Struggling with a cluttered basement? Don’t worry. These great de-cluttering tips will help you get your basement clear of clutter and ready for your family to use. Make room for relaxing together, entertaining, or a play space for your children. If you need some extra space for storing the things that you take out of your basement to make room for extra living space, a storage shed is a perfect option. Find out how affordable a high-quality Classic Building shed can be. Contact us today for a free quote and ask about our incredible Rent-to-Own program.
Clear Out that Cluttered Basement Today!
Finally make room for the extra living space that you need and get your cluttered basement organized and useful. Here are some great tips to help you on your way.
Tip #1: Ask Yourself “Why Are You Keeping This in Your Basement?”
Decluttering is actually more of a mental exercise than a physical one. You have to take a look at each item that you have and decide why you are keeping it and if it is worth the space that it is currently taking up in your basement. Answer yourself honestly, and if the item does not need to be in your basement, donate it, give it away, move it to a place that makes sense, or throw it out.
Decluttering is actually a mental battle – you need to decide to get rid of the excess
Tip #2 Make a Donation Plan
You don’t want donating items to become such a big ordeal that you put off doing it. Here are some ways to make donating easy.
Set up a donation box/basket: Once you have done your initial clean-up of your basement and have donated what you don’t need, put a donation box or basket in a cupboard or corner of your basement for ongoing donations. When the box is full, then donate all of the items at once.
Choose a favorite donation center close to your heart: There are many different types of organizations that accept donations such as thrift stores, group homes, churches, schools, and scout groups. Choose one that you would feel good knowing that you are helping them out. Knowing that you are giving to a cause that you believe in will keep you motivated to give away your things.
Find out about donation pick-ups: If taking the extra time to take the items to a donation center is stopping you from actually doing it, find out what organizations do pick ups and arrange to get yourself on the list. Charities such as the Salvation Army will let you either call them or go online to schedule a pickup. Some organizations will even put you on an email list and send you reminders about when they will be in your area.
Donate to a charity that you feel good about helping
Tip #3: Take Photos of Keepsakes
We all have things that special people in our lives have given us, like those handmade gifts from our children or things that we’ll never use from well-meaning loved ones. If you feel guilty about throwing these treasures out, but you really don’t have the space to keep all of them, why not take photos of each one and put them in an album called “Keepsakes.”
Take photos of treasures your children have made for you
Tip #4: Have a Garage Sale
You may not want to simply donate or throw away the things that you don’t want to keep in your basement. Another great option is to have a garage sale. A garage sale is a great way to get rid of old stuff without throwing it away and for making a little extra cash. Get the entire family involved and decide on a use for the money you make. Either split it up between everyone who helps or plan on using it to purchase something the whole family would like such as a family week-end get-away or a large screen TV for your newly cleared out basement family room.
Make some extra cash by selling the items you no longer need or want
Tip #5: Follow the Rule: Nothing Loose Can Be Kept on the Floor
Having loose items laying around is a big reason why you have a cluttered basement.
Use containers and labels: Assign all of your loose items to containers and label them. You may think that you remember where you stored something, but you probably won’t. Labels are easy to make and really help in the organizing process and the finding process. Click here for a free label making download.
Designate an area for larger items: Choose an area in your basement for larger items that won’t fit in a container and neatly stack them there.
Install shelving or cupboards: Shelves and cupboards are great for getting your stuff up off the floor and into an ordered area. Take advantage of the unused space under your stairs to add in extra shelving or cupboards for storage.
Install extra storage shelves or cupboards under your stairs
Tip #6: Move What You Want to Keep but Doesn’t Belong in the Basement to a Storage Shed
So now what should you do with things that you don’t want to keep in your basement, but you do need to keep? The best solution to this common dilemma is to provide an alternate location for the things that you really don’t need stored downstairs. But instead of hauling all of your excess items to a public storage unit, why not invest in your own beautiful storage shed.
And don’t worry if you don’t have enough money to purchase it outright. You can own a high-quality Classic Buildings portable building with no down payment and low monthly payments through our affordable rent-to-own program. Your payments will be comparable to a monthly storage facility rental payment, in a few short months you’ll own your building.
Tip #7: De-Cluttering Maintenance – One Thing In, One Thing Out
Once you have your cluttered basement completely organized and more usable, keep it that way. Some people like to follow the rule “one thing in, one thing out.” When you bring an additional article into your basement, then you must remove one that is already there. Put it in your donation box, give it away, or move it to your storage shed.
Maintain your organized basement by always getting rid of something as you put something new in it
Cluttered Basement? Not a Problem if You Own a Classic Building Storage Shed
If you need extra storage for everything that won’t fit in your basement, Classic Buildings has a wide selection of better-built sheds for you. Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest to you and find out how easy it is to rent-to-own your own beautiful wooden shed. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.
Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depends on the size of your shed.
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