Why do our basements always get so cluttered?
It’s like the dumping place for everything we don’t need right now. We will sort it out later, there’s just no time for it right at this moment. Why do we let it become the cluttered mess that it is? And how can we better organize our basement?
Think of it, the basement is or at least could be a great place.
If you are lucky to have a full basement, that could be some extra cubic meters (or square feet), right? Our house has a full basement and it’s used as a little apartment where my mom is living. It’s complete with a living room, kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms and 2 small storage rooms. An ideal living space for her.
Before you kick off decluttering and organizing your basement, decide how you want to use that space. There are plenty of ways to use your basement. What about:
- Storage room
- Music room
- Extra bedroom(s)
- Complete annex
- Playroom (for the kids or yourself)
- Multimedia or cinema room
- Work out room
After you decided what you want to do and you have an idea for your basement, you can start to organize and declutter. How? Well, it’s really the same process as with other rooms or other decluttering projects:
1. Take everything out
if possible of course. If it’s not (because of weather or efficiency) you can always create a working/sorting place in the basement itself. Maybe you can move everything to one area and start sorting from there.
2. Clean your basement thoroughly.
A basement can smell awful, right? To properly use your basement and to protect your belongings, you must get rid of all germs that cause that smell. Here is a great article on how to tackle that.
3. Paint the walls and the floor.
Give the concrete walls a fresh coat of paint that seals them well and keeps moist out. Your floor could become a real eye-catcher if you use stencils on your concrete. It doesn’t even look like a plain boring concrete slab anymore. Of course, you could always lay tiles or install a wooden floor too.
4. It’s time to go through your stuff.
Before you begin, make 3 boxes or areas: keep / toss / donate. Just begin with one box or maybe sort out the furniture. Make it doable by setting of time every day. One hour after dinner could get you started. That’s all the motivation you need. And don’t look at what you still have to do but rather what you already accomplished. To categorize your belongings, use good solutions: baskets, bins, see-through containers (my favorite!) and label every one of them. Use storage shelves and a pegboard.
5. Have fun with putting everything in its place and with decorating your basement. Treat that space well and it could benefit you and your family for years to come. Your house could even increase in value by a decent and finished basement.
If yóu have a basement, how do you use it? Or what would you use it for, if you aren’t that lucky?
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P.S. This is a post in a series for 2017 to help you get more organized. So every month I will give you tips and tricks to organize your home, life, money or bag. Let me know if you are looking for some tricks to organize something in specific, OK?