Ever toss something old in your basement thinking you might use it later, and then never do? Even if you don’t consider yourself a hoarder, chances are that there are items in your basement that you should have disposed of ages ago. From boxes of clothes to old and broken tools, these things are probably gathering dust and taking up useful space. Quit telling yourself you’ll clean out your basement later, and make it your mission this summer.
Step 1: Clear Out
It should come as no surprise that the best way to clean a space is by emptying it out first. This holds true for basement cleaning as well. Remove everything except for any shelving and larger items you know you won’t be throwing out. The yard is a good place to put everything before you start sorting, and you may want to enlist some help from family and friends to get it done as quickly as possible.
Step 2: Divide and Conquer
Designate work! Have a crew to help carry out junk while others begin working on sorting out everything. As things begin to clear out have someone start cleaning the empty space, targeting stains, dust, dirt, and cobwebs.
Step 3: Sort
Sorting everything in piles is one of the most important steps. Divide everything into four categories: keep, donate, sell, and toss. How can you decide which to do? Keep things with strong sentimental value, sell anything in good shape that you may profit from, donate what’s still in good condition but not worth much, and throw out anything broken or irreparable. If you haven’t used an item within the last year, it’s probably a good idea to get rid of it.
Step 4: Organize
Purchase some wicker baskets and inexpensive shelves to help organize the items you decide to keep. Create labels for each basket, and make a promise to yourself that the items will always go in their proper storage space. That way, next year’s cleaning will be a lot easier!
Why clear the basement clutter?
It’s important to clean out your basement for several reasons. Aside from the excessive clutter, dust and dirt can cling to your possessions and even cause damage over time. Odors lurking in your basement are not only unpleasant, but they could be potentially hazardous. Another thing to (unfortunately) think about is insects and rodents. Who knows what kind of critters could be staking their claim under all that junk?
If you want to declutter your basement but still don’t want to part with some of your old treasures, Attic Management Group can help. A self-storage unit is a great solution to overcrowded basements, so contact us today to view one of our units at our Kansas City, St. Joseph and Owasso locations.