If you have one, your attic is probably one of the most underutilized spaces in your house – a scary combination of low light, musty smells and strange noises made by rodents (bad) or ghosts (worse).But, what if your attic was more inviting? What if it had a purpose beyond storage? It can happen – issues of structural integrity notwithstanding – but first you have to clean it.Step #1: Cool it down.
Chances are good that your attic will be too uncomfortable to clean, perhaps even in winter, because hot air rises and gets trapped in there. So, the first thing you’ll want to do is cool it down.Use a portable AC unit
for best results. Hoist it up there, plug it in (with an extension cord, if necessary) and just let it run for a while.Step #2: Light it up.
Attics are usually dark, dingy affairs and even if you have lighting up there it’s likely inadequate for cleaning.Portable lights are ideal for this job. Keep your extension cord plugged in and just swap out your AC unit for a high-output shop light
.Step #3: Clean it out.
This is a lot easier with two people, but even if you’re doing the job alone you can make it simple with a pile of blankets and pillows.Most attic access is gained via a ladder through a hole in the ceiling. To make removing old stuff easy, put your pile of blankets and pillows at the foot of the ladder before you climb up. That way, you can drop things down with little worry of breakage.The boxes/items will fall into the fluff and, if you’ve piled it high enough, just roll to the side so you can continue dropping things down.You can also lower things down with a rope harness or in plastic bags, though, if things are too heavy to drop safely.Step #4: Consider your options.
What are you going to do with all your new extra space? It could be a hangout for the kids, a quiet place for reading or a secret hideaway for your midafternoon nap.Good luck, and have fun with all your new, clean attic space!