27 Jan Basement Storage: 7 tips to Maximize Usefulness Below Your Main Level
Are you looking for ways to improve your basement storage? Do you want to add shelves to your basement but don’t know where to start? We can help with these seven tips for basement storage.
1) Survey your basement.
Ask yourself have I used this in the last six months to a year? What do I actually need to store? Things you need to store in your basement include anything you use upstairs but you don’t have room for, such as extra sheets, towels, bathroom supplies like toilet paper, and paper towels. Also seasonal items like holiday decorations, fake trees, and outside lighting that you string up for a month or two during the holidays. Basement storage should also include recreational supplies for camping, skiing, snowshoeing, or basically anything ending in an ‘ing.’
2) Separate items into categories: sell, donate, keep, and toss. There shouldn’t be much in the toss pile since you can recycle many non-working items like electronics and paint around the Denver area.
3) To select basement shelving, choose shelves with plastic or wire and rubber bottoms. Wood shelving can warp or get moldy if you have any water seep in or you experience a flood.
4) Related to #3, do not store items on the floor. Valuables should be kept at least a foot off the floor. This is crucial to keep your items safe from water damage.
5) Purchase air-tight, hard plastic containers. Make sure to get a few sizes. If you only purchase the size that doubles as a grain bin, it will make it very difficult to remove from shelving, or grab and go in case of an emergency.
6) Use labels on both the lid AND the side of your airtight container.
7) Get rid of unused boxes and original packaging. The only exception: computer/printer/stereo boxes. When these things break, which is a matter of when and not if, you’ll need to ship them in for repair in their original boxes.
Basement storage ideas are just one way Basement Transitions can help you achieve the basement of your dreams. With storage problems in your rearview mirror, you can focus on why you want to spend time in your basement to begin with. Call us at (303) 478-7505 to discuss how we can help you enjoy your ENTIRE home.