Is your basement becoming a dumping ground for everything you can’t fit in your house? Would you like to make the most of the space and use it for something more specific and practical? You need to clean and organise it. That can feel like quite an overwhelming task though, and if you are nervous of all the work involved, don’t be. In the following post, we will discuss some tips for cleaning and organising your basement.
Work Out What You Want to Use the Space For
There are various ways that people use basements. They can function as main living areas, media rooms, kids’ playrooms, home offices or even just additional storage spaces. Your basement can be anything you want it to be. So, think about what you intend on using it for and then remove anything from the room that is not helping you achieve it. Plan out clearly what you want to use your basement for and how you want it to finish when you are finished.
The key to organization is decluttering. Don’t just have your basement as a place where you put things you have no real use for. or the place where you put everything else that doesn’t fit in your home. Remove and throw away, sell or recycle any items you don’t want, need or use and anything else that should be kept elsewhere. The best way to do this is by moving everything out so you can have a proper look through it.
A messy room or area will always be harder to clean than one that is organised, so if you’ve left it for some time and rubbish and other items have gathered there, you will find that there is a lot of cobwebs and dust. Start cleaning from the top of the basement, working your way down. Remove all the cobwebs, clean the lighting fixtures and wash the walls down if necessary.
Now dust all the surfaces, working from the top to the bottom. Any windows your basement has should be washed, remembering to wash the tracks and blinds as well. Clean the baseboards and then give it all a good vacuum.
Once the space has been decluttered and cleaned, it is now time to get everything organized. Sort out the things you intend on keeping in the space into different zones or categories. For instance, you could keep one corner as the office, while as a play area for kids to play in. Invest in products you can use for organising, if you don’t have any already in the home.
There is a lot more you can do, but the above are great tips. One thing you really need to do, if it does not have this sorted already checked, the basement waterproofing. You may not have thought about it, but water can still seep into your building through the basement.
We hope all the tips above help you to make use of your basement space.