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Decluttering the Room of Doom? How to Tackle Your Attic/Loft

By Lesley Spellman April 14, 2023 Lifestyle

Do you dread trying to find something in your loft or attic space? When people are embarking on a declutter, trust me, the bottom of the list is always the loft or attic. Or shall we call it the Room of Doom? It’s filled with all that random stuff that just doesn’t have a home anywhere else in the house, and there is LOTS of it. You know that room!

It could be anything – you fling it into the abyss, and it never comes up for air. Old kettles, memorabilia, suitcases, summer clothes, books, pushchairs, hand-me-down clothes, all get pushed up into your loft or attic and stick around for years waiting to be discovered and loved.

The stuff stored there is random, and the space tends to be seriously awkward – tricky to access with lots of low beams and sloping walls, dusty, damp and dark – a storage nightmare! So, it’s time to be inventive!

First Things First – Time to Declutter

Lofts or attics are straightforward because, for the most part, they hold lots of delayed decisions. You have decided you don’t want something in your house anymore and just put it in the loft or attic until you can decide what to do with it.

So, procrastinate no more. Be ruthless – ask yourself, “Do I really need it, love it or use it?” If not, do yourself a favour and donate it to charity or goodwill.

Logistics Can Be the Hardest Part of a Loft Declutter

You need to think about such things as the weather and how easy it is to hoist your stuff from the top of the house to the bottom. If you have a loft ladder, you need a second person to help. You need to be able to get larger boxes down somehow.

A loft or attic can be dark so light can be an issue. Add that to the fact that some belongings have been buried for years, and it’s no wonder we call it the Room of Doom!

Once You Start Taking Stuff Out of There, It Can Be Like a Tardis

To be able to go to your loft and easily find what you need is a must. The less stuff you have up there, the easier it is to create a really useful extension to your home for those seasonal and sentimental items. It’s vital to create order and focus on visibility and accessibility first and foremost.

New Storage in Zones

Zoning is critical too. Store like with like, and create zones for seasonal decorations, memorabilia, household items, etc. And remember rule number one of an organised home – make sure everything is accessible and your system is logical for the whole family.

Storage Containers Matter

Large, clear, robust plastic boxes are the best storage solutions for lofts and attics – they keep your stuff dry, safe and contained and are easy to label. Don’t underestimate the lack of light – use thick black marker pens on your labels so you can see at a glance where everything is.

In certain climates, a loft or attic is a definite no-no for storage too – you know if that’s your part of the world!

So, set a day or two aside, be ruthless and go for it! If you’ve decluttered a loft or attic and are still smiling, you can tackle anything!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you have a loft/attic that’s chockablock from floor to ceiling? What kind of zones do you use to keep things in order? Let us know in the comments.

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Lisa Stege

For me, it’s the garage; I have no attic. The garage is full of deferred decisions, and having a three-car garage just allows me to park one car inside. I do go in there periodically to find and organize what is there, but definitely need to make more progress in this department.


So essentially go up there, go through it all buy some plastic boxes repack and close the attic door? No. Proper decluttering is getting rid of about 70% of the junk that is up there. If you have not used it for a year, sell it or donate to charity. Going through it and putting it back is just a waste of time.


My nemesis is the storage shed! Same story though. Terrific advice.


2 storage sheds and a basement. 😳😭


My room of doom is the basement. It became the dumping ground for unwanted things when my kids moved out. It’s overwhelming to say the least. It’s too much for me to handle frankly. Thinking about removing the things I want to keep and call a junk removal service to come get the rest. I just want it done.


Then just do it. When we moved after 30 years to size down, I felt like each item I released made me feel lighter. I can’t even remember what I gave away. The more we hold on to stuff the less we can move forward.

The Author

Professional Declutterer Lesley Spellman has been creating clutter-free, happy homes for over 10 years. She believes life is too short to be consumed by clutter. As co-host of The Declutter Hub Podcast, owner of UK based The Clutter Fairy and worldwide membership site, The Declutter Hub, she is on a mission to help people all around the world completely change their clutter mindset for good.

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