Purge and Organize
You may have heard the phrase “you wear 20 percent of your clothing 80 percent of the time.” While this may or may not be an exaggeration, the odds are good that you have clothing or belongings laying around that you have not touched in ages. To cut some of the complexity out of your life, simplify your surroundings. Take a good look at the items in your home that you never use, and think about the odds of needing those items again. Is the off chance that you will need a camping backpack-tent-raft all-in-one really worth the space it takes to store the bulky pack? For some rarely used items, like holiday decorations or expensive clothing, it makes sense to store them in the back of a closet until they are needed. In that case, pare down what you are storing. If you have five wreaths but only ever hang one, keep your favorite and get rid of the other four.
Once you have emptied your closets, dressers, attic and upper cabinets of all the “just in case I need it” items that you really do not need, organize what you have left. It will take some time, and the house may look like the aftermath of a tornado while you are deciding where to store things, but knowing where everything is and using your storage space intelligently is worth a few days of stepping over boxes.