Mother Earth Living

7 Basement Organization Tips

Get your basement in order and keep it that way with these helpful basement organization tips.
By Jennifer Ford Berry
January/February 2014
Add to My MSN

Organize your storage spaces for a less-cluttered, more-efficient home where you can locate any item in a jiffy.
Photo By moodboard Photography/Veer


Content Tools

Related Content

Tiny House: The Cube Project

Designed to be a comfortable, modern home with a minimum impact on the environment, the Cube generat...

A Green Home: Basket Storage for Small Spaces

Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home...

A Green Home: Creative Storage

Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.

6 Great Resources for Would-Be Hoarders

We all have hoarding tendencies. If yours are getting the better of you, rest assured that there are...

The goal with any basement is to maximize storage space while protecting belongings against moisture damage. My No. 1 rule for maintaining basement organization is to not use this space as a dumping ground for items you can’t decide what to do with. If you take the time and energy to store something in your basement, you should be 90 percent sure you are going to use it again. When trying to organize any large storage area like the basement, it is helpful to split the area up into zones. A zone is a designated section of the space to be a home for “like” things. See “8 Steps to Organize Any Storage Space” in the original article How to Organize Your Storage Spaces.

Basement Organization Tips

• Store items by family member and make each person responsible for her own stuff (great for when grown children move out).

• Store moisture-resistant items in the basement. Fabrics, papers and even wood can be ruined by the high humidity and mildew in basements.

• If you must store fabrics in the basement, use vacuum-seal bags to reduce risk of mildew. Make sure items are freshly washed.

• If you use your basement frequently or store many things there, invest in a good dehumidifier.

Keep the Basement Organized

Once a Month

• Check surfaces for mildew and wipe down the outsides of storage containers with vinegar to prevent mildew.

Every 3 to 6 Months

• Open containers and check items inside for mildew.

Once a Year

• Evaluate your stored items. Consider recycling, donating or selling anything not used in the past year.


Excerpted from Organize Now! A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life by Jennifer Ford Berry.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.