If you have a basement that you use primarily for storage, carefully organizing your boxes and containers allows you to find what you need when you need it. If your storage space currently contains old photo albums next to Christmas decorations next to out-of-season clothes for your family, read on for five tips to get your storage space in order.
Look at Everything
Chances are, it’s been years since you’ve seen the contents of some of those boxes, especially if you’ve been in the house for a long time. Go through each storage container with a fresh eye and get rid of things you no longer need. Being organized and putting away things you don’t use allows you to make the best use of space.
If you store items in bins and boxes, shelves will allow you to stash them safely. Experts recommend heavy plywood shelves framed with 2-by-4 studs. Store the heaviest items on the lowest shelves. If you’re storing items for your kids, try cubbies that they can easily access – and teach them to put things back where they belong to keep it organized. Wall storage, pegboards, and magnet-based systems are great for storing small items within reach.
Fine-Tune Your Layout
If you’re organizing your basement in preparation for a remodel of the space, tape off sections of the floor per your planned layout. Keep storage items in the designated storage area and see how easy it is to access your details. You’ll quickly be able to know if you need to allocate more storage space in your plan. For best results, keep storage spaces around the basement’s mechanical elements, such as HVAC and plumbing systems. Consider using the area under the steps as a storage cubby too.
Rely on Labels
Designate specific spaces for specific items so you can find what you need quickly. Labeling also makes it easier to replace items in the same spot when you’re done using them. This organizational tactic is vital. If you don’t know what’s in your basement, or you just set it up, categorizing and naming each area will keep it clean for years.
Choose Storage Options Carefully
If your basement is damp, make sure you store items in containers that will protect them from moisture. Plastic bins are probably your best bet. You may also want to place a dehumidifier in your storage space or look for a climate-controlled space to store your more delicate items. At Treasure Island Storage, we provide 24/7 security and a trained team determined to keep your stuff dry, safe and free of pests. Contact us today by calling (347) 454-7455 to learn more about convenient and surprisingly affordable self-storage options near you.