Organize + Energize: 4 Things to Remember When Organizing Your Basement
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Aside from keeping everything categorized and organized, here are 4 things to remember:
Keep everything off the floor. Purchase shelving racks or closed shelving systems to contain all of your bins, seasonal items and anything else you’re storing in the basement. It’s a preference if you want open or closed shelving. Think about how you function. Take inventory of what you have, measure the space and purchase the right product that will fit what you need to hold. Don’t forget to measure the height of your bins to make sure they fit on the shelves.
Get rid of cardboard boxes. If you’re storing anything in cardboard, it’s time to transfer these items to plastic, seal-tight bins. The cardboard promotes mold and mildew growth. The boxes will also be susceptible to bugs and mice. Take inventory of what’s in these boxes. Think about how much of it you’re using. How much of it can get tossed or donated?
Label all of your bins. The worst time zap is when it takes you half an hour to find what you’re searching for. Label memorabilia, seasonal, holiday, tax information, etc. When you need something, you’ll find it immediately and go about your day.
Control the humidity. If your basement is prone to dampness, it’s imperative that you have a dehumidifier in this space. If you notice a smell as soon as you enter the basement, it’s time to crank up the dehumidifier. The last thing you want is mold and mildew growing on your belongings, plus it will wreak havoc on your allergies.
While you’re taking care of the above, take inventory of what you’re holding onto in this space. When was the last time you grabbed half of this stuff? The basement usually becomes a drop spot for items we don’t know what to do with in our living space, so things we don’t use will usually get tossed in this space. Basements are great for storing holiday and seasonal decorations, memorabilia, archived important papers, seasonal outdoor products, and seasonal serving pieces. Make a plan to tackle this space. Create a purpose for your basement. If your basement has a purpose, you’ll think twice next time you randomly throw items in this space.
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Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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