Your basement is a potential gold mine for storage. It's spacious, easily accessible and probably sitting there practically empty. Even if your basement is filled with stuff, you can follow a simple five-step approach that creates custom basement storage that's functional for your family.
Before you start hanging lights or choose a wall organization system, take time to prioritize safety. Clear any clutter off the steps, and remove any items that block the doorways. You need to ensure that you can easily access your basement space or get out in a hurry if there's an emergency.
Even the best basement organization will fall short of your expectations and needs if the space is not properly lit. You don't want to fall down the steps or bump over a cabinet as you search for your spare flashlight or birthday cake candles.
Ideally, the lighting in your basement should illuminate every corner of the space. Consider natural light options first. Clean any windows, remove bushes or other landscaping that blocks the light's entry from outside and move large storage shelves from in front of the windows.
Artificial lighting options are your next move. Offset several common basement problems with creative lighting solutions.
Is your basement dry, wet, clean or musty? Is it prone to flooding? What's the air quality and temperature like? Can critters access the space?
The type of space you have determines which storage options you install and what you can successfully store in your basement. This information also ensures your basement storage space is protective rather than damaging for the items you own.
Whether your basement is roomy or snug, you can fit a large variety of items in it if you take time to organize them. That organization starts when you figure out what to store in the space. Possible suggestions include:
Certain items should not be stored in your basement. The environment could potentially warp wood, destroy photographs, books and artwork or spoil food. Consider storing these perishable items in a different location unless they are secured inside a waterproof and climate controlled bin.
Also, don't put anything in your basement that you use regularly. You'll soon get tired running downstairs for the item or you'll forget you have it and spend money to buy a second one you don't really need.
There are dozens of storage options for your basement space. You can install:
Because the options are overwhelming, consider hiring a professional designer. Maximize the space and install custom cabinets that fit perfectly in your garage, no matter what its shape or size. A professional will also install lighting and storage options quickly with minimal stress to you, and you can rest assured that your cabinets, shelving and racks are attached security to the wall or ceiling.
Your basement can be organized, neat and functional when you take this 5-step approach. Contact Boston Garage for more helpful tips and for personalized assistance. We are home organization specialists with a variety of custom basement storage solutions that fit your budget and needs. Let us help you turn your basement into a space you will enjoy and use for years to come.
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