Who else struggles with how to organize a basement effectively? So often it seems that messes pile up in dark corners of the basement only to become dusty, filled with spiders and not to be seen for years to come.
Basement organization doesn’t have to be limited to only those highly-organized people who have this natural-born skill of living a tidy life. In fact, there are tons of basement organization ideas at our disposal that can help all of us (even those of us with a clutter problem) utilize this dungeon more appropriately.
Whether your dream for your basement is creating more usable space or you are just tired of being faced with an overwhelming mess every time you go to do the laundry, this article is here to help. Keep on reading for our top ten most important basement organization ideas.
1. Purge any seldom-used item that you can borrow from someone else.
As with any decluttering project, the first step towards basement organization is to purge and clean. This means making more of a mess before things can be put back together in a more streamlined fashion.
Set aside a couple days to do an intensive inventory of everything in your basement. Every item is going to need to be evaluated, and you’ll have to make the hard decision of finding a spot for it or getting rid of it.
Here are a few things to consider to get you started:
- If you haven’t used it or don’t really value it, donate it to someone who will or toss it out.
- Is this a seldom-used item that you could borrow from somebody else should the need for it ever arise? Give it to that person.
- Do you need the entire set or just a couple of pieces of it? Sort through the stuff you want and get rid of the rest.
2. Avoid storing anything in the basement susceptible to mildew.
Once you’ve identified the keepers, you need to sort out what’s appropriate for basement storage and what isn’t. Because they’re mostly subterranean, basements tend to be damp, which encourages the growth of mold and mildew. That means there are some things you should never store down there unless you’re sure it’s dry.
Make sure your basement is dry and the right humidity before attempting to store any of the following:
- Baseball cards, postcards, photos and other paper
- Mattresses, pillows, comforters and fabric
- Musical instruments and other wood items
- Cardboard boxes
As a rule of thumb, try to avoid anything that can warp, mold or mildew until you have adequately remedied any ongoing moisture issues.