Tips For Cleaning Out Your Basement Space

    shutterstock_159028475Let’s face it…for most people, it’s easy for the basement to get overrun with miscellaneous items. Whether it’s out of season clothes or items that you no longer use, the basement often becomes the easiest place to store anything you’re no longer using. Unfortunately, this often means that your basement area becomes cluttered and you lose use of this valuable space.

    If you’re planning a move in the near future, some basement cleaning tips can certainly help you get organized. In fact, most real estate professionals recommend that you get storage areas organized and tidy before you put your home on the market. It’s amazing what a little cleaning can do to make the area appear more usable and inviting.

    An excellent way to start is to get some large storage bins. As you sort through various items, make piles. You should have a pile for items you’re going to keep, items to throw away and things you want to donate. It can be tempting to keep things you think you might use in the future, but stick by the old rule — if you haven’t used it in the past 12 months, it’s time to get rid of it.

    Once you’re done sorting, discard the stuff that is ready for the trash and take your donations to your favorite charity. The rest of your items can be neatly organized into plastic storage tubs. Of course, to make it easier to find what you need, be sure to label these tubs.

    An important tip for homeowners to keep in mind is that organizing a basement requires purging unnecessary items. If it doesn’t fit, don’t save it. If it’s broken and you haven’t fixed it yet; get rid of it. When you have your basement clean and organized, you’ll appreciate the feeling of no longer being burdened by piles and boxes of miscellaneous items that you couldn’t find, even if you did want them.

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