What do most of the basements that I’ve seen lately have in common? They are where items are put when there isn’t anyplace else for them. What does that mean in most houses? The basement ends up being a jumbled mess of unused furniture, out-of-season clothes and unused sports equipment.
What can we do about our messy, cluttered basements?
Timing is everything. Organizing a cluttered basement generally isn’t a home improvement task you can check off your list in an evening. However, dedicating the necessary time and effort into this project will be well worth it. Figure out which approach works best for you: setting aside a half hour every day until the clean-up is done, or dedicating an entire weekend (or two) to get the job done in one fell swoop. Then, set up your schedule and stick to it.
Take stock, de-clutter and organize. The goal here is not to simply shuffle things around into new piles but rather to give yourself a fresh start. Begin by giving your basement a quick once-over and removing anything that will never be used again. By starting with larger items, you’ll be left with more space to sort out the rest and a quick sense of accomplishment to keep you motivated.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the extra stuff, you can start sorting what you have into zones and placing them in the right spot, placing like items together. Things that are used regularly such as extra cleaning supplies, bike helmets or a toolbox should be placed in an easily accessible location whereas seasonal items can be put away in harder to reach areas.
Create permanent storage space. No amount of reorganizing will help if you don’t have proper storage solutions. There are tons of storage totes, boxes, shelving units and other solutions available at nearly every price point from dollar store plastic bins to trendy baskets and even custom-built cabinetry. Whichever solution you choose, be sure to label your containers so that you don’t have to dig through all of your totes to find a single item. Also be sure to maximize on your vertical space and store things up off the floor.
Before getting too carried away in your basement organization project, you may want to talk to a home improvement expert, local basement waterproofing or foundation repair contractor who can ensure that your basement and its contents stay dry and safe.
Happy basement organizing! Let us know how it goes in the comments section below.
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