If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for more storage space. No matter how much storage space you have, it never seems like enough, right?
If you have a basement, count yourself among the lucky. This space is chock full of storage possibilities, and you can maximize that storage space using the helpful tips below.
First Things’ First: Evaluate Your Stuff
Before you can begin organizing anything, you need to know what you’ve got. This is the perfect time to consider getting rid of the stuff you no longer need or want anymore. Take stock of your basement contents so you’ll have a better idea of how to store it in the following steps.
Maximize Vertical Space
Your basement has a lot of storage potential, and it’s important you don’t overlook the vertical solution. Shelving not only maximizes your vertical storage, but it also helps protect your things should flooding occur. Measure your basement space and choose sturdy shelving units that are sure to fit.
*Note: Avoid wood shelving if your basement isn’t climate controlled as the humidity will deteriorate the shelves very quickly.
Categorize and Label
Knowing what you have and where it is in the basement can save lots of time. To that end, you’ll want to categorize all your basement contents and label the shelving accordingly to make finding what you want faster and easier.
Use Plastic Storage Bins
For small items or things you have several of, use plastic storage bins to keep them tidy and in one place. Ideally, you’ll want to use clear bins, but if you don’t have these, be sure to label the bins on the outside so you know what’s inside.
Your plastic bins can be stacked neatly atop each other on the shelves or on the floor, making them super easy to get to when you need something inside.
Create Pantry Space
If your kitchen pantry is a tad on the small side, your basement storage is the ideal spot to expand your pantry space. Remember, food items can attract pests, especially if your basement isn’t climate-controlled or finished, so be sure to store these items in airtight plastic containers.
Your basement also makes great storage for things like cleaning supplies and paper goods like paper towels and toilet paper. If your basement space allows, make sure to include pantry storage as well to help keep your kitchen neat and organized, too.
If you’re like most people, you never have enough storage space. However, if you have a basement, you may be sitting on a span of storage space you hadn’t even realized. Follow the tips above to make the most of your basement storage space.