when Old Man Winter comes back around.

Some hoping to get organized may find it helpful to start by making a list of everything they want to store. This list will help ensure that nothing gets lost once the organizing and storage begins.

If you have additional space in a basement or garage, you may want to look into purchasing shelving. Easy-to-install, heavy-duty shelving can be purchased at just about any major home supply store. Many of these units are designed so that you can leave as much room between the shelves as you like, making it easy to get larger and smaller items onto the same unit and saving you space.

If you attended the recent 47th New Hampshire State Home Show ( in Manchester, you met many professionals who will give you plenty of great ideas using the newest products and techniques for organizing. If you missed the show you can revisit it at

It is important that when shopping for storage shelving that you look carefully at the installation process. While most are simple enough to install in less than one hour, some may be more involved, requiring multiple tools. Look before you buy and you will have a smoother process while getting organized.

Heavy winter clothing can take up lots of closet space, leaving you with little additional room for your spring wardrobe. If you are looking for clothing storage space, have you considered what may not be under your bed? Many home owners forget about the ample storage space lurking there.

Invest in some under-the-bed storage units. Many such units work perfectly for storing heavy coats and sweaters until next season, especially in homes with limited storage space. Simply fold your clothing and additional accessories flat and place them into the storage containers.

The containers slide right under the bed for excellent out-of-sight storage. These handy units can be found at just about any store that sells storage solutions and are relatively inexpensive.

When looking at storing winter tools such as snow shovels, step into your garage and look up. The additional space on the walls towards the ceiling may lend itself to a long rack with hooks where tools can be hung.

For city dwellers, storage can take an interesting angle of its own. Stretched to find storage space in often cramped apartments, some builders are responding to the need. Fixes to the storage problem include larger built-in cabinets and a unique process known as raised floors.

A section of the floor is elevated like a platform, high enough to include small access doors with space to store boxes, skis, heavy coats or just about anything an urbanite may need to pack away with the coming of spring.

Storing all of that winter gear away can be as easy as you make it. Remember, make a list and assess what you will need. Take a look around first to see what you already have that can be used for storage. With just a little preparation, storing your winter items can be as relaxing as a warm spring breeze.

To locate professionals who can assist you with your building projects please visit

Dick Benson is president of the New Hampshire Home Builders Association.

This information has been provided by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire in conjunction with the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Advertising Department. Readers with questions about the content, or who wish to pose a question for a column, can contact the association at 119 Airport Road, Concord, N.H. 03301. Tel: 603-228-0351 or email


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