7 Basement Organization Tips

Get your basement in order and keep it that way with these helpful basement organization tips.

| January/February 2014

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

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