How to Organize Basement Storage
|April 13, 2013||Filled under Cleaning, Life, Organization|
Anyone else have a basement storage area that has gotten OUT OF CONTROL? Ours was. I hated to go into the space because it was overwhelming and kind of made my anxiety shoot up knowing that I really should get in there and get it sorted out!
As “luck” would have it, we were forced to get in there and do something about it, due to some issues in the basement.
This was a process that took several days, lots of deep breaths, and trying to keep a positive attitude! :)
Here is what we started with. Pretty much stuff (boxes, plastic totes, suitcases, etc.) stuffed everywhere.
Our basement is pretty long, and we have been using all of the unfinished space for storage. There are also 2 finished bedrooms/offices in the basement, along with the laundry room and a bathroom. I think because there IS so much space, it just made it easier to be lazy (frankly) and
throw put stuff wherever!
The “baby stuff” corner, for lack of a better word. Also where we hide out during tornado warnings. :)
I started out with a fair number of plastic totes, but knew I wanted to get them labeled as I went. I started by getting things into 3 basic areas/sections:
- THROW – If it wasn’t usable by us or someone else or was damaged in any way, I purged it.
- DONATE (as luck would have it our favorite YMCA family camp was having a garage sale soon, so it was perfect timing to donate to them)
- KEEP and get into a tote
Our donate pile grew quite large!
Here is how things were looking about 3/4 of the way through. (Replacing a lightbulb helps too!)
It might have taken me a few days, but it was worth it to finally see it looking like this!
All of the totes are clearly labeled (I put packing tape over the labels, just to ensure they didn’t fall off) so we can easily find what we need AND put it back where it goes!
I can’t even begin to tell you how great it feels to be able to move around in the space without hopping over boxes or searching for what you need!
Even though the timing wasn’t great and Mother Nature forced us to do some work in the basement, it might have been a blessing in disguise! :)
Do you have any areas like this that need some attention?